Monday, October 16, 2017

Taking Stock - October 2017

I thought I would do one of these taking stock posts this month.

Making: A video of Sienna jumping on the trampoline doing back flips.

Cooking: Healthy meals from scratch and making extra to freeze for the following week.

Reading: Tutorials on how to make family video films. 

Wanting: To live on acreage not too far from here.

Deciding: On spending an hour a day cleaning out the garage for the next few weeks.

Wishing: I was on a plane going overseas on a world trip instead of/or with my sister.

Hoping: That I get through the month of October without having any diet coke.

Enjoying: The rain which has turned our brown grass into beautiful green lawn.

Loving: That I am a Mum to two amazing kids. 

Listening: To the Today Show each morning.

Buying:  Birthday presents for James who turns 14 at the end of November.

Watching: The Block, Doctor Doctor, The Wrong Girl, Landline and Gardening Australia.

Marvelling: At Sienna's persistence in learning how to do a proper back flip on the trampoline.

Needing: To go to sleep earlier each night.

Smelling: The jasmine in the backyard which is flowering at the moment.

Admiring: People who are great at putting together family video films.

Opening: The box over the weekend with our new Aldi TV in it. 

Feeling: Like this year has gone by too fast.

Dreaming: Of winning lotto (I only buy about 3 tickets a year lotto though!)

Celebrating: Getting featured on "Self Portraits of Motherhood" blog.

Pretending: That my housework is done every week to perfection.

Embracing: Good days and bad days. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Around Here

Around here we have just started Term 4 and only have 8 weeks left of school.  Thoughts of Christmas Shopping and summer swims are fresh in my mind.  We have loved the little bit of rain over the past week or so and the grass is looking green again instead of brown which is always nice.  Here's a few pics of our week.

The Jasmine flowers are out and looking great in my backyard.

After school fun on the trampoline and in fact this week has also been before school too.

Love this girl....she was trying to recreate a photo which sits on her bedside table from 6 years ago.

Here's the recreation with 6 years in between....she cracks me funny.

James studying the map on our recent nature walk...becoming a lovely teenager.

Afternoon sun on our brick home.

Backyard afternoons.


This is where I am going to live one day.

Afternoon shadows in the family room.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Gift of an Ordinary Day

About 7 years ago I came across Katrina Kenison and "The Gift of an Ordinary Day" book.  This is a story about Motherhood and the changes that happen so quickly that we think will be there forever.

I was reminded of this the other day when someone mentioned about how their 8 year old daughter would get her hair brushed every morning and it would always end in tears and struggle.  Something every mother dreads but then one day the daughter no longer wants her Mum to do her hair and she is now able to do it on her own.  Then suddenly you realize it's gone, and you won't experience it again even though it was a struggle for both of you each day you feel sad.  I remember this myself how I would have to allow at least 10 minutes to brush Sienna's hair and get the knots out and plait it for school.  She would say that I was pulling it and hurting her and I was just trying to get knots out.  I think every Mother can relate.

There's the time when they had baths and sit in there for 20 minutes enjoying the water and then one day they are having showers with the door shut.  One day you are lying on the bed reading bed time stories and the next minute they are reading novels by themselves before bed.  One day you are making them breakfast and the next day they are cooking themselves eggs on toast before school.  Those early years are hard and long and then one day you have 10 weeks left until you will have both kids in high school.  How did that happen?

"The Gift of an Ordinary Day" is still one of the best books I have read in my life.  I just loved everything about it and can highly recommend reading it and getting a copy of the book to keep.

My photography is a big part of that and why I love documenting our everyday ordinary life.  The kids eating breakfast, doing their homework, reading their books, playing their instruments.  Everyone photographs the big events like Birthdays, Christmas, Holidays, 1st day of school etc but it's the in between which is life, just hanging around at home growing up.  I have taken thousands of photos within the walls of our home in the last 6 years of being here and enjoying the ordinary everyday life that we have.  This is why the photo project "Week in the Life" is a great time capsule of your life from year to year.

Below is a 7 minute introduction video from Katrina Kenison which I find hard not to get teary at watching because it's so meaningful and so beautiful.

You can see how fast time flies and little ones grow up in my recent post about my "Birthday Traditions" where I take a special family photo on my birthday and have documented this 12 years running.

I can highly recommend the book "The Gift of an Ordinary Day" for any parent of any age as it's beautifully written. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Around Here

Around here we have just had two weeks of school holidays and tomorrow is the start of the last 10 weeks of school for 2017.  I can't believe next year I will have both of them at High School.

We had a day in Toowoomba to see the Carnival of Flowers which we go to every year.  We spent a couple of days at Rainbow Bay with our good friend and also did some clothes shopping as the kids are growing so fast nothing fits them any more.  The last week was so hot so thankful for the cooler weather this week.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Birthday Tradition

On my Birthday the year Sienna was born I had a photo taken with the kids and Birthday cup cakes.  Each year on my Birthday I have continued this tradition and take the same photo and now I have 12 years of photos starting when Sienna was 6 months old.

I don't really care about presents on my Birthday as long as I get my "Birthday Photo" and hand made cards from the kids I'm good.  Here's a look at the last 12 years starting with Friday's photo for 2017.  The cupcakes have been purchased from the same bakery every year although it has changed hands over the years.  One year they ran out  so I had to buy some other ones from the supermarket in 2007.

The photos for the last 10 of the 12 years have been taken by me using a tripod and remote.  Get in the pics with your kids Mums.  As I'm the birthday girl I get to eat 2 cupcakes.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Around Here

Around here we are gearing up for our last week of Term 3 before two weeks of school holidays.  It's also my birthday week and my birthday tradition is taking a photo of myself and my kids with birthday cupcakes.  I started this tradition when Sienna was born so this year will be my 12th year and is very special to me.  Sienna had her end of season football presentation last week and James will have his this week.  We made our favorite Chicken & Leek pies and used the left over filling to make crepes with the filling the following evening.  I've written about the Chicken & Leek pie recipe over here previously.  Everyone has kitchen gadgets that they think they will use and end up being stored away in the cupboard however the pie maker is great.  It makes 4 pies in 8 minutes and you can put anything in them.  I buy Pampas Puff Pastry and one sheet makes 2 pies.  The pie maker comes with a cutter (imagine scone cutter but bigger) so one side of it makes the cut for the base and the other side makes the top.  So quick and easy.

Chicken & Leek Pies - see recipe link above.

Down time on our first Friday night we didn't have to head out to football.

Afternoon shadows.

Checking something up on Mum's phone.

Caramel popcorn for afternoon tea.

Chicken curry for dinner.

Homework and assignment time.

Dunking biscuits I wrote about in this post.

This is my birthday photo from last year.  I always use a tripod and self timer to take my pic.