Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lucky 7: Momo's Birthday

i'm going to post this no matter how late i have to stay up because i have so much other work to catch up on before momo and i leave for cali this weekend, and i don't want to have any leftovers when i get back.  i've got new stuff i need to put out for summer so...  a bunch of random shots from Momo's Birthday weekend

every year i get suckered into inviting his entire class.  this year was not so.  i've gone from inviting 80 friends and family at his First Birthday to a perfect little group of kids he has made friends with this year.  he thrives in small groups.  i need to accept this, not fight it.  he thrived at his party whereas he totally wanted to leave within 30 minutes of the party we attended the next day with his entire class.  he had a FANTASTIC time.  he was so happy.  he was so comfortable.  I WAS SO HAPPY.

Lyndsay was so kind as to make this stunner of a cake for Momo
the blast of colours was absolutely perfect!  the kids went wild and took turns asking kevin over if they could have an egg or a malt ball or a big piece, etc...

you can't really tell but it was a breezy day so we didn't bother lighting candles
we sang happy birthday and Dev here added a little silly ditty that sent Momo into peels of laughter

as usual, it felt horrible to cut one of Lyndsay's creations, but it had to be done

moses got distracted talking to someone while feeding Malcolm
and basically just rolled it all over Malcolm's face

so happy


total utter happiness

i'm so glad i am on on overdrive right now because i cried a bunch of times over the weekend over this boy and if i had time right now, i'd go into all of it.  you're welcome mc.

so happy to sleep in my bed to wake up with me on his birthday

his actual birthday was the chillest of the chill as he requested
i put a few streamers in the dining room along with a tablecloth, confetti and a card
it was pretty special to hear him read my card aloud
not sharing

kevin's gift ended up being the bottom half of a giant Death Star
he is full on into Star Wars although he doesn't quite know all the terms and names
i know nothing, but i have a feeling i will learn things anyway...

i sat with him for the first while trying to figure it out and failed badly
kevin took over and did a perfect job as always including a doorway that flipped
180 degrees to open and close 


i don't know what the heck this is and i can't remember the name
apparently this is something in Star Wars that Momo built with his own Lego

dude detaches from the thingy-thing
pretty cool without being a Star Wars thing
i'm going to get so much hate from knowing nothing...

upon his request i made a giant pot of mac'n'cheese from scratch
and these other spicy pork + kale noodle soup for dinner

we spent the afternoon playing badminton + soccer in the yard
before heading to the park for a while where we ran into a small group
of kids from school and the kids all had a great time together

jenice and her family were in town visiting family and dropped by on their way out

i pulled him out of bed at 10:30pm to get a few photos together
kevin jumped in while i did a few test shots for lighting


better, softer

this guy melts my heart

it is now 12:47am
goodnight universe
thank you for everything

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Front Entrance + Closet Doors

so we have done nothing with the front entrance since last summer
the door still sucks, the steps are still sunk in and crooked
we haven't touched the "patio" area though there are some chairs we found on junk day

for anyone new here
for last summer's Before and After 

we've been trying to figure out what to do in terms of replacing the fence.  as you may remember, we found these breeze blocks that originally belonged to the house, buried in the backyard under two tiny trees that we took out.  our neighbour happened to have a handful in her backyard which she offered to us when she saw the ones we had unearthed.  i don't know if there are enough to recreate an hommage to the original display.  i really wish we could see what the house looked like back in the day.  i definitely want something where light can shine through, so if the breeze blocks are not salvageable, then perhaps low-profile (concrete) planter boxes with bamboo to filter light and provide some privacy. 

we haven't taken the side down between the house and the yard yet
that will probably hang out a little longer since kevin's work table is on the other side of it

this little area here is a cool little pocket space for i don't know what

 please don't mind the eyesore of haberdashery to the left, we suck 
malcolm on the other hand is what my mom calls "the mutt"
quite accurate

onto some cooler things

this is thoroughly embarassing, but last year i booked a photo session and we had no closet doors.  and as you can see, we still do not have anything to hide the crap that is our closet.  I'M NOT AN ORGANIZED PERSON.  i also feel like i need to hire someone to go through my clothes and create one of those organized closet thingies for me because i am what the French call les incopetent...

this year, i have rebooked photos and so my dear husber needs to make the deadline
so that this year, we will not have to crop the ass that is our closet!!!!!!!


thankfully, kevin made the decision to go with some full length sliding barndoors.  this way, the closet becomes more of a wall and his wife won't leave the bi-folds open on a regular basis.  i'm into the giant caster wheels.  i still don't know wtf he is planning with the handles there, but i'm just going to live with it because i never know wtf i want anyway.

still life of his work station, complete with a Canada Dry

out in the yarden working on the second slider

pole sliding is sexy

this photo is a complete fraud of a photo
it totally looks like we've got some crazy sun coming in from the left but that's my flash shooting and reflecting off of my dresser window.  still, looks pretty dope.

i don't remember what he was saying here but surely something ridiculous

wow wow wow where is the mess!!!!

there is another pile on the other side of the bed 

i need to figure out what to hang on top of our bed.  i can't decide if it should be framed art or if it should be something textile.  if you have any suggestions, please throw them at my face.

it's really weird thinking of where i am now
versus where i was when i first started blogging here

life is crazy