Ayrlie started planning her birthday party back in October last year while I was organizing Benjamin’s. She wanted cup cakes and balloons, fairies and her friends. So, you would think, that with 6 months planning, everything would go smoothly and be ready to go. Sigh….this was not the case. Half of the food didn’t make it to the table, the ‘out door enchanted forest garden’ was rained out, and all games were thrown to the wind. Ayrlie came down with a temperature half way through the party and wanted everyone to leave so she could go to sleep and off she hopped to bed. I dragged her out to cut the cake and 20 min later she was straight back there. The joys of children’s parties. I however, wouldn’t have it any other way. Like a wedding, not everything always goes according to plan but I would rather dream and plan big than not at all. So, even tho I was covered head to toe in Swiss- meringue butter cream icing, we pulled it together and everyone had a great time. (Ayrlie woke up at 1 am asking where everyone went and was then ready to party on!) We also had a friend do some face painting and that was such a hit with the kids.
On the menu was- Fruit fairy wands, chocolate mouse cups with home made strawberry jam, fairy cakes, butterfly shaped fairy bread, blue berry-lemon curd cup cakes with home made lemon curd, choc-raspberry and strawberry cup cakes. We had a meringue station with choc-cinnamon, pistachio and rosewater, raspberry and lemon meringues. Mini flakes, marshmallows, fresh whipped cream, strawberries and blueberries to top things off. Hot spring rolls and home made mini quiche’s.
The birthday cake – Organic chocolate with home made blueberry jam, covered with lots, and lots of Swiss- meringue butter cream icing! Yummy!!
Back drop detail. I made two types of card stock pin-wheels and hot glued them to fabric. (with a lot of help from mum!)
Take home goodies – I loooove these flowers. They remind me of fluffy kitten tails. Fairy and Pixie dust.
I think I need to start planning her 4th birthday now, I already have some ideas!
– Happy Birthday my precious one. xx –
I hope the Easter bunny was very generous with his goodies this morning. Easter is one of my favourite times of the year. Apart from last Easter, my sister and her family have been visiting since Benjamin was born. And hence, knowing they were coming this year, I started planing early! We awoke to little ones excited about the long eared bunny being in their rooms and leaving eggs in their Easter caterpillar (a craft project we did by colouring in half an egg carton, adding antenna and leaving instructions for the Easter bunny to flip it over and fill it with eggs). We then had a breakfast of baked pull-a-part pumpkin French toast (www.simplebites.net) and carrot cake pancakes with home made pecan and white chocolate butter (www.goodlifeeats.com). Both were a-m-a-z-i-n-g! We then lazed around the lounge enjoying each others company while waiting for the rain to stop.
Cue the big event, the Easter egg hunt! This is the kids favourite part of the day. We played some cricket, had egg and spoon races and headed in for dinner (parmesan crusted pork loin with an orange garden salad) . I love spending time with family, enjoying good food and giggles.
I hope your day was as blessed as mine.
6 Day old baby R officially holds the record for not sleeping through the whole session! We rocked, fed, rocked some more, swaddled and dummied. But for a little bubba she definitely has some big determination. Still, we managed some lovely images for mum and dad and one very cute big brother.
Oh my. How sweet is this baby! She had the most beautiful blue eyes and this cheeky personality. We had great fun in our session today. I can’t wait to show you the rest!
And finally….there was sleep! After fighting it all morning, baby E finally gave in, if only for a moment. But in that moment, she is so peaceful.
Come stop by and say Hi at the Mathilda’s Market on Saturday the 9th of March. It’s such an amazing market, full of beautiful things for your little ones. I will be running a market special so be sure to come and see what all the fuss is about!
– The spirit is there in every boy;
it just needs to be discovered and brought
to light –
You definitely have one spirited little boy M and J. Enjoy your sneak peek.
As I was sitting in the car having a mini panic attack over the poring rain, I realised I had know this family for 8.5 years! The three girls are at milestone ages 13,16 and 18 and dad wanted to capture this special time with nanny. As we got out of the car, sheltering under our umbrellas, the rain started to sprinkle, and then by some miracle, it stopped. Just long enough for us run around like crazy people and take some cool fun images for this amazing family. The girls are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. I love the shot of the three of them.
Hmmmm, I know both my kids love gymnastics but that is a very strange way to watch Peppa Pig!
We have made it out pretty much unscathed from all the storms over the past week. All our surrounding suburbs from about 6 streets in any direction has been without power now for 3 days! I think I would go nuts! Ayrlie and I went and had a look just round the corner at some of the rising waters. There is a beautiful farm two streets away that over the past 6-7 hours has gone under. With the Logan river rising, many surrounding streets are now blocked due to flooding. I’m thankful the rain stopped yesterday or we would probably be cut off. This is Ayrlie, in typical cheeky fashion. Cute as a button, and knowing it!
Mmmmmm, Ice Cream!
After playing in the rain yesterday, I popped my head around the corner of Benjamin’s room to just catch the tail end of him helping Ayrlie get dressed. Ayrlie has been toilet trained for quite a few months but that pesky underwear always gets twisted! It was so cute to watch him be a big brother and help her out.
Well with the weather we are having, what better way to spend the afternoon than jumping in muddy puddles in your new gum boots! Even tho it was pouring rain they really, really wanted to try them out. I love this image of them walking in the driveway. Ayrlie was a bit scared to start (it didn’t last!) so was cuddling Benjamin. Just so cute!
Unfortunately, I’m a day late and have no image to show for it! Mark has worked overtime and my lack of sleep has caught up with me and yesterday and today didn’t yield a photo to post. So I am cheating and posing one from the 2nd of Jan when we were in beautiful Port Douglas. And as it’s so hard to capture us all together I think we can let it slip through. 🙂
Benjamin has just decided he likes lego. It has taken quite a few hours and many, many ‘concentration faces’ to finally finish this light house. I love his little tongue sticking out! It always comes out when he is concentrating.
I can’t believe how you have grown.
There are so many things you can do today that just a month ago seamed impossible.
Today, you were so proud. “Look mummy, I tied my first bow, I did it all myself”
And that you had. After only two days of practice there it was. A perfect, white bow.
Next week you go to school. I am sad for the little boy I have lost and happy for the little man you have become.
But today, I smile, because you are proud.
Ever since Benjamin could walk, he has loved playing in the rain. He loves to jump in muddy puddles, dodge the rain drops and try to catch them on his tongue. It looks as tho Ayrlie is going to follow in his footprints.
Mmmmmm, yummy, spaghetti. Just right for slurping!
Since the weather has been so warm lately, we decided to do a day trip to Byron Bay. It was so beautiful down there today. It was a little overcast, which protected us from most of the harsh sun and the water was ‘warmish’. The kids had such an amazing time at the beach in the morning, we decided to head there again after lunch.
We didn’t know if today was going to happen as the weather was looking really stormy. Lucky it held up just long enough to capture this lovely family.
Movie time with Daddy.
Me – “Please don’t stand on the bed, its white. See all these little marks, its your dirty toe imprints!”
Kids leave room.
Kids return to room.
Me (from the bathroom)- “Why are you back on the bed”
Me come out to see them.
Kids – “We just wanted to clean them off for you” as they are vigorously scrubbing the bed sides.
Sometimes they surprise you and do the sweetest of things.
Just going about her business….