Show and Tell 1

Show and tell

It’s no secret that I love beautiful ‘things’ {just check out my ‘Love Want Need’ posts}. I mean who doesn’t right!

And like many of us, I do have lots of ‘things’. Clothing things, shoe things, jewellery things, trinket things and a truck load of tea cup things. But something I love more than just things… are when these ‘things’ have a story behind them. A personal story, an historic story, a happy story, or even a sad story. I just love a damn good story!

Miss 5 has show and tell once a week at school and as we’ve been helping her plan what she shares every week, it’s taken me right back to my school days and it’s got me thinking… Why don’t grown ups do show and tell? We all live diverse, interesting lives and I’m sure we all have fascinating ‘things’ and stories to share, so why not start a Show and Tell series, for adults, right here on the blog! {Not to be confused with the blog Show and Tell. Those ladies are all kinds of awesome and you should totally check them out.}

According to wiki, the definition of Show and Tell is:

a common expression about showing an audience something and telling them about it. It is a common classroom activity at early elementary school. For example, a child will bring an item from home and will explain to the class why they chose that particular item, where they got it, and other relevant information.

From time to time, I’ll share some of my ‘things’ for Show and Tell, but let’s face it, that could get boring pretty quickly, so I’ll also regularly invite others to share their stories too. It’s all a bit of fun and hey, you might even learn something new!

So, whether it’s an object, a piece of jewellery, a letter, a song, a book, a tattoo, something hand made, a special gift, a person or even a pet… there are personal stories just waiting to be uncovered and I look forward to sharing them right here!

So with that in mind, let’s start telling stories… I’ll go first!

Show and Tell #1

Name:

Shannon

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Happy wife | Proud mum | Animal lover | Blogger | Marketer | Yogi | Loves the simple and beautiful things in life.

I’m a country girl in a city world! Born and raised in coastal South Australia, I moved to the big smoke {Adelaide} to study Marketing. After graduating, I spent a year in the USA, travelling and working at a summer camp teaching sailing and kayaking. On my return to Australia, I moved to Sydney, got a job, met my now hubby and have called Sydney home for 14 years, working in marketing, sponsorship and media roles in the Corporate world. These days I work part time, spending as much time as I can with my2morrows {my 2 kiddies}, drinking tea and blogging about Kid stuff, life stuff, my ‘Love Want Need’ lists, music and travel.

Show & Tell Item:

Brazillian wooden carved hand, purchased at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio, Brazil.

Good Luck Hand

What’s the story?:

The show and Tell item is related to our engagement story, which I blogged about a couple of weeks ago. You can read about that here.

Not long after C proposed, we popped into the little souvenir shop at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio. I tend to pick up a little something from most places we visit, to help capture the memories. I had seen these wooden carved hands everywhere around the city of Rio and was quite intrigued, so that day I’d asked a local at the markets what they were and what they symbolised, and was told that it’s a Brazillian symbol for good luck, similar to what crossing fingers means to us. It’s also linked to passion and fertility.

A fitting souvenir to bring home that perfectly symbolised everything that an engagement promises for the future.

It now sits on my dressing table and I look at it regularly and smile, remembering that special moment in our lives, on top of ‘our’ mountain.

Engaged!

Engaged!

Want to get involved in Show and tell and share your story? Or do you know someone that may have a great ‘Show and Tell’ story to share? Head over to the ‘contact me’ tab above and send me an email.

And don’t forget to follow my2morrows on facebook, I’d love to see you there!

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A green dress in Rio, a ring and a question…

A green dress in Rio, a ring a question (1)

Green is not a colour I wear often. Its not that I don’t like it, I just don’t think it really suits me.

But this one time… in Rio, I wore a green dress and I won’t ever forget it!

Rio was the second stop on our epic South American adventure and gosh, we fell in love with her! On this particular day, we had been out and about, exploring the Ipanema markets, hanging out at the beach, lunching at THAT cafe {The Garota de Ipanema: Where “The Girl from Ipanema” was written} and getting to know the amazing city that is Rio DeJaneiro during Carnival. A dream come true.

