Showing a young man size doesn’t matter! (Tourist Time)

My then four-almost-five year old son seemed like such a big boy. Then he stands in front of one of the fifty-metre tall Arc de Triomphe pillars and he is immediately engulfed. Even the swords on the sculptures above him were taller than he was!

For something a little different, with the children getting older I’m going to use the Thursday’s over this summer vacation to take a journey down memory lane, reminiscing about the traveling we’ve done to various parts of the world as a family!







Very Hands On! (A Photo a Week Challenge: Hands)

From the moment my son was born, there wasn’t much he didn’t miss. He was always looking, absorbing everything. Routine is something he and I very much have in common. Hence when his sister came along, he was there for her.

What makes me smile each and every time I see this photo is how big brother was showing little sister how to open her mouth wide for her yoghurt. The yoghurt he’d retrieved and opened himself just for her. My darling boy was very hands on!

Hands is this week’s A Photo a Week Challenge word from Nancy Merrill Photography.






Visiting Versailles (26 Weeks Letter Challenge: V)

This week it’s the Letter V for the  26 Weeks Letter Challenge hosted by the lovely Lori Bravo from Let There be Peace on Earth. This image of the children the day we visited Versailles came to mind. It was such a long day yet they still had a blast.

The cutest couple in Versailles


To join in the fun of this challenge simply create your own interpretation of Lori’s letter of the week with as many photos you like then title and tag your post with 26 Weeks Letter Challenge.

26 Weeks Letter Challenge





Dirty Dishes equals Fun… NOT!

Dirty Dishes equals fun... NOT!

Life goes by in a BLUR (WPC)

It’s hard to believe it was just over a week ago the children and I were enjoying time out with family on the Clarence River, in Northern New South Wales. Two incredible fun-filled days were spent out on the water with the children squealing and laughing in delight (most of the time…).

Who knew there were so many “things” which could be towed behind a boat? I certainly didn’t know but the children gladly gave them all a test-drive. This is Miss Eleven mastering the knee-board. Hard to believe how trepidatious she was when we first went out in the boat looking at her sitting confidently on the water!

Knee Boarding by MMR

When your child is first-born it seems EVERYONE is eager to tell you how quickly they grow up. In those first few months you think what a load of twot. Then, in the blink of an eye they go from helpless babe to young adult, the years flying by in a blur!

Yes, I know, we aren’t quite at young adult just yet but as Master Thirteen (soon to be fourteen) reminded me whilst we were away, “you know mum, in two years I can begin driving“… SAY WHAT???

No guessing what the question will be for those remaining two years until he’s planted firmly behind the wheel of the fishing truck… “mum, how much longer?”

How could I forget?!

The most important part of the Christmas card is the inclusion of the photo of the children. What a joy that was last night? I laugh when I remember back to when the children were babies and everyone would tell me how much easier it would be once they were older. HA!

The only thing that’s easier is the invention of the digital camera so at least you can see immediately what you’re getting instead of having to wait for processing. For instance, this is what I would have been waiting for…

Very funny children

Or this…

Oh so special... NOT!

Or this even!

yeah so cute

Hello? What else can be said but… “mum, how much longer?”