Sunday, June 15, 2014

:: Happy Father's Day ::

Wishing a very happy Father's Day to the best dad and grandpa in the world!

Love you Dad! Hope you have a great day :)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Here is a preview of the present we've made for dada for Father's Day this year! Aoife wanted to carry on the tradition of making him a t-shirt, so here is what we came up with!

And the outtakes :)

And one shot that I really love :)

And.... the shirt!

Aoife: (when I showed her the shirt preview) 'But that's not Dada!!' Hrmm, how could she tell? Well, it's true that he never wears a watch!

I have about fifty photos of her making this face :) Between that and Auden deserting every five seconds lying on the floor and crying 'but I don't wanna hold the AAAAAAAA!' it took a lot of outtakes to get something presentable!

Soccer socks and a tutu? What can I say, she's got her mother's sense of style :)

Friday, May 2, 2014

A Lovely Boy Turns Two!

Happy Birthday to the loveliest little boy in the world!

Sweet, sweet Auden. I never could have imagined a lovelier little boy. We first found out (accidentally!) we were likely expecting a boy at our 20 week scan. I remember being a bit shocked and apprehensive, unsure that I would know what to do with a little boy. Even though I had grown up with two older brothers and had more than my share of experience playing with boy's type toys and all that, I wasn't sure I could picture myself raising a boy. But when he arrived, much of that went out of my mind as I looked into his little peering eyes as he gurgled a sweet little song to the world. His eyes showed gentleness and love and such wisdom. A week later we chose his name, which seemed so fitting with the meaning 'old friend'. And his middle name meaning 'happy'.

From a happy chubby little baby, Auden has grown into the most caring, loving and polite little thing. At just two he remembers his 'pleases' and 'thank yous', calls 'you okay, Mama?' if he hears me cough or sneeze or hurt myself (and does the same for others too!), is so fiercely protective of his family and is just so cuddly and loving and fun to be around.

He continues to adore his big sister and I am most proud to watch these two little ones talk and laugh and care for one another. Not that they always get along! But even their arguments often end in fits of giggles. It is plain to see that they adore one another and that pleases me beyond measure. Last night as Aoife was getting herself ready for ballet, Auden ran up and threw his little arms around her waist and said 'Love you, Aoifie!'

You are one amazing little guy, Audie. We love you so much! Happy Birthday.

Friday, March 14, 2014

::14 March:: Sometimes all a crying baby needs is a good cover song

This is such a great rendition of Dancing in the Dark and I love it all the more that sometimes it is the only thing that will calm my son down when he's in a state.. Really, it's been an old stand-by since he was a couple weeks old.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

::Happy Christmas Night::

My two little sugar plums :)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

::Snowy Days::

It's lovely to have snow in December. The kids have been so excited to play in it all and Aoife has even quite happily gone out to shovel the walks a few times.  The driving has been treacherous though the few times we've needed to go out in the car and for the first time ever we had to park a couple blocks from our house as the snow is taking up so much of the parking space along our street.

Auden had his first ever experience tobogganing today and sadly it all went wrong very quickly for him. For some reason we all thought it a good idea that he go down with Aoife on the first run and he ended up face first in a pile of snow with Aoife on top of him. Poor little guy. After that, every time we ask him if he'd like another try it was all 'no no no!'. He did have fun playing in the snow though and trying to throw snowballs at mama.

We also (finally) got to doing the photo for our Christmas card this evening. We got about a thousand lovely photos of Aoife smiling sweetly and looking poised, while Auden is off trying to climb the fireplace grate or screaming 'nooooooo!' and taking off down the hall. We got a number of really lovely shots of Aoife beside the empty rocking chair as Auden is somewhere wailing in the distance. It is tricky taking toddler photos at the best of times, but in low light just before bedtime.. I guess it wasn't well-timed! Aoife tried her best to help Auden out of his funk throughout, singing him songs about trucks and trying to hold him on her lap, but to no avail, he was not having any of it. We finally got a smile out of him by singing this song he loves (apparently the Banana song from Despicable Me...someone has kindly looped it for 15 minutes on youtube). We finally got one shot we were happy enough with, thankfully!

A few photos from yesterday when the snow arrived..