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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 is the boss of clothes and the boss of homework."

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

| Written by Ronnie |

It is Friday morning. 

I am watching my five year old, James, put on his sports shorts for school, and I suggest—ever so gently but firmly—that he should wear his long tracksuit pants instead, since it is a cold day. In response, he tells me that dad told him he could put the shorts on underneath. I repeat that he should just take them off. A hilarious conversation ensues between James and Pete, my six year old.

Pete (speaking from the top bunk): "Mum is the boss of clothes."
James: "Yeah! Mum is also the boss of lunch orders."
Pete: "And mum is the boss of beds."
James: "Mum is also the boss of computers."
Pete: "And the boss of homework."
James: "Mum is the boss of the house!"

* * *

It is Wednesday morning.

I am, once again, in James and Pete’s bedroom. Pete has already gone downstairs to breakfast, leaving Jamie and I to chat about clothes and making beds.

Me: "You made your bed really well yesterday."
James: "Why did you still change it then?"
Me: "Oh, just because I like to tidy around the edges. The day I don't have to make any changes, you will have become perfect at making beds."
James (after a pause): "That will be today."

* * *

It is dinnertime on Monday.

My three year old, Bear, has been eating his dinner surprisingly well, and my seven year old, Angus, decides to offer him some brotherly encouragement.

Angus: "Keep up the super munching, Bear!" 

 * * * 

It is bedtime on a Thursday evening. I am saying goodnight to the four big boys. As I give James a kiss, he smells my hair (which has aloe vera in it).

James: "That smells like the mechanics."

And moments later…

James: "Thank you God that mum's hair smells like the mechanics."

* * * 

It is Tuesday morning. Bear, and I are home playing superheroes. 

By morning tea time, he has had enough.

Bear: "Me don't want to be Hulk Bear. Me want to be normal Bear."

* * *

It is bedtime on Monday.

James (yawning): '"You never give us enough sleep. That's why I'm so tired. You should let us sleep in more in the morning." 

* * *

It is Wednesday morning.

Bear and I are reading on the couch with baby Lewis.

Me: "Can you smell a poo?" 
Bear: "Yes! Stinky! Him always do a poo. You need to clean his bottom."
Me: "Can you clean his bottom for me?"
Bear: "No, I can't."
Me: "Why not?"
Bear: "Me don't know how."
Me: "I can teach you!"
Bear: "No, me is a big brother, not a grown up."

* * *

It is Monday afternoon.

I am in the kitchen, and I have just eaten a packet of Shapes behind closed pantry doors. 

Bear comes over for a chat.

Bear: "What you eating? You eating Shapes?"
Me: "Why would you think that I'm eating Shapes?"
Bear: "Cause I 'mell it."

* * *

It is back in July, and the seven of us are in the car, somewhere between Daylesford and Wagga Wagga. We are on our family holiday, and we have been living away from home for two weeks.

Pete: "I really miss all the family: Por Por, Gung Gung, Pa, Nan, Sue, Mark, Jess, and Baby Joey."

And moments later…

Pete: ”My favourite house is our house."

* * *

It is dinnertime on a Thursday.

Rick and I are chatting to the boys about the future and what it might look like for them.

James: "I'm going to get a caravan first, then a family."

You can read the other posts in this series here.

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