Aurorean. Yes I Can.

the moon

As I encounter New Resolutions and To Do lists and Lists of Good Intentions, I reflect on where I am and what I want this year to encompass.

Project: Lightness comes to mind, first and foremost. I am going to make up a calendar (nothing like tracking yourself) to assist in adopting new habits and routines into my daily life. One day at a time, right? The area of focus this month is on home life. Starting with new routines to make sure our little hub is happy. Organisation will be paramount, and I think a few early nights will not go astray. The title of this post is along those lines… I am more of a night owl and morning civility is a real effort. Early nights will hopefully enable me to genuinely embrace sun-up.

Speaking of calendars, I was so excited to win this giveaway. Thank you Em. And Ella! It has allowed for a smooth start to the year, this business of being able to track everyone’s days. Two adults, three teenagers with jobs, two smaller people, and a desire to arrange family outings – all made easier by the calendar. And I am going to frame a couple of the greetings cards. I do so love the clean lines of Scandinavian-inspired design.

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Sourcing Inspiration

 

As I wandered through the city at lunchtime today I followed a whim and wandered up some stairs into a small gallery. I was not disappointed. Local artist Yvonne Zago’s work is a m a z i n g.

Perusing the collection, I was taken back to Year 8 Art and the moment that it really clicked around how artists draw their influences from other artists. It sounds rather naive, I know; but it really was a pivotal moment for me. “So artists can inspire artists! And it can all tie into movements!” I remember thinking.

How lovely it feels to be moved to create.

 

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The Season

‘Tis the season…

To be grateful.

As festivities and celebrations beckon, I make a conscious effort to cherish those around me. I think it’s a common feeling, this gratitude business.

Today I am grateful for the remaining few days I have to work from home. With the new year comes new routines… Back in the office full time (sigh). The sunshine outside felt particularly good, and I made the time to step out into it and play with Ruben and Adelaide. Isn’t it wonderful when the world slows down and you feel as if each minute is just right?

Image: Grandfather love.

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R&A

Ruben: Loving the water. We leapt over, crashed through and dived under the waves today and it was so much fun.

Adelaide: How incredibly beautiful babies can be when they are snoozing peacefully. (And how incredibly difficult it can be sometimes to have them reach the point of such relaxation.)

 

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Lightness Project

Having just finished this book, I must confess to being quite inspired.

Like the author, I am not particularly unhappy. But I do think I could put a little more effort into making myself a bit lighter in life. And, as a key consequence, happier.

I am quite attracted to the idea of making resolutions and creating visible way of tracking them. Resolution Chart, here I come.

{Art by Ruben.}

 

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4

Last month Ruben turned 4.

Four feels so big. I have revelled in mama-awe while watching his development curve; every day  his language skills and thought processes impress me. It feels as if all this curiosity and zest bounces around inside his little body and just overflows in delightful waves.

Ruben loves concocting stories and games with his toys. Pirates, knights, soldiers, and a random assortment of op-shop finds and hand-me-downs can entertain him for hours of solo play. Dressing up is frequent – he loves masks and usually completes an outfit with his ninja (ugg) boots. He loves playing outside, especially if there is water involved. Highlights of his week include wrestling with his 14 year old half-sibling, whom he adores, and the days he and Adelaide spend with their grandparents.

His reverence for his baby sister is fierce and overwhelms him at times, but oh it’s good hearty love.

Ruben prefers raw vegetables to cooked, and had great difficulty deciding between chocolate cake or carrot cake for his birthday party. His favourite presents are the guinea pigs – named Wombaty and Mi Mi Mi (named after, when queried, “the little baby from Austin Powers”.  We have attempted to correct him but to no avail – the name stuck).

Favourite quotes this week:
Whilst saying goodnight.
Ruben: Can you please pass me my water?
Me (from the doorway): I think you can reach it.
Ruben: But mama, please… I came out of your uterus!
(Too cute. I fetched it for him.)

A couple of days later.
Ruben: Adelaide came out of your tummy. Oh no, your uterus. She was born!
Me: You were born the same way.
Ruben: Yes I was.
Me: Do you remember being born?
Ruben: Yes I do. I never want to do that again.
(No clue as to where that came from. Amusing nonetheless.)

I so look forward to the years to come but I am sad for the years past. It’s such a hard thing to sit with; the way your children grow.

Side note: the banner was planned months ago, started at 4pm the night before his birthday and completed by 2am.  A handmade touch that will feature in many birthdays to come.

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