Thursday, 27 September 2012

Toilet training begins...

We are starting the toilet training journey with Lyla. I already know it's going to be a long one. But that's ok. I know it will take great time and patience. But I know she is capable. She is ready, we are ready.

Riley is coaching her, offering her much support and encouraging her. But now I just need to convince my stubborn girl that sitting down to wee is a much easier option for her.

Wish me luck!

I would love to hear any tips or tricks you may have used?

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Four : the party + the birthday

I can't believe a week has past since my baby turned four. I wish I could slow time down, it really passes too quickly - did I say that already?

The little man had a brilliant day. A small party at home the afternoon before, with a chocolate dinosaur cake as requested. He was very lucky to receive lots of lovely presents. From us a bike and mini arcade machine made by Dad {more on that later}. We spent the day together as a family, Grandparents included with a mandatory trip to the park to try out the new wheels. As a tradition in our house the birthday person gets to choose whatever they would like to eat at each meal. Riley chose honey toast for breakfast, avocado sandwiches for our picnic lunch with apple juice and a cupcake on the side. Dinner was tacos with the salad made by him and vanilla ice cream cones with candles for dessert. Lyla sang happy birthday to him for what felt like the entire day. He was so excited and really had the best day, he couldn't get the sweet smile off his face. Such a joy to witness.

Love you my boy.

Monday, 24 September 2012


When I was younger someone once told me that I should always look out for my brothers, and I like to think I always will. 

I was ten when the littlest was born and I spent a lot of time looking after him, like another little mum I was. Changing nappies, giving him bottles, rocking him to sleep, watching and entertaining him, sometimes on the weekends I'd get up to him in the morning just so my Mum could get some more sleep. It's just what I did, I never minded, I always wanted to help. And I still do. I'm not saying I'm the perfect sister, far from it, when I was a teenager I had no interest in my brothers at all and was completely self obsessed, but I soon got over that. I like to take care of my family, some may so a little too much. I would do pretty much anything for these boys. 

The littlest was here over the weekend, so I got to spend time with some of my favourite people. Uncle Bert is always around, but it's a rarity these days for us all to be together, you know with the interstate thing. But it's always great when we do get together, I love that hubs gets along so well with them both and that the kiddies got to spend time with their uncles. The time always passes far too quickly. 

I hope as my children grow they will have a similar relationship together as I do with my brothers. And that as time goes by and we each continue to grow in ourselves, our lives change and we each take different paths, I hope that our closeness always remains.

Do you have any siblings? Are you close?

{joining lovely Lou for point + shoot}

Friday, 21 September 2012

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.
A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

Happy weekend!

Phillippas : A bakery tour

This week {thanks to Katrina*} I had the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of iconic Melbourne bakery Phillippas. The tour gave us a sneak peek into the traditional methods of bread baking. Phillippa was lovely and spoke about how Phillippa's came to be and gave us some history and insight into authentic sourdough making. I have always loved Phillippa's breads and goodies so really enjoyed the tour, it was informative, relaxed and lets not forget the smell! Heavenly!

* to find out more about Katrina visit Foodie Advocates or follow along here.
* for more information on tours and products contact Phillippas here or via twitter.
* this is not a sponsored post.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

The Nursery

It has taken me a few days to get my head around the whole experience that is The Nursery. Tim is utterly amazing and I feel so lucky that I could attend his workshop.

I learnt so much that day, I can finally understand and use my camera comfortably on manual. I especially loved listening to Tim speak about the emotional side to photography, his photos and connecting with people. So much of that day has stayed with me, I am trying consciously to clear my mind, take a step back and simply observe.

I still have a long way to go, but I am enjoying the process and practice. Thousands of photos in hundreds of days, right?

Tim, I can't thank you enough for all the knowledge, patience and kindness you shared with us. It was so wonderful to meet you, Kesh and Roo. Also a very big thank you to our host Kirsty for making our day extra special and inviting us into her beautiful home.