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 🙂

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



Letters to our Daughters – December


Dearest Andi Pandi,

Christmas is nearly here! You are very excited although at the moment you are sitting on the couch with daddy with your spew bowl… the flu has struck! I’m really hoping that you get over it in time for Christmas although there is a good chance that you won’t be 100% I hope it doesn’t dampen your memories. This Christmas is one that I was hoping would be magical for you now that you’re starting to understand the meaning of Christmas and embracing the Christmas spirit. We are spending the holidays at home this year, we were hoping for a white Christmas but it looks like that isn’t going to eventuate so we may have to do a trip to the snow machine in Grapevine if you’re feeling up to it. Your list to Santa was considerably longer than those of previous years, you make me laugh with your enthusiasm, it took you all of 3 mins to write your list, with some items that left me a little puzzled but I’m sure Santa will work it out!

Nick our elf has been busy sending you and Tatey notes with suggestions on activities and spreading the Holiday cheer… Every now and then I ask you if you have any messages for Nick to give to Santa… the only messages you have told him are misdemeanors that Tate may have committed that day.

You and I went to see the Nutcracker this year… this is our third year of the Nutcracker although last year you were in the production. I bought us box tickets and you weren’t very impressed when we got there but once the show started and you worked out where the stage was and you could see fine you were happy. You really enjoyed the first act and came home and put on your own version of the nutcracker II. I love to watch your dance and theatrics.

You have been asking me lots of math sums lately as a game… I love when you tell me good job when I answer even though you don’t know if I got it right or not! There was an instance where you asked me an easy one and told me I was wrong… 3+7 apparently does not equal 10, 5+5 equals ten… I then explained that there is more than one way to make 10 you counted on your fingers and then promptly put them in your mouth and sucked them. You really don’t like being wrong… don’t know where you get that from? If 10 is the destination then remember there are numerous ways to get there!

You have been dreaming of going ice skating for the last month or two partly I’m sure due to Frozen and partly due to watching some people ice skating in Houston. We took you and Tate for my birthday, luckily they had the walkers as Daddy and I aren’t the most proficient skaters having only ever done it ourselves once or twice. You were so excited and nervous… we stood by the entrance while you tried to will yourself to take that first step on the ice. You would lift your foot and go to put it on the ice then pull it back saying I can’t… we walked away a few times but you kept wanting to try again… on about the third go 9and 20 mins later) we made it onto the ice, you managed to hold it together for the first 10 metres then you had a panic attack and wanted to get off the ice unfortunately there wasn’t an exit until the other side of the rink, you cried how scared you were the whole way across the rink. We got to the exit and sat down while you took some deep breaths and calmed down a little. We watched Daddy and Tatey for a bit and I asked you if you wanted to walk back to our bags or if you wanted to try to finish our lap of the rink… to my surprise you chose to try to skate the rest of the lap…. So we got back on the ice and you started crying again but we made it the whole way. I was so very proud of you for trying even though you were so very afraid… we sat down while daddy and Tate finished up a lap and then you decided you wanted to try again… back onto the ice we go and again your fear got the better of you… we made it half way around and you decided that you didn’t want to finish the second lap. And that was our first experience ice skating…. I was very surprised and proud to hear that you told Daddy that you want to go again. You are so brave big girl! Remember Monkey, as Nelson Mandela said:

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

To my courageous girl who makes me smile every single day,  I hope you have the most magical Christmas!

Love you to the moon and back Monkey xoxoxox

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Letters to our daughters – November

Dearest Andi,

You must be the only one in the family who is excited by the colder weather… maybe it’s because you get to wear all your winter clothes again or perhaps you’re just excited because you know that winter means Christmas and then your Birthday! (which you have been planning all year) either way your enthusiasm is contagious not to mention your sweet snuggles to keep me warm make winter seem a lot more bearable. I am a bit light on photos this month due to the colder weather and limited hours of light… guess mummy will have to work out my flash!

One of my favourite things about living in the US is the opportunity to celebrate Halloween, something that wasn’t done in Australia when I was a kid although it is gaining popularity there now. The idea of neighbourhoods all getting together and kids running around the streets in costumes, like I had seen in the movies, always looked like so much fun. Unfortunately at our house no one goes trick or treating down our street as the houses are too far apart, but we still had fun going to see our immediate neighbours and those a few streets over where the houses are closer together, we also stopped by a park for a few photos. You were Captain America, Tate was Thor, Daddy was Iron Man and I got to be Catwoman. We had some fun playing our parts and getting some photos but it all ended in tears with Thor getting a bit carried away and clubbing you on the head with his mighty hammer, you tried really hard to pull yourself together as you did not want to miss out on the trick or treating. You are very reluctant to cry when you hurt yourself these days… remember monkey it’s ok to cry!

