It’s snowing on the blog – again! And, while that’s about the closest we’re going to get to actual winter temperatures here in SoCal, I did want to share this year’s holiday card.
After browsing through many online stationery shops, I ended up using the same site we used for last year’s card. I chose a slightly pricier option, but with their 50% off coupon for Black Friday, the cards actually came out to be quite reasonable. Looking forward to mailing these out to our loved ones this Christmas season!
ps: This week on the blog: Tutu du Monde photoshoot – in its entirety! Plus a very special birthday pirate… <3
Reed at 16 months is a twirly whirlwind who takes great delight in saying his siblings’ names, flushing toilets, putting on his shoes and dancing (always dancing!) and causing general toddler mayhem. He’s a happy-go-lucky, musical kind of giggling guy, who loves sinking into a pile of just-fluffed pillows and pulling the covers way up to his nose. It has become very difficult to keep him buckled in or seated in anything, from car seats to high chairs, shopping carts, strollers and Ergo carriers – he’s a big, solid boy and he knows it!
Tomorrow marks the 5th birthday of our dear, sweet son: Finnlagh. As I snuggled with him in his bed this evening, serenading him with the Polish lullaby he’s known since he was a newborn, the images of his birth day danced in my head — that perfectly silent and still Wednesday morning in Montreal, as the first snow of the season fell gracefully and poetically to the ground. There was classical music playing on Radio Classique (as per my request) and a supportive labour team comprised of my husband, a nurse (Rosita), a resident and his attending doctor, all present to catch and care for baby Finnlagh as he entered this world. It was a gentle, serene VBAC birth experience, and I will carry those moments in my heart always.
To the boy with the massive blue eyes that twinkle like the heavens, and the infectious laugh that resounds with delight… To our son who fills our days with magical mischief, whimsy and joy… We wish you many happy and healthy returns! Happy Birthday, Finnlagh – we love you!
When I have said my evening prayer,
And my clothes are folded on the chair,
And mother switches off the light,
I’ll still be four years old tonight.
But from the very break of day,
Before the children rise and play,
Before the darkness turns to gold,
Tomorrow I’ll be five years old.
Given the option between spending a Friday bouncing around the city running errands or enjoying fish+chips on the Santa Monica pier – there really was no contest. We had a perfect, spur-of-the-moment jaunt in Los Angeles, driving down the Pacific Coastal through gorgeous Malibu, where rolling green surf meets the tawny, powdery shore.
We rode on carousels and sighed our ways through horrific traffic, ambled through Beverly Hills and wandered up and down Rodeo Drive, lattes in hand…it was the ideal excuse to procrastinate.
A single moment, captured in a photograph. Candid and fleeting, this will always be a special moment in time…
//Alina and Finnlagh gazing at the Channel Islands
There are days when the rhythm of life is conveyed purely by the senses: eyes to capture the variegated colour of the waves, noses to breathe in the sea air as it hangs in the wind, and ears to remember the crash-and-boom soundtrack of it all. In these moments, there are no words – just togetherness. As you take in the moment with your very best friend, the world, as you experience it, will always be filled with possibilities.
This week we headed to independent book retailer, Chaucer’s Books, to pick up some new titles. It seems the children had exhausted the supply in their suitcases, and since the move, have been missing Book People, our local favorite in Austin.
// Wildwood – The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 1 // written by Colin Meloy and illustrated by Carson Ellis
// Fortunately, the milk // written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young
// The Peculiar // Stefan Bachmann
// Cowboy’s Star // written by Louise Goodman and illustrated by Alex Paterson
// Wish Fish // written by Sam Hay and illustrations by Katie May
// hello baby On the Go // St. Martin’s Press
We enjoyed a perfect evening on the American Riviera photographing Alina in her powder pink backstage onesie from Australian Retailer, Tutu du Monde. Alina was lucky enough to win this exquisite piece from a giveaway held by La Petite, a modern kids lifestyle magazine. Can’t wait to share more from her photo shoot in the very near future!