Family Weekends

Family Weekends

Remembering a weekend in October of last year, about a week before we lost JA’s dad. Such a lovely weekend in the spring time, with the doggies, my parents, our bubba, and Frank, very special memories that we will cherish. Photos 2 to 5 were shot by Rafa himself, first foray into using a DLSR for him ;)

 

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Easter 2013

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.

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

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

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!