A few weeks ago, after fuming at the kids once again about the constant messy state of their rooms (apparently, my kids are hoarders and all random pieces of rubbish are priceless and must be stored all over the floor), we decided to implement a chores list.
This list was actually greeted with a bit of excitement at first, the prospect of having jobs to do appealed to their sense of importance and their desire to be more grown up. Their tasks are made up of simple things they can do each day to help the household run more smoothly... things like:
Make your bed
Pick up toys and put away
Pack your school lunch
Empty your lunchbox when you get home from school etc
A few days in, the novelty had worn off and the joy of ticking things off a list had gone sour. The moaning started... "Chores are so BORING!"
Welcome to the real world, kids!
Strangely enough, there is one job on the list that doesn't require constant nagging - Poo Patrol. Yep, with two dogs in the family now, there is twice the amount of nuggets on the lawn. Bizarrely, this job is greeted with glee - apparently, shovelling doggy doo-doo is one of the funniest things in the world - they even take it in turns, one holds the bag while the other shovels (giggling at any near misses if the poo doesn't quite make it in the bag), and then they switch as they scour the lawn in search of new landmines.
Occasionally the puppy Yohsi will run out and leave them a steaming fresh pile to collect, and you should hear the screams of laughter at picking up the smelly mess!
Kristy was the winner of one of my competition giveaways recently, and chose to have her free family session at the parklands of Coomera Springs with her beautiful family of six kids. With the lake in the background and lots of trees to climb and pathways to explore, the kids had a fab time and we were able to capture some beautiful moments together.
And these gorgeous little ones were rewarded at the end with some fun time at the playground!
"Hilary did an amazing job with our family photos. She made us feel so comfortable. Mum of 6 and my 2 youngest being 2 years old and 6 months old were able to capture so many beautiful photos with them both looking at the camera at the same time"
Here are some favourites from this session:
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.