Mr 6 achieved his final "star" on his reward chart the other night, and so he got to choose a prize from our prize box. His treasure of choice was a ruler which contains a calculator on top... fitting as been caught 'borrowing' my calculator from my desk on numerous occasions (and failing to return it) - so now he has his own and he's chuffed.
Of course he took it to bed with him the first night... and then to school the next day to show his mates. But the thing about him having his own calculator is that he is now the KEEPER-OF-ALL-KNOWLEDGE... and he is quite pleased with his own wisdom.
Every day, several times a day, he says:
"Ask me a sum that you dont know the answer to!!"
Me: "hmmm - ok... 376 + 187"
Mr 6, with some serious concentration, plugs in the numbers... and then proudly reveals the answer:
He also just walks past and randomly says:
"Hey mummy, did you know that 23 + 12 equals 35??!!"
Just wait until he learns that if he types 5318008 and turns it upside down, he can write rude words on it ;)
First birthdays are always a momentous occasion - and what better way to celebrate than with a cake smash!!
Mum Stacey wanted to do some outdoor family shots as well as the studio cake smash, however little Layla-Rose ended up having a bit of a cold on the day - so we cut the session short and she came back the following week to complete outdoor portion of the session.
We did still manage to capture some gorgeous smiles with her pink, white and gold theme - big sister Lilly also loved sharing the cake and showing miss Layla how its done - aren't they adorable?
And then the following week it was big smiles all round as everyone was feeling better! We had fun exploring outside here at Tamborine, and capturing these special moments between sweet sisters and their lovely mum...
Singing along to "Last Friday night" (ok so it was technically the Friday before) I took miss 8 to go see Katy Perry - her very first concert. It was such a fun experience and I'm so glad I got to share that with my girl, but there was one very important lesson learned...
I am getting too old for these kind of gigs.
Its been a long time since I went to a concert - Robbie Williams was the last one, and I've had two kids since then, so yeah, its been a while.
The support act was playing when we got to our seats, and oh boy was it loud! Like, so bass-y and loud that our chests were vibrating. I texted hubby that I should have brought ear-plugs... his response:
"Gees, you really are getting old"
Yep thanks for that :)
But it was all worth it when Katy Perry came on stage - the look on my daughters face was absolutely priceless... she screamed with excitement and I almost cried seeing how happy she was. We did also get some ear-plugs for her (thanks to my friend), to protect those precious young ear-drums. Then we sang along and boogied in our seats and loved every minute, even if mummy did feel a bit deaf afterwards!
The beautiful Botanic Gardens on Tamborine Mountain was our backdrop Beatrice's & Marcos' family session... We had rescheduled our session a couple of times and on the day of the session we had a few moments of very light rain, which fortunately didn't deter any of us!!
Little Penelope, just 4 months old here was just gorgeous to work with and loved hanging out with mummy and daddy, enjoying some cuddles, showing me some big smiles and kissing mummy's face!
Thanks guys for a lovely session - here are some of the favourites from the day:
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The excitement levels have reached level 10 here last week... when miss 8 was told that I am taking her to see Katy Perry on Friday - her very first concert! (I had to wait until I was 17 to go to my first concert - which was The Cure, by the way - so I think she is one very lucky 8 year old!).
She's loved Katy Perry for ages, always her favourite singer, so last year when we heard that she was coming I jumped at the chance to get some tickets with two lovely friends and their daughters - a girls night out!
But keeping this a secret for a year has been tough!!
I planted the seed a few weeks ago, when we heard the radio station talking about the upcoming tour. We started talking about it and she was all like:
"Wait - what? She's coming HERE?"
Me - "Yep! That would be an amazing concert, wouldn't it?"
Miss 8 - "OH MY GOSH - CAN WE GO???"
Me - "Oh sorry Bubba, I think the tickets sold out ages ago"
(Am I a nasty mother for doing that??)
So with less than two weeks to go, I gave her a challenge. She had 2 stars remaining on her star chart before she got to the "reward star". I told her if she achieved those 2 stars in one day, and it had to be a mammoth effort, she would receive an AMAZING reward.
Well, she worked her butt off! She picked up dog poo, tidied her room (even vacuumed the floor without being asked), did some maths revision, made her own lunch, washed all the lunch dishes, and was just generally super helpful all day - so yes she earned her reward!
The response? Think jumping up and down, clapping her hands, shrieking "YES!", and hugs for everyone.
Totally worth it - cant wait to share this experience with her :)
Beautiful mama-to-be Sara came to Tamborine for her maternity session recently - absolutely glowing and due to have twins!! The sun was playing a little game of hide-and-seek that day, so we ventured further down our property to the little dam - an area I dont often shoot at, for these images.
Some of Sara's favourites:
Not long afterwards, I got to meet these very precious twins, Matilda & Xavier! They spent a little time in the special care nursery, so they were 3 weeks and 1 day old at the time of their session - but still very sleepy and tiny!
Posing twins can be a bit more of a challenge, but these two made it so easy and did everything I asked of them. Those sweet smiles and gorgeous twin cuddles made for many "awwww" moments during the session.
Thanks so much Sara & Mitchell!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.