day FIFTY TWO | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 21, 2017

Just Xan 

February 21_2017

day FIFTY ONE | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 20, 2017

Darci and her Gertie.

February 20_2017

day FIFTY | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 19, 2017

I was so busy catching up on my photo-a-day editing and uploading, that I actually forgot to take today’s photo… luckily Xan stepped up with this awesome selfie 😉

February 19_2017

day FORTY NINE | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 18, 2017

This morning we took a trip out to Bingley Farms in Sutton to check out their honey extraction operation… I had no idea how it was done… it was really interesting… but I still don’t like honey – sorry guys 😛

February 18_2017

day FORTY EIGHT | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 17, 2017

It was a bit of a rough deal for fourteen year old Willow – filling in for Xan’s U18 indoor hockey team… for a 10:10pm Friday night game… but she stepped up and did a great job – not sure she is feeling so awesome right now, though! lol

February 17_2017

day FORTY SEVEN | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 16, 2017

My awesome birthday pressies… our first piece of real furniture bought for a specific place in our new house… not hand-me-down, not cheap second hand, not multi-purpose so we can use it in the next house… this was bought for THIS spot, in THIS house! … plus – as if that wasn’t enough – I was also given an awesome AMBIDEXTROUS wireless mouse!  A high end mouse that I can actually use with my left hand! WooHoo!

February 16_2017

day FORTY SIX | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 15, 2017

What more could a girl want on her birthday than a chocolate mud cake, surrounded by choc-mint tim tams and covered in Turkish delight Easter eggs and ferrero rochers!

February 15_2017

day FORTY FIVE | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 14, 2017

A selfie with my Emmett 

February 14_2017

day FORTY FOUR | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 13, 2017

When Darci asks Willow to make piklets for dinner… Willow makes piklets for dinner!

February 13_2017

day FORTY THREE | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 12, 2017

Just Zoe 

February 12_2017

day FORTY TWO | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 11, 2017

Photographing lightning with Xanthia… we are pretty happy with these results, shooting out the back door!

February 11_2017

day FORTY ONE | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 10, 2017

A picture of relaxation… among the chaos.

February 10_2017

day FORTY | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 9, 2017

I think, one of the cruelest indictments of getting older is that the first thing you forget is that You. Are. Getting. Older! … and because of that, you start making crazy assumptions like, for example, playing two games of netball in a row, in a tin shed, in 35º heat, won’t render you useless for next three days… but don’t worry – I remember now!   #feelingeveroneofmyfortyfouryearselevenmonthsandthreeweeks

February 09_2017

day THIRTY NINE | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 8, 2017

Photographer or model… or can she be both?!

February 08_2017

day THIRTY EIGHT | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 7, 2017

Ahhh Baileys, my lover! 

February 07_2017

day THIRTY SEVEN | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 6, 2017

Three Bingley girls in action #gochecks

February 06_2017

day THIRTY SIX | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 5, 2017

God rays in Canberra 

February 05_2017

day THIRTY FIVE | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 4, 2017

Today, my amazing man ticked over 30 years of Military service… to stay in any job for thirty years is an achievement, but to make the personal sacrifices needed to serve your country for three decades is something to be particularly proud of… and I am SO very proud of him

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February 04_2017

day THIRTY FOUR | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 3, 2017

If there is one place this girl loves to go – it’s Pegasus, Riding for the Disabled.  After two and a half years of biding her time in the horse-handling class, a place finally opened up in the RIDING class for Jaimi… now she gets to go to twice a week!

February 03_2017

day THIRTY THREE | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 2, 2017

Zoe’s 23rd Birthday dinner at the Kingo.

February 02_2017

day THIRTY TWO | Year EIGHT | 2017

February 1, 2017

Zoe Alex

February 01_2017

day THIRTY ONE | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 31, 2017

Month ONE of year EIGHT – DONE!… finishing off with a selfie, coz I just can’t be bothered wrangling any ‘models’ tonight

January 31_2017

day THIRTY | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 30, 2017

Zoe and her Alex … he arrived from Melbourne of Friday for her birthday this week… long distance relationships are hard, but these two are making it work… nearly two years and counting.

January 30_2017

day TWENTY NINE | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 29, 2017

Darci and her Freddie  … he heads off to ADFA tomorrow and will be incommunicado for the next six weeks… tough times ahead.

January 29_2017

day TWENTY EIGHT | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 28, 2017

After saying goodbye to my beautiful puppy this morning, I decided I needed some fun times with the other two, so off to the lake and the doggie park we went… one year old Marty, was too quick to capture, but 5 year old Emmett, was happy to hang back with us… he says running is for losers, and I couldn’t agree more

January 28_2017

day TWENTY SEVEN | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 27, 2017

We knew this day would come, but it was still a kick in the guts when the vet told us last week, that it was time. At almost sixteen years old, my Zeusy-boy is just worn out.

So after a week of coming to terms with it all, tomorrow morning we will say goodbye to our beautiful boy

Zeus | 15 years 9 months

January 27_2017

day TWENTY SIX | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 26, 2017

Happy Straya Day Maaaaate!

January 26_2017

day TWENTY FIVE | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 25, 2017

Drivers of Australia… be afraid. Be very afraid.

