Saturday, February 27, 2016

dannii's having a baby!!

our dannii is glowing,
her bump is now showing,
a person she's growing,
to her shower you're going!

you could not, would not, 
want to miss...
a celebration such as this!

today i had the absolute pleasure of throwing a baby shower for my beautiful friend dannielle. i feel so blessed to have her in my life and i am so excited for her little boy to arrive... it was such a fun day and i was thrilled to be a part of it.

she decided she wanted a dr. suess theme which was so fun to decorate for... lots of pale blue, white and red poms (which we fluffed last time we visited bunbury whilst watching old episodes of friends - a typical hang out activity for us...) and really cute bits and pieces i managed to pick up around the place. i was obsessed with the serviettes with little clouds on them seeing as her favourite dr suess book is "oh the places you'll go" and they fitted the theme perfectly. i also made cupcakes with blue fairy floss on top in the hopes of them looking like thing 1 and thing 2... i thought they looked awesome, but warning if you try this at home, the fairy floss does not last long... it melts!

some of baby w's present stash along with the cat in the hat that dannii's step mum made for her classroom (yep she was a teacher up until baby w decided to join them)

and some more of our decs!

drinks were cherry and fruit punch koolaid kindly supplied by a friend that was back over christmas from the u.s. don't let those violent colours fool you, they were surprisingly good and fitted our theme perfectly.

a few simple games to top it off, guess how many clouds were in the jars with a lovely poem written up by cody the night before, easy done...

and "my water broke" which is also easy as... freeze jelly babies in ice cube trays... give everyone one in their drink and the first person to have their "baby" break free from the ice (without putting it in their mouth) yells my water broke and is the winner. so fun. 

dannii was so thrilled with all her gifts and i was blown away at the generosity of her friends and family, baby williams is certainly going to be very loved. 

it was a lovely afternoon and i was so thrilled at how many people were there for her

checking out the haul afterwards! :)


i was especially lucky because dannielle knows how obsessed i am with snapping pictures and let me get some of her once the party was over... i especially love this one of her with the book that inspired the party!

she is looking so beautiful and i love her bump ♥

i can hardly wait to see that little person she is growing, im so excited!


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

95 years old, but still here in our hearts

95 years ago today this amazing man was born. my grandfather joseph goodlet. although he passed away in 2007, he is never far from my thoughts. he was one of my dearest and trusted friends and it seemed only natural to name my little one after him when he arrived 2 years ago.

i sometimes wonder if he would be proud of decisions i have made, things i've done, where i am at in my life... and if he would love to get to know that little blonde boy that is running around the place with his name. and tonight i feel like i got my answer.

doug and i decided to go to the temple this evening and as the session came to a close, near the end i started to think of him and felt such great peace. i know that he's happy. that he's happy with his family and i know most of all that the day will come when we will be together again. what great joy the gospel brings. i feel such comfort knowing that families are forever and love that one day i'll be able to get to know him even better.

we still miss you grandad, after all these years. so god be with you 'til we meet again.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

10 years later...

ten years ago today, doug and i knelt together in the temple and promised to love each other, not just for this life, but for what comes next... and during those ten years, there has been good times, some really bad times... but it remains the best decision i have made to this day. 

i decided to revisit my wedding photos and pop some up for our anniversary and so many wonderful memories came flooding back.

i was born in fremantle and my family moved to the bush in clackline when i was just 4 years old. i have a neverending love for fremantle though even to this day and for some reason, every time we go there, it's like coming home. for years i carried a dream in my head of having a photo in the whalers tunnel on my wedding day, and with the help of our amazing photographer, we made it happen. it is by far my favourite photo from the wedding and i never tire of seeing it. 

it was a stinking hot week when we got married. it was 37, 38, 36 degrees celcius, then all of a sudden on our wedding day it was 23. what a miracle. to this day i still cannot believe it, but it was a beautiful day. perfect in every way.

