Happy 1st Birthday, Owen!

Hip Hip Hooray! 

Last week we celebrated Owen’s first birthday! It was a lovely afternoon spent with family and close friends. Moustaches were out in force, bubbles filled the backyard and Owen enjoyed his first little piece of cake. 

We kept the food simple — cheese platers, soup and deli style sandwiches followed by chocolate cupcakes and a banana cake lovingly made by Owen’s Grandma. Rain threatened so the tables were cleared, leaving the backyard empty for the kids to run and play. 

It was the perfect afternoon. We couldn’t be more proud or grateful for our happy, smiley and beautiful boy. 

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What Owen Wore: Birthday Crown (Little Blue Olive), Hooray T-Shirt (Paul and Paula Shop), Skinny Jeans (Gap)

Decorations: Birthday Banner, Cheers Banner, Hanging Paper Gems (Kikki K), Photo Booth PropsMoustache Cupcake ToppersMr. Man Banner (Little Retreats), Rules to Being a Gentleman Poster (Good South), Silver Banner (Land of Nod), Silver Number 1 (Amazon), Instagram Photo Prints (Origrami)

Food Things: Wooden Knives, Folks and SpoonsMoustache PlatesMoustache Chocolate Mold, Cake Stands, Straws and other random items (Wheel and Barrow).  

Eva Lilly — Almost 4! 

Dress and Headscraf: Lacey Lane

Mother’s Day 

I spent Friday morning with Eva at her preschool for art and morning tea. It was lovely to get an insight into how she plays and interacts with her friends. She drew self-portraits, painted, created and made me a colourful beaded necklace. Along with her classmates, Eva performed a couple of songs with great excitement and confidence. I couldn’t have been more proud!

This kid took two steps by himself today!

This kid took two steps by himself today!

Along with planning Eva’s 4th birthday party, Mr Owen Henry is turning ONE in less than two weeks! I’m slightly in denial… 

i) How and when did my baby grow up so quickly?!

ii) How is it possible that my children’s birthdays are a day apart? (May 23, 2010, May 22, 2013!)

iii) Why, oh why did I decided to plan separate birthday parities?!

These next couple of weeks are going to be crazy fun, but crazy busy! 

Eva is turning 4! 

Eva is turning 4! 

Owen Henry — 11 Months Old

Owen Henry, you are a sweet boy filled with smiles. I’ve said it too many times, but this growing up thing is bittersweet. I’ve noticed this last growth spurt — your legs are getting longer, feet and hands bigger and you no long fit easily under the dinning room table. But you are still my little baby; I rock you to sleep while singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. I feed you, huddled in close. I smile with pride at each milestone. 

Skills: 

Fine-motor: You can stack wooden blocks — three or four blocks on top of each other with the sole goal to knock them down. You can stack rings in the correct order according to their size. You try to manipulate toys or everyday items—lids on containers—or stand two figurines next to each other in imitation of Eva’s pretend play. 

Talking!: Mama. Dada, book, ball and more. Og for dog, which you excitedly like to point out whenever you see one. But ball would have to be your favourite word. The other morning you woke up and repeatedly said ball until we found one and brought it back to bed. It was 3am. 

Climbing!: You climb everything—stairs, onto the second floor of Eva’s dolls house, in and out of baskets. You love to climb into your big, red plastic car and close the door behind you. 

Walking: You’re almost walking independently! You walking around with pride and determination while holding onto our hands. If you are distracted and concentrating on something else, you’ll walk just holding onto one hand. If you are really distracted you can stand on your own for about 10 seconds without holding onto anything.

Loves: 

Books! You have your favourites. You point and ask for more. You roar at the lion in Dear Zoo, anticipate the tickle when you see the monkey, wave bye bye to the baby in Baby Loves Peekaboo, kiss the mirror at the end of Peek-a-who

Bath time! Any time of the day is a good time for bath. You love the shower and if there is running water to be heard, you come scurrying along!    

Your Daddy. Much more so than Eva at the same age, you are a Daddy’s boy. As soon as he comes home from work, you are in his arms. In the morning as he tries to leave for work, you demand to picked up and then hold on to him as tightly as you can, hoping to go with him. But at night you only want to be comforted by your mummy. 

Eva Lilly — Almost four! 

This little boy is only weeks away from walking… Bittersweet. 

A lovely day for a picnic. 

Recently we moved to a house right by the river. It’s perfect. Last weekend we picked up sandwiches from a local deli and caught the City Cat (catamaran) across the river to our favourite little park. I think we’re going to love living here! 

HAPPINESS IS EVA


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