tuesday, december 31 2013



i feel like it should come as no surprise that this will be my last post here on this little blog.

as i make my list of things i wish to take into the new year along with things i wish to create, on the side of letting go and leaving behind is this little blog. i just don't have the heart for it any longer and i am ready to move on. in many ways i feel to old for blogging as if i have outgrown it somehow. i am not sure how i will continue to document the boys. at the moment i am testing out smugmug, which has a lovely aesthetic to it.

with scout now freshly past turning one, i am beginning to feel the "lift" and can now leave him for more then an hour or two. there is now a small opening for nurturing myself once again. weekends can now include energy healing courses, health seminars, and yoga. i have my eyes set on a new nikon and i am already sighed up for a photography course to help me dig a bit deeper into my own photography style. i am beyond excited about all the potential captures.

michael is still looking for work but something interesting seems to be in the works. i hope something happens soon as his projects in the garage are even wearing me out. having him home so much has presented itself as quite the challenge for me. i am ashamed to say i am not handling it well and he is handling it much better.

quinn is getting older, funnier, and slightly more mature. he will enter year 3 at the end of january where he will have a male teacher for the very first time. he is completely thrilled by the thought of this. he hasn't found a best friend or a circle of friends he really enjoys at the school ,just yet, but he has been placed in a classroom with a calmer set of boys...fingers crossed. he continues to play baseball year round which means a lot of driving and dedication from the entire family. it's his thing and he wouldn't be the same quinny without it.

tate is crazy independent these days. i feel as though i never have to worry about him as he always seems to naturally be put into the best situations. he had such an amazing group of boys in his class this past year and his teacher thought so too as she has kept them all together as they move into year one, which is very unusual.  i really like the parents so i am happy about it too. he is following quinn's lead with baseball and loves it just as much, although he has requested to play footy or basketball come winter. this is when the family will begin to get split up on the weekends.

scout somehow grew from the sweetest little thing to the cheekiest little thing. he is by far my feistiest baby, very determined, but can also be divinely calm and beautiful. no matter what mood he is in we're all completely fascinated with him, and we all agree that there is nothing better then having a baby scout crawling about the house.

we have some travel plans for 2014. a long weekend in tasmania just when it's hard to tell where summer ends and autumn begins. then right in the middle of the school year we will slip away on a jet plane headed home…hawaii home. we will spend some time on maui (our old stomping ground) before a relaxing break on kauai. i have no doubt that it will be an interesting journey for our spirits.

thank you for visiting us and leaving such kind pieces of yourself here. you have been incredibly gracious and it has been a pleasure getting to know you. i feel very blessed to have had you visit.

i leave with a light, yet full, heart.


53 comments:

  1. Ah Kristi! I was wondering a few days ago. Perfectly chosen images and so lovely to read your words... Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts and photos and may 2014 and beyond be filled with light, love and happiness for you! xxx

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    1. i thought about you, it is your comments that i will miss the most. x

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    2. That made me tear right up. I'll miss your space so much.

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    3. i will post an update here (with some photos) in a few months…i promise. x

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  2. Oh Kristi... what a perfect post to end on. I understand your reasons for ending this blog, but you will be missed dearly. I wish you so much happiness. I have so enjoyed following your journey here.

    Much love and happy new year xxx

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  3. Kristi- I didn't see this coming. Well, a little, but you will be so missed in this little world. Your journey looks like it is going to be winding and amazing from here.

    Sending you off with love and hope my path crosses yours again one day.

    Xx ashley

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  4. I am glad I've shared a bit of your life in this little place, thank you for that, and all the best to the years coming. It was an authentic pleasure...
    hughs.
    Raquel

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    1. that's such a beautiful thing to say, thank you. x

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  5. A beautiful post...I'll miss you xx

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    1. i have a feeling we will stay in touch. x

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  6. I wish you the best of luck. Farewell and many blessings to you and your family.

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  7. I have rarely commented, but always enjoyed your words and your pictures. I wish you, Michael, Quinn, Tate and Scout all the best for the upcoming new year, and beyond! Thank you for sharing snippets of your life with us - take care!

    Fine

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  8. I lived in Melbourne with my husband in 2011 and found your blog then. We have long since returned back to Vancouver, BC Canada but I have continued to follow your blog. I am expecting a baby (our first) any day now and your chronicles have been very enjoyable and rewarding. I wish you all the best and thank you so much for sharing your life with us online!

