Mamatography Week 13: Flowers And Firemen

There’s definitely a hint of spring in the air, with lots of flowers everywhere.

82: Bring On Spring
Inspired by our trip to the Moonpig Mother’s Day event a few days earlier, we made a lollipop flower garden so we could give a few special people some flowers.

84: Gift Basket
Friends of ours came back from a holiday in Australia, so we dropped a care package on their doorstep so they wouldn’t have to rush out for breakfast, or worse, milk for coffee first thing off a 19-hour flight. I know what it’s like coming ‘home’ from a trip ‘home’ and never really belonging in either place. It’s hard.

85: Breakfast
We receive the Disney Cakes And Sweets Magazine every month, and this month, the freebie with it was a pan for making these fab Mickey Mouse pancakes. So yum using our regular recipe, and the girls just loved it.

Mamatography Week 13: Flowers And Firemen

86: Sugarcraft

Although it’s two weeks after the fact, we’re having Aviya’s birthday party tomorrow, so I’ve been making flowers for the cake. Unfortunately I didn’t think to actually flour the shot glasses, so most of them broke taking them off. Lesson learned. I was quite happy with them to that point though!

87: Messy Play Party
At some point I’ll get round to blogging Aviya’s messy play party. Suffice to say it was super fun though.

88: Firestation!
Another thing I have to get round to blogging, is our trip to the Farnham Firestation as part of our Emergency Services PlayLearning week. Doesn’t she look pleased with herself though?

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Mamatography Week12: Medicine Aftermath

Well, Aviya had the first medical treatment for my children, and I didn’t particularly cope with it! I was a stress ball and a half. And on the way home I dropped and shattered my phone so I had to get that fixed, which took a few days. My husband and Ameli also went to visit his parents for the weekend, so Aviya and I lay low as she recovered.

Mamatography Week12: Medicine Aftermath

76: Surgery Day – Aviya had to have surgery to have her first four teeth removed, compliments of the Hyperemesis Gravidarum I suffered from in pregnancy.

She was a champion, honestly, but having your two year old – this was on her second birthday – pass out in your arms as you’re ushered out a room while they perform the surgery was not one of my happiest moments in life. Most definitely not. But she handled it well, mercifully.

77: Gentle Recovery – We spent three days at home, not going anywhere or doing anything. She was groggy, a bit miserable and a little out of sorts for most of it.  And yet perfectly sweet and lovely for other bits of it.

I’m glad we just laid low, and cuddled up a lot.

80: Spring Flowers – We’re ‘back’ and settled into more of our usual routines again. Today we made flowers and lollipop butterflies for a care package.

81: Moonpig Event – I wasn’t really sure about taking Aviya out for this event today, but in the end we had a lovely time, so I’m glad we did. The Moonpig people gave the girls an umbrella each and these have been their pride and joy ever since!

Oh, and did she look cute carrying that baby in the sling!

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Mamatography Week 10 And Week 11 : Playing Catch Up

Week 10

Mamatography Week 10 for us was all about World Book Week. The kids loved it, and it was great fun for all of us.

62: Play – We were invited to a play and I was so nervous about going with the girls, but really wanted to give it a shot anyway. We sat near the exit so my husband could duck out with the girls when they got too fidgety, but they were amazing. Seriously, Ameli watched almost all of it, and Aviya played on the Kindle for the whole thing. Even the cast came afterwards to tell us how awesome the girls were. They were fantastic. I miss going to plays and theatre so very much, so this was a most encouraging outing for us. Oh, and if you have a chance to see In Praise of Elephants, go for it. It’s brilliant.

63:Paint By Numbers – I can’t believe my baby is old enough to do paint by numbers pictures. Madness. She was doing it so well too.

65:I Can Read With My Eyes Shut – Our book of the day, and the accompanying craft from Activities To Celebrate Dr Seuss

66: Activities Box – Most weeks I’ll put together a kit for the week. I’ll spend this week putting together things for next week, following our pre-determined PlayLearning Theme. It’s helpful in getting things done and looking calm and collected at the same time.

67:World Book Day Games – We had a World Book Day Party with friends, and here the kids are playing a game as Dr Seuss’ Sneetches, some with stars, some without.

68:Charlie and Lola Came For Tea – when Ameli got home from preschool, Charlie and Lola were at the table waiting for her. She was so excited, it was sweet.

