Cake Smash

September 25th, 2012 | Posted by Sara in Being a mum | Life | Little Human | Milestones | Wordless Wednesday - (21 Comments)

When Emily turned 1 all I really wanted was a lovely party & a cake smash photo session. I had imagined cute photos of Emily enjoying her first taste of real sugar. I knew it would be messy & I was so looking forward to it.

I had decided that we would only get once chance at getting the photos so I didn’t want to risk taking them myself, so I asked a local photographer Laura from Moments Everlasting to help out.

As the experts say though – never work with animals or small children!

On the day of the photoshoot (the week after Emily’s birthday party) the star of the show was certainly feeling un-star-like. She was miserable. She hated the feel of the sticky icing ;on her hands, and was horrified when I helped her pull the cake apart.

The only thing that generated a smile was some bubbles that thankfully Laura had handy!

The result a selection of cute, but somewhat upsetting photos.

This looks lovely…

Standing is a new trick…


Oh NO!

My favourite photo – one of the only genuine smiles we got all morning!

Oh my lovely cake, what is my mother doing….

The finished collage

I’ve linked up with My Little Drummer Boys for Wordless Wednesday.

Thank You.

September 20th, 2012 | Posted by Sara in Life | Thankful Thursday - (3 Comments)

When I started blogging nearly 12 months ago I never thought it would have taken me so far.

I have met new friends, learned so much about the world around me and also learnt about myself.

The online world can sometimes be a tough one. It is all to easy to sit back in the comfort of your lounge room, office, bed, train, toilet or wherever you chose to connect from and forget that you are connecting with real people.

Sometimes we can all be guilty of playing the judgement card. Or quickly typing a comment without thinking of how those words might make the reader feel. I call to everyone to please think before hitting the submit button. If you disagree with what someone has written that’s fine, simply click away, or unfollow them rather than writing a nasty reply.

The online world can be a place to hide, from the mundane of the daily grind. I’m sure for some people it is a place to adopt a different persona to real life. I know I personally do my best to keep it real. I pride myself on my ‘what you see is what you get’ attitude to life in general & my online life is no different.

I am thankful every day for the online village I have created to help me through my journey in life.

I believe that what we share with each other via blogging, twitter, Facebook, instagram or any other online means is so special.

I have witnessed many scenes of generosity, I have wept with sadness & also joy. I have shared in people’s births, deaths & triumphs.

So today I just want to say thank you to every single person who I have connected with. You have all made an impact on my journey. You are all so special & I thank you for sharing part of your life with me.



Linking up with Kate

Hold tight & pretend it’s a plan

September 13th, 2012 | Posted by Sara in Being a mum | Life - (3 Comments)

I was watching Dr Who last night (a regular nightly program for The Farmer & I) and in a moment of utter chaos when asked ‘What do we do?’ the Doctor said ‘do what I do- hold tight & pretend it’s a plan’

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This line made me think hard about the last 12 months of my life, especially about the last 2 months specifically.
The last 2 months I have been operating without a plan. I have a brave face, I smile & all my efforts are made to make my family time happy but to be honest any plans I had are gone.
I am at an interesting stage in my life, I have no career goals, my family goals are on hold & I’m clutching onto my running goals as tight as I can.

My life is so special, I am so lucky. My family is happy, everyone is healthy & despite my current lack of a plan I think I’ll listen to the Doctor. ‘Hold tight & pretend it’s a plan’.

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The day of the party arrived, the sun was shining & the weather warm. I was thrilled. The house was decorated & the birthday girl looked gorgeous in her special party dress.

I chose the Very Hungry Caterpillar theme as I personally love the story, Worm is just starting to get into it & giggles when we say ‘but he was still hungry’. The Internet was full of fabulous ideas & tips – It was really quite easy to pick a few to make the house & day even more special.

The Food Table

What’s in the bag?

The Birthday Loot
Adult Refreshments

I’ll have some more tomorrow – including a how-to guide for the decorations, cake & food.

12 months

July 20th, 2012 | Posted by Sara in Being a mum | Home | Life | Little Human | Milestones - (12 Comments)

Dear Emily,
12 months ago at 7.29am you came into the world & changed my life forever.
37.2 weeks growing safe & strong, my body giving you every nutrient you needed. Feeling your movements, experiencing your hiccups & watching your feet make my tummy expand & push out as you struggle for room.
Nothing could prepare me for the emotion of holding you for the first time. Seeing your little purple body, staring into your bright blue eyes (even though you didn’t like the bright lights so held your eyes shut tight). As you fed for the first time I felt for the first time complete warmth, like I had finally found my role to play in the ever changing circus that is my life.
I was exhausted. Although your birthing was relatively easy for me, it was long & I hadn’t slept much due to the excitement from your impending arrival.
I dozed that first day, on & off, your Daddy & Nana enjoyed cuddles but I was too scared to get a really long one in. I was afraid I would ‘spoil’ you. I have regretted not giving you more cuddles that first day ever since.
12 hours later when it was all going wrong I was helpless. I could do nothing to help you when your lung spontaneously popped. I had to trust the medical staff & hope that they could heal you.
I prayed that night. I prayed for the doctors to have clarity so they could evaluate the situation & do the best they could. I prayed that I would have the strength emotional & physical to get me through the next few hours. I also prayed for my mum & husband who had gone back to the hotel room for rest.
My prayers were answered. I don’t know if medical science, God, or good luck were responsible but you pulled through & we made our way home 12days later.
Since bringing you home I wish I could say the circus was over however now I realise that it was just beginning.
The past 12 months have been a blur. There are weeks where I honestly don’t remember what was happening, what we did, or even what you were doing. I took as many photos as I could so there is a record of each day.
My dear Emily. I may not always be the best mother you need. I may not always make the right decisions. I may not always say the right thing. But I promise you that I am always doing the best I can.
On this day, your first birthday, I want you to know that you are & always will be a part of me. You are my daughter & I am your mother. Nothing can ever change that.
I love you with every cell in my body.