I went to Goulburn during the week and popped out to the farm to grab a pic of mum and I for a quick blog post ahead of mother’s day. I ended up sitting on the floor, absolutely engrossed, laughing to myself as I looked through old photo albums that I have seen many many times before.
The whole trip to Goulburn really made me think about the extraordinary job that mums do.
You see, my mum wasn’t home. She was in Parliament on Tuesday since she is a Senator and it was Budget night. My mum is pretty amazing. Do you know she managed to get her Masters and then her PHD all while working full time and having four children under 12?
here is a pic of mum I found. don’t you just love the dress, sunnies and clutch?!
I called my best friend. But remembered she was busy as she has a pretty high powered job and was travelling as well. I have hardly seen her lately because she has travelled to Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra all in the last couple of weeks for work. She has two little kids under three (who you would see here very frequently on the blog!) She’s the one getting the pressie from me that I posted here on Facebook cause she deserves it :)
My sister called so we went for a coffee. She had little Adele with her (7 weeks old). She could only be quick because she was on her way to do an inspection for a DA for her own business, is in the process of setting up a new business, was then going home to perfect (or maybe start on??) a presentation she was doing to Council on Thursday and had to pick up her other two boys (5 and 3) from school and preschool. I told her straight up. “Slow down. relax. Noone expects you to be everything to everyone. you are allowed to have some time to get her life together after having a new baby. you need to be pampered and to get some sleep! now… let’s have a wine…” (look, we all know it helps in these times of need! hee)
I have had conversations with all of them recently and I know they get tired and frazzled and overwhelmed. they are human. But they still manage to be these remarkable, hands-on mothers and grandmothers, despite their hectic careers and lives.
Have you seen that movie “I don’t know how she does it?” – this is what their lives are like!!
The common thread with all of them is that they too have amazing mums who support them when they need help – and let’s not forget the dads and husbands but this post is all about mums today :)
anyway, the point of all of this?
1. make sure you tell your mum (or your friend or your sister) how wonderful you think they are… not only on mother’s day but whenever you see them juggling a million things and still managing to make a chocolate cake from scratch at midnight.
2. take photos. all the time. the little things. one of my favourite images below is mum blow drying Lou’s hair while I am brushing mum’s hair. so typically girlie and a mummy moment.
3. don’t let the photos sit on your computer or in your camera, family history never to be seen or shared with future generations – you want your kids to be able to stumble across funny photos in 30 years time. I love love love the fact that Dad took A ZILLION photos and that mum took the time to put them in albums with little captions about who people were and where the photo was taken. Without them, I wouldn’t have remembered half of our adventures and stories growing up.
here are a couple of pics I managed to scan from the album.
the majority of pictures in the albums centred around water and sunshine (we travelled ALOT!)
did your mum always dress you the same as your sister? mine did :)
love this one
and here is an image from the family session with three little girls in Goulburn on Tuesday afternoon. Gorgeous huh! I hope this pic makes this mummy happy :)
if you would like to get a last minute Mother’s Day gift certificate for a photo shoot for your mum or mum of your kids, they are available here for $89. Only until Saturday 12th May 2012 though, so get in quickly.
have a great day everyone and you’ve done well to get this far so thanks for reading my ramblings :)
what are you up to for Mother’s day? leave me a comment if you liked this post and let me know how you’ll be celebrating!