January 25_2017

day TWENTY FOUR | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 24, 2017

I love the Canberra sky

January 24_2017

day TWENTY THREE | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 23, 2017

One more week and my baby will be in Yr 9… I forget how grown up she is – until she looks at me like this… then suddenly I can see the dead-set teenager standing before me… I’m not sure I like it

January 23_2017

day TWENTY TWO | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 22, 2017

I could hear the giggles coming from Darci’s room and found them like this… they were checking out years and year worth of my photo-a-days… and being very judgey about my early photo skills, I might add

January 22_2017

day TWENTY ONE | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 21, 2017

Little Miss Isabella (Ella) has been a long time coming… her mum has been talking and dreaming about her for as long as I have known her – way back, 20 years ago, when she used to look after Darci & Xanthia at the long-gone child care centre… and now, here she is… so precious and so, so loved

January 21_2017

day TWENTY | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 20, 2017

You just know it’s going to be a good get together, when the host brings out the chicken for a photo op

January 20_2017

day NINETEEN | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 19, 2017

Maintaining long-distance relationships can be hard, but Skype helps… although, that doesn’t mean you get any more privacy from the little sisters than you would if he lived in the same state

January 19_2017

day EIGHTEEN | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 18, 2017

This photo pretty much sums up Willow… no pants, with her animals

side note: how amazing is the cat enclosure Russ is building down the side of our house!… the end you can see is almost finished, and the one behind me is done… soon our cats will be set free outside!

January 18_2017

day SEVENTEEN | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 17, 2017

Just Zoe

January 17_2017

day SIXTEEN | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 16, 2017

Dexter… the freaky one… he can see your soul!

January 16_2017

day FIFTEEN | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 15, 2017

Communicating with this 16 year old is often via txt or FB message… the joys of parenting a teen in the nought-ies

January 15_2017

day FOURTEEN | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 14, 2017

This is what 21 looks like… in my day it looked like married, four years in the Army, one bubba girl and another on the way… now it’s watching tv in your decked out room with your kitten on your lap… I feel like Darci is doing 21 way better than me!

January 14_2017

day THIRTEEN | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 13, 2017

This is Jaimi. She is 24.

She is in her happy place – alone in her room (which, for the mother of someone with ASD is frustratingly messy! She totally missed the memo about obsessive cleanliness ) … she is surrounded by her favourite things, always – her laptop (she is currently looking at “images of suns” – it’s really best not to ask why 😉 ); the Phantom comics she swaps with Pa are spread over her bed; two boxes of books at her feet; her gameboy; a book about the Sydney Swans (sitting on her Sydney Swans doona cover); wearing her ‘Buddy Franklin’ tshirt that Santa bought her; her X-Wing Lego model; a picture of ‘The Phantom’ without his mask on, that Pa found on Ebay, which induced big, flappy excitement; her horse figurines; and her ever present (but you can’t see him because he is on her lap) ‘Swannie’ – the build-a-bear dinosaur her sisters made her for her 20th birthday… there is nowhere she would rather be, right now.

January 13_2017

day TWELVE | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 12, 2017

We are finally making progress in the last room to be sorted since we moved into our house back in August… Willow is sitting at the light-table my late Cartographer grandfather built for his business back in the 80’s… along side the beautiful wooden map drawers that were recently passed onto me by my mother, also a Cartographer (my dad too, for interest sake)… while the pull of sparkly and new can be strong – nothing replaces the joy of the history of these old pieces

January 12_2017

day ELEVEN | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 11, 2017

Zoe | #2of5

January 11_2017

day TEN | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 10, 2017

This man

January 10_2017

day NINE | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 9, 2017

Dexter doesn’t just look weird… he’s a bit touched upstairs too ) He like to sleep in his pram (yes, you heard me – his PRAM), but was fizz-gigging around too much and knocked it over… that didn’t stop him trying to back himself back into it anyway!

January 09_2017

day EIGHT | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 8, 2017

Willow… just quietly working away in the kitchen… preparing fruit for her breakfast tomorrow

January 08_2017

day SEVEN | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 7, 2017

For all the pitfalls and deficits of social media… this is where it shines!

Maintaining friendship as a Defence kid in my day was nigh on impossible (after attending eight different schools and making many, many ‘best’ friends over those years – I have only re-connected with three girls from all my school years)… but now – these guy can not see each other face to face for a year or two (or more) and still pick up exactly were they left off, thanks to their constant connection on social media.

Willow and Kasey (on the blowup bed in the middle) were both born in Darwin just a couple of months apart… but their friendship didn’t start until they attended childcare together as three and four year olds in Puckapunyal… then they met back up in primary school in Brisbane… and now, we are in Canberra, they are back in Brisbane and these two high school girls were up well past midnight giggling away

January 07_2017

day SIX | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 6, 2017

For the record – I am a dog person NOT a cat person… but this new little addition to our family sure is testing my resolve

January 06_2017

day FIVE | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 5, 2017

This studio/office is meant to be MY space… but school holidays and my day job have given Xan the perfect opportunity to move in… if I can’t get her out soon, she may just get squatter rights!

January 05_2017

day FOUR | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 4, 2017

Willow | 14 years

… my baby

January 04_2017

day THREE | Year EIGHT | 2017

January 3, 2017

Xanthia | 16 years

January 03_2017