Mamatography Week 10 And Week 11 : Playing Catch Up

Week 11

With Aviya having dental surgery last week, I totally ran out of time for all the blogging I ‘need’ to do. So here you  have two weeks of Mamatography in one. Aren’t you lucky!

69: Waiting To Grow: We made honey cookies from a Winnie the Pooh book, and planted flowers as instructed in the story too. Ameli was relatively disappointed that she managed to make it through the cookies and no plants had shown up yet. A week later and they still haven’t. Poor girl. A valuable lesson in patience, I’m sure.

70:In Yo Face! Or something less street. I took Aviya to the hospital in London for her pre-surgery assessment, and someone walking behind me commented on how uncomfortable Avi looked ‘tied up like that’. Well, I asked her loudly if she was comfortable, and snapped a photo of her response. I think we’re okay, random stranger. But thanks.

71: Friends: What’s better than having friends? Friends who bring you food and then cook it too. Yuri (you may know him as @Urbanvox) is a legend.

72: Spring Gardening: I’ve tried for a number of years now to get a decent garden space for the girls, but it seems year after year my budget just gets tighter. It’s amazing how creative you can be with next to nothing, and access to Pinterest.

73: Baking Carrot Cake: We reviewed the book The Carrot Cake Catastrophe, which involved Ameli and baking, something she’s been doing with me since she was two. I miss it, really, and it’s time for me to get Aviya cooking too.

75: Faux Birthday: The picture is tagged as 74, but it’s actually 75. It’s Aviya’s Faux-birthday, since her surgery was scheduled for her birthday, we had a pretend birthday the day before. We’ll have a party in a couple of weeks. I can’t believe mybaby girl is two.

Mamatography Week 10 And Week 11 : Playing Catch Up

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Mamatography Week 7: Normal Days

40: Real Food – I’m so pleased that my girls are going to grow up knowing the things that I’m just learning.  It’s a great legacy to leave my girls.

41: Raw Yum – I came up with this recipe for lime and coconut ‘chocolate’ shapes. So yum.

43: Scurvy Dog – My girl is a pirate for her bestie from pre-school’s Peter Pan party

Mamatography Week 7: Normal Days

44: London – A long awaited hospital visit for Aviya led us to a day in London. A rare sunny day in this long wet winter.

45: Cupcakes – One of the old fall backs for us on rainy days is making cupcakes. The girls love decorating them.

46: Growing – A week on, and our seedlings are all sprouting. Exciting times!

Mamatography Week 7: Normal Days

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Mamatography Week 6: Growing

31: Treasures. I feel like a broken record around here, but this has been a really incredibly hard week. The loss has become real and the longing and missing tantamount. When my dad found the mugs my girls and I had done for him and my mom when she was here for Aviya’s birth, it hit him hard. He sent me a photo and that sent me down in fits of  tears. This will get better, right?

32: Memorial. This is the last of the ceremonies for my mom. All her Perth friends and my dad and brother got together for her official memorial. We woke up at 4am our time to watch the live stream. It was emotional. At one point I was sobbing, which made Aviya sob, which made Ameli sob, and Martin sad holding all three his girls with tears in his eyes. Maybe now healing can truly begin.

33: Donuts. Yes, I made them. They were awesome. I have got to do this again, but really, it’s not a habit you want to form.

34: Cupcake. I collapsed in a heap of tears on the floor today. Let’s just say it’s not been a good one, except that I decided I needed to pull myself out of this slump, so Ameli and I went for ‘tea’ at a local cupcake cafe. She loved it. It was rather special.

35: Seedlings. Our theme for this week is growing, and we’ve not done masses towards it, so it seemed a good idea to get some growing going. We planted three types of beans and we’ll keep an eye on them and how they grow. We also made a flower garden for Nana – yesterday actually, but the picture is from today.

36: Growing Together. We had a play day at a friend’s house, and did some painting, seed sowing and other fun things. When we got home, we made an onion planter. It’s all on the windowsill now, hoping for some sunshine.

Mamatography Week 6: Growing

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Mamatography 2014 – Week 5: Quiet Craftiness

We’ve had a quiet week at home. Really, after the madness of the last six weeks or so, if I can get out of my pajamas, it’s a good day. So I’ve been focusing my attention on the girls, and on trying to bring some stability back into their days. That’s the hard part of this job, isn’t it? It doesn’t really matter what you’re thinking, feeling or going through, when they’re too young to understand, you just have to get on with it!

