Thursday, June 27, 2013


Have you ever found yourself crying in the Dr's waiting room?

That was me yesterday.  Crying for my son who was in so much pain and I was helpless to him.

I actually don't know where the tears came from, but once they started, they kept on flowing.  I did have that moment where I thought "Don't cry in front of him, be strong", but I just couldn't.  And when the Dr finally came and saw to us, I could barely even speak.

I could see in the Dr's eyes, he thought I was weak.  Perhaps I was.  But this came on the back of a stressful morning, a stressful few days actually.

Monday evening saw me in the emergency waiting rooms for 3 hours after Mila fell and hit her forehead on the coffee table.  Thankfully stitches were not administered, and the wound was glued back together.

On Tuesday Jenson was showing some quite difficult behaviours.  He was irritable and not coping with much, and also started refusing to go to the toilet, even though he was quite obviously needing to.  He had become scared of urinating, thinking it was going to hurt him.  So he continued to hold it.  He held on from 1pm Tuesday.  I took him to the Dr's on Wednesday morning, with no appointment, hoping for some help.  After many physical and upsetting attempts to get him on the toilet, he was still too scared.  By 11am Wednesday he had still not gone, and instead was squirming his way around the waiting room, tears streaming down his face and screaming with pain.  My heartache for him, and frustrations for and with him boiled over in my own tears.  He wouldn't let me help or console him.

Eventually I was able to cajole him to the toilet, and after some more screams of pain that it was hurting, he couldn't hold it any more.

Can you imagine holding on for 22 HOURS!!

I know that on the scale of illnesses which might upset parents, a potential UTI may be quite low, but yesterday truly broke my heart.

Monday, June 24, 2013


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

Ruby:: Very excited, and practicing her "moves" for her very first disco.
Jenson::  Excited about new goggles
Mila::  Enjoying a new (to us) playground at a farmers market.

These boys put a smile on my face last week.

Joining Jodi, as always

Friday, June 21, 2013


A little pumping music for your Friday afternoon.

I'm digging this.

It makes me want to cut my hair into a short bob, slip on a flappers dress and release my inner 20's Ma'am.

Get some more 20's vibed sounds here.  And do yourself a favour and see the film while you're at it.  Leo is perfection.

Sunday, June 16, 2013


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

Ruby, Jenson and Mila::  A spot of afternoon face painting.

And in Mum's case, face scribbling

Dancing legs, and bubba eye's made me smile last week.

Joining in with Jodi again for 52 Project

Saturday, June 15, 2013


I'm not much of a lipstick wearer.

I wish I was.  I wish I didn't feel so self conscious when I donned a lip.

But when I do wear it, I make it a good one.

I think Mila has the same idea's.  She'd prefer to wear it more than she's allowed.  But when she does wear it, she makes it a good one.

Have you, or your babies donned a nice lip lately?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


"Our lives are made in these small hours"

:: The colours of our chestnut tree
:: Vegetable producing.  Progress since here
:: Shadows on the ceiling
:: Dirty backside, odd boots, running and singing
:: The best times are with a bucket and some dirt
:: Back from school.  Straight in muddy boots with holy knees.
:: Home
:: A late breakfast on a long weekend
:: Taking turns
:: Enjoying a sunny Winter's morning
:: Monkey bars are an absolute favourite of Ruby's
:: Remi taking a swim
:: Walking through woods
:: Home Alone and cheese toasties
:: A red sky filled Winter's evening

Joining Emily at the Beetle Shack for Weekly Stills

Monday, June 10, 2013


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

Ruby:: Enjoying a morning walk
Jenson:: Trying to climb trees
Mila:: Enough riding the bug, time to carry it

Those cheeks and lips of Little Miss Olive's were just so cute last week.

As always, joining Jodi and the 52 project

See my 52 project here

Saturday, June 8, 2013


 I first found out about Kids Were Here through Tahnee.

It's a beautiful documentation, recorded by 25 photographers,  of their "unconventional, yet universal perspective on what life with children looks like.

Universal indeed!

Over the last few months I've been clicking away to create my own documentation.  If nothing else, in a few years time, it will remind us of what this time was like when the children were so young. 

You can visit the Kids Were Here blog, or see them on facebook.