Share Six: July 2022: All about today

{All about today} is the theme for the month of July and was chosen by Lynne Grant Photography. Friday’s typically are my Luka day, but last week I had him overnight on Saturday, and this week I had him on Saturday as well. We are getting closer to our travel dates, and Amy wanted to do some last minute shopping. So we got Luka on Saturday so that she could get out and do what she needed to do. So this is my {All about today}.

This little guy holds my heart. Every time I look at him I feel this enormous amount of love. He’s at the age now where he is a little frustrated. He is not crawling but really wants to walk. You put him on your lap and he is wiggling down. Then when he is down he is wanting up.

He was lying on the floor on Saturday and he suddenly bit my toe with his two tiny teeth. We are trying to teach him how to get up on all four’s but when Richard showed him this weekend he just collapsed to the floor. However, he is nearly there. He was sitting and reached for something and managed to get on all fours but did not know what to do with himself so he collapsed to the carpet again. He does love to stand though.

Feeding time is always fun. I have my own high chair at the house and he knows when he goes in there exactly what is coming. He eats a variety of “baby foods”, pureed mango, or pear, or pumpkin, or numerous other combinations. He always makes sounds after each spoon. This week I actually gave him pear pieces. Half of it landed on the floor, but when he got it in his mouth I made a big fuss and clapped my hands. He gets the biggest smile on his face when I do that.

After feeding time, I headed outside to see if I could get an image or two of him. It is super hot and humid outside and he has not spent a lot of time outdoors, but we went into Granda’s big chair and I snapped a few of him in there. Every so often when I look at him I see my brother. I also see a lot of Amy these days.

Sleep snuggles is my favorite time. It is when we go quiet for a while, slow down what we are doing. I get to rock him to sleep and then we go on the bed, and he has a good sleep on my chest. I get to cuddle and make sure that he is not disturbed. I elevate the head of my bed and he seems to sleep so much better and longer. I know that this routine is not going to last much longer, but I do love those little cuddles and that happy face that he wakes up with.

Once he woke up Granda and I took him back to mom and dad. While Amy was making lunch for us, I took this wiggly little man out to his swing set. A couple of months back I bought him the swing and the saucer swing, and his Granda built him the frame to hang it from. So we went outside for a short while and he seems to enjoy it.

Given that it was so hot, we decided a swim was on the cards. Luka is like a fish. He instinctively kicks his legs. Amy puts him in the floater, but I have been pulling him out and holding his body so that he can have the freedom to kick and move his arms. I want him to learn to swim as soon as possible. Once he gets mobile the pool will become a hazard until he is able to get himself from his entry point to the steps. We learned with Amy that being prepared is good. She loved the water and we fished her out twice.

I honestly never thought about what it would be like to be a grandmother. Amy always said she was not getting married and not having kids. I always said the right person will come along and all that will change. Having Luka in our lives is such a joy. He was a balm to a horrible 2021, and watching him and Richard interact brings me such pleasure.

{All about today} is about the simplicity of life, the joy of a new child, and the gift of being able to love on this beautiful and delightful light in our lives.

This is a circle blog and as I mentioned, we have some very talented ladies in the group. The sneak peaks are stunning and I cannot wait to see the rest. Take some time to follow the links and see what they have for you this month. My incredibly talented friend Katherine from Cobert Photography next is up next. I can’t wait to see what she has to share. You can see more of her work by clicking on her Facebook and  Instagram pages. Definitely check out her incredible art.

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30 Minutes in the Life: March 2022

Just a heads up – this post is more than 30 Minutes. There was way to much going on on my time out.

We have a wee bit of Irish in our bloodline. My grandmother was born in Halifax, Yorkshire. Her father Michael Nolan, was born in York, Yorkshire of Irish Immigrants. My great grandparents emigrated to South Africa where my mother was born, as was I and my children. However, I do hold onto that tiny bit of Irish history.

It was St Patrick’s day, and so we dragged out Luka’s “My first St Patrick’s Day” bib and headed to the local parade. We grabbed some starters at a local restaurant, some beers and Guinness and family time until the parade started. I have to confess when I go to a parade like this, I honestly expect to hear and see all things Irish. Sadly I was disappointed. Green beads, green outfits and loud hooting does not make it Irish. The parade was not great and so I spent more time people watching, which seemed a lot more interesting.

I needed a low key photo for my 52 Frames project so the two images that you see in black and white were my choices for my low key images. I eventually decided to submit the image of the young lady.

Here are some images from the St Patrick’s Day outing.

The wind picked up, the dust was blowing everywhere, Luka was tired and getting dust in his eyes and Amy was getting stressed. We tried to find a seat at a restaurant and they took forever, and then only gave a seat for 2. He wandered off to try and find out if he could seat four. While we were waiting for the table, the police opened the cross roads, and so we abandoned the table and crossed the road heading back towards our car. Richard did not want to leave with all the traffic so we wandered down the road, and came across an outdoor Italian restaurant playing Irish music and offering corned beef and cabbage. So we hung out there for a while and had another beer. Just before we finished it started spitting, so we packed up and headed to the car as quickly as possible, each of us agreeing that we were glad that the parade was over and vowing we were not getting caught again next year. I needed Irish music, lilting laughter and good beer. Perhaps there will be another time. Or perhaps, we can plan to visit Ireland.

Thank you for joining us, 30 Minutes in the Life is a circle blog and we have some very talented photographers in the group. The sneak peaks are stunning and I cannot wait to see the rest. Take some time to follow the links and see what they have for you this month, Kristina Dominianni is up next, and I look forward to seeing what she has to share.

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