Thursday, December 30, 2010

365 day project still going

I have not shared many of my images that I have been taking for my 365 day project for a while so I thought today was as good as any. I have surprised myself that I have not given up, and at times it has been hard to keep going. But as time has gone on my focus has changed too. When I started out I was doing this to solely improve my photography but now I am really enjoying documenting our lives over the year. As I look over what I have taken over the past 4 months I can point to activities or incidences in our lives. As this has become the overriding theme I am tending to use my phone camera when I am out and about to take these snapshots of our lives. So it is now not about the result but about the journey.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Last Few Weeks




Well Christmas has now come and gone and it is time to think of putting away the decorations but I can't quite come at doing that yet (seeing as it took forever to put up only 2 1/2 weeks ago). I trust you all had a lovely Christmas - we did. My husband had to work all through the holidays - that is one of the annoying things about being a nurse they do not close hospitals at the end of business. We had a very wet Christmas period and many families in Queensland have been flooded. It is still raining as I write this 4 days later.
The kids wrote amazing and generous letters to Santa, to make sure he and his reindeer were well fed.

Christmas dinner was a BBQ in the evening after Anthony got home from work. It was the first time I had a BBQ for a Christmas meal and it was really lovely and easy too

I feel a bit sad it is all over as I really enjoy the celebration that Christmas is. I wish it could be like some festivals that other cultures have that go for many days.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Brisbane Storms






Yesterday we took the kids into the Museum in the city and whilst we were there a summer storm built up - I was fascinated and watched it developed for about 15 minutes and boy was it spectacular. It rained so hard you could hardly see in front of you. Aside from the damage I love storms.

Monday, December 13, 2010

It is finally starting to look a bit like Christmas






We have finally put up our Christmas tree. My husband would be more than happy if we skipped Christmas altogether but we have 3 little darlings who get oh so very excited about christmas. so where does that leave me some years I am very excited others I am very ambivalent. This year I have not quite decided how I feel yet. Christmas in Australia is very different to the Northern Hemisphere it is hot and it is the time of the year where everything winds down. Days are long, can be very sticky and baking (even though it should be) becomes not a priority. So what is good about Christmas in Australia, for me it is mainly about family and a time of reflection on the birth of Jesus and how this time changed history. Anyway the kids had so much fun putting up the tree and we are happy.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Rain and fun






Every first weekend in December for the past 10 years a group of us has gone away together to catch up and to reflect on the past year. It is a weekend that all of us hold sacred. It started off with us just all saying in one house to now having more kids than adults that there is no way we could fit into one hose let alone two. So now most of us are now camping.

So with this previous weekend being the first weekend in December we headed down to a lovely farm 2 hours south of Brisbane. It rained and rained but we still caught up, the kids still played, everyone still crowded into the sauna and we still had the thrill of riding on the back of the ute.

It is nice to have this history and that my kids are growing up with this yearly tradition.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Camping at Girraween












Girraween National Park would have to be one of my most favourite places in the world (I know that is a very bold statement but I have been to many places in the world and this place still tops the list for me) It is a dramatic landscape that is characterised by huge rocky granite outcrops. I first went there when I was going out with my husband and I was a very young 18 year old but I fell in love with the place and we have endeavoured to go back there at least twice a year since. Now we have children we are showing them the beauty and magic of this place.

Some of our highlights of the trip we have gone on is the kids being able to walk comfortably 5 kms, a kangaroo and her joey eating the grass at the campsite next to ours, the kids making up unbelievable games and stories in the bush and rocks next to our campsite and finally the beautiful wildflowers that were flowering along all the walks we took.

Also sorry I have not written for a while - life just got a little bit in the way.