Sunday, October 30, 2016

Girls' Night Out & Darling Harbour

One of my friends here in Sydney is having a baby girl, so to celebrate her we had a baby shower at a lovely little place called Cheeky Chocolate (http://www.cheekychocolate.com.au/menu.html)

It was a really fun night out with a bunch of women that I love. I took pics of everything ordered and had to try it all. It was very yummy.



This place was chic, girly, and perfect for a night out with friends. It felt like I stepped into a Parisian chocolate cafe for a few hours.


A friend and I got there a bit early to set up. We rearranged the furniture just a bit to get things just right before our guest of honour arrived.


This was my dish. I felt that it was the healthiest option on the menu. I tried to stick to the fruit but I did dip it into the chocolate fondue. The honeycomb was divine, but super rich so I could only have a bite, and the peanut brittle isn't my favourite so I gladly let others have a go with it.


This dish was the most unexpected of the night. This is supposed to be crepes, however, it is more a volcano of chocolate, butter, lemon, and cinnamon. I had a little taste, and it wasn't my favourite dish.


This was my first experience with Pavlova. According to Wikipedia this dessert is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. It is a meringue dessert with a crisp crust and soft, light inside, usually topped with fruit and, optionally, whipped cream.

Pavlova is believed to have been created in honour of the dancer either during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s.

According to one of my Australian girl friend, New Zealand and Australia fight over who actually invented it, and both claim to have done so. They love Pavlova here in Australia, and I'm so glad that I finally, after a year of living here, have experienced it.

I want to order my own next time. I thought this was the best dish of the night.


This was incredible. It was a dessert pizza, and as you can see it has a bit of everything on it.


I didn't have a chance to sample this dish, but it was supposed to be a cream brulee with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.



Besides going out with the girls, Stan and I have purchased some outdoor furniture. It has been a dream to sit outdoors and better enjoy the views from our city apartment.



I never want to take for granted how beautiful Darling Harbour is, and what an incredible experience it is to live her, and to occasionally take the Ferry around. 




A week or so ago, it was a lovely warm afternoon, so I thought I would take the Ferry and collect the boys from school. William and I had a fun time together, and I remember feeling so blessed for this opportunity to live in Darling Harbour. I don't think I've taken enough photos of it, or really posted about it. It's always around me, I'm always here, so I don't think to write about it. But Darling Harbour is an amazing place, with an authentic 1800s pirate ship in my "backyard," the Maritime Museum, the mini zoo, the IMAX, all the shops and restaurants along the water's edge, and fireworks every Saturday night year round. I love it here.





I took all these photos with my iPhone, and I think they turned out beautifully. It looks like I had my nice camera out, but I didn't. You can see our apartment in this photo. It is the one with the blue scaffolding on it. Our apartment is facing the water, and we're on the eighth floor, so if you knew where to look you could actually see our balcony.







This view is from a park at the water's edge at the Balmain East Ferry wharf.


William and I spend a lot of time together just hanging out with the other two boys are at school all day. We try and find fun things to do. One place we like going to is Broadway Shopping Centre. There is an indoor play place there where William likes to be. So after I get my shopping done, we like to stop here for a while.




Thursday, October 13, 2016

Grandpa & Grandma Nelson in Australia


The boys were super excited to have their grandparents fly across the world to come visit them for their school holidays after they finished term three. It was nice not to worry about school, so we could focus on having fun with family.

We went everywhere, all around Sydney, to zoos, museums, parks, beaches, restaurants, Sydney Tower Eye and ended the trip at Luna Park. It was a fun two weeks, and the boys were so sad to see their grandparents leave. Saying goodbye is so hard.


One of the first places we visited was the mini zoo right near our home.


Playing on the beach is a must here in Sydney. We went to both Manly and Bondi Beach.






Bondi Beach is so beautiful. I absolutely love visiting this beach in the springtime because it wasn't crowded and we were able to enjoy a warm day on the beach in peace!






Luna Park is a fun place to have fun as a family! Look at these two, whoot whoot!


Stan is always ready for a thrill. He is a daredevil and loves the big rides. I was happy to watch and take photos of him going up and down and all around on this one!


