18 October 2012

Obsessed with clouds

I'm not sure whether it was joining Instagram or the availability of my iPhone that prompted my obsession with clouds, sunrises and sunsets. I'm constantly looking up, looking out windows, stopping and snapping the sky or the horizon. Every day, I appreciate the sky. Soak in the sunrises as I catch the train. Watch the sun setting as I drive home. Stop the car to take cool cloud photos. Point out skies to my kids. I love it, a quiet delight.

What is it that catches your eye? What do you just love taking photographs of? What is your quiet, or not so quiet little delight?

You can follow me on Instagram (@blythe_life) to see more cloud obsession!

17 October 2012

Making volcanos

Bi carb soda and vinegar. Add a few dinosaurs, fern fronds and some toy cars and you have an afternoon of fun. M enjoyed the dinosaur theme at school, and brought this little experiment home to impress her brother. We did a version with red food colouring which was fun and weird, very messy! This was just as much fun and easy.

16 October 2012

Spring time - at the beach

I took these photos exactly a month ago and they have sat in a draft post since then. Since then, we have taken our jumpers off and had several swims. Just this weekend it has been a little chilly again, but the heat will return.

Since our trip to Caloundra, the kids have a new interest in rock pools, little snails and limpets. And jelly fish, of course. "Can I touch this one, Mum?"

The boys, checking out the surfers.

The familiar skyline. Know where it is?

 Love this one, action boy!

15 October 2012

Birthdays: now she is six

So, the girl turned six. Six years old.

Here they are the night before - her last night as a five year old. He is three. It took him quite a while and a lot of help from his big sister to get these fingers to do this!

And here she is, on the morning of her sixth birthday. She was very, very excited! Love that she already has paint on her shirt in this photo!

Early morning presents.

I've calculated that she will almost always celebrate her birthday on school holidays, which has positive and negative results. She has the day off and generally a family member will always be with her to have a fun day. She won't get to celebrate with her friends on the actual day, but I did take cupcakes in on the first day back to school. Actually, I guess it's a good thing. My mum spent the day with her and they had an easy morning together, then headed off to a craft centre for an afternoon of creativity. She was in heaven... We followed it up by dinner at Sizzler, which is turning in to her little tradition. This year, she was able to serve herself with most things, and it's just another little step towards being her own person, no longer a little girl. She can figure out how to get the ice machine working, find a spoon, get an extra plate. It sounds like a tiny little action, but watching her walk up by herself was a moment. A parenting moment. She is six.