Monday, January 9, 2017

STAYCATION - our city break.

We are in full on holiday mode here! 
The days are running into each other, the weather has been amazing and we are feeling very very relaxed. I don't know how we will go back to our usual routine at the end of the month!

Simon and I didn't give each other Christmas gifts as we knew that we wanted to do a hotel stay in January and that would be our gift to each other. We booked 2 nights at the Primus Hotel Sydney and decided to have a staycation and enjoy our own city. We decided to take the boys with us for one night as they love a hotel stay and then drop them at the grandparents for the 2nd night while we relaxed a little more on our own.

On Friday we headed over to EQ Moore Park where they had set up a temporary water park for the school holidays. The boys had a great time going down the slides and splashing around for a few hours. We grabbed some lunch and headed to the hotel to check in.

The Primus Hotel is located in Pitt St in Sydney and is so central to everything.
It was lovely and quiet when we stayed as the Christmas + New Year holidayers had left and the corporate guests hadn't started up yet. The hotel is a beautiful art deco style and the attention to detail around the place is amazing! As you walk into the lobby it is quite stunning.

There was a bottle of champagne and a cheese plate to welcome us which was lovely. 
I just love a hotel stay with their crisp linen, fluffy white towels and delish bath + shower products. 

We headed up to the roof top to check out the pool and the younger boys went for a dip.
Finn and I left them to it while we walked a couple of blocks to Pitt St Mall and Westfields to have a browse through the shops.

After a huge day the boys were tired so we decided to have room service for dinner and an early night. I think I might have had the best club sandwich ever! Simon had a delicious spanner crab risotto and the boys had pasta. The food everywhere in the hotel was amazing!

The next morning after a yummy buffet breakfast we headed to Balmoral Beach for a swim before dropping the boys at the grandparents for a sleepover. The boys loved jumping off into the water and we grabbed a coffee and an iceblock from The Boathouse before leaving.

After dropping the boys off we headed back into the city and drove through The Rocks stopping for some lunch and admiring that harbour view!

Back at the hotel we decided to take advantage of the fact that we had nowhere else to be and headed back up to the roof top bar to while away a few hours. It was bliss to just sit, just the two of us and chat and enjoy some snacks + cocktails. 

On Sunday we were booked in for lunch at Fort Denison. Simon had received a voucher for his 40th birthday and we had to use it before the end of January. I'm so glad we waited to use it as it was the perfect end to the weekend and you couldn't of asked for better weather.

We caught the "hop on, hop off" ferry at Circular Quay and sat down to lunch with a stunning view!

The ferry comes past every hour but as we weren't in any rush we stayed for 2 hours and enjoyed a leisurely meal and then had a little browse around the rest of the island. (it's only tiny)

It really was a wonderful weekend and we are so lucky to have so many beautiful places to visit so close to home.

How are your holidays going? Are you going away?


Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!
Just popping in to say hello and wish you peace, love and laugher for 2017.
I'm easing into the year and making the most of the holidays with the boys so I haven't really thought about my resolutions or goals for the new year yet.  Reality can wait!
I'm hanging on to those lazy holiday vibes for as long as possible ;)

Do you have any goals or aspirations for the new year yet?

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Day 2016

How was your Christmas? I hope it was a good one!
Our's was lovely and relaxed and spent with family, lots of delicious food and Santa brought some great gifts for the kids. Everyone was happy :)

The boys set out their Santa sacks on Christmas Eve, along with some snacks for Santa and his reindeers. We also said goodbye to our elf Melvin. I let the boys give him a hug before he left. 
They were very sweet and whispered some last minute messages to him to give to Santa!

Christmas morning started bright and early at 5.45pm. Someone was quite excited to see that Santa had been and woke everyone up. My favourite part of Christmas day is seeing the boys look through their presents and watching the joy on their faces. Bliss!

Lunch was at my sister + brother in law's house so we headed over there to open more presents with the family and settle in for the afternoon.

Everything looked beautiful and Emma had made lots of gorgeous wreaths that were hung about the place. Lunch was delicious and dessert even better ;) 

After we had said our goodbyes and headed home (the joy of having family live around the corner, no travelling on christmas day!) the kids tried out a few of their gifts and we finished our Christmas Day in the pool. The perfect end to the day.......

I loved having a hot Christmas Day this year, it reminded me of Christmas as a kid. 
It has been grey and cooler the last few years.

So that's Christmas done for another year! How was your day?

Friday, December 23, 2016

Our December Byron Trip 2016

We're heading back home today after our relaxing pre Christmas trip to Byron Bay.
We stayed for a couple of nights at South West Rocks on our way up. It was lovely to check out a new town and the boys loved the waterpark at the Big 4 we stayed at.

We then made our way up to Byron and enjoyed our daily trips to the beach, wandering the shops and discovering new places to eat. It was a great recharge after a busy year and has us rested and ready for the excitement of Christmas and the new year.

Here are some photos from our trip........

Have you got a holiday coming up? Where are you off to?
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