23 & 24: Australia Day. We did a whole week’s worth of Australia Day activities to celebrate the day… just for fun, really.

25: Laundry: Well, I don’t know that we’ll have any more babies, and these are some of the clothes we rescued from the flooded garage, so I’m thinking of just selling it all now. At least it’s cleaned and ready to be worn by the next baba that needs it.

26 – 29: Chinese New Year: Again, just for fun, really, we decided to celebrate Chinese New Year, so had a week full of activities for that.

Some days I find it hard to get out of bed at the moment. That’s truth. That’s real. But pictures don’t show that. That’s okay. In years to come, I hope my girls remember these things, rather than the mama who felt really low on motivation and energy.

Mamatography 2014 - Week 5: Quiet Craftiness

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Mamatography 2014 – Week 4: Away And Further Away

16-18. Lost in Wales. It was one of our more unusual trips away, to be fair. We did very little. We went almost no where, we did almost nothing. It was just what we needed. It was perfect. And my brother got to spend some time with the girls, as did my dad. Calm, beautiful, quiet. A tonic for the soul.

Mamatography 2014 – Week 4: Away And Further Away

19. Last Walk. My dad and my brother left for Australia, so before my dad’s flight, we went for a walk in the forest. I hate when my family leave. It’s horrible.

21. Toy Fair. Having not even gotten out of pajamas yesterday, today I went to the Toy Fair in London. Hopefully I made a few good contacts to share some awesome product with you this year.

22. New Baby. One of my Mamaventurer friends had her baby while we were in Wales. It was so lovely meeting up and having some new born cuddles.
Mamatography 2014 – Week 4: Away And Further Away

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Mamatography 2014 – Week 3:A Funeral, A View

The dreaded week has come and gone. These are truly sad and sore times.

9. To See You Again. We went to the undertakers to view my moms body. My dad wanted to be sure it was her in the coffin. I wanted to have a chance to cry without a room full of people. We opted against embalming and two weeks had already passed, so we weren’t sure what to expect. She looked so thin, but healthy. Her hair was soft and brushed. She looked lovely. In life she often abstained and followed certain habits because she wanted to be a beautiful corpse. She sure got her wish.
10. Funeral day. Informal, no priest or stranger leading the ceremony, just me. Leading the family in words, in song, in placing lilies on the coffin. A lot of tears. And after, lunch with every person she knew in the country there.
11. Driving day, all the way to Wales at the foothills of Snowdonia. And a big thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last few weeks.
12. Bittersweet. Knowing she was meant to be on this holiday with us, was bittersweet. Knowing how much she would have loved the mountains, equally so.
13. Bed Hogs. A king size bed, and there’s still no room for me. Sigh.
14. Garden Decor. Some weird garden decor in the town of Machynlleth. Certainly a talking point!
15. Mountains, Gandalf! Mountains! I could take a picture of this mountain every single morning and it would never look the same two days in a row. If I lived there, I’d totally do that. With a timer to go off every day at the same time. It was an exquisite view.

Mamatography 2014 – Week 3:A Funeral, A ViewMamatography 2014 – Week 3:A Funeral, A View

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Mamatography 2014 – Week 2: Life Goes On

2. A walk in the nature reserve to clear our heads – yet another moment that makes us cry. Mom would have loved the nature reserve.

3. A wine tasting at Denbies Wine Estate. We went for the tour, but they were closed for the day, so we just had lunch and a bit of a taster. Disappointing, but another time, I guess.

4. A beautiful bunch of lillies – my mom’ s favourite – randomly chosen by a friend’s little girl.

5. Going through some boxes after the Christmas eve flooding in our garage, I found this card my mom wrote for my 16th birthday.

6. Reading the story “Mine” about sharing and taking turns, so Oupa joined us for a tea party.

7. Needing to warm our spirits and our bodies, we went to the indoor Living Rainforest for a peaceful afternoon.

8.  Our grief seems sort of on hold, right now, during a long wait for the funeral (just over two weeks, in all). Children still need to be kept busy, they still need to be entertained, and given fun opportunities. When a friend invited us to a brilliant indoor play facility, we joined them. The children had a ball. We got home to find the lillies had begun to open. This made my day.

Mamatography 2014 – Week 2: Life Goes On

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Could You Do A Photo A Week?

Could You Do A Photo A Week?

 
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