THAT Cafe. The Garota de Ipanema: Where "The Girl from Ipanema" was written

THAT Cafe. The Garota de Ipanema: Where “The Girl from Ipanema” was written

After a fun filled day, we headed back to our hotel to freshen up before heading off to catch the sunset from the top of Sugar Loaf mountain {Pao de Acucar}, followed by dinner and a bloco – a street party held during Carnival. I was going to wash my hair, but time was of the essence if we wanted to see the sun set so I wacked it back into a messy updo, popped on the green dress and a slick of mascara and off we went.

We took two cable cars to get to the top, the doors opened and there were people everywhere! Seems we were not the only tourists wanting to see the sunset over one of the worlds most amazing cities!

I had started to walk in the direction of the sun set, but C took my hand and pulled me in the opposite direction saying “No, THIS way”… almost pulling my arm out of its socket.

We were standing next to a statue and next thing I knew, he grabbed both my hands and proceeded to say lots of words. All the words! I cant recall them exactly… but they were beautiful and I remember trying to take them all in, remembering to breathe whilst thinking… is he going to…. OMG! I then remember him getting down on one knee, pulling a ring box out of his pocket and saying…

WILL YOU MARRY ME?

Of course I said “YES!”, then cried!

He even had a ring, which I later found out he had hidden in our garage for months and had been carrying around in his backpack since we left Australia. It was a fakie… smart boy, he knew it wasn’t a good idea to travel through South America for months with a diamond ring and he wanted me to pick the real ring when we got home.

There were people surrounding us, smiling, pointing and some even with tears in their eyes. A lady who just happened to be from Sydney came straight over, congratulated us and asked for our camera. She then proceeded to direct us in a photo shoot re-enactment of our proposal. As it was only minutes later, she managed to capture that moment and the butterflies in our tummies. Lady from Sydney, whoever you are… we are forever thankful.

Yes!

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engaged

We then watched the sun set and took a bunch of photos. It was one of the most vivid sunsets I’ve ever seen!

Rio Sunset

Rio Sunset 2

Rio Sunset 3

Not wanting to leave our magical spot at the top of our mountain {yep, it was totally OUR mountain now}, we grabbed a celebratory drink from the bar. Unfortunately they didn’t have bubbles on offer, so we had a Heineken – the exact same hue as my green dress which is now forever known as “The Heineken Dress”.

Heineken

Engaged!

After sunset, we got the cable car back down, wondering if we’d ever come back to this magical spot again in our lifetime, joking that we would bring our un-born kids one day.

We then went to dinner at a restaurant in Copacabana where we had many a caipirinha {when in Brazil you must drink their national cocktail!} and then danced the night away at a Bloco. On our walk back to the hotel, the heavens opened up so we danced in the Summer rain with a bunch of strangers. Young, free, soaking wet from the rain & now engaged!

The perfect proposal with memories we will both never forget.

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I’d love to hear your engagment story… share share in the comments below.

Here’s a selection of our pics from Rio and the glitz and glamour that is Carnival.

Carnivale

carnivale queen

Carnivale 2

Carnivale 3

carnivale 4

carnivale 5

carnivale 6

carnivale 8

carnivale 9

Christ Redeemer

christ redeemer

The Stay-Cation

The Staycation

Remember when you were a kid and the most vivid summer memories were always about simple fun under the Australian sun with your best friends and your family? {With Fluro zinc cream on your nose}

I’m talking bright blue skies, hot hot days, ice blocks melting faster than you can eat them, slip n slide with detergent for extra speed, Bbq’s, the sound of neighbours kids playing, cicadas providing your summer soundtrack, sand castles, jumping over waves, and riding your new bike on Christmas morning.

Sun, sand, salt and surf. Friends, fun and family. These were the ingredients to our stay-cation and it was bliss. It was one of the best holidays we’ve had and we didn’t even need a suitcase or a passport.

