July 13, 2014



School holidays come to a close today. We have squeezed every bit of life out of the past two weeks – we’ve been to a concert and a movie, explored GOMA and been ten pin bowling, we’ve stayed at the beach, attended a craft workshop and had playdates, we’ve ridden scooters and bikes at the park, we’ve drawn and written, we’ve made hideouts for Ninja turtles and goo pits for Trashies, we’ve had adventures with grandparents and played Skylanders, we’ve made up imaginary stories and dressed up as pirates. We’ve been busy.

So much of my role is made up of balancing needs and sharing out attention, and this is never more noticeable than when I have three boys at home all at once for extended periods. I have one boy who loves to be wherever he is, I have one boy who always wants to be somewhere else and with someone else, and one boy who is happy to go with the flow. Somehow we make it work. But it usually involves a wine by the end of the day 😉

52-28-5nicholas: Inspired by Aunty Penny, we made the spontaneous decision to sneak away to Fingal for a couple of nights at the beach, and when I smelt that sea air and saw the excited faces of three boys, I knew it’d been worth the effort. You are our little social butterfly, and you loved spending time with your cousins and friends, and saying hello as you met campers along the way. You had a great time at the beach and didn’t let a little cool weather stop you crawling into the waves for a swim.

52-28-6sam: Our resident DJ, you love music and often ask me to download new songs onto my phone (which is hard to see in the photo) so you can listen to them and play them for all of us. This week, you worked out that you could ask Siri play tracks without even having to press a button 😉 You have loved every minute of the school holidays – the world has been your oyster.


charlie: Charlie Bear, I love that joyful face. You can find delight anywhere. You loved staying at Fingal, playing with all the kids, making up games and swinging in the playground, running in circles and swimming at the beach. Your crazy hair made me laugh a lot this week. Might be time to attempt a haircut again.

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


I am so grateful for your thoughts and comments, so please reply below.

    1. To be honest, I think I went out a little too hard and too fast on the holiday fun. I’m a little burnt out. Might need to pace myself better in September 😉

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