Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sunday lunch

During the week, two of my oldest girlfriends invited me out to one of my favourite places to have lunch - The Queens. Its a bit of an institution in Perth and a beautiful old pub to while away a Sunday afternoon. I was so excited about heading out and having a glass of wine with lunch that I even started planning my outfit last Wednesday.

Richard has joined an Irish golf society and plays one Sunday a month and the girlie lunch was on the same Sunday. I didn't want to leave Liam with mum and dad because it was their wedding anniversary, so I asked the girls if they would be ok with Liam coming.

'Absolutely' they said.

I was positive Liam would be fine at lunch. He loves to flirt with the waitresses and I was positive he would revel in all female company.

Sunday morning I tried to put a plan of attack into motion. I had to drop Richard off at golf by 10am. One of his teeth fell out at 9.50am. Liam had a tantrum at 9.55am and I was still in my pyjama's and couldn't find my bra. Richard tried to patch up the tooth situation while I rang our dentist to get an emergency appointment (no luck). I decided to bail everyone into the car and do the golf run.

By the time Liam and I got home it was 11.30am and my grumpy little man needed a nap and we needed to be at lunch at 1.30pm.

I raced around the house trying to piece together the outfit I had planned in my head and pack Liam's bag for the lunch so he had a few activities to focus on while I ate.

By some extreme miracle we finally made our destination just after 1.30pm. Liam didn't want to sit in the high chair and wanted to sit on my lap for the whole entire lunch. I managed to get him into his chair to eat lunch for a grand total of about 5 seconds. He did 3 poo's in the space of 45 minutes and really enjoyed playing with a straw in my diet coke until I noticed he was flicking diet coke at the next table.

A relaxing lunch? Not really. But he did charm most of the patrons in the restaurant. He even made friends with the little girl sitting with her parents.

My girlfriends are mum's but flied solo that day, so they totally got it.

After lunch and after we said our goodbyes Liam and I walked up a pretty street back to our car. He grabbed my hand and pointed at the birds in the tree. We finally got to the car and feeling hugely exhausted I lifted him into his car seat and planted a big kiss on his juicy lips.

Sunday lunches aren't what they used to be, but I definitely wouldn't change it.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Heart of glass...

On Tuesday nights Richard and I tape a program and watch it after Liam has gone to bed.

Its called The Street and its by a director called Jimmy McGovern on ABC2.

The Street is a BBC television series created by Jimmy McGovern. The programme follows the lives of various residents of one street in Manchester and features an all-star cast, including Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent, Jane Horrocks, Bob Hoskins and David Thewlis.

Its not easy to watch and its certainly thought provoking.

Last night's episode was particularly tough. It involved a baby dying and at one point, we nearly switched it off. Its harrowing to watch something about children when you are a parent.

We stuck with it and honestly, cried buckets. Bawled. The writing, direction and acting in this drama series is beyond powerful.

As soon as it was over we switched it off and sat there in stunned silence. We both got up and raced to Liam's room and watched him sleep.

One of the lines has stuck with me all day today:

'Live a good, honest life and have a child. Bring that child up with love and give it the best that you can'.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Date Night

Last week while my husband and I were madly trying to clean the house I mentioned to him we hadn't had a date night in ages. One of the reasons we moved to Perth was to have a support system (my family). Do we use it? Hell no. Unless you count mum taking care of Liam on Tuesdays while we are at work.

My mum is always at us to have date nights. She thinks you can't have enough of them.

Our problem is that since Liam was born we now have this deep rooted guilt that it would be wrong to spend money on ourselves. How wrong this is. Its only lately and I mean in about the last few months or so we have actively encouraged each other to treat ourselves. Where this guilt comes from I don't know. On close inspection of my underwear drawer I only have two bra's and most of my underwear is losing its elastic. Clearly I should be spending money on myself and soon, but do I do it? I should be.

I'm veering off track but stay with me.

So, I set about organising date night. Since my husband loves a flutter there is a place called Gloucestor Park in Perth that does the 'trots' and there are three restaurants to choose from where you can eat to watch the horses trot around a few laps and you can place your bets on them. I thought it would be right up his alley and I could at least eat a hot meal with a glass of champagne without having to catch flying food from a 19 month old. A rare treat in my book.

Of course things never run smoothly in the Spillane family. I was late home from work which meant we were late picking up Liam from child care. He must have instinctly known we were going out that night as he decided to cling to my leg once we got home which made the task of pretty-ifying myself somewhat harder. I just had to make do with what I had on and do my make up in the cab.

The cab turned up early and my brother, sister in law and niece where running late. When they did turn up I had to run through Liam's routine and when we finally opened the front gate to get into the cab I saw a little face with big tears running down his cheeks.


Please, my husband said, we hardly ever do this, try and switch off.

We did have a lovely night. We drank wine and had a lovely meal and finally won some money in the final race. We talked about Liam a lot and admitted we missed him terribly. We went to a bar afterwards with a log fire to have a Guinness. It was a lovely night and our son was tucked up in bed by 7pm thanks to my lovely sister in law.

We ran into his room after we got home and kissed his cheeks and decided he needed to go for a haircut for the following day. We made ourselves a cuppa and got into our warm bed while it poured rain outside.

A lovely evening my darling, thankyou xx

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Liam's space

One of the things I am most looking forward to about having our own home is creating a beautiful playroom and bedroom for Liam. I am really half hearted about our current home at the moment. I don't think I have put a lot of effort into it and its more of a functional home if anything as I know we won't be here for too much longer.

I was looking at Pottery Barn on the internet tonight and I really love some of these boys ideas:

Saturday, July 3, 2010

House hunting

After nearly 7 months in Perth we have finally gotten to a point where we have agreed on a suburb in Perth to purchase our first home in. When we got to Perth we lived with my parents for 6 weeks and then decided to rent. We live on a beautiful street in a suburb called Innaloo with a gorgeous park down the end of the street. Our neighbour has lived in the same house for 50 years and has the most amazing rose garden. She loves Liam and we have made friends with most of the people on our street.

Richard works around the corner and Liam's nursery is a 2 min drive from our home. It works really well on our morning run of dropping me at the train station, Liam at nursery and Richard on the way to his new office that he moved into today.

But we want our own home. We need to nest and after 7 years of being gypsy like, the time has come to step on the property ladder.

We have found a great suburb in Perth where you can purchase a large family home on a big block. We've looked at all the schools in the area and because Perth gets so hot, we really wanted a home close to the beach so we could get that all important sea breeze in the summer. Perth's real estate is getting like Sydney now, but I think we have down our research and stumbled across a good suburb with some growth. The best thing about this suburb is that it adjoins suburbs that are really taking off and its still well priced for the time being.

Here is a house that we are looking at tomorrow that we are super excited about: