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Whenever I have the pleasure of capturing the growing belly of an expectant mamma I always finish the shoot feeling very blessed to have had the opportunity to capture that special time for someone.  All the expectant wonder, anticipation, feeling the taught skin over a swollen belly knowing that there inside you is

a precious new life.

Joy.  Bliss.

Imagine my delight in meeting two sisters, both in the last month of pregnancy, only two weeks apart.

Double the Joy.  Double the Bliss.



Facebook Status Update, dated 17 Feb ’10

Louise Tee said: Can you/should you take the kids to the hunter valley for a week?

Comments/Replies to my status update:

I’d say ‘yes and no…..!!’ 🙂
Yes you can but you shouldn’t!
Depends what you want to achieve. Have a good time or babysit?
No! I mean you can – but it’s a different experience. There are SOOO many lovely wineries/restaurants – it’s a shame not to do it properly – but – if you can only go if you take them then don’t miss out – just book a repeat trip when parents are around to babysit.
Absolutely NOT! Hunter valley is strictly husband/wife or girls weekend business.
So we took them to the Hunter Valley, and we drove all the way there and all the way back.  We made it without killing each other, the kids or anyone else.

We took it easy, stopped if we needed to, or if the kids needed a change of scenery.

Did I mention we don’t do long car trips?  I did wonder why we decided to change this with a 10 hour road trip with two boys aged 4 and 2.

I tried to take a holiday myself, by leaving my Nikon DSLR at home….what was I thinking?  I am always taking photos, even if I don’t have a camera I take photos in my head.  And that irritates me because they don’t have a USB cable for my brain yet.
I did take our little Olympus underwater shockproof perfect for kids and taking with you everywhere camera.  Not bad hey.

We found a goth / sporting goods store.  Yup, I get the dichotomy, but that is what is was.  I was looking for shoes for me and ended up with a pair for each child and nothing for me.

But man they looked so cute in their new shoes (ooshies if you are the two year old.)

So what do you need to take two kids on a long road trip for a week?

This is all we needed.
And then it is all good.  Great in fact.

Do you work from home?  Is finding a balance between work and family often a bit of a struggle?  Are you at home with your kids and trying to establish a business?

I attended the Professional Parents Workshop last week, held at a wonderful venue provided by The MotherBaby Hub.  It is a great concept created by the multi-talented Renee Veldman-Tentori, her passion and enthusiasm radiated through to all of us in the first five minutes, and I know we all left there feeling inspired and motivated.  Having a business at home, and taking care of kids at the same time comes with an extra set of challenges, and an opportunity to network with people who really do understand is very refreshing.

Renee has set up the Professional Parents Network to enable some face to face networking and shared learning for all of us that juggle parenthood and business. I can’t wait to see where Renee takes her ideas – she has so many wonderful things she wants to share and develop.

Nicole Grant gave a very interesting talk on workplace injury prevention, but particularly injuries that we would be more prone to…like a baby on your hip and holding the phone between your shoulder and your ear is not going to do much for your spinal alignment!

There were so many talented inspiring women there, and the reason it took me so long to put up this post was due to me getting lost in their websites, twitter pages and then running out of time….

Meet Ashleigh and discover a new, educational approach to personalised clothing and decor!  People with roots in Africa are kinda special to me!

She only spoke for 2 minutes on what she does and I had tears in my eyes!  Gayle and Bernadette – you amaze me.

The lovely Kylie van de Graaf impresses me no end because not only does she run a business from home, but she runs the business with her husband, a true family business.   Something I could never do.  My husband asked me to be his PA a few days a week…I asked him if I would still get paid if I swore at him.

Sue Lester provides a service everyone needs, we all would benefit so much from having a little one on one time with someone like her.

Kavala from Tilly & Otto brought her three energetic boys to the meeting, and we did not see them once – the playground and milkshakes provided by The MotherBaby Hub kept them very entertained.  Renee also provided a babysitter to help out – what a great help she was.

Michelle from Gentle Footsteps very kindly provided CHOCOLATE – what is a meeting amongst working mothers without chocolate? Organic chocolate.  And she sells some other fantastic products – be sure to check out her store.

I am still wondering when Deborah Batchelor sleeps, she is a single mum, and runs not one, but two business’.  Her and I have begun chatting about reciprocal services already – I am super excited about that.  Her design company has a great website, and for sure I will be heading over to RockRibbons for my next birthday present shopping trip.

Wow…it is amazing what can happen with some face to face networking.  I am all for online networking too…but there is something real and tangible when you all sit around having a good cuppa and sharing your thoughts, ideas and experiences.

Hope to see you all again soon