It has been birthday central around here and I shall go in order.
On September 22, our super duper close friends Nicholas & Chels had a GIRL! Beautiful little Summer Mackenzie (aka Sam aka my pseudo daughter) is the perfect addition to their family, and big brother Nico is just pleased as punch with her. When Chels was pregnant, I admit to initially hoping she would have another boy (so our families would continue to be identical) but this is even better- now Fraser & Stefan have a little sister figure. Part of the reason I think Lowell is such a wonderful husband is that he grew up with sisters. Sooo... no pressure or anything, Sam, but I DO expect your very existence to make both our boys amazing husbands. So thanks for THAT.
|This STUNNING picture of Chels & Summer was taken by our talented friend Jen at La Di Da Lane Photography. I won't blame you if you keep returning to this post to look at this picture... I saved it on my phone and frequently admire it myself (just saw that in writing and realized that I sound sooooorrrrta creepy... sorry Chels)!|
Next! Fraser celebrated his SECOND birthday on September 28! Since he turned TWO, he got to invite TWO friends to go bowling with him. Yes, bowling. There were bumper pads and ramps involved. And a whole lotta cuteness...
|This is a prime example of one of those times that Julie (speaking in third person here) kind of forces photo ops on tired children at the end of the evening. Haha... still cute.|
|Hahaha. This is soooo Nico.|
A cake pop close up for you all...
After being sufficiently hopped up on fat and sugar, the boys took to running/rolling up and down the wheelchair ramp and swinging on the railing. I dare say this was the most enjoyable part of the evening for them! Next year I'm cheaping out and just going to some free public place with a ramp... and stuffing my pockets with cookies and/or juice pouches. Easy peasy lemon squeezey!
Side note: At the end of the evening, Fraser sort of started "high fiving" kids (as in random children, not just his party guests) in the face. I was like, "No. You turned two TODAY. We're NOT doing this." Luckily he's been fine since (Minus a few misplaced high fives). Phewf. Dodged that bullet... for now.
Next up was Stefan! He had his half birthday on October 12... I can't believe he's already 6 months old. I felt a little guilty for not having a full-on party complete with half a cake as we did for Fraser, but my entire family was together so that was kind of the celebration. Also, he got to spend the day with his little cousin Fin who turned 1/3 of a year on the same day, so that was rad. Plus, he's already been on solids for a month and that was really the main event at Fraser's half birthday party. Whew- guilty conscience effectively cleared!
Next! Carlynne and I celebrated the second anniversary of our 29th birthday! (Again, we're totally READY to embrace our 30s but cannot officially do so until we're in the presence of Celine Dion... she obviously has not yet received that memo.) Anyhoo, Carlynne and I were together for the first birthday in six years (six years ago being the day of her and Dan's engagement... the day that I awkwardly and incorrectly assumed that Dan had planned the entire day for me too. Haha.) But not only were Carlynne and I together, but our ENTIRE family was home. So, we had a girl's shopping trip (where Carlynne and I bought each other jeans as per tradition) and a delightful brunch (well, we actually had like nine deliciously extravagant meals throughout the weekend which I'll say were all for our birthday... Thanksgiving had nothing to do with it.)
Oh, and Lowell gave me a Starbucks bouquet. A beautiful bouquet of flowers and STARBUCKS CARDS. A "Lowell original"... straight from the mind of Lowell. Brilliant isn't he? He DOES have his masters, y'all.
Coffee was a bit of a theme this birthday (which is funny when you consider that when Lowell and I met, I never EVER had coffee in any way, shape, or form. It's a slippery slope, folks!). If you recall in my Starbucks addiction admission post, I was hoping to save up for a fancy shmancy coffee machine (in order to throw less of my money at Starbucks), and Craig, Shareen and the parentals got me the perfect little set up to assist me with said goal: a stove-top espresso maker, one of my fave flavours, re-usable Starbucks cups, and a money jar. I can make myself lattes, and a few times a week I can toss a couple bucks in the jar and save right on up, baby!
Oh, and since the whole fam damily was home, the very talented Rachel of Rachel Joyce Photography (I know her from way back in our high school days!) took some family shots. Here is but one of them...
There's more of the sneak peek here! Seriously, she oozes talent, folks.
Other notable birthdays include Dad T who turned SIXTY (!!!), and my good pal Carianne (who turned 29 for the second time, but only because she mistakenly thought she turned 29 last year hee hee). We did not get to celebrate with Lowell's Dad (promise extra big hugs next time we see you, Dad T!), but I had the honour of joining in a small celebration for Carianne (but you can still get an extra big hug next time I see you, like, in a day Carianne)!
|Three generations of T boys!|
|Carianne, moi, and the gals.|
I do enjoy birthdays!