It was lovely to collect my mother from the airport today. This is her first chance to meet eight-month-old Delaney as she lives in Western Australia, and I’m on the east coast. Manou was last year in April last year, and the girls have been very excited about her visit.

The girls playing around Manou, September 2010
When she's playing with the girls, Manou always sits on the floor so she's at their eye-level.

Calista, 2yo, + Manou, September 2010
The last time Manou visited, Calista was only just starting to walk. Now she's chattering up a storm as she engages in elaborate imaginary games.

Aisha, 5yo, September 2010
Whenever Manou is here, she gets around to little tasks that otherwise remain undone. Today we retrieved the long-lost toys out from under the couch.

Manou + Brioni, 4yo, + Aisha, 5yo, September 2010
I am always inspired by my mother's playful spirit as she engages and entertains our daughters.