Friday, June 24, 2011

Winter Thoughts

Winter has set in .   There is a slight breeze that brings that chill on my lips.  They crack.   They hurt.  

I have stocked up on moisturisers, lip balms and bath soaks.  Winter calls for flannel PJ's,  woollen blankets and thick doona's, and we live on the Gold Coast.  Where 5 degrees (41F) overnight is considered freezing.

We snuggle up together more in the winter.  As if instinctively.

The Five Little Reasons come to us in the morning, and burry themselves under the doona.  They always say "I just want some cuddles".

The days are still warm enough to not have to lug around our big winter coats.  Sometimes just a long shirt is enough.

Denim jeans are a must.  They are a staple in our house.  We each have 2 or 3 pairs.

We live in a beautiful city.  Well, we live in the 'burbs, almost in the sticks.  It is smack bang in the middle of the bush.  We are surrounded by creeks, rivers and farmland.  We are also only 1/2 hour away from the ocean and some of the best beaches in the world.

As I pack away the bathing suits, the beach towels and the summer PJ's to make room for the thick fleece dressing gowns, flannel PJ's and the yummy jumpers, I say goodbye to the sand, picnics and sun-baking for 6 months and think of ways we can explore our world in our jumpers.

When he sees a camera, Oliver's smile at the moment is very squinted.

So, when I finally capture a natural smile, I am ecstatic.

Shadow Dancing.

I take a moment to soak in my gorgeous family and how blessed I am.  I have a husband whom I adore, and who adores me.  I marvel at the souls our children are becoming.  I take pride in the bond that they have formed.  They are very protective of each other.

Our life isn't perfect.  We have had some major struggles.  But it is what it is, and we take it all by the reigns and run with it.   We have learnt to let go of a lot.  We try our darn hardest not to get swept up in the drama.  It is a peaceful place to be.

I tell it as it is, and my closest friends appreciate it.  I found this quote the other day and it is exactly how I feel.

"It is better to be hated for who you are, than to be loved for whom you are not."  Unknown.

As the sun goes down at the end of each day, we huddle together and count the colours in the sky.

Amongst all the little things, I have to remember the bigger picture.  This is life.  The BS doesn't interest me.  I want to enjoy every second.  Create a life that makes me feel good.  Surround myself with people who make me feel good.   But in the same breath, have patience and understanding for how different we are.  My best friend and I come from very very different worlds.  We still discover new things about each other {usually over a glass of wine or two}.  Heck, we even have some pretty different morals.  But hey, we are best friends.  We understand each other.

Brett and I have been totally in sync lately.  And that has been a hard place to get to.  Life has been tough the past few years.  We finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.  And it shines so very brightly.

Remember - Don't ever assume.  You just never know what is really happening behind the happy smiles.

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  1. So very, very true! I know people often look at us and make assumptions on our life and on our family, but in reality they are just judgements made from the outside looking in.

  2. A wonderful post and fantastic photos Danielle! I love reading your blog.

  3. fantastic post and beautiful photos. x
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