Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Bayou

This is as close as I can get to the real thing.  A local Mangrove walk that we take from time to time.  Mangroves freak me out a little bit - esp. after reading The Mangrove Summer as a kid.  I've never felt the same about them since.

Mangrove-phobia aside, I love the eery quiet of this walk.  I'm glad that there are no real alligators in that oily water, not that it stops us pretending..

Friday, March 20, 2015

Down to the river

 March is falling away, and with it, Summer.

But in April we have a baby to meet. So bring on school holidays and Autumn and downy baby hair.

It's been a lot harder to get out for adventures these last few weeks, but yesterday we were able to fit in a trip down to the river.  We don't visit this place nearly enough, Rosa and I practically lived here when we were kids.  

These two are very at home here, they innately know it as turangawaewae, I guess.

Next time we visit I'll remember not to take my camera with me.  Nothing like using your senses, rather than watching it all through a lens.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Quite a lot of cute...

Fresh from the Gecko Press, some, um, quite delicious books for toddlers.   

The gorgeous illustrations and simple-sweet storyline we found in 'Pom & Pim'? are back in this second instalment.  I've said it before and I'll say it again - I am utterly impressed with the way this husband + wife team manage to convey so much with such sparing use of words.  These are also visually oh so appealing to me.  A sweet colour palette and beautiful composition.  Such a winning combination.

And we can relate to this story, big time.  You wouldn't even believe how often the phrase 'where's Baby Seal?' is repeated.  It's practically our family motto.  The tears, the anguish, the endless hunting and hoping, it's all very real (and daily) for us, so this story struck a particular chord.  

Garland isn't yet so bookish as his sis, but he is very attached to both Pom & Pim stories, and will take these to bed with him most nights.  Just these two.  Meanwhile, Eleanor sleeps under a blanket of books...

'Max's Bath', 'Max's Bear' and 'Max's Wagon' - Barbro Lindgren & Eva Eriksson

Well I'm officially in love with Max.  If those spindly little legs don't steal your heart, I don't know what on earth will.  What a beautiful series of baby books!  I love board books (side note - read here about the importance of board books), and we have quite a collection that I just don't mind adding to (despite having no tiny ones at present).  These are prized though.  These are the ones you kinda don't want your baby drooling all over.  These are the ones that you almost want as coffee table books because they are just. so. cute.

And while they are 'technically' toddler board books, I challenge any grown person to read these and not become smitten.  It's impossible.   

All cuteness aside, these would make the most perfect baby shower gifts.  I already gave one to my almost-due sister, but being the selfish kinda girl that I am, I kept the other two for myself  my maybe-one-day-baby.  

Check him out in his leopard print toga!  I mean, I can't even...

Gecko Press titles such as these can be purchased direct from the Gecko Press website, or you can find them in any good bookstore.  We were privileged enough to receive review copies, for which we are so grateful.

For more Gecko Press lovelies - take a look at some of my other reviews x

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Term One highlights (so far)

We are past the halfway point, yewwwww!  This week was the best so far, and for the first time I didn't feel like giving up and reverting to full time SAHMing.  I have never, never, NEVER been in a job that challenged me so much, on every single level, but there have been some really sweet moments too that (sort of) make it all worth it.

Are the mismatched frames sending your OCD into overdrive?  I was deeply challenged by this particular project, and while it looks pretty crap up close, it has been overall a success.  The little tiny frames are now filled with portraits of our kiddos - and the larger ones will house class work.  I hope never to make one of these ever, ever again.

The foggy morning/sunrise/feet pics are from PD sessions we've attended this year.  #staffbonding