Monthly Archives: May 2011

Scenes for tired eyes


With Miss Chatty being sick for the past week, and not sleeping well, taking photos has been like fuel for the soul.

In the garden bed of a shopping centre we found this little flower, looking up to the sun, while the clouds were lingering. Some other yellow things that we could think of: cheese, Winnie the Pooh, lemon slice and this sand picture that Miss Chatty made 🙂

Here they are…my four most favourite people in the world! We decided to visit the Roma St. Parklands after we made use of some movie vouchers that we’d received from a good friend. We saw Oceans, which was beautifully shot, and great for us all to watch. It reminds us all to take care of this beautiful planet.

After a couple of failed attempts to catch some images of moths at night I thought this would be a good substitute. Miss Chatty and I enjoyed some sunshine in our backyard, and found lots of spider webs. This web bounced up and down in the wind, and with my limited abilities to manually focus, I kept snapping away in the hope that at least one photo would be usable. It was fun to experiment with a telephoto lens, and to creep around the garden with Miss Chatty.

I’m a day behind, but I still have one more task left from this month’s Love the Moment challenge. I wonder how the kids will respond?

Six more moments to love





Lego Boy had fun putting this together. It uses fauna from the Wetlands not far from us, some clay and a popstick. Not bad considering that most of his creations these days are “Star Wars” inspired.

This would have to be one of our favourite places in Brisbane so far.

Collecting these, and looking at them from different angles was fun 🙂

The girls and I had a lovely chat while choosing and painting these. It was wonderful watching how they used the colours.

Dew drops sparkling in the sunshine.

On this particular night hubby was happy to put the kids to bed while I managed to have a night out with some ladies. It was a chilly night, so I wore this purple asymmetrical cardigan, which I scored at a sale about five years ago. Of course our two girls became especially clingy when they realised I was heading out. Perhaps I need to do it a bit more often?

A week of moments to love


Well this week my husband had been home sick with bronchitis, thus, a single post for this week’s challenges. Time each day to take photos has been like therapy…more reason to be thankful for the opportunities to love the moment.

So what do you think of this collaborative effort with my girls? We had great fun putting this together. Princess showed me some different ways to draw fish, and Miss Chatty just had to have a starfish on the ocean floor. The different shades of blue (my favourite colour) reminded me of a visit to the Musee l’Orangerie in Paris to see some of Monet’s Water Lilies.

Miss Chatty, “Look Mama, that big cloud looks like a elephant!”

While hubby was reading a story to Lego Boy, and we were waiting for Princess to be dropped off after gymnastics, Miss Chatty and I played hide-and-seek. She was SO EXCITED when she found me!

Yum…jam and cream. Memories came back of neighbourhood gatherings as a kid, where I had the freedom to control how much jam and cream I placed on my pikelet. Of course, I would go back for another one, then another one…then just one more. Pfft that DEFINITELY DID NOT happen this time 😉

This image reminded me of Kelly’s under an umbrella photo on the Love the Moment collage for May. Miss Chatty had fun at an open day for a pre-school organisation here in Queensland called C & K. The organisation been highly recommended by various sources, so Miss Chatty is on the waiting list of a couple of centres in our area. One of the activities she really enjoyed was playing with this colourful parachute with a bunch of other kids. She especially loved hiding under it. The morning was also a lovely introduction to some of the things she’ll get to do in kindy. I can’t believe our baby starts kindy next year!

Not exactly chasing butterflies, but I love how Princess draws butterfly houses. This was on the front of a birthday card for a little friend. She’s definitely the most prolific artist of us all, producing at least one piece of art per day whether she’s at home or at school. Her art is often accompanied by these words…

 “Dear Mum and Dad, I love you.”

How blessed are we?

Flowers, shadows, jelly, picnic & standing in the sun


How could I not have loved the moment on this day…we received some beautiful flowers from family for our wedding anniversary, which you can read about here.

Wonderful Husband also came home with some beautiful tulips, bringing back memories of our time living in The Netherlands.

