Friday, 31 January 2014


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014"

5/52: Olive at "The Farm" watching Lucas surf. Whenever he goes in the water she stands on the beach with this concerned face, pointing and yelling something that sounds like "There's Daddy" in her own little language. She's such a serious little soul sometimes.

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.

Friday, 24 January 2014


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014"

4/52: For the last couple of weeks I've been sitting her in this box with crayons (we used texts the first time, but she ended up blue and red for a week because of the not so washable washable markers) and she draws happily for ages, yelling "more" (her favourite word of the moment) when she wants me to come draw a cat for her.

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.

Friday, 17 January 2014


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014"

3/52: Now that Olive can climb everything her favourite thing is to sit on the coffee table and watch TV - she mostly sits, but she does occasionally stand up and jump or dance and almost gives us a heart attack. This is some pre-breakfast Peppa Pig (one of her favourites) while playing with ice block moulds.

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.

Friday, 10 January 2014

About siblings.

My beautiful sister (and her darling husband) moved to Melbourne yesterday and I'm feeling pretty sad about it. My little bro also moved to Melbourne a couple of months ago, so now I'm the lone NSW sibling, and missing my siblings has made me start thinking about my family and how many kids we want. 

Now that Olive's a toddler people have started asking if we're going to have another baby, and I've had lots of conversations with other mothers about how many kids they plan on having. One of the main things I hear people say when they're talking about planning their family is that they only want 1 or 2 kids because they want to be able to give them a lot of things that wouldn't be possible if they had a big family. Things like a big house, overseas holidays, toys, clothes, etc. are nice, but I know we had as much fun on our yearly family trip to the Gold Coast (3 kids crammed in the back of the car between body boards and cooler bags)as we would have had skiing in the Swiss Alps. Having my siblings move away has made me realise that, for me, the most important thing I think we can give Olive is a family. 

We very well might be done at 2 kids, but I want to make sure that we don't make the decision about how many kids we have based on something that doesn't really matter to us in the the long run, like having to buy a bigger car, or that we might end up doing more camping than staying in 5 star hotels. The best thing my parents ever gave me was siblings, not "stuff".  


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014"

2/52: She saw me wiping fingerprints off the walls with baby wipes so she took one and followed me around "cleaning" everything.

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.

Friday, 3 January 2014


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014"

I spent all of last year loving Jodi's 52 project and also You Are My Wild and wishing I'd gotten on board at the start of the year (though knowing that I didn't have time for it during those first few months of the year, with Olive screaming and clinging to me constantly). So this year I'll be posting a portrait of Olive once a week, every week. I'll still post other photos, but it'll be nice to have a week by week round up of the year. So..

1/52: New Year's Day at Gerroa with P, J, Roli and Frankie. This photo looks like we had a very pleasant morning, and we did, but the photo doesn't show the sand in eyes and salt water in grazes and tears and wind blowing all of our stuff away. Olive had fun in the sand but still isn't brave enough to go in the water.