Sunday, June 09, 2013

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"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Che: He took his book into the garden, as you do. Photo by Daniel.
Poet: Her third time watching this beautiful film - she was curious, her joy was contagious. A child's perception of birth is so different to an adults, don't you think?

In five weeks time we will be celebrating Poet's 2nd birthday. I'm readying myself for the emotion, the moments where I stop what I'm doing and try to comprehend the little girl that stands in front of me, once such a tiny baby. Lately I've had moments of pure sadness when I long for the age she once was. I've experienced the same with Che; desperately missing the conversations I had with his three-year-old self, the way he would sit in the shopping trolley eating an apple as we walked around the supermarket, his toddler squeals and sweet expressions. 

I miss them when they were littler; hence my dedication to documenting them now. I can't imagine what the longing will be like when they're teenagers. These days really are the good days. 

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I always adore Olive aka Punky Brewster...the apple does not fall far from the tree, Kellie / Three portraits of everyday moments, Milina's photography has come into its own / Adair and Ingrid in the strawberry fields - summer bliss / Tahnee's take on portraits is genius / and Sam and Bella in beautiful French, summer light. 






52 COMMENTS

  1. oh boy you hit my thoughts this week on the head with this one! where's the pause button as kids zoom past and grow so fast! gorgeous as always! loving the concentration on your book worms face he is lost in words and foliage x

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  2. It didn't even occur to me that he won't always sit in the shopping cart with me at the supermarket. Tear. Embrace those babies.

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  3. beautiful portraits as always. and yes, time is going by way too fast. Lily will be in her first ballet recital tomorrow and i am going to cry my eyes out

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  4. I flit from thinking how big my children are now to realising they will never be this small again. I am so nostalgic for now, it's painful.

    Beautiful pictures, beautiful words.

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  5. I remember when mine were little, about 10 years ago. I would miss the little things they grew out of, the shows they no longer wanted to watch, the books they had finished with. But here's the good news... As I watch mine grow through their ages and stages, it gets better, because of the young people they are growing into. I had to make a very conscious effort to 'smile because it happened and not cry because it was over'. Now at ages 12 and 14, I am able to have the best conversations with them, teach them about the do's and don'ts that come with these ages and see them mature into wonderful young adults, Cooper my 14 yr old boy is now taller than me, and Stella nearly as tall. Enjoy and let go of each stage as it comes and goes. Jx

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  6. My children were also enraptured by that film. It's so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. The picture of Che is amazing. And the movie, well, I cried of course, remembering my lili's birth at home 4 months ago, and I agree, time flies when you have kids, so fast... this movie pulled me back 4 months ago and it was a so beautiful moment...

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  8. crying like a BIG GIRL at the film. have made m agree provisionally to a third baby... x

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  9. Heart melting pics this week Jodi. Just love this project. x

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  10. I love that old tree, it looks like it belongs in a fairytale and it dwarfs Che. He may be a big brother but he's still a small boy in an enormous, exciting world.
    Thank you, as always for sharing these special moment with us Jodi.

    Bella @ Sea and Salt xx

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  11. hello from a new reader who just wants to tell you how beautiful your weblog is.

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  12. I have these thoughts and feelings so, so often! My eldest son has recently flown the nest to live far away from me and my beautiful girl will be 19 in a few days. What with my biggest little turning 9 next month and my youngest turning 4 soon after that I am constantly reminded of how quickly the stages change. I do try to embrace each stage with as much grace as I can, but having gone through it once before with my big kids, some days I feel a little more wistful than others. As someone once said to me when my eldest was just a baby, "the days can seem like forever, but the years will fly" It is so, so true. xx

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  13. I blinked and my baby girl Tamika will be 21 in December, how did that happen. One moment she was napping on my chest, like Jarvis is now, the next moment she was all grown up.

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  14. beautiful photos! I so get your feelings on babies growing up....you are lucky - you are young and still able to have another - unlike some of us who battle fertility/age....Treasure every moment xx

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  15. The colours are so beautiful and rich in that photo of Che and how wonderful to see how much he enjoys his reading:) Such a sweet little photo of Poet, she has such a character about her. Wishing you a wonderful long weekend. xx

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  16. Oh the joy in her wee little face! And Che dwarfed by that magnificent tree is just beautiful. Such a serene little man. Wish I could pop my babies in a jar for a time so I could still time for a little :( Have a lovely weekend :) x

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  17. Oh, the bitter sweet feelings surrounding our little ones birthdays. You do document these moments so beautifully though and that's really all you can do - live them, enjoy them and re-live them in the years to come as you look back over these images. xx

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  18. hello jodi. such lovely photos of your lovely two to gaze upon this morning.

