This Moment

This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. Inspired by Amanda Soule…visit http://www.soulemama.com to see her moment and scroll down to her comments to be linked to many other moments … Continue reading

This Moment

This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. Inspired by Amanda Soule…visit http://www.soulemama.com to see her moment and scroll down to her comments to be linked to many other moments … Continue reading

Happy anniversary, B!

Happy anniversary, B!

Four years ago today, we were celebrating what we still (despite the 2013 law change) consider our ‘proper’ wedding, surrounded by a special bunch of family and friends. It seems like several lifetimes ago, given the huge changes that come with starting a family, but one of the constants in that time has been my … Continue reading

Holidays Continued

Holidays Continued

We’re nearing the end of a wonderful 3 and a half weeks away on holiday with our respective families. It’s been really lovely, so I thought that following on from our last post, it was time for another photo update. T. has been loving spending time in the paddling pool. We also managed a couple … Continue reading

DIY Computer Cupboard

DIY Computer Cupboard

My parents have this beautiful rimu computer cupboard that unfolds into a computer desk when you open the doors. Inspired by this S. and I decided to have a go at creating our own. We scoped out the local antique stores and op shops and finally found our ideal cabinet. Bringing it home was a … Continue reading

Family Holidays

Family Holidays

Family is really important to us, and we’re very lucky that we are able to have big long summer holidays together every year (thanks teaching profession). Our usual pattern is to head north every year for a good 3 or so weeks and spend time with each set of parents at their beach houses. We … Continue reading

The Choices we Make

The Choices we Make

“Forget success. Make it your mission to be brave. Forget your job title. Listen for your callings. Forget wealth. Learn to live well in your place. Forget marketing. Find and tell the stories that will heal you. Forget popularity. Let yourself love foolishly. This is what the world needs from you.” Marianne Elliott We make … Continue reading

Life-changing Books

Life-changing Books

It’s wonderful to finally have time to sit down and write. A while ago I saved a whole lot of draft titles – ideas, topics to come back to. Today this one jumped out at me. There are so many books that I love and have loved, so many books that have meant something to me, … Continue reading

Market Love

Market Love

I’ve always loved markets. From the most exotic and chaotic to the ordinary and everyday, they provide an awesome opportunity to take photos – something I love doing! We are lucky in Wellington to have so many fruit and vege markets, including one just down the road from us. We regularly go to the markets … Continue reading

For S.

For S.

Sometimes it’s hard to start, hard to know where to begin. My mind is too full, too full of all the good things. And there is so much in my life that is good right now. It has been such a full year. My son is growing, he’s big and strong and loves music and … Continue reading

A Homemade Teepee

A Homemade Teepee

One of the great things about having crafty parents (B.’s) is that they make T. all sorts of wonderful things. We’ve always liked the Mocka Teepees and happened to mention this to my mum, and behold – they made one for T. for his birthday. He absolutely loves it and it’s been great this spring … Continue reading

A Few of His Favourite Things

A Few of His Favourite Things

It’s been fascinating watching Little Bear interact with his world and learn how it all works. He has developed very clear preferences about activities and toys! Without further ado, a few of his current/recent favourites:     S.

December Reflections

December Reflections

One of the things I love about December is that reports are finished and so I have more time for other things I love. One of which is taking photos. Here are a few snaps from the last month, all taken on my iPhone 5c: Making algebraic structures with my students. T. loves the vacuum … Continue reading

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Little Bear!

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Little Bear!

Our little guy turned one last month – one! A whole year! I’m still reeling in disbelief, I think… While I continue to gather my thoughts on how this first year has gone, I wanted to share a few pics and details of his party! It was such a pleasure and a privilege to be … Continue reading

Lessons Learned on our First Family Road Trip

Lessons Learned on our First Family Road Trip

  I just rediscovered this blog post, written back in April, and set aside because I hadn’t added photos. It makes for amusing reading – amusing in hindsight, but also in the knowledge that we haven’t attempted another road trip since… We recently drove from our hometown to Napier, on the east coast of New Zealand’s … Continue reading

Something for the Week

Something for the Week

I have loved Susannah Conway’s Something for the Weekend for a long time. I read so much on the internet and there are so many things I save and love, but they usually spend a long time sitting in Pocket waiting to become blogs and often never actually do. So I thought I’d adapt it slightly … Continue reading

Where has the time gone?!

Where has the time gone?!

It blows my mind that our little guy is over 9 months old now – that he’s been out of me longer than he was in! We’ve had a bit of a bumpy winter, with terrible nights (often up every hour…) but with a bit of professional help last week, we seemed to have turned … Continue reading

Feminist Inspirations

Feminist Inspirations

As both a New Zealander and a woman, I have long admired Kate Sheppard, not only for what she accomplished, but how she accomplished it and the way she lived her life. After many years of struggling to have their voices heard, on September 19th 1893, New Zealand became the first country to give women … Continue reading

Beautiful World

Beautiful World

It’s a beautiful world that we live in and sometimes it’s good to stop and appreciate it. Beauty is… My love sleeping softly. A swift sunrise over Wellington harbour. My mother’s tears of joy when we see each other for the first time since I left home. Autumn leaves crunching under my feet. My baby … Continue reading

Capturing your Essence

Capturing your Essence

I recently saw this question somewhere on the internet: If you could take one photograph to capture your essence which one would it be and why? And I knew straight away which photo I’d choose: S. took this photo two years ago when we went to Queenstown in Autumn. It’s just such a me picture … Continue reading

Sweetness in the Stillness

Sweetness in the Stillness

Most of the time I feel like my life is brimming – full of love and family, and a job I love, students I care about, things I want to do. And I love it. But then there are these moments of stillness, often in the holidays or towards the end of a term, where … Continue reading

20 weeks here

20 weeks here

This week our Little Bear is 20 weeks old – nearly 5 calendar months. It blows my mind that he’s been out of me for half as long as he was inside – I can only imagine what the 9 month mark is going to feel like! My life is so incredibly different to what … Continue reading

A Full Life

A Full Life

I always make a point of trying to avoid saying “life is busy”. The phrase seems so over-used in today’s fast-paced society that I don’t even know what it means anymore. So I’m not going to say that I’ve been busy lately. What I am going to say is that life has been full lately. … Continue reading

Living Authentically

Living Authentically

Lately I’ve been feeling the pull. To write more. To connect. To grow. To share. This blog has seen me through some many ages and stages and now it is us. As I family. Me, S. and T. I’m still figuring out what us looks like and how I share that with the world. I … Continue reading