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Happy Easter!

IMG_5543IMG_5615We are enjoying the opportunity to spend the Easter long weekend at home, catching up with friends and family and relishing a few quiet days together before the school holidays draw to a close. I love the downtime over the school holidays and not having to be anywhere in particular, but inevitably start looking forward to a return to routines and structured days again by the end of the break. But I may change my mind again after a few days of packing lunches, making sure uniforms are washed and ready and all the drop-offs and pick-ups involved ;)

IMG_5616Last week, we were lucky enough to spend the week away at Noosa. We went to our very first ‘family camp’, hosted by the amazing team at Camp Quality, for two nights and hung out at a resort with about 15 other families who have a child going through (or completed) Cancer treatment. It was a great chance to connect and relax and have fun and share stories with people who just ‘get it’ and we were spoilt with activities such as a river cruise, fishing and parent massages, as well as access to all the resort facilities.

IMG_5465Given we were going to be away anyway, we thought we’d make the most of the opportunity by staying a few extra days and have a long overdue Love family getaway, something we’d been promising ourselves for a time when Sam’s treatment would be less intense. While it wasn’t our most relaxing week away, for many and varied reasons (but, then, is it ever that relaxing with three children under six?? ;) ) it was lovely to have a change of scenery and make some precious memories with our little men. Over the week, Sam caught his first-ever fish, we did lots of swimming, indulged in fish and chips for dinner by the river, and Ben and I even managed to finish our books. It also made us realise how important it is for our sanity to have little escapes, so we started dreaming about and planning for the next one.

So, with a little context to the photos below, here are the three favourite portraits of my boys for week 16. I broke my rule this week and included a photograph that was actually taken by my talented husband – the shot of Nicholas on the beach. It was too beautiful not to share.

Wherever you are, I hope you’re enjoying a safe, happy and relaxing Easter with the ones you love xx

52-16-2sam: My little fish, you were in heaven having access to a pool for the week at Noosa. It’s been wonderful watching your confidence in the water grow over the past six months and you tried to fit in as much swimming and diving as you possibly could this week. 

52-16-1charlie: Although you are very capable of swimming, we call you our little limpet in the water as you much prefer to be attached to Daddy or me. You loved having extra Daddy time on our holiday this week.

52-16-3nicholas: Our little (fully clothed) trip to Main Beach for an ice-cream at sunset turned into a wet and sandy adventure, as you were desperate to crawl through puddles and the boys chased each other through the waves. So we took off your clothes and, as the sun went down, the golden glow kissed your skin and you delighted in splashing in the water. We snuggled your sandy body up in a big towel and took you home for a bath before it got too dark. 

Joining in the 52 Project at Practising Simplicity ~ a portrait of each of my boys every week in 2014.

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52-15-2charlie: I thought you looked so beautiful and colourful adorned in Care Bears (a beautiful gift of a ‘Care Bear Stare’ from Aunty Jen as we prepared for the arrival of our first baby, six years ago), which normally hangs on the end of Nicholas’ cot. I am enjoying having my boys home on school holidays, but you and Sam have been a little extra crazy this week and tend to turn the house upside down by the end of each day.

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sam: In years to come, you may look back on this moment as an example of child labour, but you just love to help and mowing is no exception. As soon as you heard that Dad was about to mow, you got your work boots on and were outside in a flash, ready to offer assistance.

52-15-1nicholas: I regularly feel like my heart is going to explode with love for you and your delightfulness. You love to crawl and climb and roll and pretend to sleep and giggle on our bed. Thankfully you’re pretty aware of where the edges are, and your latest trick is to ‘safety slide’ on your tummy off the side of the bed when you’re ready to get down. Oh, and I promise to get you to a hairdresser soon, before you can no longer see ;)

Joining in the 52 Project at Practising Simplicity ~ a portrait of each of my boys every week in 2014.

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52-14-1sam: A quiet afternoon at home followed a morning of chemo. You are starting to look like a gangster with all those Rainbow Loom bracelets. One of the girls you met at the hospital this week even made you your first necklace.

 

52-14-1nicholas: Those big brothers are such a good source of entertainment and amusement. While you all drive each other nuts at times, the love between you is so evident. As crazy as it is to be a parent of three small boys some days, it is worth it to witness the relationship between three brothers grow.

52-14-2charlie: As the first school term drew to a close, we celebrated Easter a little early at kindy this week. Nicholas and I were lucky enough to be on roster at kindy with you on the final day of term and share in the Easter celebrations.There was apparently even a sighting of the Easter bunny, which was very exciting, and I loved watching your eyes light up as you followed footprints through the gardens and collected Easter eggs with the kids. 

