Well this is embarrassing; ANYWHO, Life for the past few months.

I last posted on Dec 15th.

It’s now Feb 23rd.

2017.

Nervous cough.

ANYWHOO; moving right along.

Life’s been good. It’s been nice to be relaxing and living and feeling better. We had a new years eve party at our house, just a small one, which was fun. The weeks kinds blur between thanksgiving and new years huh?!

We headed to Australia mid Jan to get some baby squeezes in cause Y’ALL I GOT A NEW NIECE.

SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL.

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She was born Jan 11th. And a few days after we headed out to meet her.

*Cue the huge amount of photos*

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Aus was, as always, amazing and fun and way to short a trip. Catching up, squeezing kiddos, nights out, Sleep overs with Nieces, and first days of pre school and family pictures. See below.

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PC to my amazing brother who’s a pretty dang good photographer:)

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We headed out of LAX while it was raining and freezing and 40, and landed at 9am in humid, sticky 95. Seth almost died.

Actually he almost died twice in the first day. Once when we landed and the other when he found out my parents DO NOT have AC, and the only spare fan was actually a heater that had fan element and was the size of a radio. Poor kid never saw it coming.

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We’re back at home now and into trying to FINALLY finish the house. I laugh that I told myself it would take 2 weeks.. HAHAHA*SOB*.

This year I am going to try and work on being better about posting, but posting things of value and not just rambles. Hopefully I’ll get my new year thoughts and goals up here soon and some other stuff.

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What about you guys? Did you all have a safe and happy Christmas/new year/ VALENTINE break?

*HOW did I go this long, my stars*

Cue awkward stage exit.

Love,

New Little *Ah-Well-I’m-Back* Wife

AND A FEW MORE FOR GOOD MEASURE.

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Fall.. Were’d ya go?

I got lied too and I kinda lied, too.

First off, I was told it’s “fall”. Which means “cooler weather” and nice leaves.

SOCAL HAS NO FALL PEOPLE.

It’s the end of Oct and it was over 30/88 yesterday.

Anyway, I was telling everyone, and myself, that fall was going to be slower and cooler and a lot less busy.

Ha.

Ha.

Ha

HA. HA. HA.

I have kinda been awol from here the last few weeks. Life just keeps charging on.

Some of the last months highlights are, but are not limited too;

Family visiting, organizing and running a youth weekend, family nights and doubles dates, getting a bad head cold, my first ever pumpkin patch trip, having a yard sale, getting two migraines, friends visiting, dr visits, blood tests, Graduation Dinners, KBC planning, baby parties and the like.

All so good.

Well. Maybe not the cold, mirage, dr bits.

But the rest was fab.

A few things this month;

Like I said above, we went to a pumpkin patch, my first one EVER. And it was awesome:)

I went to my first ever college ball game with some lovelies, which was just as fun.

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Although, I know NOTHING of what they are doing. They just seems to run and tackle each other all the time, no matter who has the ball…?

And I hit SIX MONTHS since my treatment, which has me JUMPING for joy.

Really. Cause now I can- well, Me minus the head cold can 😉

Six months seems like a pretty big milestone. I can eat more and do more and BE more now, and its super. I’ll have an update coming.. when I get the chance!.. but I’m doing well!

Lastly….

I BOOKED FLIGHTS HOME.

Yes kids, we are heading down in the new year and pretty excited. The Hub even gets to come too, Hurrah!

I get to see these faces again!

 

We got friends to see and new babes to squeeze and a whole lotta talking and kisses to cram into three weeks.

The weeks have been FLYING by. Which is always good, so long as they slow when we are there. Ha.

Hopefully I’ll grab 10 post again soon, but in the mean time;

I’m not dead, I don’t get Gridiron, Fall is just longer summer and I’m going home.

Love,

New Little *October-were’d-you-go?* Wife

Moving Countries 101.

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By now you probably know this, and are most likely dang sick of me talking about this, but I moved from Aus to SoCal a few years ago to smooch this kid and get him for life.
So moving countries is something that I have done and at the ripe old age of 19.

Lately I have heard of a few people about to do the same.

So I thought I would write a post on Moving Countries 101.

Here we go Kids;

Firstly, Gather all your plans, ideas and time frames, make a nice neat pile… and then light them on fire. It’s not going to go like this, AT ALL. I think we had major plan changes every week in the first few months. In then end, ya kinda wing it. Enjoy the ride;)

Realize that homesickness is a big real thing, and embrace it.

