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when i started blogging way back when

i was so excited

it was exciting

an amazing platform to put my voice and my work out there

even if it is only my mom that reads each and every post

my only wish is that i was more consistent

but having a blogging schedule filled with ‘engaging content’ and sticking to it

well that’s really not me

last year was full of a lot of small but significant changes for me

a conscious attempt to spend less time at the computer

spend less time online

trying to use my film camera more

for personal photos, if using my digital camera, only allowing light editing with VSCO and that’s it

make more family albums so we all get to enjoy the bazillion photos i take

trying to be more present

and a lot of the time being present for me is not having a camera at all

and mostly i’m okay with that

so

back to blogging

i’d like to update more

so hopefully i will

xoxoxo

these are from our recent trip to perth

big family reunion

i cajoled and begged and insisted and told and bossed everyone into walking to this beautiful beach

for a big family photo as the sun was setting

i got one chance – one shot before the little kids ran off

and i left my sunglasses on – what a dork!

i’ve included a few of us trying to set up seventeen people

on a rock, all smiling, with a timer-set camera precariously balanced on a rucksack

but we got some beautiful shots

i hardly edited them, hard as that was

just VSCO Film Presets and a little cropping

the film presets is what makes them grainy and i love it

enjoy this big-long-overdue-over-wordy

blog post

xoxox

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this week i’ve been tasked with a project of a personal nature

“seek out a story somewhere in your own circle”

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i pondered and my mind jumped through my circle

who has an interesting story?

what story can i tell using photographs?

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so this is my story

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i can almost cast my mind back to pre-kid days

the plan was to have babies and for me to stay and home with them

raise them

how indulgent i thought, be home all day, nothing to actually do…

how very misguided my thoughts were

being home with the kids all day is more taxing, more exhausting and nothing like i had imagined it would be

there are days where i want to rage at my husband, who gets to go to work every day and gets paid for it

some days i am not sure i’ve done anything worthy or commendable since my eyes

were forcibly opened by a little person at 4am

and then

there are days where the gratitude and love i have for my family overwhelms me

how could i even contemplate a life different from this, i’m so very, very lucky

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so in that spirit i tasked the boys to help me with this project

husband is away (again)

i asked them to help me capture us doing our everyday

the boring mundane dailyness

car driving, a lot of time in the kitchen, eating, washing dishes

the grumpy faces, the cross faces, the exhausting trip to the vet, the over due haircuts

i asked them what does mommy do every day?

they said “making lunch and doing the laundry and not actually very much else really”

they got to take the photos of me as they see me

and i tried to capture those moments as i see them

while there is nothing glamorous or exciting in our every day

it’s ours

and i love it.

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can you start a blog post with

shit – time flies?

it really does

it really seems just a moment ago

we had hawoween 2012

and the littlest in the house was drowning

in his hulk suit

as we didn’t grow up with halloween

i still find it a little bizarre to dress kids up

to walk from house to house to get pumpkin shaped buckets

filled with cheap sweets and candy

but hey

i loved father christmas for many years

and never once questioned how he got all the presents

on one sleigh, correctly delivered to each kid and all in one night.

i miss being a kid.

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