Thursday, 23 October 2014

three kids, two apples, one hammock

It all started with Lily's quest to DIY a porch swing. This resulted in a couple of prototypes and her Daddy's promise to help her execute a 'real swing'. After a few design drafts, Mark remembered my old hammock which I had hauled all the way back from the land of the midday nap (eg Brazil, where I lived many moons ago!).

 He dug it out of the shed to see if it would suffice - and Lily was thrilled, even though it was just a bit of a shortcut. Mark and Lily managed to hook it up over steel beams in the extremely picturesque locale of our dingy carport (surrounded by wheelbarrows, stacks of timber, bikes, and other glamorous and cobwebbed accessories). It didn't matter. Lily was tickled pink and dived into the hammock - after I had shown her how to not lie in it like a gringo, of course ;) Before long the rest of the kids eagerly piled in, three sweet little peas in a pod.

And thus I discovered at long, long, last, how to get some natural and happy shots of my kids together. Eureka!!! Confined into a small, swinging space, munching on apples, laughing, giggling and swaying together. Aha - simple, right? ;) I will take what I can get!

My three little loves, cosy and cute together, swinging away a lazy Saturday morning. Hard not to feel a little blown away at this bundle of blessings before me. Love, love, love.

PS Yes, there are a lot of pics which probably look identical to anyone except a mother's doting eye!!! ;) But it was such a rare opportunity to capture them all in one frame, I could hardly bear to cull them down toooo much. Forgive me ;)

These two angels, warming up the hammock

Miles and two apples join the crew... with much swinging, giggling, munching :)

'Too much love!!! Too much love!!!'

It's apple munching time. They were loving exchanging two apples back and forth :)

'Ok, I think I've had enough of this sharing caper....'
'Seriously, hands off, bro!'
Peacefully snuggled up, rocking the day away.... mmmmm, we could all get used to this!

I brought out a pile of books when they showed no signs of exiting the hammock... snuggly reading time commenced.

'They have a hammock like us!'

My three little duckies, in a rare and precious moment of calm... thankful to soak up moments like these in amongst the regular mayhem ;)

Sunday, 19 October 2014

42/52 - sipping tea at government house // a new camera


Transitioning from little girl to somewhat-bigger-girl. A gleefully proud little owner of changing chompers. 

That sweet face of yours is transforming, just as you are and I love to see you blossom - though it kinda breaks my heart a little too. 


I mean... this boy is sweetness personified. Those eyes!


Those glorious curls get wilder every day. But I'm not going to cut them just yet!!


'Wet washing hanging on the line....'

Mark just hanging around with the kids, haha. Never afraid to get in there and play like a kid himself

Project 52: A portrait of my family, once a week, every week, in 2014.

More highlights from the week that was...

I was so blessed to receive a new camera for my birthday! I just love it. I am having fun trying it out... but of course I still have to learn to actually use it properly, so please don't expect any huge changes to my photos!! Sadly, I can no longer blame my tools for over-exposed and blurry photos.... uhoh ;) But hopefully a slow improvement over time?? :)

Washing the chalk... thanks, buddy ;)
Lily held another street art stall - this time filled with hand made kites, paper shoes, loom bands and of course paintings. The traffic was minimal but she still relished the experience :)

Little Moon Eyes

Scott and Rosie, hanging my kids out to dry ;) And they loved it!

Busy with Duplo letters, he wanted to assemble all his siblings' names... there just wasn't enough 'L's and 'I's! 
We spent a delightful morning at Government House for a fundraising morning tea. Cos, you know, if Government House is
good enough for Kate and Will to stay at, it's good enough for us ;) These two brothers, on a snap chilly day dressed in beanies and stripes and blue vests... well... they were just busy melting my heart with all their brotherly adorableness.

A gentle hand on his back, before he went in for a cuddle. Sigh... 

Miles just kept saying 'Wow wow wow' - I think he was pretty impressed with the scenery and of course the sense of occasion ;)

'Bup! Bup!'
Eli and Miles were inspecting (playing!) in the dirt and Eli was thrilled to find this worm. After a little bonding time we had to leave so I suggested he pop the worm back into the lawn. At which point, E said 'I love you, worm' and then (before I knew what was happening), kissed the worm and gently placed him back on the ground. Eek!!

So, lately as I have been learning more about the importance of gut health, I've been introducing more probiotics/fermented foods into my family's diet. My latest experiment is Water Kefir. A super easy way to make a probiotic and mineral rich drink that is actually pretty easy to drink! It has a mild gingerbeer flavour. You can also mix it with juice, add lemons or lots of other flavourings. I'm just new to it though! It's been a big hit with the kids and I like it too! Plus, soooo easy to make. Thanks heaps to my sweet friend Sally for sharing some of her water kefir grains. If you are interested in making some too, read here to find out more - or just google! And if you live locally, let me know if you want some grains once mine multiply some more :)

One of a thousand funny faces from my helper :)
Amazing - the difference between a freshly mixed batch (on the left) and a batch that has fermented for a couple of days (on the right). The kefir (yeast/bacteria) grains eat the sugar and so lightens the colour. I use Rapadura sugar, which is why it's so dark.

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