You’re gonna get it, that’s for sure, so here are some tips to help ya;

Find the familiar. Something that reminds you of home, maybe a food, drink, place, people who have moved too ect. FYI If you live in Cali, World Market sells GOOD ginger beer and Target has the things you need to make  lemon, lime bitters, the kinda from home. You’re Welcome;)

Get a good phone plan *with unlimited data* And then download whats app & Skype.
No but really. These babies are you lifeline. Plus, if you can, get the plan that allows call to landlines for cheap. You need this more than you first realize.
Be honest with your partner. If you moved for someone, be honest with them. Not in the I HATE LIVING HERE way, although Seth has heard that PLENTY before *cause on the rough days, let’s be real, you kinda do. Ha.*
Just tell them what your thinking. Things like; “Im really homesick today, so if I am down, that’s why” “I just need to step back and find some familiar things” “I dont hate you, living here, or anything, I am just missing home” ect ect. It’s rough for them too, and they can often feel bad seeing you in a flood of tears telling them over and over that you “Just want to go to Audley Park!”. Ask us how we know;)
Anyway, Hope these little tips help!

Get lost. No really, get lost. Drive around your new place and lose yourself. It helps to see your surroundings, helps you to learn about where you are and what its like. *If you move to downtown LA or Chicago, maybe take a friend, or seven;)*

Join Community Events. Moving countries isn’t the best ever thing for ones social life, believe it or not. In fact, it down right sucks. So get out there, find new people, make new friends. Go to community things, have dinner with your neighbors, go out with work friends and meet people. This is SO important. It’s VERY easy to get lonely and feel pretty down that you don’t know anyone.

Change you mindset. Look at this as an adventure, a new experience, a plot twist, a whole new start over. If you try to mesh, compare or over analyze you’ll wind up sad, annoyed and hating were you live. So don’t.
Appreciate what you can, learn about your new place, and grow like crazy. There comes a point were it really hits you, about a year in, and trust me, you’re gonna wanna leave, if you can, push thru. You’ll be stronger for it.
It’s hard NOT to compare. Really, it is. And sometimes you have to, because you have to live somewhere, so looking at the pros and cons of each place is kinda a must, try to dwell MORE on the pros of where you are living at that time.

And lastly, Call ya mum. Or your dad. Or your brother. Or your niece. Make sure you have regular contact with everyone you love at home. This helps you to feel like you are still a part of their lives.

It’s rough, really. It’s kinda crazy, and those growing pains hurt like hell sometimes but it so fun, fulfilling and just good.

Plus this guy is SO WORTH IT.

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Love,

New Little *Moving-Countries-101* Wife

Jolly June; Recaps.

Our June was simply insane.

I was (& am still) in recovery from all the “fun” I had in April & May with my insides, which meant I was tired and hungry most of the month.. with a few days of my body reminding me that I was meant to be “resting”.. Something I am horrid at.

So we kicked off June in in some what of a tired haze… And then quickly launched  to full steam.

I had some super fun beach days with this stunner..

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This Hunk had a birthday..

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And this kid graduated High School all the the one week..

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This beauty was baptized.. We made us ALL give praise hands. Welcome Sista Chlo.

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And this one had her Bridal night..

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Which lead to her getting hitched to this guy a week later…

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It was a super fun, love filled day and she looked simply STUNNING!

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I mean. Drop. Dead. Gorgeous.

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After all these festivities, we wanted more of a chill week before we packed up and headed to Hawaii for the last week of June. 

Hawaii was awesome and relaxing and so so fun. So nice to spend some time with some of the people we love most!

Here are a few fun pictures of our time there:)

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So July is off to a big start too!! But we are hopefully winding down and August is looking a little less crazy, which is sounding oh so nice.

Of course, while all this was going on, I also decided we needed to paint our house. Ha.

So look out for house reno posts in the near future;)

Love,

New Little *Jolly-June-Recaps* Wife

How was your june? Busy? Happy? Hope it was swell!!

 

 

Goings on + I’m Leaving.

Hello Kiddos!

Sorry I have kinda not been all here lately, this month has been stupidly busy and we are not even done yet. We have had weddings and friends stay and crazy work schedules and sickness and all.

This summer is looking to be pretty busy. I know, i’m meant to be relaxing, and I really am, just in-between the crazy. Ha.

This week we have had super hot weather, more on that later (I have a funny story about some fish) but we are busy packing up for a trip to…..

HAWAII.

We are having a big family vacay to Hawaii this week, and I am SO excited.

It’s going to be SO SO nice.

However, I have decided that I am going to spend the whole time off line. No posting or writing or anything.

So for the new two weeks i’m going to be MIA…

Well, not really, I’ll be on the beach reading.

I did snag some good book deals so I have *8* to take with me. Seth thinks I am insane.

I will be back at it with a bunch of good stuff for you guys including a wrap up of June ( It’s been a super fun, crazy month!) & a cool post I ( AND SETH!) have been working on.

But for now, bring on the leis and Pina Coladas.