one of the most wonderful parts of my wedding day was having all my brothers there to share the experience with me. they remain one of the most important things in my world and i am so grateful to have grown up as the youngest child, with three wonderful brothers to keep me grounded and remind me who i am.

we were surrounded by the most important people in our lives... and although i see so many people who fall out of touch with their bridal party members, our love for them remains the same. i chose my best friend jennifer, one of my oldest and dearest friends alexandra and dougs sister dominque, with my oldest niece laura as a flower girl. douglas was backed by his three "best men" as he called them, his two best friends from his childhood michael and james, as well as his cousin matthew and another cousins son matthew douglas (named after those two!)

i was super lucky to have my makeup done by michaels wife penny (who hilariously i have known since i was 11, so random that we ended up marrying friends) who is amazing and did an incredible job. i have never felt more beautiful in my entire life. 

i love our photos. i still love to look at them and i am forever grateful for the patience of our photographer, a friend from church who stayed with us for hours so i could get what i wanted. i had so many ideas (and i was obsessed with photos even then) and was thrilled with the results.

this sweet little girl asked her dad the night before the wedding what a flower girl was meant to do. he told her to carry the train of my dress and to carry my flowers if i needed her to. she was incredible and such a sweetheart. she would continually appear and i would feel the end of my dress being lifted into the air and see her sweet smiling face. she is so special to me and i am so grateful to be her aunt.

the boathouse on crawley bay was a quick stop, our limo driver pulled into the bus bay to drop us off and then pulled into a side street while he waited. i love this place. i would pass it so often driving the work cars and i knew i needed to have this shot. 

you'll notice i have a veil on in just this photo and not any of the others. a veil wasn't in my wedding dreams but i always wanted to have one photo of it blowing in the wind. it was my mothers and i love that we got this shot. it was my something borrowed for the day...

one of the most wonderful parts of my day was being able to walk into the reception on my fathers arm. having our ceremony in the temple does not allow for the tradition of a father walking his daughter down the aisle, so it was wonderful to share this brief moment with my dad. he is truly the most wonderful man i could have been blessed with as a dad. 

doug's cousin matthew was in charge of reading the "telegrams" and well wishes from the relatives that couldn't make it to the wedding. he did such a good job and we were really impressed. more so when we found out later on that all of the pieces of paper he was reading from were blank. every single one... and he was just making them up as he went along. he's always been a joker, so really this didn't come as a surprise. 

our speeches were hysterical. there was so so much fun and laughter and it was just so wonderful to be with people we loved. we were all especially amused when dad started his speech telling all our guests about how doug asked his permission to ask me to marry him one afternoon when they were out on the farm shooting. dad apparently retaliated with "you realise i am holding a shot gun don't you." it always makes me laugh to think about it because doug said when it was his turn to talk that it was a case of marry me or die trying. dag. 

of course i stuck with tradition...
something old: my booties that i wore on my blessing day, attached to my bouquet (along with two two fabric horseshoes. mum always wanted to have a horseshoe on hers and when she tried to order one along with her flowers she was told by the florist "oh no darling,you don't order one, someone will give you one" they didn't, she was upset and so i had one for me and one for her
something new: my jewellery
something borrowed: my mothers veil
something blue: a pendant that belonged to my dads mother, it's a simple gold pendant with a blue stone set in it. i had it tied to the strap of my bra with a piece of blue silk ribbon

and this cake. it was so incredible. it was exactly what i asked for and tasted so good. 

it was the most amazing day of my life, bar none and i have nothing but wonderful memories. ten years down and an eternity to go... i can't wait to see what comes next. ♥

Sunday, February 21, 2016

2 years old ❤️

i can't believe it, but somehow i woke up yesterday and this adorable little blonde haired, blue eyed boy with possibly the sweetest face you've ever seen got older yet again and now he is two years old! and getting cuter by the day...

he woke up to these presents on the table and was so thrilled to see they were all for him that he made quick work of climbing onto a chair and getting in to them. 