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    1. a new baby any day now, it makes my heart flutter. i wish you all the best too. x

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  9. I stumbled across your blog one day last year and fell in love with your calming pictures and words. Visiting became a break from my stressful college life. I will miss your lovely photos, but I wish the best to you and your family. You are very special people.
    xxx from Virginia
    Ellie

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    1. i am a bit shocked and very flattered that someone in college could relate to our little life here in australia. it makes me happy that something in this space spoke to something within you. x

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  10. I've followed your blog for ages....from before we moved to Oz in 2010, and still now - 2 years since we returned back to the States. It's been such a source of inspiration, encouragement, and a common ground with your struggles. Checking it became part of a daily ritual. Your words and amazing photos will be missed! I wish you and that beautiful family of yours a wonder 2014, and I do hope you share your smugmug account with us so we can continue to watch your photography evolve. Best wishes to you! xx

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    1. hi lovely, thank you for always checking in on us. i am torn at the moment about sharing our smugmug page. x

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  11. I've hardly ever commented but have loved reading your blog with such calm and peaceful images. I've followed along since you moved from Hawaii. We live in Melbourne too and I wish you and your husband all the very best...I hope the work situation resolves soon.

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    1. this makes me tear up that you have been reading for that long. x

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  12. I've been feeling much the same about my blog this year, I'm still undecided on its future. It's been lovely to meet you and to know you here kristi, I wish you so much..x

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    1. i feel the same about you. i think you are one of the loveliest bloggers out there. xx

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  13. Blessings to you and your boys. It has truly been a pleasure, and it is difficult to find words to describe how grateful I am for your kind words of encouragement over the years. Happy new year, and the warmest wishes for the road ahead x

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  14. I'm sad to see your blog ending. There is always so much beauty, honesty and kindness here. And I love your photos. I only read a handful of blogs and yours was always my favourite :) i completely understand your reasons for stopping. i felt the same this time last year and i don't regret my decision one bit. life is full with little ones and its allowed me to stay present and calm...because blogging kept me too much in my head. I've met so many beautiful friends too...because there has been more space for it. I wish you much love and happiness! Nicole x

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    1. thank you for sharing your thoughts on life after blogging. it has been a long time coming as i slowly peeled myself away from the blog. i agree that as i did the more others things, good things, were able to take it's place. xx

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  15. Kristi, I feel you are reaching a point of some personal growth and fulfillment in your life. You are sure to enjoy the next chapter of your life's journey........may if bring you enjoyment and may it fill your life with joy and happiness. "All challenges are a sign of spiritual strength, and of the readiness of the Soul to move on; to evolve even further." Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy 2014, filled with the excitement of personal growth.

    Love Ya, Mom

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  16. fulfilment is questionable, but spiritual growth is definite.

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  17. I actually feel really teary having read this post. I can understand what you mean, about having outgrown the space. I have been writing my own blog since Leila was born and she turns 7 tomorrow. Somehow when your children are not as young, perhaps the need shifts a little, I'm not sure but I can relate to that. Unlike you I guess I can't let my space go completely, although it's much neglected.

    I'll miss you K. I have considered you a kindred spirit I could have been friends with, had we but had the chance to meet. I often thought of suggesting it but felt that perhaps that would have been too direct for you.... I am sure some think that strange and before I met a couple of female blog friends of many years reading a few years back, I would have agreed.

    I have never felt anything but warmth and curiosity from you in your posts, someone who perhaps is still seeking and not always sure of exactly what they want (like me) but who continues, persists and remains questioning of all there is and could be. I'll miss knowing what you and your little family is up to, I'd love to hear from you occasionally, if you feel you'd like to xx

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    1. oh victoria it makes me tear up too. it feels strange and sad, but right. i will probably post an update here in about six months. i can always send you an email too. you have been such a good blog friend, you have an amazing way of tuning into who people really are and then finding the perfect words to share with them. i think incredibly high of you. i know you have a friend this way and if you girls want to meet at a cafe or something, scout and i would love too. xx

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    2. You're gorgeous and I'd love to if it fits in. My dear Julia lives in Mornington and has two little girls of her own. We'll be down to visit her in the holidays and I can email you when and if it fits in ...x

