Back in the "olden days" when I was a kid, I'm pretty sure we never had anything as fancy as Book Week. I don't seem to remember any 'themed' dress up days at school where everyone went above and beyond to create something amazing. There is no photographic evidence of this in any of my mums photo albums, but maybe I've just not had enough coffee and my memory is now failing me.
But Book Week... oh Book Week! I'm really not sure if I love you or hate you at this point. Its been a mad scramble in the last few days to organise something that vaguely resembles a character from one of our books. Miss 6 starts by asking if she can dress as someone in particular (this year she wanted Elmer the Elephant), which then results in mummy scouring the internet for ideas on said character. Then mummy realises just how complicated this outfit will be (have you SEEN Elmer the Elephant?!!) and then spends the next week talking miss 6 into doing something much more achievable with my non-existent sewing ability and non-crafty tendencies, coupled with a lack of time due to leaving it so late to get organised.
Hence this year we patched together the witch from "Room on the Broom". Except that all our brooms are the wrong type, and I could not find a witches hat on the one day that I went to the shops to buy one (its obviously not close enough to Halloween yet). So we improvised with a big stick with pine needles lashed to the end (thank you, back-paddock), and I turned a box of Rice Bubbles into a witches hat. The wand is a stick with a cut out star stuck on the end. The very sad looking cat is a cardboard cutout, coloured in by miss 6, and attached with duct tape (and yes I've attached the cat facing the wrong way, d'oh!)
Very very home-made, but hey, we had fun and that's what its all about, right? So many kids looked AMAZING at the school parade this morning though!
So next year I vow to be prepared for this LONG before the day arrives!
Chloe and Craig came to our property at Tamborine for a shoot on a cool winter's morning with their little boy Thomas, who was an absolute superstar during the shoot! He smiled and laughed like a pro, giggling at us and wanting to go exploring! There is nothing like a happy, cheeky little person to get you smiling, and to be honest, I edited this whole shoot with a massive grin on my face, because, well how can you not smile when faced with so much cuteness?
Thanks so much, Chloe, Craig and Thomas for allowing me to capture this special moment in your lives!
I'm not sure we realised just how mammoth the task of setting up my studio would be. Work has been quietly plodding along in the background on most weekends: gyprock, plastering, sanding, lighting, getting a big sliding door delivered and installed... but right now it feels SOOO close! Its at a stage now where I can actually do something to help instead of the whole project hinging on my husbands availability (and energy!).
Final sanding and painting happened over the weekend, including painting of the whole outside of the shed. Goodbye nasty faded green, hello Colorbond Dune! Everything feels so much fresher, and the internal white walls have brightened up the room considerably.
If you missed the post on my Facebook page, you can see some progress photos here.
Realistically there is still a fair bit more to be done, with the big ticket item being the flooring, along with cupboards, air conditioner, desk and furniture etc - but hopefully it wont be too much longer!
I met with Kari and her lovely family recently at the beautiful Botanic Gardens on Tamborine Mountain. We were blessed with gorgeous light and had some fun running around exploring the gardens, which is just a fantastic location for photo shoots! Such a wonderful friendly family, and such cute kids too!
Miss Mia showing her brothers how its done!
Thank you guys for such a fun afternoon!
Being a bit of a tomboy myself, I was surprised (and secretly thrilled) to have a daughter who is one of the girliest girls that I have ever met. Everything has to be pink and sparkly. She went through a stage where she refused to wear shorts, because they are 'boys clothes'. She is obsessed about make-up, and wants to watch me put on eyeliner and blow-dry my hair whenever she has the chance. I bought her some kiddie-makeup, and at any opportunity she lines up visitors to give them a "make-over"... even daddy hasn't escaped that one!
This is all a stark contrast to me, since I don't particularly enjoy wearing anything pink, live in pants and have a particular fondness for dressing in black and having black fingernails. Six years in, and I still find her girliness a bit of a novelty :) How long will it last?
She is not only girly, she is fearless and self-confident, and started making her own choices. At her last school she came home one day and out of the blue, announced that she'd joined the choir! Then, after a week at the new school, she came home and told us that she'd signed herself up at the school's tap dance group, and she needs tap shoes!
I'm loving watching her little personality grow every day, pink sparkles and all :)
I spent a glorious afternoon on the beach recently for Jo and Shane's family shoot! It was a beautiful day, just perfect for running around on the warm soft sand! This gorgeous family just love spending time on the beach and its a really big part of their lives, so it was lovely to be able to capture that for them. And an added bonus for me, I got a fantastic workout, running up and down in the sand!
Thank you Jo and Shane for joining me for a wonderful afternoon of memories!
I read something years ago that has always resonated with me. Imagine that it is 20 years from now and your kids are all grown up – they don’t need you any more, they are living their own lives, living their own dreams, and just don’t need you like they used to. How much would you give to be able to jump into a time-travel machine, and go back in time, to right NOW – and get to experience just 10 minutes more of your small child?
10 more minutes of having them small enough to sit on your lap and cuddle, butterfly kisses, tickle fights, games of Hide and Seek? Just 10 minutes more of them needing you, warm little bodies that just want to be picked up and held, and tucked into bed with a story at night… just 10 minutes more of the magic of believing in Santa and tooth fairies, wanting to hold your hand as you cross the road, needing you to kiss their scraped knees until they feel better… just 10 minutes more with your little one?
When our kids are grown, and don’t need us any more – how much will we miss it? Everyone tells you it goes so fast, and yes I’m experiencing that first hand - no doubt we all are. This is a beautiful, magical period in my life, and I know that in time I will miss everything that is going on now, while they still need me so much.
I'm trying to constantly remind myself of this. Amidst the stress and chaos, the bickering and noise, endless requests for snacks and the constant "watch this mummy!" - I'm trying to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. Its time to be less frustrated and distracted… and just take a moment to stop and REMEMBER, that no matter how busy or tired or frazzled I might sometimes get, this time is so precious and I must not waste it!
Continuing on from last weeks post, here is part 2 of our Fundraising Mini Shoots for a local kindy! These are from the afternoon session - again some families requested to not have their images shared online so you will not see those - but here are a few of my favourites from some of the other lovely families on that sunny afternoon!
Kerri and her family enjoying the beautiful afternoon light!
Lisa's gorgeous girls!
Emma and her handsome boys!
Thank you to all the wonderful families who made the day so special!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.