Sep 25 2014

39-52 Spaghetti Face

Project 52 – A portrait(s) of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 37:  Spaghetti Face

12 months

I’ve realized that I have a lot of pictures of Lucy eating, so it’s kind of ironic considering how little she actually consumes.  But we keep trying every day.  Yesterday we saw some success with spaghetti!  I mean, who doesn’t like spaghetti?  She finished a pretty good amount of it and only started throwing it on the floor 15 minutes in.  I call that a success!

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Sep 21 2014

We Love Lucy: A first Birthday Party

The first birthday has come and gone!  We are very thankful (that it has come and gone) but also for the many people that came and celebrated with us.  I always said that birthday parties would be small and simple but we really felt in this case we needed to do something special to thank all the people that have helped us in the last year.  What better way to thank people, than to load them up with homemade sugary treats?  If there’s one domestic ability that I am confident in, it’s my ability to make fabulous desserts, so a dessert party was obvious.  Since Lucy basically still doesn’t eat, I wasn’t worried about really making things that were baby friendly because she would just throw them on the ground anyway!

My “theme” (if you can call it that) started from a print that I made that is in Lucy’s bedroom that says “I love Lucy”.  We used the hashtag “we love lucy” when instagramming when she was first born and going through hospital stuff, although I stopped because a million other people used it too. Because Lucy is also a heart baby, I loved the idea of incorporating hearts into it.  I picked a colour palette of pink, red and gold (although the pink, as per usual, took over).

The weather was perfect–if not maybe a touch too warm for myself and my porcelain daughter.  But everyone else seemed to really enjoy it.

In all, it was pretty budget friendly since everything was handmade with a lot of supplies from the dollar store.

I drew and cut out the letters that made the “We Love Lucy” sign out of glitter vinyl, and they were strung together with fishing wire.  The streamer backdrop was just draped and stapled over twine.  The pom-poms were made out of dollar store tissue paper (lots of tutorials on Pinterest for that).

The birthday cake I was extra proud of.  I’ve always loved baking cakes, but decorating cakes has always been a bit of a mystery.  I always stick with simple decoration to save me from disaster!  This was a four layer red to white velvet ombre cake.  For the heart I used a cookie cutter as a stencil and put sprinkles on it.  The pendant banner was a quick project and is just craft paper and twine.

(…and there was only one piece left, so that’s a good sign!)

The cupcakes were made by my mom and decorated by me.  They were vanilla with raspberry filling, or lemon filling.  I made the heart picks myself out of glitter vinyl.  Oh, and PS: that “make your own glitter sprinkles” DIY that is so popular on Pinterest, doesn’t work.  It just looks like coloured sugar.  Oh well.

Lucy’s “smash cake” was just simply a box cake that I didn’t care about because I knew that she would either A) throw it on the ground or B) not even want to touch it.  It was mainly so that we could put something in front of her while we sang.  I made the “1″ pick myself out of glitter vinyl.

Homemade sugar cookies with royal icing.

(Left) Homemade Chocolate Raspberry Truffles (made by my mom) and (center) homemade red velvet cookies.

Chocolate dipped pretzels!  A Pinterest win!! So easy and pretty too!

Dave’s contribution to the food was sweet and salty kettle corn that we served in cupcake cups.  A favourite in our household.

 

I bought inexpensive flowers (carnations and baby’s breath), and used the ever popular and cheap mason jars for vases.  I sprayed a bunch of them gold and it looked really sharp!




I set out a table for gifts with a picture that I made of Lucy with her  milestones.  Her first pair of tiny Minimocs are there, with a rag doll that I made her for Christmas (that has a matching dress that I made to what she was wearing that day)

We planned on having a lot more balloons, but they just started exploding all over the place!  We think it’s because they were dollar store balloons, plus it was warm.

I hung up pictures from the last year with clothespins that I put sparkly red hearts on.  An easy and simple project.

Here’s Lucy getting “Happy Birthday” sung to her!  She was weirded out.

That icing on her face was my doing.  I really wanted her to at least try!

Eventually, once the crowd disappeared she touched the cake.

…but didn’t like how that felt.

Trying out her new rocking horse from mommy and daddy!  It was scary at first, but then when no one was looking she got in to it.

A card with animals on it!  Her favourite!

Her tambourine, which is a new favourite.  I have no problem with that kind of sound!  As long as it promotes creativity and isn’t a loop of digital sounding kids music I’m happy.

We asked for books for her birthday, and we sure got a good haul!  I’m so happy that we received such lovely gifts for her.

Testing the rocking horse when the crowd stopped paying attention.

Lucy’s dress was designed and made by me a few months ago–for Easter, actually!  But it was too big and too cold for her to really wear it.  I did have to let the elastic in the waistband out a bit for her to wear it for her birthday, but other than that it fit her really well.

