I can't say it was much fun, but as with any adventure, there were moments that made it worthwhile. Especially meeting Grandma and Grandad at the other end...
That wrapping paper Milo is playing with came from a bunch of $2 toys that I wrapped up for Elmer. Emergency plane presents, they came in very handy. We are loving our first week in the UK, lots of exciting things to come too..
I love seeing sunrises AND sunsets this time of year. Well, okay, I don't love seeing them both, I'd rather be in bed, but it is a nice bonus since I'm up anyway.
Also: Snow Day. We had one really amazing day of snow. Elmer's been sick (everyone's been sick) but I wrapped him up and we made a snowman because Elmer's been dreaming for a long time about making a snowman. Ever since he watched the cartoon film. Afterwards he brought his step stool over to the window and sat there. He was "waiting for him to move". I didn't capture an image of that because I wanted to video his little voice.
Raising my children recently has a rollercoaster of frayed patience and weary exhaustion, but also moments of bliss and wonder, like watching Elmer watch his snowman in the dusk. Someone can remind me of that when he is 15 and he hates me.
Less than 3 weeks till we leave for the UK now. Excited but also slightly terrified.
I loved shooting this wedding for two reasons. One was that Travis was (hand on heart) the happiest groom I have EVER seen marrying his bride Deborah. The ceremony was heartfelt but also illicited lots of happy laughter from the guests because of his sheer, unabashed contentment. He and Deb have the most beautiful, solid relationship, and their love for eachother is inspiring.
Also... the weather was typically New Zealandish, and after it pelted down with rain just before we shot the family groups, followed by some cloud cover, the sun suddenly appeared, and we had the most beautiful sunny evening (best time of year for the light of course). Inbetween, as we travelled along the peninsula, there was a rain storm out at sea, so we skipped over a bit of rough grass to make the most of the colours and light.
Ceremony at Pukehiki Church, and a reception at Larnach Castle....
Completely in love with those chubby little hands at the moment.