Wednesday, July 30, 2014

30/52


 "A portrait of my loves once a week, every week in 2014"

Ruby::  Early morning golden light on her early morning golden hair.
Jenson::  He may not be able to read, but he devours these Lego magazines.  If you have a lego fan in your family, you must take a look at Lego Club.  The best $20 you will ever spend!
Mila::  I often forget she is only three.  She can hold her own amongst the others, and their friends.  We are wondering now whether to grow her fringe or not.
Johnny::  The early morning goodbye rituals.
Vanessa::  I had to include a last one of "Arny" and her posse.

Joining Jodi for The 52 Project

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Quiet, The Light and The Dark

There are so many things I should be doing, things I should be working on right now.  

The first half of this year has gone by so quickly.  The past seven months have been quite eventful, as I knew it would be.  Last week saw a lot of things change.  After living with us for almost a year (on and off) we said goodbye to my sister on Sunday.  I also saw the completion of a project I had been working on for my ex employee.  These two things have had quite a big impact on our life for the first part of this year.   With my project completed, I now have a little more time (albeit in the evenings once the kids are in bed).  My list of things to work on, to start work on, to organise, is long.  But before I really get my head into it, I needed some space.

It has been such a long time since I have posted a weekly stills collection, and I just had to do this.  Before I crossed anything more off my to do list, I wanted to stop and reflect on some quiet and some light and dark.  Because it's there.  Amongst the chaos and the noise and the routine and the to do lists, there is the quiet and the light and the dark.



 Joining the lovely Em for the Weekly Stills.  Hi Em! x

Thursday, July 24, 2014

37 for 37


Last week I turned 37.  I'm not afraid to admit it, or even afraid of ageing.

I'm more afraid of letting the years go by wasted.  Not making the most of the days I have.  I'm not saying I don't waste my days.  Sometimes months go by and I have done very little for myself, for my spirit.

I was inspired by beautiful Xanthe earlier this year with her birthday list, and thought what a wonderful idea to keep being inspired.

The timing of this could not be better either.  It's made me reflect on the things I had set for myself at the beginning of the year.  And in the depths of Winter, and with post holiday blues, it has allowed me to be focused, inspired, positive and excited about the coming months.

I've been thinking of this list for a little while, and I finally starting writing it up on Friday.  I was catching a train to the city to meet Johnny for dinner.  Idea's were coming to me and I kept my list going.  When I got to 18 I was feeling pretty good, until I realised there was almost another 20 to go!

I made it to 37, and I'm putting it out there.  The 37 things I want to happen while I am 37 years old.  If you put it out there, the intention is set, right?  So here it is...

1.  Go to a concert
2.  Have a weekend away with just Johnny
3.  Go to the footy with the family
4.  Go camping with the family and make breakfast by campfire.
5.  Start running again.  I've "wanted" to get back into running since, well, since I stopped.  I'm setting myself to run an event of at least 10km.  Even though it's almost a year away, I'm thinking Gold Coast in July next year, could be the event
6.  Go on a retreat
7.  Follow my heart with my photography
8.  Send birthday cards
9.  Extend and make consistent my yoga and meditation practice
10.  Swim in the ocean and walk barefoot on the beach
11.  Get my eyes fixed.  I want to have 20/20 vision.  No more glasses or contacts
12.  Read a novel.  I think the last novel I read was two years ago
13.  Do something I have never done before
14.  Make a destination photography booking
15.  Dance with my children, regularly
16.  Focus on light
17.  Wear lipstick
18.  Travel with my family again
19.  Learn to bake bread, properly, from scratch.  I just can't get the kneading right.
20.  Practice daily gratitude
21.  Laze in a hammock
22.  Do something that scares me
23.  Scout for a different location to shoot at least once a month.
24.  Remember to stop and breathe.  This is a big one for me, as I tend to react a whole lot more than I like.
25.  Eat more salads
26.  Grow more veges
27.  Spent more time with my girlfriends
28.  Drink champagne.  I may have ticked this box already, but what's another bottle between friends or beau's?
29.  Go to the snow
30.  Have one on one time with each of my children.
31.  Help at my children's school and kinder.
32.  Start on my children's memory boxes.  The boxes I had bought more than a year ago are still plastic wrapped in my wardrobe.  I will be going here for inspiration and advice.
33. To embrace the noise and chaos that is my family.  They are a loud bunch!
34.  Make my own yoghurt
35. Print my photos.  Make photo books from The 52 Project, our family session and our recent holiday.
36.  Make Sundays about slowing down and quality family time
37.  Drink more herbal teas.  I need to find the perfect pot and cup for my tea drinking ritual (not really, but in my mind it will help!)

