Category Archives: Family
This morning we took Sophia to her very first day of daycare. She’ll be going for one day a week. And it seems to be much more of an adjustment for me than for her. As soon as we arrived, she ran off to play, happily making new friends and new artworks, exploring new toys and a new environment – so comfortable and at ease that she hardly noticed we were there. And we left her, for the first time, in the care of trusted strangers. We went to breakfast and felt a little lost without her. We came home and it was so quiet. Just us two. I don’t know whether to miss her, or to be glad of the chance to get work done, a moment to myself. I’m beaming with pride at her confidence, and looking forward to embracing her again. My beautiful girl, growing up so fast. M x
I have a little shadow and she follows me everywhere. I make coffee in the morning and she says, “I too!” I spread Vegemite on toast and she states, “My turn!” I go upstairs and she follows, I go downstairs and she’s there, I sit at the table and she cries, “Up, up.” She plays in her little wooden kitchen as I do in my own, making dinner with her pots and pans. She walks up and down the hallway, pushing her favourite doll in her pram, bag on shoulder, beads around her neck. Always near. Noticing everything. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Me and my shadow
Strolling down the avenue
Let all the others fight and fuss
Whatever happens, we’ve got us. M x
It’s one of the things I always remember about my father. Worn on his left hand, I used to stare at it, wonder at it, and admire the colours in the stone while being held in his arms. It is so much more special to me now that Dad has passed. And today was the first day in almost 3 years that I have taken it out to look at it again. I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate for today’s topic of the 30 Day Photography Challenge (following my post here) – Close up. As close-up as I used to see it as a child, and so very treasured… my Dad’s wedding ring. M x
Bangkok never seems to stop. It is a city full of energy and life, something interesting around every corner, smiles and greetings wherever we went. I love the smell of cooking on the street, the thousands of market stalls, roads full of jelly-bean coloured taxis and ancient buses, tuk tuks and bikes, shopping that goes on forever, a skyline I could stare at for hours. We were fortunate to be staying in an apartment on the 22nd floor with a view of the city in all directions, and it was wonderful to watch the action from above. I adore Bangkok and am already looking forward to returning. M x
Tropical sun. hot sand burning feet. powder soft. chameleon water, every shade of blue and green and grey. so warm. fishing boats, canoes and jet skis. palm trees. hawkers selling their wares. digging in the sand. little creatures in their shells. running and splashing. postcard perfect. light a lantern for good fortune. a piece of heaven. M x
My heart always melts a little when I see my husband and daughter together. So after going through my holiday photos tonight, I couldn’t resist sharing these with you. People have always commented on how much they look alike, and I can certainly see that here. Sophia shares his love of the outdoors, his athleticism, his courage and his strength, and he adores her. My two loves…
We arrived home today from our wonderful Thailand holiday. It was everything I had hoped it would be, and as much as it’s lovely to see home again, I would have been just as happy to stay in Samui. What a beautiful piece of heaven it is!
I have missed you all, and I have so many stories to tell. It will take me a little time to go through all the photos I have, and I hope to share them with you here over the coming days as I do so. In the meantime, there is this – a perfect summary of how I feel about our travels. M x
I have spent all day packing. It still amazes me just how much one little 2 year old girl needs in her suitcase! We’re flying to Thailand for a much-needed family holiday. It will be Sophia’s second overseas trip, and her longest flight so far. I can’t say I’m not nervous about that part! My husband and I have been to the ‘Land of Smiles’ twice before, and came home engaged after our last visit. It will be wonderful to be there again. I’ll be sure to update you all with photos from our trip upon my return. Until then, I’ll leave you with some photos of Sophia in her bubble bath, getting ready for this big adventure… M x
A sunny Sunday. the Fun Park, full of children and colour. rides. balloons. music. a castle to jump in. over and over, not finished yet. bounce and jump some more. Mum and Dad watching and laughing. chickens and rabbits! tiny and soft, ready for cuddles. so very tired. time to go home. arms around Mummy’s neck… M x
Today was a very big day for my daughter – we took her cot away and replaced it with a bed. I had trawled through countless websites searching for just the right one. We waited 12 weeks for it to arrive. Her linen was carefully chosen, coordinating cushions bought just this morning. When it all came together, it seemed a little surreal. Could my baby really be sleeping in a bed already? Not so long ago she was tiny in my arms. Almost all her baby things are gone now, but I still can’t help looking at my little girl and seeing the baby she was (will I always feel this way?). And at the very same time, I’m so proud of how she is growing and amazed every day. My husband and I could hardly stop smiling, watching Sophia as she saw her bed for the first time, bouncing and clapping and giggling – completely delighted by it all and full of joy. So under a waxing moon she sleeps tonight, embracing change and hopefully, dreaming sweet dreams… Goodnight sweetheart. M x