Monday, June 25, 2012

Happy Birthday To Me

I'll be 31. 31-years old, on the 1st of July...31 is so much better than 21, I think. Instead of getting hussied up for a night at the bar with my girlfriends, I'm hosting a vintage tea party at the lake. That's what I love about your thirties. Your appreciation for life and your loved ones is on the forefront, and you actually have the taste and desire to plan some pretty special parties. 

When I reflect back at 30, its been an incredible year. I had the honour of meeting my son, Cove. We spent our first year together, getting to know one another, cuddling, nursing, sleeping (not sleeping), watching him grow and reach new milestones every month. What a gift to have him in my life now. His face, I could kiss a trillion times, never mind those toes, knees and tummy. Morgan had a big year too, going through emotional, stubborn two's and adjusting to her new brother in the house, sharing mommy and daddy, especially mommy. But we made it, and it gets easier every day, thank God. 

I gave birth to Cove here in our home 2-days before my 30th birthday. I spent my birthday in my housecoat, still sore, and recovering from pushing his 9-pound sweetness out of me. Together we celebrated, just my husband, brother in law and one of my best girlfriends, who brought a scrumptious tiramisu cake from the Italian Centre. Four friends, four forks, on the floor and darling chubby Cove. They toasted the new year in with me, with a farewell salute to my twenties. It rained, it poured, and then it rained some more, which never happens on July 1st, and always signifies change to me. It was a special birthday having my sweet boy sleeping next to me. Safe, healthy, such a blessing. But this year...a vintage tea party seemed very appropriate. This girl needs a party, quaint, but still a fabulous celebration. I've earned 31! 

Below are a few images of my inspiration, but I will definitely post the actual pictures next week, very excited! I have a pretty little dress from Anthro I'm going to slip on with some vintage jewelry. I've requested that everyone come prepared with 'something from your past that know one knows about you'. Should be very interesting. Especially because all of my husband's aunts and grandma will be in attendance...:)

Photo credit: Erich McVey, Styling- A & B Creative

Photo Credit: Jordan Ferney

I kind of feel like a superhero all the time! Lately I've been running on my reserve everyday. Brydon has been working steady, so the kids and I have been lone ranging it a lot. I am still nursing Cove at least 3 times through the night. I know, I'm nuts. So I haven't had a full nights rest for 11-months! Lol, its so crazy, its kind of giddy funny. Must be the OVER tiredness. 

I'm looking forward to a great party, with plenty of laughter and delicious eats. I wish all the important woman in my life could be there to join me in celebration, but many are living their dreams around the globe, so geography just isn't in our favour. Another reason I have created this space here. To stay connected, for an intimate glimpse into my life, the littles and our everyday shenanigans! So the ones that can make it are going to get spoiled! They deserve it. Everyone woman and good friend does, right! xo 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Winter Wedding

My best friend, Lindsay, is getting married this year and choose to do a fabulous winter wedding. (Thank you for indulging us all, Linds). Just like the fairy-tale day we've been dreaming up together since we were fifteen. I can hardly believe its quick approaching this December. Eeeee! Above is a fabulous picture of Lindsay and her handsome fiance, Justin, celebrating his graduation from dentistry with a sizzling kiss. How smokin are these two! 

Lindsay is a stunning, strong woman, from head to toe, heart to soul. We've been living so far away from each other for so many years, but our friendship never pales in strength or love. We've been best friends since junior high, and share a million wonderful and hilarious memories. This girl has so much going for her, it puts a smile on my face from ear to ear. Justin, is a perfect match for this goddess of wit, messiness, rock n roll, the 6 o'clock news (she's a spectacular anchor) and endless good looks. Together, a power couple oozing with love and amazing times ahead...and BABIES, dozens and dozens of them! Yes, I can't wait! 

I've put together a photo blog of winter wedding inspiration. These two love sparrows are getting married in the rocky mountains- beautiful Banff, December 2012. Our bridesmaid's dresses are black lace with wine red underlay- absolutely gorgeous. I can hardly wait! From cakes to photography, flowers, dresses, decorations and of course FOOD (our fav part, Linds). 

Lindsay stayed with me the night before my wedding back in 2007. Can you believe it been 5-years, I can't. I don't think either of us got a wink of sleep that night. We always have too much to say, too much to giggle about, we are both such goofs. I love this girl with every corner of my stinkin heart. (This picture kind of makes me miss my long hair and my face before babies AKA- NO SLEEP, ha). Anyways, back to the gorgeous bride to be! 

Linds, I know you've nailed down quite a few details already, but you might just want to squeeze in a few of these pretty babies, and mostly, its just fun to oogle over everything winter wedding! 

Could be Banff!

Christmas ball chandeliers. Do it yourself! 

Imagine through the snow. 

Glam, glam, glam. 

Not in the winter, but just loved this canopy so much. 

Simple, but elegant centrepiece. 

Yes! Hot cocoa with a side of mini donut. 
Lindsay, these are not an option, you must have them!

Crazy cool. 

Congrats you two. Besides the fact that you are going to be the most beautiful bride ever, your day is going to be something else. I'll be standing right next to you, laughing with you, soaking it all in, and of course, wiping my tears of pure joy. Love you guys and your future babies, all 12 of them, please. xo

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Into the Woods

Just a few perty snaps of the littles this morning. Adventured out into our little fairy forest again, and then down some old alley ways in our neighborhood. I love alley ways, such unexpected beauty in places you'd never think. Although we got every dog on the west side barking up a tree. Whoopsie. All Morgan could do was laugh and say, "Mommy, this is so cool. These puppies are kind of crazy." 

The weather is gorgeous today, so it was an early walk but amazingly warm with all that golden sunshine. Cove was a little past-due for his nap, but he loves the fresh air, and I knew it would knock the nugget out for the late morning. 

Off to my mom's today with the Morgan and Cove. We're out there every thursday to spend some time and lend a hand. So we just had to take advantage and get outside in the am. Happy mid-week everyone. xo