Flossing... is your kid still doing this funny dance move? I must admit I was a little amused when miss 8 started flossing in the kitchen earlier this year. She quickly taught me how (she's a good teacher!) and we occasionally bust a move together. At the Katy Perry concert we learned how to double-floss courtesy of Katy herself, and I've been told there is even a "rainbow-floss" and who knows what else. Master 6 can do it super fast too!
But the absolute best part about this flossing thing, is that they are trying to teach daddy! And every now and then, when the mood strikes him, I'll catch sight of him standing in the starting position looking confused... and I must admit this makes me giggle. He gets the first part right, but it all goes wrong after that and its just arms and hips moving at random. The kids leap up and continue trying to instruct him, but it normally ends in peals of laughter with daddy enjoying acting the clown, and still none the wiser at how to do it haha!
Can you floss? Can your husband floss? And does it look as funny as my husband trying to do it??
Another fabulous year for kindy fundraising photo shoots, for Tamborine Mountain Community Kindergarten!! I simply adore doing these sessions - fun, fast and full of laughter, I meet lots of lovely local families and I get to muck around with so many gorgeous kids - best job ever, right??
Thanks so much to all these beautiful families for letting me capture these moments for you - here is a snippet of the love we captured over a couple of weekends, on the mountain :)
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...
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:
I have this dream that one day, my kids will get out of bed at a reasonable time, eat their breakfast without drama, brush their teeth without being reminded, and get their school uniforms on without stopping to play with toys (all in various stages of undress, I might add) and without being asked TWENTY.MILLION.TIMES.
I did not realise that this was such a difficult wish, but OMG lately its a struggle. I would love to have a pleasant, relaxed drive to school instead of the mad dash out the door each day. Honestly, the neighbours must chuckle to themselves - I'm sure they can hear me as I progressively get louder and angrier every morning...
Ok I know this is a minor issue in the grand scheme of things (and I am so grateful that we are all happy and healthy)... but I ask you, mums and dads everywhere... is this struggle the same in your house? What magic remedy do you have, that can make this process easier on us all? Please share!!
This is the 2nd year that I have been a part of a local kindergarten's fundraising efforts, and I absolutely LOVE doing them! Its so wonderful to meet so many local families (who were all so lovely, I might add) and to help the kindy raise funds. We ran quite a few of these sessions this year, here are some of my favourites from the first day!
Thank you beautiful families for spending some time with me and capturing these precious memories!
I'm aching all over right now, and I blame YOU, New Years Resolutions...
Driven by slightly expanding waistlines and muffin-tops grown larger by a very social Christmas season, my husband and I decided that this year, we'd get fit... or fitter, in his case. I have been on and off the fitness train for many years, mostly sporadically since Master 5 came along, I must admit. But THIS year, well this year would be different. We decided to do it TOGETHER!
I have never trained with anyone before so this decision was met with some trepidation... but I knew that our competitive spirits would work to our advantage so we're throwing ourselves into this, head first. So for the last month we have been doing Crossfit WODs (Workout of the Day, for the uninitiated) and slowly understanding the terminology. AMRAPs and EMOTM are no longer a foreign language to us, and we are getting quite well acquainted with Burpees, V-ups, power cleans and kettlebell swings. Not to mention, sweat. Buckets and buckets of sweat.
Feels great to be exercising regularly again, and after just a few weeks, we're both feeling fitter and stronger, although a little sore and tired.
How are you going with your New Years Resolutions?
For the final day of the Kindy fundraising shoots, we had a fantastic turn-out! So many gorgeous happy families (including one beloved family dog!) I absolutely LOVED meeting so many friendly faces from the community. The weather held out for as long as possible but we did end up running for cover during the last few shoots of the day, dodging showers and making the most of little breaks in the rain while we could.
Some of my favourites from the day:
What a fabulous day!
