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TWO Much Fun

Two years old! And too much fun, too much sass, and SO much love. It’s hard to believe that Baby A is no longer a baby and full into the toddler years. Aria may be little, but she has a big personality. This girl keeps us on our toes. She has so much spunk, and she’s a little mischievous too.

But, she certainly makes up for it with love. Aria is known to give the best hugs and is so cuddly. She has this thing where she picks certain people that are just “her people.” She takes to them right away and is stuck like glue, welcoming them with a big hug and snuggle, and melting hearts all.the.time. (Side note- currently  figuring out how to navigate stranger awareness with this trait).

This little firecracker is fearless. First to run into any activity, go head first down the slide, and leap off tall structures freely, assuming that Mama will catch her mid-air (we hope). She loves music and dancing (she’s got this thing where she will spin continuously but keep her gaze in one point, like a baby ballerina– it’s hilarious) and loves to play with other kids. Aria’s most favourite thing to play with is baby dolls– she carts them around the house feeding them and hugging them all day. She loves playing in the water and sand, and had so much fun on our trip to Hawaii. She would make a break straight for the ocean at any opportunity she got, sometimes elbowing Mike out of the way when he tried to stop her.

Aria has so much personality and it shows through all her many, often funny, expressions. She is always carefully watching everything, taking it all in, and we always joke that she is evaluating our parenting. Earlier this year we had a family movie night and while Aria barely sits still long enough to watch any TV, she sat quietly through the entire preview of Boss Baby and then applauded at the end. We don’t doubt she works for Baby Corp 😉

Aria always shouts “me too!” and demands whatever anyone else is having. If you open a wrapper and she’e anywhere in the vicinity her little hand will shoot out so fast (whether she’s seen it or not) and she’ll shout “Snack! Me too!” Aria knows what she likes (and doesn’t like) and she has no problem letting you know. She’s also pretty particular about doing things herself, and don’t dare break a muffin or piece of baby bell cheese in half for her, that won’t fly either. Aria is very strong willed, and I don’t doubt that I am getting back a taste of me as a child right about now.

Always keeping us laughing and smiling, from day one we knew our girl had a fire in her soul and a personality to match. To my Aria Kate on your second birthday: never lose your spunk and always keep those hugs. Your happiness and love is contagious and we love you right back so very much.

Check out a few of Aria’s fave things below, and a few pics of her on our recent trip to Hawaii!

XO

Two Year Snapshot

I Weigh: 24 lbs

I Stand: 34″

Favourite foods: Breakfast girl all the way! She loves eggs, bananas, oatmeal, avocado and all fruits.

Favourite things: baby dolls, cell phones, whatever her sister has (and vice versa, to be fair). 

Favourite activity: Playing at the park, walking her baby dolls, following big sis around

Favourite book: Little Blue Truck

 

Fabulous & Four

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I can hardly believe our sweet Vienna is four years old today! The years seem to pass so quickly with kids; it seems like only yesterday she was our only babe and we were navigating the early days of learning our new roles as parents. And now look at that beautiful girl with the baby blues above. How did she grow up so fast?!

This year on Vienna’s birthday we just finished two weeks of family fun in our favourite vacation spot– Maui! Vienna is quite the little mermaid and swam all day every day. We had such a great time together having fun in the sun! These trips, where we take in some uninterrupted family time will always be my favourite memories.

Here’s a little recap of Miss V at age four. These personal posts are my favourite, as I never want to forget the girls growing up.

Vienna. Our sweet, caring, fun-loving little girl. How I choose to describe Vienna will never change– these are the traits that sum up her little personality perfectly and always have. Vienna is still cautious to try new things, but once you can convince her to try something out, you will be dragging her away from it later and the sounds of her full belly laughs can be heard from a distance. Our resort had a waterslide and while Aria ran full speed towards it at first glance, V carefully stood back and watched, and once Aria successfully landed at the bottom, she was A-OK to try it out too. Not surprising, we couldn’t get her away from that thing later, while she pleaded “last, last one?” over and over as she snuck in “one” more never-ending slide run.

Although a bit more cautious and shy at first, Vienna is certainly outgoing. She doesn’t hesitate to run up to kids and ask “do you want to play with me?” or “can I play too?” She loves to play with others and her teacher tells us she flows freely between all the kids in her class, easily playing with everyone.

