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My very first Wedding

My very first Wedding

Last weekend we celebrated my dear friend, and Ella’s Godmother’s Wedding. Bridgette has been a life long friend of mine, and our parents grew up together. It was made all the more special because she asked me to share her special day by being a Bridesmaid. It was such a beautiful day, and I could not be happier for her and her wonderful husband David. It was also special because it was Ella’s first wedding! Bridgette gave her a special dress for her first birthday and it doubled as a gorgeous baby wedding outfit. I hope that Ella looks back on these couple of photos with joy as she sees how much love was in the air that day….

Daddy getting the horseshoe ready for Ella to give to Bridgette…

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So much joy and happiness in the air….

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The beautiful couple…

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It was a wonderful, joyous and loving day and one we will always remember.

kate

Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl

It’s taken me a little while to get back to Ella’s blog after a couple of weeks of frantic work, and preparing for my dear friend’s wedding. I completley forgot to post some gorgeous images of our family celebration on Ella’s actual birthday. It was a intimate and love filled night with Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles and her Godmother. Ella was (again) the centre of attention from the moment she woke up, till the second her precious little head hit the pillow. A year has come and gone, and Ella’s huge smile said it all…..

The little drummer girl…

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Opening her presents…

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Her beautiful Tutu from her gorgeous Godmother…

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Cuddles from Buba..

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Cuddles with Nanna…

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Blowing our her Birthday candles with Mum & Dad!!

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The first of many more happy birthdays to come!

kate

 

 

Happy Birthday to our beautiful Ella xx

Happy Birthday to our beautiful Ella xx

Today we wish our beautiful baby girl Ella, a Happy 1st Birthday. In years to come, I hope you read this and see, how much joy you have brought into our life. A year ago today, your were born at 12.20pm at the Freemason’s Hospital in Melbourne. From that moment on, you have opened up a world that your Dad and and I did not know existed – a world of endless joy and laughter. Each day you bring us smiles that fill our hearts. Your funny laugh, your gorgeous red hair and your cheeky personality, we are simply so blessed to have you in our life.

Looking back over these photos, you have grown so much already.  We are so proud of you.

Happy First Birthday Ella Moo xx

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Love Mummy xxxooo

How sweet it is….

How sweet it is….

On Saturday we held Ella’s 1st Birthday party! Although her real birthday isn’t until tomorrow, the day was perfect to celebrate with family and friends. With over twenty babies and young children arriving on the dot at my Mums house in Essendon, the party was our first taste of what is to come in the years ahead. This blog is my chance to document and capture wonderful memories as Ella grows up and I cannot believe that the milestone of her first birthday party has come and gone. After weeks of preparation, for what we hoped would be a ‘low key’ affair, the day was a great success. I certainly have a new found respect for parents who host birthday parties, and at the end of the day we shared a quiet celebratory drink with my Mum and Dad, as Ella slept peacefully.

I know that Ella won’t remember the day itself, but I hope that the following pictures help her to realise that there was a lot of love in the air. And it was all for her….

Ella was dressed in her first party outfit by her Aunty Mon and Jane – a gift for Christmas was a beautiful white silk dress with humingbirds. Her shoes were also a present from Aunty / Cousin Lisa – a tradition in our family…IMG_3354

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Nearly walking….

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Ella’s Sweet Shoppe – all the work was worth it! a Big thanks to Vens Paperie for the decoration inspiration!

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The Cake!!! Peppa Pig thanks to Cake 2 the Rescue!

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Ella’s 1st Birthday Memory canvas….inspired by this one on Pinterest!

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Laughing with Great Nanna Nola….

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Cuddles with Daddy…

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Happy Birthday!!!!

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A big thankyou to my Mum and Dad for hosting, and for Dan’s parents for helping to make the day possible. A huge shout out to my sisters and my friend Cait, for helping to laminate, cut and primp all of the decorations! Thanks also to my friend Amy, for the cake tips! And finally, a big thankyou to all of our family and friends who came to celebrate….it was a wonderful day to remember. Ella was so spoilt and I’m sure that she will look back over these photos in years to come and see how much she is truly loved.

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Win your own Cake 2 the Rescue Kit to help celebrate Ella’s 1st Birthday!

