Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Kaeden's photo collage :: the 3rd year

This photo frame memory keeper of Kaeden is done up only recently.  It contains the photos of him when he was a new 2 year old until the day he celebrated his 3rd birthday. As my photos get more and cluttered each day in my computer, I decided it's time to start printing these physical photos before I lose them virtually. Kaeden got to be involved in putting this frame together as well.

This frame contains coloured photographs unlike the previous two as Kaeden's growth slows and colours would be nice to highlight the surroundings and items in those pictures. I also included photos taken of Kaeden with my grandfather and his grandparents which I thought to be important for there were the interactions between them at that age.

Here are the close ups:

Soon, the 3-4 year old frame to do! He's going to be four in just 3 months' time. My baby, now a  kiddo who does head stands and argues back! Here is a photo that might go into the frame-to-be.

Kaeden learns to roller skate this morning with most of the protective gears in place. He is learning on the new pair of Fisher Price skates which I had him wait to open on Sunday. He is now on the step 2 mode, inching forward r-e-a-l-l-y s-l-o-w-l-y.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Last minute gifts

Last minute gift

It seems inevitable that we would have to do some visiting as a family this weekend, starting tonight and I thought I could escape all of it. Not that I don't like visiting. Brian has been really occupied with work these past days and I'm hoping for some quiet family time together, plus there isn't a long weekend holiday here. It's back to work on Monday. It's the same for coming New Year's day weekend! hhmmph...

tea towels

Christmas paper tags

I realized I haven't prepare anything for the home visits. (Quite unlike the me in the past two years. I guess I was really hoping for the quiet time real bad.) Last evening I printed out some Christmas tags (for free, from Geninne and Camilla Engman. Some more pretty ones ::here:: !) in a jiffy in Brian's office and then headed to the supermarket to purchase some tea towels and packets of biscuits. It's a little sad the office printer's ink system had gotten wonky hence explained the only red and black-ish cards. But it will do. and I have a thing for tea towels if anyone has already noticed. They are such practical and pretty things.

Last minute gifts

I wrapped up the packed biscuits on each tea towel bento style and attached the cards with twine this morning. They are really inexpensive and quick to put together.

Happy holidays, everyone!

ps. I promise to write one more post here before the year's end.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

of waiting & giving

Please excuse my few and far between blog posts. It ain't so that I haven't been crafting and nothing exciting or special had happened lately. I had attempted to sew a dress, in particular this pattern from burdastyle and I had failed. Miserably. That was about 2+ weeks ago. Then I had a house guest for a week from two Saturdays ago. Our friends' son, a very well behaved 11 year old came to stay and play. It was a valuable time having him around I must say. In the midst of it, we baked and I sewed two pouches which just didn't seem new to warrant a spot in this blog anymore.

It's coming to the end of the year and I always do a spot of thinking of how my year's been. How's yours coming along? I'm happy to report that Kaeden has grown a few centimetres and he's getting to be a lot of fun to be around. He makes me laugh at least once (off setting the times he made me mad, of course) a day. It is always something he says out of the blue, very candid views of his that amazes me each day. 

The other day, grandpa gave Kaeden a present after a trip but I decided to hold him off from opening it until later. He's been getting a few gifts from friends lately. I also had an intention of him learning to skate so I bought a pair of roller skates and had it gift wrapped. I decided Kaeden had to learn to wait for X'mas='opening of presents day' by rewarding him a candy for each day that passed. He's been good so far. We don't celebrate Christmas but I like the tradition of gift giving and receiving. Who doesn't? I'm going to involve Kaeden into making/drawing something for Brian and me in return. Hopefully he'll enjoy the special year end tradition and from it,  learn to show appreciation to loved ones by sharing and giving.