Monday, March 26, 2012

{Point & Shoot} Walhalla

Sunday Driving took us to Walhalla.  A small old gold mining town in country Victoria.

Linking up with Lou for Point and Shoot

Friday, March 23, 2012

{This Moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Linking Up with SouleMama

Not For All The Riches

It's been 10 days since Johnny came back from his trip overseas.

Time flies doesn't it.

I can honestly say that the whole time he was gone, not once did I want him here to help out for the kids, or to give me a break.  Sure, I had my moments with them and it all got chaotic at times, like it always does.  But I'm pretty pleased to say that I did good; we all did good when he was not here.

But we missed him.  We missed him like crazy.  The kids missed their Daddy story time, and Jenson really missed his man on man time.  Towards the end of the two weeks he would wake in the morning, or from his naps (if he had them) and cry for his Daddy. 

"Why is my Daddy not here?".  Single tears would roll down his face, his bottom lip fallen.

"I'm crying because I want my Daddy"  He would say.  It broke my heart.

Me?  More than anything, I missed his companionship.  Our banter, our dreaming, our jokes, our chats about nothing in particular, our laughing.  I missed seeing him with the kids.  Rolling on the ground with them, making them squeal and belly laugh like only he can.

I am so grateful that we as a family are able to be with one another as much as we are.  Like many families on one income, we live month to month.  We have to budget, watch our expenditure and live fairly simply.  We aim to live an even simpler and sustainable life over the years.  Of course extra cash flow each month would be helpful, and undeniably enjoyed.  But not if that meant that there was a constant gap in our family unit. 

To us, the most important virtue is family togetherness. 

Not for all of the riches would we change that.

Linking up with loads more lovely Gratefuls at Maxabella Loves

Snap It {Old}

A favourite old photo of me with my Mum and three older brothers.

My Mum is a very talented lady.  She used to make all of our clothes.  Can you tell?

A little late at linking up with Sarah's Snap It this week, but better late than never.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

March Photo A Day

Wow!  It's been a while since I've blogged. 

Life has been hectic, and well, when I've not been folding washing in the evening I've been plonked on the couch watching some mind numbing crap on the TV, while Johnny has hogged the computer engrossed in his fantasy football obsessions! (JOKING Johnny!)

I'm in party mode now too, with a certain sweetheart about to turn One.   In my usual style I'm leaving everything to the last minute!

I've got a few things to write about, but for now I'll update with the first half of March Photo A Day, created by Fat Mum Slim. It's been fun playing along via, and catching a glimpse into the lives of others playing along.

Day 1 - Up: What's up with a million pictures like this on my camera roll?  Honestly, a million!

Day 2 - Fruit: Kiwi for breakfast

Day 3 - Our neighbourhood 

Day 4 - Bedside: I stayed at my Mother-in-laws, this was my bedside for the night

Day 5 - Smile: My sisters.  I miss her everyday.  Love you Ness.

Day 6 - 5pm: Early bath, early bed

Day 7 - Something I wore: My greenstone.  I seldom take this off.  It symbolises a lot.

Day 8 - Window: Out Ruby's window, a beautiful autumn sunset sky

Day 9 - Red: My beautiful Red haired girl

Day 10 - Loud: Featuring two days in a row.  Ruby was loud from day 1 and I'm guessing she walways will be.  She takes after her Daddy.  Photo from the archives.

Day 11 - Someone you talked to:  This brand new Papa Bear

Day 12 - Fork: Testing the brownie, made especially for Daddy, still warm, straight from the tin - yum!

Day 13 - Sign: My best mate is home!

Day 14 - Clouds: In Ruby's room, painted with love from Auntie Mel

Day 15 - Car: In Jenson's room.  C'mon Webber!

Day 16 - Sunglasses

 Till next time, which will hopefully be sooner rather than later.

Friday, March 9, 2012

{This Moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Linking Up with SouleMama

Chicken Bones

The Little Viking is becoming more and more curious and inquisitive.  The why and how questions are more frequently occuring (like 10 times a minute!).

A conversation we had the other day went like this after he noticed my collar bones, which are beginning to re-emerge.

J: "What's this?"  pointing to my collar bone.

Me: "It's a bone"

J: "Is it from the chicken?"

I laughed.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Snap It {Far Away}

This is Lindau, Germany.

A beautiful village, and a lucky find.  Word of mouth recommendations go a long way when you are travelling.  Johnny and I were there in June 2006.

Johnny is now about a hundred km's or so from here.

Far Away.

We miss him.