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Georgia Brizuela-13

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In an elaborate birthday surprise scheme Errol believed I was dropping him at an ungodly hour to meet my dad for a bushwalk. Partly nervous he asked me “but why does your dad suddenly want to get me alone? I haven’t done anything wrong?!” I laughed and said that he just wanted to spend time with Errol and Errol continued looking quite worried. We all privately had a good laugh about this because I was in actuality dropping Errol to the train station with a bag packed for a weekend away with his best mates.

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  1. gravatar for Anna Zbożna (brikola) Anna Zbożna (brikola)

    I just love your crazy birthday routine;) love these surprises you two make for each other. Happy birthday to Errol!!!

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Georgia Brizuela-12

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This year I’ve set myself some small, achievable goals and getting back into surfing is one. My little list in the notes on my phone being ticked off one by one.

So in the middle of winter I head down to Coolum beach and try and catch some waves. I am not fit, I have no idea what I am doing and it’s freezing cold but I’ll give it a go. Motivated by knowing my kids will follow my lead far for than anything I say and I can’t very well expect them to all grow up and be amazing, active adults if I don’t give them any example. Since I’ve already got them covered in examples of snuggling on the couch, lazy mornings in bed and really owning a single patch of sand on the beach, I thought I should give them a little diversity ;)

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  1. gravatar for Becky McIntosh Becky McIntosh

    How cool. Wish I could surf but the last few years my husband has successfully taught me at least how to not get dumped at every wave while “swimming” at beach visits. Small steps :) love that you’re “doing it for the kids” I’ve learnt to enjoy exercise, can’t wait to go for runs with my kids fingers crossed!

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Georgia Brizuela-10

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I wanted to catch the yellow flowers before their bloom had ended. On our way out to the highway past this patch (that was once more yellow than not) I’d think “oh, next time, I’ll stop and grab some photos” until one afternoon when the final flowers were in bloom and I realised how late I’d left it.

Sometimes, lately especially, as I transition to working full time and Errol to being the stay-at-home-parent I feel a lot of “last-minute-ness”, leaving things till I have no option but to do them and sometimes leaving them so late they don’t get done at all. Realising I don’t have the luxury to spend all day planning or executing photos for fun like I used and that taking photos for Florin’s 365 is frequently the last thing on my often overwhelming to-do list.

There’s a lot of shifting this year, for me. To let go enough to give Errol the space to be the more involved parent, to be able to pump milk and leave my baby way earlier than I’ve ever left a baby before, to roll with not having time to do everything I want to do. All this things new and strange and sometimes hard to settle into. But here I am watching our children blossom and learning that things always are good, just in different ways.

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  1. gravatar for Catherine V Catherine V

    Being a full-time working (outside the home) mother is a tough act, but can come with its rewards. Thank you for the reminder that we just need to do the best we can, and even just a few of the yellow flowers is enough!

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  2. gravatar for Talia Talia

    You’re very brave! I suppose the truth is that the moments are there whether we capture them or not. But how blessed are your little ones that you do capture them. :)

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  3. gravatar for Wilma Wilma

    I love your little boys expression. I love their clothing, I love everything, so so sweet!

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  4. gravatar for Talia's Travel Blog Talia's Travel Blog

    Just the thing to write on a post about having a long to do list, but I was wondering if you could write a bit more about your inspiration/how you go about taking daily photos of all of your children? We just started a 365 day project (currently week 7) and I am still trying to balance whether I want to photograph the every day routines (which includes a lot of sleeping photos at the moment), or set out to take a beautiful image to remember each day along the year. In part I want to be able to look back at the images and remember what their favorite toys were, or favorite places to nap, favorite parks, but then I also want interesting images instead of daily snapshots …

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  5. gravatar for Anna Zbożna Anna Zbożna

    “learning that things always are good, just in different ways.” how beautiful and wise are these words…I really keep my fingers crossed for you on this new kind of life. I am also a kind of a parent that wants to spend first years of kids life with them, watching them on their every step with curiousity ’cause these moments will never come back again. Within couple of weeks I am going to start a new job too, as a cook in a vegan restaurant which is very exciting for me, kind of a dream job but on the other hand I am anxious about how things will settle, will I have time to handle everything the way I would like to? Will I have enough time for my kids? oh life…

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  6. gravatar for Michelle Michelle

    Cat Power! <3 I love this photo, your babes win best dressed for the rest of eternity. ;) I totally get the last minute-ness. It's overwhelming. You are rocking it, lady!

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Georgia Brizuela-9

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The day we took Priya to Australia Zoo for her 6th birthday and Florin met a Koala. I was particularly happy this day for an unrelated reason: Florin’s suit. I was hunting through some hand-me-downs from my sister in law that had clothes Priya or Theo had worn when I found this little suit, which was made by our friends – who ran a lovely little clothing business while we were growing up. Happy memories all packed into a little Stringybark echidna suit.

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