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Impressions from September & October : a personal project

Whilst selecting images for this month’s blog circle, it hit me. My girls are growing up. Fast. Woah!

My mama-heart made me choose only photos of them to share with you for this round of Impressions. These are memories I hold dear to my heart. Enjoy..

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[1] Toes, and upside down reading.
Oh goodness, my heart flipped at seeing Lea studying our local newspaper. Those little pointed toes!! Swoon! My little dynamo doesn’t stay still for long but she sure stayed a while to enjoy the paper! If you look closely, you’ll see she appears to have the gift of reading upside down. What a clever little thing she is ;-)

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[2] Scrunchy toes.
Honestly. Baby toes are the cutest. But these baby toes are getting bigger.. ohhh but they are still so cute!

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[3] A visit from Flip de Beer (Flip the Bear)
Flip de Beer (from school) loves adventures and stays with a different family each weekend. It’s such a great concept, and we had a lot of fun when he came to stay with us. We took him on the new ferris wheel at the pier. Now whenever I’m driving to school via the beach (a diversion because of roadworks) and we see the ferris wheel, an excited voice from the back of the car shouts to look out of the window, “we went there with Flip de Beer”!!

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[4] Lea is TWO!!
My baby is two. Where in the world have those two years gone?! Two! Really! As instructed by Rebekka, the girls stood on chairs for the singing of Happy Birthday in English and Dutch. Several renditions later (because it’s so exciting and they know all the words!), we also sang the German version.

Lea sings a lot, and loudly. Ever since her birthday I’ve been hearing random parts of the birthday songs. I love how she sings “to youuuu” :-) She does such a great “hoera”(hooray) for “hieperdepiep” too!

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[5] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
It was a lovely autumnal day, and not too cold. Perfect for a visit to the zoo. Rebekka had a list of must-see animals so we had a good long walk in order to see them all.

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[6] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
Both of them up to mischief..

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[7] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
Sisterly love.. Rebekka is the best big sister!

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[8] Halloween preparations
This year’s pumpkin wasn’t so scary-looking. At Rebekka’s request, I carved hearts for eyes :-)

Impressions‘ is a creative project by an eclectic group of female photographers from around the globe. We aim to share the inspiration behind what we do through our bi-monthly posts.

Every other month, we will be sharing 8 images that tell the story of what inspired us in the previous weeks: our families, nature, weather, or maybe even work itself! We are free to explore the meaning of ‘impressions’, and it is likely to change month to month.

Say hello in the comments below and then hop on over to see what Antonina Mamzenko in London, UK,  is sharing this month :-) Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here – I hope you enjoy all our posts!

With love,
~ Natalie

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Impressions from March & April : a personal project

It’s time for another round of Impressions! I set out with the intention that I would take my big camera outside the house and photograph things other than my girls. Well, that did happen, I promise! But when it came time to select 8 photos, yes only 8 (although you will see that I cheat at the end!), it was impossible for me to choose any that didn’t include my girls. They are my world. I love that this project helps me to consciously document family life.

Here’s a few moments I want to remember from March and April.

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[1] Lea, 5 months
She’s getting all big now!!

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[2 & 3] Sisters
These two. My heart.

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[4] Rebekka’s 3rd Birthday Party
Rebekka was so excited that she was going to have a “lello birthday” party (she’s ditched pink, her favourite colour is now YELLOW!). Her Grandma and Grandad came to visit and we decorated with bunting and yellow balloons, had an amazing cake made by Perfect Pastry and a trio of friends (Leo, George and Nicole) who she’s known almost her whole life came to celebrate with her.

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[5] A taste of carrots… “this isn’t boob?!”
Where in the world did the last six months go?! I can’t believe it’s already time for Lea to be eating proper foods! Rebekka loves to feed Lea, and encourages her with “say aaaaah” “yummy, Layla” (still working on getting her to drop the second ‘l’ !!) and “lekker Layla” but Lea just isn’t interested. She wants the boob! (We recently tried banana, and she’ll finish that – yay! – so I think we’re getting somewhere now…)

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[6] Grandad – with his youngest Granddaughter || Laughter
Just looking at this photo and the sounds of Lea’s giggles are fresh in my mind! She’s incredibly ticklish along her collar bone, and her giggles are adorable! What a treat for Grandad to hear that sound in person :-)

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[7] Lea, 6 months
Happy Half-Birthday, Baby Girl!

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[8] Concentration
Rebekka loves to paint. Painting and cycling, those are two of her favourite things right now!

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[Bonus 8!] Instagram
I took an exceptional number of photos these past two months so i’m sneaking in a few iPhone ones too.

Left to right (top row): [1] Lea, 4 months old, and delicious! [2] Rebekka, home from a firefighter birthday party and not wanting to take off her YELLOW fire chief hat! [3] This turned out to be Rebekka’s last ride out on her loopfiets (balance bike). [4] In the egg at Blijdorp Zoo.

Left to right (bottom row): [5] Supporting our local football club with matching ADO Den Haag Fan t-shirts! Hubby is hoping we’ll get a family season ticket one day! [6] Lea’s growing fast, 5 months here! [7] A new YELLOW bike for Rebekka’s 3rd birthday! She was a very happy birthday girl!! [8] In our lift on the way home with two tired littles (and a tired mama!)

Want to see more? Join me over on Instagram and follow me at nataliecarstens :)

Impressions‘ is a creative project by an eclectic group of female photographers from around the globe. We aim to share the inspiration behind what we do through our bi-monthly posts.

Every other month, we will be sharing 8 images that tell the story of what inspired us in the previous weeks: our families, nature, weather, or maybe even work itself! We are free to explore the meaning of ‘impressions’, and it is likely to change month to month.

Say hello in the comments below and then hop on over to see what Vinita of Vinita Salomé Photography is sharing this month :-) Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here – I hope you enjoy all our posts!

With love,
~ Natalie

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