Monday, March 24, 2014

Nellie


I couldn't help but share this photo this week, of our Nellie girl. She is almost seven years old now. Starting to get some grey hairs around her eyes. She really is the most beautiful, and gentle do you could imagine. She still thinks she is a pup though, and loves to sit on your knee. Up until we had kids she slept on our bed. At our old house she slept in the kennel with Max. Now we are at Maeme's she has taken up prime position on one of the deck chairs. She has always liked to be close to us, so from here she can hear us, and see us while we are awake.

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Dear Cooper,

This week, my baby boy turned four! I guess that means you are really growing up now aren't you! You have been very excited this past week about being four. I think you realise that it's a pretty big number. Everything had to be be four: four chips please, four strawberries please, four buckets of water on my head - because I'm going to be four.

We have had a pretty big year, the last six months especially. We have put our house up for sale, and since sold it, moved out into your MaeMe's and are going to start build our own special home very soon. You are not great with change, and have found the past few months quite challenging. It's hard for you to understand just why we are not living in our own home, but we sit down and have cuddles and explain it whenever we need to. You do like living here though, with such a fun backyard to explore!

You are still fiery as every, and love to push the limits as far as you can (with just a little bit more too). You leave me questioning my parenting skills very often, but you balance out every day with being a loving little man. You still love to have cuddles, and tell me often just how much you love me - All the way to the moon and back.

You love Indiana so much. You know how to push her buttons, just like you do me. But also, you are very good at 'reading' to her, and helping her with her Baby. Plus you have taught her how to play Ninja Turtles... i think there will be a little tom-boy in her thanks to you.

You are still at the same creche this year, in the Junior Kinder room. While you could have moved up in to the Kinder room, we agreed with your teachers Sam and Kira, that you would benefit so much more by remaining in with them for this year. And you have. While we had a few weeks of really hard drop offs (due to all the changes in regards to moving house), your teachers say you are thriving this year, and are such a great help wit the younger kids in your room. Brendan and some of your other friends have moved rooms, but you still get to play with them in the yard, and you are always happy about that.

You are a brilliant sleeper now. We dropped your day sleep not long after your 3rd birthday, and while the days are now busy, you are generally asleep by 7.30pm. Most nights you sleep till about 7am, but some nights you still come in for snuggles with daddy and I.

You still love wearing your hoodies, along with a super hero costume these days. Your hair is a bit long and shaggy (daddy's not particularly impressed), and yes you probably do need a little trim one day soon - but i think you are beautiful. Your big blue eyes sparkle still and when you give kisses and cuddles you do so with all your might!

Favourite things: Super heroes: hulk, iron man, spider-man, thor, teenage mutant ninja turtles, toy story and cars

Boopie, I am very proud of you. Not every day is easy, but you always make up for it with your love for us and Indiana.

Love Mummy xxx

Sunday, March 23, 2014

12/52

'A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014'

Cooper: Happy fourth birthday, my beautiful boy

Indiana: Cooper got a new bike for his birthday, so she brought our her car so that she could ride along with him

Joining in with Jodi of Practicing Simplicity's ever inspiring 52 project 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

11/52


'A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014'

Cooper: My little Boy Wonder, deep in thought...

Indiana: Staring intently at her big brother

Joining in with Jodi of Practicing Simplicity's ever inspiring 52 project 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

10/52

 

'A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014'

Cooper: "Who, me?" such a cheeky little look

Indiana: Yoghurt, boogers and messy hair. As soon as she finishes though, she will hold her hands up for me to clean. She hates dirty hands.

Joining in with Jodi of Practicing Simplicity's ever inspiring 52 project 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Saying goodbye to our home


Today we said goodbye to our very first home. The place we bought 7 years ago, when we were only just engaged. In that time, we bought our kelpie Nellie, Dale started a brand new career, we married, and we grew our family with the addition of the absolute light of our lives, Cooper and Indiana.

So much has happened in that time, and so much is ahead of us. I will miss our home so much, but I can't wait to get started on a new chapter. The four of us are all together, and happy, and in the end, that is all that really matters. We have such a wonderful opportunity in front of us, to build our dream home, with a real backyard for our family.

What a year this is going to be...

Family playtime












Sunday, March 2, 2014

9/52


'A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014'

Cooper: After such a big week for this emotional little boy, I was so pleased to see him so peaceful while he slept (and after almost four years, you still cuddle Monkey every night).

Indiana: Not one to miss out on anything, she gives her all with the boys on the trampoline... no fear, just like her big brother.

Joining in with Jodi of Practicing Simplicity's ever inspiring 52 project 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

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'A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014'

Cooper: We have had a few big weeks of transition (with a few more to come) while we have packed up our home and moved into MaeMe's while we build you a new home. You have been such a good boy and although you appear to be coping well, we know that you are sensitive inside and don't particularly like change. 
You have cried (hysterically) the past couple of weeks at crèche drop off, and although you stop a few minutes after we leave it's still hard on us all. You asked to stay home this week, and when I said i had to oh to work you said that you would just come with me. 
On Friday after I left you in tears at crèche you were having cuddles with your teacher Kira. Unprompted you told her "I feel sad because we live in a new home".  I'm sorry that it's hard on you baby, but I'm very proud that you can share your feelings with not only us, but your teacher too. 
This photo was taken that same afternoon, when you told me that you love me because I play on the trampoline with you. I love you Cooper x

Indiana: a big milestone this week... Pigtails! Oh, and you DIDN'T cry at crèche drop off! Woohoo!
Love you too little one x

*After a busy week of moving and settling I didn't have my 'big' camera out once :( so these are my fav instagram pics from this week. 
IG: rhiannonjward

Joining in with Jodi of Practicing Simplicity's ever inspiring 52 project 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

7/52


'A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014'

Cooper: Most of the swings may be broken off the swing set, but there are still lots of bits you find to climb on it.

Indiana: You have started to climb on EVERYTHING... I have found you sitting on the bench, on tables and any stool in sight! And you think it's all hilarious!

Joining in with Jodi of Practicing Simplicity's ever inspiring 52 project