See ya in two weeks!

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Us on the last Family Hawaii Vacay… When we were young and un married;)

 

Love,

New Little *Hawaii-Going* Wife

 

Trip Recap- NON medical.. with a million photos;)

 

I promised a trip recount NON medical related. And I’m gonna deliver.

So, whilst over there, I did manage to do some slightly funner things that treatment. Hurrah.

There were date days with my brother..

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And we went to the movies to see Captain America v Ironman. The woman behind us was super skilled in the art of photo bombing…

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We also came up with another series of Superheros. Stay tuned. It’s going to blow you away 😉

We even got in a body balance work out, and this stunner was our fantastic instructor!

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I snuck a trip to Newcastle in there, and had coffee and beach times with these babes. Plus some WELL over due catch ups with a good friend!

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Side note about this photo; it was taken by my little nephew who is 3!!! And it was his first time taking a photo on a phone. Ever. I think he did a pretty dang good job! What a champ!!

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Then back down to watch this little girl kick it in swimming… Naturally we went for baby chinos after 😉

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Plus a little bit of shopping too.. My sister and I ended up twinning and getting the same shirt.. Lucky we don’t look alike;)

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Isn’t this little guy just delicious!? 

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A trip home would not be a trip home without lunch with these darlings.

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Plus a sneaky arvo tea with this girl who happened to be on my side of AUS!

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And I finally got to see these ladies after TWO YEARS. Sob. Although one was traveling Europe for a year and the other is simply phenomenal at her job and just never free. So it wasn’t all my fault 😉

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I also happened to smash out a fair few books whilst away, so stay tuned for more Book Nook Books!!

Plus, as always, some awesome chats, coffee dates and quality time in with these lovely babes!

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I would like to give a shout out to this Hunk, who was has been a champ for the last month! It’s never easy doing long distance, but he’s amazing at it.

Plus when I came home he had it spotless with flowers and little presents everywhere and a few house renos I had been suggesting for a while done! Hurrah.

He’s smashing this husband thing!!

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So, there ya have it! So nice to see all these people again! Sure do miss em tons! Hard to say goodbye to those little faces too… But it was oh so good to hug the hub.

Love,

New Little *Trip-Recap* Wife

 

 

Thank You.

So I’m state side again.

Im happy, sad, nervous, ready to get back into it.. but mainly.

Excited.

I’m so excited about all the possibilities this treatment opens up.

Healthy body.

Able to be Active.

Eat REAL food! Haha!! But Really..

I also want to take some time to say thank you.

Thank you to all of you who have prayed, sent messages, cards, packages. It all means so much to me. You guys have all overwhelmed me with so much love and support, its amazing and i’m just SO thankful for it.

Seth and I are so blessed to have such an amazing network of friends & family around the world. We have really loved and appreciated it all.

There are so many people I would love to thanks right now.. my friends for always choosing resturants I can eat at, my brother for all the advice on treatment, my lovely in laws for letting me nap on their couches, not batting an eyelid at all the times I threw up in their bathroom and always being ready to help out in any way, my sisters and close friends ect…

However, I would not be here in recovery today if not for three main people.

To my Dad;

For always believing in my symptoms, no matter how insane they sounded. For knowing what it feels like to be completey exhausted. For showing me what a resilient person looks like and how to keep going when you feel like you can’t. For being so interested and invovled in my health. I have never known a father who asks about their child’s bowel movemnts as much as you do. I love you.

To my Husband;

For never complaining about how many oils, herbs & vitamins I dragged into the house. For eating vegan food like a champ. For always being supportive and kind. Thanks for all the long nights you stayed with me, all the heat bags you heated up, the times you held my hair back, the sleepless nights and constant sickness and cleaning up the house when I simply couldn’t.

I know it hasnt been easy for you having a sick girlfriend/wife and I know you have missed out on a lot because of it, so thank you. You really are the best. Thanks for understanding. I love you.

And To my Mumma;

For being my biggest advocate, not only in my health, but in all my life. For never stopping until you found someone who could make me better. For the 6am starts, the many tests, dr after dr and waiting room after waiting room. For all the times you have slept in those hospital chairs. For curling up next to me and rubbing my back. For helping me when “it was over flowing”.  I know it hasnt been easy, cheap or the funnest time of your life, but thanks for sticking by me.. Even when I got married and moved half way round the world, you have always been there.

 You are the perfect example of a loving, steadfast, faithful mother. It takes an amazing woman to be able to come out of the last ten years still in one piece. You amaze me Mum.  I love you.

So heres to the future.

To healthy bodies.

To new adevnture.

To amazing friends, and the most supportive family.

To a Good God who looks after me all to well.

 

Love,

New Little *Improved* Wife