A portrait of my little ones; once a week, every week, in 2014

Sage  -  always the librarian, always with a grubby face...

Alby  -  "quit taking my photo mama!"

Besotted with my new 35mm lens - thank you Tim

{The 52 Project, inspired by the lovely Jodi}



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Not since I was a little girl, have I felt such an air of excitement about the coming festive season. And now with Sage inching closer to the age of three, her delight in all things Christmasey has become completely infectious, leading us to adorn our home in those traditional hues of red, green and gold - albeit a tad early! Embellishing the mantles, hanging our stockings and drafting letters to the big man in red, has only added to the enchanting anticipation that is already so abundant at this time of year.

For once, I think I'm  almost  organised {an infrequent, but satisfying notion!} Many gifts for the children have been purchased and squirreled away, waiting to be wrapped with love {and endless twine}, then torn open with utter glee and abandon come the 25th - a childhood rite of passage indeed! Delicious morsels are being bookmarked for a multitude of family gatherings {inevitable as the typically cool Tassie weather warms} and our customary croissant breakfast on Christmas morning already has my mouth watering.

However, the one thing I am most looking forward to, is revelling in our little Christmas Eve ritual - the first time as a family of four! Sage and Alby will unwrap a fresh set of summer pyjamas, place a new decoration on the tree and then we'll share a festive tale beneath the fairy lights before bed... is there anything more magical than the aura of Christmas Eve-ning?

Are there any merry traditions that you and your family hold dear?

To create our enchanting Christmas space, we used:

Christmas tree {similar}  //  fairy lights  //  plain gold baubles  //  plain red baubles  //  wreath  //  Sage's outfit  
{specialty baubles,  red lantern,  felt reindeer garland,  moss rabbit,  knit stockings,  gift wrap  and  Alby's outfit  available to purchase in store}



         ||  simply swooning over this

         ||  excited by this

         ||  joining in with this

         ||  wishing this came in Sage's size

         ||  hanging this
         ||  photographing for thisthis, this and this

         ||  awaiting the arrival of this

         ||  how fun is this?!

         ||  loving this campaign

         ||  reading this and this

         ||  this has the sweetest pieces

         ||  following this      

         ||  bought this, this and this

         ||  missing our camper after seeing this

         ||  smelling this

         ||  this changed my life {if you can get to one, GO!}

         ||  investing in this

         ||  enamored by this

{the THIS list ~ recording my monthly musings, simply}



A portrait of my little ones; once a week, every week, in 2014

Sage - a vision in the morning

Alby - a vision at dusk

{The 52 Project, inspired by the lovely Jodi}



bells    //    percussion set    //    drum    //    maracas    //    rain maker    //    whistle    //    xylophone    //    guitar



A portrait of my little ones; once a week, every week, in 2014

Sage - the queen of puzzles

Alby - darling boy, much of your time has been spent here lately, as we try our hardest to get you well again.

It's been a little quiet here for the past week. You may have spotted on Instagram that Alby has, once again, been very unwell. Suffering from persistent urinary tract infections since he was only weeks old, he finally underwent scans in hospital last Friday, revealing urinary reflux in his right kidney. And the irony of these scans? They have flared up yet another infection {his most severe to date}, meaning soaring temperatures, vomiting and ridiculous amounts of medication. There's talk of more catheters, IV anti biotics and surgery, but for now, we're taking it hour by hour, urine sample by urine sample...

{The 52 Project, inspired by the lovely Jodi}



A portrait of my little ones; once a week, every week, in 2014

Sage - the doll's house at my Aunt's kept you entertained all evening

Alby - hey there Miss! Stop reading... you have a customer!

{The 52 Project, inspired by the lovely Jodi}