what are you doing in there…

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i shouldn’t be surprised that my curious little monkey went straight for the fridge today when I left it open whilst I was making his breakfast. he is always so busy and inquisitive and just loves getting into everything (at least that’s what I told myself when I found him in the wine fridge last week), plus on top if that he absolutely loves food, so it really was the perfect place for him to be.

oh, my mr man, you sure do know how to make your mummy smile.

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who needs a drumkit?

lucky for T we don’t live in a quiet house, because he has been going crazy over playing the drums on my pots and pans the last few days. now I know based on the level of skill he employs when bashing a wooden spoon on a formula tin or empty pot that I have given birth to the next great musical prodigy, that’s why I’m more than happy to put up with the racket saviour the delicate tones of his music and encourage him to continue honing his craft – I did however suggest today that his music may benefit from a slight change of instruments (and i may have then swapped his wooden spoon for a much quieter silicon spatula).

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nice day for a white wedding

while we were in canada, my brother and his girlfriend dropped on us that they were getting married the week after we got home. they had been planning it for six months, but kept a secret from everyone bar the best man, maid of honour and celebrant until three weeks before the big day. my first reaction to the news was: “where the hell am i going to find a baby tuxedo in three weeks?” i promptly called in the big guns and asked my aunty who lives in las vegas to pop down and pick one up (only in vegas can you pop down to the store and buy a baby tuxedo). after that there was nothing left to do – b & a had done it all. accomodation? done. hair appointment? done. somewhere to leave the dog? done – except show up.

the wedding was simply spectacular and they achieved their vintage inspired feeling just perfectly. there was only 18 of us there – immediate family only – and it was held on a’s family farm in denmark, wa. they could not have asked for a more picturesque location or more sensational weather; it was the middle of winter, but that didn’t stop the sun from shining. a gorgeous wedding for a gorgeous couple.

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the first birthday

it’s been over two weeks now since T’s epic first birthday (which idiot plans to throw a birthday party for 50 people two days after they fly in from the other side of the world and go to work on one of those two days? oh, right, that would be me). T has been so spoilt by all of our family and friends over the past year and he really needed nothing for his birthday, so we asked our friends and family, that if they felt the need to bring a gift for T, that a book to add to his library would be much appreciated. there may have been a slightly selfish motive to this; T and I read a book together every night before bed and i was getting just a little bit bored of the 20 or so books we had going around in high rotation. once we had decided on the book idea, i couldn’t look past having a ‘very hungry caterpillar’ themed party as it is one of T’s favourites. i remember reading it to him before bed for the first time – he was being a bit cranky and wasn’t at all interested in sitting still and quiet, but as soon as i opened that book and he saw all of the bright colours he was mesmerised.

i did a lot of the planning and crafting for the party before we went to canada; numerous evenings were spent sourcing polka-dotted fabrics, cutting out photo booth props and making buntings. the food was easy as i simply put out a spread that consisted of all of the foods the caterpillar ate: fruit, lollipops, cupcakes, salami, swiss cheese… . we had a photo booth to keep the kids and adults amuzed and as it was a book-themed party, we had all of the guests contribute one line to a story book written just for T which i will have printed up into a book for him when i finally get around to our. our little boy is so lucky to be surrounded by all of the fabulous and supportive people in our lives – thanks for being a part of our family and giving our boy such a special first birthday!

il_fullxfull.441870930_o514^^we ordered these printable pdf invitations from etsy^^

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^^the cake made by my very talented sister^^

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^^unfortunately i didn’t think to get a photo of my handywork until halfway through the party when it had all been messed up^^IMG_2004

^^lounging around at the bottom of his birthday present – i don’t think he quite understood that the fun was in sliding down and not sitting at the bottom^^DSC_0856 DSC_0855 DSC_0849 DSC_0836

^^the aftermath of T’s cake smash^^DSC_0824 DSC_0820 DSC_0818 DSC_0817 DSC_0816 DSC_0815 DSC_0810^^daddy arnold and i making sure the photo booth was set up properly^^DSC_0862

Ps. you can find the free printable photo booth props here and here and the lettering for the bunting here.

tuesday funnies

over the past week that little boy of mine has certainly keep me well amused and in awe of just how sweet and clever he is. in the past week of so T read me a book (i’m not quite sure what it was about, but he was talking and turning the pages and doing all of the right things), he managed to get into the wine fridge and pull out a few bottles, while he was in the bath he found the extra plug and tried to put it into the plug hole on top of the other plug, he danced to the the theme music of ‘The Hive’ and he shared (and I really mean shared) a pear with Alfie.

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^^just love this picture of T and his cousin Parker taken while we were in Canada. She was so upset she couldn’t have a bath with T, but she didn’t have any spare clothes^^

what a month: part iii

so, i think i am finally getting to the end of our holiday photos (“finally”, i hear you say. “it’s about flipping time”) and it has taken me so long to go through them all that i’m feeling like i’m just about ready to go on our next trip away. this post is dedicated to the things that we arnolds miss most about not living in canada: our family.

we were so fortunate while we were there to attend two family reunions, introduce T to EVERYONE, spend quality time with the grannies, see family in grand bend for canada day (and eat the largest scoop of ice cream i have ever seen in my life), drive in grandpa’s camero, let T run amok with his cousins and spend a day exploring storybook gardens.

until next time canada…

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^^canada day in grand bend. T absolutely loved playing in the sand and climing into every single hole^^

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^^cousin time^^DSC_0561 DSC_0545 DSC_0537 DSC_0524 DSC_0512

^^showing grandpa his mad swimming skills^^IMG_1734 DSC_0482 DSC_0459 DSC_0434 DSC_0414

^^exploring storybook gardens^^DSC_0009

what a month: part ii

not only did i get to finally see canada during the summer as well as spending an amazing amount of time with the in laws, but t also hit some major milestones while we were away. he had 4 teeth break through, he took his first few steps and got his standing down pat, he started waving at people and saying ‘hi’ (he even blew kisses at a few lucky ladies), he had his first haircut, climbed up a slide and was head-butted by a goat. whewwww, exhausting…

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^^my homeless boy before his haircut^^

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^^practicing his cruising^^

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^^watching Zoe’s soccer game – she was having a bad day. she only scored three goals^^

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^^at zach’s hockey game. brrr^^

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^^celebrating our good health^^

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^^the nasty goat…^^

what a month: part i

i have finally gotten around to uploading all of the photos from the camera, my iphone and daddy arnold’s iphone from the past month and i’m not quite sure where to start. it is just overwhelming how much we have been blessed to have been involved in over the last month and the huge milestones that i have been a part of. that all being said, i am enjoying actually being able to sit down and take a breath though.

so without further ado (and in chronological order), I present to you: ‘the past month’…

IMG_0269IMG_1660^^we flew to canada via a few short days in vegas^^

IMG_0278^^T had his first taste of mexican food, and Chipotle at that! yummm^^

IMG_0276 IMG_0339^^we went from Skyping grandpa, to getting to play with him^^

and a quick trip to niagara falls with grandma and grandpa (including an hour or two in the arcade – winning)…DSC_0024 DSC_0032 DSC_0041 DSC_0051 DSC_0061 DSC_0064 DSC_0073 DSC_0081 DSC_0096 DSC_0104 DSC_0111 DSC_0119 DSC_0121 DSC_0131 DSC_0135 DSC_0148 DSC_0159 DSC_0169