    wow...elsa and i just watched the video together. we both smiled. my tears welled and she was enchanted by it! we almost had a sunday morning tantrum there because she wanted to see it AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN!! now she's on to scooby doo...so fickle ;)

    thought provoking words too. i have such a sense of all these precious moments with my girl slipping by too fast. this age (3) is proving hilarious and tender and challenging but most of all amazing. and although i know in my heart that we won't be able to have another baby for a moment part of me felt how wonderful it would be to witness elsa being a big sister one day. xx

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  19. Poet's smile is adorable. Also, watching the birth video with only a few weeks to go myself filled me with positive thoughts and excitement at what's to come x

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  20. To be lost in a book... lovely. I feel the days whizz by myself. My youngest at 18months seems to be shedding inches of his baby self each day. Moments to be cherished, they really are the golden days.

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  21. " Lately I've had moments of pure sadness when I long for the age she once was. "

    Oh me too. My "baby" just turned three (on Thursday). I've been all sorts of emotions.

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  22. he must be quite the bookworm to be in such a lovely spot and still have his nose in a book!
    and how lucky you guys are to see that lovely smile everyday (and her smile will endure whatever her age) x

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  23. Oh, you just made me cry! x

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  24. deep thinking boy ... and such sweet words . sigh x

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  25. Oh a book in the garden!! Perfection!!

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  26. Poet has such a sweet sweet face in that last one. And why yes a book in the garden - perfect really

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  27. Your photos are just absolutely beautiful - your kids are too ;)

    I love how Che is reading in the garden. I think I'm kindred spirits with that little boy!

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  28. what an amazing garden you have, not at all jealous nope not at all *eyes turn green with envy*

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  29. your thoughts made me well up a little. I can't wait for the moments and memories we are yet to make as Theo grows older, but like you too I mourn those moments that have already passed so quickly! They didn't lie when they said blink and you'll miss it!

    But if that video doesn't make you want to do it all over again, I don't know what will!

    Beautiful photographs as always!

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  30. Oh, thanks for picking my Punky! Kellie xx

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  31. Shouldn't everyone take a book into the garden? Everyone said that time would go so fast and I never understood what that meant until I had a baby. Now she's 2 1/2 and I wonder how that happened.

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  32. Beautiful post. I watched the birth video; just loved it. I think it's great for kids to see and share in the joy of birth.

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  33. Oh, Poet's face! Bless! Loving Che in the garden with his book as well. Those gumboots are pretty awesome! :)

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  34. I absolutely love Poet's face in that photo. Thanks for sharing that beautiful video. We are awaiting birth any day now and Ivy loved watching the video, quite special to see and perfect for her to watch.

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  35. Che in the garden is majestic. I love how much colour your garden has in the midst of Winter. Thank you ever so kindly for your recognition. It truly made my day. xo

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  36. Being a former primary school teacher, there isn't much more that warms my heart than seeing a child engrossed in a book. Well done to Daniel on capturing this one :)
    Poet and that smile- just beautiful! I am yet to show Harper Georgia's film yet. Must get onto that!

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  37. You are so right! these are the 'good ole days' that will keep our hearts alive when we are older... and I feel these moments drifting out of reach as I experience them, at once I'm SO happy and yet simultaneously nostalgic for a moment that has not yet past.

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  38. Loving those wellies on Che! And you know, I've watched that video three times already and have gotten teary eyed each time. I wish I could go back in time to my pregnancy already, and am hoping I can get someone to document the next one (should we be lucky enough!) x hope your weekend was wonderful, Jodi!

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  39. Thanks for including my strawberry-picking girls!

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  40. beautiful. everything. che, poet....the video....you made my day with this post jodi.

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  41. Che is such a careful reader. I love that he always has his nose in a book. As the mum of a Kinder who is really struggling to get the whole concept, it is so refreshing to see such a young and avid reader. x

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    1. He's not always reading the words...he just loves being between the pages, lost in pictures x

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  42. I think about that a lot. Barely remember the newborn phase, and I think about how quickly my daughter is changing, how much I miss her younger self, even while I love her present self, and look forward to meeting her future self. Even now, when she's three, I can still catch glimpses of my newborn babe. I wonder if ten years from now, I'll still have moments when I can see the baby she was?

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  43. Your photos are extra stunning this week. Love those adorable faces, that love for reading, and the scenic background. x

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  44. I had a 'moment' yesterday when I realised that there will be a time when my baby boy is bigger than me, and before that there will be a time when he won't want to cuddle me anymore. I am quite a reserved person, except with my children and the idea of having to hold back and respect their personal space and preferences makes me a bit wibbly. I need those cuddles, they are the fuel that gets me through each day.

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  45. oh, how cute that he took his book into the garden. and is reading standing up! he he xo

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