Four Years in Photographs

This is the photo montage video that was played during Nicholas' funeral service on 6 May. You may recognise the first song from the video I made when we celebrated his second birthday. A very big thank you to our beautiful friend Roxanne for putting together the second song, and for...Read More

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...Read More

48/52 {backyard bliss}

[caption id="attachment_85165" align="aligncenter" width="584"] "Mum, this is my most glamorous smile," he tells me.[/caption] 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...Read More

47/52 {a few of my favourite things}

I feel a little like a broken record this time of year. Tired, frazzled, exhausted, busy, overcommitted, and repeat. I know the preferable answer is to slow down, but I also know that's unlikely right now. As we are just over a week away from school holidays commencing, the end-of-year celebrations...Read More

46/52 {counting down}

As I write, it's less than 12 hours until Ben comes home after eight days away overseas and I am counting down the minutes until my beloved returns. I will not tell a lie, it's been hard parenting without him. I am the ultimate coper, and great at seeing the best...Read More

45/52

nicholas: We were enjoying a morning at home after a busy week and I pulled out our box of 'Little People' and their associated transport options for you to play with. As it was a warm day, we decided to put some water in the crate so the Little People could go for a swim,...Read More

44/52 {out of sorts}

The past week has been filled with much craziness. Not terrible craziness, just crazy in the sense that I'm a bit sleep deprived and feel like my brain is exploding. Ben was away for work interstate for four days, just as painters were arriving on our doorstep to start painting...Read More

Superhero {almost wordless wednesday}

My boy, my surprise, my heartbreak, my hero... with the scars to prove it. Some parents wish for either a 'pink or blue' baby, but we all assume our new baby will be healthy, just like the rest of the family. We got a blue baby with a little something extra... I...Read More

43/52 {Sunday brunch}

nicholas: My stylish boy, you are loving your hat at the moment. I love this photo that Daddy took while you were busily stirring my coffee. I daresay it's similar to the way Daddy would look if someone interrupted his morning coffee ;)  charlie: I love both these photos of you, it...Read More

Flashback to 17 months {almost wordless wednesday}

I remember the afternoon I took these photos of you, at 17 months old. We had a rare opportunity to wander to the park without those two big brothers and you relished in the undivided attention of your mumma. I watched you sit confidently at the top of the slide, King of...Read More

42/52 {overcoming challenges}

nicholas: I watched you survey the slide and think about climbing up the slide to the top. You climbed onto the base of the slide and attempted a few steps, then realised it was actually pretty slippery. But, not to be defeated, you grabbed hold of the sides and started again, carefully...Read More

41/52 {being studious}

nicholas: Drawing and writing are among your favourite activities at the moment. You will ask me if you can "draw?", then you spend ages filling every part of the paper before saying "ta-da!" and showing me your work proudly. During the week, you drew your first face independently, and it was my...Read More

The Love Fam {almost wordless wednesday}

When my lovely friend Kathy agreed to take photographs of our whole tribe earlier in the year, when my parents, all seven siblings, partners and almost all of the grandchildren were in one place at the same time, it seemed a shame not to utilise her to also take some Love...Read More

40/52 {tender moments}

nicholas: A few splashes from the biggest brother turned into an all-out family water fight. Charlie didn't mind when he was the one doing the wetting, but wasn't a big fan when he got soaked. But you happily wrapped your arms around your cold, wet, sad Charlie-bear so he would feel better....Read More

Breathing Space at the Beach {almost wordless wednesday}

My words below are from a Facebook post I wrote on 1 October, accompanied by the photos I took that day. Thank you for all the comments I received that day, the encouragement and the "me toos". We're all in this together. An extra special thank you to my beautiful sister-in-law...Read More

39/52 {when it’s hard to feel grateful}

Holidaying for a week in a beautiful beach location, staying in a recently renovated caravan which had been lovingly loaned to us. Sounds idyllic. And thus I felt so ungrateful for not enjoying our first week of school holidays. After a busy few weeks and never-decreasing to-do list, I had envisaged...Read More

38/52 {my growing boy}

Nicholas: It struck me that I needed to capture this fleeting moment of my baby boy having a daytime sleep, as my baby boy is certainly growing up. The daytime sleeps have been few and far between lately, the bed rail has come off the side of the bed, and the change...Read More