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The Purple Pirate Party: Anabelle turns Three!

About three months ago Sam asked Anabelle what she would like to do for her birthday party. Anabelle was adamant that it was to be a Purple Pirate Party, no princesses, no fairies and no teddy bear’s picnic, it was pirates or bust! (I’m pleased she picked pirates – I didn’t really fancy dressing up as a princess or fairy ;))

Anabelle was so excited about her party, every week she’d ask if this weekend was her party and everyone she met she asked if they were coming to her Purple Pirate Party, it was super cute! And finally the day arrived!

The weather was fitting for a pirate party, the sun came out early to defrost the yard and then the cloud and fog rolled in, fitting of any pirate crew slinking into port for mischief and mayhem.

Kids and adults were encouraged to come dressed as a pirate and the effort made was greatly appreciated!

We searched for buried treasure and sailed the high seas in our very own pirate ship! Captain Anabelle Joy had a blast with all her friends and family – it truly was an amazing day!

I’m so proud of Sam, she is one of the most creative people I know and this party’s success is all thanks to her. She made pirate bunting, pirate cupcakes, gingerbread pirates, and an amazing pirate treasure chest cake! The treasure hunt and pirate ship were amazing, thanks heaps to Dave, Dan and Tiff for helping us with the ship! It was a long time in the planning and it payed off for a wonderful Purple Pirate Party!

I can’t believe Anabelle is three already, it seems like yesterday I was holding her in my arms the day she was born. We love you Anabelle, are so proud of you and look forward to many more years of fun, happiness and joy!

Our Pirate Family

            

Captain Anabelle Joy

Pirate Ship

   

Treasure Chest Cake

   

Pirate Food

    

Treasure Hunt

    

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Saturday Morning Guests

Saturday morning, we had some unexpected visitors drop by.

I happened to look out the kitchen window while making breakfast for Anabelle and myself and saw this:

So I called for Sam and grabbed Anabelle and we headed out to greet our guests, Anabelle LOVED it!

They’re obviously pet rabbits and had made their way into our overgrown garden to munch away on the dandelions. There are a few gaps under our back fence they squeezed through – we still have no idea who they belong to, but its awesome to have “pets” that we don’t have to look after 😉

These guests are welcome anytime, we’ll just have to keep an eye out for them 🙂

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An Edwards Christmas

Christmas time with the family is always such a blessing and this year was no different.

We spent Christmas Eve with Sam’s brother and his wife. Sean and Kym came round for a roast dinner and present opening, a little prequel to the big day.

We were wondering how early Christmas was going to start for us given that Anabelle (2.5 years) is usually up before 6am on a usual day but this was Christmas! We let her stay up as late as she wanted on Christmas Eve in the hope that we’d get a bit of a sleep in – it kind of worked she got up at 6:30am, we’ll take it 🙂

We headed out to the lounge room and began to open our presents. Anabelle loved the first one she opened so much she wasnt interested in the others – thankfully that didn’t last too long ;).

Levi loved his presents too 🙂

We then got our stuff ready and headed off for to my parent’s place for Christmas lunch with the family.

The kids were utterly spoilt this year, so much so that Anabelle had “present overload” and had to be “encouraged” to open all her presents!

Anabelle and Levi loved Christmas!

Uncle Dan used his amazing talent and made Anabelle a Teepee style tent for Christmas! It’s so amazing, the kids are going to have a lot of fun playing in it. Uncle Dan tried to get Anabelle to have a nap in it (she needed one bad come late afternoon!) but it kind of backfired – Uncle Dan fell asleep while Anabelle ran off to play – so funny!

Thank you to everyone for your generosity and love this Christmas. May you have a blessed 2011!

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Simply say “Hello”

On a resent flight with my family I was walking my nearly two-and-a-half year old daughter down the aisle to our seats. These days we select to sit in the very last row of the plane in an attempt to not annoy too many passengers when the kids are restless. 

As we were boarding, Anabelle was leading the way down the aisle and as she did so she was making a point of saying hello to every person she passed. Aside from being super cute I found it interesting to watch the reactions of our fellow passengers as Anabelle said hello. The general reaction was one of complete shock and surprise that someone actually said hello to them on an airplane! 

I don’t know about you but for me it seems that the standard etiquette on an airplane is to sit down, face forward and try not to bother anyone else around you – which includes saying hello. Of course we usually give a smile and the occasional ‘hi’ to those we’re sharing a row with, but overall we don’t talk to each other, the rule seems to be quite clear that you keep to yourself. And that’s fair enough I guess. 

However it was great to see Anabelle shake this all up simply by being a happy child that wanted to greet her fellow passengers. There were one or two who gave her a huge smile and bent down to talk to her. There were those that simply ignored her with a bothersome look on their face (the kind that says “oh great a kid on the flight, they better not be noisy…”). And then there were those that were totally taken by surprise and had to double take, “did I really hear someone say hello to me?” and by the time they turned around to see who it was, Anabelle had moved on to greeting the next person down the aisle. 

