Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Hanging at the Beach

I love summer, and it's great living so close to so many beautiful beaches. Yesterday we spent the day driving to the Royal National Forrest, and ending up at this lovely little beach. It's good to get out of the house, and spend time together. The boys had a lot to say, and it's good to just talk and talk together. I may have had too much fun with the selfie stick, but honestly I love taking photos, and I'm so glad that I have them to look back on. I probably look at my blog more than anyone else, and that's exactly why I do keep this online journal of some of my thoughts and photos. My three boys are growing up so quickly, and it makes me happy to have some of our memories together preserved in this way. I love looking back at all our adventures, their sweet smiles.  Our photos bring back the memories that I had forgotten about.

Gregory always finds the rubbish on the beach and in the ocean and cleans it up. I didn't realise that he had found a broken bottle when I took this photo. Surprise!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Family Photos Christmas 2016

I wanted to take family photos, but didn't organise a photographer. So I took most of these photos myself. For the family photos with me in them, I was going to use the timer, so I had the camera positioned on a tripod, but instead of using a timer there seemed to be someone who would almost volunteer to take the photo. The camera was on the tripod and positioned so all they had to do was push the button. I am grateful for all the strangers who helped take our family photos this Christmas. I think they turned out well. 

I enjoyed myself, but for boys taking photos isn't the funniest thing to do on Christmas Eve morning. We got up early so that the lighting would be good, and everyone participated well and did their best to be happy for the camera. 

I have wanted this photo for a while now. I do many of my morning runs around Darling Harbour and as I run across this bridge over and over again I would tell myself that this would be a lovely family photo. It is nice when little wishes like this one come true. My family gave me a great Christmas gift this morning as they woke up early, got dressed, and smiled for the camera! 

I really love this photo of William.  He's always on the move, loves to go and do everything... but he does it with a smile and I'm so happy that we captured his kind smile in the photo.

This photo might be my favourite. I didn't tell the boys to line up here, they were all looking over the bridge and all I had to say was hey look at me, and they all turned and this magic happened! I'm so blessed to have these handsome men in my life!

I love this photo of George and Gregory. They have beautiful smiles that light up my world. They are such handsome and wonderful sons.

When we took the last photo and filled my memory card, I said, something like  "It's a wrap, folks. We can go home now!" Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

The Australian Premier of Rogue One, A Star Wars Story

Stan won tickets to the Australian premier to the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One. It was really fun, there was a party on the roof, and they took our phones before watching the movie because we saw it a few days before the public and they didn't want us to record it.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

France Paris Mission

When I was 21 I served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Stan also served a full-time mission in Uruguay. It amazing that we both served the Lord in this capacity.

This post is a work in progress. I don't have access to many of my photos living abroad, but I'm going to start collecting photos of our missions here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Summertime in Sydney

School is out, so we are trying to take advantage of the beautiful beaches, swimming pools, and city living with the happy sunshine during this Christmas holiday season. I love Sydney, I love being outdoors and playing with my boys. This past year has gone by too quickly. Time flies when you're having fun I guess. I will always love the time we had here and cherish all the good memories made in Sydney Australia.