Sunday session – Inspired

YAY! It’s time for another (belated) Sunday Session with Thea :)

I’ve just been away on an inspiring weekend…with other mums like me from all over Queensland. The organisation that we’re all a part of is called MOPS, and it is an organisation that encourages me to be the best “me” that I can be, with all the different hats that a mother has to wear! If you want to find out more, head on over to the website…http://mops.org.au/

I was very fortunate to be part of the music team that played for the weekend, so the music from the weekend is still playing in my head. Despite having practically no voice, the lovely Cath (http://squigglemum.com/) did a great job leading out team (among other things) as best as she could, and I met some new friends. When I first heard this song a few years back I was in tears, and playing it over the weekend has been a great encouragement for me. I love Brooke Fraser‘s music and lyrics.

While away I found out that Alison, our amazing keyboard player, will also be playing in a concert with me in a few weeks. We’ll be playing with the Queensland Philanthropic Orchestra. It’s a great way to combine our professional experiences with music, and supporting a good cause. One of the pieces on the programme is Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from Westside Story”, which I have fond memories playing at my very first National Music Camp. Enjoy the choreography in this snippet from the Westside Story movie…

So what have you been listening to this week? Feel free to link up with Thea if you’d like to share it with us :)

The Tyranny of Distance

I thought I’d join in with Write on Wednesday again this week. Yes I know it’s Friday, but as I’ve mentioned before Gill over at inkpaperpen has been very generous with the deadline :) Anyway, here’s this week’s task…

Log onto your Facebook/Twitter page and write down the first status update you see.  Set a timer for 5 minutes. Write the first words that come into your head after your prompt.

6 Days in Oz. There and back to see how far away it is.

 

The joy of seeing friends and family. The pain of travelling so far for so little time. Memories come flooding back of time with those I love. If only Australia wasn’t so far away. This island that is full of beauty and wonder, but seems to treasure it’s sports icons more than it’s artists. Until a shift happens, arty creatures like me will be staying permanently in other parts of the world in their droves. The tyranny of distance. What to do when serious issues crop up with the ones I really love that I’ve left behind? For now I’m happy to jet-set around, playing where I am asked to play. Music from long so ago doesn’t really appeal to that many people here on this island. Too much sun and waves to enjoy things inside. Great for those with little ones. I wonder when I’ll be back again. Hope that I’ll be able to stay for longer next time. The pace of life is slower, at least in my home city, but the closeness of so many different cultures also beckons me.

Moments savoured…memories awakened

 So, what do you think of my attempt at being crafty?

 

With my kids constantly bringing artwork home, and making some things at home too, I thought that they would like these. Here were their responses to discovering them on their pillows…

Lego Boy: “Oh, what’s this for? I know, to say that you love me.”

Princess: “Thank you Mummy. When I look at this I know that you care about me. Can you please make another one for me so that I can take it to school, and look at it when something-that’s-not-nice happens to me?”

Miss Chatty: ” Why did you cut de photo like dat? I don’t like how you cut de luff heart.”

THANKS KIDS ;)

“I know that I’ll be a different person at the end of this month” is what I wrote on May 4th, and I most definitely am. I’ll admit to feeling daunted when I put myself up for the challenge. Of all the months for US ALL to be sick THIS WAS IT! My original plans for many of the challenges were thwarted due to this, but it also forced me to be more creative in my interpretation, after all, my family had to take precedence. Despite this, having this challenge to focus on has given me…has given us all…moments to savour. It made me think about what Kelly had shared about using our senses in this post…”Slow life down without being less busy “.

Interesting isn’t it, how a colour, a scent, a taste, a sound, a touch, can awaken a bank of wonderful memories? I have been transported back to certain moments in my life such as:

  • a visit to Monet’s garden in the spring with my husband
  • the fun my sister and I would have cooking pancakes with my Dad
  • walking arm-in-arm with my Mum as we went shopping
  • the Balinese music that my sister and I used to dance to, wearing bright and colourful costumes and make-up
  • cherry-picking with my family as a kid

Throughout the challenge this has been going through my mind, ‘I hope and pray that my kids will have wonderful memories when they look back at their childhood, just as I have.’

Thanks again to Kelly at Be A Fun Mum for the inspiration to

Scenes for tired eyes

With Miss Chatty being sick for the past week, and not sleeping well, taking photos has been like fuel for the soul.

 

In the garden bed of a shopping centre we found this little flower, looking up to the sun, while the clouds were lingering. Some other yellow things that we could think of: cheese, Winnie the Pooh, lemon slice and this sand picture that Miss Chatty made :)

 

 

Here they are…my four most favourite people in the world! We decided to visit the Roma St. Parklands after we made use of some movie vouchers that we’d received from a good friend. We saw Oceans, which was beautifully shot, and great for us all to watch. It reminds us all to take care of this beautiful planet.

After a couple of failed attempts to catch some images of moths at night I thought this would be a good substitute. Miss Chatty and I enjoyed some sunshine in our backyard, and found lots of spider webs. This web bounced up and down in the wind, and with my limited abilities to manually focus, I kept snapping away in the hope that at least one photo would be usable. It was fun to experiment with a telephoto lens, and to creep around the garden with Miss Chatty.