Miss Chatty and I took the opportunity to enjoy the sun after dropping the other two off to school one. We’ve enjoyed exploring different playgrounds in the vicinity, and look forward to discovering some more!

Ok, so I didn’t actually make this, but on this night my husband was away and the kids were invited to a disco birthday party. The birthday boy did a great job of decorating his birthday cake don’t you think? Not only was it heaps of fun grooving with the kids, but I also didn’t have to worry about dinner that night. So there…that’s the truth!

With hubby being away, and Lego Boy not being well enough to play his regular basketball game we had some time to explore our ‘hood. We had a lovely morning enjoying the sunshine, fresh air, free craft activities and acquired some new books at the World Migratory Bird Day celebrations. Thanks Brisbane City Council! Afterwards we came home for a picnic…

To cap off this week we’ve had another beautiful day here in Brisbane, so I’ve been able to soak my “feets” in the sun. They still have traces of the pedicure I had in Brazil, where I was for my sister’s wedding in March (I’ve started to write about it here.) It seems so long ago (sigh).


15 Things I Love About You


Well, who’d have thunk it?

Here we are 15 years down the track!

We’ve been blessed with 3 beautiful children, travelled to 4 continents, and lived on different sides of the world.

I love that you…

cook on weekends

help me prioritise when I’ve lost the plot

know which cd to put on at any given moment

are a wonderful father to our kids

drink tea when you’re sick

are so patient with me

put up with my lack of organisation

encourage me in all situations

make the kids laugh with your Dad jokes

just listen

are able to settle the kids to bed better than I can

get up early despite not being a morning person

just do it when it needs to be done

stack the dishwasher so well

let me have the end of just about every chocolate bar that we share.

With you I’ve learnt to appreciate..

Before I met you I never bothered to try clothes on, and would just buy a big size because I knew it would fit!

  Remember the band playing this for us on our wedding night?

Here’s to many more years of us being us, as our life ebbs and flows…

I thank God for bringing you into my life!

Cards, Fairies, Baking & Reading


Lego Boy has been unwell at home, so he’s had fun with some cards that my husband played with as a kid.

He even made up his own card game, called “Careful”…a version of Patience.

In the meantime I was “Kitchen Fairy” and Miss Chatty was “Sparkly Fairy”.

We just love the smell of  Anzac slice baking in our house…YUM! Wonder how long our double batch will last?

Princess enjoyed reading to her little sister and I…

…and we said hi to regular visitors to our backyard.

Sleep, tea & Mother’s Day


Could this little angel be the cause of a few rough nights of sleep?

A gift from my sister, who lives in London. Think of her each time I use it.

Gotta love this Star Wars creation by Lego Boy!

Made  and bought with precious little hands.

Love how Princess arranged these for me 🙂

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the mums out there!

Watching my son play – Love the Moment May 4


LTM May 4

I had a ball (honestly, no pun intended) playing some one-on-one basketball with Lego Boy (8). Initially I stood there watching him, remembering his initial forays into dribbling almost two years ago, and how fluid he is with the ball now. He does things with such intensity and passion, whether it’s playing a game of handball with the boys next door, playing chess with Wonderful Husband or drawing a plan for the next Star Wars-inspired Lego spaceship. He’s a planner, while I am more an off-the-cuff person. We frustrate each other at times, because of this, but a joke, a good tickle hug and good chat helps us both put things into perspective.

This image also makes me realise that I need to set goals for myself to create opportunities to “love the moment”. I’m loving taking photos, and know that I’ll be a different person at the end of this month. My husband was the main photographer in our household until recently.

So, on this, Star Wars Day 2011 (in honour of Lego Boy) I will leave you with this, “May the fourth be with you!” (I can imagine him singing the Star Wars theme now :))

Under an umbrella – Love the Moment May 3


LTM May 3

This afternoon the girls and I had some fun “singing in the rain” while Lego Boy had the camera. Then when Princess and Lego Boy went back inside Miss Chatty (3) kicked off her shoes, sang and danced. She is the only one of our three kids with a kink in her hair, like her dad 🙂 Here she is wearing one of her favourite dresses, which she calls her “wainbow dwess”.