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It has just been party central around here recently. The weekend after Teddy's welcome party we went to Julian's 1st birthday party. Considering it has been raining non-stop lately we were really lucky to have beautiful sunny days for both of these parties.

Julian's party was at Leichhardt Family Day Care Centre. It is a great facility because it's totally set up for kids with toys, a sandpit and even children's toilets. It also has a park next door which was fenced off from the road. The kids had a great time at the party.
Julian's 1st Birthday
Julian's 1st Birthday

Clare and Brendan had requested no gifts so I volunteered to make Julian's birthday cake in lieu of a present (and because I like baking). Clare had picked a "first year around the sun" theme for the party. She sent through a picture of what she wanted, I said "ok" and 72 cupcakes, 1 cake, 1.25 kg of butter and 2.5 kg of icing sugar later we had a sun cupcake cake. There were three different kinds (and colours) of cupcakes; gluten free, cookies and cream, and banana flavoured.

I should really learn how to do marshmallow icing for the orange / red cakes I make. Buttercream is such a pain to colour and I never can get it to go red. I ended up with lemon, peach and what I called blood orange colours for the cupcakes. (Evie insisted on calling the blood orange cupcake a pink cupcake. It wasn't pink!) The last time I tried to make red buttercream I think I used almost a tablespoon of red colouring and it still turned out pinkish. I knew to give up early on a darker colour this time because lots of food colouring ruins the taste of the buttercream.
Julian's 1st Birthday

Happy Birthday Julian!
Julian's 1st Birthday
Julian's 1st Birthday

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 6th Sep 2014, 16:48 tags: kids birthdays julian


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Well, I think we welcomed Teddy in style. We had a jumping castle, a face painter and a really big caaaaaaaaake. Teddy isn't really into any of these things yet but we know so many kids now! We had to keep them entertained somehow. The party was a bit crazy but I think everyone had a good time. I think Teddy may have been a bit overwhelmed at times. At the end of the day he just buried his face in Andrew's chest and went to sleep. We'll have to train him up to be a true party goer (like his sister now is).
Teddy's Welcome Party

I picked Possum Magic as the theme for Teddy's welcome party. If you're not familiar with the story, it's about a baby possum called Hush who is invisible. He and his Grandma travel around Australia trying to find the right foods to eat to make Hush visible again. As I was reading the book to Evie one evening I had a flash of inspiration. It would make the perfect children's party theme as all the catering is already worked out for you. I'm into things where I don't have to think very hard at the moment.

I was very lucky and lots of people volunteered to help out with the catering. Mum and Dad organised the bulk of the food and then Sue, Emily, Carolyn and Clare also volunteered their help with items from the book. In the end I just had to worry about the cake (and some GF / dairy free / taste free cupcakes). The last thing Hush the possum eats in the book is a lamington so I knew I wanted to make a giant lamington cake. I made a three layer cake with a strawberry jam and buttercream filling separating each layer. I covered the cake in dark chocolate ganache and shredded coconut. It wasn't hard to make but boy was it messy! I had coconut from one end of the kitchen to the other.
Teddy's Welcome Party

I almost achieved pinterest perfection as I made little signs for the food items from the book and a cute little bunting cake topper for the cake. Apparently I have too much time on my hands (Unfortunately the reality is I just chose to do cute food signs and cake toppers instead of housework :D So much more fun in my book).
Teddy's Welcome Party
Teddy's Welcome Party

We were still new hands at this parenting thing at Evie's welcome party so we didn't manage to take any photos of the day. I've always regretted that so I made sure to get the camera out at Teddy's party. We even managed to get a family photo! Yay us!
Teddy's Welcome Party

Leanne Courtney from Fun Faces 4 Kids did the face painting on the day. She did such a fantastic job! Highly recommended if you're looking for a face painter for your next do.

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 5th Sep 2014, 16:33 tags: teddy


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I'm so glad we've been taking monthly photos of Evie and Teddy together. I understand that Teddy is growing but it wasn't until we sat him on Evie's lap this morning that I understood just how huge he is now. Also, I know I'm totally biased, but how cute are the photos from this month! You all just have to nod and agree now.
August: Evie + Teddy

August: Evie + Teddy August: Evie + Teddy

Here are the photos starting from the beginning:
May: Evie and Teddy June: Evie and Teddy
July: Evie and Teddy August: Evie + Teddy

See Evie and Teddy's monthly photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 26th Aug 2014, 19:57 tags: kids evie teddy


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I've decided to start my photo a day project again. I figured it didn't matter that it was half way through the year. Our life is that much busier with two children so I don't feel like I've been capturing the appropriate number of photos of my Teddy. I'm hoping if I take a photo a day I can redress the Evie / Teddy baby photo imbalance.

I've downloaded a useful iPhone app called Collect which helps me with the project. It reminds me to take a photo each day and then I can add them to a calendar view. I can then easily export a collage of my photos from the month.

Organising all the photos and making sure I had a photo for each day was what I found hardest last time. I'm finding the app is taking all of the hard work out of the organisation. I'm just waiting them to fix the export to Flickr.

Here are my photos from July.

July 2014


jess - 4th Aug 2014, 20:19 tags: p365 2014p365


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Evie: 3 years

I love recording and documenting so when I saw the birthday interview idea floating around on Pinterest I knew I wanted to do it with Evie. The idea is that you ask your child the same questions every year on their birthday and document how their responses change as they grow. Life has been a bit busy lately so we've only just gotten around to asking Evie the questions. I also videoed her answers so will post that when I finally get a chance to edit it.

Some of Evie's answers were a little surprising so I've added my own notes in italics.

How old are you? Three

What is your favourite colour? Purple

What is your favourite TV show? Play School

Evie also loves the Octonauts and enjoys watching Lily's Driftwood Bay, Little Ted's Big Adventure, Big Ted's Big Adventure, Jemima's Big Adventure and Peppa Pig and pretty much anything that happens to be on the TV (except the Wiggles who she finds scary.)

What is your favourite movie? The Duplo Movie (what Evie calls the Lego movie)

Evie had watched a little bit of the movie the week before and it was fresh in her mind. I thought it was a little too old for her and had decided not to let her watch the rest of it. Obviously she was keen to see the finish. The movies she enjoys at the moment are Garfield 2 (the one with the two cats Mummy, not the one where Garfield jumps on the bed), A Bug's Life, Robots, Mary Poppins and Toy Story 2. She also loves watching the songs from Frozen but isn't such a fan of the film.

What is your favourite book? The Kangaroo book (Winnie the Pooh lift the flap book)

I was a bit surprised by this answer as we haven't read it much lately. I think maybe she could see it from where she was sitting. The books we read regularly include Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too, Moose!, The Gobble Gobble Moooooo Tractor Book and The Pear in the Pear Tree.

What is your favourite thing to eat? Evie's cheesy pasta (Kraft Macaroni and Cheese)

What is your favourite special treat? Scooby Doo Fruit Tails

What is your favourite song? Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Evie also loves Small Potatoes, Best Night by Justice Crew and the songs from Mary Poppins and Frozen.

What is your favourite outfit to wear? Purple spotted t-shirt

Actually anything purple at the moment.

Who is your best friend? Bear

Where is your favourite place to go? Kindy Gym

What is your favourite game? Monkey Bingo

What things do you like to do with Mummy and Daddy? Cooking with Mummy and climbing on Daddy

What are you really good at? Holding on tightly to things

What do you want to be when you grow up? Cooking (A Chef?)

jess - 26th Jul 2014, 13:22 tags: evie


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