One of the things my kids do to amuse themselves on the drive up the mountain to school every day, is to give things names. The most well-known on our daily route is probably the Tamborine Mountain piano - the rock on the side of the mountain which has been painted to look like a piano (thank you Google Images):
However in our early weeks of getting to know this road, we discovered a new, more amusing landmark - see if you can see why we call it this: I present to you, the Naked Handstand Man...
It gets a chuckle from the kids every time :)
I first met this precious little bundle of joy when she was still a gorgeous bump in her mummy's tummy! This sweet little girl was a bit reluctant to sleep at first, but once she was out, we were able to capture some lovely memories:
So I *MAY* have a slight obsession with baby feet - sooo cuuute!
I love getting to cuddle these newborn sweethearts! Thank you miss Ava!
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I wasn't planning on spending my Saturday at a hospital emergency department, but after some ongoing complications with my eye (see this post), that's exactly what happened!
Last week, my eye continued to irritate, watering now and then and just feeling scratchy and not right. I thought it was just part of the natural healing process, but when it continued to get worse I decided to go to an optometrist again on Friday afternoon, just in case something else was going on. Sadly they couldn't figure out what the problem was, in fact I was told that I had a very "unhappy" cornea and I needed to get into a specialist ASAP! But being late Friday afternoon, well it made it virtually impossible! I was told to go to the hospital if it got worse over the weekend, and of course, with me being the worrier that I am, I freaked out - especially when my eyelids started to swell again.
So off I went to the emergency department on Saturday morning, where 2 doctors couldn't figure out what was causing my pain (although they did reassure me my cornea would be ok!) - so I was then referred to the PA hospital Eye Casualty Department, where it took another 2 ophthalmologists to finally discover a tiny little follicle on the inside of my top eyelid, causing all the irritation, swelling and redness!
Its finally feeling pretty much back to normal now, phew what a relief! We are so lucky to have these amazingly caring doctors and nurses available at our local hospitals, aren't we?
Part two of my mini shoot sessions held at Tamborine recently (on quite a chilly morning!) and some more lovely families to share!
These gorgeous sisters brought along their sweet dog Ellie to share their shoot with, as they have such a wonderful bond with her. I love including the family pets in shoots and Ellie is such a beautiful, sweet-natured and patient dog!
Baby Finley was a little bit upset on the day of his shoot - poor little man! We had to make sure we kept him moving and kept him distracted, but we still managed to capture some lovely images with his beautiful mum and family!
What kind of music do you and your kids listen to in the car? Do you have the Frozen CD on repeat? Or is it 'drivers choice'?
I have always been determined that our kids would grow up listening to a very diverse range of music. So in the car, we listen to what I want to listen to. Sometimes that is the radio and top 40 stuff. Miss 6 likes Taylor Swift, and Mr 4 likes anything as long as a man is singing (haha). But sometimes we have a week of old CD's, and it's everything from Silverchair, U2, Hilltop Hoods, Beatles, ABBA, Kings of Leon, White Stripes & Queen .
Mr 4 has taken a liking to System of a Down's "Pizza Pie" and requests it frequently. I turn the volume off quickly for any bad language, nonetheless after a particularly aggressive System of a Down song the other day, Mr 4 said "Boy, he was a bit annoyed, wasn't he mummy?" I chuckled all the way home.
They giggle along to The Beatles "When I'm 64", and when we're home, Miss 6 loves to watch Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights video, over and over, followed by Katy Perry's "Roar".
I want them to know and appreciate the classics, to know many different types of music, before they start to choose their preference. I know that in a few years they will start to roll their eyes at me, but for now I'm enjoying watching them sing along to whatever is going, without judgement.
I recently ran a couple of mini shoot days here at our property at Tamborine, and I was lucky enough to meet so many gorgeous families on those days! Today I'm featuring the families from the Saturday session.
Sonya and her family - how sweet and innocent are these two?? Such little cuties, although miss Jemma was super shy for most of the session, we still managed to coax a few little giggles and smiles out of her.
I love how much fun Lana and her family were having during their shoot! Love and laughter make up a huge part of our lives, and I love capturing that with families!
Bec's gorgeous family, loving those big smiles!
Rebecca's family - and just look at little Patrick - he was just so adorable and LOVED the camera! Such a cutie...
Thank you to all my wonderful families who made the day so much fun!
I am phenomenally short sighted. About a minus 7.5 for those who know. I was very lucky though to be able to have an eye operation about 9 years ago to give me implantable contact lenses, which is exactly what it sounds like - lenses that are surgically placed INSIDE your eye. This was pretty life changing for me, when I'd been wearing glasses and contact lenses all my life - to be able to throw away your glasses is absolutely amazing!
So I'm no stranger to eye problems (mostly issues related to prolonged contact lens wear), but on Sunday I did a real doozy to myself. I got some makeup or something in my right eye. Normally it just flushes out right? Nope. Pulled my top eyelid down over the bottom one, several times. Nope, still not coming out. Flushed it out with drops. Turned my top eyelid inside out, couldn't see anything!
I was running late for a kids party with miss 6, so I left, thinking it would sort itself out or I would keep trying. Instead I rubbed my eye for 2 hours, and gave myself a pretty nasty corneal abrasion. By the time I got home, my eyelid was red and swollen and I had big fat tears running down my right cheek. My husband had a look and removed the tiniest speck of mascara or something, but by then the damage was done. I went to the optometrist on Monday and she said the surface of my eye looked like someone had attacked it with a scouring pad! 4 days on and its finally starting to feel better, although still really sensitive to light, which makes it hard to stare at the computer screen for editing for long periods.
A very valuable lesson learned!
Kelly's family shoot: This is the second time I have done a family shoot for Kelly, and its so wonderful to be able to see the kids grow and their little personalities emerge over time! Kelly's mum was visiting from overseas and it was so special to be able to capture this beautiful time between the generations of girls in this family. And how gorgeous are these two?
Thank you to these gorgeous ladies for allowing me to preserve these memories for you!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.