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I've loved taking pictures forever now but have been taking even more ever since we had Addy. My poor poor hard drive struggle. Lately it's been a month by month project and she has her own Tumblr page over here.

However, I want to focus on capturing images on a weekly bi-weekly basis so I'm doing a 26 week photo challenge now. Trying to be realistic since we will have a new addition soon. I can always increase right? Right.

Let's do this thang!

Party, yay!

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The month of May was long but it flew by for me.  We had a lot going on and the main event that I was hustling with was planning and prepping for baby girl's 2nd birthday.  I'm getting verklempt.  I was struggling of what to do for her party and once I settled on the butterfly theme, it all came together.  Amazon was perfect for finding all of the decorations and favors.  We are re-using the Happy Birthday signage I made last year for each birthday party.

I don't even know why I put a time frame on party invitations because I just want everyone to stay forever.  Instead of 2 hours, it quickly turned to 4 but I don't know about you and your friends but it is getting harder and harder to plan out time with friends over here.  Everyone is so busy with work and family that it is hard to find dates that work for everyone so when I can gather them all, it's on!

Our munchkin had the best time and was a social butterfly galore.  How fitting. :)

Happy Birthday Cake!

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Whoever thought of the expression, "Time Flies", was a genius.  It is so true.  Two years ago today my baby girl came into the world and I can barely remember life without her poofy curly fro, super-sized smile and joyful laughter.  She is our world and we hope she knows just how much we love her every second of every day.  "Happy Birthday Cake" is what she says instead of "Happy Birthday" and we wouldn't have it any other way.  I sorta rhymed. :)

xo,

Mama and Daddy

Dye It Yourself.

When I dreamed about being a mom, one of the things I couldn't wait to do with my little one was to dye Easter eggs.  It has been forever for me and was brand new to my Babycakes.  I used the crayon that came with the PAAS pack and drew little designs.  The yellow dye didn't show up at all so I switched that one out for a blue dye.

Baby girl had three Easter egg hunts in all this past week and by the third one she was a pro.  "Hmmm, let me see", she would say while she stroked her little chin.  Then when she spotted one she said, "There it is!", picked it up, shook it and wanted to open it right then and there.

Such a good little treasure hunter.

Oh, Canada.

We took a trip to Vancouver about two weeks before Christmas.  This was our second trip out there.  We flew from Denver to Seattle, then drove to Vancouver.  It was so nice to get away and have my SIL and her family meet our daughter in person for the first time.  I am a warm weather person and I LOVE the sun so not having it was the only downside of the visit.  Out of the week we were there, we only had one day of sun.  The first day.  The rest was cloudy, drizzly stuff that is hard to shoot in.  I do love how everything is covered in moss, absolutely beautiful.  We went to so many shops that we don't have here like Aritzia, Saje, Top Shop and Brandy Melville.  I am a new fan of Tim Hortons!  I'm kicking myself for not buying a mug since I have a massive collection of mugs.  Their gingerbread white hot chocolate is the best.

We were there for a week so I have more pics over here.*

Even though you are pretty far away and a bit expensive, I do love you Canada.  You have a fan.

*I went back to my early 2000 days and posted the pics to Flickr but I am not liking the new design of it.  Know of anything else out there for photo sharing?

And Then She Was One.

Our munchkin is officially one-years-old.  Can you believe it?  I can't.  This year has been one of the most memorable years of our lives.  I didn't think we would ever get to this point where we can sleep like we used to and slowly get back to a sense of a routine.  Addison is the most amazing little person.  She is so funny, smart and beautiful.  We get lost in her big dark brown eyes every day. So lucky and so blessed to call her our daughter.  Somebody pinch me.

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We planned her party for weeks and I wanted everything to go perfectly.  Some things did like her handmade wooden Happy Birthday sign (inspired from this one), her cake, the venue, the friends, etc.  Some things did not, like the pouf decorations that I scrapped because I could not figure out how pouf them up.  No biggie. The theme was "Some Bunny is turning one" but it was tough to find bunny things, even though I started looking way before and during Easter.

