Fords vs Holden - a story about brainwashing your children...
The other day we were doing a bit of a car switcheroo. I had both kids in the car with me, while my husband was somewhere in traffic behind us in his Ford. Now, hubby is a big, BIG Ford fan. Both kids have been schooled on this since birth, especially during V8 supercars season. Each kid has numerous Ford t-shirts. We all have to wear them on Bathurst day haha! Our blood bleeds blue, and "Holden" is a bit of a dirty word in our house!
So when we were in the car the other day, miss 6 kept peeking behind us to see if she could see daddy in his car. Finally we pulled up to a roundabout and she spotted a white car behind us.
"Oh! I think I see Daddy, I think that's him behind us!"
I snuck a quick look in the rear-view mirror - "Nope, thats not Daddy. Thats a Holden!"
Miss 6 then said "A HOLDEN?? Bleurghh YUK!"
(And when he heard the story later, he gave her a high 5!)
I'm still playing catch up with some family shoots from late last year - this weeks feature is of the Stephenson Family. It was a super hot morning but we had fun exploring the park, looking at the ducks and finding some shady areas to run around in. And how gorgeous are these two little ones?
I feel so privileged to get to capture so much love between families, thank you Stephenson family for sharing your morning with me!
Its the eve of mister-almost-4's birthday, and I'm operating somewhere between denial and excitement at the thought of my baby boy turning 4. Each morning this week I open Facebook and bask in the "You have memories on Facebook" reminder, reliving all those last days of the baby bump and all the highs and lows that went with it. Including smirking at my wishful status updates that I wanted to go into labour early, when in the end, I had to be induced at 10 days over. Little bugger did not want to come out.
And now here we are, 4 years later. Seriously, where did those 4 years go?
(That's my boy in the image above, big brown eyes!)
Naturally the excitement is high in our household right now. Add in a Christmas tree, the arrival of our Elf on the Shelf "Dash", and big sisters last few weeks of school, and its a mad, crazy, loud and emotional house of fun here at the moment.
December birthdays, do you have any in your family? We have EIGHT December birthdays in our combined family... EIGHT!! And my parents wedding anniversary. Its a big month. Dare I say, its an EXPENSIVE month! And with 2 young kids with birthdays so close to Christmas, it begins to resemble a toy shop at our house by the end of the month! Am I just destined to be surrounded by Sagittarians and Capricorns all my life?
Oh December, cant believe you are here already, I'm SO not ready for you yet!
I met the Kelly family a little while back, and I have been delighted to do not one, but two shoots for them recently!
Our first shoot was at the beautiful Underwood Park, and let me tell you, the camera just LOVED master Ryder, seriously, he was just a dream to work with! Lots of big smiles, he loved running around, having lots of cuddles with mum and dad, and doing everything I asked, and more! What a gorgeous family!
This is the ONLY way to travel!
I love these tender moments with mummy :)
All smiles for dad, loving that ball!
This little man is such a natural with the ball! Way to make my job easy, Ryder!
Thank you to the Kelly family for sharing your morning of love and laughter with me!
Isn't it funny how when you're a kid, all you want to do is grow up? Dress like a big kid, eat what you like, do what you like, stay up late and play for as long as you want - heaven, right?
My own miss 5 is becoming "miss independent". Achievements are coming thick and fast - first we could click our fingers, then whistle (wasn't THAT a fun week at our house!!) Now we can tie our shoelaces and show everybody at the first chance we get (seriously, we stop and untie our laces every 10 minutes, just to show everyone we can) She has lost her second tooth and been on her first school excursion. Tying her own hair is the next challenge.
Although we do battle EVERY - SINGLE - MORNING getting ready for school. Apparently its impossible to get ready without having every single step spelled out at least 3 times.
"Time to put your uniform on please"...
(Goes and checks 5 minutes later to find her playing instead)
"Why aren't you dressed? Get dressed please!"
(Checks soon after)
Repeat same conversation for: Brushing teeth, putting shoes on, combing hair, picking up school bag etc.
But honestly, WHY do we want to grow up so fast? I mean, being a kid means someone else pays all the bills, puts meals down in front of me, does all the washing, drives me around everywhere I wanted to go...?
And also, being a kid looks like so much fun! Just ask Jayden and Hudson from my recent shoot with their family - they had a blast! (And secretly I did too!)
Riding on dads shoulders, I'm sure many of us remember doing this as a kid? Kinda scary but kinda exhilarating at the same time!
Tackling your brother from behind, big bear hugs :)
Running, running, everywhere - why walk when you can run?!
Rewards for good behaviour - still works for me now actually!
But best of all, cuddle and tickle time with family!
Yep - pretty sure being a kid is still pretty cool. If only we could appreciate it when we're that young!
Are you the mother of a boy? I must admit, I was not prepared for all the joys that this special group is privy to. Perhaps I use the term 'joys' loosely. Boys are challenging in a very different way. I'm pretty sure its not just my son who is like this, but here is a brief rundown of life with Mr 3-and-a-half:
Dirty, messy, noisy. Walks past something and kicks it, for no apparent reason. Smashes stuff. Breaks stuff. Curious beyond measure. Picks up every filthy piece of rubbish off the side of the road as if its the most interesting jewel in the world. Cannot resist throwing sticks or pebbles. Climbs like a monkey. Obsessed with diggers.
Unclear what his chosen career path might be some day, but we're thinking something in Demolition.
I joke of course - what I didn't expect, when this little baby boy was placed in my arms 3.5 years ago, was just how loving and affectionate he would grow to be. My cuddly little dude. He constantly climbs onto our laps, blessing us with "squishy hugs" (where the receiver is squeezed as tightly as possible) and gives big smacking kisses right on the chops. I might be in the middle of telling him off for something, and he will stop me in my tracks, through his tears, to ask for a 'huggle'...
Are your boys like that?
We also have a beautiful, amazing and loving girl too, not quite as cuddly but with many other endearing qualities which I love and will talk more about in future.
So I had the pleasure recently of doing a morning photo shoot with TWO gorgeous boys, aged 2.5 and 5 months. It was a little bit cool on this particular morning but they handled it like superstars and quickly warmed up. I think the secret to shooting this age group is to just keep talking - you capture the most amazing expressions and learn some fascinating things along the way too haha!
The very handsome Zac
Beau - super cuteness x 3
And the most beautiful smiles, so gorgeous!
And a big wave goodbye!
Thank you gorgeous boys, for a fun shoot!
One of the best things about having a family shoot is the quality time you get to spend with loved ones, laughing, joking, smiling and goofing around together. I love it when families are relaxed and fun, and the Chisholm family shoot was exactly that!
I also got to photograph a gorgeous pregnant belly too, how lucky am I?!!
Thank you Chisholm family for sharing your morning of memories with me.
What a wonderful way to celebrate the arrival of a beautiful baby girl - with an updated family shoot! The weather was perfect: a lovely warm winters day, and the sun shone beautifully for us for this shoot. Little Sam was a bundle of energy and certainly kept me on my toes!
Thank you Chevalier Family for trusting me with your memories!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.