31/52 {noticing differences}

"Mum," Charlie started, "when Nicholas has his next birthday and turns four, he'll be talking like me." Statements like these always catch me a little off guard. Because it means that they've noticed differences between themselves and the little brother they adore. Because one day we won't be in our...Read More

30/52 {the house of chaos}

Our 'renovators delight' Queenslander home has been the recipient of some love lately. After being in our house for six years and doing a few minor improvements here and there, we recently underwent some more significant renovations, in what we're calling 'phase one' - knocking down a wall between the...Read More

29/52 {cousin love and cardboard creations}

nicholas: Oh how you love her, your other 'blondie'. Of course, you love all your cousins in different ways, but you'll excitedly pick her face out from a big family photo to show me and your face lights up whenever she walks in the door. The kids were so filthy after drawing with chalk on the trampoline, but...Read More

28/52 {more than meets the eye}

As the primary carers, we see so many aspects of our children's personalities - sometimes all in a matter of minutes. There are highs and lows, extroverted and introverted moments. We see them at their best and at their worst. During the week, the song "Hold My Hand" came on...Read More

27/52 {winter holidays with Gram}

Being at the beach in winter reminds me of my Grandma, who we affectionately called 'Gram.' My Dad's mother came to stay with our family when her husband died and, at the time, my parents had four children under seven years old. It was a short term arrangement until Gram was ready to...Read More

26/52 {a little hi}

I'm just stopping by for a little hi. Turns out that sea breezes, boys who like to stay up late on holidays, and lack of internet access all make for tricky blogging ;) More in store for you this week, though, I promise x nicholas: So much joy, especially when being...Read More

25/52 {bittersweet}

As a busy week approaches, it's easy to focus on the hustle and chaos and feel overwhelmed before it even begins. But there is so much good ahead. And sometimes we need to experience the craziness to appreciate the serenity, we need to fumble around in the darkness to appreciate the light....Read More

23/52 {long weekends}

This long weekend seemed to appear out of nowhere and we have welcomed it with open arms, filling it with bits and pieces of unplanned loveliness. Watering the herbs and having backyard lunchtime picnics. Wandering to the creek, indulging in a sneaky macaron on the way, and throwing rocks in...Read More

22/52 {birthday wishes}

Two birthdays in the house made for a busy end of May. Even when the boys were tiny and not inclined to recognise that their favourite person was celebrating a special day, I was determined not to let my birthday fly completely under the radar and began the tradition of cooking...Read More

21/52 {breathing space}

After spending a busy week solo-parenting while Ben was in Sydney, whilst also fighting off the beginnings of a cold, I was very ready for some breathing space by the time he returned home. A few weeks earlier, an image appeared in my Instagram feed from the gorgeous Emma Kate Co,...Read More

20/52

nicholas: We had fun playing with bubbles in the garden and I do love your squeals of delight. Oh kiddo, when you hunch up your shoulders and give that coy smile? Pretty sure it's so cute, it's practically illegal ;) You are such a great little helper, putting away dishes...Read More

19/52 {mother’s day}

So lucky to be the mother of these three beautiful boys, as tough as that job can be sometimes.  So grateful for the love of a beautiful and gracious mother, and a wonderfully supportive mother-in-law, as well as an amazing array of sisters, sisters-in-law and friends to share in this journey of motherhood...Read More

18/52 {offering it up}

[caption id="attachment_83168" align="alignnone" width="584"] Nicholas tries to convince Sam to turn the Wiggles music on on Mum's phone. Complete with shoulder taps and looking Sam straight in the eye on occasion, I think it's fairly clear he's saying, "And hurry up about it."[/caption] This week has involved far more vomit, sleep...Read More

17/52 {stretched}

In this parenthood gig, I think it's easy to fall into the 'not doing enough' mentality. I constantly feel as though there aren't enough hours in the day, that I haven't been as productive as I wanted to be, that there are always things left on the to-do lists. Some...Read More

16/52 {intentions}

Tomorrow the second school term commences and the big boys go back to school. And while I've enjoyed the break almost as much as the boys have, I have to admit that I am looking forward to having a little more breathing space to achieve a few things while they're...Read More

15/52 {loving}

Loving fresh basil on the windowsill, and my new cup from LTCO, a present to myself on leaving Byron Bay and reminder of a beautiful week away with my family. Loving finding selfies of my loves when I download photos off the memory card. Loving having so many wonderful women...Read More

14/52 {happy Easter}

About a year ago, after seeing all the write-ups about the Byron Bay Bluesfest, my beloved Ben told me that going to this music festival had been on his bucket list for a really long time. I responded with a vague, "great, let's go one day", visualising us rocking out in...Read More

13/52 {brotherly love}

The school term is winding to a close, and we've all been a bit worn out this past week. The man flu descended upon our home, which led to days of sniffles, abandoned plans and many cuddles with clingy boys. But sometimes it's nice when the Universe sends us an...Read More