Easter 2013

Today would have also been Altarra’s 32nd birthday, if she were still with us. She would probably have 2 or 3 kids, be living in Sydney and be crafting it up every weekend. I miss her.

Thank you my families for a really lovely day, we had breakfast with JA’s side and lunch with mine, and our first Easter egg hunt with Rafa was deliciously fun and adorable =D

2012 in review.

It’s been a very emotional year.

I’ve watched my baby boy grow up so much, pass all the usual milestones and jump ahead in leaps and bounds, he’s such a clever little engineer (still yet to say a word though!). We are so lucky to have him and are amazed that we created him.

We were also devastated by the loss of JA’s dad Frank, in October. We continue to miss him every day, and all I can say is thank goodness for Rafael and his cousin Malia, putting smiles on our sad faces every day.

This is an extremely image heavy post, but it brings joy to my heart to see my little Rafa and remember all the great things we did this year.

(Images are in reverse order from December back to January)
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The baby turns one and throws a party

As promised, here are some photos from Rafael’s first Birthday Party. I LOVED doing all the decorations and setting everything up, it was so fun and I can’t wait to do it again and again every year.

Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (1) The welcome sign on the front door, I made using my Cameo cutting machine and different coloured textured scrapbook card.Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (2)The photo wall as you came in the door, showing all Rafa’s monthly photos from 10 days to 12 months old.

Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (3) Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (4)I bought a plastic backdrop online for about $20 and put it up over our big front window, and it made the whole living room glow blue which was really cool. I hung up some netting (also bought online) and cut out some sea creatures on the Cameo to stick onto the backdrop.Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (5)I had SO much fun making the cake. I started very early (a week or so in advance) on the topper, made entirely of fondant and did all the ruffles myself (I watched lots of YouTube videos and got some advice from SIL Katie to learn how to do it). The dessert table didn’t have any real structure to it, I just plonked stuff where I thought it looked balanced and moved it around from there.Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (6)The pink jellyfish “baby” pinãta looked great I must say. I made it of papiêr maché and stuck cut circles of crepe paper to the outside, and hung lots of strands of curling ribbon from the bottom.Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (7)I hand-painted all the shells on the cake topper, there’s a few dodgy bits but I’m really happy with how it turned out =) The only things I didn’t make myself were the white balls (Jila Mints), the one little orange starfish and seahorse, and the cake itself (Boston Mud from the cheesecake shop).Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (8)I put together several of these table centrepieces which were so easy and fun to do, and relatively cheap if you already have some of the supplies.Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (9)I can’t get enough of fondant ruffles now! Might have to make a Christmas cake just for fun ;)Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (10)I picked up this cardboard cupcake stand from BigW for about $5, and made the cupcakes from a Betty Crocker packet mix, with added gel colouring. I made a simple cream cheese icing for them, and popped the little toppers on from The Style Emporium in Gold Creek. Super easy and really effective! Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (11) Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (12)I didn’t really think about it but Katie pointed out it was probably a bit morbid to have Sushi to eat with an Under the Sea Theme =PMikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (13)I bought candy bags from Pack It In and filled them with blue and green m&m’s for the “sea” and yellow for the “sand”, to give as favours. Never mind that the dogs managed to eat 10 of them when I was in the middle of making them! Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (14) Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (15)Little Heidi was a fan of the Jellyfish Pinãta, unfortunately it was a complete fail! I rigged it so the babies could grab a length of string and pull, and that would tear the bottom out of the Jellyfish and everything would come out, but the babies wouldn’t have a bar of it, they wouldn’t hold the string or tug it, so I ended up doing it for them (it would have worked great with 2 or 3 year olds I think!) and it ended in tears hahaMikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (16) Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (17) Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (18)The lucky boy received lots of lovely and thoughtful gifts!Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (19) Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (20) Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (21) Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (22) Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (23) Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (24) Mikaela Rafa birthday decorations party cake (25)And the dogs got way too many sneaky leftovers!

It was a wonderful day and I can’t wait until next year ♥


Rafa’s First Birthday Party | Sneak Peek

I started planning Rafael’s birthday party when he was around 2 months old, no joke. I LOVE planning parties, and having a kid is just about the best excuse ever to throw an awesomely decorated party =)

I went with an “Under the Sea” theme, and here is a sneak peek of the lead up to the big day.

Party post coming soon!

{Party Planning} Decorations sneak peek

I’ve been steadily getting some handmade decorations done for Raf’s birthday party, but now I’m on school holidays for two weeks it’s go time! My holidays will be devoted to planning the party, making the decorations, deciding what food to make and how to decorate it… in other words, my idea of bliss =) Mikaela party planning decoratingSusan (JA’s mom) said last night she read somewhere that kids parties are the new weddings. The amount of time spent planning, decorating and deciding every little detail is on par, or even more than, some weddings. And I think that’s probably correct, for some people (like me). Mikaela party planning decoratingI love it! Bring it on!Mikaela party planning decorating

11 months old

My heart simply swelled whilst editing these photos. My boy is so handsome and sweet ♥
Mikaela Rafael Monthly Photos BabyRafa is now clapping on command, almost saying “muma” when he is upset, standing quite steadily holding on to things, crawling very fast and just generally being the best thing ever invented.
Mikaela Rafael Monthly Photos BabyChatting to Sarzi on his Teddy Mat, he’s almost too big for it now!
Mikaela Rafael Monthly Photos BabyClapping clapping clapping! Usually with a big smile, but not this time ;)
Mikaela Rafael Monthly Photos BabyRafa LOVES opening and closing doors, he thinks it’s a real treat. There’s been a few tears with squooshed fingers under a door, or many tears when he closes the door shut and can’t open it again!
Mikaela Rafael Monthly Photos BabyAnd his doggies adore him!Mikaela Rafael Monthly Photos Baby
Mikaela Rafael Monthly Photos BabyHe’s getting the hang of walking around, and holds on so very tight to our fingers, I love it XD
Mikaela Rafael Monthly Photos BabyThank you to Sarzi for taking this nice photo! ♥

10 Months Old

(I’m posting this a month late, and will be doing his 11 months post right after this one!)

