Monday, February 8, 2016


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Maggie: Rob just left on a week long field trip. Last night he let me know he would be taking his camera with him, I hadn't taken any photos for the week, so he quickly snapped some photos of the girls while they played with his golf clubs. Poor Maggie, she was hurtling along the terrace in her too-big-gumboots, we called out to slow down before tackling the ramp into the garden, but it was too late. Luckily she didn't tumble all the way down the gravel covered ramp. A few scrapes and scratches and a cuddle later and she was undaunted running again. They are tougher than I realise.
Elisabeth: She made up a sort of dance routine with the golf club, checking herself in the reflection of our glass doors. Not looking forward to our discussion tonight about where Papa is....

Joining in with Jodi's 52 portrait project.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


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Maggie: This girl. When she doesn't want to go to sleep she can resist for so long. She can cry this angry cry that tears your heart in two. She can refuse pesto, salad, mushrooms, with a quick but polite "no thank you". She can tell me "not yet" when I say it's time to go home. But she can also smile until her eyes crinkle up. She can snuggle up to me and say "Mama I love you". We went to an afternoon tea to raise funds for the families of premature babies. She and Elisabeth latched onto two older girls (probably about 9 or 10) and we were amazed to see Maggie take charge! "ok guys follow me, we're going to do...."
Elisabeth: She is going through a stage of not wanting to go to family day care. As we get ready to leave, "can I stay home?", at varying intervals on the trip in (about 15 minutes) she will repeat the question. She usually perks up and runs into the carer's home, eager to check out the new activity for the day. But as we say goodbye, she turns to us and with a fake cry, "MamaPapa (yes in one word), can I go home". We tell her gently no, she needs to stay, we know she will have a good day. She always does! Last night when we started driving down our driveway "can't I go back to care, I don't want to go home!"
Rob took both these portraits on Monday night.

Joining in with Jodi's 52 portrait project.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


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Maggie: I took these portraits yesterday- we had a weekend away and spent time at the beach but I still feel nervous about taking the camera to the beach, terrified of sand. We hired a truck on Monday to move some furniture from one end of the state to the other, the girls and I followed in our car. Maggie got very excited when we drove past the ABC studio and declared "Papa is picking up Emma". Wiggle love is new and exciting for the girls still!
Elisabeth: The direction of the light through the window made such a difference between these two portraits, but Miss Elisabeth declined to move for me as she was doing her puzzle. Elisabeth took a bit of tumble in the sea, and needed Ron to pick her up again. She swallowed a mouthful of seawater and was very unimpressed. I talked to her later and said next time she should try to stand up at least. She answered, "I don't want a next time".

Joining in with Jodi's 52 portrait project.

Monday, January 18, 2016


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Maggie: a beautiful portrait of Maggie taken by Rob. They love their new cubby which is all but finished (a few door knobs and half the roof to be done). The girls discovered the wiggles this week- and they have been dancing up a storm to all of the songs. Maggie in particular loves to move to music.
Elisabeth: I took this photo, and was so pleased to capture her smile, her real smile, not the one she puts on when requested! She picked flowers for me this morning as it is my birthday.

Joining in with Jodi's 52 portrait project.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


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Maggie: The girls caught our hideous cold, so have had a couple of quiet days at home during the week. On Sunday they were feeling a lot better so we headed to a friend's shack on the coast (about 45 minute drive from our home) for lunch. They had such a great time, playing with these old toy cars, listening to shells, rock hopping (the shack is right on the water) and paddling around. Maggie told me she could hear the sea in the shell.
Elisabeth: The girls suddenly seem so long. She had a fantastic time playing with the cars. When one of our friends asked her which was her favourite, she replied "the camper van, because you can put all your people in it!"

Joining in with Jodi's 52 portrait project.
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