Just before Christmas I had the privilege of having Belin of Belin Rodikli Photography in our home to capture some shots of our recently expanded family of four. She was so sweet and kind as she worked with us and our little ones. Her passion towards photography really came out as she spent hours with us making sure she captured all the perfect images of our family! This was not only our first Christmas with Everton but it was also the first Christmas that I could really involve Emsley in the holiday festivities. Continue reading
Miss Lace no longer an only child? This thought was absolutely terrifying for me. How would she feel when she first saw her new sibling no longer in mommy’s belly but rather now magically in mommy’s arms, leaving much less room for her? I was very worried about this transition. I would run through this moment in the hospital in my head frequently. The moment when Ems would first meet her brother. How would she react? Would she be happy, excited, upset, confused, or sad? I prepped myself and her for this moment as best I could, both mentally and physically. Knowing that she would need to feel important in her new role as a big sister, I collected a few items that I knew would make her feel special. I gave some of them to her at home and brought others along to the hospital.
Thought I would share what we did on Emsley’s birthday this year as well as do a little 2 year update since I haven’t done anything since Emsley was one. I had always intended to do an 18 month update but the months and days flew by around that time as we were getting ready for Hawaii and had just found out we were pregnant! Continue reading
This year for Emsley’s 2nd birthday I decided to do a bunny theme. It seemed fitting as her favourite stuffy is a Jellycat bunny which she carries around with her everywhere she goes and is a MUST have item to cuddle when she falls sleep. I recently got her a smaller version of the same bunny so she now carries “big bunny” and “little bunny” around everywhere together. When I told her the theme for her birthday party was bunnies she immediately requested a change to a mermaid theme but I kindly explained to her that it was a little too late for that as mommy had already started to order the bunny decor. Gotta love the 2 year old personality that’s emerging! Here I thought birthday party requests wouldn’t start until next year… lol. Oh well, after a quick explanation and some convincing she was in agreement with a “bunny birthday”.
Last year we went away around Easter weekend so we didn’t do much in terms of decor, activities or gifts for Ems. She was only 8 months old and clearly had no idea what was going on, especially not having an older sibling to watch and follow along with. This year however since she was 20 months old I decided to get into the festivities a lot more! I decorated her little kitchen area and our dining hutch, bought some crafts and completed the weekend with an egg hunt and Easter themed pancakes!
When I started envisioning a theme for Emsley’s first birthday party I was instantly drawn to thoughts of flowers. Since she was born in July picking a theme related to summer and the feeling of being outside felt totally appropriate. I loved the idea of a ‘Garden Tea Party’ theme in our backyard but right now our backyard lacks a fence and is full of weeds and mud (the joys of a new build!). A Garden Tea Party theme at our place could have felt really authentic but not exactly the pretty Secret Garden-esque feel that I was going for. Also, weather would have been something that I needed to consider when planning an outdoor party so I figured I would err on the side of caution and keep things indoors. Playing off my original idea of a ‘Garden Tea Party’ I decided to create a ‘Floral Woodland’ theme instead. That way I could still include lots of flowers but also mix in some wood elements, which if you’ve seen pictures of our house, I absolutely love!
Happy Birthday sweet girl. This past year you have brought your dad and I so much joy and excitement. You light up so many lives and it’s so wonderful to watch the love everyone has for you.