Mikaela Rafael Baby Monthly Photos

I take a lot of photos throughout the month of everything that is happening in our lives, and I try to then put them all in my project life album once I get them printed. The problem is though, if it’s been a month or so since taking them, I can’t always remember what the occasion or specific moment was that I wanted to record. So I have an account with OhLife, which is an awesome little free service where they send you an email every evening, asking you how your day was. You write a quick line or two about what happened that day, if there was anything great or momentous, and it all gets saved in your private OhLife account. You can then log in later and read back over what happened on specific dates. I then match these up with the photos I’ve taken on that date, and everything is then in the right order and makes sense in my album! I highly recommend it =)

I’m posting a few little excerpts below of what I’ve written about Rafa ♥

  • July 15th : Rafa’s bottom left baby tooth is poking through. Took his 9 month photos yesterday, 2 days late. This morning he mumbled something suspiciously like “tickle” which was awesome. Probably a fluke though ;)
  • July 19th : Rafa is definitely pressing the buttons on his mobiles phone intentionally now, so cute!
  • July 23rd : First day back at work! It was really good. And Rafa is clapping and playing peek-a-boo by himself now, it’s awesome.
  • July 24th : Rafa was saying “diggle diggle diggle” all morning and afternoon =D
  • July 30th : Rafa is learning to brush his teeth, it is very cute and so far so good!

Mikaela Rafael Baby Monthly Photos

  • August 3rd : Rafa seems to be teething again, a bit cranky, not sleeping/napping well and very hungry all the time! He is also kneeling now and starting to pull up on things.
  • August 8th : Rafa is the. BEST. BABY. in the whole world. He is pulling up on absolutely everything now and just wants to stand up all day!
  • August 11th : Went to swimming today and took some more videos of both babies =)

Mikaela Rafael Baby Monthly PhotosHe also makes this hilarious squinty-smiley face, all the time. So, so funny.

Mikaela Rafael Baby Monthly PhotosHe loves to sit and “read” his Spot books, upside-down and backwards of course, but he’ll sit there for a good 10-15 minutes flipping the pages back and forth. Super smart boy ;)

{Party Planning} Rafa’s 1st Birthday

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but I LOVE planning parties. I’ve re-capped birthdays past before, as well as documenting how much I love designing invitations, and how much I love baking and decorating for halloween! I also like to make birthdays a bit special for the doggies ;) I’m pretty much impossible to throw a party for, because I just take over and organise everything. I love it!

So you can imagine, having a kid is going to be fairly convenient for my party planning obsession in the future…

Right now I’m in the midst of planning Raf’s 1st Birthday Party, with an “Under the Sea” theme. I’ve almost finished designing the invitations, and am using pinterest to create a mood board, you can see a few of the fabulous ideas I’m collecting here, and more on my Pinterest Board.

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I’m pretty excited about it!! Stay tuned for more planning and DIY decorating =)

9 Months Old

Mikaela Rafa 9 Months oldRafa hit 9 months on the 12th July. Many people have said 8-10 months was their favourite age of their babies, and I can see why. He is AWESOME right now.
Mikaela Rafa 9 Months oldThis month he cracked his first two teeth at the same time, top two front teeth on June 23rd. They just suddenly appeared (after a face plant the day before) without much fuss, thankfully! One of his bottom fronties is just about to poke through now. After having a gummie baby for 8 months, teeth are weird. Really weird. Very cool at the same time, but kinda gross too haha.
Mikaela Rafa 9 Months oldThis age is so full of learning, and watching him jump ahead in leaps and bounds is amazing. We went to Phil & Beck’s place and I saw Lara opening the flaps in a Spot book (clever girl!), and I wanted Rafa to do the same. So I bought some lift-the-flap books, and what do you know, he surprised me by straight away turning the pages! Here’s little video I took on June 25, excuse my over enthusiastic “Turn the page!” commands, but I was excited ;) And yes, he can now lift the flaps too =)

My baby is such a champ, we’ve gone to see several movies at Mum’s & Bubs/Reel Mums sessions, and he has his morning nap in the seat next to me, then plays on the floor next to me (I need one of those toddler leads now he’s mobile, so he doesn’t wander off in the dark! hehe) for the rest of the movie. It really helps to get out and about with him and not feel like I’m stuck at home.
Mikaela Rafa 9 Months oldAfter rocking on hands and knees for a good 4/6 weeks, Rafa started crawling in the first week of July. We were egging him on for a few days, he’d taken just a couple of crawling “steps” now and then, and JA and I would be there cheering “gogogo!”. He’s not super-fast yet, but he’s moving steadily all around the place now, exploring the hallway and kitchen.
Mikaela Rafa 9 Months oldHe’s still a fairly quiet and reserved little guy around other people, but when we’re at home by ourselves he’s a regular little chatterbox. He definitely likes his personal space, Malia was trying to play with him the other day but every time she came near his face he’d crack it!
Mikaela Rafa 9 Months oldI said to JA yesterday, I think every single day and moment from now is going to be just amazing. Of course there will be not-so-awesome days when he is being a terror (hopefully few and far between, fingers crossed), but just watching him grow, learn, think, and interact gives me so much joy.
Mikaela Rafa 9 Months oldWhat an awesome kid! Being a mum rocks.