27.10.11

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Oh, hello there. Consider these self portraits 'proof of life'.  Just. These really should be Lalie's 9 month portraits, but it's just all a bit too hard at the minute.

Life here is a little overwhelming, to say the least. It seems my 'step' has busted a spring or two. I feel like I'm trying to keep my head above water in a sea of things that need doing and the fact that it's near on impossible to achieve anything with a crawling baby who is just. into. everything. I can't divert my attention for a single second. It's so bloody exhausting. Even though these last few weeks she's been sleeping through more often than not (touch wood), the constant baby spotting/following/relocating during the day is leaving me completely knackered. Honestly, I'm not sure which is worse....

...I take that back. The broken sleep is worse. I'm just having a whinge.

It seems our house is a complete hazard for an exploring baby. Something I remained ignorant about until she started pulling everything on top of her, slamming drawers and doors and trying to eat random small choke-able objects. So the past few days weeks have been spent trying to make our abode a safer one - somewhere when she can explore freely and I can relax. But again, trying to do this while keeping said baby from harms way is proving to be both difficult and time consuming.

Baby steps, they say.

I escaped for a few hours yesterday to the hairdresser.  My Mum came to over to watch Lalie for me. It's only the second time I've left her in someone else's care - something I need to start doing a little more often. I was gone for over four hours and I didn't miss her at all until I came home and saw her again. Then my heart flooded. Paddy must get that feeling every night when he comes home from work. There's always a minute of magic between them when they reunite after a long day of separation. It was nice to have missed her - to greet her with such enthusiasm and have her cuddle into me more snugly than ever, letting me know she'd missed me too.

Oh my, I'm really on a ramble here. basically I just wanted to say thanks so much for visiting this little space and I'm sorry if I haven't been popping by your place as regularly as usual. I'm struggling to find the time to blog at all, so visits and comments are really stretching it. But I hope to be back wholeheartedly very soon, once I get things in order learn that 'good enough' is, well... good enough.

24.10.11

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Enjoying blooms, inside and out. The strawberries are blushing on the balcony, the frangipani are releasing their sweet perfume, and my local op-shops are bursting with embroidered bouquets (and darling little dresses).

Certainly enough to put a spring in my step. Happy Monday, folks!

20.10.11

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Her first footprints in the sand. Florence Bay - just the three of us, the calmest ocean you've ever seen and a couple of driftwood shacks.

I really should be posting her nine month portrait but the seemingly simple task has turned into mission impossible. Far too dangerous without an extra set of hands, so I'll wait until the weekend when I can have paddy on side ready to catch a nose-diving Lalie.

18.10.11

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Thank you so much for your sweet congratulatory messages on my anniversary post. Magnetic Island was really lovely. It's hard to believe that two years ago when I lay on these beaches she was just a twinkle in my eye... then the following year, when we returned for our first anniversary, she was growing in my belly... and now, another year on, here she is. A real bubba - exploring, giggling, eating sand and splashing in the salty water.

She's nine months tomorrow. And oh, how it flies.

17.10.11

two years

Happy Anniversary my Love.

Photography by our friend, Marcus Enno.

14.10.11

happy friday, happy feet


Turn up the volume. (and I apologise in advance if this is one of those videos that really only entertains the child's immediate family and bores everyone else to tears...)

Just a bit of fun to bring in the weekend - a special one for us as it's our second wedding anniversary. We're heading over to Magnetic Island (the place where it all happened) for a couple of nights. I'm so looking forward to some sun and sand... and lots of champagne!

have a wonderful weekend friends!

12.10.11

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Just in case you're wondering where I am - probably suffocating under a pile of washing somewhere.

Top: Paddy's idea of hanging out the washing*
Bottom: My idea of sorting it and putting it away


* In his defense, he did do this at 5am, before going to work. He remembered I had put a load on the day before and thought he'd try and prevent the rather unpleasant 'left-in-the-tub-too-long' odour. The drying racks were packed away, so he improvised with the washing basket and lalie's activity chair. Nice.

Bless his 'slightly-damp-smelling-weren't-hung-out-in-time' cotton socks.

10.10.11

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A burst of neon to start the week. I'm feeling particularly vibrant after four consecutive nights of uninterrupted sleep! Let's just hope she keeps it up... though chances are I've just gone and jinxed myself. Hmph.

Our weekend was spent mostly at home, trying to improve our back yard (meaning Paddy did all the manual labour - cutting down trees, mowing lawn and planting shrubs - whilst I spent hours 'pinning' pictures of lovely landscaping). Such is the role of the 'researcher' I tell him.

I know these fluro images have nothing to do with what I'm rambling on about - I will post some before and after's of our renovation soon. Actually, 'before and during' is probably more like it - nothing is really finished. I'm not sure there will ever be an 'after'. Last night we watched an episode of UK Grand Designs and the owner of the house said "I don't think a renovation is ever finished. There will always be something else to do. And when that's done, you'll think of some other way of improving it".  

Great. Just what we needed to hear.

1. chalk and treasures
2. while she was sleeping
3. high voltage colour
4. inside bath
5. outside bath
6. vintage top and favourite book

Hope your week is off to a colourful start!

7.10.11

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Some evenings, when there's just the right amount of cloud, the sky explodes with coloured light. On this particular day, I managed to capture it filtering through coloured glass and dancing around the house.

Happy Friday - I hope your weekend is a wonderful one!

5.10.11

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Hello! I just wanted to let you know that Eulalie's Nursery is being featured today over at ohdeedoh! How exciting!

My original tour of her room can be found here.

Hope you're having a wonderful week!

4.10.11

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Hat - $7.96, Big W.

Cheap and cheerful - just the way I like it. So I bought two, and sent one to a friend. It's good to spread the love.

Speaking of friends, a big hello to all the newbies - It's so great to have you here! :)


P.S - the garden hose was already in a semi-heart shape. I just had to nudge it a little... couldn't resist ;)

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With our second wedding anniversary approaching, I thought I'd share with you this beautiful song - our song. Esther Phillips' covering The Beatles 'And I love her'. We hired a live jazz/folk band to play at our wedding and the vocalist performed this so beautifully. The original is incredible, too - but this version was better suited to our band. I love that there's two versions. One for 'him' and one for 'her'. Kinda cheesy but lovely all the same.

Please excuse the video/audio quality, but I thought you'd prefer to watch a performance over a tacky slideshow of images.

...and the original version...


3.10.11

Heidi Walks - WINNER!



The winner of the Heidi Walks giveaway is..... Jody @ Lemon Rhodes! Congratulations Jody, I'll be in touch very soon!
A huge thanks to everyone else for participating!