Room with a view!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Hello! Apologies for my abscense! Following the big move from KL (and despite all being struck down with the flu), Allegra, Mr B and I spent a lovely two weeks in Melbourne catching up with family and friends and, well, just enjoying being back in Oz! But with our gypsy lifestyle, we didn't stay put for long! Mr B started his new job in Sydney last Monday and Allegra and I arrived on Friday night. After contemplating buying a house in our new city (which you might recall me mentioning here), we have decided against it for various reasons meaning we will once again be renting... sigh. Whilst we search for the perfect rental property (if such a thing exists)and wait patiently for our sea freight to arrive and clear customs, we are staying in a gorgeous fully furnished, fully equiped apartment! I will share some pics soon as I am certain many of you out there would just love it (think sex in the city with a dash of Anna Spiro) but for the moment, I just had to share the view from our gorgeous terrace!

I snapped this yesterday evening as the sun was setting...
yup, a perfect view of two of Australia's most iconic landmarks...
The Sydney Opera House AND the Harbour Bridge :)
And it seems we have a bit of a running theme going when it comes to rooms with a view and iconic buildings...

This was the view from the loungeroom in our apartment
in Kuala Lumpur... the famous Petronas (twin) Towers in KLCC!

And this was the view from our balcony when we lived
 on The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai... that's the iconic
Burj Al Arab you can spot across the water.

What next, the Eiffel Tower?!

Again, please bear with me whilst we get settled in Sydney... this might take longer than expected especially seeing as Allegra and I are Melbourne bound once again this weekend as Mr B takes a business trip to the US. Never a dull moment that's for sure!

Have a great week my friends :) x

There's no place like home...

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


After 3 years, 5 months and 21 days it is time for Mr B and I to close this chapter in our lives and bid the expat life adieu... and what a chapter it has been! We have moved countries (three times!), I changed careers, we've had a handful of amazing holidays (I've now visited 64 cities in 20 countries), got engaged, married, started this blog, fell pregnant and had our beautiful baby girl, Allegra. And so as I sit in our almost empty apartment (waiting for the removalists who are late for the second day in a row... hmph) I am filled with so many emotions, some happy, some sad, but I am mostly feeling overwhelmed that I am so very lucky. Because in the last 3 years, 5 months and 21 days, life has been so kind as to set the most amazing foundation for what I know will continue to be a blessed life with my precious little family and amazing friends (including you, my bloggy ones). So please, bare with me whilst we get settled back in Australia as I would love for you all to come along for the ride and join me for the next exciting chapter... whatever it may hold. But for now, I am clicking together the heels of my ruby slippers... because there is no place like home! x

Allegra Isobel Bouw is 7 Months old!

Friday, July 1, 2011

I know, I can't believe it either, last Sunday Allegra turned 7 months old! And what can I tell you about our darling in this monthly update?!


Well, besides getting more adorable as each day passes, this last month was filled with many more 'firsts'! It really is amazing how much bubbas grow, change and develop on a daily basis isn't it! As you will see in the pics Allegra is now pretty much sitting up like a big girl! She is rolling and flipping all over the place and whilst she hasn't attempted to crawl yet, it wouldn't surprise me if she just skips that step all together! It seems Allegra much prefers to be on her feet and has already begun trying to take little steps with the help of Mum and Dad to steady her. She has several new teeth which has reintroduced a few sleepless nights in the Bouw household but this also always results in double the cuddles. Allegra has been little miss independent since she was born, however, numerous times in the last week she has demonstrated a few 'I want my Mummy' moments when people she doesn't know all that well have attempted to hold her. And whilst it is never nice to see your little one cry, I was secretly loving the unfamiliar needy side of my baby girl :) Allegra continues to use (or overuse in my opinion hee hee) her one and only proper word Da da dad dad dadda (which you may have seen here), however, she also continues to grow into one cheeky and very chatty little girl yakking away throughout the days. Her little voice brings me instant joy and it is so exciting picturing having conversations with her a few months down the track! She was up to her 'raspberry blowing' tricks again this week... which you will see in the video below. The last time she blew this many raspberries she spoke her first word just two days later... hmmm, could Mum Mum Mumma be on the horizon?! Anyway, here are a handful of recent snaps followed by the raspberries in question... I sure do love my Allegra Isobel to bits...

Allegra loves her food :)
My gorgeous lil' toadstool :)
Allegra and Daddy after a Saturday lunch!
My little lady and I :)
Story time with my in-laws, Grandma and Puppa Bouw :)
Daddy, Allegra and Puppa Bouw :)
The girls :)
Cuteness! And I'm loving that a few people who
have seen this photo have said she is finally
starting to resemble me a little :)
My gorgeous, cheeky girl!
video

And here is the video of Allegra blowing
 raspberries as if her life depended on it :)

So there you have it, yet another Allegra-dedicated post!

This weekend marks the close of a very significant chapter in our lives. This weekend will be our last in Kuala Lumpur. Our last as expats. And our last before we will be permanently back on our beloved Aussie shores. I know I will be spending it taking it all in and reflecting on the last four years. But I'll save getting all nostalgic on you for another post and for now, bid you a lovely weekend! x

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