week in the life 2016 - monday

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

this week is ali edwards' week in the life project. this is my 9th year joining in, and it's one of the best ways for getting a really great look at our everyday lives. even though all those years aren't in completed albums, they're some of my most favourite photos ever.

i wasn't sure if i was going to join in this week, or choose another week, as this week we have "bedstemor" (grandma) visiting from denmark. of course it's not our usual routine, but i decided to go ahead with it, as it's so much more fun joining in when other people are doing it too. instead of taking a gazillion photos like i usually do, i decided to focus on getting a few good shots of our everyday routines. 

today i used my 50mm lens the whole day, which gives some different perspective in the photos than my usual wide shot.

7:30 - good morning cuddles with this little "mole", burrowing under the covers looking for her lost mummy and daddy. i can't believe we wake up so late now.
7:45 - shower time. after a whole week without water, i am so grateful that i can walk straight into the shower instead of boiling water like i did last week.
my beautiful mother's day flowers
8:00 - alexander helps we get the breakfast put out and we all eat together.
8:30 - i'm still drinking coffee, so isabel starts on her recorder practice. i'm so impressed with how well she's doing, and so is she.
9:00 - we are underway with the day's first lesson, language.

10:00 - morning tea outside on the patio. fresh pineapple and watermelon. yum!
10:30 - time for some outdoor play.
12:30 - bedstemor reads lucy a story while waiting for the soup to finish...
...and isabel works on her weaving.
16:30 - afternoon coffee time.
17:00 - i take a break on the front porch and check out instagram...
...while far (dad) plays with the kids on the playground.
18:30 - we eat dinner together.
20:00 - goodnight!

after putting the kids to bed i ran out of photo taking energy, but there's still plenty of week left. i made a real effort to get myself into the photos, and when i was saying goodnight to the kids, isabel said, "i like when you're in the photos with us. give the camera to far so you can be in the photos!". that's definitely something i'll be working on more during the week.

moments {a weekly collection}

Monday, 12 October 2015

a collection of small, everyday moments from our week.

1. rounding off our school week, where we learnt about china, with our very own chinese restaurant. we all tried, and managed, to eat our meal with chopsticks. 
2. enjoying a bit of water play in the sandpit, after a heavy downpour.
3. these two love to play games, and you can usually find them here on the weekend. this time, it was lego star wars.
4. she really wanted to paint her cat, "sooty", and was so proud that her painting resembled her cat.
5. the teddies got a new car.
6. learning spilled over into play, and the imperial city and the great wall of china appeared in the garden (complete with tiger).
8. she made fruit salad for herself and her little sister. she served them both, being careful not to serve any pineapple to little sister (who doesn't like it). she was so proud of herself!
9. she couldn't wait to get outside and draw with chalk in the morning...in her pyjamas.
10. we spent a couple of mornings doing school work on our new patio area by the pool, and jumping in the pool in between subjects.
11. our hens are laying well. she loves to collect the eggs, putting them against her cheeks to find out if they're still warm.
12. I tidyed up the studio in anticipation of kid's clothes week next week, even organising all my sewing supplies so I can find what I'm looking for. after I finished I realised it's not until the next week again.....

the hidden treasure of early mornings

Friday, 11 September 2015

This week I've been waking up earlier than usual, while the house is still dark.

Quietly, I tiptoe out to the kitchen and put the kettle on to boil. In the lounge room, I turn on the lamp, light some candles, and open a single curtain. In the soft, early morning light, I sit and write down the thoughts that inevitably over crowd my brain, and drink the day's first cup of coffee.

Waking earlier than the family is a good opportunity for me to meet the day slowly, with time to process my thoughts before being bombarded with thoughts and requests from my little people.

And then I hear her.

The door opens, and I hear her soft footsteps padding down the hall towards me, until I see her, standing in the doorway with her unruly curls hiding her face and looking at me with her big, sleepy blue eyes.

