Sunday, 29 September 2013

39 | 52

"A portrait of Atticus, once a week, every week, in 2013." 

Dear Atticus, you spent today with your grandparents while I studied pranayama with a very inspiring yoga teacher in Fitzroy. During my lunch break, I spent an hour walking from toy store to toy store, trying to find you an awesome fireman's hat. Not wanting to settle for a crappy plastic $2 shop one, I came home empty handed. But never fear, turns out you don't need a fancy fireman's hat to be putting out shashlik fires with Alec. 

Thursday, 26 September 2013

38 | 52

"A portrait of Atticus, once a week, every week, in 2013." 

I'm getting slack... especially considering last week this kiddo turned 2 and there was plenty of opportunities for pictures but life at the moment seems to be sucking all my time away from me. I am learning to focus my energies on the things that matter and learn to say "no". Easier said than done!

So... back to my birthday boy! On the morning of his birthday, he woke up in a room filled with balloons, and on the weekend, we gathered our closest friends and family for a little party in the park. The sun came out on that day, despite it having rained all week. The kiddies ran wild blowing bubbles and stuffing their faces with chocolate cake. That's what parties are for, right? 

Sunday, 15 September 2013

37 | 52

"A portrait of Atticus, once a week, every week, in 2013." 

Our first bloody knee scrape pretty much reflects the tough week we've had in this household. 

I unintentionally overloaded myself with yoga workshops, personal work commitments and helping out at a family friend's business. I would leave the house at 5.15am for (the most wonderful week of) yoga workshop, work in the city from 10-5, drive back home to pick up Atticus, dinner, bedtime and then settle in for personal work till about midnight. And then do it all again the next day. On those busy days, I only spent about 1 and a half hours with my exhausted little man and that hurt. Dada and Grandma did an amazing job supporting us and we couldn't have done it without them. It's been an interesting experience on so many levels, with some sweet surprises along the way. In the end, I am feeling so grateful that I am able to make a small income from freelance work, and being able to work on my own terms, around Atticus rather than having to go back to my old life of the 9-5 daily slog.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

36 | 52

"A portrait of Atticus, once a week, every week, in 2013." 

He's had this "duck on a stick" toy since he was 4 months old and it never really got much attention. All of a sudden he's pulled it out like he's never seen it before. Now it goes with us almost everywhere we go, usually just being dragged behind, it's little red nose grinding slowly on the footpath.

Friday, 6 September 2013

bali | part 3

For the last leg of our trip we decided to return to Seminyak and boy did we get lucky when we got upgraded to a 2 bedroom pool villa at the lovely Mutiara Resort. The sun was out every day and every day was spent watching naked toddler shenanigans as he ran around all day long, swimming, splashing and getting into all sorts of mischief. What a perfect end to end our holiday! 

The hardest part was putting clothes on that cute little butt when we got home. I think its safe to say we are officially Bali converts now! Until next time! x

bali | part 2

Our second week we spent in beautiful Ubud in a traditional Balinese villa, located in the lush jungle...seriously! Yes, there were so many steps here and it was a little frustrating for Atti that there wasn't much straight ground to run around on, but we got a wonderful education into the world of spiders, ants, frogs, geckos, butterflies and sorts of other creepy crawlies. Atti would jump out of bed in the morning, open the doors and exclaim "Oh my goodness! It's so boootiful!" And really it was!

We did some day trips to a nearby volcano, a coffee plantation, the beautiful rice terraces and trips into town. We ran down (or stepped and stepped) to the breakfast bar every morning for the delicious banana crepes and for the first time, Atticus started to eat without much fuss. We had massages in the hut by the pool, played the harmonica on our balcony and enjoyed leisurely daily baths in the beautiful outdoor bathroom.

bali | part 1

I felt like I didn't take my camera out very much, opting instead to keep my hands free to chase a rogue toddler around the streets of Bali. But as I look back through my photos, I'm amazed by how many pictures I did manage to snap and how hard it was to narrow down my favourites to show you. 

Our first week we spent in the beautiful Maya Loka resort with a private pool villa and all the luxuries that go with it. We practised the "thumbs up" fingers (above) daily, and I'm pretty sure he thinks he's got them down packed:) We rode in taxis, visited the cows and chickens in the neighbouring fields, played on the beach and even managed a day trip to the beautiful Tanah Lot Temple.