And that’s it!  Wow!  I feel like this is as much as I would post about a wedding.  We are definitely exhausted after the day and will probably never do something as elaborate as this again–but–it was fun to be able to plan the event and see it come in to fruition!  Here’s to one year survived!

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Sep 20 2014

38-52 the birthday cake.

Project 52 – A portrait(s) of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 37:  The Birthday Cake

12 months old!!!

We made it through a year.  WOW.

As expected, Lucy was terribly skeptical of her birthday cake.  She wouldn’t touch it when everyone was watching her.  When the crowd dispersed, she poked at it, but wouldn’t put anything in her mouth. Surprise, surprise, surprise.

I have so much to post for her first birthday, but that’s a whole post on it’s own!  Below is Lucy getting “Happy Birthday” sung to her and looking very nervous.  She had a great day though and did SO well!

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Sep 16 2014

ONE.

I had planned on preparing a whole birthday post for Lucy with lot’s of pictures of the last year, but I got a little overwhelmed with what I could post that would really tell her story in just a few pictures.  I think the above Shakespeare quote describes her pretty well though.

And though she be but little, she is fierce.

Yes.

We love this little girl more than words or pictures can say and can’t wait to see what the next year brings! (just as long as there’s no more hospital visits!)

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Sep 13 2014

monthly word prompt – harvest

**I am a part of a small blogger collective consisting of other mom bloggers and each month we are given a word “prompt” to write about.  This months prompt is “harvest””**

I feel like I can say I’ve been waiting for this day for a very long, long time.

If you know me well (heck, if you’ve met me even briefly) you probably know that Autumn is my time.  Not in the “typical-white-girl-omg-pumpkin-spice-latte” sort of way (although I don’t mind those) But ever since I was little, everything about this time of year just makes me so happy.  My birthday is October, so that may play in to it a bit (it falls around the weekend of Canadian Thanksgiving, so I get turkey for my birthday meal and pumpkin pie has always been my birthday cake). There’s so much more though to it than just the food (Oh! The food!) I love the cooler weather: the misty mornings, crisp afternoons and foggy evenings.  Somehow, I feel so much more energized when Autumn comes around.  Also, getting to wear more layers and covering up my babushka arms has always been a happy thing.

I could go on forever probably. I am getting slightly off track here.

Last year when Lucy surprised us 6 weeks early and consequently kept us confined to a hospital for 7 weeks I missed my favourite season.  I remember being in the hospital with her and always asking the nurses when we would get out because all I so badly wanted to be outside enjoying the autumn weather with her.  To make it worse, last years autumn was probably the most beautiful autumns I have seen in a long time–and we were stuck inside.

The thing that kept me going was imagining the next year–this year–when we would go to my favourite place: The Apple Barn!

I’ve been going to the Apple Barn most years since I was a little girl.  (**funny story: When I was in my early twenties and it was just Dave and I, the lady at the till was pretty confused when I payed for a ticket for the petting zoo for just myself. “You don’t have any kids with you? …Ok…?”**)  It’s the sweetest little farm day-trip you ever did see.  There’s the obvious of “you pick apples”, as well as a multitude of other fruits and veggies that they now grow there (so many pumpkins!), hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo (Goats!!!!), a market, a giant bouncy playground.  It’s Heaven.

We were so very happy when we finally had an afternoon off together to be able to go and enjoy it (also, Grandma and Grandpa came along, which always makes Lucy happy)

Again…I could go on.  But I will just show you the awesomeness in pictures instead:

Lucy LOVED the goats.  I can’t even begin to tell you how happy it made me.  She giggled the whole time and loved to pet their faces.  And–Look below at her standing on her own!  Ta-da!

She was slightly skeptical of the pumpkins, and couldn’t seem to figure out why we were taking her picture amidst a bunch of vegetables.


“Harvest” is the September writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Courteney of The Titled Blog. A few words from Courteney — Hello! I’m Courteney from “The Titled Blog” I live up in Canada (in Abbotsford, British Columbia – just East of Vancouver) with my husband, one year old daughter Lucy, a pug named Minnie and an angry flame point siamese cat named Bigsby. My blog has evolved over the last 7 years from random rants and social commentary to lifestyle and now most recently to being a mom. My daughter was born with a lot of health problems and I often write about the challenges that have come with having a baby that has spent a good chunk of her first year in and out of the hospital and how to deal with those challenges head on. When I’m not blogging, I work as a photographer with my own business (Courteney Rodda Photography) sing in my jazz band “Courteney Rodda and the Other Guys” and most recently I am sewing for an awesome local company making baby moccasins called “Minimoc
You can also find me on Instagram, where I post too many pictures of my daughter, dog and cat.

/// The Mommy Blogger Collective /// Christina, Courteney, Dena, Erica, Erin, Gillian, Katie, Misty, Nicole, and Renée. ///

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