45/52 a quote a week project

posted on: Sunday, March 15, 2015

45/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.

it's time. time to redo the kids' room. they're growing out of their matching little beds and I've asked them what kind of room they'd like and they've picked themes: star wars for max, and pink-ballerina -fairies for rose.

I'm sad that they've outgrown their nursery pastels. not just because all the vintage floral I've loved is being enthusiastically replaced in one sweeping embrace of stereotypical 'boys' and 'girls' paraphernalia (it's a phase, I know), but because it's the end of an era. not just for them, but for me.

but it's been fun planning how to make these themes work together in their tiny shared room. after perusing pinterest, my fave online stores, and local shops I put together an inspiration board. I decided to use white and grey as the unifying shades and add navy, pale pink, silver and gold as the accents.

this week I picked up their new sheets from pottery barn kids. I took the neatly wrapped packs from the huge paper bag and handed them each their sheets: ballerinas for the lady, star wars for the kiddo.

rose held her sheets with a reverence that surprised me. then max chimed in.

lady: mum, it's so lovely. I absolutely love it.

kiddo: I do too!


p.s I have just published 41/52 - 45/52 all in one hit! you may notice that the dates on the posts still reflect the true weeks that I recorded the quotes, not the date I posted them (26/4/15). I decided to date them this way so that one day when I'm looking back, I'll know when they really said them. x

44/52 a quote a week project

posted on: Sunday, March 8, 2015

44/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.


we were just driving along, as we do. when rose piped up.

lady: mum, the truth is weird.

silence. did she really just say that? she spoke again. more slowly. like maybe I was hard of hearing.

lady: mum? the truth. is. weird.

me: yes, it is rosie.

43/52 a quote a week project

posted on: Sunday, March 1, 2015

43/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.


kiddo: I asked rosie, did she want to catch a train, or catch a car, or catch a fish? she said, 'fish'.

lady: I did not! I said train.

they know how to bicker now. something I couldn't have imagined, once upon a time.

42/51 a quote a week project

posted on: Sunday, February 22, 2015

42/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.


kiddo: I think the nits were on my head for so long they died of old age.


what? he didn't even have nits at this time! haha.

max made that drawing at the bottom for me about three years ago, when he was in preschool and rose had just been born. that's her in my pink-gloved hand. he was obsessed with the idea of pink dresses for me, and tuxedos for him.

41/52 a quote a week project

posted on: Sunday, February 15, 2015

41/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.


me: we're human animals

lady: we're not animals!

kiddo: I'm a mammal who cares.

p.s you may have already seen this pic, and some others on my instagram? the images I'm posting aren't all from the week in question, but the quotes are.

40/52 a quote a week project

posted on: Monday, February 9, 2015

40/52 a quote a week project

40/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.

pointing to the degas reproduction of 'two dancers on the stage', in our house
lady: mum, I wish I could be in that picture.


she kind of got her wish this week, she started ballet class. something she's been asking us to do for a year. at just three, she's now old enough to join the infants class.

she loved it so much and concentrated so hard. after one of the exercises which involved sort of skipping down the room and pointing her toes, I saw her do the turn at the end and let out a big breath. bless.

I also saw her do something funny. you know how there's those people who always look like they're smiling (and in fact she was like that as a baby), and then there's those people who pull all sorts of faces when they're talking or thinking? yeah, that's me. I think she's inherited it. or learned it. either way, it was very sweet and amusing to see.

basically my heart just turned to mush over this. but I'm not holding my breath just yet, her brother did one class and didn't go back again, then he started tap (also at three, or maybe four?) and quit just a few weeks into the term. so, we'll see how she goes.

what have they been saying at your place?

39/52 a quote a week project

posted on: Thursday, February 5, 2015

39/52 a quote a week project

39/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.

lady: if I cry, my body will be broken!

she said this after her 3rd birthday party. she was very specific about the theme.
lady: I wish I could have another pink party.

when I asked him to put the shark book down and eat his dinner.
kiddo: why can't I do something terrifying and deadly?

lady:  after this sleep, lets go back to our wedding.

yes, she calls it 'our wedding' or, 'my wedding.' we're expecting the photographer's shots back soon, so exciting.

what have they been saying over your way? I'd love to hear.

38/52 a quote a week project

posted on: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

38/52 a quote a week project

38/52 a quote a week project

38/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.

mister: would you like to play 'spotlight' tonight?
kiddo: sure. it's like my past future is happening.

lady: we should get a boat and look for fishes!

you know the new place up the coast? it's kind of changing our lives.
what have they said around your way? I'd love to hear.

where have we been?

posted on: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

where have we been?

omigosh the crickets. it's been weeks! because, you guys, it was the lady's birthday, new year, we got married and we bought a place. !!!

tonight I'm catching up on the quotes that I jotted down on my phone from time to time. I hope you've been well. x

p.s photos of the mister and I when we were toddlers.

