One Perfect Moment is all about those moments, big or small, that make you wish they'd last forever. Those moments you want to stop in time, when everything feels perfect, even for just a split-second. Snapshots of the mind. Moments to treasure forever.
Normally I post my One Perfect Moment on a Monday, but I was just having so much fun this weekend just gone that I didn't get anywhere near my computer. And being that Dave had a rare Monday off I decided to give myself the full long weekend off and postpone sharing my One Perfect Moment until today.
When you get right down to it, I kinda love the fact that I didn't get a chance to go near the computer this weekend, and hence no chance of blogging. It means I was living.
Living my life.
That's what life is all about after all.
Saturday saw me having a slow morning with the girls while I got everything packed and ready for heading over to my sisters. We were spending the night, so that my sister and BIL could get in some parenting practice before the arrival of their first cherub come August. And because I needed a babysitter!
Earlier in the year I signed up to do the Color Run Night with a couple of my girlfriends. It was originally meant to be in May, but the date was changed to the long weekend, and so serious plans needed to be made.
On the original date Dave wasn't working, and so I didn't need to worry about who would look after the girls while I went off to get covered in coloured, glowing corn starch. But the change in date meant that I was left with no baby sitter, and so my sister and brother-in-law came to my rescue.
After arriving at my sisters and seeing the girls settled, my brother-in-law drove me to the station where I hot-footed it in to the city and The Domain. I met up with my girlfriends and we headed over to the marshalling area to get geared up for the run.
I say run, but in reality we actually walked, maybe running for one 100m or so stint. For us, it wasn't about the running, it was all about the fun, having a night with friends, and a night off from our kids.
After navigating the course and having an absolute ball throwing handfuls of glowing powder at each other (we may or may not have gone a little beserk at the finish line with the packets of powder they gave us, just to make sure we were well and truly colourful!) we headed off to walk a few more kilometers (because 5 was clearly not enough!) in search of wine and food.
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Being the second last night of the Vivid Festival the city was well and truly packed, and it proved no easy feat finding a restaurant that could accommodate us and wouldn't take a bazillion hours to bring us our meals. After battling the crowds admiring the lights of Vivid we found ourselves in the Rocks, and a little place called Le Pain Quotidien.
Le Pain Quotidien is the cutest little restaurant, located in the old Rocks Police Station. At the back of the restaurant you can actually sit in the old cells to have your meal. It was very cute (if a jail cell can be called that!). The food was really good and amazingly well-priced for a city eatery, and so we stuffed ourselves with a generous charcuterie platter, and I chose the crispy pork-belly with mash, baked apple and gravy for main. Delicious!
The food was washed down with not one but two bottles of a lovely Merlot that had us all feeling even more happy by the time we were done with our meals. There's nothing like good food, wine and good friends to make a girl's heart sing.
After dinner we walked up to the Shangri La Hotel and took a chance to that we would be let in to what was voted Best Hotel Bar in the Gourmet Traveller 2014 Hotel Guide Awards, Blu Bar on 36. None of us were really expecting to have a chance of getting in, dressed as we were for running and with multi-coloured hair, but the lady took pity on us, and after promising to hide in a corner and spend money, we were allowed in for the perfect cocktail to end our night, a Vanilla Martini Espresso.
After a lot of laughs and stories told, I headed home. I have to thank my brother in law for being kind enough to pick me up from the station at 1 in the morning! A little later than I had originally intended to come home, but let's face it, it's not every weekend I get the chance to go out for a night on the town with my friends, so we made the most of it!
After a little sleep-in and slow morning at my sister's (gotta love a red wine hangover!) we headed home to pick up Dave, who was sleeping off night shift, so we could go check out my in-laws new house. We were thoroughly spoiled with a delicious lunch and dessert and enjoyed a few hours of bliss, enjoying the winter sunshine, good food and family company.
All in all it was a fabulous weekend and we capped it off by spending Monday doing absolutely nothing but hanging out together, enjoying the love and laughs of our little family of four. This is the stuff long weekends are made for, and I made sure I made the most of it.
Life sometimes gets so busy that I forget to stop for a moment and slow down and really take it all in. I forget to appreciate how lucky I am to have such wonderful family and friends. It's why my One Perfect Moment posts are so important to me. They make me stop and take note of the little things that make up my weeks, that I'm not always conscious of or appreciate, and help me to find joy and gratitude for the life I've been given.
Do you do anything special to practice gratitude? What was your one perfect moment this week? Have you ever done the Color Run? When was the last time you had a girls night?
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