Vienna loves to colour, practice writing her name, and do puzzles or play with little people. She loves to dance, sing, and play soccer. She has a big heart and loves her family so much. Our entire trip she has been telling us daily that she misses her Great Grams back home. Her memory always amazes us, she is now reading her books from memory to Aria. Although we don’t let her watch much TV, it is certainly something that she loves– she will quietly sit and watch football, the news, whatever is on, just because. Vienna loves her sweets, still calling dessert “ressert” and shave ice is her jam here in Hawaii. She loves to be my side-kick and is set on having the same breakfast as me, wearing her hair the same, exercising with me (she’s got some great yoga moves 😉 ) or basically doing whatever I am doing. And I don’t mind having this little shadow one bit.

To our Vienna on her FOURTH birthday: I wish the whole world for you, and more. You are sweet and kind, happy and carefree, and we know these things will bring you and everyone around you SO much happiness. We are so very proud of the little girl you are!

Scroll down to see some pics of Vienna from our vacation, and her 4 year Birthday Quiz. xo

 

Four Year Birthday Quiz

How Old Are You: 4!

What Is Your Favourite Thing To Do: Go out for dinner

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up: A doctor

What Is Your Favourite Food: Avacado

Who Do You Like To Spend Time With: Isla! (same as last year, friends for life!)

What Do You Do Really Well: Work on my name at school

What Makes You Laugh: Mama

What Is The Best Time of Day: When I’m at the pool!

Who Is Your Best Friend: Daddy

What Do You Like To Do With Your Family: Go on the airplane

What Do You Love To Learn About: Science world!

Where Do You Like To Go: To the park

What is Your Favourite Book: Moana

If You Had One Wish What Would It Be: Going on a trip with Mommy (well, girlfriend, that can be arranged! 😉 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Construction Cake Fun

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This blog is full of all things girly given the two little ladies running the show over here. And, I mean, who am I to say no to all the pink and gold possible?! (Ok, ok, it’s actually me who is influencing the colour scheme around here. And yes, I plan to roll with that for as long as possible).

I also happen to be lucky to have the sweetest little nephew, who doesn’t, however, seem too interested in a rosette birthday cake. He’s the busiest boy ever and loves all things that GO! I had so much fun making this fun construction cake for his 2nd birthday. And that’s not to say this has to be a cake only for boys … my girls of course loved it too. This is a simple and easy cake to pull together. V (age 3) helped to place all of the letters and the trucks and rocks. This is a great cake to make with kids since perfectionism isn’t necessary with dirt and rocks. 😉

Enjoy! xo

To make:

Ice cakes, set up the rocks, dirt, and trucks however you like, and BAM you are done! I’ve also seen some more elaborate cakes where you would use different sized cakes (or cut them) to make a hill effect. Pinterest has plenty of inspiration!

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Double Birthday Bash

It’s a double birthday! Given the girls’ birthdays are just one day apart we took advantage of having one big family party for their first and third birthdays. Or so I thought… I say “took advantage of,” but I really didn’t think through baking and icing cakes and cupcakes for an entire evening and morning. But, it’s so nice for the girls to share their day together and to have one big gathering.

We had a great day! We ate snacks, had cake, and enjoyed visiting with so many family and friends. The kids are young enough that we didn’t do a kids party and there are enough kids in our close friends and family circle to make it pass as a kids party anyways. I did a fun activity table that was SO easy and all of the kids loved it. I’m going to recycle this idea for all future kid events! All it entailed was a roll of white craft paper, a few mason jars of markers and crayons, some stickers, a couple of easy Halloween “crafts” and a jar full of play dough containers. The kids had a blast! And it involved zero adult participation. That’s a win in my books! I didn’t do goody bags, we just sent each child home with the play dough of their choice and some stickers.

As for decor I went with pink and gold, of course, because that’s what we already have on hand. And for the record, my decorating mainly consists of baked goods– that’s my strength 😉 Each of the girls had a two-tier rose cake piped with different shades of pink frosting, and I made large and small pink frosted cupcakes too. I truly love making their birthday cakes, along with cakes for my sweet nieces and nephews. I’m no pro, and sometimes my perfectionism makes it a bit crazy in the kitchen, but I love seeing them so happy with their cakes. Vienna blew out her candles at the start of happy birthday, and quietly watched us all sing to her. And Aria had zero interest in “smashing” her cake.

Besides baking my other favourite decoration to include is a photo line, where I string up photos of the girls from the past year. I’ve done this for each of Vienna’s birthdays already, and it’s one of the few times (some) of my massive amounts of photos get printed. I take the photos and put them in a mini album and tuck them away in a box for her. One of my favourite things as I grew up was looking through old photos from my childhood. We never seem to print photos these days and I want the girls to have some to look back on down the road.

