Sunday Snippets... Perth edition!
The girls and i have just returned home from a lovely week of visiting my family in Perth. I was born and raised in Perth and was so excited to take Marley on her first plane ride and trip to W.A. This was my first solo parenting holiday with two kids. I was a bit nervous about flying by myself with the girls but those fears were pretty much squashed five minuets into the flight when Marley fell asleep and woke up 20 mins before landing and Lulu was throughly entertained with her bribery lollies, movies and the attention of some very lovely flight attendants.
Perth was cold, wet and windy (unusual for this time of year) but that didn't stop us from park hangs, cousin catch-up's and of course lots of red wine and excessive eating! We took my grandmother to Kings Park to see the stunning wild flowers and have a walk in the fresh Perth air. We inhaled way too many donuts from Chu, a cute bakery with great coffee and killer pastries. Lulu and her cousin Stella had many giggles and fun times together terrorising many of Perth's parks on crazy sugar high's and there was plenty of pass the parcel with miss Marley who was meeting a lot of her family for the first time.
Of course the old photo album came out (that's me above) and many laughs had over silly photo's of my siblings and i from our childhood as well as lots of comparisons between myself and Marley. She looks just like me as a baby.
Visiting home these days is bitter sweet. I love and miss my family so much and sometimes i really do crave that Perth sunshine and laid back attitude to life. It doesn't take long once there to realise that Perth is no longer my home. Over the years things have changed a lot. Some good, some bad. I don't feel like there is anything there for me anymore, like i no longer belong. It's a feeling that's so hard to put into words. I will never deny my Perth upbringing it made me who i am today and i love Perth people, we're a special bunch. But i cant help but feel like i've out grown Perth and have moved on.
I'm coming up on 16 years living in Sydney, i've nearly been living here longer than i did in Perth. Over those years i grew up a lot, had heaps of jobs, done some crazy things, met some amazing people including my husband and had two children. My roots, for now are firmly planted in this part of the country.
But will they stay here in Sydney? Who knows.