4 on 4 – May

This month I’m joining a wonderful group of photographers from Clickin Moms in a blog circle in which we choose 4 of our favourite photos from the previous month to be posted on the 4th! Continue around the circle to see some wonderful pictures by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.


I made missy humour me and play “nature girl” so I could get a photo for Earth day, It was super cold out that day so she gave me 5 mins


Bianca de Vries Photography

There was a time when he did not like swings at all… now he loves it

Bianca de Vries Photography

We went to take some photos in a field of wild flowers only to discover they had been mown ūüė¶ She found this lonely little flower and decided that she shouldn’t pick it so it has a chance to seed and grow more flowers next year ‚̧


Mr completing his music homework in pretty morning light

Continue on the circle to see some of Jo’s favourites this month at¬†Jo Davis Photography

4 on 4 – April

This month I’m joining a wonderful group of photographers from Clickin Moms in a blog circle in which we choose 4 of our favourite photos from the previous month to be posted on the 4th! Continue around the circle to see some wonderful pictures by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.

texas bluebonnets

The bluebonnets arrived early this year here in Southlake Tx, after nearly 4 yrs I finally took them both out to try and get some photos one of my favs

dfw bluebonnets

When I told them they could have ice cream if they co-operated

dfw lifestyle

It’s become a bit of a tradition that on school breaks they get to have a cereal variety pack for breakfast spring break was no exception

dfw lifestyle photography

Enjoying some warmer weather!

Continue the circle to see Jo Davis of Jo Davis photography’s¬†4 on 4 – April

4 on 4 – March

This month I’m joining a wonderful group of photographers from Clickin Moms in blog circle in which we choose 4 of our favourite photos from the previous month to be posted on the 4th! Continue around the circle to see some wonderful pictures by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page. So hard to pick only 4 images but here they are ūüôā

Being Australian where valentines day isn’t hugely celebrated amongst children, I’m still adjusting to life in Dallas tx where my kids come home with valentines from most of their class. Missy was very excited to make chocolates for everyone this year!

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Letters to our Daughters – February 2015


Dearest Andi,

Wow where did the last month go! Unfortunately we are back to winter weather this week and you’re not happy about it! You had been enjoying some outside time again, riding your bike, going to the playground, analyzing new shoots of grass and flowers in the garden with your magnifying glass, you were very excited to see signs of spring (I must say me too), you were not happy to hear that it was too cold to go out to play. However you have been busy drawing, painting, learning to sew and braid, making necklaces and of course putting on shows!

One of your proudest moments this month was when you decided you were ready to wear your bow and tie shoes to school, we got you some late last year and have been practicing on the bow and tie frame at school and finally felt confident enough to wear them to school. You were so very proud of yourself and rightfully so, you worked so hard over the last few months! I love that you had the persistence to keep trying even though you initially found it to be just too hard. I hope you always remember that feeling of accomplishment!

You started back at music classes this month, you’re learning to play the glockenspiel! I think one of your favourite things is the fact that you have a folder with worksheets in it and work to do at home. The first week after you got your materials you would get up in the wee hours of the morning to practice. I love your enthusiasm to learn, not so much the early mornings!

We had a visit from Uncle James this month, you loved having someone else to play with and promptly offered to give him a make over, including a pretty pink manicure upon his arrival. Even though our family live in many places so far away and we don’t often get to see them, know that¬†they love spending time with you as much as you do with them.

You had a few firsts this month, bowling and a karate lesson. Last weekend we went bowling, you were very excited and had a great time until you ¬†had a turn and didn’t knock down any pins, you folded your arms and went and sat down with your much rehearsed frowny face. You have been struggling with sportmanship lately, you say you don’t want to play winning / losing games…. which you had to face at a recent karate party you attended where there were “party games” I was however very impressed that you managed to keep it together even though I could see you struggling to hold back the tears when you “got out”. I’ll tell you this Monkey no one likes losing but in the grand scheme of things points on a score board are just that,¬†as Maya Angelou said:

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and how you do it.”

To my gorgeous little girl, who can break a board with her hands, twirl endlessly and sings while she works, I love you to the moon and back.

Mummy xoxox



Please continue the circle to read¬†Yazmin¬†of¬†Yazmin Wickham Photography’s letter to her gorgeous little girl.


Letters to our daughters – January 2015

Dear Andi,

Happy New Year and Happy 5th Birthday big kid!

It has been a busy month with Christmas, New years, a new cousin, your uncles engagement and your birthday… a month¬†of celebrations!

We had a wonderful Christmas, you seemed to recover from your flu just in time! We didn’t get our white Christmas but we still got to enjoy a hot meal without feeling strange for baking in the middle of summer as we do back in Australia.

You have been excited for your birthday for what feels like a whole year! This year we had a party with some of your friends from school at the bounce house. You wanted a princess party which is a bit tricky with half your friends being boys but I think we managed it. As per usual I made you a hideously oversized and elaborate cake, this year your request was for a Fairy, Princess, Cinderella cake…. so we googled some cakes and it seemed as though you were mostly interested in the turrets on the castle cakes, so I made you a castle cake. The hours that went into the cake were worth it when you came said thank you and gave me a hug while I was making decorations and of course your smile when you saw it (even though I’m pretty sure you snuck a peek before your party).

Unlike your 3rd birthday party where you demanded everyone sing to you and made your own thank you speech, you turned all shy while everyone sang to you but the smile on your face was one of absolute joy. This year you had a 3 day birthday starting with your party on Sunday, then your actual birthday on Monday followed by your class birthday celebration on Tuesday… here’s hoping you don’t get too attached to the idea of a multiple day birthday.

I can’t believe you are 5!!! You are certainly turning into a big kid… You like to spout my words back at me which is hard for me to argue with. Like tonight at dinner you were having a steak and potato pie, and I was having a chicken pie you asked why I wasn’t eating the same and I said that I don’t like steak (really don’t know if you’re ready for my actual reason I don’t eat red meat) and you told me that I should try it again because sometimes we change our mind.

You were very excited about the news of your new baby¬†cousin Erin, you can’t wait to meet her in March and are already planning what baby things of yours that you are going to give her, so sweet. You and Tate have been big on playing babies and I fear that all the attention may be a bit much for Erin when you get to meet her. I love that you are so very excited to meet your newest family member though ūüôā

As always you are very into your drawing and painting, upon finding out any news you want to do a drawing or painting to commerate, you did a very bright rainbow painting for Uncle Jake and Aunty Chloes wedding, and one for Baby Erin too.

We had some sad news this month, Daddy’s Grandma passed away. You had met her a few times but probably not that you remember. We told you that Daddy might be a bit sad because she died and you said straight away that you would make¬†him a drawing so that he would always remember her. You are so thoughtful some times.

To my 5yr (and 7 day old) girl, who loves her little lego, who’s favourite game to play is Cinderella and wants to be a queen when she grows up,

I love you to the moon and back

Mummy xoxox


Please continue on to see¬†Stacy Millberg of¬†Bella Grace Photography’s letter to her beautiful daughter¬†http://www.bellagracephoto.com/blog/letters-to-our-daughters-january-2015