you blink, and they're two

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

It's coming. Odessa's second birthday is just next week and I'm starting to feel that gentle tug of emotions. I realize I'm acting as if I've gone through this numerous times before; celebrating your child's birthday, but I remember this exact same feeling creeping up on me this time, last year. I thought it was just because it was her first birthday. But no, here it is again.

It's hard to describe. It's happiness, joy, love, excitement, proudness and yet a little bit of sadness. Sadness only because she is growing so very quickly. Before I was a parent, I heard about how fast kids will grow, and to tell you the truth, I didn't quite believe it. Well, turns out it's true. Very true.

I'm trying to start a tradition of writing my kids a letter on their birthday every year in a very special card. I found Odessa's, this year, over at Sarah Jane Studios. I think it is very appropriate.

Favorite Photo Friday

Friday, January 8, 2010


We are trying to bake bread around here on a regular basis now (another new years resolution of mine), and Odessa insists on helping. I can't tell you how much I enjoy this time together. Of course, it can be a little tiresome; baking with a toddler. I'm constantly saying "don't eat that" and "please don't throw flour on the baby", but she really seems to enjoy it too. It always reminds me of baking with my mom. I remember her teaching me how to knead bread, level flour, and separate eggs - and I love thinking about it when I am showing Odessa the same things. I'm really hoping she loves baking as much as I did, and still do.

By the way - our bread bears turned out wonderfully!

Christmas Presents

Thursday, January 7, 2010
This Christmas was probably one of my all time favourite. I think it is because I now have a toddler that is so excited about...well, everything. It really inspired me to make the holidays as bright as I could. I tried to make all our Christmas gifts this year, as many that time would allow, and included Odessa in the making process where I could. Stella was there helping too, although, I think she will get more out of it next year.

Instead of her toys, Odessa played with breakable Christmas ornaments. I would hang them up high, and she would figure out how to get them down. I can't tell you how many times I said the words "put it back" and how many times she responded "no, mommy".

Stella really does like Christmas - just not hats.

So, so much icing was consumed in this gingerbread making session.

I started gathering Christmas recipes this year, something I have never done before. I am pleased to tell you that this will be made every year from now on.

I made this for my mom - I call it a "knitting needle roll-up". Great for storing all her knitting needles and crochet hooks.

This bag was sewn for my sister. It is an Amy Butler pattern which I love. I'm thinking about making one for myself as well.

lots and lots of chopped ginger to make...

lots and lots of this!
Small loaves of gingerbread were given to family and friends.

New Years Resolution #1

Saturday, January 2, 2010
I really want to learn how to do this.

I'll keep you posted....

Welcome, New Year

Friday, January 1, 2010

Today, we are welcoming the New Year. Although, because of the little ones, we weren't able to stay out too late last night, I still found it exciting and, of course, special. We gathered with family for a big dinner and shared laughs. Even though all the fun and excitement of the holidays seem to come to an end on New Years Eve, I like how it still feels like something wonderful is beginning.

Wishing you and yours a very happy year.
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