Is it over yet?
I have loved school holidays. I have. I've loved spending so much quality time with my amazing family. I've loved the beach visits, the road trip, the staying up late with friends, the sleep ins - and yes I'll admit that I've also loved not having to make school lunches, keep school uniforms in check and be out the door at a certain time.
But you know what? We've all been in each other's company for too long now and we are all grating on each other's nerves. I'm so ready. Miss 6 has been ready to go back since before Christmas!
Mr 4 starts kindergarten/pre-prep this year and I'm giddy at the thought of having 2-3 child free days each week. Sure its only about 5 hours each day, but nevertheless, the prospects of what I can achieve during that time is exhilarating.
Unfortunately one of the first things I've got scheduled in is a dentist visit for some fillings!
Who else is ready for school to go back? :)
Catching up on blogging some mini family shoots today - first up from this session was Jess and her family. I really enjoyed these mini sessions as they were fast paced (less time for the kids to be 'over it') and I had to think quick - I love being kept on my toes! Having super cute kids to photograph helps too!
Here's a few of my favourites from this session:
Love how happy everyone is in this one!
The second mini family shoot from this session was for the Keats family, and how gorgeous is miss Bel?! I just love that flower headband!
Christine and Bailey, I love this one! Bailey went to kindergarten with my daughter so I was thrilled to be able to capture some family memories for them. A few more of my favourites from this shoot:
As always, thank you to the wonderful families who put their trust in me to capture these memories!
Every now and then, you get a bit of a wake up call, and are shaken into the realization of just how precious life really is. We have recently returned from a 3000 km road trip to Canberra and back, and on our last day on the road, New Years Eve, we very nearly had a head-on collision with another car.
We were on our last day of driving and had just switched drivers about 45 minutes earlier, so I was at the wheel. In a 100 km zone, single lane, the road headed into a gully. There were double white lines, so no overtaking. I saw a big B-double truck coming towards me in the other lane. Then suddenly a black Peugeot pulled out from behind the truck into MY lane, to overtake the truck.
My husband and I both uttered a few expletives but fully expected the Peugeot to pull back behind the truck when he saw us. He didn't. He just... kept... coming... It was one of those surreal moments when you knew you had nowhere to go but had to do something anyway. There was a thin stretch of gravel on my side of the road but not much else (since it was a gully) so I had to squeeze into that space without crashing off the side. Somehow, some way, I aimed for the gravel and we snuck past without a scratch. I dont know how we didn't scrape mirrors or shave off paint.
My husband was freaking out beside me saying "Are you alright? Are you ok? I cant believe that just happened! Pull over, pull over!" I kept saying "I'm fine, I'm ok!!" but I pulled over a few hundred metres up the road and the reality of the situation set in, and I instantly burst into tears! Then a massive rush of adrenaline hit me and I started freaking out and shaking uncontrollably.
We made it - our lucky escape. And I tell you what - that was just the wake up call I needed. I dont generally do resolutions, but this year I do. My New Years Resolution is to stop stressing about every little thing. To enjoy the moment. Relish the "now". Stop worrying about things that might never happen. Because you just never know when your last moment is going to be.
Catching up on some of my final sessions from last year:
I met Tamika, Shane and their two gorgeous boys on a glorious day at the beach! Baylee and Levi were awesome to work with, super helpful and super smiley too! Running around on the beach, enjoying an afternoon with an beautiful family makes my job so easy :)
Cuddles with dad :)
... and kisses for mum!
Thank you Tamika, Shane, Baylee and Levi for sharing your afternoon with me!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.