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    3. I'm finally back into reading blogs after google reader shut up shop sometime last year. Just catching up on who's still blogging and who is not. Kristi, the insight into your days is a loss for us lucky enough to have read your blog. But it only works if the person blogging wants to let you into their life. I am the same as you and stopped blogging a couple of years ago - just felt my full attention needed to be in real time, and lived in private while I worked some things out. But, I did meet some lovely people through blogging - Victoria being one of them. Count me in on a coffee date next time she visits down the peninsula way. What a treat it would be to meet you and Scout. Until then, I wish you well. x

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  18. Fabulous photos to end your blog on.....I have enjoyed your photography and words since before you were pregnant with your last little one....oh how time flies. I wish you and your family well and here's hoping hubby gets that job and you can get your house back in order (great having him around but it's nice to have them working away from the home too). All the best. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  19. I love checking into your blog during the quiet moments of my morning when the kids are watching tv. Your pictures of your beautiful children are always stunning and really capture the moment. Good luck to you and your family on your continued adventured :) Hope we meet again!
    Danielle Malmet Rodger

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  20. I am very sad that you are ending your blog. Your blog has been an encouragement to me, and as even helped me in my own growth. I will also miss all of your beautiful photos and watching your boys grow. My hubby is from Australia so I really enjoyed all of the photos of Australia as well. We have not been back for 12 years, and this makes me sad. Thank you for sharing your life and words. Heather from PA USA

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  21. Kristi, I have been touching very lightly on the blog world of late, but I do like to check up on you in your beautiful space here. Your blog has always remained so heartfelt and so very, very honest and I respect you for that. I wish you and your lovely boys all kinds of wonderful for your journey ahead. Take care. Judith. x

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  22. I'm not surprised and yes, I get it. But it doesn't make it any less sad. Hopefully we can meet in real life someday; on a beach with our cameras x

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  23. Thanks for sharing so beautiful pictures, your heart and your love for your family. Be blessed in the new year. Sara from Switzerland

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  24. sad to hear about this news as I considered you a dear friend...once, a long time ago, sadly I think it was all one sided.

    But I still want to wish you and your family the very best

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  25. Hi Kristi :) Nice Blog & excellent photo capture.

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  26. Your blog has been beautiful; your sadness, palpable. I hope you find more light in your life Kristi - go well x

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  27. I have been totally out of the blogging world, but I have always been checking in here and there and today I wondered how you are, how your life is and read this. I hope it will do you good and that you will find another outlet do document life for you, for your family! (check out instagram?) wish you well in all!! Lilian

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  28. Ah Kristi I wil miss checking in on you and the boys.
    I hope that the future brings you all the peace, love and joy that you deserve.
    Go well! Go Gently sweet one!
    With love J xxxx

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  29. Hi Kristi, I totally understand how you feel, I have enjoyed reading & travelling through your journey. So thankful to have come across your family, as a mum of boys of the same age I felt a kindred spirit. I too have left the blogisphere & haven't missed it & have found other ways of documenting my children's lives some privately others publicly. I wish you & your family all the best on your journey.
    Much love
    Engracia
    xx

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  30. I felt like saying "farewell" to you.... but it seemed too sombre! I am sure you are very familiar with the "Namaste" greeting .... the light in me, recognizes and honours the light in you..... I think those are a much more fitting parting words to share with you :)

    I commented once, asking about your journey in healing emotionally the bond with your child after a tricky beginning, we never connected again on this but I SO appreciated that you had the intention to do so. Reaching out to you and asking about your experience seemed to be the first step in my healing journey with my little boy and I feel indebted to you for that because your brief mention of it made me take action to work on my bond with my little boy. We are doing well..... I wish you peace and light and love and all that good stuff :)

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  31. sorry to see you go off blogland... best wishes!

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  32. I will miss your blog x

    Ps will you move back to the states?

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  33. You will certainly be missed, happiest of travels and cheers to carving out some time for yourself. Love to you and your family.

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  34. I will miss seeing the simplicity in your pictures. And I will miss getting cute clothing and hairstyle ideas for my boys. Thank you for the lovely blog posts!

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  35. Thank you for sharing your amazing pictures and thoughts on this blog. I'll miss visiting it! If you ever come to Barcelona, I can send you tips to enjoy the city with your family. Love from Barna,
    Marta

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  36. All the best to you and your beautiful family. I've enjoyed peeking in on your life over the past five years. I hope the future brings you much love and peace and happiness. xx

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  37. Here's to living in real time and keeping the moments open to connect deeply with those less than strangers who cross your path. xo

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