Too Beautiful For Earth

I often wonder what it would be like to wake up on Christmas morning surrounded by my kids jumping into bed for cuddles then rushing away to the Christmas tree to open up presents.  Our home filled with the delightful scent of baked goodies and treats.  Mister and I sitting on the sofa watching our children laugh and play as they open their presents. The simple gesture of ‘Merry Christmas, Mum’ would be the sweetest words to hear.

This Christmas I will light a candle for my baby I never held. Today you would have been 1 year and 4 months old.

“An angel in the book of life wrote down my baby’s birth. And whispered as she closed the book, “Too beautiful for Earth.”

unity candle

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Thursday Treats

1.

September is the official start to Spring, my favourite season of the year with the most beautiful flowers in bloom.  While on a coffee date with my sister we spotted a Daffodil sale at a florist and grabbed a few bunches to arrange in my glass vases.  A great start to Spring!

2.

Mister celebrated his “21st” birthday.  I think this is the 10th time he has celebrated his 21st birthday, ha!  Mister’s birthday lunch was at the lovely Atico Cocina.  In the evening we celebrated Mister’s birthday with a great group of friends.  We danced the night away and I had to mend his hangover the next day.  I am so glad Mister enjoyed his birthday, he brings so much joy to my life and it was good to see him having a great time.  Happy birthday, my love.

Mister enjoyed Dominican Seafood with Prawn, mussels, white fish, squid in a rich crayfish okra rice.
I had the Yucatan Tuna Pan Seared Citrus Infused Yucatan Style Tuna with rice pilaf and spicy salsa, a delicious treat. I also made club sandwiches and cheese and fruit platters for the evening celebrations.

An enjoyable night celebrating Mister’s birthday.

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Delectable treats of the week.

Coffee date with my beautiful sister.

Dinner at Mexicali in Newmarket with a few of my favourite people. The Taco Salad-yum!

Spinach with hollaindaise sauce on a bed of sauteed mushrooms and hash browns at Coronation Restaurant & Cafe. The hollaindaise sauce just took me to another level-delightful.

Mister had creamy mushroom and bacon with ciabatta bread. I had a few bites too of course. A lovely balanced creaminess with crispy bits of bacon. At Coronation Restaurant & Cafe.

Caramel Brownie-moist and rich. The best brownie ever! You see how the lower part is missing? Mister decided to take a bite before I could snap a photo, lol.

4.

Emerald Green Clutch with Gold detail.  A great buy as the Clutch was on sale and green is my favourite colour.  The gold detail reminds me of my Italian puzzle ring that my brother and his partner bought for me from Florence last year.

5.

The most beautiful treat. My nephew Elijah. I love being an aunt. Just being in Elijah’s presence, giving him cuddles and seeing him smile makes me so happy. I am in the process of writing a children’s book in honour of Elijah.

My handsome nephew, Elijah. Our latest photo together, taken last night.  After reading the first two chapters of The Hunchback of Notre Dame he drifted off to sleep.

Love & laughter,
Curly Miri

Thursday Treats

Curly Miri, Livi, Kat & Marissa

1.

Mission Bay, a must ‘go to’ in Auckland to dine or take a stroll along the beach on a sunny day.  My cousins and I checked out Lunna Rossa and devoured the delectable pizza.

2.

Delightful & delicious treats of the week

I popped into Look Sharp and found these glass bottles, a $3 buy! I visited the local florist for a few stems of pretty white flowers. Glass bottle for a vase? Indeed!

Lovely dinner made by Mister, the best cook ever. Hoki fillet, steamed broccoli, and potato salad with a glass of Jacob’s Creek Riesling.

Coffee date with Mister at Hollywood Cafe.  Mocha’s with Apple Bran & Chocolate Chip muffins.  I’m always telling him to smile!  My handsome.

Mister snapping a pic of my ‘Mocha’ face

Mister enjoying his Samosa. His facial expressions always make me laugh.

3.

As mentioned in this post I am going to be an aunt for the first time and my nephew is due next week!  The Baby Shower was fantastic.  Great food, fun games and baby was gifted with so many lovely treats.

This is the beautiful Becca standing next to the baby shelf gift made by Mister and I, filled with baby books, clothing, soft toys and various baby essentials. I had so much fun collecting all the lovely bits and pieces. Can’t wait to meet my nephew!

Baby Shower Gifts

Yummy Baby Shower treats.

4.

I lost my laptop earlier this week.  I was upset as I had left my memory card and other valuables in my laptop bag.  Silly of me though, I left the laptop bag on the rooftop of the car while looking for my keys in my handbag, hopped into the car and drove away and did not realize what I had done until I reached my destination.  So many scenarios ran rampant through my mind.  Will it be in one piece if picked up by a stranger?  Will the stranger hand the laptop into the police?  I should have insured the laptop!  Why did I decide to rummage for my car keys in the dark and eat a Whittaker’s chocolate bar and not remove my laptop bag from the rooftop? Here is my status on FB regarding the lost laptop:

As you can see, my friends and family do not make fun of me at all (yeah right!).  Mister and I had a talk about material possessions and we came to the conclusion that some items offer a sense of comfort or normalcy to a person, however to strive for a happy life on the foundation of material objects is not a fulfilling concept of living.  Often we forget to stop and count our blessings or appreciate the people in our lives.  Take a moment to dwell within the love and beauty that surrounds you.  I had to agree when Mister said, “Miriama, it is just a laptop.” So I had to slap myself silly.