I’ve done blogs celebrating each of the girls ages here  (Vienna) and here (Aria), since catching them sitting still at their birthday party is next to impossible! Here’s a quick photo recap on the details of the day, enjoy! AND how cute is that family pic with the girls in their birthday outfits by the talented Jennifer Harwood @ Blink Photography!?

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Wild ONE!

ONE whole year with our sweet little Aria Kate. I always like to call her Aria Kate because I really love both of those names. We debated on using either one as her first name– and Mike gave me a solid no when I tried to make both her first name– “but then she could pick! And how cute is it to have TWO first names?” I really tried there. I may have even used it for a bit. Of course a run-of-the-mill “Mike” wouldn’t agree to something so crazy. A Raina though? We’re up for ALL THE NAMES. The indecisiveness in me really shows when it comes to naming children. It’s permanent after all.

Aria arrived a full week early and just one day after her sister’s birthday. It is so amazing to have two girls so close– and close in terms of both being born around the same date, therefore hitting many of the baby milestones at the same time of year. But, they are such different kids and have been since day one. Despite what everyone told me to expect, Aria’s arrival was much slower than Vienna’s. By “much” I mean an hour, but that’s a lot in labour time. (People who were in labour for days will probably kill me now). I was warned over and over again that V’s arrival was so quick and so crazy that Aria would just shoot out of me. I was terrified of having the baby in the truck en route to the hospital. This made me trust myself far less in knowing when I was “ready” to go.

We arrived at 7 a.m. and Aria joined this world at 10:20 am weighing exactly 8lbs. Her delivery was chaotic to say the least. A staff change-over just as things were happening paired with a bat-shit-crazy nurse who not only forced me to have blood drawn during the worst possible time of labour (fellow moms know exactly what this moment is) but also made Mike leave me and go riffle through my purse looking for my care card to… prove it was me (??) made for a chaotic scene. But, Aria arrived safely and before long was in our arms. Ahhh. That moment. This entire paragraph may be TMI, but us Moms, we share birth stories like battle scars. We checked out of the hospital at three that afternoon, just five short hours after she was born. Whirlwind.

This past year has been amazing watching Aria grow. At 3 months Aria was diagnosed with torticollis (essentially tight neck muscles and in Aria’s case caused due to her position in the womb) causing her to have some issues with strength and head shape/growth early on. Around months 4 we started visiting doctors and specialists every few days and she was a total trooper through it all. She did amazing in all of her treatments and won over everyone with her sweet disposition. I’m so proud that together we figured things out and she now has full strength and no other issues related to it. It’s truly amazing how far things have come for her.

Aria is my girl to a T. I call her my judgy baby, as she is always carefully watching everything and everyone, and makes people work fairly hard for a smile. And, she’s often frowning or scowling, I always say “that’s just her face!” since she really is the happiest baby. She’s a fierce little monkey– she growls on the regular and when she hugs or kisses you it’s a full-body squeeze and a head-bang-kinda moment. Her and V can either be found fighting over a toy, fighting over me, or fiercely hugging each other. She sleeps like a champ and still loves her little Mrs. Mouse stuffy. She is curious and gets into anything she can. The faster she gets the more of a handful she’s becoming!

Aria has stayed such a baby to me. She seems so teeny and clings to me with her legs wrapped tightly and high around my waist. She’s a total hip baby, always with Mama. She’s crawling (since 10.5 months) and pulls to stand up  holding on to things, but doesn’t show signs of walking. And that’s o.k. by me!  One of my favourite things right now is when she discovers something new. Her eyes light up as she figures things out. I’ll be holding her and she’ll reach to open and close a cupboard door, and she’ll do it a few times and then look at me and a huge smile slowly spreads across her face. The. cutest. Aria has three words: Mama, Dada and shoe. Yep, shoe. I thought maybe it was just a coincidence, but it’s happened too many times for it to be possible. Like I said, her mother’s daughter. Plus, she looks exactly like I did when I was a baby.

Happy one year birthday to my spunky, happy, crazy-haired little Aria. We are so lucky to have you in our lives. xo

Scroll down to see a one year snap shot of Baby A. The first two pictures below are some newborn favourites taken by the talented Jennifer Harwood from Blink Photography. Thanks Jen!

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One Year Snapshot

I Weigh: 22 lbs

I Stand: 28 inches

I have: 5 teeth

Favourite foods: Grapes, cheese, bananas

Favourite things: extension cords, necklaces, shoes and hair brushes (Not even kidding here!)

Favourite stuffy: Mrs. Mouse

Favourite activity: Dancing, getting into things, Mommy carrying me

Words: Mama, Dada, shoe

Moves: Waving, dancing, peek-a-boo, clapping, climbing

I love: My sister, baths!