i loved watching his face light up as he opened them and saw what was inside, squealing with delight. i love how excited he gets.

this month he cut his other two molars and some nights were not very fun, because he would wake up very upset and make sure i knew all about it. some panadol and teething gel seemed to help (sometimes...) he was obsessed with a fold out book that he got from a friend of ours for his first christmas called "my big fold out book of things that go." it's full of tractors and planes and trucks and he just loved it. it was pulled out day after day until it fell to pieces (and we are still looking for a replacement copy) he even said tractor and digger one day when we were looking at it which was a real feat as he still doesn't have a great deal to say. i know he'll get there, but he just doesn't seem to be keen on talking and makes his point in other ways. it's all about the trucks and cars for sure, when we see a ute, truck.... anything on the road he squeals and points to it and always has to have something with wheels in his hands or around about him as he plays. it's so cute that you can tell what kids love even at such a young age.

he is loving the wiggles song and does the finger wave every time he hears it... and even more so twinkle twinkle. i think i have heard him humming the tune as he totters about the place at least 5 times a day. madeline started school this month and he gets so excited looking around her classroom when we drop her off and again at the end of the day when she comes rushing out to us. i love that they love each other so much even though sometimes it means i have to listen to them squabbling. he loves to love and makes a big deal of smooching me on the cheek loudly when he is in the mood and will do it over and over. i just can't get enough of his cuddles. 

i can't believe he is two... and that he is all mine ♥

Saturday, February 20, 2016

josephs racing car party

we had a birthday party today for this gorgeous little boy... because joseph is two, today! we decided to give him a racing car themed party because he loves, loves, loves cars. he was so happy to see all the things we had set up for him and wore a face of pure glee for the entire party.

my best friend jen stepped in as always and made this beautiful cake for joseph. a chocolate ganache icing and a checkered flag inside. super cool! how lucky am i? not only did it look amazing, but it tasted great too.

our take home gift for the kiddies was a pack from kmart, masking tape printed with a road and a little mini pullback and go car, with a balloon popped in, plus a little checkered flag. they were so cute and an absolute steal at just $2 each. all i had to do was remove the kmart paper liner, pop in the balloon and whack on a sticker that we got at the local cheap store. 

i was super lucky too, a friend had a cars party for her son last year and was going to sell all the decor from his party, but happily passed it on to me... she had thought of everything, gone pretty black and white checkered crazy and had even bought large inflatable tyres to play with.

it was a perfect afternoon, a little warm, but not so hot that we couldn't sit outside and enjoy the backywrd... and there was even a nice wind to keep my checkered bunting moving about.

look at that sweet face. he was absolutely loving the attention and having so many people he loves about the place.

we had some pretty excellent party food ready and waiting to be eaten... thankfully my beautiful mum had come to help me prepare (she is the best)

like these "traffic light" brownies. so simple, but so cute!

yummm. kids party food is the best!

and my first attempt ever of making jelly slice, which was a raging success and i was so happy! it was really yum too... you should try it and you can find the recipe here. you could make any colour too but i was loving all the red with the black and white.

we of course had a round of pass the parcel and joseph was so excited as you can see, he just kept clapping his hands and laughing. what a cutie. i don't think he even knew exactly what was so exciting, but he was excited!

but his face when we lit his candles and everyone sang to him was priceless. he was so happy and kept smiling so much that it was almost as though we had rehearsed it with him. i will never forget that look of pure joy he was wearing. 

and i am in love with this photo of us helping blow out the candles, with madeline poking her little head through a gap at the back to get in on the action. what a little doll. i just love how much she loves us all, especially joseph. 

we had such an awesome time with family and friends and feel so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people. joseph was especially spoiled with some wonderful gifts. ♥

but the most wonderful bit was knowing that all our kids birthdays from here on in will be complete, with both sets of grandparents here in perth with us. i love knowing that madeline and joseph have them so close. what lucky children they are.

happy birthday baby boy! ♥