Thursday, May 30, 2013


Our lives are made in these small hours.  Weekly Stills collection. 

:: Just hanging around
:: "I'm cooking Mum!"
:: Way more fun than actually swinging on it
:: The grass, it's growing
:: Digging and tossing it over her shoulder
:: Hoping for a burst of colour come Spring
:: Autumn bulbs

Joining Em at The Beetle shack with Weekly Stills

Sunday, May 26, 2013


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013"

Ruby::  Prepping the garden for some bulb planting.
Jenson:: "Mum!  I just flied!  Real!"
Mila::  How one dresses oneself when one is a very independant two year old.

I couldn't help but put two portraits of Mila this week, as I love this second one of her lost in thought on a morning walk.

I always love Lou's portraits of her boys.  There is always a sense of adventure.

Playing along with Jodi's 52 project.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Sometimes I fight it, being a Mother.

I'm a person that needs solitude, peace and reflection time.  I always have done.  My Mum will tell me that when I was very young, all of my siblings would be playing and I would go off to be by myself.  Now this could have been because I wanted some quiet time, or it could have been because, with three older brothers I just didn't want to play rugby again, or to have a fight with my younger sister and see who won!

But the point is I've always needed solitude.  Time to be alone.

Now I don't only need it, I crave it.

Without it, my head gets restless, stress builds, my body tenses, I'm quick to react, I'm moody, I lose focus and I fight the daily motions of what being a mother entails.

It's a pattern. I work on what I need, make time for myself and all runs smoothly.  It's all running smoothly, I let one of my needs go, and then another.  Things get hazy, I find myself down that same street, down that same hole.  I know how I got there.  I'm here, AGAIN!

If someone asked me what the hardest thing about being a Mother was, and in my case, a stay-at-home Mother, I would tell them that what I have found to be the hardest is looking after myself.  Physically, mentally and emotionally.  If I'm not doing well in these area's, the family foundations start to shake.  There is more rain than rainbows, and I start missing the rays of sunshine.

It's a challenge, and for me, one that needs focus on a daily basis.

So, what is changing?

Alarms have been set earlier and I am rising before the sun and before the children to have the solitude I so need.

I move.
I breathe.
I try to be in the moment.
I reflect.
I give thanks.
I rehydrate.
I nourish.
I prepare.

New habits need to be formed.   I'm working on more embracing, and less fighting.  I'm working on it.

How do you work on your own needs?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013"

Ruby::  Inspecting her scone mixture
Jenson:: For the past couple of weeks he has sat beside me at the kitchen bench in the morning and asked to write, as I was writing.  On the weekend I got him his own "writing book". He's been practicing letters and asking what letters looked like to write his own name.  He then screws up the paper and wants to throw them in the fire!
Mila:: She has been attached to "Monkey" since the time that she could hold it.  She used to rub the tag.  The tag is long gone, but she still rubs the exact same spot, in the exact way, as if the tag were still there.

As usual, joining the ever lovely Jodi at Che and Fidel.

Thursday, May 16, 2013


The last couple of weeks have rolled into one, so here is a collection of the past weeks stills.  Our lives are made in these small hours.

:: Quiet time activities
:: Painting's drying, by Jenson.  A school of flying fish in a colourful sea, and a self portrait on colourful grass
:: Cracking eggs
:: Orthodox Easter
:: Blooms
:: Morning glow
:: Sewing
:: Making lunches
:: Autumns shades and shadows
:: I ask them to stand by a wall.  This is what I get.
:: Perfect weather for school cross country
:: Playing with stones is just as fun as the sandpit.
:: Mother's Day cards

Joining Emily and her new family of five, at The Beetle Shack


If anyone wants to know where I'm going to be this weekend, I'm just letting you know, I'm going to Sweden!  Malmo, Sweden to be precise.  With none other than Julia Zemiro, who is like a fine wine, she just keeps getting better.

Not really, I wish I was.  I'd love to be soaking up all that Scandinavian style.

But I will be there in spirit, soaking up style on a whole different level.  That of Eurovision.  Oh yeah, I can see a lot of wind machines, dry ice, costume reveals, and dramatic choreography. not to mention some pretty special song writing in my near future.

Who's excited?

I'm Excited!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


On Sunday we were driving to my In-Laws.  Jenson had fallen asleep, and after a short while woke and sat quietly.  When he spoke the conversation went like this.

Jenson: Mum, who am I going to marry.  I don't have anyone to marry.

Me: That's ok, you'll meet someone, when you get big like Daddy

Jenson: I know, maybe I could go into the city to meet a lady.... Or maybe I could go to Paris.

I really do love the mind of my young man.  He's a thinker, with a huge imagination.

Monday, May 13, 2013


"A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2013."

Mother's Day with my babies.

Johnny tried and tried to get the perfect happy family portrait.  All looking, all smiling.

I think these portraits are perfect.  Authentically representing the crazy that is my family.

It may be one to reenact in 20 years.

As always, joining Jodi's 52 project.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


"A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2013"

Ruby::  Trying her hardest to blow up a balloon
Jenson::  Three generations. With his Daddy and his Deda
Mila::  A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Joining the ever beautiful Jodi, for the 52 project