how to write a final blog post

posted on: Sunday, May 17, 2015

the final blog post

I wasn't too sure how to write this final post, and when I googled how to (yes, I did), I only found 'how to start', not 'how to finish'. so here goes.

2015 has brought big changes to our lives, mostly because of our country place up the coast, which we're at a lot, but also because the kids really are getting bigger.

the lady at 3 is delightful. the kiddo at 7 is as entertaining and dear as ever. and the teen, who was just 14 when he took my bump snaps for me, is about to turn 18! (18!).

last month was the 5 year anniversary of baby space.
its been such a different experience than I thought it would be, much more personal.

looking back now I see that one of the most amazing things it's given me has been permission. permission to make the most of my last years as a mother of littles. to focus on every positive and sweet part of what it's meant to me to be a mum in this time and place.

so even though there've been many points when I'd thought I'd better bring this blog to a close; when the lady turned one, when I went back to out-of-home work -- I found I wasn't ready to quit.

people often talk about social media distracting from real life, and for sure sometimes it does, but for me this space sharpened real life for me, especially when the lady was a tiny thing. when I was considering which moments I'd write about or photograph, I became more engaged. more in the moment. and the mama blogging community has been so kind. gratitude is a word that's thrown around a lot these days, but there it is. I'm grateful.

back to now. our place has brought a big and welcome change for me too: I'm able to spend some weekends writing. writing things that will hopefully turn into pieces that will mean a lot to me. besides my loved ones, this is where my heart is.

so between editing at child magazines, the kids not being so little any more, and working on my own writing, it's time for me to wrap up here.

but you'll still be able to find me on instagram (now @bronbates) and my blog about writing and life: expressive compulsive, I hope I see you there. thank you, thank you x


picture: the lady trotting down the drive, in her brother's shoes, at tulgey wood.

52/52 a quote a week project

posted on: Sunday, May 10, 2015

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


lady: (talking out loud to herself) I don't know, I'm just here with my mum, bron.


oh my. she is just so lovely and this age is just so sweet. I feel super grateful to be a mum -- to be her mum and the boys' mum, and I've loved jotting down on my phone some of the funny, cute and surprising things they've said over the past year. I think it will probably a be a habit I'll keep up, even though the project is complete.

so this is the last post in the 52 quotes series! from mother's day 2014 to mother's day 2015. for those who played along, I hope you enjoyed it too. now to print this project into a book.


wishing you a very wonderful mother's day. I hope your little (and big) ones hug you tight.
x

51/52 a quote a week project

posted on: Saturday, May 9, 2015

51/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.

we were talking about a story project we might work on together.

kiddo:
you have the best ideas mum! imagine if there were no books, that would be so more boring.

today I did another mass posting of quote catch-ups from the last few weeks. the last post in this project is coming up tomorrow. x

50/52 a quote a week project

50/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.


kiddo: (making up a story) it all started one fine day, when we were on a farm...


lady: where's the toast we have after pizza?

she meant garlic bread.


picture: the lady sitting by the fire at tulgey wood. she loves wearing this dress and poncho.

49/52 a quote a week project

49/52 a quote a week project

49/52 a quote a week project

49/52 a quote a week project

a quote from my family, once a week, every week.

kiddo: I wish I had a pet wallaby.
mister: what would you call him?
me: wally?
mister: hoppy?
kiddo: (firmly) dave. I'd call him dave.

picture: the mister and kiddo having a chat. love them.

48/52 a quote a week project

48/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.

me: so, in the olden days...
kiddo: before the internet?
me: erm, yes.

me: smile!
lady: I can't smile, I'm eating chocolate.


picture: she'd  just come inside after playing outside in the mud at our place up the coast, we call it tulgey wood.

47/52 a quote a week project

47/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.

lady: mum, I'm so sad.
me: why is that rosie?
lady: I want a crown like elsa.

oh, the frozen movie obsession. she is in the thick of loving pink, princesses and things that sparkle. also, her language has really taken off in the last few months.

picture: at her ballet school. those little ribs. 

46/52 a quote a week project

posted on: Sunday, March 22, 2015

46/52 a quote a week project
a quote from my family, once a week, every week.

rose held up the grocery shopping receipt to me.

lady: look at my papergraph!

picture: rose playing in the sand at the beach

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. 
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