Boogie board over one shoulder, towel over the other. Bucket and spade in one hand, child’s tiny hand in the other. A visit from Pa who lives interstate. We bought furniture and we de-cluttered. Room by room, cupboard by cupboard. I donated 6 bags of clothing! And another 4 bags of baby things.

Maybe this is why our stay-cation was so good. We got a holiday AND we got super organised ready for whatever 2015 will throw at us.

The Huz had a list of household handy jobs that could all be completed with a cordless drill, a phillips head screw driver, a lawn mower, an Ikea provided allen key, a can of Wd40 and a bottle of weed killer.

Side note… I don’t recommend visiting Ikea with two kids under five after four hours at the aquatic centre. It looks like this…

Ikea

After the events of last year {both on a personal and global scale} all we wanted to do was be close to home with those we love and our stay-cation was a reminder that it really is all about the simple things.

And you know you’ve had a good break when you are actually ok at the thought of going back to the rat race and getting back into some sort of routine. I think the key to this is the magic three weeks. Two weeks is just not quite enough. Three is just perfect. But of course I’d take more if I could!

So here’s our perfect Aussie summer in pictures.

Christmas went something like this…

Does it get much cuter than a kid in a dressing gown!?

Does it get much cuter than a kid in a dressing gown!?

Home made gifts for our besties & neighbours {thanks The Organised Housewife for the idea}

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Train

Jingle, our Elf on the shelf provided lots of cheeky laughs and I almost cried when the kids said goodbye to him Christmas Eve.

Jingle, our Elf on the shelf provided lots of cheeky laughs and I almost cried when the kids said goodbye to him Christmas Eve.

Thanks Santa!

Thanks Santa!

I actually have 3 kids!!

I actually have 3 kids!!

Our 2morrows were so into Chrissy this year and it was just magical.

Our 2morrows were so into Chrissy this year and it was just magical.

Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo

Damn selfie stick!!

Damn selfie stick!!

Giraffes view of Sydney

Luckiest giraffes in the world. That view!

Taronga Seals

Master 3 was a bit scared of the Dinosaurs. Look how real they looked!

Master 3 was a bit scared of the Dinosaurs. Look how real they looked!

Taronga Dinosaurs

Home Stuff

We bought furniture, the kids got new beds and we finally did my picture wall which was months in the making. Thanks handy man Dad for hanging my Frames!

{Oh Happy Days foil print from Down That Little Lane. I just couldn’t part with the pineapple and watermelon Scatter Love Cards from Fat Mum Slim and Emma Kate Co. They were screaming to be framed!}

Picture Wall

Miss 5 lost her first tooth! Thankfully the tooth fairy was on her game!

Miss 5 lost her first tooth! Thankfully the tooth fairy was on her game!

Date Day!

We had an amazing date day. Yes, a whole Day! Hot stone massage for two, lunch at my current fave restaurant. Papi Chulo @ Manly, a big long romantic walk and frozen yoghurt whilst watching the waves roll in. Romance!

Papi Chulo

Meat Fest!

Meat Fest!

We swam. We beached. We did picnics. We slip n slided…

Freshwater Beach

This photo makes my heart sing!

This photo makes my heart sing!

Salt in the air sand in my hair

Slip N Slide

Freshwater Beach

The blimp seemed to follow us everywhere we went!

The blimp seemed to follow us everywhere we went!

Shelley Beach

Aquatic Centre

We spent 4 hours here!!

Manly To Spit Coastal Walk

I did the manly to spit walk with my fave gals on the most divine day ever, followed by a dip in the ocean! It was sooo good and we’ve vowed to do it more often.

Manly Wharf

Yay No kids!

Yay No kids!

Manly to spit

Shan & Jo Manly to Spit Walk

God's Country

God’s Country

Clontarf

Balgowlah

Love this city sydney

Yep, I really do love this city!

Sometimes the best vacation is a stay-cation. We will definitely be doing it again!

Have you even done a stay-cation? What was your favourite part?

Shannon xx pink