28 October 2016

Painting a la Andre: Lounge Room

Last weekend I shared pictures of our new bedroom, and now I want to show you our lounge room!

Immediately after finishing setting up our bedroom (in fact, I was still doing all the little bits and pieces there) Andre went to the lounge room and started moving everything in to the spare room.  That night he began preparing the walls for painting!  The energy of that guy astounds me.  AND, I will note, he was sick that day as well.

Not even 48 hours later, the lounge room was complete!  Again, we are so happy with it :)





~Rachel

25 October 2016

Visit to Sydney + Camila's Baby Shower


Recently I took a weekend trip to Sydney, to spend time with my friend Camila (who happens to be one of Andre's best friends from Brasil!) and to celebrate her baby shower with her!  It was a full, busy, wonderful weekend of catching up with friends and making memories.


Ready to fly! {Also, as a side note, in the last year I have noticed I have a squinty eye :O Help!}

Some kind of chicken pastry thing for dinner

Terrible descent-into-Sydney picture...

My brother got style

Making lunch at Ryan's place. With the mannequin.

Hanging out with these dudes :D (wow, I just realised our smiles really do look like this little emoticon :D ahaha)

Daniel took a few pictures of Ryan and I.  What a laugh!!

Okay, this one is actually kinda sweet. He was feeling baby move :)



Rearranging...

Love my bro!

Umm...

This was the first Max Brenner Chocolate Bar I ever went to - about 5 years ago, with Andre and Annelise

Thai for dinner. Don't ask what we are doing...

...we're pushing back our cuticles. Now, don't ask why. Please. 

Such a cute, fun outfit from Camila for our little girl, for when she is about 1 year old

The Main Event of the weekend was the baby shower for Thiago and Camila's little girl, Julia.  Everything worked out so beautifully!  The stunning cake in the centre was made single-handedly by the auntie-to-be, and all the other beautiful sweets are Brasilian, and SO delicious!  A friend brought pretty flowers to decorate with.  Finally, the company was lovely, too!  I got to catch up with friends I haven't seen in ages, which was awesome!

The baby shower guests + food :P

Celebrating baby Julia!

2 baby bumps, getting bigger every day!



A random car that Ryan and I saw

Sending pics to Andre of me drinking from an Avengers mug :P

Sunset, highlighting the huge moon, from Thiago and Camila's apartment (way better in real life!)



Sweets to take home to Andre :D

It was such a privilege to be able to share this time with Camila.  It's been such a blessing to me to have her friendship over the last few years.  I have often felt that I am missing out on some amazing friendships because most of Andre's childhood friends and best friends (not to mention his entire family) live on the other side of the world.  So, to be able to have a lovely friendship in Camila, and even journey through our pregnancies together, has been a true gift from God that I will always be grateful for.

~Rachel

22 October 2016

Painting a la Andre: Master Bedroom

Before we renewed the lease on our house (first time EVER renewing a lease, which was super-exciting!!) we asked our agents if they would provide supplies for us to paint the house, just to freshen it up.  They agreed, so Andre has been busy for over a month prepping walls/ceilings/skirting boards/window frames, moving furniture and painting.  He has worked SO hard, and he has barely let me lift a finger.

He has now finished both bedrooms, so we have finally set up our room, and I'm happy with how it turned out.  The blue wall is a lovely pop of colour, and the small details came together well, which was fun :)







~Rachel

12 October 2016

Sunday Afternoon Together

This Sunday Andre and I both had the day off, and we had nothing scheduled for the afternoon, so Andre suggested we go on a date :)

Since about June this year, between our casual jobs, my college and other commitments we have, it has become rare (at least, rarer than we are used to) for us to have a whole day off on the same day. It felt like a novelty to have the luxury of driving to the city, having lunch, walking around Southbank, and chatting with no agenda in mind.

I'm so grateful for days like this. They may not happen very often, but I love that we are still intentional about doing something with these days and spending quality time together.

Browsing Southbank markets

Looking over the river at Brisbane city

Korean Fried Chicken!!

~Rachel

8 October 2016

Microwaves {+ Giggles}

 

When Andre and I got married, we didn't get a microwave. At the beginning we figured it was an additional expense that wasn't really a priority at the time, and then I wanted to continue the challenge to see if it is actually possible to survive without a microwave... And we survived - for almost 3 years! We adjusted extremely quickly and got used to heating up coffee and leftovers on the stove, and defrosting meat in a bowl of hot water.

When we first moved to Brisbane, we {i.e. Andre} did some scavenging through the hard rubbish on the side of the street (thank goodness we don't know many people here) for things to repair/build/use for our home. One day Andre picked up a microwave "for parts", and then ended up testing it... And it worked perfectly!


In the early days of our microwave career, we had a few microwave moments which gave us some good laughs! Here's one example:

We're watching a movie together, and decide to make coffee. Then, of course, we feel like a treat to go along with the coffee, so Andre goes to IGA (small supermarket right next-door to our house). He gets back, picks up his coffee, and says, "Augh, it's cold - now I need to turn the stove on to warm... Wait! We have a microwave!!!" We burst into laughter at this seemingly insignificant thing, but it just shows how normal it became for us to use the stove instead of a microwave!

I'm so thankful for those years of being microwave-less. I really am more thankful for this appliance to this day!

Is there an appliance that most people think is essential, but that you have survived without?
What is an appliance you think you couldn't survive without?

~Rachel

6 October 2016

Our Weird Dog

This post is in honour of Oscar, aka Oscarino, aka Poochy.

He is SUCH a cute dog (in my totally unbiased opinion), but honestly one of the weirdest as well. The positions he lays in and the ways he looks at us is just... well, check out this sample (only from the last month!) and you will see what I mean.


I do like the way he lays close to me (but not TOO close, thankyouverymuch!) when I'm sitting at the table).

Walls must feel good. He lays like this a lot.



"Love me!!!!!!!"

He rolls in the grass and then just lays like this. Luxurious.

This was very creepy. He walked in the back door and literally stood like that for a good minute. Just staring at me.

This is favourite way to be patted. Forget ears and behind the neck! - think chest. All chest.



His love for Andre was personified in the way he tucked his little nose into Andre's armpit.

This is how he waits for Andre, heaving big sighs to boot...
..."I hear something! Is that him??"

I can't even..!


~Rachel