Thursday, 19 January 2012

We got us some winter!

    About freaking time winter!
Luckily it was Saturday so we got all bundled up and headed to a nearby park for the morning. I don't think I need to tell you I took way too many pictures. 270 to be precise. Once again you may need to take mini-eye breaks every few minutes to prevent eye strain...

The morning light was insanely good...
    Isaac didn't know what to make of it. He was like 'this is great but where's the snow?'
    He got into it though...
    Lucas was digging it too...
    How are those eyes doing...
Check out my new snow boots. They were a necessary purchase as my old boots died on me. When it rained it was like trying to walking in two buckets of water. I heart these toasty babies...
    Even the people without awesome new boots were over excited...
Then we went to feed the ducks. As always when I'm around ducks/animals in general get frisky. It's a strange and worrying gift that I have.

Being stalked to the waters edge...
    Easy now, there's enough of me to go around...
    Yes I noticed you Swanny...
   Then up the hill for a walk in the woods...
    Textures everywhere...
Fallen trees to explore...
    A perfect Saturday morning.

Weather excitement aside, I got the Happy 101 Award from B at opposite of that! Yay Thank you so much B!

Yikes there are rules, I hope I do this right...

Here are the rules:
     1.  Copy the award image into a post.
     2.  List 10 things that make you happy.
     3.  Tag 10 bloggers who brighten your day.
     4.  Put in a link to their blogs.
     5.  Notify the award receivers.
     6.  Recipients should link back to the sender’s blog.

Okay 10 things that make me happy...
  1. My new snow boots ha!!!
  2. Food! And large quantities of it, prawns, brie, strawberries, chocolate...I could go on (I have major fatness in my future clearly)
  3. Taking photos (obviously), I could do it all day long and I often do. To me it hasn't really happened unless I captured it!
  4. I can't get enough of Art books particularly my Art of Pixar books. 
  5. Being at home with my two boys. Who knew I would love it so much. Not me that's for sure.
  6. Girly nights with my friends (with good food of course).
  7. Movie night (again food playing a big part, hmm I'm sensing a pattern...) I have always loved losing myself in a movie. Or a good TV program for that matter. 
  8. Weather extremes (Frost, snow, thunderstorms, fog, heatwave...) 
  9. Blogging. I never knew how much I would love this either. Every nice comment is exciting and I check my blog stats an embarrassing amount. It's given me confidence in who I am and what I find to be beautiful. I've made some lovely friends too.
  10. Walking, bike riding (I can't bring myself to say running, although I do that too at times) just generally being active outside.
10 bloggers who brighten my day (and I wish I could hang out with)...

  1. La Dulce Vida - The Sweet Life  I love Adriana, beautiful photos, beautiful writing, beautiful Lady!
  2. LucidLotusLife Another lovely lady. She makes me laugh, she's honest, she's real. 
  3. Where Have all the Hobos gone? This girl is so funny with words and cartoons.
  4. Snap Dragon Diaries This girl might be my blogging doppelganger. More than once we have posted the same type of pictures and talked about the same thing. Obviously this means I love her and her blog.
  5. The opposite of that Can I give the award back to you B? Probably not but you do brighten my day so there we have it.
  6. Good Random fun This girl followed me from the beginning and I dig her photos and her lovely comments.
  7. Dig this chick  this mamma inspires me with her photos and her life.
  8. our unexpected life the reason I started blogging, love this girl and her adorable son. 
  9. Enjoying the small things I doubt she will see this, she's kind of famous blogging wise, but I love her blog and her posts always brighten my day.
  10. Kaleidoscope Another inspiring blog with amazing photos.  
These are in no particular order btw, I love them all equality but I'm open to bribes...

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Pay it forward: 2 for 2

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This is Nella.

Isn't she adorable?

When I first started blogging I came across Kelle's blog Enjoying the Small things. I read her daughter Nella's birth story. It didn't go as expected as they realised Nella had down Syndrome. You can read that beautiful post here. I read in tears, floods and floods of tears. After that I was hooked. It is a beautiful blog of a beautiful family. Kelle's photography alone is amazing let alone her writing. Then there is her adorable girls Lainey and Nella. Most of the time I forget Nella has down Syndrome all I see is a little girl thriving because she is loved.

Kelle is raising money for the National Down Syndrome Society in America. she is '--asking for your help, setting out to remember January 22, 2010 in a way that will help make life better for anyone who possesses the magic of the extra 21st chromosome.'  Last year they raised over $100,000 and are going for $200,000! They are nearly there, with little over $40,000 to go. You can read about it in more detail here.



If you want to help please go to Kelle's Blog and donate!

A little goes a long long way.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Feeling it

You may have noticed in my last few posts that I haven't been feeling my usual New Year over excitement/enthusiasm. I told you it would happen...

Despite no freaking snow...

Despite oh so messy, might just move house rather than tidy, house...

It happened...

It started with a sunrise...
    Okay you have my attention...
 Then on the weekend I decided to go for the first bike ride in over a month. 'Why hello there saggy tummy. You were looking a little smaller before but now you are back to flop around to your hearts content.' Cue much needed bike ride in pretty countryside...
    Fresh air and the feeling of early Sunday morning superiority never fails to get me inspired.
Im feeling the urge to make a million New years resolutions!
Last year I set myself resolutions. and I imagine that my resolutios this year will be mostly similar.

