Townsville By Air

Zac {Master 6} was lucky enough recently to go for a ride in a helicopter over The Strand and Townsville City while the V8’s were on.  My brother, who organised it obviously won the Uncle of the Year Trophy.  Big thanks to Townsville Helicopters, Zac had the rise of his life!

Getting a “Birdseye view” of anywhere is pretty spectacular. My brother took lots of photos for me to share.  At least once in your life treat yourself and do this, memories are lovely treasures!

   

   
   
   

Perth, WA

We had to come across to WA for a wedding and boy have we been knocked for six!  It’s just fabulous! We have been cramming SO much in so we can see as much as possible! Perth and Fremantle are just divine and I encroached everyone to come and visit!

This morning we picked up a Cheapa Campa Motorhome, then headed to Rottnest Island for the afternoon and now we are going to continue our exploring south and surrounds over the next few days!

Please check our Facebook/TheBlondeNomad and Instagram/the_blondenomad for regular updates on our week with our Motorhome 🙂

            

Featured Family

While Travelling Australia – it is great linking with other travellers, especially other families. It provides an opportunity to meet up, share ideas, assist with schooling and all the other things (good and bad) that come with raising your children on the road!

One of my first contacts was Mandy at TAWKers “Travel Australia With Kids’!  She founded this group and has a great blog, assisting other travellers who are out there, not only within Australia but families who are coming from overseas!

I love that we are all here to offer advice and share our stories – we are the current ‘Featured Family’ on the TAWKers site – head on over and check it out – click here.  There is also a section on there that you can complete so you can become a Featured Family too 🙂

Foodies – HELP Please :-)

Hey there readers.  I have a little project that I am working on and I need YOUR help!  While travelling in a caravan, we are limited to how much stuff we can carry, so we look for easy meals we can whip up, that are nutritious, filling & are on the less expensive side.  I have put a call out on Facebook and ask people to send in recipes – this way I can collate them all and have a little guide on my BLOG to help people when they are stuck for ideas.

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So – given that the word FOODIE may have attracted you, please feel free to share any recipes of little meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks) that you might have, they can be as fancy or as simple as you like.  You can post them in the comments of this post or email me – theblondenomad13@gmail.com 🙂  I will make sure I credit your name/Blog whatever you ask, and if you could add a photo that would be great too!

The internet is a great source for people to share information, this is why I love Facebook, Instagram & Blogging, so I thank you in advance!

My Baby Bump {and those comments that make you cringe}

As you may or may not be aware, we are expecting a little addition to our family in January 2015.  On the road, I have been quite well, I mean I do get uncomfortable, get a sore back, have some digestion issues, can be emotional, but overall I am feeling really good.  This lifestyle is allowing me to rest when I need to. I lay down and stretch when I need to, I go for daily walks and I have a lot more time to plan meals, so I am eating healthy as well (well except for over indulging in my #1 craving of chocolate).

What does upset me from time to time though are the comments about how ‘huge’ I am.  On the most part, people are quite positive and whether they are saying the truth or not, they pump you up by saying you look lovely.  Everyone who ever has been pregnant, would have to agree there are times where you just feel like a loaf.  My breaths are shortened, I can run out of steam a lot quicker, and I avoid jumping pillows.  When you are feeling a little down, it seems to be the right moment for people to say things like “wow – you are going to pop soon hey?” – “OMG I had twins and wasn’t as big as you” – “Are you sure there is only one baby in there”.  I’m sure that people don’t say these things maliciously, it is just hard that when you are experiencing one of the most beautiful things that can happen, these comments can play over and over in your head and kind of get to you.

SO – I have decided that I am not going to be upset, I have embraced my pregnancy and the way in which my body has changed.  I don’t care if I have put on weight, or look like a baby albino whale, I am loving being pregnant.  I am going to share with you MY BUMP!  This is not a cry out for compliments, I am simply super proud of what my body is going through and I don’t feel the need to hide it.  My little five year old thinks I’m just beautiful and he loves touching and rubbing my belly.

Not long ago, we caught up with friends, and a few of us girls were discussing just how amazing us women are, our bodies are capable of growing another human being and can go through labour.  It is a pretty amazing thing to do, so I am now focussing more on the ‘I am healthy and super lucky to be carrying a baby’ and letting those comments go by the waist side (sorry for the pun).

So here it is –  my body transforming as I carry a little human inside.  I am going to make a promise to myself that I will not start my answer with “I know I’m huge – but I’m ….. weeks pregnant” – I will now say “I am the proud carrier of a ….. week baby & I feel super lucky”!  Today marks my 28th week of pregnancy so Congrats to me 🙂

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