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

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

12/52 {hip hip hooray}

Such a busy week of birthdays, and now we have a big five year old and an almost-as-big three year old in our family. To finish off the week, we spent World Down syndrome Day (21 March) with some great friends, sharing a rainy afternoon of live music at the local bowls...Read More

11/52 {it starts with us}

I've just had the pleasure of attending my first ever Down syndrome Education Conference for 2015, run by our state's Down syndrome association, DSAQ. While the conference is largely aimed at teachers who support students with Down syndrome, it is also valuable for parents. The theme of this year's event was "It...Read More

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