Happy New Year! Ok seriously, where have the last few weeks gone? One minute it was Christmas, and the next, the kids are about to start school. I don't know about you, but its gone really fast! Our lazy holidays have been blissful - lots of swimming, catching up with friends, riding quad bikes and days out. My husband took some time out and we enjoyed a few sleep-ins, late nights and just relaxing - its been heavenly! We've been trying to get back into some sort of routine this week though, no more late nights or sleeping in - its time to get back to normality.
Next Monday will be a big day here when our littlest one embarks on his school journey - Prep! I would not say he is excited, in fact, any mention of starting at "big school" is met with a shrug of indifference. Not even new lunchboxes, book-lists arriving, new school shoes and uniform try-ons has sparked much interest. There is a little bit of anxiety going on and its caught me a bit by surprise. This is in stark contrast to miss 7, who is dying with excitement to get back to school and find out who her new teacher is for the year.
Me - I'm excited for what the new year holds - its the year of big plans and working hard to achieve those dreams.
I'm so looking forward to sharing a wonderful 2017 with you - I cant wait to meet many new faces this year - it is gonna be awesome!
Following on from the last two blog posts (here and here) our second day of fundraising shoots on the mountain was blessed with a beautiful clear morning, sunny skies and lots of smiling, happy faces! Here's a few of my favourites from this session:
I have one more day of these fabulous mini shoots to share - I absolutely LOVED meeting so many new faces from the community during these fundraising days! Until next time...
I used to draw a lot when I was a teenager - my favourite was pencil portraits and art was always one of my favourite subjects at school. I loved creating and sketching, and there was something so fascinating about faces that I couldn't resist trying to draw them - particularly the eyes. I didn't really enjoy landscapes, or still life - it was portraits all the way. I used to find something very strange happened if I drew consistently every day... I would have amazing dreams. It was like being creative opened up some kind of pathway in my brain while I slept.
I gave up drawing a long time ago.
I originally took up photography as a way of documenting my kids while they were still babies. However it has given me so much more - I now look at things differently. I notice little things every day now, like the way light falls on my daughters hair, the way catchlights shine in my sons eyes. I see my little dog illuminated with rim lighting when we're outisde. I look for expressions, for tender moments, for love. I scout areas of natural light around my home, and I’m always on the lookout for opportunities to capture a moment in time.
I love the way that photography makes me see differently. I see beautiful things everywhere. Every face is beautiful. Plain old rock walls are interesting when the afternoon light falls on them. Wooden stairs are beautiful when you stop to look closely at the grain.
I love how it has opened my eyes to the beauty that was always there, I just didn't know how to really SEE.
Following on from my previous post, here's more from the first day of fundraising mini shoots for our local kindergarten, taken at a beautiful location on Tamborine Mountain! These are some of my favourites from a glorious afternoon!
Parents - the end of school term is almost here! (And for some of you, its already here!) How are you coping? Today I am enjoying my last child-free day for 6 weeks, and its been head-down, bum-up getting through my editing pile without interruption!
This last week of school has been crazy - school awards ceremonies, Christmas concerts, choir performances and assemblies, not to mention all the Christmas parties! Everyone is tired and cranky. I am SO looking forward to not making any school lunches for the next 6 weeks! I must admit, this last week I have dropped the ball with packing lunches - todays effort for Miss 6 consisted of Jatz crackers, a fruit stick, a Le Snack and some Grain Waves chips. Yep - healthy and wholesome all the way! Oh well, it doesn't happen very often!
What are you most looking forward to during the school holidays?
I've had so much fun doing these Fundraising Mini Shoots for our local kindergarten, taken at a beautiful park on Tamborine Mountain. And not only did I get to hang out with a lovely bunch of families, but I got to know more about Master 5's kindy friends in the process! My favourite question to ask 4 year olds is "Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?" The answers are often hilarious and usually the parents learn something new too!
Here is a small selection of my favourites from the first session:
Thanks to so many amazing families for sharing a beautiful morning with me!
More from these Fundraising Mini Shoots to come soon!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.