February is the New January {happy 2016}

DSC_6906-2Oh hi, and happy 2016!

Sorry for all the cobwebs and tumbleweeds around this joint… it’s been a bit of a ghost town lately. But it’s really lovely to be back. I have missed you and this little heartspace.

If you’ve been a Mummalove blog reader for a while, you’ll probably know that I tend to fly under (fall off?) the radar a bit over December and January. It’s never intentional, but things get pretty busy with the boys at home full time in the leadup to Christmas. And then I find myself FULL of ideas and excitement about the new year, but just lacking in energy and time through those hazy days of summer and tend to lose my blogging mojo. But I definitely made the most of my ‘offline’ time over the past few months.

I did have a lovely time with the boys over their school holidays. In stark constrast to last January when I was a bit of a mess, this break was a much more positive experience for all of us. We had a nice mix of home time, beach getaways, family and friend catchups and other activities. I managed to read a few books between Christmas and New Year while Ben was away from work and did some dreaming about the year ahead. We went with the flow.

And, now here we are in February! Goodness. Is it just me, or do you feel like you’re just about ready for the year to begin now? I read something the other day that said “January is the new February” and that really resonated with me. Now that our big boys are back at school and my littlest Love has started kindy (eek!), I can finally start to tackle that reeeeally long to-do list in between school drop-offs and pickups.

In terms of blogging, I will continue to write weekly posts, but I’m not going to do another year of the 52 Project. Oh, you’ll definitely still be inundated with photos of my children, don’t you worry, but there are topics I’d like to explore in more detail and I found that when I was concentrating on capturing weekly photos of the boys and writing captions, often the ‘real’ writing fell by the wayside. And I probably also need to give my husband back his camera 😉

Anyway, I just wanted to kick off the year, make sure you hadn’t forgotten us and give you a hint of what’s to come this year.

I’d also really love your help with something, if you don’t mind? I’ve put together this little 10 question web survey to find out more about what you’d like to read here on Mummalove this year. Hopefully it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes (and you can remain anonymous, if you’d prefer). Once you’ve completed the survey, you can go in the draw to win a little Mummalove package – containing an unframed A4 black and white print from The Collective Hub, plus a silicon necklace and wooden earrings from ElleOneNine (total value: $100). I’ll close the survey and get the boys to select a lucky winner at random on 17 February 2016. Thank you!

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Let the year begin! Chat to you during the week and I’ll let you about some of the dreams and projects on the horizon for me this year, plus what I’ve picked for my ‘one little word’ of the year.

Annie x

50/52 {easing into holidays}

Every time the boys started squabbling with each other or drove us a little too crazy on the first weekend of school holidays, Ben and I would look at each other cross-eyed and say “eight weeks..!” (And, then, I’m pretty sure Ben would high-five himself on the fact that he gets to go to work for most of the school holidays 😉

But we know that our boys are very ready for a break and do need downtime after a busy final term. They are adjusting to being on holidays just as much as we are adjusting to having them home. Aside from the occasional ‘moment’, it was quite lovely hanging out with them and enjoying a slower pace. And, generally, the ‘moments’ came when we had to leave the house for one appointment or another – they were quite happy just being at home! That is definitely my aim for these school holidays – just to enjoy spending some unscheduled time together, going with the flow and ensuring we all get a bit of downtime before the new school year begins.

We’ve already discovered a few gems in our past week – including a spontaneous play at New Farm Park after an osteo appointment, a sushi dinner date with Daddy, collecting and decorating our Christmas tree (complete with new star), and catching a train home from the hospital instead of driving.

As often happens with me this time of year, the Nikon gets left behind and iPhone has to pick up the slack. Here are a few favourite snapshots from the phone over the past week.

We were going to visit Santa, but instead we decided to cover ourselves with blue pen so perhaps we’ll wait until we’re more photogenic. (I didn’t really think that one through before I handed over the blue pen!)

Hanging out with the spunkiest Spider-man I know. I think BatGirl has a crush on him.

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He climbed and walked across the wobbly bridges like a boss. Such a big boy now.

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Sam takes on the climbing frame at New Farm Park.

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Such a beautiful afternoon for a spontaneous play at New Farm Park.

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Charlie had had such a fun afternoon playing with a bunch of girls the previous week at New Farm Park, so he was a bit disappointed that they weren’t there when we went back. He asked me to take two photos of him and send one to the girls to say that he was there again ;)

So much joy in one little face. Anticipating the moment when I'll let go of the swing.

So much joy in one little face. Anticipating the moment when I’ll let go of the swing.

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The first week of school holidays included a scheduled chemo treatment day, but at least we got to chat with Santa at the Starlight Foundation Christmas party and enjoy a train ride home together.

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We called Daddy and asked him to meet us for a spontaneous early sushi dinner. At the end, we swapped cars so I could go to netball and Ben said “I’ve left a present for you on the front seat.” At first I wondered how he could fit a bike in the front seat of his car 😉 But I was pleasantly surprised with a beautiful bunch of flowers.

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And, finally, the definite highlight of my week – hearing my littlest Love tell me he loves me, and accidentally capturing it on camera. I’m pretty sure I’ve watched it at least a thousand times 😉

Joining in the 52 Project at Practising Simplicity ~ a portrait of my youngest boys every week in 2015.

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48/52 {backyard bliss}

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“Mum, this is my most glamorous smile,” he tells me.

I picked the boys up from school. It had been a hot day, and I was greeted with immediate requests for iceblocks on the way home.

The need for iceblocks became more and more urgent with every sentence. They wailed and debated on the way home, unimpressed with a mother who didn’t agree with meeting their desire for iceblocks on this particular day.

“But we are SO hot…” one lamented.

“You could have a shower when you get home?” I reasoned.

“That won’t help!” the other cried. Apparently ice blocks were the only answer. It was painstakingly obvious we were in the final weeks of school and all reason had gone out the window.

It wasn’t too long before the warm afternoon was thwarted by running through water spray and buckets of water being thrown around. It wasn’t too long before the ice blocks were long forgotten, and the crying turned into squeals of laughter.

Oh, the simple joys of childhood and finding bliss under the sprinkler in the backyard.

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Joining in the 52 Project at Practising Simplicity ~ a portrait of my youngest boys every week in 2015.

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