Posted on January 1, 2013

 

We caught up with two lots of friends today, firstly a little friend who is close to Charlotte’s age, and then with baby Jasmine, who has just turned one.

I think it’s safe to say that both Charlotte & Jasmine were smitten with each other.

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Posted on January 1, 2013

 

A beautiful day for a trip to the park, and one last catch up with our Mothers Group for the year.   Charlotte had been looking forward to this most of all.  She absolutely adores her little friends from our Mothers Group, and none more so than her beloved Harvey.  They are like chalk & cheese, but are as thick as thieves, and CJ will tell anyone & everyone she meets that Harvey is her “very best friend”.

I love watching them together.  They’re rarely far apart from each other at any kind of gathering, and are just so comfortable together.  I am so sad to separate them (I’m so sad that she has to leave all of her friends), but I hope that through Skype and yearly visits home that their friendship will survive the distance.

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Posted on January 1, 2013

 

Farewell Sydney, and hello Melbourne!

Today, Charlotte and I headed to Melbourne for the week – both for some work for me, and to say goodbye to our Melbourne friends.  After a week in a hotel room, it was lovely to go and stay with a friend for a little touch of home.  Not long after we arrived, I was treated with homemade pumpkin soup and Charlotte with baked beans – in a very “high tea” style.  Baked beans never looked so good!

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Posted on January 1, 2013

 

Today, on our last day in Sydney before heading to Melbourne, the three of us headed back to Manly for the afternoon for some beach fun before meeting up with some friends.  Also, to just soak up as much “Australiana” as we can before we head overseas.

Charlotte was thrilled.  She loves the beach – jumping over the waves, running away from them, digging in the sand.  Matthew left us both at the beach and headed off to grab some fish & chips, and then Charlotte decided to run off to have a bit of a splash in the shallows.

Unfortunately, a few minutes after this was taken, our poor girl was stung by something.  We think sea lice, as they stung me after touching her, and then her Dad as well.

I have never heard her screaming in pain like that before.  It was heart-wrenching.  And ear-splitting.  I found myself wishing for a few more arms as I vainly attempted to collect the belongings of three people, all while trying to hold & console a distraught three year old, screaming about how much it hurt.  Despite the beach being absolutely packed, help was nowhere to be found.

We had originally cancelled our plans to catch up with our friends as our poor girl was so distressed, but we ended up popping into his shop (also in Manly) to administer some first aid.  Thankfully some warm water, some “special cream” (cream and bandaids fix all ails in this household!) and some apple juice and our little love was all fixed.

 

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Posted on January 1, 2013

 

Our girl is equal parts her daredevil father & her far more sensible mother.  While we were out shopping today, she asked her father for a skateboard, and the voice of reason (that would be me) being nowhere to be found, he (of course) agreed.

She couldn’t wait to get back to the hotel to ride her skateboard.  Gung ho doesn’t even begin to cover it!  However it wasn’t too long before my more cautious genes kicked in and she realised that standing on the skateboard was way too scary – sitting on it was a much better idea!

 

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Posted on January 1, 2013

 

There’s very little that my little Peppa Pig enjoys more than jumping in muddy puddles.  Or any kind of puddle, for that matter.  When we moved up to very dry Brisbane from very wet Melbourne in July, one of the first things she bemoaned was “Mummy, there are no muddy puddles!”.

She has now learned that if there are no puddles, then she just needs to make her own!  Along with her little partner in crime for the morning, Juliette, Charlotte made some enormous puddles at the park, and soon enough they were both running around in them giggling hysterically and jumping up and down.

Because, as you know … “everyone loves jumping up and down in muddy puddles!”.

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Posted on December 4, 2012

 

My personal life, of late, has been somewhat chaotic.  Our world was turned upside down in July this year when my husband was offered a position in Switzerland, only a few days after we had been asked to relocate temporarily from Melbourne to Brisbane.  After much soul-searching & thought, we made the decision to do both.  Our initial two to three month stint in Brisbane stretched into almost six months, and we are now booked on a big jet plane to head to Switzerland in early January.  The amount of work that goes into temporarily relocating a family, and then relocating one overseas is, quite simply, daunting.  And to do both at the same time is borderline insane.  But hey, all in, right?  We have been back & forth between Melbourne & Brisbane more times than I care to remember, we’ve packed up our home and had to say some sad goodbyes.  I feel like I have been stretched in a million different directions for the past five months, and have hardly had any time to sit back & just enjoy things.

This is where this little project comes in – my PAD (Photo a Day) for December & January.  I’ve done a PAD a few times before (once for an entire year!), and I always find it a lovely way to document the little parts of our lives.  This time around, it will be all the more poignant as it documents our final weeks in Australia, and also our first few weeks in Switzerland.

Now this little person isn’t strictly ‘mine’, but he’s certainly part of my Melbourne family.  I’m fortunate to belong to an amazing Mothers Group, still going strong over three years after we first met in the local council community centre.  Over that time, our kids have grown close, and we’ve also become good friends – not just ‘Mums’.  I’m incredibly sad to be leaving them.  I know it will be difficult, as I’ve already missed our little group just being in Brisbane!  On Saturday, Matthew & I had the privilege of attending the wedding of one of my Mothers Group friends, Emma.  This was actually the first wedding I’ve attended since 2004, excluding the ones I’ve been there to photograph this year.  I’d forgotten how much fun they are!  It really was an incredibly special day & evening, and I feel so blessed to have been able to be there.

Emma & Blake’s son Kaine was just about the cutest little ring bearer you ever did see, and strode down the aisle with more confidence than should be allowed in a three year old.  Love him!

 

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Posted on February 28, 2012

Hello – welcome to my blog!

Now, before I get down to business, I felt it was only fitting for the opening post on my blog to be a little bit about me & mine, so … here we go!

I’m Jody.  I’m thirty … something.  Originally from Brisbane.  Living in Melbourne (and loving it).  A (lapsed) classically trained violinist.  Long-time photography enthusiast, stretching back to when my mother gave me my first camera back in Year 7 (I won’t say how many years ago that was, just in case you work out the “something” in thirty-something … a girl has to have a little bit of mystery!).  Lover of the arts – photography, music, ballet, visual art, fashion, architecture.  Instagram addict.  Domestic goddess.

Ok … so one of those statements above is stretching the truth a little a fair bit.  I’ll let you decide which one.

Matthew.  My big love.  Also thirty-something.  Workaholic.  Frequent traveller.  Best. Dad. Ever.

Charlotte.  My little love. 2.5 years old. Light of our lives.  Our own little piece of awesome.

And below, just a few of my favourite images of us.

 Coming soon:  a bump, some babies, some little people & some families.  See you again soon!

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