Thirza: Playing and daydreaming. And carrying 'Sos' ( the fox ) with her the entire time.

Canon EOS 7D with EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens - 1/500/800 f2.8 ISO100 

Making up for last week by posting two pictures. Also, I wasn't able to choose between these two.
We have been pretty busy the past week. The mister had to go abroad for business and I ran back and forth between the house, my work and daycare. Or in whatever order necessary.



Thirza: I told her more than once she isn't allowed to stand up on couches. She's pushing her luck. 

Shot on Iphone 5C using VSCOcam 

Cheating already. This picture was taken this week and I do love it. But I took it with my phone. I guess there aren't any rules to what camera you must use during this project, but I wanted to use my DSLR for every single picture made throughout the year.
Unfortunately I work four out of five days and was busy the rest of them. I get up early and come home late. We cook, we eat, we get her to sleep on time. But, I did manage to snap a picture saturday morning when we were out and about to go see Miffy at the museum. She had a blast.
And the light was just right in that moment so I flung out my phone and that was that.

No fancy shutter speed magic or aperture tricks. Just a snapshot of my pretty little lady, who, by the way, turned two yesterday.
Which was also one of many reasons I wasn't able to pick up my Canon. She had a lovely little birthday party. I took the day off, we decorated the living room, opened up some gifts and baked cupcakes. A perfect party, I think.



Thirza: Mad about drinking through a straw. 

Canon EOS 7D with EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens - 1/80 f2.8 ISO320

We were out of straws the other day. Which almost immediately resulted into her drinking less and making me worry more about her fluids intake. I'm easily worried, obviously. We lacked a nice drinking bottle and we were desperately trying to get rid of the bottle which she drinks her milk from in the morning ( the one she drank from as a baby ).
I came across these Lifefactory bottles with a silicone sleeve, making them easier to hold. Plus it can contain 260ml of water, juice ( Dikkie Dik sap ) or camomile tea. And it's dishwasher friendly. And it came in a variety of both pastel and bright colors.
Reasons galore to justify buying one.

Of course I don't need to explain why these bottles are amazing, because everyone seems the own one or knows about their existence.
But... I'm not sure whether my other find is so widely know. I bought a set of silicone straws from Greenpaxx. Reusable, dishwasher friendly, and PINK. No more running out of straws here. It's the little things that make me a happy mum. Obviously.


I already told I have taken on a challenge photographing my daughter every week throughout the year, but there are more things I'd like to start ( and finish ) this year. Some call it New Years resolutions... which they probably are, but calling them projects or challenges get me more enthusiastic about them. 

See, there's a bunch of things I want to work on. The cliche things of eating healthy and exercising more are part of them, inevitably. My boss gifted me Ottolenghi's Plenty More before our christmas break and I was dyeing to start cooking it's recipes. 
We've been eating all sorts of ( mostly ) vegetarian fusion-ish meals and we are loving it. So I guess eating healthy should come a long way. 
The exercising part is the tricky one. I really, really lack time for it. I work for four days ( seven if counting doing household chores and raising a child ). My luck though is I move around a lot when working, with heavy lifting every once in a bit. But I'm not sure it can measure itself against a hardcore workout at the gym. But visiting the gym is costly and I simply hate it. I should probably dust off my running shoes and run a mile or so every other evening.
Better though is it, to take on long walks with Thirza. Drive over to the beach, the woods or a stroll around the block. Playing tag will also do good I think. 
As you can see... I don't have a solid plan for working out just yet. Thankfully keeping the house tidy and the fridge stuffed to the brim with veggies will help a little. 

Also, what I would love to do more this year, is sit down and finish as much knitting and crochet projects as I possibly can. Both relax me, satisfy me and still my creative hunger. I can't imagine a week without picking up those needles. 
And to force myself into really sitting down for it once in a while, I'd like to take on another challenge. See, I've purchased a couple of knitting and crochet books with so many lovely projects, but I hardly finish anything. I'm a perfectionist and if something doesn't turn out the way I had imagined it, I throw it away. Which is a waste of fine yarn and time. Especially because I've worked on it with such pleasure and love.
Someone lovely I met on Instagram sent me her copy of Donna Wilson's The Knitted Odd Bod Bunch. I've been looking for it all over the place, but it was sold out completely. I simply love Donna Wilson! So I needed to get my hands on this book and luckily I was able to. 
My aim is to knit every creature in that book within the year. I've been practicing a little to get a head start on some of the techniques I wasn't familiar with. There are 35 different animals and beings that all look quite peculiar and interesting and thus crazy awesome and I can't wait to finish one and show it to you. As we speak I'm almost casting off one part of the tail of a funky raccoon. 

Same goes for the book Puur Haken and Tendre Crochet, as well as the Lalylala Doll patterns I have lying around. 

But the most important New Years resolution of all is to enjoy family life a lot more. Live and love more consciously and never take it for granted. We all get caught up a little in work and other responsibilities, but we must never let it overrule the time we spend as a family. 
So that being said, I'm back casting off that darn tail and about to silently sneak up on my little girl sleeping ( which remains the cutest sight ever ). 

Have a good one everybody!


Thirza: She's a sweet and gentle princess most of the time, but her 'Jekyll' side is wild, crazy and mischievous.

Canon EOS 7D with EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens - 1/80 f2.8 ISO320

I once tried to commit to a project like this one, but failed to structurally take pictures of my growing little one. Such a pity, because I missed freezing fleeting moments. Of course I lived them and it's not a total waste, but I'm a photographer ( at rest, but still ), so if anyone should be able to snap life as it is happening, it should be me.

Thankfully a new, fresh year lies ahead and with it new challenges make their way into it. I like challenges. They help me make the most of each day, even when I'm not feeling like doing anything at all. It's good to do nothing at times, but for the majority of it in my case, it's making me lazy and wasting precious hours.

So, with this post I'd like to share the first photo of the project I've been following for years over at Jodi's blog: Practising Simplicity. The idea is to take a photograph of your child ( or children ) each week, every week throughout 2015. Portraits or storytelling pictures that capture their being, how they are, as they are.
Just this week I noticed Thirza, our rambunctious little princess, being able to make small sentences. It was almost as though she learned to talk overnight. At that point I realized I want to 'freeze' more of the moments that seem to pass by just like that. They do grow up in the blink of an eye.

At the end of this year I hope to bundle all those moments into a coffee table book ( we LOVE coffee table books ) showcasing her journey.