Thursday, 21 August 2014

on speaking my mind

So many times this week I've walked away from a conversation or situation only to berate myself.

Why did I agree to that? 
Why didn't I stand up for myself? 
Why didn't I speak my mind?

Continually I find myself saying 'yes' when the reality is, it's the last thing I'd want to be wasting my precious time on. I want to tell people the words they speak are hurtful and fallacious, that they have perhaps misunderstood. But then there's the silence, words not said, thoughts unspoken and conversations avoided.

Why is it so hard for me to say how I feel?

Mostly I think it's because I don't like confrontation, I aim to please and hate letting people down. But more and more lately I am growing tired of people taking me for granted. I want to be heard.

I need to find my voice, to speak my mind and my truths.

Please tell me I'm not the only person who feels this way??

Monday, 18 August 2014

makin' it / peg dolls

The little lady begged for some crafting/making over the weekend so we dug out some wooden pegs we'd stashed away for a rainy day. Quite fitting really. Melbourne's grey weather was the perfect backdrop for some casual creativity.

We rummaged through the art supplies and found ourselves some coloured paper, tissue paper, pompoms, feathers, string, and washi tape and set about making our posse of peg princesses (of course) oh and some pirates too!

Things got pretty messy but we had loads of fun. The peg princesses even got a special visit to the dolls house!

What have you been makin' latley?

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

ten on ten / august

Ten photos, over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. Gratitude for the simplest moments of our day captured.

A completely late and slightly boring home day for ten on ten this month. 

You can find out how to join in here.

Monday, 21 July 2014


Kitchen scene with a little helper.
Pancake stack
First footy game. Go Cats!
Legwarmers from her Acorn shoot
Winter decorations from kindy

We've been laying low over the last week or so as we settle back into the school routine and take shelter from Melbourne's icy cold weather. Tell me you've been doing something more interesting??

Joining the always gorgeous Em.

Monday, 14 July 2014

my family lens / favourite

As the temperature drops to sub freezing our favourite thing to do is to head to the snow. Layer upon layer we wrap ourselves in thermals and wool and pull on multiple pairs of socks. We pack the car with all the necessities and snow gear, extra warm dry clothes, our portable gas burner to heat our soup for lunch and boil water for restorative hot drinks and of course the toboggan!

We spot snow piled intermittently on the roadsides as we approach the summit. The roads are clouded and a thick continuous layer of fog is upon us. While we drive slowly, the excitement inside the car builds rapidly and the roadside snow piles turn into an abundance of lush, powdery snow. 

Once arrived and with gloves pulled on firmly we head to straight to the toboggan run and give it our best. The day proceeds with bursts of snow play interspersed with steaming cups of tea to thaw us out. A mandatory snowball fight and snow man is built complete with hair and seed pod buttons. We end the day with a walk up to the summit, the kids tired legs barely make it to the top, but it made one hell of a toboggan ride back down. 

The warmth of the car drive home thaws us and sleep comes easy. Our hearts and heads are filled with favourite snow day memories and precious snow filled jars adorn our freezer as a continuing reminder. 

This is my first post in Kidspot Voices of 2014 Olympus Challenge #myfamilylens series. All photographs have been taken using the Olympus OM-D E-M10.

I am loving the compact all metal design and twin dial system of the OM-D E-M10. The smaller, lighter body of the camera means I am more likely to take it everywhere with me as apposed to lugging around my SLR. 
Built in wi-fi is included, The Olympus Image Share app which allows you to share your photos directly to your social media networks and allows control of the lens zoom directly from your smartphone, which makes it so much simpler to upload all my favourite shots straight to instagram.
I like that the OM-D E-M10 has a digital viewfinder as well as a large LCD screen. The 16 megapixels offer great image quality considering the smaller sized sensor. As well as an effective stabilization system and super fast auto focus.
The camera comes with 12 art filters to choose from to give you total creativity, I haven't had a chance to play around with them too much, but I can't wait to give them a try. 

Olympus have kindly sent me their OM-D E-M10 camera with the 14-42mm lens to test out for a couple of months. All opinions and views are my own. 


Thursday, 10 July 2014

ten on ten / july

Ten (or more in this case) photos, over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. Gratitude for the simplest moments of our day captured. 

You can find out how to join in here.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

bored games

School holidays are here!! (insert happy dance). Apart from our very exciting snow trip yesterday, we've spent the majority of this week at home. We all benefit from, and enjoy the slower pace of holidays. No early morning starts and the rush of the school routine. Instead, well the reality is, we mooch around in our pj's, watch movies, chat, drink cups of tea and waste a few hours playing Lego. I've been self appointed head Lego re-builder/sorter, a job that seems to need doing each time the holidays come 'round and one that I take quite seriously.

Then the boredom sets in.

But this time I was reminded of an article I read recently (I can't remember who wrote it or where I saw it, please tell me if it was you...) Anyhow the gist of it was that a certain amount of boredom is good for children. It allows them to use their imagination, be creative and be free to embrace ideas and spontaneity. So I turned the television off and left them to it as I pottered about the house. They flitted loudly from one toy to another for no more than a minute at a time, playing both together and individually, unable to focus on any one thing fully. And then there was quiet (which is always alarming). I came into the kitchen to find a chess game in full swing. He was teaching her to play. I grabbed the camera and snapped a few photographs to record the occasion, I'm not sure it's a scene that will ever reoccur, but here's hoping.

I'll be digging some more board games out for next week. What are your favorites? 

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