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kiranjpg mayaI was so thrilled to get my lens back! Never thought that was going to happen. Even better, the guy at the lost and found office seemed so happy to give it to me – I guess he doesn’t get to reuinte things with their owners very often when people are just passing through. Made my day! My computer unfortunately is still in for repair – turned out to be a bigger problem than just a dead hard drive and I’ve had to send it to Surabaya to be fixed. Sigh. :(

Maya here is doing an impression of Jean Claude Van Damme. I was amazed when she did this as I only showed her the video once, about 6 months ago. They really are little sponges at this age!

Linking up with Jodi

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Yes I did miss out 2 weeks of project 52 and I got way beyond even trying to catch up. Not only did I leave my portrait lens in the hotel when I was away with my mum, as I feared, but my kit lens has so much dust in it, it’s unusable. Everything I’ve read online says this is impossible and even a huge amount of dust makes no different to photos (complete with a demonstration of huge bits of paper stuck over the lens!) but it really does! Photos either look really dirty or like they have giant spiders crawling all over them, depending on the aperture setting :(

So I’m stuck with phone pics and my point and shoot for now. As if that wasn’t enough, my hard drive died and my computer is in for repair so i’m on my old laptop running linux with no battery. Sigh. At least the rice fields are pretty at the moment!

I really have little chance of getting my lens back now so I’m planning on buying a new one. I LOVED my 50mm f/1.8 but I did find it a little boxed in at times so i was thinking about replacing it with something a little more versatile. If any of you talented camera people could weigh in with (canon compatible) lens recommendations, I’d really appreciate it!

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And if you thought i couldn’t get any lazier, I didn’t manage to get any photos except crappy phone pics last week! So here is Maya showing off her drawing and Kiran eating a cake.

If you’d like to see some examples of more talented photography (not difficult) I suggest you have a look at this gorgeous sunset beach portrait, this cutie with sparkler (braver than me!) and all of these beautiful shots.

Linking up, as always, with Jodi

I seem to have lost my prime lens after I went on mini holiday with my mum so fingers crossed I find it or there will be no half-decent photos on this blog for the rest of the year….

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Ok so as I’m over 2 weeks late with this, I think we’ve given up all pretense that I’m making any effort with this project anymore, but I will continue nonetheless!

Here we have a little impromptu outside bath time tea party just before I went away without my babies for the first time for two whole nights! Meep! (more on that later)

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Maya – rowing a boat down a river infested with crocodiles. Apparently.

Kiran – face lit up by the glow from the tablet. I have to hide it from him – he’s too addicted. What do you want to do Kiran? “Playing game!”

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I don’t have a photo of Kiran yet this week but I’m determined not to be late with this one and I’m hardly on the computer at the moment as grandma is here visiting! So I’ll update with Kiran’s photo later.

Maya has a new friend and it was her birthday this week so we went over for a little party. She has a bamboo fort with swings, a trampoline and a swimming pool so obviously Maya thinks she’s died and gone to heaven every time we go over there! I accidentally on purpose kind of left it too late to enrol her in pre-school this year (although we could probably do it mid term) and instead looking forward to more time playing and swimming with my girl :)

Updated with my handsome boy as promised:

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I love his hair! I never want to cut it!

So many pictures to love last week! I found it hard to choose just a few: Belly and big sister, magical woods, and being silly.

Linking up with Jodi

Adventures in weaning

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Kiran had his last breastfeed about a week and a half ago so I think I can say at this point that he’s finally weaned. This was rather overdue – I’d alwaya intended to stop around the 2 year mark (I’m not one of those women who can breastfeed their kids until they’re 4+ though I have huge respect for those who do). After over 3 years of breastfeeding with only a 3 month break between weaning Maya and Kiran being born, I was done. I wanted my body back!

I knew weaning Kiran was never going to be an easy task as he was far more attached than Maya ever was. Maya was down to only a couple of feeds a day when I started weaning her at 10 months and by the time I totally phased it out at 12 months, she barely noticed. I substituted night feeds for a bottle of water and that was that.

Kiran however would scream at me if I refused and work himself up into quite a state. His word for feeding is “numbedik” – a contraction of the Balinese for “little drink”, minum bedik,  and I was getting really tired of those being his first words to me every time he saw me. Obviously a simple distraction/refusal plan was never going to work with Kiran.

I’d heard that Japanese women put sticking plasters over their nipples and say they have an “owie” so I tried this first. It worked right up until bed time when he started hysterically screaming at me again and telling me to take the plaster off. in desperation i googled and found a mumsnet thread where several women had put vinegar on their nipples with success. i’d already tried the Balinese method of coffee a few months back with no success but I had vinegar in the house so worth a try right?

The next time he tried I told him that because I had “owies” and it hurt he could try but it would taste bad. Of course he wanted to try, which he soon regretted. He didn’t try again after that :p I couldn’t believe it was so easy after all that effort! He did ask a few more times and asked if it “still hurt numbedik?” but I just showed him the plasters again and he gave up. 28 months – not a bad run!

Freeeeeeeedom! I was also an emotional wreck when I weaned Maya (i guess being heavily pregnant didn’t help) but no hormonal craziness this time. Hurray!

Even better, since he’s been weaned he’s slept through the night at least twice. This has NEVER happened before. He’s nappy-free at night time now too. Where did my baby go?!

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Ok so I blatantly didn’t get organised last week as I’m a whole day late with posting this again and i didn’t even get the DSLR out this week. So all I have are a couple of phone snaps from the beach – glad we went, it seems to be a constant battle to reclaim our Sunday family time. Made some important decisions for my business and family this last week – I’m giving up freelance writing and it’s all or nothing for now! Wish me luck!

Last week I loved this magical light, this little artist, and these thoughtful portraits.

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