Mount Wilson

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

A year ago there was a blog post I drafted but never published – first the morning sickness got the better of me, plus our life was generally super hectic this time last year. And when it calmed down a bit it was already too late to post the pictures of yellow and red leaves on my website – it was nearly spring.

But those photos are so dear to my heart. It was the day after we found out we were pregnant. Instead of going to Hunter Valley to enjoy the wine tasting we had to change our plans last minute, so we headed for the mountains instead, to one of our favourite places there – Mount Wilson.

And now, a year later, life is more hectic than ever. But I could not be happier. We are moving house (which is extra fun with a four month old), but we could not break our yearly tradition, so we hit a pause button on our crazy packing and took Daniel to the mountains, to the same gardens we visited a year ago carrying our little secret. What a difference a year makes. Not a secret anymore, but a chubby, happy, the sweetest ever baby.

Here are a few photos from twelve months ago. It was raining. We walked the empty gardens as the rain was hammering our umbrella. What a quiet, slow, perfect day it was:

And here are the photos from this year. Sunshine, glorious Easter Monday, and the baby’s first time in the mountains. He loves looking at the sky, my little dreamer.

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Angie - April 24, 2014 - 9:12 am

So divine! xox

The Joy of Everyday

“Life will never be the same because there had never been anyone like you…Ever in the world.”

- Nancy Tillman, “On the Night You Were Born”

We are having a time of our life right now – watching our little guy growing every day, learning new tricks and giving us his biggest smiles. Just going through these photos made me think how fast the days go, how far he has already come.  Also, the range of facial expressions Daniel has – hours of entertainment.

He loves eating (look at those cheeks!). He has warmed up to tummy time now, and he is very proud of himself for it. He is still not sure about being in the pram but he loves his Ergo (so we go everywhere with both). Having a bath is a lot of fun, and often ends up in tears when it’s time to get out of the water. His favourite book is the black and white My Animals, and the picture of Panda gets him crazy excited. Not sure what it is, maybe the big black eyes?  He “talks” a lot to us, to Panda from the book, to his soft toys, especially teddy bears, making sounds I would never think were possible to come from a three month old.  He enjoys doing baby yoga. He loves watching the sunsets from the comfort of Daddy’s strong arms. He has started fighting the naps as there is too much happening around him (toys! books! Mum cooking in the kitchen!Look at those blinds patterns on the windows!), but he is quite a good night sleeper (touch wood).

I take thousands of photos, and here are a few of my recent favourites. Maybe it’s too many, but I don’t want to miss a thing  - this is the most precious time.

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Nina - March 31, 2014 - 8:22 pm

He is adorable, thank you for posting all those pictures. They made me smile and laugh, enjoy!

Keeping Your Memories Safe

“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” 
― L.M. Montgomery, The Story Girl

I have a box of old slides – a collection of frames that keep moments of our family history, stories from my childhood. I remember, being a little girl, sitting in our dark living room on a winter’s night, watching the slides being projected onto a screen. We don’t do it anymore, right? We sit in front of our computers and occasionally go through the recent photos taken by our digital cameras, and let’s be honest, it does not happen that often anyway. And printing photos is not something that is done regularly these days, so a lot of our precious memories are stashed away, without resurfacing for years.

And setting up the projector (which I do have), and getting the slides out is not something that we  have time for in our busy digital lives. It has become a thing of the past, something we did when we were little.

I sure do have my printed childhood photos too, mostly black and white, arranged in albums. But those old slides have always been a bit more special  - full of colour, full of memories. There was also more effort involved in watching them, all that setting up of the projector and the screen, plus you had to wait for darkness to set in to be able to see those pictures.

So I had this idea for a long time, too long I would say, to scan the slides and to make a book. It took me a couple of years, but I finally did it (not without help – thanks Mum for spending hours scanning the slides!), and now those memories are more alive than ever. I can pick up the book any time. I can show my son where I came from, if he looks like me when I was a baby. I can relax that those slides are now safe, as time is not too kind to the film.

It is very easy to do. I have a very simple scanner like this one, and the results were surprisingly good when printed. I made the book using Blurb, and I could not be happier with how it turned out.

Keep your memories safe. Old photos cannot be replaced.

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Life Lately

“Everything flows, nothing stands still”

- Heraclitus

Babies are one of the biggest reminders of how impermanent life is, how change is an essence of our everyday, and how often this truth is forgotten by us, the adults. Once the tiny human being is placed into your arms, time feels so different. The days often drag by, weeks feel like hours. But it has been one and a half months since our Mr. D joined our little family, and it feels like an eternity.

When you don’t have kids, you are settled into your everyday routine. You know your alarm will go off at a certain time tomorrow, you know the day will bring certain things, you know what your weekend is going to be like.  Your shoes will still fit you in a year’s time, your favourite dress will still look good on you next season.  So we often live under the illusion of stability and permanence, forgetting what life is all about – constant change.

Babies turn it all upside down for you. Clothes that were so big on this tiny body yesterday have to be put away today, and a bit of sadness sets in as I fold that cute little onesie with teddies and bunnies on it – will I ever pull it out again? Your baby looks different today than he did last week, and you see new emotion on his little face every day. He learns, he changes, he teaches you. One morning he is happy to join you on your weekly groceries run, next Sunday he is screaming bloody murder in his Ergo in the frozen produce aisle. He sleeps like a champion today, and tomorrow he is super-alert, and every single thing surrounding him is a fascinating novelty for his wide-open eyes. He changes so fast that if you don’t pay attention, you will miss the most precious moments.

So I take pictures. Every day. Maybe I will slow down a bit later down the track, but at the moment my hard drive is bursting.

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Tania - January 30, 2014 - 8:17 am

what a great post to start my day :), thank you Mr D and Stacey :)

Our Baby

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be

- Robert Munsch

Here is our little one, at 9 days old. So sleepy and squishy and cuddly, tiny eyelashes flattering, skin so soft and precious.  It was rainy and gloomy on Christmas Day, but warm and cozy inside, and the mellow light streaming from our window was just perfect.

I am so grateful to have been able to capture these moments. They will be cherished forever.

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Jen - January 12, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Oh my gosh Anastasia….you have captured him SO beautifully. I agree…you will cherish these for always and forever <3

Anastasia - March 29, 2014 - 8:22 pm

Thank you so much for your beautiful words Aymie xxx