Win your own Cake 2 the Rescue Kit to help celebrate Ella’s 1st Birthday!

tumblr_mdibghSKqU1qg45v4To help celebrate Ella’s 1st Birthday next week, the amazing girls at Cake 2 the Rescue have given me the chance to run my very first blog competition and give one lucky reader your choice of a Cake Rescue Kit! After purchasing my own kit to (hopefully) create my own little Peppa Pig masterpiece, Lisa & Lou (aka the Baker Girls) asked me if I would like to continue sharing the love, by offering another Mum or Dad the chance to make their own!

So, it is with great pleasure that I present my very first blog comp. To enter the competition, simply click the form below and answer this key question:

‘What is your favourite Birthday memory that you wish to re-create for your child?’

From Birthday cakes, to McDonald’s parties, lolly bags to jumping castles, we all have memories of those fabulous times each year. Whether it be a memory of your own birthday, a relative or friend…share your memories to score your chance at winning one of these fabulous kits. Ella, her Dad and myself will act as judges and the winner will be able to choose their own kit for their own child!

Please note that this competition is open to Australian Residents only, and entering the competition means accepting the Terms and Conditions as set out in the following form.

Good Luck!!!

To enter the competition, click here!

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A year in photos, a mountain of memories

A year in photos, a mountain of memories

Whilst Ella has had a epic sleep this morning, I’ve been able to tackle some washing, clean the house and start to sift through the mountain of photos that we have amassed since Ella was born. Over 5000 shots have been taken (is that normal?), and since acquiring a new computer, I thought it was time that I went through the snapshots and edited it down to a sensible amount. Needless to say it’s been a pretty amazing, challenging and joyous time and looking through these photos has made me pretty emotional. I started this blog because we simply do not store photos like the way we used to. I have back ups or back ups of photos, downloaded from my camera with the hope of making a photo album each year. I am determined to stick to this and hope that as her birthday draw closer each year, I can take the time to sift through them and choose the best ones to print and keep. Here’s hoping that she continues to have a long morning (or afternoon) sleep every now and then, so I can get the chance to look through them and smile….

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And for those of you who might be wondering how I went? Well so far, I’ve reduced over 5000 shots to 292….a pretty good effort I think! (Mind you, that doesn’t include shots taken since the end of January though) 🙂

kate

*Photo collage was created using ‘Photo Collage’. For more information, click here.

Soaking up the sun

Soaking up the sun

8013a154-1d92-480c-ac88-e1b90875d678-lWe just arrived home following a great few weeks down at Rosebud. Following a jam packed Christmas, it was great to get away to the beach and enjoy some lazy days. Ella certainly scored very well out of her first Christmas, and needless to say, we haled a car load of toys down to the holiday house. The ‘bud’ quickly transformed into Ella’s own play centre and she loved every minute of it. We also made a quick trip to K-mart to get Ella her very own shell pool – an Aussie tradition for kids. As soon as we got it back to the house, it was filled with water, the sunscreen, hat and bathers were on and she was splashing about. Much to her delight, our dog Lloyd equally enjoyed having this ‘large water bowl’ in the back yard.

A steady stream of visitors, trips to the beach, lazing with friends in Portsea and soaking in the spa filled up the couple of weeks quickly. Apart from one (very hot) night, Ella slept really well and her parents were delighted to get a bit of extended shut eye. Ella has quickly found her legs and is now pulling herself up to stand on anything within reach. This is proving to be a new challenge, and is certainly testing the quick reflexes of both Dan and myself. It will be interesting to see how long it takes before she is stomping around the house!

The best part of our trip was most certainly seeing Ella love the beach. A huge part of both Dan and my life growing up, Ella loved it all and did not even bat an eye lid when she swallowed the salty sea water. It was just gorgeous to see her enjoying the sand and the sun, and even though she was covered from head to toe (slip, slop, slap!!), she certainly loved being outside in the Aussie summer. I hope it lasts for many more weeks to come!

Some of our happy moments were captured below:

Ella splashing and laughing in her new shell pool..

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Enjoying yummy new summer fruits for the first time…

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Sleep ins (sort of) and morning cuddles with Lloyd…

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Cuddles and a bath after a swim at the beach…

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I look forward to summer lingering around for a while….not long now until Ella turns 1!!

kate