One of the presents we got for Ariana at Christmas was a 2017 calendar. This was mainly to help her understand the passage of time but it was also to free me from constant questions such as “how many days until my birthday/Easter/next Christmas?” [insert eye roll emoticon]. So as soon as Christmas day was over, the date of my mum’s arrival in Melbourne was the next big deal that we all had to count down to and the day that grandma arrived was as exciting for us as the whole festive season itself.
If someone would have told me that I’d ever go a whole year without a cuddle from my mum, I’d never have believed it! It felt so good to be back in the arms of the first person that I ever loved and I can’t put it into words without getting all emotional!
My mum spent a lot of time with the kids when we lived back in England and leaving her was the hardest part of our decision to move Australia for me. Making Whatssap video calls whenever we get chance has helped keep the bond strong over the past year and the kids didn’t even wait for her to get out of the car when she arrived from the airport, they went running and dived onto the passenger seat! It was as though we’ve never been apart – AMAZING!
My poor mum had a terrible time at Manchester airport after packing her suitcase with heaps of new toys and dress-up costumes for the kids taking her baggage allowance over the threshold. We booked the tickets with Etihad assuming the weight was the same as last year (over 30kg) but on checking in, she was told it had been reduced to 23kg 🙁 Being the wonderful grandma that she is, my mum emptied the clothes and shoes she’d packed for herself and had to pay for it all to be destroyed to preserve the gifts for the kids that they were so happy to see. Thanks mum!
Ever since Ariana could talk, she’s been pointing at the TV and asking when she could be on it so we got her signed with an agency last year. We were over the moon when our little super star was asked to be part of a new show for Channel 7 called ‘Behave Yourself’ recently and after a morning of filming in the city, we took the opportunity to visit the Museum while grandma was watching the twins. I love spending time with our biggest girl on a one-on-one basis whenever I can, she’s such a good girl with a thirst for knowledge I can’t satisfy without regular help from Google so we had a wonderful visit that I would highly recommend if you are ever in the city!
One thing we remember from arriving in Melbourne in March last year, is that the weather is wonderful! Regular highs of 25 plus degrees, blue skies and rain only around once a week, it’s the perfect time of year for exploring the beautiful Mornington Peninsula that we now call home. I’ve been so excited to take my mum to my favourite vineyard so on a sunny Sunday afternoon, we happily left Ste to enjoy some quality time with the kids while we enjoyed quality time together sampling some of the finest wines of the region at T’Gallant. Being Prosecco fans, my mum and I had a wonderful time with our beautiful friend Dayna drinking bubbles and eating pizza while enjoying the live music in the breathtaking surroundings. It’s such a wonderful place to live and having my mum here has made it all the more magical again.
I’ve got a lot more pictures of our explorations to share with you too!
Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!
Love from Leyla