This is a lovely photo of Mom and Dad Nelson at the Hyde Park fountains in the heart of Sydney.

These fountains are also where George had enough of walking around the city and threw his shoe into the water and giggled himself silly. I couldn't be mad, and had to share a few giggles with him because it was really funny.

Good thing Grandpa was quick and retrieved the shoe before is floated beyond our reach. George climbed into the back of the pram for the rest of the walkabout because his shoe was now too wet to wear.





If you look past these sail boats into the Sydney Harbour, you will see the spot where we saw wild dolphin swimming as we were riding on the Ferry on our way to Mort Bay Park for the boys' soccer training.

I was so excited when I saw these beautiful creatures swimming next to the boat that I screamed and pointed. It was lucky that we were already sitting outside and were in the perfect location to spot these gorgeous animals as soon as the captain announced them on the intercom. We all saw them, even my boys. It was a highlight for me!


Thanks for coming to visit us. We all had a wonderful time. We love you!


Second birthday in Australia for Stan my man, love you!

We celebrated Stan this year just as a family, but we had a good time and a nice day and evening. I love Stan very much, and cannot believe that he is now 33. We got engaged to be married when we were both 23, so ten years ago that happened, and now look at where we are. Crazy! Three jobs, three children, lived in three different countries, and travelled all over the world. It's been a wild ride!

Stan and I went to lunch with William on his birthday while the other two boys were at school. Then in the evening we had a lovely dinner together and had caramel cheesecake for dessert. It was fun!

A week later, we went on a date and bought Stan his birthday gift. A whole box of magic the gathering cards. This has been something Stan wanted to do for a while. As a child, he wanted to be able to buy a whole box of Star Wars cards instead of having to buy packs one at a time. It was fun to see Stan get super excited over this birthday purchase. I think it was pretty epic!

Hope you had a lovely birthday Stan! Love you X




Lunch date on King Street Wharf, a three minute walk from our city apartment.



William the adorable two year old as our chaperone. He did a good job!






Saturday, October 8, 2016

XS Espresso

http://www.xsespresso.com.au/

This place is pretty fun. We were lucky enough to get to dine here at the end of our time together with Lyndon and Christine. This was a great place to have our last partay because this place is special. They are famous for their giant milk shakes. You'll see what I mean from the photos below. I am so grateful that we were able to make memories and have such a fun time with family! I wish we lived closer so that we could spend more time together and that our kids could grow up with their cousins. It's kinda hard to get together when we live in Australia and they live in Singapore. However, I am very grateful for the time that we were given and for the memories made.


Just take a look at that! WOW! That's not a normal milkshake! That's Aussie style ha ha!


Look at William's little face. He is very excited to dig in, and I think he's wondering if this huge milkshake is truly his... Yes, William it is!



Stan's milkshake actually has a cronut on top. A cronut is "A treat that featured the soft, spongy interior of a doughnut, and the delicate, flaky outer layer of a croissant" ( http://www.xploresydney.com/top-5-cronuts-in-sydney/.)


I cannot resist the volcano! It's a milkshake with a molten chocolate cake on top. It's amazing. By the time I get through it I cannot drink the milkshake. It's too much. But there is always someone willing to help me finish it. BTW this is NOT "Brooke approved" and cannot be found on crohnskitchen.com ha ha!


Yes, this is fairy floss or cotton candy with a kinder surprised on the boys milkshakes. So much fun!































Cosette, Henry, and William got the cookies and cream milk shake! So yummy! Look at all the whipping cream on top and Oreo cookies! This is William's favorite milkshake!




This beauty could be on the magazine cover for the cutest girl award! She's such a sweetheart.



Lyndon got the volcano too! I'm biased but how can you resist this mountain of chocolate lava!?!




I love Henry's expression here! That whipping cream is enormously big! I think he's very excited to get started devouring this treat!



What a fun evening and a great way to end our holiday together. We can safely say that this vacation was a huge success and that we all had a really good time together! Cannot wait for our next adventures together! Love love love you all X

Here's a link to Christine's video that she made of the movie clips of our entire trip. It's pretty awesome so check it out here. http://christineandlyndonplothow.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/australia-video.html