To say that life of late has been busy would be an understatement. We are currently in the thick of wedding season (which is awesome), we are still working on finishing our house and next week I’m conducting workshops at the Australian Sign & Graphics Association’s National Conference, and seminars at Visual Impact Image Expo in Darling Harbour. All this combined with the usual scouting locations for future shoots, meeting with wonderful new clients and general day-to-day chores, leaves very little time to just kick back and enjoy a moment with the kids… which is kind of why Michelle and I packed up our lives in the city and moved to Bangalow in the first place.

On Sunday I decided to postpone tiling our laundry and actually enjoy the day with the kids. About ten metres from our front door there is a beautiful old tree that is known to the locals as the “Teddy Bear Tree”. When we first moved to the area there were dozens of  Teddy Bear’s perched high in the tree or swinging from its branches. Sadly many of these Teddys have fallen victim to decay and there is maybe only fifteen or twenty left, but the tree still remains the gathering place for kids and many young families. The Teddy Bear Tree has two rope swings and our kids, much like most of the kids in the neighborhood, simply love them. Our youngest, Harper, points to the tree and cries out ‘Way’ whenever she wants a swing. ‘Way’ is what she calls it as this is the sounds she makes while swinging ‘Waaay-waaay’.

The first four images in this post are the photos I took of Asia on Sunday. I think her facial expressions highlight just how much fun we were having… a whole lot more fun than tiling. It was so enjoyable in fact, that yesterday I took another hour or so out of my day and just played with Harper around the tree. Time-out with the kids truly is the best medicine for almost any ailment, and rather addictive as well. I think when Harper wakes from her nap today we might find another tree to go and sit under for a while.

The remainder of the images are from yesterday’s playdate.



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