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.
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).
no time to blog lately. daddy arnold and I have been too busy watching Suits.
my sweat little boy never ceases to amaze me. at mothers group on wednesday, t crawled up to one of the other toddlers, gave him a big hug and a kiss on the lips. gorgeous!
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!
^^we ordered these printable pdf invitations from etsy^^
^^the cake made by my very talented sister^^
^^unfortunately i didn’t think to get a photo of my handywork until halfway through the party when it had all been messed up^^
^^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^^
^^the aftermath of T’s cake smash^^ ^^daddy arnold and i making sure the photo booth was set up properly^^
Ps. you can find the free printable photo booth props here and here and the lettering for the bunting here.
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.
oh baby boy, you are growing up so so fast.
^^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^^
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…
^^my homeless boy before his haircut^^
^^practicing his cruising^^
^^watching Zoe’s soccer game – she was having a bad day. she only scored three goals^^
^^at zach’s hockey game. brrr^^
^^celebrating our good health^^
^^the nasty goat…^^