10/52 {unexpected joys}

As soon as I booked the big boys into the 4.30pm and 5pm timeslots for swimming lessons, with few other openings to choose from, I regretted it. I anticipated the late afternoon, the rushed dinner, the overtired children (and mother) with dread and consoled myself with the thought that it...Read More

9/52 {marching on}

March already. How did that happen? It's a birthday month for us, and pretty soon we will have a big five year old and three year old in our midst. I always seem to start thinking of the boys as their new age a few months beforehand though. Do you do...Read More

8/52 {celebrating}

It was so lovely to celebrate my Dad's 80th birthday today with all our tribe, including my three members of "Grandad's Fan Club", with the t-shirts to prove it. Happy birthday to the best Dad a girl could wish for. We love you x charlie: I wonder if you'll remember celebrating...Read More

7/52 {love}

We've never been ones to give Valentine's Day more than a passing nod, but I can't imagine feeling more loved than I do by all four of these boys, on 14 February or any day. And, I'm never more in love with my husband than when I see how much...Read More

6/52 {changing landscape}

Over the past month, the landscape of our family has shifted more noticeably. Our babies are growing up. Nicholas moved from a cot into a 'big boy bed' just after Christmas, and more boxes of baby paraphernalia were packaged up and shared with the newest baby in our tribe. The...Read More

5/52 {last hurrah}

We eagerly anticipated our last-hurrah few days away at the beach before returning to school routines, to indulge in some 'holiday' at the end of a month that had felt anything but relaxing. As the date of departure approached and we were in hospital with Sam, who'd been admitted with...Read More

4/52

nicholas: My mini-Maestro, looking so picturesque at your Uncle's piano. True to the stereotype, you do love music (but who doesn't, really?). I heard the voice of my late 'Gram' as I reminded you to play just "one finger at a time." I wonder if you will learn the piano one...Read More

3/52 {in the backyard}

charlie: Oh you and your cheeky face and mop of golden hair. If only I knew you were using your multitude of skills for good and not evil. If only I knew for certain that you were going to use that rake in a magic trick and not launch it towards...Read More

2/52 {on the edge}

I probably need to put in a disclaimer that I love and adore my children. I really do. But I am tired. Physically, emotionally and spiritually drained from being their 24/7 beck-and-call girl for the past two months. I know that going back to school will just be a slightly...Read More

1/52 {new beginnings}

Oh, I do love new beginnings. A thousand thoughts have been swirling around my head about the new year, but little people at my feet, asking for a million different things, have meant those thoughts and dreams will stay chattering in my head a little longer before making it onto the...Read More

52/52 {a project's end}

Today, I picked up the Nikon again for the first time in weeks. It felt good. Comfortable and familiar. I like taking photographs when it feels good, when I feel relaxed and the moment seems right. It's funny how across the festive season, when it would seem important to capture...Read More

51/52 {christmas love}

Amidst the busyness and shopping and food preparation and family dynamics, there is a certain magic about Christmas time. When all the presents are wrapped and labelled and under the tree, I can't help but think about all the Christmases of my childhood and get a little buzz anticipating how...Read More

50/52 {beach holiday}

There is something special about going on holiday before Christmas. The rest of the world isn't quite ready to slow down by mid-December, so it can be difficult to extricate ourselves from all the work and busy-ness and it feels like a lot of effort to get ready for holidays, as well as...Read More

49/52

nicholas: You have such a beautiful sense of humour and a smile or a giggle is rarely far from your face. I love how you laugh along with the big boys, always getting in on the (usually toilet-related) jokes. I think you're going to love having those big brothers at home...Read More

48/52

 sam: You have perfected the art of cheeky at the moment. I think my biggest boy might be overdue for a summer holiday. charlie: Emotionally wounded by your Chief Antagoniser brother, as well as wet and cold, you retreated to the arms of your mumma to be dressed and cuddled. ...Read More

47/52 {countdown}

After a crazy week, it was lovely to escape to Stradbroke Island for a child-free weekend with five (out of six) of my siblings to celebrate my eldest brother's 50th birthday. With almost 20 children between all seven of us, I'm sure you can imagine that we rarely have an uninterrupted...Read More

46/52 {nearly home}

Ben arrives home tomorrow after being away for 10 days. As we cruise into the finish line, I am exhausted but I feel like we've done okay, the little Loves and I. Quick tally on some vital stats over the past week-or-so of single-parenting: Number of times Charlie has been...Read More

45/52 {flying solo}

Daddalove is away overseas for the next week, so I am practising my skills of focusing only on what's important and asking for help when required. I am thankful for the beautiful village around us, happy to step up and lend support when we need it. I know many parents often fly solo, and...Read More