Joining in the 52 Project at Practising Simplicity ~ a portrait of each of my boys every week in 2014.

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52-13-1nicholas: Driving under Grandma’s legs on a recent visit was such a fun game. Oh, how you love to chase us and run over our toes on that little bike. You think it’s so hilarious. 

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Charlie: You are such a cheeky monkey. I totally had to bribe you with chocolate (that you subsequently forgot about, so I didn’t have to follow through with the goods) to get a photo this week. Some moments you seem so grown up, and then in others, you remind us that four years old isn’t so grown up afterall. 

52-13-2sam: I didn’t get a picture of the back of your head, unfortunately, but on Friday you went to school sporting a neon green, yellow and blue spray-painted head. It was Crazy Hair Day at school and in the afternoon there was a special assembly where ten members of your school (students and teachers) shaved their heads to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation‘s World’s Greatest Shave campaign. Over $7000 was raised, a fabulous effort, and it was so beautiful to see the big school boys with their arms around you after they’d shaved their heads. You’re setting a trend with your hairstyle, buddy ;) We’re so blessed to be part of such a supportive school community.

Joining in the 52 Project at Practising Simplicity ~ a portrait of each of my boys every week in 2014.

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52-12-2nicholas: My baby boy turned two this week. We didn’t do anything particularly big and exciting to mark the occasion, but I loved watching you rip the paper off your presents and ‘ooooh’ in approval at just the right moments. Surprisingly, I haven’t been feeling sad that my last baby is growing up, as it’s just amazing being able to witness you grow and develop and come into your own. You are such a blessing in our lives.

52-12-3Sam: You’re looking so grown up, dressed and ready for your very first school dance. While originally not interested in dressing up for the occasion, you were delighted when a special friend loaned you a Japanese outfit for the ‘international’ themed disco, aptly planned for Harmony Day. You had such a fun time.

52-12-1charlie: Oh Charlie Bear, our big four year old, what a beautiful boy you are. Given you normally avoid the camera at all costs, I love seeing your cheeky, cheesy grin in this photo. We had lots of fun celebrating your fourth birthday this week and managed to fill your special day with all your favourite things – superheroes, ice blocks, Lego, a movie, and lots of playing. You have grown up so much in the past year, but you are still very much our cheeky chops.

Joining in the 52 Project at Practising Simplicity ~ a portrait of each of my boys every week in 2014.

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Celebrating Two

DSC_6776Two years ago on this day, we welcomed another beautiful blonde bundle into our lives.

After months of waiting and worrying about this pre-labelled baby, Nicholas arrived and fit seamlessly into our family. Never in a million years could I imagine just how much more joy and love and delight our littlest Love would bring into our lives. While it’s hard to believe he’s two already, in some ways I feel as though he’s always been a part of our family.

It’s difficult to choose exactly what we love the most about our two year old littlest Love right now. Is it that little voice that yells out ‘hellooo’ from his room in the morning to let us know he’s awake. Or the cheeky grin and wave as he speeds away from us on his trike. Perhaps it’s the full body cuddles, complete with chubby arms around our neck, that tells us he loves us back. So many reasons to love this boy that some days it feels like our hearts are going to burst.

DSC_6746Happy 2nd birthday to our funny, cheeky, clever, spunky, delightful Nicholas who, along with his brothers, teaches us so many things every day. The first two years have been a blast, and we can’t wait to see what’s yet to come.

And you’ll teach me

Of hearts and dreams

And all the most important things

And all that I have lost along the way.

And I can’t wait.

~ Sara Groves

Here’s a little video celebration of (a very often photographed) Nicholas as we look back on the past two years. Thank you for being part of our village and loving our littlest Love almost as much as we do x

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52-11-3nicholas: Despite being filthy from playing in the water and dirt, you still look angelic with that beautiful afternoon light on your oh-so-blonde hair. And your shirt is right – your dad totally rocks. 

52-11-1Charlie: My little Batman, less than a week until you are a big four year old. Oh how you both delight and frustrate us. You would never leave the house or get out of your superhero costumes if you didn’t have to, which makes getting everyone out the door in the mornings quite difficult, but I do love watching your imagination in action and hearing the delight in your voice as you show us your new creations.

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sam: A very big moment – you lost your first tooth this week. After weeks of being wobbly, the little tooth finally fell out one afternoon while you were with Grandma but you rang me straight away with the exciting news. You were a little skeptical about the presence of the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy earlier in the week, but after you woke up to a gold coin in place of your tooth in your very beloved tooth fairy boy’s pocket, you announced to me in no uncertain terms that the Tooth Fairy MUST be real.

Joining in the 52 Project at Practising Simplicity ~ a portrait of each of my boys every week in 2014.

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