Sunday, 19 January 2014

The way your eyes squint and sparkle when you smile. The way you suck those two fingers 'til they blister. The way you love chocolate. The way you over-think everything. The way you say "yuv you".  The way you get shy around grown up's. The way you love sushi. The way you stroke your sisters cheeks. The way you hug my leg. The way you toddle through the house with no clothes on. The way you stroke your belly button when you're tired. The way you love books. The way you try so very hard at everything you do. The way call your sister "Mahwheet". The way you get so bloody intense sometimes. The way you love to hang out with Daddy. The way you boss the dogs around. The way you boss us around. The way you feel equally familiar and mysterious to me. The way you've always gotta have the last word. The way you pinch your nose when someone farts (not me! ;). The way you don't like tomatoes. The way you finish a belly laugh with a high pitched sigh. The way you've got us wrapped around your little finger. 

The way you are. We love it all. Happy birthday darling girl.


Sunday, 12 January 2014

Eulalie: From the softness of baby emerge feminine, angular features of girl.
Marguerite: Always with a tiny hand cupping her cheek.

Linking up with Jodi.

ten on ten | january

Saturday, 11 January 2014

This year, on the 10th day of each month, I'll be taking a photo every hour. I want to capture and share authentic, everyday family life through a series of frames from a single day. Nothing fancy. Nothing staged. Just real life.

* I know, I know... it's the 11th. Oh well!

6.23 am

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

I hear ya, baby... I hear ya.

Lalie sums up the current state of exhaustion in our household.

new year's improvements

Monday, 6 January 2014

It's that time of year when many of us have noted - with the best of intentions - whatever changes we wish to make over the coming twelve months.

Me? I'm terrible at keeping resolutions. I think it's often because the goals I set for myself are just too large. I always set out with a (poorly hatched) plan to lose weight/be more organised/keep the house tidy/start a business/etc etc etc but the thing is - each of those headline resolutions contain many significant challenges within themselves - "sub-resolutions" if you will. There's so many prerequisites involved in order to succeed at any of these things. It's almost like I set myself up for failure year after year.

So really, goals need to be broken down into smaller, more manageable tasks. And instead of planing to resolve, I'm simply going to plan to improve. Because some things take longer than one year to resolve... some may take a lifetime. Some things might never be resolved. But as long as I'm working at it and learning how to cope with things being a little - well - unresolved... I think that's more than good enough. I wholeheartedly believe that sometimes, success should be measured not in the final result, but in the small victories along the way.

My areas for improvement this year? More rest, more water and more creating; solid foundations for a happier me. And then, well... I guess anything's possible. (But let's just take things one step at a time).

What would you like to improve on this year?


Sunday, 5 January 2014

Eulalie: Oh the joy of rough-and-tumble-tickle-wrestling with Daddy.

Marguerite: That face! So pleased with herself - she loves nothing more than to stand supported (on very squishy wobbly little legs) and be part of all the goings on.

Linking up with Jodi.

Camper booked... Tassie, here we come!

Friday, 3 January 2014

Happy New Year friends! I hope 2014 is shaping up nicely for you, as it certainly is for us...

...because in exactly two weeks time we'll be setting of on the adventure of our dreams - a campervan holiday around Tasmania! Our dearest friends are tying the knot and we can't wait to celebrate with them, taking in the natural bush surrounds and exquisite food and drink that Tassie is so famously known for. Afterwards, we'll take off on a mini adventure exploring the island and resisting the urge to buy every land-sale we pass (or maybe we won't!).

We've been dreaming of a Tassie trip for years now and suffice to say I'm equally excited about this adventure as I was about New York!

Any hot tips for campervaning with kids? Any Tassie hot spots we really shouldn't miss?

P.S - If you and your family live in Tassie and are interested in a family photo session, I'd love to hear from you. Please email me oneclaireday(at)gmail(dot)com

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