the prettiest pictures of all

Last year I was fortunate enough to win a family photo shoot through wind in a letterbox and earlier this year we eventually got round to meeting up with Utami from Utami Rostoll Photography

Photo shoots are not something we usually look forward to. I love the photo’s but having them done, generally feels like a chore. We have had a particularly bad experience with a photographer in the past and let’s not forget that I am currently sporting a mouth full of ‘aesthetically pleasing’ metal – which I am actually very conscious of. So, while I was keen to see the results I was not terribly excited about the event.

Well, we ended up having the best time! Utami is so relaxed and lovely to work with. The shoot took place on her own property which really made us feel comfortable and safe. The kids had a blast and even gave us some very natural looking smiles. What I love most is that Utami listened to what I had asked for – she focused on the kids and kept our shots looking very natural and fun. Utami, you have captured some of the most beautiful memories for us and I cant wait to display them all in our home – thank you!!

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a richards update

Once again, it’s been a while since I last visited faithplusmom. A couple of months ago I really assessed whether this was something I wanted to carry on with… I asked friends on facebook, spoke to my family, gave it some thought and while the general consensus was that yes, I should do it, I really had to figure it out for myself. I had to realise why I wanted to blog and whether I was going to be upset if I couldn’t keep up with everything that hosting a ‘good blog’ entails. I had to come to the point where I am okay with ‘failing’ according to all of those standards that are put out there – or rather those that we interpret. I had to ask myself questions such as who am I trying to reach, what am I wanting to say and what is actually the purpose of putting the details of our life out there for all for you to read?

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Disney On Ice – from an (ex) figure skater’s perspective

I have always been against paying (a substantial amount of money) for tickets to an ice-show. Because when you’re a figure skater, you know that its really all about the ‘show’. It’s costumes and lighting and sparkles and snow…everything a little girls dream is made of. Being Disney, means that its princesses too! It’s popcorn and slush puppie, character apparel and candy floss.

It’s all pretty grand for a four year old!! But when you’re a skater (or have been a skater) it’s a very different show to watch.

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Keatynn Turns Two : A Puppy Party

Yes, you read that correctly. Our ‘baby’ is TWO! And we threw a small puppy themed party to celebrate.

The Theme:

By the time you get down to your 6th party, choosing another girly theme starts to become tricky. We’ve done Minnie Mouse, Owls, and Ballet, we’ve had a Pink party and we have even done Puppies before. Tailei’s first birthday was a Puppy Party and it was such a hit. But because we had already done it I was hesitant to choose this theme again. …and then I realised that actually, Keatynn is a different child who is really also allowed to love puppies. That she wasn’t around for Tai’s first birthday and that because their personalities are so different, their parties would be too.

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Oral Surgery Care Package

Oral or Dental surgery is down played all the time. It is actually a really BIG deal. Far bigger than what I assumed it would be. I mean, people have their wisdoms out all the time, right? And everyone tells you it’s nothing to worry about! I have come to the conclusion that the older you get, the worse it is. And my whole post surgery experience was the worst I’ve ever had. But there are a few key things that make post surgery recovery that little bit easier. I love putting care packages together… even for myself. They can be a bit pricey, but it is my most favourite gift to give!
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Day One : Surgery & Recovery

Yesterday was the big day. Surgery day.

I’ve had a few ops before : when I was ten I had a piece of foreign body removed from my leg (which was left there when the GP incorrectly stitched me up after a skating accident). In 2009 I had a d&c after miscarriage, later that year I had a laparoscopy and between then and now I have had two caesarian sections.

So the thought of surgery didn’t really scare me.
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