Saturday, 20 September 2014

38/52 2014





Me and my babies. I love the connection between my two. There is something magical in knowing just how much your own children love and adore each other.

These were taken last Sunday at New Farm park, so Teak's belly is even one week bigger now. Yes, she looks like she is going to explode. So much for the doctors telling us she was going to go early. (Tomorrow is her due date) Even Jarvis who has been saying for months that Tamika's baby "has to grow big and then come out of her bum" has changed to saying "out now, big enough" and then giving Tamika's tummy a good ole wack. Do hope it is not the baby he is trying to smack out of his sister's belly??!!

Last year Jodi inspired me to pick up my camera and turn the focus inward. This year I have opted to continue with the series as I feel there are still so many family stories to be told through photos. So I will continue to Link up with Jodi  (the artist formerly known as Che & Fidel now Practising Simplicity) for the 52 Project. 


Also linking up with Bron over at Baby Space with the quote a week

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

BUMBLE BEES AND BALLOONS



Is it normal to dream of tattoo? I have weird full on dreams, weirder depending on where I am in my cycle. yet last nights was not that strange. Hmm unless you think it strange that I bought Jarvis a tattoo gun off Ebay and let him tattoo a bumble bee on my wrist?

Okay, so I know the dream comes from me really, really, really want to get more tattoos, yet trying to convince myself spending the money is okay. I have a butterfly on the inside of my left wrist that Tamika drew. No, she did not do the tattoo, my very talented amazing cousin Milly who owns Rock of Ages did the actually tattoo. Tamika did the art work in primary school and I took it to Milly to transfer to my arm.

Since Jarvis was born, I have wanted to get a tattoo for him. I have been waiting for him to pick it. For some time now he has had an obsession with all things bumble bee. I think this steams from his love of Buzzbee in the Hive, and Maya the Bee. Maybe Justin started his Bumblebee obsession when he did the above photoshoot of Jarvis. (Note this is a croped version of the final image).

But Zizzies are his thing. So I want a cartoon bee to go next to Tamika's butterfly. Oh, and I want a full leg piece on the whole of my left calf. But that Hot Air Balloon is for another post.

So any recommendations for a tattooist in Brisbane who can draw Zizzies? Also since all of my other tattoos are black and white should I stick with this or add some colour into my life?

For those not up with their kids ABC viewing this is Maya the Bee

And this is Buzzbee

Butt, I am open to bee suggestions.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

37/52 2014






I have so many great photos from our mini holiday it was hard to narrow them down, so I asked Jarvis to pick. The five images are the ones Jarvis told me to use. He is very much the critic when it comes to images.

Quote of the week from Jarvis has to be him saying "Dad, Dad," then when Justin would answer, at the top of his lungs Jarvis would scream "holiday! We on holiday!"
My gorgeous boy, your enthusiastic yell is how a lot of us feel when on holiday.

Last year Jodi inspired me to pick up my camera and turn the focus inward. This year I have opted to continue with the series as I feel there are still so many family stories to be told through photos. So I will continue to Link up with Jodi  (the artist formerly known as Che & Fidel now Practising Simplicity) for the 52 Project. 


Also linking up with Bron over at Baby Space with the quote a week

Thursday, 11 September 2014

WHAT I GROW IN MY GARDEN:RAINBOWS, SEEDLINGS AND HOPE


There is something about spring and the promise of new growth. The simplicity of watching a seed unfurl into a new plant. It is a celebration of reproduction, whether in plants or animals... It's an invitation to sense the simplicity of how we regenerate life – and also... where a tiny bead of potency unfurls.


Rainbows are not common and their evocative appearance can be quite magical, for even those of us who do not believe in magic. Like the new seedling I think the rainbow is associated with hope, magic and good fortune.

So I am keeping my fingers crossed that I find my pot of gold this spring. If you could find a pot of gold, what would be the magical thing you would hope for?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

33 MONTHS


Growth & Appearance:
I blinked and my baby left and in it's place here is this child. Tall and thin. Some people confuse you for a girl, I think it is the longer hair. But I think you are all boy. Especially how you choose to dress yourself.


Eating:
You are a good/big eater. Yet picky about how things are served. You favourite thing at the moment is going for a work meeting/coffee with your Dad. If I have to work, you love to go to different coffee shops, and act all grown up with your milk shake. 

For some reason baking making you extra happy/crazy

Talking: 
You have discovered shit stirring this month. You speech is incredible and you know every word we use, just some are a little jumbled when you try to say them. For a kid who I was worried about not talking at all after your second birthday, you have more than caught up.

Sleeping: 
For the first time ever you asked to not co-sleep. We were away on holidays and you wanted to sleep in the bunk bed. I felt sad, but settled you in for the night. You lasted ten minutes and you yelled out "Mummum no like" and ran into the big bed.


Development:
Your sense of humour, your independence and your attitude have all gotten stronger this month. You are a force to be reckoned with, lucky for us 90% of the time you are a funny crack up about everything.
For the first time ever Justin and I left you with Tamika for just over three hours. It has always been either one of us with you, while the other is at work. Tamika said you handled it really well, as we promised we would be back before it was dark, and you keep repeating over and over to Teak "no dark yet?". I guess it is a lucky? Or a good thing you adore your sister so much, that you were okay with us leaving you for the afternoon.


Favourites:
Anything that is "like Daddy". You even wanted to grow a beard "like Daddy". Teak's belly is another favourite thing, you love kissing and stroking "baby". Lets hope you love the baby as much when it comes out. But digging and gardening are still your favourite things to do. 


How I am thinking/Feeling:
I am feeling really lucky this month. I cannot believe you are my son. I feel as if you are stubborn for a reason. You needed to be. The only thing that is getting me this month is 'mother's guilt", I often hear 'no work Mummum", this makes me feel bad for not believing in myself and putting more effort into starting my own business so I can work/stay at home with you. 


Saturday, 6 September 2014

36/52 2014

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2013

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Continuing on the tradition of a Father's Day photoshoot with Justin and Jarvis. There were so many images that I loved, but this is the one Justin choose for this years image.

"Anyone can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a daddy." - Anonymous


Last year Jodi inspired me to pick up my camera and turn the focus inward. This year I have opted to continue with the series as I feel there are still so many family stories to be told through photos. So I will continue to Link up with Jodi  (the artist formerly known as Che & Fidel now Practising Simplicity) for the 52 Project. 


Also linking up with Bron over at Baby Space with the quote a week


Thursday, 4 September 2014

WHAT I GROW IN MY GARDEN: REALITY VERSUS FANTASY


Loving the warmer weather, and so is our newly planted garden. But. today was spent relocating our girls. It seems no matter how hard I try they are naughty, and will fly over into the veggie patch and chow down. They also have a bad habit of coming into the house and making themselves comfy on the rug.

So as much I wanted the girls to be able to roam the entire back yard, this is now not going to happen. With the back third of the yard still waiting for me to finish landscaping, it is a bit of a dirt patch. I am waiting until construction work is done over in the back and the back and side fences are replaced.

I have this fantasy of backyard, and chicken area. I spend ages going through the Dirt Girl World Facebook page, swooning  over other people's yards. But at the moment for a temporary measure the chicken's new area looks like this.


I know look at the top image..fantasy. next image reality :(


Fingers crossed I can build it into the yard I want. Now all I need to do is find/collect old wrought iron gates, old stain glass doors and windows to start on what I have designed. So if anyone out there knows places in Brisbane where I can find these I would love to know. 




Please note: All of the fantasy/inspiration images have been taken from the Dirt Girl World Facebook page.