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