Raising Will


Raising Will’s Top 11 photos of 2011

Hmm…. Confession: my blog has been a bit inactive lately. Well, that’s not really a confession is it – it’s pretty bleeding obvious! Alas, I have been inspired by a lovely blog I follow – Click.Pray.Love. – to get back on that old horse again. How have I been inspired I hear you ask? By the linky party Click.Pray.Love is hosting:

I couldn’t pass up this challenge, to choose my top 11 photos for the year, because you all know how I love to take piccies…
So, without further adieu, I bring you my cream of the crop for 2011:


Look at me! I'm a Lizard!
 Look at me! I’m a Lizard! : This shot was taken the day Will discovered that his tongue actually came OUT of his mouth. I swear no baby ever had a tongue this long – I was in stitches on the floor with him and the camera – It was like he knew it was hilarious and he was doing it to make me laugh. Just when you think you can’t love them anymore, they go and do something adorable.


Will and his Dad hiking up to Wineglass Bay Lookout
 Will and his Dad hiking up to Wineglass Bay Lookout – Tasmania: We had just walked up a million steps and were having a rest after being filmed by a Japanese film crew (yes that’s right, we’re big in Japan). The sun was about to set and the light played all over the rocks and trees and faces of the two most important boys in my life. I snapped away at them as Daddy played ‘peek-a-boo’ with Will. Such a beautiful place, on a beautiful holiday, with my beautiful family.
The family in Tassie
 The Family in Tassie: The very last day of our holiday, about an hour before we could board the Spirit of Tasmania, we checked out the light house at Devonport. My husband managed to self-snap this shot of us, and I think this is up there with my favourite picture of our family so far. I just love it love it love it!


No mum, I didn't slobber on the windows...
No mum, I didn’t slobber on the windows… : Just like when he discovered his tongue, Will discovered what glass felt like to lick, and there was no stopping him then. I have never met anyone that cracks me up as much as this little guy. When you can’t hold the camera still for all the laughing – you know you’re onto a good shot! LOL… It still makes me laugh.


A Tractor for a Special Birthday Boy
A Tractor for a Special Birthday Boy: Will’s first birthday and I’m so very glad Hubby’s brother managed to snap this shot with our camera. The joy on Will’s face when we opened his tractor was so amazing it made me tear up – especially as we were two weeks away from moving house to rural Victoria so Hubby could work on the farm with his own father, driving tractors and the like. Now Will gets to ride in the real thing and his expression is still priceless – though this will always be where the seed was planted…


More Cake Batter Please!
More Cake Batter Please!: We had been at our new place long enough now for me to finally do some baking – not that I bake OFTEN – but it was good to have things where they needed to be and not packed away in boxes (mind you – we still haven’t unpacked some stuff four months later). We were making chocolate muffins and Will, being the standard issue toddler that he is, was whingeing at my legs for attention, so to shoosh him up I gave him a bit of the muffin batter…. and BOY was that a mistake! If I thought the whingeing was bad before… Long story short – somebody ended up with a bowl and spoon to lick much to his delight.


But I really want a biscuit!
But I really want a biscuit!: Need I say more? I just adore his eyes in this picture. Many problems in the future will be allayed by those eyes…
Will-in-a-box! : There is nothing more fun to a child than a cardboard box, unless of course you have a cardboard box…. and PACKING PEANUTS! He was having the time of his life bathing in those starchy-morsels, especially enjoying their ‘rustling-capacity’ – a feature he looks for in any good play-thing.


Father and Son and Header
Father and Son and Header: It was our first Wheat Harvest since our move and nothing excited William more than the big “bwoar bwoar bwoar” (or Header as it’s more commonly known). THere was no way he was staying in the car while Dad did the looking – always wanting to be part of the action our William.
Cuddles with his Gran at Christmas
Cuddles with his Gran at Christmas: This is my favourite Christmas time photo – I just love it. Don’t know if it’s because Will is looking straight at the camera, or because I finally have a photo of my Mum with a natural smile… who knows! But I love it and I know my Mum will too – this one’s for you Mum xx
So there it is – my Top 11 of 2011. Hope you enjoyed checking them out as much as I enjoyed selecting them for this great link up.
To all my readers – I wish you and your families a very sparkly 2012; may you achieve all you dare too and dream bigger than you have before. No promises as to my next post, but I really miss this blogging business so I’ll be back on board as soon as I can.