My love,

Today I had so many plans for you that couldn't come to fruition due to the fact that I contracted a little contagious skin bacteria. I had planned for a woodland themed birthday and had sent out handmade invitations to our closest friends and family. I looked up a recipe for vegan beet cupcakes that had tasted amazing during the test run. Streamers were to be set up, games to be played, hickory sticks to double as a snack and miniature gnome twigs, while samosas would be wasp nests and falafel balls gnome droppings. The plan was a bit lofty but I thought you would like it.

Instead, I ended up having to cancel the party for fear of transmitting something horrible to others and spent part of the afternoon running to the hospital, getting into Emergency and getting a prescription filled. Needless to say I am disappointed and although a huge gathering did not happen and you had to suffice for some neon coloured chocolate cupcakes and rice cereal for a birthday dinner and me singing "Happy Birthday" about 20 times throughout the day, Daddy and I promise to make this weekend your birthday weekend and some other time a true celebration.

I reflect back on this past year with you and am amazed at how amazing you truly are. With you, my heart became bigger for all those I love and especially your sis because I see how much she loves and cherishes you. Today she made an extra special effort to be nice, considering it was your birthday.

For this day I have compiled a book for you which I hope you will treasure always. It chronicles your first year and my love for you and oh how I love you! So my girl...I hope you had an okay day considering the events that took place.

(I secretly think you did because you were super excited all day and you started to grow into your one year old self by not being afraid when Daddy flew you in the air and crawling around in the bath tub to stand on your knees near the faucet - both FIRSTS!!)

xoxox Mama


{awe-full moment}

Soulemama, a mama of 4 (soon to be 5) has an amazing blog. One of the posts she regularly does is called "{this moment}". It is meant to capture in photographs an amazing moment that makes her realize how great being a stay at home mama is and the greatness of experiencing these moments firsthand. I plan to do the same with my Awe Full moments. El often wondered why the word awful had such a bad connotation. So this section is dedicated to El and taking back the positivity in the word.


for the lack of posts. The Papa restarted school last week, so needless to say our schedule has adjusted and free time is reduced. However, we continue to find many moments to do our family things.

We returned to the cottage for another veggie dog roast. We brought up our Christmas tree and decided to cut a piece of the truck. This piece will turn into an ornament for next year's tree (hopefully my crafting works). We kept warm by creating a fire in the cottage, a fire in the pit and by nursing Harriet in the car. Turns out that the Littlest Babe is seriously bothered by the Eldest Babe when doing so. Hence, the constant looking out of the car window as a mustard-faced sis peaked in.

Grandpa Grier celebrated his birthday with delicious food and his favorite family members. It was a great gathering of the Prices and the Griers and Charlotte and Harriet also received a gift from Andrea and Bruce: adorable animal hats. They have been receiving a lot of compliments.

The Eldest Babe is officially a skater!

As per usual, we had some fun on our bed. We played our ring stacks like kazoos and jumped like lunatics from the window sill.

Hopefully this week I will keep an eye on my camera cord. xoxox





The wagon ride that almost ended it all...the fun that is. Charlotte had pretty much a meltdown the entire time through town.

What a little bundle.
I spy you eating with my little eye, Charlotte.
Cupcake teether for Harriet.
Harriet playing with her vintage train set.
The Vintage train set and Dada's warm tootsies.
A Waldorf silk rhythmic stick.
Into my wagon!
Santa...next year please don't bring chocolate or at least tell Charlotte to wait until after 7 am to eat it.
The Vintage Train set
Rudolph had a few bites of his carrot
Santa loved El's double chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Santa had time to type the girls a letter.
Silly Rudolph leaving tracks in the house for me to clean up.
My gift to Allen.
Opening Stockings first.

Good morning Harriet!