I wanted to eat less and drink more water *ahem* yep I'll be need to resolve that again this year.

I wanted to exercise more. The three peaks didn't happen because my friend decided to have a baby so I decided to put a pin in that. But I did exercise more. I bought a bike and actually rode it regularly. More  than that I realised I love bike riding. Even more shockingly I took up running. I wont say I love it but I started to like it and felt good about doing it. This year I want to continue and do more of this. Especially because i'm getting more circle shaped by the day.

I wanted to be a better Mummy. More focused on them. I think I did okay. You know it's hard. You get tired. There are no mummy days off if you are ill or stressed out. But I think I did okay.


Take care of myself more. Nope still rubbish at this. My clothes have holes. My hair is usually a mess. I'm too tired to pamper. Make up? Whats that?
I will get better at this.

I wanted to draw and take photos every day. I didn't to that exactly but I did make some progress drawing wise. I also now have found the confidence to show you my progress...

I also did take ALOT of photos last year, no problems there. I'd like to learn more about photography though. I use Auto way too much.

Lastly I didn't do the digital scrap book thing but I am doing a make your blog into a book thingy. It's taking a while but I'm looking forward to getting a shiny pretty record of this here blog I've come to love so much.

The only resolution I want to add is to be true to myself. When I tell people I'm not going back to the security of a teaching job teaching, that I love being an at home mum and that in the future I really want to go into my dream of animation. With a bit of photography on the side. I will not let their expression of horror or judgement get to me. I will stop making excuses or justifications so they will be more accepting. I will own it. It's my life and I want to live it.

Oh and I will of course be awesome at all moments (except for when I'm not, because I'm only human for Christ sake)

Happy New Year!

Saturday, 7 January 2012

A tad behind...

I've been missing blog wise. We've been so busy with Christmas, New year, visiting relatives and the resulting mess that new toys has created. I like to start the new year fresh. You know? Like burst into the new year like a superhero on speed, full of new years resolutions. I like to detox my post Christmas fat. I like to declutter and clean the house. All while starting various exercise/drawing/photography/beingawesome projects with superhuman motivation.

This year i'm a tad behind with all this.

On Christmas day night when it was time for bed Isaac got all tearful and said he didn't want a story. He was just too sad that Christmas day was over. He was heart broken actually. I consoled him by saying we still had New year to come with Hubbies family and there he would be getting more Christmas presents. Plus the fact that Christmas happens every year so it will come again. I didn't expect him to be upset but then again he has never looked forward to anything as much as he looked forward to this Christmas before.  Maybe there is a little of that going on for me too.

The excitement will happen. It always does. I need that new beginning every year like I need air. Getting a new crisp diary and notebook always gets me excited. Excited by the possibilities of the year ahead. I don't care if I don't stick to it all. I like the energy of the beginning, of the resolve to do more, do better, and just be better than the year before. I'm hoping I feel it soon because I'm completely round from stuffing my face all Christmas. Plus its driving me nuts that I'm surrounded by mess that I keep cleaning up only to find mess again. It's laughing at me people much like my laundry pile does daily!

Also just a small request to the weather gods. What's with the rubbish wet unwinter like weather? No snow yet? Not even one tiny little flake! COME ON! you guys know how I feel about the white stuff. Some of that and I'll be flying high in no time!

Anyway lets ease ourselves back into this by letting me catch you up on a movie night we had just before Christmas...
It was a good one. And we decided to mix it up food wise. You know really pretend we were at the cinema (if it were appropriate to go to the cinema in your PJs...)

Instead of fruit smoothies we had hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows...
Instead of homemade pizza we had hot dogs (before your eyes widen, the naughty toppings were for adults only. The boys just had a little ketchup)
Instead of, no wait, as well as popcorn, we had Nachos (again naughty toppings for greedy pig adults, and good God it was worth the extra fat on my tummy)...
So the boys chose Shrek forever After...
They love Shrek and watched this completely captivated.
Alright you two get a room...
 I liked it. The animation was great and the story interesting but did this really need to be made? I don't like sequels for sequels sake. Milking it? Maybe, but it was funny and enjoyable so movie night score is 6/10.
 There was even an after movie puppet show... 
Although I felt there was a lack of effort puppet costume wise...
Then once the boys were hyped up and forced tucked up in bed, we opened a cold one and put on a movie I've been looking forward to for ages!
The Inbetweeners! Now I love the series. It's complete gross out comedy all the way and I always laugh so much it hurts. If you watch it you will know it put the word 'clunge' on the map *ew*. Just typing the word grosses me out. I was way excited to watch the movie. For my American readers think English American pie. But instead of pie it was ham... 
I didn't laugh till I cried all the way through. But I don't think any movie could sustain the jokes the individual episodes do. But it certainly didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed it. If you like the series you'll love this. If you don't, well you wouldn't watch it in the first place would you?
Great stuff!
Movie night score 8/10