Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It's all about the lifestyle


One of the big deciding factors in our move down south of Mandurah was the lifestyle. We wanted to have wide open spaces and places to explore and adventures to be had without the hustle and bustle of the city, but still being close enough not to feel completely cut off. I love the beach, you can call me picky but I hate the overcrowded ones that you can hardly swim without accidentally touching another swimmer, how awkward is it when you kick someone in the face by mistake when you are showing off your breast stroke skills! Our desire to move down here was driven by a need to get outdoors more, have fun as a family and just relax and enjoy our surroundings. With age (all 30 years of it), I care less about going to cool caf├ęs and fancy restaurants, maybe because the enjoyment factor of going to those places with young kids is severely decreased and makes the thought of overpaying for food that is quickly wolfed down whilst trying to keep kids entertained makes me cringe! One day, I'm sure I'll have the desire to go back and often, maybe when the kids are in school, but maybe I'll just pocket the extra money and buy some new shoes instead!

This weekend re-comfirmed to us that we made the right decision moving down here, it was kind of the epitome of the Mandurah lifestyle weekend that we have been chasing. Saturday consisted of heading out on the estuary on Pop's boat, where Ezra got to see dolphins close up as they raced the boat and jumped out in front of us, he was so excited and kept asking me for more (you can see my video on Instagram @yellowdandy), then a classic fish and chip lunch at Dolphin Quay. Sunday we had a friends birthday breakfast cookup on the beach, a beach that can only be accessed by 4wd, which our Ford Escape only just classifies as. A beach that is fairly empty and secluded. We were sun soaked and exhausted after our weekend, but that good kind of exhausted where you feel satisfied and relaxed and you sleep so well (apart from babies waking you up for milk).

I'm so excited for my kids to grow up here. I'm so excited for this summer! This is the life for me.


Linking with the wonderful Jess for #IBOT 

18 comments:

  1. It looks awesome! I'd love to have a 4WD and be able to go over to South Straddy or up to Fraser Island to the deserted beaches. I'm happy enough with the Gold Coast, but you're right, it does get very crowded. Esp summer school holidays. x Aroha

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  2. Great photos! And you look lovely with the salty beach hair - it suits you :)

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  3. Ahh that looks so good. Might have to put going to the beach on the summer bucket list.

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  4. I'm stoked for you and ever so jealous - I would love to move away from it all - to a quieter, more peaceful place where my children have more free reign. Good on you for doing it :)

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  5. Gorgeous pictures! Is that your toddler slack lining??? That is so very cool and such a great skill to develop for gross motor stuff - wish I was that capable!!! x

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  6. It's such a brave decision to make, judging by your photos the move suits you all. Great photos & thank you for sharing your story x

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  7. And what a wonderful life it looks like! I love the tight rope walking idea! I love being outside and at the beach as well, though sadly our beach season has just finished, the joy of the tropical waters I guess.


    Leaving some fairy wishes and butterfly kisses from #teamIBOT

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  8. Fab!! I love the beach life also. Look forward to following your summer.
    IBOT x

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  9. I'm so jealous.
    We had the best summer last year when we went to Port Lincoln, because of all this kind of stuff. That's the kind of lifestyle I want too

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  10. It's a huge thing to move away from what you know for the kids. Glad you are having a fab time

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  11. I do love the gold coast too Aroha, it is a beautiful part of the world! And at least you can escape up to Mt Tamborine or down to the coast of northern NSW if it gets too busy!! x

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  12. haha thanks, I love my salty hair!! It makes it look a little less ratty right now haha

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  13. I still miss my old haunts, but I think the kids will be happier for sure, and we can afford a bigger house here, so that helps too! x

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  14. Not my toddler, a friends, my toddler was trying but not quite getting it. I would love for him to do more of it though, I wouldn't mind trying it myself but would probably just fall off!

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  15. I moved a away from the beach for a year, and I missed it soooo bad! I do love it so!

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  16. It's called 'slack lining' I wish I could do it, it is supposed to be really great for you!! But I just fall right off!

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  17. I'm new to your blog, and very jealous! We moved to the Pilbara for my husbands work, but we really want to be living somewhere like where you are. And it's so true, cafes and restaurants loose their importance once you have children. It's a great change in perspective!
    www.myyellowheart.blogspot.com.au

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