28 Jan 2015

So it happened (4 months ago). This gorgeous little man joined the world. We named him George. I thought it was pretty cute and so is George Weasley and Ty's great grandfather's? name was Alfred George, so it worked for us. It was either that or Fred (I know what you are thinking and you would be absolutely right). His middle name is Scott, after my dad.

I am still completely amazed (and relieved!) at how different his birth was to Nancy's. Hers was long, slow and totally exhausting, to the point that I was unaware of even having an epidural. His on the other hand, was overwhelmingly intense, very painful, and over within just five hours. Nancy's was quiet, I didn't even feel like talking. With him, I just wanted to yell and kick and I'm pretty sure at one point I was punching the side of the bath and roaring. Whatever works, right?

Some things were just the same. The delivery room was crowded with relatives* and the overwhelming relief and love and awe when he was put into my arms was just as powerful as with Nancy.

*People always ask me if this bothers me, and it truly doesn't. It's like I have my own personal support team cheering me on!

George has fit into this family so well. He's his own little personality already. A total chubster, he has put on so much weight since birth that he's off the charts! He'll only smile for you if he really wants to, and when he laughs, they sound like little grunts, like "Heh. Heh. Heh. Heh." He completely adores his sister. Whenever she's in his sight he'll follow her with his eyes and if he's crying, Nancy will lay down next to him and he'll abruptly stop and smile at her.

It was no joke when people warned me that two kids instead of one take up a lot more time. I feel like I've gotten into the swing of things faster then with Nance though. Less trackpants and a generally tidier living area (but let's not even discuss the ridiculous piles of laundry that need to be folded in our bedroom).

So aside from the unfolded laundry and the constant back-ache from carrying this little heavy-weight champ, life is pretty wonderful.


29 Aug 2014

For a long time I'd been on the lookout for really nice temple drawings that were pretty and kinda suited my style... but found nothing. Mostly because I was looking for the Melbourne, Australia temple and the choice just seemed to be really limited (read: non-existent). So I decided to draw my own! Bit silly that I spent ages looking for one when the best person to draw one in my own style is me. So I did and I loved it! I've already used it for a few different church handouts and I'm getting it printed for our home. It prints pretty big! If you want it too, you can download the file free by clicking here or below. 
My goal is to draw lots (if not all) of the temples throughout the world and have them available here for free download. 
So if Melbourne isn't your temple, but you would like one then leave a comment on which you'd like to be drawn next. I'm planning on doing Sydney Australia, Salt Lake, and Provo but after that I'm open to suggestions. 


I'm more than happy to have you use these for whatever personal/church projects you may wish, but please, they are not be resold, used for profit without permission or claimed as your own. x


28 Aug 2014

About 4 weeks to go (but probably 5) and I'm feeling pretty positive. We are much more prepared this time round, both mentally and physically so we are mostly all excitement. Though, once the labour starts for real I may well cry my eyes out. Please, oh please little boy, get one up on your sister early and come much faster and easier into this world. Please, your mumma is begging. If you do, I'll give you some chocolate when you are old enough to eat it.
Kidding aside (only not really) I'm actually looking forward in a way to the experience. I'm determined to do better, be more relaxed, let my body do what it knows to do and just trust and hope that second time round will be a breeze compared to the first. And if anyone suggests that I should walk for an entire day as soon as I feel my first contraction to help "speed things up", I will laugh and laugh and laugh and climb into bed and sleep.
Seriously, don't do it. Worst decision ever.


...says the girl with the nappy hat and paint moustache.

It is a delight and a privilege to raise this sweet daughter of God. It can be so easy to be overwhelmed when I think of the next 16 years and the worries and busyness and heartaches that no doubt will come. But little moments - painting together or sharing honey yoghurt or talking about how green (and every colour under the sun) is so lovely and her favourite, or her sitting on my lap and pushing away my hair, saying "you sooo bootiful, mummy" - these moments remind me that it will always be worth it, and that this is the greatest thing I will ever do.

"There is no role more essential and more eternal than that of motherhood" 


5 Sep 2013

and we are so excited! You can read more about it here.


6 Jul 2013

This snow day was amazing. After several days of being cooped up in home due to rainy weather/ no car, a trip to the mountain with family was definitely needed! Having only encountered snow a handful of times, I have never in my life seen it fall so thick and fast. It was beautiful and freezing!

Nancy had a blast. We were carrying her around to begin with and she was so grouchy, we thought she was cold and hated it. But she just wanted to eat the snow! She is so adorable.

A quick respite in the cafe where hot chocolate froth was thoroughly enjoyed, then back outside for a crazy snow fight and more snow consuming (I'm looking at you, Nancy).

We all had a bit of a chuckle at Ty, with his skinny legs and ripped shorts over skins. Would you ever guess we aren't properly equipped for the snow?

Carli and I were fantasizing about a log cabin here in the mountains, with large windows and an open fire. I'd snuggle on the couch with a warm blanket and alternate between reading a novel and watching snow fall in a flurry outside.
It was the perfect way to spend a weekend.

7 Jun 2013


29 Apr 2013

(This is only a small taste of the many masterpieces we find on our phones.)  


13 Feb 2013

It's started! Me and Lee have been working pretty hard these past two weeks, nutting out all the details for our diy design blog. And it is officially up and running! You can find it at bretandnancye.blogspot.com
Check it out! We are so excited about it and hope to be posting regularly (except for weekends.)

Because I'm not the greatest at multi-tasking, this blog here is going to go on a small hiatus, just for a while until I get into the rhythm of this other blog.
So I'll see you soon!

HELLO 2013

1 Feb 2013

*Give more - whatever it may be. Time, talents, a note to say "I'm thinking of you". Anything that will make my days more about others and less about me.
* Love Nancy more - I already feel like my heart is at bursting point in this regard, but I could definitely work on the way that I show my love. I want to make sure that I'm really there for her, physically AND emotionally.
* Make it happen - So many things that I want to do and ideas that I have that require more energy than standard daily tasks often got pushed to the back of the queue and I spend my time instead doing something not as wonderful or creative. I want to change that.
*Remember birthdays - I have the worst memory when it comes to dates and events.
*Make every meal in Jamie's 30 Minute Meals - I'm excited for this one. I love good food!
*Another blog! - Leanne and I are finally going to put our love of creative and beautiful things to good use, and are going to start a blog. It's in the early planning stages, but we have big dreams for it, full of DIYs and graphic designs and recipes and homely loves.
*Study my Scriptures - So many important principles and eternal truths are in the scriptures. I need to take more time to read and learn and think and ask questions and pray. 
*More date/family time - I would love to spend more time going and doing things with Ty and Nancy, travelling Tasmania, making memories, or even just the occasional night out for dinner or a picnic under the stars. Small, always-will-remember type of things.
*Don't take anything for granted - We are so blessed. I am so blessed. I have to remember to appreciate all I have, and also remember that when it comes down to it, nothing matters more than the gospel and my family. 

As a family we have some big goals for this year as well. Goals that take time and hard work and faith.  
It will be a good year.