a tale of two hearts

all created equal

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr's iconic 'I have a Dream Speech'.

I was captivated by the images of 'that' day, on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington.

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 
we hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal."

All created equal.

A bit over a month ago we were standing in Washington - right where he gave that speech.
Social perceptions and norms have shifted significantly in the 50 years since Dr Martin Luther King Jr's iconic speech...but there is still more work to be done, if the true heart and intent of that dream is to be realised.

All created equal.

new york our home video

A little home video of our New York trip :)

thoughts and paris

A few random thoughts...accompanied with pictures of Paris.

I heard about a really sweet wedding proposal today. He'd proposed in Paris on this bridge.
Of all the places in Paris he chose this one for her - so sweet, well thought out and understated. 
If you get to the heart of it, a proposal is essentially a gesture to say, I want you on my team, I want to be on your team - for life. No plan B. I want us to do this crazy thing called life - together. 
So the minute he got down on that knee, the minute she said yes - is the moment they both threw that key set away...such a simple and powerful gesture, such a sweet way to propose.
We got home today and there was another beautiful bunch of flowers waiting at the door for us - the thoughtfulness of our friends undoes me.
I think a lot about perspective...I'm so aware of the choices available to me when I'm holding my camera, I get to frame the mood and tone of how something will be remembered, by simply choosing what I focus my lens on.
Perspective - the older I get the more I realise that those that master the art hold an incredibly powerful weapon against the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" that life throws them. 
So speaking of perspective - remember exploring Paris together - how incredible was that :)
Eating Berthillon ice cream - one of my many happy places in Paris.
...oh and then there was this moment. 
Me in one of those electronic toilets on the side walk...I was just about to sit down....and the door magically opened up. 
Pure panic!
I laughed so hard - I was moments away from being caught with my pants down.
And you somehow managed to have your finger on the trigger just at that moment...your timing - impeccable! 
More pic's of Paris here.

lazy morning in washington square

This was one of my favourite days in NY.

It started off with a long lazy morning in Washington Square. Oh how I love doing nothing with you...
...followed by lunch at Minettas Tavern...
[remember what the lady next to us said "this is a hot ticket" I can still hear her strong NY accent when I think about it, made me laugh then and it makes me laugh now!]
[Was it just me or did it feel a bit like Nania when we had to walking in through that velvet curtain!]
...we then wondered home from Greenwich Village to West Village...
[Stumbled across this place and booked tickets to a comedy show for later in the week...soooo glad we got them!!]
[Christoper Park, West Village]
...and then we headed home to get ready for the 4th July fire works! Wow, yeah, now that night I'll never forget!

always be sexy

I know this has been floating around for a while now but I've only just watched it - I can see what all the hype is about.

Well said Ashton.

I have to admit it made me laugh to think that Ashton Kutcher and my mum have the same definition of sexy.

a birthday boy with two cakes

I was in Canberra the day before your birthday this year and wasn't sure if I'd be home in time for dinner, so you decided to invite a few friends over for pizza on the Wednesday night.

I managed to get an early flight home and surprise you at your mexican birthday lunch in the city.

On the train home you mentioned that Amy had offered to make you a birthday cake for dinner that night. I have no idea what the look on my face said but I remember trying to hide my reaction. I'd spoken to Sharon a few days earlier and she knew I might not make it to your birthday dinner so she offered to make you a surprise birthday cake.

That little mix up says so much about who you are and how much you mean to those around you.

Happy birthday Mr Wonderful.

(Sorry these are a little late)
How many men get two birthday cakes!! You are a rather exceptional man!!
 I love this image...it's pretty much you saying "I'm having a piece of this one too Amy!"

This night was hilarious. I can't remember the last time I've laughed so much that I needed to go get tissues to wipe away tears! Amy and Zac were on fire. How lucky are we to have such talented, smart, generous and incredibly hilarious friends...oh how I love them all!!

thank you dinner at cafe sydney

17th August we took your parents out for a "Thank you" dinner. 

So thankful for those two.

So thankful for their love, support and generosity towards us, our marriage is so much stronger and richer for it!!

Ohhh...I'm so thankful for you three!
Ahh what a great photo of the 4 of us!! Hahaha...the joy of having a fancy camera! That poor waiter, he tried so hard to get it to work.