Sunday, 13 April 2014

15/52 - boy's night out


Well, we made it! The very first full term of school is done.

Now we have two glorious weeks with our girl at home... we have missed her cheery presence around here. She is very ready for this break and so are we. Hooray for lazy days with no school bell dictating our time!

Well done, little lady, on transitioning so well into your first term of school. You have handled it all with grace and bravery. It is a big step for a little girl. Not so little anymore, it seems... you are transforming before my eyes.


With the new Lego Movie coming out, Mark was keen to take Eli out for a special 'boy's night out' to see it. Of course, I think Mark would have happily gone along without Eli, but having a kid is a convenient excuse!! ;) 

To say Eli was excited would be an understatement. He was so thrilled to get to go out at night with just Dad. He came home so hyped up on jelly snakes and general excitement, he could barely form a sentence to tell me about all the fun.

You could feel the joy radiating off him - he just loved having a special time out just with Dad. That quality-time cup just got filled to the brim - and overflowing.

Photos taken on Mark's phone


Whilst tidying the room, I turn around to see Miles splayed out on the bed, feet kicking in the air, just chilling with Daddy's (switched off) phone. 

Or perhaps he has turned it on and is texting with his friends?

Who can tell with kids these days??!! ;)


'Thank you' cuddles from Eli, for taking him to see the Lego movie.

Yup, when it comes to fatherhood, this guy has got it sorted. How awesome it is to parent alongside such a loving and involved father. He makes every step of this journey so much better.

These kids are so blessed to have him!

Project 52: A portrait with my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.

More highlights from the week that was...

Yay for the Lego Movie (they both said it was awesome)

Of course a special outing with Daddy requires a special treat of junk food - chips and
nuggets, if you please!

He totally gets this from his Dad!! When you are just so happy and chilled out you
have to lie back and half-sleep whilst eating ;)

E set the animals up in quite a procession!

'Do you mind, Mum?? I'm just facetiming w some friends'
'Ok, cool - see ya at the park in five'
Following along with '30 Days to Transform Your Play' from the inspiring An Everyday Story blog run by my clever friend Kate. Well, we are dipping in and out as we can! It's been a great motivation to extend and enhance the kid's play
in new directions.

She does not need much (or any!) guidance. She has big ideas and a whole lot of determination to bring them to
fruition. Coming across a piece of bubble wrap I had dropped into their 'busy box' she has worked all week to turn it into
a 'jumping castle'... as a nifty addition to last week's water fountain. She then informed me she is actually creating a whole 'world', with house and people and so on... and what a world it will be :)

Preparing the toppings for the kid's favourite meal - home made pizzas!! Even better when shared with friends - we were
blessed with my dear old friend Vicki coming to stay over the weekend :)

He was absolutely determined to decorate his pizza like this. Totally satisfied with the
outcome and content to eat it as it was. Oh, Eli!

This man loves his pizzas... cooked to perfection on the BBQ (enclosed, on a pizza stone - it's delish!). He also loves
his jumbo spatula!!


  1. Love them all, the pizza one of Eli made me smile... he reminds me of Blake so much. Determined and stubborn in the most cheeky and charming way ;) And those photos of Miles on the bed are gorgeous - love the lighting!

    1. yes andi, i think blake and eli are kindred spirits for sure! we can both celebrate and sympathise with each other, haha - our beautiful busy boys!!

  2. Yay Lily! Another milestone complete. I just love that first photo of her. She looks so proud and confident.

    Miles is such a doll. He's looking a lot like older brother to me. I can't believe how big he's gotten. So cliche, I know...but so true! And that photo of him eating like Dad is just too funny!

    I really like the photo of Eli looking very excited about The Lego Movie. I agree with him, it was awesome! My mom and dad even liked it.

    1. thanks faith! yes, lily has flourished so much in this term, growing and learning in leaps and bounds. i am keen to see the lego movie too now - hearing such glowing reviews :)

  3. Congratulations to Lily on finishing her first term of school, what a big achievement! I can't believe how tall and grown up she is looking now, gosh that's happened quickly.

    What a special treat for Eli to go to the movies with his Dad. We took Stanley along to see the LEGO movie as well and he just loved every second of it! I love his playdough explorations as well. We have been following along with Kate's series as well but we haven't had a chance to start yet, I'm looking forward to seeing what Stanley comes up with.

    And how gorgeous is little Miles!? I just love his little curls. It totally looks like he is busy facetiming away on the phone, so cute!

    I love that you are including Mark in this years project, thats such a lovely idea.

    Another lovely collection of photos this week, Kate, thanks for sharing :-)

    1. thanks Brooke - and yay, your comments are coming through!! ;) that's great you are going to do the An everyday story series... it's been a great prompt for some new ways to play. Stanley will love it!

  4. Kate! That first one of Lily stopped me in my tracks. She is SO grown up. What a beautiful little lady.

    1. thank you!! yes she is becoming such a little lady... before my eyes x

  5. Loving all of this, but especially miles!!! I cannot handle the cuteness on the bed!! Instant flash into his teen years! So adorable.

    Eli's pizza! So cute!

    And beautiful Lilly! Bet she is loving being home with you all!


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