17 months…

Reed_17mosReed Anders at 17 months – oh, what a guy! This is the melt-your-heart age, what seems like the perfect mélange of baby and toddler rolled into one that gets you thinking: this child couldn’t be more precious if he tried. Language is more abundant now so that expressing things like “Mama’s car” and “more Peppa” (Peppa Pig, that is…) and “keys please” gives him a great sense of satisfaction and pride. He has become self-sufficient at many things, and has a clear understanding of what our routines are around the house. Every time I pull out the broom to sweep the floors (which, let’s face it, happens several times a day), Reed runs to the kitchen and hauls the dustpan out from under the sink, drops it at my feet and declares, “This, this! Here! Yes, Mama!”

Christmas this year was an absolute delight for our family, as it always is with children in particular…the fact that there were presents from Santa, and presents for Reed specifically that he is now old enough to compute were for him…well, this seemed like a brand new and revelatory discovery with every box placed in front of him. He received many music-oriented presents and it is always so wonderful to put on a song, hand him an instrument and watch as he hits all the beats and bounces to the rhythm as he goes. Reed is experimenting a lot with humming tunes of his own creation, and his latest composition entitled “iPad, Pad Pad, Go Go Go!” … Let’s just say it’s one for the history books, haha.

I will say, the snuggles and the kisses have been extraordinary moments with our little Reed. I can’t wait to open my eyes every morning because when I do, I know that there is the sweetest little boo who all of the sudden stops nursing, pops up and screams “Mama…MWAHHH!” He gives kisses and kisses, and once he is done with that, he moves on to squeezing, tight tiger hugs and pats on the back, after which he sighs and just drops down onto my chest. Goodness, what a special kid.

Here’s to toddler tap dancing, bright hazel eyes, hugely genuine smiles, laughing out loud and all the other moments in between that have made nearly 1.5 years with Reed pure and utter joy.

XO,

N&N

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And then: FIVE

Finn_5thBday.35As 2013 winds to a close, we’re catching up on our favourite photo shoots of the year. Finnlagh’s 5th birthday party was a swashbuckling extravaganza, complete with pirate scavenger hunt, maps, and buried treasure on the beach. For a creative soul like Finnlagh, it seemed just the thing to fire up his imagination and sail us all away on a birthday adventure with him.

We love you so much, darling boy. Thank-you for approaching every day with a bright start and bringing all those around you a fresh perspective on fun and merriment. Dearest, sweetest little lad: five.

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Merry Christmas!

20131225-185825.jpgI suspect our household is like most today: paper and packaging strewn about, brand new toys being explored with enthusiasm and fresh-from-the-retail-shelf books begging to be read. It is the spirit of Christmas that we get to share through the eyes of our three little ones, who never lose sight of the magic and wonder…

Merry Christmas to all and a joyous new year in 2014!

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Feature Fashion: Tutu du Monde photo shoot

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TutuDuMonde.6Back in October, we spent one magical twilit evening shooting photographs for Alina’s prize winnings from La Petite Mag and Tutu du Monde.  The gentle crash of the waves as they met the shore at dusk were the perfect ethereal backdrop to showcase our gorgeous girl modelling some exquisite clothing.

XO,

N&N

View all related blog posts about La Petite Mag and Tutu du Monde’s generous giveaway and see behind the scenes here… and here.

Holiday Greetings**

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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!

XO,

N&N

ps: This week on the blog: Tutu du Monde photoshoot – in its entirety! Plus a very special birthday pirate… ❤