Eva & Finn
Born two weeks apart, Eva and Finn have grown up together. Just as I have watched Eva change and grow, I have also watched Finn. It is so storybook that we often joke about them getting married someday or one loving the other from afar or some other such silly daydream.
They are both of similar personalities: strong willed and full of a boundless energy. Whereas they used to have tumultuous, love/hate relationship, recently they have been playing and building fantastical imaginary worlds.
We often meet on the neutral ground at a park. Felicity and I sit on the sidelines with the babies, while Finn and Eva run around playing Octonauts, or hide-and-seek (thankfully the playground is gated).
As I look at these pictures, I no longer see them as babies or toddlers. They’re now kids. And just as they’re reached each big milestone along side each other, these two cheeky, creative and curious kids will be starting pre-school in just a few short months!
I’m slightly in denial that this little boy is almost 5 months old! He reaches, cuddles, grabs, pulls, giggles, smiles, rolls, wiggles, has a beautiful temperament and a growing personality. I just love this stage and as much as I want to “press pause”, I can’t wait to see him develop and change.
1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1K — Micro 4/3 Compact Camera. The 14-42mm lens is fantastic, but the 20mm pancake lens is simply stunning! I use the pancake lens to take the majority of my pictures and couldn’t be happier with the results. I still haven’t learnt how to use this camera “properly” — it stays on automatic and only recently I’ve started using Lightroom rather than iPhoto to touch up my photographs.
3. Emily Green — Jane Necklace. I tend to wear neutral colours, so I love the splash of colour this necklace brings to an outfit. Owen of course is fascinated by it, so I might have to invest in one of those chew bead necklaces, any recommendations?
4. il Tutto — ”After Baby Bag”. This was a lovely gift from my in-laws. It’s the perfect size, plenty of pockets and beautifully made. It’s so perfect that I might have to do one of those “What’s in my Bag” post!
5. Seed Heritage — Silver Amber Sneakers. I finally realised I needed a pair of “sensible” shoes for the playground and these have quickly become a new favourite.
This Spring has warmed up so quickly. We have been going to the pool, going to the beach, and spending long days hanging out in the park. Eva has learned how to identify Jacaranda trees, which are in full bloom and takes joy in pointing them out during games of eye-spy in the car. Owen had his first experience dipping his toes in the ocean, but much more preferred the warmth of the heated pool. We’re hoping to take in as much of this warm weather before we leave for our month long vacation in America over Christmas!
A hot day on a public holiday led to a spontaneous trip down the coast to Kingscliff. Eva collected seashells, Owen napped under the beach tent, we picnicked and played with the kids along the shore line.
Although this wasn’t Owen’s first trip to the beach, it was his first time to experience dipping his toes in the water. Curious, timid and then a wave hit. Eva and I squealed in reaction to the cold water and Owen freaked out. His arms flailed out, ready to be picked out and comforted.
Despite the initial shock, as the weather warms, Owen will grow to love the beach. And we’re already planning more trips out of the city and down the coast.
HAPPINESS IS EVA
3rd Birthday Party