Do you have an ordinary super-power? Mine is this: I can tell myself to wake up at a certain time, and I will. I was asleep yesterday morning when I woke suddenly about 5am as my husband was leaving for work... I thought "Its too early, go back to sleep and wake up at 6.30am"
And then I opened my eyes again and it was bang on 6.30am. Seriously, who needs an alarm clock?
I have always had this ability for some reason. I can also usually make a pretty good guess at what the time is, without having a look at my watch - ie - "Hmm it feels like its about quarter past 10"... look at my watch, its 10.18. I also know when the oven timer is just about to go off, a second before it does. ie - "Surely that thing has been cooking for 15 minutes already" - walk over to the oven just as the timer starts beeping. Every. Single. Time.
How do I do this? Am I the only one? Do YOU have a super-power?
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Todays blog feature is from Danielle's family shoot, at one of my favourite parks! The weather had us running for cover a couple of times and the cloudy skies kept things a little more muted than normal (the sun did peek out a little bit at times), but we still had a fun shoot. I love it when the generations get together and I just love all the wonderful families I get to meet!
Thank you for a wonderful afternoon!
We had a bit of a run of bad luck when we moved here to Tamborine. Just about everything that COULD go wrong, DID go wrong. Hot water system was dead on arrival (no hot water for 5 days, yay!), then the house water pump died (flushing toilets with a bucket ain't fun), a pool pipe got damaged and pool water started gushing out everywhere (duct tape to the rescue!), Telstra couldn't connect our home phone or internet (still waiting on that!), settlement stuff ups galore etc etc - boy that was a fun few months!
But you know what? Now that everything is fixed, we are SO much more relaxed here, and couldn't be happier. Its so peaceful. Our neighbours on both sides have horses, we have local kangaroos living down on the back field. We have a family of 5 peacocks who strut around the place (until our dog chases them away), cows are mooing in the distance... and its amazing just how clear the night sky is here, and just how many stars you can see in the sky!
We are pretty lucky, and I'm so thankful that we found this peaceful little haven to call home...
The Rafter family came to have their family shoot here at my place at Tamborine recently, and not only were we blessed with beautiful golden morning light, our local kangaroos decided to hang out for the shoot too! You can see them in some of the images below. Little Nash had a bit of a sore tummy on this day, and just would not smile no matter how hard we all tried, but we still managed some lovely images nonetheless.
Mr Kangaroo wanted to be in this one too!
Thank you for sharing your morning with me, guys!
I've lived all my life in the suburbs... on town water. I mean, you just turn on the tap without thinking about it, right? Want a long hot shower? Have one! Have two showers a day if you want! Want to water the garden? Do it! I never really thought about the importance of rain until we moved to a place on tank water. Suddenly, we have to watch every drop, check the tanks regularly, limit the duration of showers, turn taps off when brushing teeth and THINK about the water we're using. Before now, rain was just an inconvenience, something to be endured, an annoyance. But now, its vital.
So this predicted wet weather event this weekend has been much anticipated. I'm loving the sound of rain on the roof. Our tanks are filling up and we're feeling happy! I just hope its reaching the farmers out west, who need it even more than us!
A beautiful, fun family, a beautiful location and a stunning sunset... that just about sums up my shoot with the Marin family! We started our shoot at Jacobs Well for some shots by the water and in the nearby park, and then moved on to a stunning spot in the nearby cane fields. The kids were so sweet and well-mannered, and the whole family was willing to try a few fun ideas for a laugh! It made for some awesome images too!
Thanks for a beautiful afternoon guys!
4 year olds are such a crack up arent they? Our Mr 4 has a bit of an ear for music, he can hear a song once only, and then a few days later be heard singing it or humming the tune. I'm not surprised really, since just about everyone else in my family is musical and can play at least one instrument, except for me.
I especially love hearing the garbled version of lyrics that kids come up with. I remember once last year, one of the Veronica's songs came on the radio (You Ruin Me)... and she sings something about "You're my greatest masterpiece..." - Mr 4, listening intently, pipes up:
"Mummy? Did she just say... 'greatest MASH... and PEAS?' "
The offical term for this is 'Mondegreens' - misheard lyrics.
So it was with great amusement last week that I heard he'd learned that traditional lullaby "Frere Jacques" at kindy.
I asked him to sing it to me, and he confidently launched into this:
"Fairer Chucker, Fairer Chucker
Dornay Vu! Dornay Vu!
Never suck a doona,
Never suck a doona,
Ding dang dong... ding dang dong!"
I cant wait to hear what he comes out with next!
Recently, Belinda and her lovely family held their family shoot on their own block of land, featuring a gorgeous bushland setting. Just look at all that delicious morning light filtering through! Add 3 cute kids and a dog, I'm in heaven! I love it when families include their beloved pets in their photos, they are such a big part of our lives!
Thank you for a lovely morning guys!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.