Sunday, November 30, 2014


mae - practising getting your very short hair into a bun for ballet concertebe - my sweet boyace - loving your poolode - little scientist learning

a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014


mae – lots and lots of rehearsals for your ballet concert. You’re so excited, don’t seem nervous at all. I’m a bit freaked out that I have to get your short hair into a bun! I’ve been rehearsing too. Ballet brings so much joy into your life.

ebe – you light up my life! Such an awesome thinker. You’ve found yourself in some friendship predicaments at school of late. I’m so proud of how you have conducted yourself.

ace – while your older siblings splash about in the pool you make do with a storage container filled with water… and love it! The idea was that you’d play with toys standing outside the bucket but you just climbed straight in.

ode – a little scientist in the making? You’re a bit worried that the water keeps leaking through the bath toy.


Joining in with Jodi.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


ode - goodtimes rolling down the grassy hillace - last days crawlingebe - mean scrabble facemae - cheeky big sister

a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014


ode – you loved rolling down the grassy hill at Kings Park so much. You laughed and rolled and ran back up to the top and laughed and rolled and ran back up to the top and … found a fork! Twas a good fancy fork too!

ace – last days of crawling…

ebe – mean scrabble face. It has been so amazing watching your father teach you to play scrabble. You’re quite good at it too! I’m certainly well impressed. Loved your can do attitude most of all.

mae – what a cheeky big sister you are!!! All your brothers are so lucky to have a fun loving and easy going sister like you. You enrich their lives in ways they will come to understand in time.


                             Joining in with Jodi.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

an ice cream dress

icecream dress 

A simple shirred dress for Ms. M made with a metre of lisette fabric. Originally destined to be part of her five year old birthday presents it didn’t make the deadline. It was then all but forgotten. Now finished it was never intended to be for her sixth birthday until when trying it on as I measured the shoulder straps she suggested it would be a lovely birthday present. “I am sure I can forget all about it” she said with a pleading tone. Too easy. I’m so thrilled that Ms. M loves it so much that she wants it to be a part of her birthday gifts for this year. Absolutely chuffed actually.

virtù - wrapping the ice cream dress

It’s now wrapped in brown paper and tired up with string pink ribbon waiting (in the back of the cupboard) to become one of her favourite things.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


ode - passed out on the couchace - climbing mountainsmae - getting used to her new glassesebe - striking the ball a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014


ode – passed out on the couch – it is hard working being a “big boy”. You’re thriving my dear sweet boy. You’re well and truly toilet trained and now in this past week you’ve given up all your “memes” to the dummy fairy. The pure delight and pride you experienced when you found a new pony in the fairy tree. So cute as you took “Grassy” everywhere with you, brushing his mane with the little pink brush.

ace – you’re climbing mountains! You were so thrilled with yourself to have climbed to the top of these rock all by yourself. You’re taking steps all on your own now, just three or four at a time. Crawling is still the fastest, and preferred, means of getting around. It won’t be for much longer.

mae - “I can see!” You were so excited to get your new glasses. You can’t wait to show your classmates. You’ve been practising getting used to them over this past weekend. It will get easier.

ebe – dreams of playing for Australia have been sown. For the first time this week you have started to really enjoy watching the cricket on the tele. Such intense concentration. So many questions. You’re loving playing of a Friday night.



Joining in with Jodi.

Sunday, November 9, 2014


ebe - icecreammae - icecream loverode - worlds slowest icecream eaterace - exploring with your trolley a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014


ebe – not altogether deserving of an ice cream today, and you knew it. I didn’t want you to miss out though. You went straight back to your room afterwards. I appreciated that you cleaned your room. Boy lets be clear – I love you all the time… some of your behaviours not so much.

mae – you nearly jumped out of your skin with excitement when I came rushing out asking if you wanted an ice cream when we heard the ice cream truck in our street. Your brothers couldn’t finish theirs without help – you my ice cream guru had no such problems.

ode – as we ran up the road barefooted to the ice cream truck you de-toured onto the verge and got a foot full of prickles. Not even ice cream could cheer you up straight away. Sat you on the wheelie bin and pulled out all the prickles but you still couldn’t eat your ice cream until you had a band-aid. Little one, you are the slowest ice cream eater I have ever known. You burst into tears when you accidentally got ice cream on your face and ended up eating the ice cream from your cone with a plastic spoon.

ace – we have had so many lovely days in the garden this past week, you walking behind your little blue trolley. You’re full of joy. It’s infectious. We’re all so proud of you.



Joining in with Jodi.

Monday, November 3, 2014

little steps

virtù - spring daysvirtù - centred square

Little steps are being taken around these parts. Our youngest has been standing on his own and living an increasingly vertical life as he pushes his beloved blue trolley around the house and garden.

I’ve been taking little steps too. Little steps towards finishing grander projects.


Sunday, November 2, 2014


mae - penny for your thoughtsode - checking out his reflection in the lensace - playing with waterebe - climbing a tree

a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014


mae – a penny for your thoughts? Beautiful girl you’re putting the pieces together and working it all out. You’re a strong and courageous person. Remember you don’t need a Prince to rescue you, there is nothing you cannot do for yourself.

ode – checking out the camera lens you were so enchanted to see your own reflection. Geez you’re a cutie pie (most of the time) We’ve been having such a lovely time out in the garden.

ace – you funny little boy! It’s hard being left out while all the others splash in the pool, but you sure did make the most of the tub of water I gave you to play with. You had me laughing when you decided to climb in. Too adorable for words. You sure do live up to your initials.

ebe – we went to the park and, predictably, you immediately climbed the “wobbly” tree. I let you ride your scooter home on your own since M and I weren’t ready to leave. You were surprised, but up to the challenge. You promised me that you’d be extra careful crossing the roads. My stomach ached with worry while you were gone, but seeing the proud look on your face on our return made it all worth it.


Joining in with Jodi.