I’m a day behind, but I still have one more task left from this month’s Love the Moment challenge. I wonder how the kids will respond?

Six more moments to love

 

Lego Boy had fun putting this together. It uses fauna from the Wetlands not far from us, some clay and a popstick. Not bad considering that most of his creations these days are “Star Wars” inspired.

This would have to be one of our favourite places in Brisbane so far.

Collecting these, and looking at them from different angles was fun :)

The girls and I had a lovely chat while choosing and painting these. It was wonderful watching how they used the colours.

Dew drops sparkling in the sunshine.

On this particular night hubby was happy to put the kids to bed while I managed to have a night out with some ladies. It was a chilly night, so I wore this purple asymmetrical cardigan, which I scored at a sale about five years ago. Of course our two girls became especially clingy when they realised I was heading out. Perhaps I need to do it a bit more often?

A week of moments to love

Well this week my husband had been home sick with bronchitis, thus, a single post for this week’s challenges. Time each day to take photos has been like therapy…more reason to be thankful for the opportunities to love the moment.

 

So what do you think of this collaborative effort with my girls? We had great fun putting this together. Princess showed me some different ways to draw fish, and Miss Chatty just had to have a starfish on the ocean floor. The different shades of blue (my favourite colour) reminded me of a visit to the Musee l’Orangerie in Paris to see some of Monet’s Water Lilies.

 

Miss Chatty, “Look Mama, that big cloud looks like a elephant!”

 

While hubby was reading a story to Lego Boy, and we were waiting for Princess to be dropped off after gymnastics, Miss Chatty and I played hide-and-seek. She was SO EXCITED when she found me!

 

Yum…jam and cream. Memories came back of neighbourhood gatherings as a kid, where I had the freedom to control how much jam and cream I placed on my pikelet. Of course, I would go back for another one, then another one…then just one more. Pfft that DEFINITELY DID NOT happen this time ;)

 

This image reminded me of Kelly’s under an umbrella photo on the Love the Moment collage for May. Miss Chatty had fun at an open day for a pre-school organisation here in Queensland called C & K. The organisation been highly recommended by various sources, so Miss Chatty is on the waiting list of a couple of centres in our area. One of the activities she really enjoyed was playing with this colourful parachute with a bunch of other kids. She especially loved hiding under it. The morning was also a lovely introduction to some of the things she’ll get to do in kindy. I can’t believe our baby starts kindy next year!

 

Not exactly chasing butterflies, but I love how Princess draws butterfly houses. This was on the front of a birthday card for a little friend. She’s definitely the most prolific artist of us all, producing at least one piece of art per day whether she’s at home or at school. Her art is often accompanied by these words…

 ”Dear Mum and Dad, I love you.”

How blessed are we?

Flowers, shadows, jelly, picnic & standing in the sun

How could I not have loved the moment on this day…we received some beautiful flowers from family for our wedding anniversary, which you can read about here.

Wonderful Husband also came home with some beautiful tulips, bringing back memories of our time living in The Netherlands.


Miss Chatty and I took the opportunity to enjoy the sun after dropping the other two off to school one. We’ve enjoyed exploring different playgrounds in the vicinity, and look forward to discovering some more!

Ok, so I didn’t actually make this, but on this night my husband was away and the kids were invited to a disco birthday party. The birthday boy did a great job of decorating his birthday cake don’t you think? Not only was it heaps of fun grooving with the kids, but I also didn’t have to worry about dinner that night. So there…that’s the truth!

With hubby being away, and Lego Boy not being well enough to play his regular basketball game we had some time to explore our ‘hood. We had a lovely morning enjoying the sunshine, fresh air, free craft activities and acquired some new books at the World Migratory Bird Day celebrations. Thanks Brisbane City Council! Afterwards we came home for a picnic…

To cap off this week we’ve had another beautiful day here in Brisbane, so I’ve been able to soak my “feets” in the sun. They still have traces of the pedicure I had in Brazil, where I was for my sister’s wedding in March (I’ve started to write about it here.) It seems so long ago (sigh).

Ahhhh…LOVE THESE MOMENTS!

Cards, Fairies, Baking & Reading

Lego Boy has been unwell at home, so he’s had fun with some cards that my husband played with as a kid.

He even made up his own card game, called “Careful”…a version of Patience.

In the meantime I was “Kitchen Fairy” and Miss Chatty was “Sparkly Fairy”.

We just love the smell of  Anzac slice baking in our house…YUM! Wonder how long our double batch will last?

Princess enjoyed reading to her little sister and I…

…and we said hi to regular visitors to our backyard.

Sleep, tea & Mother’s Day

Could this little angel be the cause of a few rough nights of sleep?

A gift from my sister, who lives in London. Think of her each time I use it.

Gotta love this Star Wars creation by Lego Boy!

Made  and bought with precious little hands.

Love how Princess arranged these for me :)

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the mums out there!