Monday, 9 June 2014

Mud Kitchen

Like most kids, my two love playing outside. I have been more and more inspired by nature play and the bounty of opportunities, being out in nature has for kids, and lets face it, us grown ups as well. Getting their hands dirty and imaginations churning, the opportunities for play are endless. Our sandpit is one absolute favourite places to play and last week I was inspired by our neighbour who was creating a mud kitchen for her kids in their backyard. So Gracie and I started brainstorming, what things would we need for a great mud kitchen in our backyard? Pots and pans, spoons and of course, a sink! So Gracie and I went on a little adventure to the Recycling centre and look what we found. The perfect addition to our garden! The kids played for HOURS in our new mud kitchen. I'm not talking 1 or 2 hours, I'm talking 4 or 5 hours! Almost all day. And the next day and the next. Best few dollars I've ever spent!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Autumn and us

I have been watching and waiting very patiently for about 12 months now. Waiting for Autumn and waiting for the leaves on these trees to change colour and start to fall. As some of you, who have been playing along for sometime now, might remember, I did a photo shoot for a friend, her family and her gorgeous baby belly under these same trees almost exactly 12 months ago. I was so pleased with the results of that shoot I decided then and there I wanted to try and replicate something similar with my own kids (minus the baby belly). It didn't happen last Autumn so as a result I have had to patiently wait until the trees went bare, grew new spring leaves, became beautifully green in summer and now finally the leaves have changed once again and have started falling to the ground.

Now in true form, Gracie decided the minute we got there that she didn't want to play in the leaves. Of course. All she wanted to do was ride her beloved scooter. However with a bit of persuasion we managed to coax her into the leaves for some fun. And fun she did have. Oliver did not hesitate in the slightest! 

It ended up being a really special time for us. Time to play, laugh and explore together. Topped off with fish and chips for dinner, it was an almost perfect afternoon!

Very proud of my assistant photographer (aka my husband) who managed these beautiful shots of me and the kids too!