Daddy and I were very excited to get to come to observe at school this month, you try to tell us what you do at school but unfortunately we don’t always know what exactly it is that you have been doing all day…. It’s nice to get a little insight! This year you get to do a lot more group work and we got to observe you working with a partner… there are definitely some interesting group dynamics going on in a 3-6yr old classroom not to mention negotiation skills being developed!

Today was Tate’s Birthday and I’m so very proud of how well you coped with it being Tate’s day… you are certainly growing up. You helped him open his presents and were genuinely excited for him not to mention proud of him. He adores you so very much.

To my superpowered girl who, wants mac and cheese for dinner every night, is going to start karate when she’s a teenager and wants a power ranger and princess birthday party, I love you to the moon and back.

Love Mummy xoxoxo

IMG_4660 IMG_4700 IMG_4706IMG_4666IMG_4407IMG_5172IMG_5221IMG_5241IMG_5244Please continue on to see Yazmin of Yazmin Wickam Photography’s letter and gorgeous photos to her little girl. http://yazminwickham.com/letters-daughter-november-2014



Letters to our daughters – October

Dearest Andi,

Wow October already… this year is really flying by!

You have been settling in to school and seem to be in the swing of it now. Your favourite work at the moment is the handwriting… you are getting very good at writing your own name (I can’t believe I don’t have a photo of this yet) and your favourite thing to do when you get home is to draw. You have taken to drawing objects around you in particular your clothes especially if I say that you’re growing out of something, you always want to draw a picture so you can remember things forever.

With the weather improving we have made an effort to get out and about a bit on the weekends, we decided to take you kiddies to a football game one weekend which was not a big hit with you… after 20mins you were asking to go home. You did like the fact that you were allowed to make as much noise as possible when the team scored a touchdown although the novelty wore off pretty quick. Maybe football will grow on you maybe not, I’ve never really gotten the whole football thing myself.

After much debate from Mummy and Daddy we decided to go to the state fair this year, it is nothing like the Annual shows that Daddy and I grew up with in terms of size but all the same fun is there, flashing lights, exhilarating rides and of course fairy floss (or as you call it cotton candy) You had lots of fun but the highlight was indeed the cotton candy! We lined up to ride the ferris wheel (which was much higher than I anticipated) while you were eating your cotton candy and as there was to be no food on the ride you did an amazing job of fitting that much sugar into you in such a short amount of time… there was no way any of it was going in the trash!

You started at a new ballet school this month and are loving it, you say you want to be a ballet teacher when you grow up amongst other things.

We thought that you might like to have a sleep over in Tate’s room last night… it didn’t go so well and you ended up back in your own bed after Tate refused to calm down and try to sleep. You’ve decided that maybe when Tate is 20 you’ll try again.

To my busy bee who wants to be a queen when she grows up, whose favourite story is Alice in wonderland and who keeps asking when we are going on vacation, I love you to the moon and back!

Mummy xoxox (mamee as you spell it)

IMG_2231 IMG_2260IMG_2291IMG_3311IMG_3286IMG_3228IMG_4023IMG_3869Please continue on the circle to see Stacy of Bella Grace Photography’s letter to her wonderful little girl



Letters to our Daughters – September


Dearest Andi,

The last few days the temperature has dramatically dropped and as you said to me the other day summer is short… touche my big girl… time is passing so very quickly.

You are enjoying your first month back at school and coping pretty well considering the longer days, sometimes you aren’t very nice to Tate when you get home and other days he is your best friend, he loves and adores you so very much, I hope you adjust to the longer days soon. I’m not sure where you picked up the term but you were in the middle of one of your long stories at dinner and Tate looks at you and says “No talking” repeatedly Daddy and I really struggled not to burst into fits when you reply complete with arms flailing “You’re destroying my life” Not sure where you get your flair for the dramatic…