Now for the treat.  Mister bought me a new laptop.  Thank you my love.

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I received a txt last week as follows: “www.curlymiri.com”  My brother gifted me my very own domain name, definitely surprised me and made me smile.  Thank you!  Brother also advised I hop on the Twitter bandwagon, so if you’re on there connect with me @curlymiri
I would love to stay connected with you.

Here we are back in the innocent days of pink frilly dresses and toy cars.

 

Check out the Thursday Treats category for more treats.

Love & laughter,
Curly Miri

To Be Loved

Five years of age.  You watched me from the balcony as I played in the backyard picking daisies and chasing butterflies.  You gazed at me lovingly with a beaming smile upon your face.  Your elegant features, serene and striking, and your greying hair tied up in a bun.  Your sun kissed chocolate skin glowing in the afternoon sun.  I smiled back at you, feeling so free as your presence filled me with the most beautiful essence of joy.

As I ran happily through the grass, a bee stung my foot and I yelled out in pain.  You came to my rescue, lifting me into your loving home.  I cried in your warm embrace as you sang a sweet Samoan lullaby and rubbed ointment on my aching foot.

Eight years of age.  Your smile turned into an expression of defeat and sorrow as you battled illness.  As I read one of my favourite stories to you-Jack and The Beanstalk, I yearned for you to smile.  You only looked at me with tired and helpless eyes, unable to speak.  I touched your hands, no longer full of warmth but hard with an unfamiliar coldness.  Your face still the epitome of love.  As you slept I sang for you, your lullaby.  I miss you, grandma.

What am I most grateful for?  To be loved.

Curly Miri © 2012

My grandmother dancing the traditional Samoan siva with me.

Thursday Treats

1.  Coffee date with a few of my favourite people.  Brother, aunt and cousins Kat & Ash at Pah Homestead.  A beautiful and serene location surrounded by art sculptures, lush green pastures and of course lovely coffee.

The gorgeous Kat with her adorable hat. Take a look at her blog, here.

The charming sights of Pah Homestead.

2.  Mister and I were invited to a business Hall of Fame Dinner, an annual cocktail function.  I felt honoured to be in the presence of four inspiring inductees.  The inductees shared stories of humble beginnings and overcoming trials that lead to their much deserved success.  Mister and I later discussed our own plans as we move forward to achieve success with our own company.  Mister’s drive and passion to succeed is inspirational and our partnership makes me feel so grateful.  The Hall of Fame Dinner was definitely an eye opener, allowing me to realize that despite the difficult obstacles that may arise, success is always attainable.

3.  Delightful treats of the week.

Passionfruit Banana Cake from Columbus & Lemon Tart from Lucky Cafe

Lunch with my lovelies at Spices Thai Restaurant. I had the Chicken Pad Thai. A lovely combination of thai noodles with just a hint of spice, great fresh flavours and accompanied by vegetable money bags-delightful!

Breakfast with Mister at The Cozy Cafeteria. I had the Vegetable Stack with Salad and Mister had the Big Breakfast.

4.  Growing up, our family had a German Shepherd named Bingo.  I do not have many memories of Bingo as not long after my parents brought him home, he was taken away by the pound to be put down as he attacked a child.  This is Roxc, we share a lot of memories that make me smile.  She belongs to my aunt and is so loved.  I swear she acts nothing like a dog, very human-like, in a scary but lovely kind of way.  Roxc is an absolute treat.  This is her posing for a photo that will be part of my Book Club.

5.  THANK YOU! I am in awe of the beautiful name suggestions for my baby nephew who will arrive within 3 weeks-exciting!  As seen here, the suggestions were amazing.  My favourite picks:  Roman, Sebastian and Damien.  I can’t wait to be an aunt for the first time. I will be attending the Baby Shower tomorrow, hopefully my brother and his Miss will have a name picked from your suggestions soon.  I have spent the last few weeks browsing and checking out  baby stores.  I have come to the conclusion that there seems to be more of a market for girls than boys and I would love to have some of the baby gadgets, toys and blankies for myself, ha!  It has been an absolute joy being on the hunt for baby stuff.

Here are a few of my favourite baby treats.

I was happy to check out Trade Aid, a non for profit organisation.  My goodness, they have beautiful toys, knit wear and crafts for children AND adults.  I love their wooden musical instruments and these:

Baby Alpaca Booties from Trade Aid

Vintage Jars-my favourite thing right now.  These beauties can be used to store baby puzzles, baby blocks or yummy treats as seen here.

To my future baby (whenever you decide to come), this is a glimpse of what your room will possibly look like.

Image: Source

Love & laughter,
Curly Miri

Need A Baby Name

My brother and his Miss are due to have their baby in the month of August and are struggling to find a name for their baby boy.  Many have offered name suggestions such as Micah, Declan, Joshua-none of which they like.

Maybe you can help?

My brother’s name is Anthony, a Sagittarius with a caring, selfless and very bold nature. He has a passion for history and classics, especially regarding the culture of ancient Greece and Rome.  Anthony is loveable has a laugh that can be heard a mile away.

Rebecca is a Gemini and is of a strong, independent, protective and loving nature. She is a perfectionist and is one of the best cooks I know.  Rebecca has a passion for people and she is a lover of the finer things in life.

Hopefully this will somehow allow you to conjure up a few name suggestions.  I am all ears!