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She was the little hostess with the mostest. At first it took her a little while to warm up to everyone, I was concerned about that when I planned the guest list.  But she got over it pretty quickly and was soon "talking" to everyone and mingling about.

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For the drinks I got some white peaches, CountryTime lemonade mix and seltzer water.  I made my mom the mixologist and the end result was a hit.  Very refreshing and delicious!

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We got her all stripped down for the cake but she just played in it with her hands.  Not that surprising since she killed my sweet tooth when I was pregnant with her.  She isn't a huge fan of sweets...yet.

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Baby girl passed out while we were cleaning up, so that's a sign of a great party to me.  We love you Addy, happy bday!

Bunny Invites

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I have been killing projects left and right.  One of those projects was getting everything together for my baby girl's first birthday in a little less than three weeks.  I wanted to do something different and add my own design as well.  Didn't think I would be able to do it but her birthday falls in spring and then bunnies came to mind and then "Some Bunny is turning ONE" appeared.  I'm happy with the invites and since they are out now, I can share with you.  These were created in AI and I was able to make my handwriting into a vector illustration for the type.

Plans are still underway but I wanted to document some progress.

I'll tell you more about the other project VERY soon.

Around 36 Hours Ago...

I know I should be sleeping while the baby sleeps but it feels like Christmas every day right now. Our baby girl arrived around 36 hours ago, Baby Addison Marie. It was a wild ride but we are just overjoyed that our little angel is here. She is a cutie! We are biased and have no problem with that at all.

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Just wanted to pop in and say hello and let you know why I'm a bit quiet in the Twitterverse and otherwise. I temporarily closed the shop but should be re-opening it in August/September. Please add me to your email notification so you can be there right when it re-opens.

Love and hugs to all, E

It Takes a Village

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Next week marks 35 weeks so we have been hitting our to do list hard.  

Neither one of us are into crazy pink and when we bought our house last year, the house was a hot mess.  There was a lot to be done and covering up crazy paint jobs/holes was part of that.  This room is about 10'x10.5' and it was originally primary red and blue.  Something was bolted onto the wall and required a lot of patchwork so we just went with fresh Benjamin Moore Dove White in Eggshell finish.  If you are a member of  Pinterest you can view my "For Baby" board.

This week our blinds came in and the blackout curtains were hemmed so we put those up this weekend.  I'll try to put links for any item I can find links for.  The first thing I found for the nursery was the bedding (Dwell Studio - Menagerie) and everything was a jumping off part from there.  We got the crib (which changes into a day bed, toddler bed and full bed) from Costco.  The dresser/changing table is from Costco as well.  The changing table part comes off so it can turn into a dresser and hopefully last a very long time.  The mirror is the Hemnes mirror from IKEA.

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Since the room isn't the biggest in the world, storing what we want has been a challenge.  I love the look of books with their covers facing out but I couldn't find bookshelf/picture ledges that would do the trick.  Then we came upon the Ribba shelves from IKEA and it was love.  They work perfectly!  The ottoman is a storage ottoman that came with another one inside.  Purchased on sale from Kohl's.

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This is a watercolor painting I painted awhile ago, shows mama, dad and baby.  There is a close-up down below.  We found the creamy taupe blackout curtains from The Great Indoors.  Had to get them hemmed since 84' was too short and 95' was way too long.

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This super cute jungle music mobile is wind up and plays Brahm's Lullaby.  Purchased at Babies R Us.

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I think this is the second thing we bought after bedding.  Love this cloud lamp from IKEA.

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So we are SO happy with how things are coming together and I just had to share.  My parents came over this weekend and helped us measure, level and mark so the mirror and bookshelves look just right.  Still getting used to having a house and being able to do whatever you want to the walls.  Ledges/shelves are my new favorite thing.  We bought one more shelf that is deeper, but now I can't think of where it can go.  We have other bigger toys like that carrot that we'd like to put on a deeper shelf.

Still choosing a glider and the closet only has like 4 outfits on teeny tiny hangers.

Work in progress continues!