This month we took our trip to New York City, we managed to fit quite a bit in and Mummy and Daddy had to deviate from our “one thing a day” rule that we typically follow when vacationing. We rode the subway, ate ice creams in Central Park, meet some superheros in Times Square, had lunch at Grand Central, went to the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building, saw the Statue of Liberty, walked to Little Italy for Breakfast and visited a couple of playgrounds. I think your favourite part, besides the random playgrounds was the Statue of Liberty which we saw from the water, I’m not quite sure why this was your favourite although perhaps it has to do with seeing it in superhero books, and you have quite a fascination with them at the moment and even want to dress-up as Captain America for Halloween. By the time we got home you were tired and very happy to have your own bed and room, having had to share with Tatey (who kept talking and getting out of bed) for the weekend. You got a snowglobe at the Empire State Building which got broken so we bought a new one at the airport, you even took it to school for show and tell and I was very relieved to see it come home in one piece. You still struggle with objects getting broken or wearing out, your latest is to throw the object in the trash but not just that object anything connected to it…. not sure what that’s all about.

We attended a birthday party complete with horse rides. You have had a few opportunities to ride but you have always turned down the chance. You were so funny at the party you were having a great time playing and then when it was time for you all to line up to go and see the stables and horses you found your way to my side and told me you were feeling nervous. I do forget sometimes how big and scary things must seem for someone at your age… you can be so brave and fearless and other times you need some reassurance. I will always be there to hold your hand anytime you need it.

You ventured from my side briefly during the stable tour but I’m not sure what happened I think one of the horses came close to the gate and your eyes grew big and you body shrunk and you were back beside me. Everyone then lined up and got their helmets on… you said that you didn’t want to ride… you were watching the older kids and thought that you were going to be doing what they were doing…. once you saw that someone would be leading the horse and only walking you looked up with a nervous smile and said “I think I do want to have a turn now” I’m so proud that you decided to try it… and you actually enjoyed it enough that you had a second turn!

My inquisitive girl who sleeps under the covers, loves to draw and can buckle her own seat belt, I love you to the moon and back. Mummy xoxoxo


Take a moment to continue the circle to see Laura Shachmut of Shachmut Photography’s Letter to her daughter http://www.shachmutphotography.com/2014/09/15/letters-to-our



Letters to our Daughters – August 2014

IMG_7597Dearest Andi,

Well summer vacation is over, school starts tomorrow, I have mixed emotions about that. You are starting full days at preschool this year and I’ll miss spending my days with you however you are SO ready for the challenges of school. Daddy and I are so very proud of how hard you work (your teacher calls you a busy bee), you seem to have a talent with numbers (much like Daddy) and you are very excited to get to use the bead chains at school now that you’ll be an extended day child. You have been practicing your math and sounds over the summer and are now doing simple addition and subtraction in your head and know nearly all the sounds for the letters…  you can’t wait to learn more at school this year. While these things are important more important is the effort you put in, and even more important is to treat people with respect, kindness and empathy… school is a great place to practice these skills! Remember Monkey we will always be proud of you.

One of  your favorite things to say when you don’t agree with me is to say “Well when I’m a mummy, my kids…….” Apparently your kids get to chose what is for dinner every night, and what they do/don’t have to do…. I guess we may have to wait quite a few years to see how that works out for you :). I must say I think my life might be easier if I let you eat and do anything you wanted but hopefully one day you will understand.

You have been very big on dressing up and playing pretend lately, we had a week that was filled with “Alice in Wonderland” adventures (or as you like to call them “Andi in Wonderland”, followed by fairies, brides, doctors, Santa and of course Elsa. You have however taken to blaming the fairies for mischief and wrong doings… the fairies were blamed for painting on your legs and arms, drawing on your stool and dresser and they have a habit of turning on all the lights in the house. Cheeky fairies!

We are planning a trip to NY next month… your initial reaction was “No, I wanted to move to Sydney” Guess we haven’t had many vacations or flights to destinations other than Australia visiting family or moving… you were very relieved to hear that we weren’t moving there just going there because we haven’t been before. Daddy and I are really trying to make an effort to travel a bit more with you and Tate over the next year, there are some wonderful iconic places to see in the USA and we really need to make more of an effort to make the most of our time here. I hope that you will remember some of the places, people, and culture that you see, travelling is such a wonderful opportunity, I hope you grow to love it as much as Daddy and I.

To my hardworking girl who keeps her long term memory in her arm, who wants to be a teacher when she grows up, has some pretty impressive action moves and who loves jelly, I love you to the moon and back!

Love Mummy

First day of school mini-shoot… you came home and drew a picture of you and your teachers… so cute.


Please continue on the circle to read Stacy of Bella Grace Photography’s letter to her beautiful little girl http://www.bellagracephoto.com/blog/letters-to-our-daughters-august-2014