Sunday, October 26, 2014

43/52

"A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Poet: lying on our neighbour's couch, giggling at the suggestion of a biscuit.

She has been so clingy of late; cuddling me, wanting to be held and carried, crying when I leave the house. I don't know whether it's her age or a combination of moving house/baby on the way. Whatever the case may be, I'm practising patience and giving her as many cuddles as she needs.


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Friday, October 24, 2014

taking stock

It feels like the perfect day for taking stock. I'm:

making : plans
cooking : spaghetti with olive oil, garlic and greens
drinking : mineral water with a generous squeeze of lemon
reading : the luminaries and a book on positive affirmations for pregnancy
wanting : to be settled in our new home
playing : email catch-up
deciding : on whether I love this name or that name or maybe this name...
wishing : for Poet's scar to heal, quickly 
enjoying : afternoon naps and early nights
waiting : for an ocean swim
liking : fresh, white sheets
wondering : what it will be like to fall asleep and wake up in a new-to-us house
loving : my bountiful herb garden
pondering : whether this baby is a boy or a girl
considering : a blog hiatus over Christmas and New Year
watching : Take Your Time (filmed by Daniel)
hoping : that Poet's hearing test goes well
marvelling : at the clutter we have cleared
needing : a sleep-in without having to get ready for school
smelling : summer in the air
wearing : floaty dresses
noticing : my tiredness makes me cranky
knowing : that we're lucky
thinking : I should probably pack another box
sorting : washing (always)
buying : fresh fruit, sourdough and teabags
getting : all my important documents organised into one folder
bookmarking : zero waste home
disliking : halloween
opening : too many bills
giggling : at what's to come
feeling : like it's about time to take a nap
snacking : on red papaya sprinkled with lime juice
coveting : a small collection of things I have gathered for baby
helping : Poet eat noodles
hearing : birdsong
looking : forward

Have a wonderful weekend. And if you would like to take stock, pop over to Pip's for a blank list.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

20 weeks


Oh sweet, third child; growing beautifully amidst the palaver of busy life. I'm 20 weeks pregnant and feeling incredibly well, albeit a bit tired.

Daniel and I spoke about this baby for a long while before we decided that the time was right. And only now, halfway through the pregnancy, does it feel real. We keep remembering what's to come: labour (!), the first glance, naming, sibling love (and rivalry?), baby breath, kisses, sleeplessness, breastfeeding, copious nappy changes, adjustment, transition, new beginnings. For now I'm relishing in my swelling belly and the constant, energetic kicks. There is new life and it never ceases to amaze.

We constantly wonder; is it a boy or a girl? What do you think?

I'm wearing this dress most days because comfort is priority


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

gift guide : timeless toys

Ever since I was pregnant with Che I've been passionate about gifting my children timeless toys, hence we have a collection that is beautiful, practical, gender-neutral and, most importantly, made to last.

This gift guide is the first in a series that will hopefully help you buy considered and well-meaning Christmas presents - for everyone. 

1. because a doctor's set always inspires hours of make-believe. 2. the stacking rainbow is pretty and practical and quickly becomes a bridge, a house, a boat. 3. a rope ladder for the child who loves to climb. 4. colourful, quality gardening tools for young green thumbs. 5. remember, it's never too early to encourage real-life "playing house" - a broom* is always handy 6. handmade in NZ by a husband and wife team (also parents of five children) this sewing machine* will encourage the youngest of crafters. 7.  because we are a generation of snap-happy people and it's never too early for a gorgeous camera*. 8. a set of magnetic wooden vehicles is a must for any child. 9. a house of beechwood blocks in all shapes, sizes and colours (and they come in a handy cotton bag for easy storage). 10. the best bike I have ever bought - the wishbone bike* transforms from a three-wheeler to a two-wheeler and is height adjustable, hence it's made for 12months-5years - baby walker/toddler trike/balance bike. It can even be personalised with a name plate*, seatcover* and stickers*. 

*indicates affiliate links that earn me a small commission when purchased. 


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

scenes : from packing


Moving house whilst pregnant with third child; it's interesting, to say the least. Regardless of the weight in my belly and the persistent need to sit down and take a breather, it feels good to clear seven years of clutter. Deep in the darkest corners of the highest cupboards were things I had forgotten about; notebooks, spacebags full of dated clothes, the oddest of miscellany. I'm (finally) starting to see the light (and the carpet). Now it's time to organise painters (for the new house!), removalists, change of addresses....no wonder this post is photo heavy, there isn't enough time for lots of words.

/ I smiled when I uncovered this book, Nest for Two...better change that to Five

/ this little old op-shop discovered book had me sitting on the garage floor. I read it from front to back.

/ my indoor plants have been loving the drizzle of rain these past few days. Although I must admit, grey skies do not inspire energetic cleaning.

/ these daisies, they just keep on flowering. Thank goodness for daisies.

/ for some reason, Poet can never find her shoes. Perplexing.

more "scenes" posts


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

42/52

"A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Poet: Watching a game of monopoly, her own stash of $10 notes tucked neatly under the board. Oh, and she's eating a carrot.

Daylight savings gives us the most beautiful evening light.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

create a sensible christmas list

It's probably not at all sensible for me to discuss Christmas but bear with me, it's for good reason.

You see, there's a lot to be said for considered gift giving and receiving. And if you're anything like me, you covet many things throughout the year but when it comes time to share your gift ideas with your family, you're at a loss for what to ask for.

There is also the significant chance that, when it comes to buying gifts for loved ones, you have the pressure of a Christmas deadline mixed with the overwhelm of commercials, catalogues and hectic shopping centres; it's not an inspiring situation, nor does it induce thoughtful buying or spending.

This year, however, is a little different. Sure, I'll be displaying a good waddle in the lead up to Christmas but greater than my desire to be organised is my intention to buy gifts with thought and consideration. I don't want to feel rushed or obliged. I want to gift meaningful presents that I know will be loved and used. With this in mind, I have been keeping a list and I add to it whenever an idea strikes. As a result, I know what every family member is receiving for Christmas and yes, I've already purchased quite a few items. Like most, I'm on a budget, so I find that buying months in advance saves me from nonchalant spending in the mad rush before the big day.

Whilst it won't be to everyone's liking (and that's absolutely fine) I'm in the midst of collating a few gift guides to feature here throughout November. Many of the products I already own (or have on my wish list) and yes, most embrace the qualities I look for when I'm buying gifts. I hope you'll find them useful!

Have you dared to think about Christmas yet? Are you a list-maker or do you purchase on a whim?

PS. a little rhyme that I have used over the years: something I want, something I need, something to wear, something to read. 


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