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    14 Things I Learnt in 2014

    I know I’ve already shared a few reflections about 2014, but when I read Gina’s 14 Things I Learnt in 2014 (thanks for the HT: Theresa) I couldn’t resist joining the fun. Yes I know her post really says Learned but that’s American speak, I was compelled to change the wording to English, so Learnt it is;)  So the first fourteen things that come to mind…. 1. Savouring your baby’s first year in your 40s has a different tone to enjoying your baby in your 20s, the feeling just goes ‘down to the bones’. 2. Talking about your 40s, this decade does change you in many ways, and I’ve finally accepted…

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    Ocean Swimming In Winter

    Last Thursday we headed to a local coastal village for an appointment, promising the children a beach walk afterwards.  A walk on the beach wasn’t greeted with enthusiasm, swimming was what they really wanted. I stressed that one didn’t swim in the ocean in winter.  When the afternoon was sunny I compromised on “you can roll up your pants and walk in to just above your ankles.” However it was only minutes before, they were wet and were swimming. “Children, it is the midst of winter!” As beach goers walked along the beach in jumpers and long pants, our children frolicked and swum in the ocean having a wonderful time…

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    Enjoying the Winter Sunshine

    The winter sunshine has been beckoning us this week, calling us to ‘ditch the books’ and enjoy the warmer moments. The children pumped up the blow up pool with intentions of swimming in it, when I vetoed that idea and the plan to raft on the dam, “it’s winter children!” they compromised with rafting on the above ground pool.  Thus far they haven’t ‘fallen out’ though the blow up has ‘sprung a leak.’ The Great Billy Cart phase continues to be all the rage, it’s been about three weeks now since the billy cart constructions began. A few modifications, lots of co-operative designing and building, plenty of rides, a few…

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    Weekly Portraits – 12th June Edition

    A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014     1. Just couldn’t choose, so sharing lots of pics from one Sunday morning (be assured Bella didn’t ride in the car with just a seat belt, posing for photos only)   2. Trekking through the bush, we really are blessed to live on this beautiful property.     3. Our Jelly Bean is always smiling Linking up at Practising Simplicity for 52 Weeks of Portraits

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    Weekly Portraits – 26th May Edition

    A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014   1. Our middle girls, enjoying the new park equipment.   2. Time has flown, can’t believe Bella is 5 months already!     3. Such a happy girl, always smiling, always charming. Love this little girl! Linking up at Practising Simplicity for 52  Weeks of Portraits

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    Weekly Portraits and Simple Things – 31st March Edition

    A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014   1. Each ‘Portrait a Week’ must begin with Bella, just a requisite deal:)  It continues to astound me at how much joy this darling brings to our life.  Then again I’m certain we’ve felt like this before, a time or two or ……   2. Now here’s a scallywag.  We’ll be celebrating Einstein’s 17th birthday later this week and truly it’s shocking to realise just how fast the years have flown by.  We’re rather humbled to be his parents, truth to be told. 3. Another larrikin.  Though really our Michelangelo has matured in many ways in the…