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
Treasure Chest Cake
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
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!
Sam and Levi came home from the hospital on Saturday so now our family is all under the same roof. Caring for a newborn is all coming back to me and so are the memories of when Anabelle was this young. Levi is totally different to Anabelle, at the moment he loves to sleep – this was not something Anabelle valued at all and is still strong today with her 5am wake up calls 🙂
At the moment I’m feeling like I’m on a 24/7 Youth Camp – tons of things to do and very little sleep ;). It’s all good though, before I know it these days will be long gone and we’ll be wondering what happened to our “little boy”.
Anabelle has taken to Levi right away and really enjoys looking, touching and telling him everything will be ok when he’s crying, it’s so beautiful to watch.
Thanks for all the love, support and well wishes, our family greatly appreciates it!
(please note all photos are © and should not be reproduced or reused without permission – thanks!)
Hi World, meet Levi!!
At 8:30am, Monday 2 August 2010 Sam, Anabelle and I were blessed with the safe arrival of our son, Levi Quinn! He was 4.18kgs (9.2 lbs) and 50cm long.
That makes him slightly smaller than Anabelle, which was a surprise because Sam was really big and everyone, including our doctors, thought he was going to be a big one. Anabelle did however spend an extra two weeks “cooking” so Levi had the potential to be bigger than her but not the opportunity I guess. Either way what’s important is that he’s finally here!!
Sam and Levi are doing well after a planned caesarean birth, which after the 10 hours of labor and emergency caesarean with Anabelle seemed like such a relaxed birth. Sam is recovering well from the surgery and Levi is sleeping and feeding really well.
Anabelle loves him dearly, she spent many moments tapping Sam’s tummy saying “hello baby brother” and her reaction to finally seeing him “on the outside” was priceless. Anabelle climbed up on the bed next to his crib, leant over and said “c’mon, wake up!” “let’s play!” She then proceeded to tap him and say “good boy”. I think these two are going to be as thick as thieves and certainly give Sam and I a run for our money – totally awesome!!
I think Levi looks a lot like my late grandfather, he certainly has his head shape and just quietly I’m really loving that I see Grandpa in him. If Levi grows up to be half the man my grandfather was he’ll be one amazing man!
The family will come home together on Saturday and from tonight (Thursday) I’ll be at home after staying at the hospital. Anabelle and I are having some daddy-daughter time and it’s great!
So enough from me, here are some photos from one proud dad!
Today is your 2nd Birthday!! It feels like only yesterday that we brought you home from the hospital – so tiny, so precious – and yet it also feels like a lifetime has passed as we’ve watched you learn and grow.
We wanted to do something special for you today to give you a surprise when you woke up so mum and I decorated the lounge after you went to bed. We hung the balloons and wrapped your presents hoping that in the morning you’d be surprised when you ran into the lounge.
It worked perfectly! You ran to the door and stopped in your tracks, asking “what’s this?” as mum and I shouted “Surprise! Happy Birthday!!” You ran straight for the balloons you LOVED them and we loved watching you squeal with delight.
Then, as if you had somehow read the script, you saw your presents and began to unwrap them –
a cash register
and a shopping cart – how awesome!!
Then it was back to playing with the balloons – can’t wait for your party on Saturday!!
Mum and I love you more than you will ever know, you have brought so much joy and love to our lives, these last two years have been such a blessing and we look forward to many more happy times to come.
We thank God every day for you our beautiful little girl, may you know His love, mercy and grace all the days of your life.
God bless you Anabelle
Love Dad and Mum xoxoxo
I was feeling really flat this morning, quite emotional and insecure. Some days life just gets to you, you know? I’m doing my best to follow God, seek Him and His plan for my life but sometimes its just tough going. I begin to doubt my calling, doubt that God knows what He’s doing. So many questions “when will I see the next step? When will God provide for us? Why am I stuck in this job when I want to be doing so much more?”
I needed to hear from God today so I went to Examen.Me and it randomly chose an Old Testament passage for me.
The passage was Genesis 25:19-34 and this is what God spoke into my heart as I read and reflected on it:
Do not despise what I have placed in your heart, what I have given to you. It is right to want to be more than you are but you must first be who I am calling you to be… connect with me, trust in me and follow me. Don’t look too far ahead, do not try to predict what I will do, just trust that I will lead you, guide you and provide for you.
Don’t sell your birth right as Esau did, do not settle for the “food” of this world for it will not satisfy, but wait for Me, trust in Me, pray to Me and learn from Me, I will sustain you, I will raise you up and I will fulfil My promise to you…
I love how amazing God is, forever faithful to His promises and loves to speak into our lives.
Thank you God for speaking to me this morning, for responding to me as I cried out to You. May this blessing you have given me also bless others.