Monday, May 30, 2011

Sunshine through the clouds…


I have finally been able to sit down and get ready to  blog some recent sessions today. We have had such a journey our family of late. We lost a family member in an exceptionally rapid illness and that had drawn my attention towards my children and husband for a time as well as being called away to Townsville for a couple of weeks. While it was a heart wrenching trip it was also a wonderful time to reconnect with family that we don't get to see very often and let our children play with their cousins – getting to know them a little bit more. I will admit that the 2 weeks of sunshine was difficult to leave coming home to our cold cold early winter! brr!


here are a few shots of out trip away reconnecting with one another after nearly a month apart. We were so pleased to be back together and a little bit of fun was in order for the 4 of us!


This was one of my boys absolutely favourite places to go. Totally free and it is this big water park on the Strand right on the beach. They could have spent hours and days there if we let them! The best thing was that the big bucket tipped over and totally flooded the area and like a tidal wave on their head!



There was of course beach play and sand castles built (see the stinger nets that surrounded the safe area – so glad they were there!)

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And I love the look of palm trees at dusk. look on the ocean. love it. IMG_0259


And being the person (ahem photographer) I am I could not waste the opportunity to capture some portraits of my boys at the beach just having fun. I had a goal of not getting them wet.. but they are 4 and 6 do you think I succeeded……


of course not. But I love each and every image – they had so much fun and that to me is what it was all about. I captured my children as they are right now. they are funny and quirky and fast and silly and totally boys who love to get wet and dirty covered in sand (I swear we took home half the beach that night lol)



and we could not go away without a night out a good restaurant. desserts and prawns what can I say I was in heaven!


more later! ♥j

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Saying goodbye

We have had such a journey over the last few weeks. From that awful day that we received the call to say that Darren’s Mum had been diagnosed with cancer. This was a journey that our family joined together to try and fight this awful thing. D went up to his mum when things turned worse – complicated by an unrelated illness that just made the fight a bit harder. Unfortunately the diagnosis came too late for treatment to be effective and we lost the battle. Today we had to say goodbye. It was one of the hardest days yet at the same time so heartening because throughout the service at the funeral home and the crematorium there was a feeling of joy there. My Brother – in –Law created a slideshow of Lyn’s life and as we sat and watched it listening to the joy and amazement in Tylers voice as he recognised the people in the photos that really celebrated who she was and how we all fitted into her life and family. the grief was there but also the joy of having known her and loved her. She will always be loved and missed.

we snapped a couple of family pics before the funeralIMG_0397 IMG_0399

And I took some at the crematorium. As Lyn was in the RAAF the RSL was wonderful in having their padre conduct the services and her coffin was draped in the flag.

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After all the services were completed we adjourned outside to release some balloons in Lyn’s favourite colours. The boys said later that we were sending Nanna the balloons so that she wouldn't be sick anymore up on her star and they will make her happy.  IMG_0411 IMG_0412 IMG_0413 IMG_0414 IMG_0415 IMG_0416 IMG_0417

bye Lyn, we love you.



wake up Uncle Michael!!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

the slide…

we stayed at a big4 caravan park for the last couple of days for our trip in Townsville as we had cleaned out Lyn’s flat.

The boys were so super excited by the slide – they could have spent hours and hours on it if we let them!IMG_0270 IMG_0275 IMG_0278 IMG_0287 IMG_0309 IMG_0314 IMG_0329 IMG_0334IMG_0351

love J 




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