A weekend reconnecting with my husband

husband and baby on the beach

For a little while now, I’ve been feeling like I’m the world’s grumpiest woman. There was not one particular thing that would set me off, it was like everything and anything. My husband could just breathe the wrong way and I’d be annoyed. It must have been hell to live with me.

The thing is, I know there’s logical reasons behind it, like hormones and the lack of sleep. That said, I wouldn’t want to be around me if I had a choice!

Thankfully my husband is incredible, even if he does breathe wrong from time-to-time. [...]  read more

52 in 52: do something special to celebrate our first wedding anniversary

On Saturday we celebrated our first wedding anniversary, quite a milestone for any couple. When I look back at what we’ve accomplished together in the past year, its quite a lot (with the help of friends and family too).

When we fell pregnant and calculated the due date we realised that we would have a newborn on our first anniversary. That limited our options somewhat, in that weekends away or camping were out of the picture (I’m sure they’re possible for some people, but not something we wanted to do). We would be staying home, but we wanted to make it special nonetheless. [...]  read more

I support same sex marriage and here’s why

gay wedding shoes

The Australian government has decided that we have to have a postal vote so they can gauge the public's opinion on same sex marriage. Which, to be honest, in the back of my mind is the opinion that this is just a time and money-wasting exercise so they can just do jack shit about it. Oh, the outcry if that happens. But, we must go through the motions it seems.

If you're my friend on Facebook, a follower of mine on social media or just a casual reader, you need to understand one thing.

I am about to get super political over the next few months. [...]  read more

Wedding: the first month of planning!

Yandina station table setting

It’s been just over a month now since Mario and I got engaged, and things are moving quickly!

The planning process:

I signed up for easyweddings.com.au which has been really useful in helping us to put together a budget. We wrote a first draft for an invitation list to give us an idea of numbers, which we’ve determined will have to be capped at 130 (I’ve got a big extended family and so does Mario, which those combined puts the number near 80 alone – yikes!!).

In the meantime, Mario sat down and worked out a joint budget for us to figure out how much we would be able to afford to put away each week. I hate budgeting, and let’s be honest, I’m pretty shite at it, so I was more than happy to hand that over and await the outcome. [...]  read more

The story of how Kelsbells got engaged

Before I explain about how my amazing fella proposed to me, there’s a few things you need to know about us:

  • He is incredibly romantic. I am not.
  • He is classy and stylish. I am not.
  • He’s quite cluey. I am very clearly not.

The best thing about this story is that it’s not traditionally romantic in the sense, despite my boy’s best attempts. I think our story really sums us up as people, and our relationship. There are no fireworks, or public proposals, or anything over the top.

I loved it.

A week before the main event, we had been walking our dog down by the beach. I remarked on how many people were outside having picnics, and suggested to Mario that we should have one ourselves one day. It was the week before Christmas, and thought we could just have a picnic one day after work, since I was finishing each day at 4.30pm. That left us plenty of time to enjoy the view before the sun went down and the sand flies came out. Mario agreed, and we continued on. I never thought anything more about it. [...]  read more