She walks over to me, and I open my arms, inviting her for a good morning hug, without a word.

While we're sitting together, she talks to me softly, telling me her thoughts and asking the things she wants to know in the few silent minutes before her more talkative siblings awaken.

And while we're sitting, we see the sun start to rise like a red orb in the sky. She asks if the sun is bigger than God.

I squeeze her tight, smell her hair, and capture this moment in my heart.

The hidden treasure of early mornings is these moments of connecting with her.

swc butterfly dress

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Last week, I sewed something.

Quite revolutionary, of course.

My sewing machine broke down in April, and I have been mourning its' loss since then. Imagine loud wailing, and you'll get the picture.

Until now. In July we went back to Denmark to visit, and had the chance to stock up on life essentials to bring back with us. Which, naturally, included a new sewing machine. A lovely second hand Husqvarna, no bells and whistles, just a simple, solid machine. Perfect.

Only, when I came to use it, I simply couldn't. It's like I was paralyzed by anxiety. What should I sew, now that I have a machine? Which fabric should I use? Looking around for inspiration was no use. Everyone I looked at is using the cutest, sweetest, latest offerings from big name fabric companies. Certainly not the loud, colourful kitenge fabric that inhabits my world.

And then I saw it. The inspiration I was looking for, in the form of the sweetest pattern. The butterfly dress by Sew What Club (have you heard of it? It's a monthly pattern membership). They were offering it as a free pattern when you sign up for the newsletter. As I'd already been contemplating signing up for a membership to the club, it seemed like a good place start.

Sweet, simple, and fast.

Lucy had been asking for a dress from this "turtle" fabric I picked up at the market the week we moved to Rwanda (a year and a half ago), so it seemed like a good idea to pair the two together.

It was quite a creative hurdle to get started sewing, but I did it. I started, and worked on it over two afternoons, taking my time to get the feel for sewing again (and my "new" machine), and to get the dress right.

"Hey, there's a pocket in here!"

And the result is simply adorable! Lucy loves it, and I do too.

It feels good to be sewing again, to take an idea and some fabric, and turn it into something useable. My hands are happy, and so is my heart!

"For you, mama!"

week in the life 2015 - sunday

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

 week in the life is a detailed look into an ordinary week right now, through pictures and words. inspired by ali edwards. you can see my other posts from 
this week here and all previous posts here

Sundays are for sleeping late and peeking into their room on the way past the door.

Sundays are for playing in your pyjamas with all the barbies, all by yourself.

Sundays are for filling the ant farm with dirt.

Sundays are for finding ants....with the usual audience.

Sundays are for watching the ants.

Sundays are for unusual family portraits.

Sundays are for coffee and chocolate biscuits my cousin sent from Australia.

Sundays are for relaxing, each in our own way.

Sundays are for barbies.

Sundays are for Lego.

Sundays are for creating.

Sundays are for projects.

Sundays are for catching up on the news.

Sundays are for relaxing alone, together.

Sundays are for playing games.

Sundays are for simple boiled egg lunches.

Sundays are for reading and playing and being together.

Sundays are for devotions.

Sundays are for climbing and singing as loudly as you can.

Sundays are for family movies (Smurfs 2, in case you're wondering).

Sundays are for making something different for dinner.

Sundays are for pancakes.

Sundays are for planning the school week ahead.

Sundays are for prepping the chalkboard the night before.

Sundays are for relaxing together in the evening with a cup of chai tea.

What a week! It's been an intense week of photo taking, memory recording and blogging, but, as always, it's so worth it. Seeing the mundane moments of our lives through the camera lens has been pretty amazing, and has helped me to see and appreciate what we have. As the week rolled on, I got inspiration from Ali for trying new angles with my photography and trying to see if the photo tells the story. The prompts for each day were also inspired by her. If you've never tried a project like this, I encourage you to give it a go, for a whole week or just a full day. Being able to look back on the little details of our days, at this moment in time, is so precious. I'm so thankful for this project!
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