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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: "Mum, you're a bit grumpy with us every day."

Ronnie

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

| Written by Ronnie |

It is bedtime on Saturday. I am saying goodnight to Pete and Jamie in their room.

Pete: "Mummy, you're a bit grumpy with us everyday."
Me: "When does mummy usually get grumpy?"
Jamie: "When daddy is out and we do naughty things."

* * *

It is Sunday afternoon. I have just taken Jamie out for lunch, so I try to find out what his favourite part of our lunch date was. 

Jamie: "The egg sushi!"
Me: "Mine was getting to hold your hand and walking to the sushi place together."
Jamie: "Oh, my first favourite thing was kissing you. My second favourite thing was holding hands."

* * *

It is Wednesday at dinnertime. The boys and I are chatting about random things that we think of. 

Me: "Someone's going to come tomorrow and give me a massage."
Jamie: "Why do you want someone to give you a moustache?"

* * *

It is quiet time on Tuesday. I am putting Bear down for his nap, and I decide to have a brief lie down on Angus’ bed myself.

Bear: "Mama not lie on Gussy's bed. Gussys’!”

* * *

It is Saturday morning, and Rick is eating breakfast with the boys.

Bear (pointing to Rick’s beard): “Beard!”

A moment later…

Bear (pointing to Rick’s moustache): “Moustachio!”

* * *

It is Monday afternoon. I go to pick up Bear from his daycare. As soon as he sees me, he rushes straight into my arms.

“I miss you, Mama!”

Ten minutes later, as we are walking to the car, I chat to him about making milkshakes for all of us when we get home.

Bear: "Mama have coffee milkshake, and Bear Bear have milkshake."

* * *

It is Saturday evening. We are out at our favourite Vietnamese place for dinner. Just as the food is coming out, I explain to the boys that I will give a Freddo chocolate to everybody who eats all the food in their bowl.

Fifteen minutes later, Bear surprises us all by being the first to finish.

“Finish! Now - chocolate!”

We are still laughing from his little outburst when he screws up his little face, looks at his brothers, and says:

“I beat you!”

* * *

It is Saturday morning. The six of us are out at Dobroyd for a bushwalk. Gus and I are up the front, and I am busy explaining to him how we need to let people through. 

Me: "We should walk on the left so that people can pass us by."
Angus: "You're on the right, mummy."
Me: "Hahaha, you're so funny. Remind me to write that down later!"
Angus: "You're on the right again."

* *  *

It is Sunday morning. We are on the way home from church and Rick and I are encouraging (read: instructing) the boys to have a rest at quiet time.

Angus: "Sometimes Pete and I watch you through the hatch in the kitchen during quiet time."
Rick: "Oh, really...?"
Pete: "You shouldn't have told him that!"
Angus: "Oh yeah...."

* * *

Randomly, on a Friday afternoon:

Angus: ”I’m glad I have Pete in our family."

* * *

It is Christmas Eve. Angus is all ready to help me with baking chocolate cookies for our family relatives. 
Me: "I'm going to put on this apron so that I look more professional."
Angus: "What are you professional at?"
Me: "What do you think?"
Angus: "Maybe not at baking."

* * *

It is the last day of 2015. We are driving home to watch the fireworks on the television, and Rick and I are telling the boys all the yummy food that we’ve bought for our little at-home party.

Jamie, who was grumpy just five minutes prior because he wanted to stay outside to watch the fireworks, starts to get excited about the sound of it all and shouts out:

“This is the best family ever!”

You can read the other posts in this series here.

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