Lucinda turns 11

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Let’s face it our family enjoys celebrating birthdays!

The birthday cake request this year was for a Watermelon Cake! To be clear… I love a decorating challenge, but even with a fancy Italian oven I cannot bake a cake! This one called for layers of pink velvet cake with choc chips with insane volumes of butter icing and fondant. Paul, our dear friend, agreed to bake the cake…

Paul not only baked the cake, he stayed up until 3.30am making the icing!

Paul not only baked the cake, he stayed up until 3.30am making the icing!


All that was left to do was a little painting of watermelon pattern

All that was left to do was a little painting of watermelon pattern


... and a lot of eating!

… and a lot of eating!


Along with pretty baked apple rose pastries

Along with pretty baked apple rose pastries


and the whipped cream cinnamon doughnuts (for the class at school)

and the whipped cream cinnamon doughnuts (for the grade at school)


... then there's breakfast... with MORE watermelon cake.

… then there’s breakfast… with MORE watermelon cake.


LOVE that Ivy took over the kitchen and with her sous chef Daisy, made pancakes for breakfast

Love that Ivy took over the kitchen and with her sous chef Daisy, made pancakes for breakfast


Party girls

Party girls

In addition to an Escape Room experience where 5 girls screamed a lot and one big sister solved the puzzles… the sisters; Lucinda, Audrey and Paige went to the opera!

All dressed up to see The Rabbits starring Kate Miller Heidke

All dressed up to see The Rabbits starring Kate Miller Heidke


And the girls got to meet their star, Kate Miller Heidke at stage door. Nice matching outfits Lucinda + Kate.

And the girls got to meet their star, Kate Miller Heidke at stage door. Nice matching outfits Lucinda + Kate.

Happy birthday Lucinda xxx

A taste of early summer

Thanks Sal for some time down at Ocean Grove…

beach girls

beach girls


Audrey + sand = happy

Audrey + sand = happy


Puck :)

Puck :)


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sunset

sunset

sunset

Piktochart fireside chat

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Right back at you, Audrey

in my backpack today… 

  

School pics 2015

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Finding Nemo

Found our little clown fish... too sweet.

Found him.

Ethan about to dive... onto our apparently drowning instructor.

Ethan about to dive… onto our apparently drowning instructor.

A blue spotted stingray we lay down in the sand with.

A blue spotted stingray we lay down in the sand with.

also found large reef shark basking on the sandy bottom

also found a large reef shark basking on the sandy bottom

While Ethan and Fi scuba dived the girls and Nick snorkelled.

While Ethan and Fi scuba dived the girls and Nick snorkelled.

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Audrey and Lucinda holding on tight to a starfish and the life buoy - it was a choppy 20 knots.

Audrey and Lucinda holding on tight to a starfish and the life buoy – it was a choppy 20 knots.

Bazza the barracuda

Bazza the barracuda

Ethan totally relaxed in the water

Ethan totally relaxed in the water

Fi (holding it together) and Ethan.

Fi (with octopus hair) and Ethan.

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We went out to Upolo Reef on the Great Barrier Reef with Ocean Freedom. Highly recommend them.
http://www.oceanfreedom.com.au/

Queensland we love you

So we recently had another holiday back to Queensland. This one was specifically to take the kids out snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef (more posts on that following). Thanks to our generous friends Deb and Rob we got to stay again in their beautiful home beside the equally beautiful Forrest Beach. How lucky are we?!!!

Forrest Beach

Forrest Beach

Nick's supporting the palm tree in Cairns

Nick’s supporting the palm tree in Cairns

Trebonne Post Office - Can't help making a detour to this post office each time we come up.

Trebonne Post Office – Can’t help making a detour to this post office each time we come up.

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Lucinda with an old friend of hers :)

Lucinda with an old friend of hers :)

Gould Island driftwood

Gould Island driftwood

We located a great guide/boat bloke, John. Hinchinbrook Island in the background.

We located a great guide/boat bloke, John. How mindblowing beautiful is this ?!!!

Ethan and Ella are building a skateboard ramp

They've designed, researched, measured, calculated, built models, purchased the timber, cut and screwed.... soon it'll be ready to use :)

They’ve designed, researched, measured, calculated, built models, purchased the timber, cut and assembled…. soon it’ll be ready to use :)

This is a work in progress… but so far it’s looking great.

straight ramp, top and a curved ramp all in one.

straight ramp, top and a curved ramp all in one.

And in case you’re left in any doubt about Ethan’s ‘cool’ quotient… I’m posting this recent Ethan selfie.

yes, I am on a plane. no, it's not my personal jet... yet.

yes, I am on a plane. no, it’s not my personal jet… yet.

Lucinda turns 10

Lucinda planned her birthday just how she wanted it - starting with a cheesecake from Babka's (and a surprise visit from Aunty Karen)

Lucinda planned exactly the celebration she wanted – starting with a cheesecake from Babka’s (and a surprise visit from Aunty Karen)

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Her many beautiful, thoughtful presents included a bike - with a basket naturally.

Her many beautiful, thoughtful presents included a bike – with a basket naturally.

so gorgeous... she could be a poster girl for our postcode :)

so gorgeous… she could be a poster girl for our postcode :)

and then she parties…

Lucinda and her besties; Indigo, Indi-Mara and Ivy having cafe time before an afternoon of tree-surfing.

Lucinda and her besties; Indigo, Indi-Mara and Ivy having cafe time before an afternoon of tree-surfing.

Treetop Adventures in Belgrave is sooooo much fun! The girls and I climbed, clambered and flying foxed through the trees, with lots of aerial obstacles. They were the best, supportive team. When they decided to do the black diamond course, I graciously offered to film from the ground :)
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Justly proud of their achievements.  Go Girls!

Justly proud of their achievements. Go Girls!

All followed by a birds nest cake complete with a gentleman hedgehog visitor.

All followed by a birds nest cake complete with a gentleman hedgehog visitor.