So, its no secret that Im a lover of photography. And have spent most of my life amazed by the physics, mechanics and beauty of it. How with just a little bit of mirrors, plastic and metal mixed with light, one is able to capture a moment forever. Like, really, how even? I’ve spent my childhood and teenage years with my nose pressed up against store windows ogling cameras and lenses, and my eyes have burned holes in camera books. And, as an adult, little bit by little I’ve been trying to hone my skills. So it’s no surprise then, that I’m Continue reading
“Life right now” posts give me poetic license to just ramble. There’s no particular theme to it all. There’s no dramatic crescendo – so sorry to leave you hanging if that’s what you came here looking for. It’s more a bit like being on the couch with me, with feet folded under our bums, one hand animatedly gesturing and echoing my words, whilst the other hand caressing a wine glass, or mug of coffee (depending on how tired I am) – and the mind just flows forth with mutterings of…well, our life right now. Our highs, lows, laughs and ponderings. Hope you stay a while for them…I promise I make a great cuppa, or will only serve the best wine. So pull in and get comfy!
Life right now? Im currently in the throws of sleep training. I’m on my 6th coffee as I type this, while simultaneously eyeballing our family calendar that’s pretty chock-a-block full from now all the way through till December. Half excited, half oh-my-fekking-gahd-what-have-i-agreed-to. Because, yes even though Ive got a newborn that’s still on demand feeding, I decided I could also do backstage make up for my big girl’s concert on not one but TWO nights, agreed to parties and other backstage preps. And still go for training in the evening to ensure I don’t balls it up too much on the day. I was this close to volunteering for her ballet performance, but fortunately I was too fast asleep at the time that they requested volunteers. All this right after I’ve recently hosted our annual Halloween party and Parker’s fourth birthday party the very next week thereafter. (post coming soon). Oh, and Im going back to work in a few days time. #ShockHorrorDisbelief
So yeah, THAT’S how life is right now.
Throw in a good measure of Continue reading
Things have been quite crazy on the homefront of late (and so say all of us, parents). Some days it’s quite soul stretching, as things normally can get whenever there is a newborn in your home. Nevermind three kids, a marriage to tend to, a job you need to return to that weighs more on my mind that Id care to admit to, and just life itself coming in it’s waves. It gets a lot. At times it can get hard. Rough even. And being human means we are so susceptible to getting dragged down in it’s undertow. If we let it.
It’s often then, that at that exact time – when I feel I’m near gagging levels of rough tides that Continue reading
Sidenote: I only noticed this morning that this post did not go out on Hallowen Morning, as i thought I had scheduled it. OOPS! So let’s just pretend I dont have porridge brain, that I am not sleep deprived and actually got it right! Hmm, k? Thanks! 😉
It has to be said that trying to organize a Halloween party, as a breastfeeding mother of a newborn, is something else. I mean, this is not my first rodeo, cowboy – in respect of both kids and the Halloween sense. But put a little bit of a) and b) together, and it makes for an interesting little juggling act. But driven by passion for these kind of things, or pure madness (dumbness??)- whichever you feel is appropriate – we just about pulled it off.
This is our 10th year running (I know, right?! TEN!) and even though this was our Continue reading
In this home, we really love our slime. What’s not to love? So much so, we’ve even made rechargeable glow in the dark slime, galactic slime for our star gazing nights, and even used it to create cute lil’ slime monsters as part of the take away gifts for Parker-Grace’s Monster Bash birthday party. So I’m always trying to cook up or be on the lookout for some variations from the original recipe.
So when I got whiff of the fluffy slime a while back, I wanted in. But right before the craze took over, there wasn’t a Continue reading
Can you believe it,I started this post at the beginning of Spring (ie.September)…and here we are already hurtling our way onto Xmas! Ok,ok,ok, we’re not quite there yet,we still have Halloween and a certain four year old’s birthday to pop the confetti for,but you know what I mean. In fact, blink your eyes now and you’ll wake up with last minute gift shopping, Xmas carols out the ears, too many mince pies gobbled up, and a partridge in a pear tree! Not that I’m complaining… This last quarter of the year is certainly one of my favourites -there’s just so much “happy” happening. And thus, in my mind-brain, these last few months are definitely a season of celebration!
What makes this last quarter a little sweeter for me this year is the fact that I am Continue reading
With the birth of our third child, came a wave of busy-ness that I was so prepared to ride…Like, bring it on! In fact, I was actually looking forward to it. Crazy? Maybe. But it was what I had always envisioned when dreaming of having a large family. (not that three is large (IMHO), but it certainly is the start thereof. I mean, anything that has the adults of the home outnumbered, is a good start to a large family, right?)
In my visions, I saw myself enrobed in the complex flurry of motherhood where I was Continue reading
You, know, I used to be real good at nailing the perfect gift – gifts that were truly unique to the giftee. Whether they were for birthdays, Christmas, I-love-you’s, thank-you’s or just-because gifts, they were usually the type of gifts that were so perfect (if I may say so myself), that one actually had like a tangible sense of satisfaction when one handed that little sucker over. But somewhere along the line, life got busy- real busy. My mind got crammed with all the to do lists and pressures of parenting and adulting, that the gifts…Well, the gifts didn’t quite rock on the richter scale much.I mean, yes, the gifts I give are still and always will be from the heart, but sometimes you’re looking for that special one, you know? That’s not quite your garden variety of gifts. So when I was introduced to UncommonGoods, suddenly I felt like I got my gift giving mojo back!
Well, I can’t really take all the credit for that because Continue reading
I feel like I’m supposed to stick a stake a ground and speak about this great and mighty tectonic shift in our realities..this move from two kids to three. Because yes, there has been this monumental shift in our lives- in our home- we’ve added another child, and are now officially outnumbered. Although, my mom may argue we still have a spare arm bwtn mike and myself. But in truth,and at the risk of sounding clichéd,its as if we are as it was always meant to be ….as if she’s always been here.
Maybe it’s all in my head that Continue reading
You know it’s coming, you know what you’re in for – especially if youre not a first timer. And even more so if this is your third time around. But you’re never truly really prepared and whenever you try to quantify it for someone else who has not quite walked this path yet, it becomes tricky to actually explain where all your time goes. How the clock has ticked over a solid 24 hours and you’re still in jammies, and not sure if you’ve even left the room other than for the bathroom yet. But that newborn blur is real.
And such is the life once you welcome that little babums into your world; Feeds bleed into one another, as Continue reading