We were still enjoying cloud cover, but that does present its own problems, especially when it comes to taking photos. Light balance was my main issue for the weekend. Michaels' was a lense that is not working as it should.
Now, get a cup of tea, get comfy, as the following is photo heavy, because it's spring!
Saturday saw us making our (sleep deprived) way to Sparrow. Coffee... Naturally, Jimmy was more excited to be riding on Daddy's shoulders and being on the bus.
See that slide in the background? That's the slide Jimmy went down. On. His. Own. (But with one parent with him at the top and the other waiting at the bottom - he's still really little.)
We didn't notice any birds, but it was a cute birds nest.
Hmmm... sweet boy...
Yes Please, which I had to put away, but I was still in bed - that counts, right?
The tranquility of the weekend was ruined by this statement and this interactive living standards calculator. Let's just say that Michael and I kinda lost it, because his "average" US salary is pretty pathetic by Australian standards, especially when it's a full-time job and it supports 3 people. We are over the shock, but our resolve to get out, get back to Australia, or at least earn more as a family (by me returning to work), is even clearer in our minds.
After a few days reflecting on it all, we were able to joke about it this morning, joke that Jimmy and I are "bringing down" Michaels' standing, so to speak. Day-to-day we're ok but we can't afford a car, we're putting off replacing broken camera lenses while replacing a computer would break the bank, and saving for the future is something we will have to do in the future. For now, we have our health, a few more gray hairs, and a hilarious, gentle, thoughtful, and cheeky little boy. Mother's Day 2015 may have been bittersweet, but not for the usual mixed bag of reasons mums can struggle with on this day. Look after yourselves and be kind to one another.