Tommy's First Birthday

We've killed every plant we've ever owned within three months.
But wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles, we've kept a human baby alive for an entire year (and counting) and that alone feels like a giant cause for celebration!
We began the day with our long-standing breakfast in bed tradition (milk) and a crib full of balloons.


He loved it... until he didn't. 

 That night we celebrated with a Peter Rabbit birthday dinner. 
My brother and his wife drove all the way from Canada to be there. 
Ryan's brother, our nephew, and a few of our good friends joined us as well. 
It was a perfectly simple and lovely way to commemorate the day!

The Menu:

honey blackberry milk

mixed berries

lettuce wraps & rice
(filling: ground turkey, chestnuts, mushrooms, onions, & shredded carrots)

carrot cake & maple cream cheese frosting


He got a little wheelbarrow, toddler sized garden tools, and a wee watering can for his presents.
And the little puppy is from his birth mom.
He was also happily spoiled by so many others with numerous books, clothes, and toys that have entertained him to no end.
We really have such a sweet, generous circle of family and friends and we love you all!
He won't remember any of it but it meant the absolute world to us.
Is anything in the whole world cuter or more entertaining than watching a baby enjoy his first taste of cake? Honestly though!!


You've made our whole world lighter and brighter little love, happy first birthday! 


Thomas's First Christmas

Christmas. It's my favorite time of year. For a long time it's also been a hard time of year. Watching siblings and friends create fun traditions and magical memories with their kids while yearning to do the same thing with kids of our own.

But this year I got to. It was my first christmas as a mom, Ryan's first christmas as a dad, Thomas's first christmas ever. It made this an epically big year for us. And it was such a long time coming. It was so longed for. So anticipated.

Baby Thomas permeated every second of the holiday with an extra dose of joy. He made christmas fuller and sweeter. And I was just overflowing with love for this little baby of mine, for this little family of mine. I was overwhelmed with all the firsts we got to experience together, all the traditions we are establishing. My heart was bursting with joy the whole Christmas season in a way I could never fully describe.

This baby of ours has made our lives better in every single way, and he has absolutely no idea! 


We gave Thomas his Christmas gifts from us before we left and were worried about Christmas morning being anticlimactic, so we picked up this "frosty" balloon from Santa. Best decision ever! He loved it.

Also, turns out we had absolutely nothing to worry about, he got spa-oiled by cousins, aunts, uncles, great aunts, great uncles, grandma & grandpa (especially grandma & grandpa) and even great grandparents. It was really so touching for us! He is certainly loved.  


All that family time, delicious food, and late-night game playing didn't hurt things either. It was just a really good Christmas! 


He couldn't quite figure out these food packs at first, so this is how he ate them. Haha! He had us in stitches every single time! Like a little bird that one.