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Sunday, July 28, 2013

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 "A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2013." 

Doing what you do best - jumping off rocks. I love how you turn a picnic by a waterfall into such action packed adventure. Just our typical weekend in the wilderness. Blessed are we to live in such paradise. 

Pop by and say hi to the lovely Jodi and check out all the other portraits. 



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Around the nest - thoughts on a growing family.









Eucalyptus lingers in the air bringing a certain feeling of freshness into our home. It feels as though the washing machine is constantly humming in the background. Ba'il's newborn clothes dry crisp in the warm sun, awaiting the arrival of his new sibling. The sight of newborn clothes drying on the line brings a sense of nostalgia into our home.

I look at my beautiful Ba'il boy and it feels as though we bought him home as a swaddled babe only yesterday. Sooner then he knows it, he will become a big brother. I get a little bit sentimental about that if you can't already tell. I know I am making a fuss over nothing, our bedtime chats about the baby are a solid indication that he has some idea of what's around the corner. His complicated little questions astound me at times. He is working out the details of our growing family in his mind perfectly. I already see the proud big brother twinkle in his eyes. 

I have been thinking of how to make the sibling's first meeting super special. I'm considering giving Ba'il a small gift from the baby - a token of appreciation for being his or her big brother, just so Ba'il doesn't feel left out. At night I go to sleep thinking about the expression on his face and the things he will say when he meets his little brother or sister for the first time. I wish nothing more than a life of love, friendship and adventure for my children as brothers or brother and sister. I hope with all my heart that like my sister and I &  Caleb and his brother - they will become the best of friends. 

I'd love to hear if you did anything special for your first born once their sibling arrived or how your first born reacted to the new addition.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2013." 

This week your rooster George (pictured) crowed for the very first time and you sported a rather uneven hair cut.  

Pop over to the gorgeous Jodi to check out the other portraits or to play along. 

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2013."

Homemade play dough. One of your favourite things. This week you requested it in yellow - a colour we are both loving lately. I love your chubby little creative hands. 

Pop over to the lovely Jodi to see more portraits. 


Sunday, July 14, 2013

River Delicious - a healthy lunchbox





On Sunday afternoons I can normally be found pottering in the kitchen preparing lunchbox snacks for the week ahead. It's a task that satisfies me on so many levels - filling the house with sweet baking smells, feeling prepared for the long days ahead, and sending my son to kindy with a wholesome lunchbox. Some weeks though (like this week) when my feet are aching, the weekend has flown past and the thought of work is a little too much to handle, it takes me a while longer to find some inspiration to get cooking. 

This week I stumbled across this amazing banana, coconut and chia bread recipe. Sugar-free goodness for the whole family - especially delicious with a smudge of ricotta and honey. I'll defiantly be adding this one to my favourite recipes file. 

Another super easy favourite of mine are bliss balls. A very clever way to make sure those small fussy eaters in the family get their daily dose of fruit and nuts.  

2 cups of dates 
1 cup of raw almonds 
1/2 cup of coconut shredded 
half a dozen dehydrated apricots 
a handful of pumpkin seeds (or whatever other seeds you have laying around) 
chia seeds 
a tablespoon or so of coconut oil 
a teaspoon of raw cocoa powder 
a sprinkle of agave or honey 

Process until combined in a food processor. Roll into balls (little hands make great helpers for this) and roll in shredded coconut. 
If you don't have these ingredients or quantities it doesn't matter, I use whatever is in the pantry or fridge. The beauty of bliss balls is that they change each week. 

A simple quiche doubles as Sunday night dinner and Monday lunches. Totally decadent  when homemade shortcrust pastry is involved but just as good when your tired and use packet pastry. This week we used spinach and cherry tomatoes from our garden, corn, roasted sweet potato, ricotta, onion, garlic, topped with sesame seeds.

As a new week starts it's these simple kitchen rituals that ensure our days ahead move with a steady rhythm. An hour or so in the kitchen on a Sunday sure does lessen the load during the week.

I would love to hear if you have any special lunch box treats! 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Second Trimester of a Second Baby...


















"In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. 
You dance inside my chest where no one sees you, but sometimes I do,
 and that sight becomes this art." 
- Rumi 

Our second trimester is coming to an end. My belly is blooming. It's hard to believe that in nearly three months our family of three will grow to four. We are so excited to meet you, our womb child.  

Many thanks to my beautiful husband Caleb for enduring my endless directions and taking these special photos. I love you. 


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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2013." 

My favourite boy in the universe on my favourite beach in the universe. Your hair shines in the sun as you admire the crystal clear ocean. The end of our big camping adventure. 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Our backyard.














Endless dusty red soil road stretches as far as the eye can see. At the end of the road are untouched paradises that recently were whispering my name, calling me back to marvel in their simple glory. A chance to ground myself and prepare for what the rest of the year will bring. 

An eight hour drive along corrugated dirt road returned me to my old homelands in the depth of the Cape York wilderness. I brace my pregnant belly with pillows and gazed out the window as we drive through our magnificent Australian back yard.  A world away from the daily grind of routine - work, kindy, lunch boxes, dinners, deadlines. 

For ten days Ba'il & I sleep by the ocean in our tent, our worries were blown away by the sea breeze. We live simply, collecting shells, fishing, making evening fires, bathing in buckets and going to sleep with the sun to the sound of the waves. I am truly blessed to have this opportunity to refocus and to show my son how valuable the simple things in life are. 

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013." 

Bucket baths at Chilli Beach. This week you've been on a big camping adventure visiting your old homelands. What a delight.