37/52 a quote a week project

37/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.

rose looking at a picture of me with her biggest brother when he was a baby, 14 years before she was born.
lady: where was I?
me: you were an egg in my belly.
lady: (squeaks) what the heck?

at our new place in the country.
kiddo: this is the best day ever!
later the same day.
kiddo: I wish we'd never bought this place!

lady: I forgot that max was in his room. and he was crying cause he didn't want to come.
me: yes, but he changed his mind.
lady: how do you change your mind?

good question, right? 

I've decided to take the linky off but I would still LOVE to hear about what your kids are saying. tell me in the comments? 

36/52 a quote a week project

36/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.


lady: mum, rainbows don't talk.

35/52 a quote a week project

35/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.


on the way to the wedding, the kiddo and I held hands quietly and looked out the window.
kiddo: mum, I'm really happy for you.

standing together at our wedding ceremony.
mister: you look beautiful.

part of his speech as best man.
teen: I've never seen my mum this happy.


seriously everyone was in tears when the teen made his speech. it was such a special day that I have no words yet.

scan of a polaroid taken by one of our dear friends. 

34/52 a quote a week project

34/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.

tucking her in at night on her third birthday.
lady: I love you. I'm going to hug you forever.

well if that isn't the sweetest thing ever. surely it was just yesterday that I was watching her unborn self make ripples across my belly while max gently laid his head on my bare skin to feel his sibling move.

how can she be three?

33/52 a quote a week project

posted on: Monday, December 29, 2014

33/52 a quote a week projecta quote from my family, once a week, every week.

after he'd been napping on the way to christmas day lunch.
kiddo: I didn't go to sleep. I just went into my own world and time went faster.

overheard while tucking her baby kangaroo in to bed.
lady: I love you little baby. I love you so much.

can you remember what they said over your way around christmas? a belated linky right here.



they're looking to me to decide how they should feel

posted on: Sunday, December 28, 2014

a toddler's first nail polish

...about themselves.

especially her.

mum, she says as she twists my ponytail around and around her little hand. what do you think you're like?

I pause.

I think I'm pretty cool. what do you think you're like?

quick as a flash she says,

I think I'm pretty cool.


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she's about to turn three. I know it's what all the old people say, but seriously. where has the time gone?

p.s 'a quote a week' coming up soon.

merry christmas

posted on: Thursday, December 25, 2014

baby space family 2014 by nan lawson

it's christmas! what a year. I'm so excited to be taking some time out with these people to just to be together, have lots of hugs, maybe do some puzzles, and definitely do some feasting.

wishing you and your loved ones a very merry christmas and happy holidays.

family portrait, now with all of us, by nan lawson. 

32/52 quote a week project

posted on: Sunday, December 21, 2014

32/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week. 


she was helping him make pancakes. then she was eating the batter.
mister: I think you've had enough. you won't have any room for the pancakes.
lady: I WILL.

the kiddo decided that today would be a great day to do a new pictorial wish list full of items that santa has definitely not got for him.

photo: the lady and her cousin at a christmas family gathering. 

what's going on over your way? here's the linky.

An InLinkz Link-up

31/52 a quote a week project

posted on: Sunday, December 14, 2014

31/52 a quote a week project

31/52 a quote a week project

31/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.


to santa
lady: I want a car with bells.
kiddo: I want 'lego movie' lego.


to me
lady: I don't want a baby.
lady: I want a cat and I want it to be mine and not to play with my toys.


trying on his page boy outfit for the wedding and looking in the mirror
kiddo:  I do look awesome.


in the living room with with a drum each slung around their necks
kiddo: three, two, one
lady and kiddo: we will, we will ROCK YOU.


they have some strong opinions, these two. what have they been saying over your way? link up here:

20 questions : liebster award

posted on: Thursday, December 11, 2014

back when I was a wee thing
toddler me, circa 1979.

a while ago the gorgeous bec at bloggers bazaar, and babs at patchwork cactus, nominated me for a leibster award. thanks you guys! they both asked me 10 questions each. here goes.

30/52 a quote a week project

posted on: Sunday, December 7, 2014

30/52 a quote a week project

30/52 a quote a week project

30/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.


lady: santa has holes on the top of his roof so he can get out.

kiddo: I wish it went day, then next day. instead of day, night, next day.
me: because you don't want to sleep?
mister: your brain grows when you sleep.
lady: my brain is in my stomach!

after putting her shoes on the wrong feet and trying to walk.

lady: my sandals have run out of batteries!


we got the tree up, their little trees (in the photos), the christmas lights and all the tinsel. they're excited for the 25th! how are things over your way? here's the linky.



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