Life at 33, 11 months, 3 weeks

I wake up around 5.30 every morning when Daisy comes into bed. She tries to feign a bad dream or being cold or something just to make sure she can squeeze between Rob and I. Sometimes she goes back to sleep, sometimes she just lays there waiting for one to us to move. It’s always me. And that’s OK. We head out to the lounge room grabbing dressing gowns and putting the heat on as we go. If there are coals still burning from the night before I throw some wood in and wait patiently for the flames to appear once again. The TV goes on, Daisy gets some milk and settles in, and I open my laptop to see what’s happening in the world. Harper and Rob sleep on. They appear sometime later on nattering as they walk down the hallway together talking of sleep and dreams. The coffee machine goes on and my kind husband makes me a coffee, as he does, every morning. We’re up. All up. The day begins.

It’s Preschool or trips to the park or shops that fill our mornings. Finger buns or biscuits, juice and fruit. A rest comes after lunch for Harper while Daisy settles on the couch to watch something on a Discovery Channel. Rob pops in and out of his office if he’s home grabbing a tea or a cuddle as the day goes on. Washing out, washing in, wood chopped, fires set, dinner prepped. Trips to the post office to pick something up, or send something off. Pulling weeds as I walk past, picking flowers as I go.

We eat together most nights – a family dinner as Daisy calls it – and we chat about the day that was. After dinner Rob bathes the girls while I clean up, then get the girls dressed in front of the fire. It’s time for quiet games, a puzzle a book and then it’s off to bed – Rob taking Harper back down the hallway nattering about dreams and sleep as they go. I take Daisy sometime soon after we read books and then I sit, waiting for sleep to come.

It’s then our time. To talk and watch and laugh and snuggle. To blog, to tweet, to drink to be. We head to bed not late, who knows what or who will be the first to wake. Sleep comes easily – it’s dark, it’s quiet, it’s cold.

It’s a simple life these days but one I wouldn’t swap for the world. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier, more at peace and more at home than I am, right now, 33, 11 months and 3 weeks.


  1. Love this – I feel that peace here too, that it’s OK to just be. x

  2. Just beautiful Beth, nothing better than being at peace with yourself and your life xx

  3. Beautifully expressed. I feel exactly the same way. I’ve found a comfort that I never imagined I would have, and it has made me happier than I could ever have thought possible. xx

  4. If we changed the names you could have been narrating a day from my life. x

  5. Happy 33 years, 11 months& 3 weeks πŸ™‚

    I love that time just after the babies go down πŸ™‚

    It’s therapeutic, re-energising, and a chance for my hubby and I to check in with each others lives, and see what we’ve been up to πŸ™‚

  6. Said beautifully.

    And happy almost birthday – gotta love a fellow Leo!

  7. Aaaaah… x

  8. What a beautiful post. I hope my life is like this oneday. Thank you for sharing it with us x

  9. im with bron, ahhhhhh. its all about perspective, and i like yours.

    fuzzy fuzzy

    xo em

  10. Sounds perfect. A virgo…explains a lot, me too.

  11. beautifully written beth… these are the posts I reckon you’ll look back on; when these crazy days are long gone {like when they turn 6!} Jo x

  12. Great post. FYI BabyMac, you’re nailing the posts lately, I can relate to much of what you say.

    That sounds so surprisingly familiar. It makes me realise that even though we’re all so different, we’re not really. We all really want the same things, huh?

    I love that time when the smalls are asleep and it’s Mr P23 and I taking turns in front of the heater, eating chocolate and having a laugh on the couch in our PJs. Hawt!

  13. That sounds so lovely and relaxing. Just beautiful xx

  14. a simple life is the best life. Beautifully written…jealous! x

  15. beautiful. sounds oh so similar to my own day, I do all the muma things and MrS makes me tea in the morning, works from home, and baths the little ones at night, just like your Rob. Couldn’t imagine life any other way, nor do i want too! x

  16. This is a lovely post. You write so beautifully. Thanks for sharing your day with us!

  17. sounds perfect. our mornings and evenings are very similar, though the bit in between can get a bit crazy for me. enjoy your day. ps: lovely post.

  18. The contentment oozes from your post.

  19. Long time reader – first time comment but couldn’t let this one pass. Life is good yes? I felt the warmth of your home fires from here. What lucky girls they are. x Emma

  20. Sounds simply divine; thats quite a slice of serenity you have there!

  21. This is lovely. So great to feel content with all that’s in your life.
    Thanks for sharing this.

  22. Loving the contentment I feel reading this. And how lovely your life is.

  23. The nattering. That makes my heart twinge and hurt in a good way <3

  24. Talk about a perfect post. Beautiful.

  25. love love love this. I can see/hear/smell/taste/feel it all almost. tatum xx

  26. I love how you write, I never get tired of reading your blog.
    Even if it is simple things you make them so real.
    Life is good mid thirties, you are still young closer to your 20s then anything else! Have fun.

  27. Searching for wonder in the small things is where you find the best treasure. I think you’ve struck gold, Beth.

    Jealous of that husband who is home for family dinners and bathing sweet babes (grr to you, long hours!). Oh, and that open fire too.

    Sweet sweet post. Loved it.

  28. Lovely post Beth. It’s nice to be feeling so content which you obviously are at 33 yrs + 3 weeks.
    I know that I certainly feel a little reflective just before a birthday and it’s re-assuring to have such a cosy lifestyle to reflect on. cheers Wendy

  29. Ps will you be having ‘festival of Beth’ next week??

  30. What a beautiful existence! That’s the way life should be.

  31. This is so beautiful! Even when you’re bonkers/tired/dealing with a sick baby, you still manage to make your life sound so wonderful xxx

  32. Perfection. And you guys are so lucky to eat dinner together as a family each night. Love it. xx

  33. oh to be so lucky to be in such a happy contented place in your life – enjoy every minute of it, revel in all of it.


  34. This is my favourite of your posts so far.
    I’m making my way through your blog from start to finish, and relatively quickly, as it’s so easy to read.


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