Happy Halloween!

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Hoping your Halloween has been filled with many tricks and treats this year!

XO,
N&N

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Little lad’s birthday eve…

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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!

XO,
N&N

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.

Five kisses when I wake.
Five candles on my cake.

City of Angels

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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.

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Monday’s Moment

A single moment, captured in a photograph. Candid and fleeting, this will always be a special moment in time…

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//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.

XO,

N&N

Friday Favourites: Kids Book Picks

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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.

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Alina
// 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

Finnlagh
// Cowboy’s Star // written by Louise Goodman and illustrated by Alex Paterson

// Wish Fish // written by Sam Hay and illustrations by Katie May

Reed
// hello baby On the Go // St. Martin’s Press

Looking for something to read to your little ones? Check out Apartment Therapy’s Mega ‘List of Lists.’

XO,
N&N

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Behind the scenes: Tutu du Monde photo shoot

20131016-195203.jpgWe 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!

XO,
N&N

View all the Tutu du Monde prize winnings in this blog post.

Giving Thanks – Part 1

Canadian TGHAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of our dear friends and family celebrating in Canada! Stateside, we’re trading roast turkey, all the fixings, and formal family dinners for pan-seared mahi mahi, wheatgrass smoothies and impromptu room service. It is also Columbus Day here, thus opening up the annual debate once again as to whether or not Christopher Columbus was a hero or a villain: “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…”

Today, we are grateful for our dear loved ones, and for the fact that our recent re-location from the American to the Pacific Southwest has been a relatively smooth and enjoyable transition for all of us. Even better? The news today that we have secured a permanent abode- a little California cottage in a great neighbourhood close to everything our growing family could ever ask for.

With  much gratitude on this Thanksgiving day,

N&N