I've written about misheard song lyrics in the past, and its always a source of giggles in our house... and I must admit I was listening to the radio the other day puzzled with what Rihanna was singing about when I thought she said:
"When I'm with you all I get is WAH-THOSS"
(its ok, I have since figured it out)
Now, we have this rule in my car, whenever Justin Bieber comes on, we change radio station (no its not just my rule, miss 7 is the enforcer of this). But Mr 5 must have heard some of "Despacito" recently, because the other night when I was tucking him into bed, we had the following conversation:
Mr 5 - "Mummy, what Despacito mean in Japanese?"
Me - "Its not Japanese buddy, its Spanish"
Mr 5 - "oh... well I know what it means in Australian!"
Me - "What?"
Mr 5 - "He's singing about a drink!"
I went downstairs chuckling to myself - he thinks Justin Bieber is singing about the soft-drink 'Pasito'... :)
This year I did fundraising photo shoots for two different kindergartens, one after the other! Straight after finishing up with Tamborine Mountain's sessions, I headed over to do some more fun sessions with the families of Norfolk Village C&K. Here are some of the gorgeous groups from the first session!
Thank you for such a fun day guys!
I've done some crazy things with my hair in my time... I remember one time, after changing my hair colour and style YET AGAIN, a work colleague asked me if I'd done it "as a dare"...
I'm naturally "mousy brown" with a few greys creeping in... but over the years I've been black, white-blonde, had electric blue streaks, purple hair extensions, I sported a bright orange slash in a dark brown bob for a long time. I used to colour it ginger for years - I've chopped it all off, worn it stuck out, worn it smooth and sleek, permed, teased, fringe/no fringe... phew!
But ever since having kids, I've pretty much just stuck to the one thing. Dark brown shoulder length. Wear it in a pony-tail every day because its easy. It doesn't get in the way. It doesn't require thinking or any work. And I was so bored with it.
So the other week when we all went to get our hair-cut, I got the chop! Ok so its nothing drastic, but quite a bit shorter than it has been for a long time - and there is nothing quite like a new "do" to make you feel better about yourself, is there?
So maybe I should go back to some wild hair colours again?
Our final sessions from the Tamborine Mountain kindy fundraiser were awesome! Lots more lovely families and a fun moments captured. Here's some of our favourites from these sessions...
A few weeks ago I complained about the kids ratty behaviour and my despair at ever getting out the door on time. Since then I've resurrected the Star Chart and have seen a good change in attitude from them - our mornings have been a little bit calmer and a lot happier.
But school holidays have still been busy and mummy has been a little stressed at the backlog of work which has been looming. So instead of spending time with them, this week I've given in to the ipad and DVD, just to keep them out of my hair. I've directed them to playing Connect-4, or Monopoly, to give me just another half hour to get stuff done... time is precious after all.
But the other day, after getting close to her "reward star" on the star chart, miss 7 decided to write out a list of all the things she could choose for her reward. A "wish list". Standard items like having ice cream, choosing something from the Prize Box or a new ipad game were duly noted... however she added one item that stopped me in my tracks.
"For Mummy to play Monopoly with me"
Ok I'm not the worst parent in the world, but that right there told me all I needed to know. This should NOT be something that she chooses as a reward, this should be something we do because its fun! I forget that they are still little and still need me to spend time with them. We cuddled on the lounge that night and I thought about my baby girl, how she wants to be so grown up but right now, what she needs is for her mummy to step away from the computer and play a board game with her.
So that's what I'm doing this weekend, folks. Time is precious after all...
Master Theodore was such a superstar during his newborn portrait session - enjoying such a great snooze while Kayla and Byron got to relax in the comfort of their own home.
My newborn portrait sessions can either be done in my photography studio at Tamborine OR I can bring the studio to you if you prefer! This means you can relax and go about your day (put on a load of washing, make lunch or get changed) while I focus on capturing those precious moments with your newest family member!
Kayla's kind words:
"Hilary did an amazing job with my little man in his newborn shoot. It was fantastic that she could come to our home, which kept us all comfortable and happy for the few hours. She did a great job positioning him gently in all the cute poses."
Newborn sessions are all inclusive (no session fees, sitting fees or minimum order values) - and you can even pay by payment plan! Book now and receive a free mini maternity session with all newborn bookings (not transferable to any other product or package).
Here are some of Kayla and Byron's favourites:
When my family were here visiting the other week, the kids brought out our family photo albums to show them. My brother mentioned that they have years and years of digital photos saved on various computers and phones, but haven't really done anything with them, which is kinda heartbreaking!
I guess this is one drawback of the digital age... photos just aren't making it into photo albums these days. My kids LOVE flipping through old albums. Miss 7 in particular loves looking at all my old school photos and pics of me as a kid and giggling at our 80's and 90's fashion! So I made the decision years ago that I would make a yearly family photo album and honestly, the kids love them! We keep these in the lounge room and the kids look through them pretty regularly, as they love reminiscing too!
Its so easy to create your own photo books these days, simply upload them to any online photo lab (Big W, Kmart, Officeworks etc) and create away. You don't have to spend a fortune and it doesn't take long at all. The hardest part is probably finding all your images on your computer or phone! I store our personal images by year/month, so it makes it a lot easier to upload and sort through.
What do you do with all your photos these days? Do you print them, make photo books, or just leave them sitting on the computer? I'd love to know!
Day 2 of our Tamborine Mountain Fundraising sessions were fabulous! I had the pleasure of spending the day with some truly wonderful people, and we were blessed with gorgeous light again in this amazing mountain hideaway!
Here's some of the gorgeous faces from this day:
Ahhhh school holidays, gotta love 'em! After the craziness of the last week of school, it has been lovely to have a bit of downtime, lazy mornings and later starts. Our first week was kept pretty busy with family visiting, with a couple of full-on touristy days, but this second week has been at a much slower pace - Disney on Ice, park play-dates and no rushing off anywhere.
I'm also head down, bum up getting through my editing and blogging as I am a little bit behind schedule!
Alison and her gorgeous bunch came for a family portrait session here at Tamborine recently and I have to say, it was one of those fabulous sessions where everything was just perfect. Wonderful fun family, stunning afternoon light and beautiful moments that deserved to be captured forever.
"We hadn't had family photos taken for so long and I'm so glad we went to Hilary to get them done!!! Hilary was so helpful and friendly and made the whole process easy and enjoyable. Some truly beautiful moments were captured that we will cherish for years to come. Thanks again"
Thank you so much Alison! Here are a few of the favourites from that afternoon:
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.