So there it is.  Intentions have been set.

I'm looking forward to being 37.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Six Of Us 10,000 Miles:: Four Days in London

It seems like such a long time ago already when we backed out of our driveway at 6am on a Thursday morning, preparing ourselves for 3 flights and 33 hours of travel before finally arriving in London at 6am on Friday morning.
As I look through my photo's part of me thinks I took so many, and another part of me thinks there are so many moments I missed.  But I couldn't be behind the camera for the entire holiday.  Some days I just didn't want to, some days it was just too hard with the constant roll of tourists at your back, and some days I just wanted to see things with my own eyes.
The first day we arrived in London was one of those days.  The first day!  It was more the fact that after all that travel and very little sleep, my head was very spacey.  Along with the fact that we visited some of the busiest parts of London that day and it was very difficult physically to stop and set anything up.  Thankfully for phone camera's however, we at least got a photo of the kids with Big Ben!  I also just wanted to soak it all in.  So many memories were flooding back and was revelling in them.  And the smell.  I forgot London had a smell!
The following three days were pretty full.  We really made the most of all of the time we had in London, and although Johnny and I could have easily spent more time there, we did tick a lot of boxes.
London put on some glorious weather, and the clouds.  I can't remember the last time I saw the sky filled with the fluffiest white clouds.
We stayed in a little two up-two down house a little north of Portobello Road, so our Saturday was set for a stroll through the Portobello Markets.  In true London style it rained that morning, which was probably not a bad thing considering we had mainly all been awake from 3am-6am, with the sun rising around 4am.  But by 10 the rain had eased and we could start our day.
We walked through the stalls as they started opening as fast as the clouds were leaving.  We ate street food.  We caught double decker buses, and more tubes.  And we stood outside Urban Outfitters while the kids ate ice-cream and one by one Vanessa, Johnny and I went to shop for necessities.  Johnny shopped for his Birkenstocks, Vanessa shopped in a second hand store for some cons, and I shopped in one of my favourite places in London, Monmouth, for coffee supplies and brownies!  I couldn't go all that way and not make it to Monmouth.




We had scheduled the Sunday to meet up with some old friends.  Our day started early again.  Some as early as 3am.  But it's easy to get out and about when the sun is up and London is calling.  We met at Kew Gardens and wandered and chatted, and found more ice-cream for the kids to eat, before heading back to the best backyard I've seen in London.




Our final day was as colourful as London can be.  Vanessa and I strolled along a small section of the canals, with the morning runners and cyclists, and then we headed to Camden Markets.
I was not going to leave without making a trip to Marimekko (I had to add to our mug collection!), before making a mad dash back to catch our taxi.


We walked so much over the course of those four days.  The kids made very little complaints and just soldiered on like real troopers (fuelled by ice-cream).  The small stroller we took, although having to carry up and down the tube stairs, were worth every cent of the $15 it cost.

We found London a very child friendly city.  Children travel free on public transport when travelling with an adult, and there is always something for them to be entertained by.  Of course they had their moment's, especially when it came to safety with the amount of people around and how easily it could have been to get lost among them.  But thankfully we had an adult per child, which made holding hands a lot easier.


Have you been to London?  Or have you travelled with children?  Do you have any tips on either?