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LIFE:CAPTURED began in August 2013 when we held our first full-day workshop at RAW Space in Sydney, Australia. Our mission is to help people document their stories and create tangible keepsakes to be treasured for generations to come. We offer intensive design, photography, and memory keeping workshops, as well as interactive online classes. We are advocates of honest photography, minimalist design, and memory keeping that's simple, beautiful, and tangible. We are the pioneers of the story book, and we offer flexible templates that enable everybody to tell their story. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. LIFE:CAPTURED was founded by Rhonda Mason (of the Pink Ronnie blog) and Trish Chong (of Tealily Photography).

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The official blog of LIFE:CAPTURED Inc, the modern school of memory keeping. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. We blog about design, photography, and how you can preserve your story with timeless, tangible keepsakes.

Conversations: "Mummy, you used to be good at remembering things."

Ronnie

Conversations - A blog series by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

| Written by Ronnie |

It is Thursday. Jamie, Bear, and I are on our way home from running errands.

Bear (our two year old): "Peugeot!"
Jamie (our four year old): "It's not a Peugeot."
Bear: "Yes Peugeot!"
Jamie: "Not a Peugeot."
Bear: "Yes Peugeot!"

Repeat 10 times.

* * *

It is Saturday, our day off. We are driving to our favourite park for some bike riding. Jamie is telling us all about something that happened when he was little…

Bear: "My? My?" (ie. Me? Me?)
Jamie: "No, you weren't born yet."

* * *

It is Monday morning. Bear is apologising for something that he’s done.

Me: "Say, 'I.'"
Bear: "I."
Me: "Say, 'won't'."
Bear: ""Won."
Me: "Say, 'do'."
Bear: "Do."
Me: "Say, 'that'."
Bear: "....gain."

* * *

It is bedtime, and Jamie is giving me a goodnight kiss and hug.

Jamie: "Mummy, your jumper was a bit prickly when I put my lips on it."

* * *

It is Saturday. We are up at North Head, enjoying an afternoon of exploring and bushwalking. Jamie and I are walking hand in hand and having the loveliest conversation.

Jamie: "I do love you very much mum."
Me: "I love you very much too, Jamie."
Jamie: "But you do get quite grumpy with me."

* * *

It is our family holiday, and we are driving home, having been on a ferry trip to the city. Angus and I are discussing grammar, and I am explaining how you use “many” with countable nouns and “much” with non-countable nouns, citing sky as an example of a noun that can't be counted.

Jamie (chiming in): "I can count sky. Ready? One! There."

* * *

We are in the car once again, this time musing about mummy and daddy’s memory, or lack thereof these days.

Jamie: “Mummy, you used to be good at remembering things."

Then, after a short pause: ”I never forget anything. Except sometimes when I forget some things."

* * *

It is Saturday evening. We’re all sitting round the meals table, enjoying dessert and chatting about my birthday tomorrow. The boys are all very excited and are doing their best to keep their ‘surprises’ a secret.

Jamie: "Tomorrow morning, when we wake you up for your birthday, you better get up and not keep sleeping."

Moments later…

Angus: "Oh no, we haven't got you a present! That's the most important part!"
Pete: “It’s okay. Daddy's making mummy an office."

* * *

It is the day of my birthday. We are driving to the library (as you do) and as we pass a particular building, Rick explains to the boys that mummy designed the logo on the building. 

Angus (after a moment’s consideration): "That looks so good it looks like someone else designed it."

You can read the other posts in this series here.

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