A portrait of one or more of my children once a week, every week in 2013.
Him: "Mum, let's be a family of tigers. I'm a kid tiger and Rose is the baby tiger and you are the mum tiger. Mum, actually let's be a family of Saber Tooth Tigers. Actually let's be a family of monkeys but we're all different monkeys. I'm a yellow-tailed wooly monkey and you're a -- Mum? Mum!"
Her: "Muuumee. Mum, mum, mum. Muuumee!"
Contrary to these happy, playful images, by the second day of the hols they already felt like the longest school holidays of my life.
Which I thought was kind of weird (being the mother of a 15 year-old etc) until the switched-on mamas in my Mother's Group pointed out that this is our first term break since the kiddo started big school. Right.
It's been raining. Those pics were taken in the hour or so that it stopped and you know what kids are like when they're cooped up. And now the lady can not be kept down from the dining table where her brother draws, because naturally she wants to do whatever he's doing.
She is so quick that she has a collection of bruises from walking into and off things. And if you tell her to sit down she does that thing where they kind of pretend to sit down down but are actually still standing, you know the one?
As she can't be left alone for a single waking minute I have spent the last three days having my shower with her standing at the shower door saying, "bu!" (she means boo!) and patting my leg. So relaxing.
How are your school hols going?
Eye-catching portraits elsewhere this week: Lu and her teddy on Ambrose Press, A and T on Oyster and Pearl and Zephie, Pippi and the bump on The Beetle Shack.
Joining in with Jodi's 52 week portrait project.
p.s In other news Kidspot Village Voices has named this little baby space in the Top 25 Personal and Parenting Blogs of 2013. Oh My Yay!