slow down, you move too fast …

It is true, little babies really do grow up too fast!

Just about two hours old …

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 … happy and tired at 2am.

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First morning – first meeting …

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 … and holding ….

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 Just perfect …

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 … a new little wonder.

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Our camera shy little girl ‘getting in the picture’ …

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Biggest and littlest …

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Tuckered out from all the lovin’ …

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Welcome little boy!

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Soon fat and adorable …

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Really is a tired business living in this crazy house …

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as I said …

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 Love …

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Did this girl ever look forward to a baby in the house again …

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Brothers and sisters …

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 Little dreamboy …

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… snugglebun supreme …

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 … so smiley and chatty …

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Getting out …

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… it’s sunny! 

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… makes one need a nap …

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Love this little guy!

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summer retro

 I have been a wee bit distracted these last weeks …

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… and have not let go of summer yet.
The winter gear remains unpacked, and the kids come home frozen from fall soccer.

So here goes.
Goodbye, summer!
You were awesome, sunny, long!

Goodbye to meadow walks ,

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beautiful berry picking,

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and berry picnics,

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the Chief climbed in memory of a grandfather,

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rocks scaled (with ouma and oupa!)

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and lake swimming,

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not to mention pond swimming (or sitting),

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late afternoon ocean exploring,

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and beach sitting,

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island mountain climbing,

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clear shore days,

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birthday party-ing,

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for our first teenager …

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hanging out with grandpa,

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and grandma!

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 big-island, big-ferry trips,

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one special day,

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spent with ouma and oupa,

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last mornings and sad goodbyes,

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purples and yellows,

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paddling for our big guy,

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summer soccering,

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lazy sunny afternoons,

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and a biiig tummy …

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Time for a new season over here!

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he’s here!

Somebody arrived on our doorstep just over a week ago after a long wait in the city for his arrival …

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                                                       * September 26 * 11:50pm * 3.85 kg * 8.5 lbs * 

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a random bit of beach …

We have grabbed the warmer temperatures and not-rainy days to spend some time on our favourite island beach.

My grandfather, source of warmth and mirth and generous affection, was a geologist. I loved him and all the rocky artifacts displayed all over their home. And I blame him and feel happy when my kids pile me with rocky love gifts whenever we are at the beach.

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See that funny woman? Rumour has it that there is something going on under that shirt …

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… due in the Fall. The house is vibrating with excitement and anticipation.
And I stand amazed that I have this privilege again. Never thought I would.

One thing I appreciate about island living is that kids still play outside. Climb trees, tramp in the forest, build forts, rafts, see-saws … Here you’ll see a bit more of it.

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I am beginning to believe that summer will come again …

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 Looking forward to the end of ‘school’ (the official part of it, that is).
And loooong late beach evenings.

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spring afternoon

Spring can be pretty gloomy, cold and wet over here. But when the sun comes out …

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… it takes your breath away.

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easter monday poetry

This Easter Monday, I think I’ll let one of my favourite poets have a word:

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Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lack’d anything.

‘A guest,’ I answer’d, ‘worthy to be here:’
Love said, ‘You shall be he.’
‘I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
I cannot look on Thee.’
Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
‘Who made the eyes but I?’

‘Truth, Lord; but I have marr’d them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.’
‘And know you not,’ says Love, ‘Who bore the blame?’
  ‘My dear, then I will serve.’
‘You must sit down,’ says Love, ‘and taste my meat.’
So I did sit and eat.

George Herbert

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for our crazy grandfolkies

This one is for my parents …

They were rock climbers in their day. Back when your harness was a rope tied around your waist; you climbed in your weigh-a-ton hiking boots and the body-belay was alive and well.

Talk about crazy!

Here are the grandbabies, following in those footsteps (albeit with a few technical advantages).

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Cutest lay-back ever. 

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Some three year olds, they haven’t heard of fear. 

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Five year olds, however, know when it is high (THAAAT’s cool, I’m coming down now).

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Pleased with himself!

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  Peruse peruse, which route to climb?

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 This girl does not give up.

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 Another somebody got a climbing harness for her birthday …

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And once you turn 12, you hang in there and get that piece protection out. (Or stay there ’til tomorrow. Or forever. Only joking! Sort of.)

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Gorgeous (frigid) lake-water for afterwards.

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 With a big thank you to my folks for many happy happy days and nights spent in the mountains when I was growing up …

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