Sunday, August 25, 2013

Stills: A Weekly Collection {the 'help' edition}




I mentioned in my last post that things had been pretty chaotic around here of late and I noted my resolve to 'say yes' when help was offered. This collection depicts 'the help'.

1. I was sent some fresh flowers this week and as superficial as it sounds, they truly brightened my home and my mood. They are easily the most stunning bouquet i've ever been the recipient of and I find myself carrying them from room to room, ensuring that i make the most of their beauty. Five days later and they are still full of life and colour. Dave, darling - you really need to take note of that link above.

2. On friday night Dave had to go out to a work function. The end of an exhausting week was met with tears, tantrums and sleeplessness from my children. Thank God mum and dad came over to help - it was even mum's birthday. The woman is a saint.

3.  Stories with pa. The kids lined up the books and he read them all with animation and excitement, A skill he swears he learned from my mother.

4. Mum rocking the Elke Bear in her way-too-pink wrap made with fabric chosen by Zeph. It's a bit sweet really.

5. When Jodi popped her head over the fence to say hi, I lamented that life was to hard and my pantry was bare. Five minutes later she was on my door step with home made chicken stock ready for soup, strawberries, tomatoes and a loaf of fresh banana bread. I've been eating Jodi's banana bread for years and this was her best effort yet.

6. One dozen chook and duck eggs. As the weather warms we will see a return to egg focused meals - omelette, scramble, quiche and frittata.

7. We've been living on easy meals like this one. Fortunately a box of sausages arrived from Peppercorn food which saved me a trip with 3 kids to the shops. As a bonus they are all natural and totally scrumptious!

8. Oh good Lord, the baby SLEEPS. Praise. Jesus. Amen. Mercy. Hallelujah.


And that, my friends, concludes the first on time 'Stills Collection' I've presented in weeks! Feeling good - I might just follow that up with a G&T (Sparkle darling, I'll have one for you too). 



27 comments:

  1. I see some Kate Winslet in that last shot. x

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  2. I love seeing all the photos of your ace parents helping out with the kids. What treasures! And that last shot of you is beautiful! You are stunning!
    Soak up the help, people do it because they know that you would do the same when they are in need (trust me) :)

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  3. Here's to help and here's to a G+T! x

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  4. Wow I like that Kate Winslet comment. I'd claim that if I was you. I noticed that you are looking very womanly too with your brown hair. Looking luscious (just like Kate!). All these babies must be 'completing' you!

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  5. Beautiful pics and a wonderful insight into your week. You look stunning Lady. Stunning.

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  6. Yay to magnificent people in your world! And hello gorgeous you :) xx

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  7. You look a bit fresh-faced and relaxed there lovely one, that is wonderful to see! What a beautiful village you have there, too. :)sarah

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  8. Hurrah for the help! We've just moved away from it all (waahhh!) so I've got a few months to find me some friends before our babe arrives...desperate much? I'll be thankful for mum coming to visit, that's for sure. xx

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  9. Big hoorays for the baby sleeping - and the most excellent help :-)

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  10. How good is a sleeping baby!!! Yep it's up there with smiles and goos and baby sleep that is very much needed for baby and for mum. Em's you look so fresh in that last picture, you really are a gorgeous women. I love those flowers, I love that tea and banana bread and I think your parents are so lovely. Thank you for sharing your world with us. XX

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  11. Praise God for sleeping babies! How wonderful you have so much support, and fresh beautiful flowers that last a week. You are utterly, totally, 100% blessed. Glad you're counting them too ;) xxxx

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  12. Yay for help that is just around the corner. xxx

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  13. Hooray for a sleeping gal and bonding with grandparents.
    Also, I love that curlycue shelf in the first photo.

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  14. Glad you got some support. That banana bread looks fantastic, and the flowers are absolutely beautiful! I LOVE having fresh flowers in the house... it always brightens my mood.

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  15. You'd better have a G&T for me too. wink wink.

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  16. oh yay for sleeping babes. And for parents who selflessly come over and lend a hand.
    Hope the gnt went down well!

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  17. Em, just think spring's just around the corner. After 7 weeks of illness I'm hanging out for blossoms on the trees and the warmer weather. X

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  18. beautiful pictures and beautiful blooms I am glad your Mum and Dad came to help you and you let them,get as much rest as you can while you little one is sleeping xx Lisa Mckenzie

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  19. gorgeous pics! and I love your hair darker - stunning! xx

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  20. I love having fresh flowers in the house, they always lift your mood. Your bouquet is beautiful x

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  21. Love that last pic, you look lovely and what a darling little bundle she is.

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  22. You look gorgeous, what a lovely post

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  23. A sleeping baby - nothing more beautiful! In more ways than one hehe.

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  24. So pleased that you have buckets of help. After two rubbish sleepers and my mother who still works full time, I was not entertaining the idea of a third. Say yes to anything you are offered and remember you will get a decent sleep again. mel x

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  25. ah, the sleeping babe. dreamy. my chooks have finally started popping out pearly eggs this week, the best. xx ashley

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  26. What a beautiful post, so gorgeous to see your beautiful family all together. And how gorgeous are you!
    Sophie xx

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  27. Great photos Em, love that you're asking and accepting help, good for you. That's something I'm still learning! Have a great week xx

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em