 It’s amazing how one simple gesture in a situation where it’s unexpected can make such a difference… It made the plane a nicer place even if only for a moment and made me wonder when the last time was that I had done something to brighten someone else’s day. 

It’s the little things, the simple things, that can make all the difference – when was the last time you said ‘hello’ and brightened someone’s day?

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Keep it simple – lessons from my children

I love my children, they bring so much joy into my life, I am truly grateful for them and so blessed to be a father.

Anabelle and Levi amaze me everyday – sometimes it’s the big things like learning to use the “big toilet” but most often it’s the little things, the everyday things that if you weren’t looking for them you’d surely miss them.

Anabelle is becoming a little girl in every sense of the word. She’s taken to toilet training like a star (and the credit goes to Sam who’s doing an amazing job ‘training’ Anabelle) and we couldn’t be more proud. I know that talk of bodily functions isn’t very PC but all you parents out there know what a big step this is in a child’s development so thank’s for indulging me 🙂

It’s also the little things that amaze me with Anabelle, her outlook on life is a constant reminder for me to keep things simple. Children are often carefree and easy going, Anabelle certainly is. It melts my heart every time, out of the blue she will say “I love you daddy” or “I love you mummy” and “I love you Levi” followed by a hug and a kiss – such a reminder about the simple things in life!

Levi is growing in leaps and bounds – he’s such a happy child, smiling and waving and loving life. He’s already showing signs of being a social little guy, he loves it when the room is full of people and doesn’t like being left to himself. He loves his sister, he’ll follow her around the room with his eyes, smiling and squealing as she goes about her play. You can tell he’s itching to be able to crawl around after her – he’ll be three months on Nov 2nd so a little while to go before the real fun begins!

So keep life simple, remember the simple pleasures and always take the time to enjoy the little things because before we know it they’re gone.

Here are some photos of Levi and Anabelle – I LOVE these two! 🙂

Anabelle in the flowers

I LOVE Levi’s expression here so priceless!! Yes Anabelle is quite “loud”

Helping mum bake 🙂

Smiles all round

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Like Daddy, like Daughter

The other Sunday we decided to go visit Uncle Sean and Aunty Kym at the Equestrian Centre they manage. It was a beautiful day, blue skies as far as we could see and finally it was getting warmer after our cold winter.

Anabelle LOVES it at the horses, all that room to run and play, dogs and cats and of course horses! Anabelle’s not too keen yet to sit on one (although she did sit on one just before we went home) she loves to feed them and chat to them. You can hear her saying “hi horsey” as she walks past – so cute!

Uncle Sean has a music room down at the house where he has his drum kit set up. This made me happy because my kit is packed away in the garage and its been a long time since I’ve had opportunity to play so I jumped right on and bashed out some tunes. Anabelle’s face lit up when she saw me playing and asked “me too?” – how could I resist that! So I showed her – once – how to do a simple fill and drum roll and then let her loose. To my amazement she immediately began to copy me perfectly and then went nuts having a ball, she’s a natural!!

Needless to say I’m one happy daddy 🙂

Now I need to find space to set up my kit at home – maybe in the garage… if Sam says it’s ok, of course 😉

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Family Time

Our newly made family of four is adjusting well to having a newborn in the house again. Sleep is still a rare and valuable commodity, we’re attempting to grab a few Zzzz’s whenever we get the chance. We’ve seemed to have found a good routine now balancing the needs of all our family members. We’ve all been to Playgroup twice now and Anabelle’s loving her weekly gymnastics class. We’ve even ventured out to the shops on a few occasions and both children have been amazing!

As expected we’ve had the camera on constant standby and have captured some really great memories! We’re amazed at how much Anabelle has taken to Levi, she’s always ready with a kiss and a hug and asks if she can “have a hold” and for a two-year old is surprisingly gentle. She regularly walks around the house calling for “E-bi” (she has trouble with the L and the V – so cute! :)) and giggles with delight anytime she gets to touch him and he reacts with a little squeak or by moving his arms or legs.

As with Anabelle, I can’t remember life now without two children. It’s a beautiful place to be and I’m so grateful for the time I’ve got off work – still another three weeks to go!

Levi had his first real bath yesterday and seemed to love the water. He’s so different to his big sister, her first bath was a scream-fest she didn’t appreciate it at all!

We had a visit from the MAC nurse last Friday to check that everything was going well post hospital. Levi is an eating machine!! In the five days since he’s been home he’s back to his birth weight and grown 3.5cm – he’s doing so well.

Thanks again for all your love and kind wishes, we really do appreciate them and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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