Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve

Dear Claire,
     Exactly one year ago today I took the test that changed my life forever.  It's funny, because as terrified as I was, the thing I remember most about that pregnancy test was not my nerves waiting for the lines to reveal themselves, but the smile on your Granny's face when I read her the result. 
     You were loved immensely from the moment I knew I was having you.  Actually even before, because your dad and I were so crazy about each other and you were born out of that specific love.  I think that's why you are such a joyful baby.  At almost 5 months old, I can see just how much you love life; how excited you get when we play with you; and how much you love your parents even though you don't know us yet.  When I get home from work, the wide-open-mouth smile you make upon seeing me or hearing my voice is the sweetest thing in the whole world and pretty much all I think about when I'm away from you.  I never thought you would bring me so much happiness.  I never thought you would become the focus of all my awake moments.
     People say children are a gift.  They told me there were things I'd only know when I had one.  And you know what, those people were right.  There are feelings that I wish I could put into words but I just can't find the right ones.  It's super-human, like I can move mountains (and I totally would if that was what I thought you needed) but with such a fragile vulnerablity at the same time.
     I am more in love with your dad since you came into our lives.  You'll see, he's the only man in the entire world who will ever love you unconditionally and with his whole heart.  You can trust me on that, I know from experience.
     I want to give you everything and protect you from everything at the same time.  I want the whole universe to know how special you are but hide you away in my closet so you're just mine, at the same time.  Being a new mom is conflicting, heart-warming, and heart-breaking.  But I look forward to the years ahead.  They say it only gets better!

Love, your mummy.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Presents

Holla!  Check out my awesome Christmas gift...

I guess DP was tired of me needing to go to the gas station every day for my coffee. 





Friday, December 21, 2012

Claire's Baptism

Claire was baptised on Friday, Dec. 21.  I had spent so much time and energy planning and executing this event that I surprised myself when it came around, at what a success it turned out to be.  But first, the cake.  Nailed it! 



I spent a good part of the morning at my mom's house putting up hot pink tablecloths on every surface imaginable and stringing up silly decorations all over the house.  And now I'm looking through my phone wondering how the heck I didn't manage to snap one measley photo of the decor.

Anyway, we showed up at the church at 3:30 so we could meet the photographer and get pictures done outside.  It felt like a wedding, but DP and I didn't have a proper wedding so it was kind of cool to get to be fancy for a day.  The priest was a bit shocked (to say the least) as family members started showing up for the service.  I don't think he'd ever seen a packed church for a baptism before, but that's how my family rolls.  The service itself was beautiful and very emotional.  Claire was in her all-white gown, which I keep saying was vintage because it's actually the gown that I wore for my baptism.  My husband had never come to church with me except for weddings that he's required to attend, and it surprised me when he actually said the Our Father out loud in front of the alter. 

The following pictures are courtesy of Jennifer C Photography who rocked this baptism!

 


The after-party was at my parents' house and I gotta admit, was somewhat of a blur.  The drinks were free-flowing and I took full advantage.  I had set the menu months ago - goat curry, pumpkin curry, rice/roti, baked chicken, scalloped potatoes, and roasted veggies.  Simple and tasty.  I had not figured people buy baptism presents besides the Catholic peeps who gift those cheap crosses you buy at the church shop, so was a little overwhelmed at the huge gift table/amount of unique presents for Claire.  She certainly is one lucky little girl.











Thursday, December 20, 2012

People Are Coming

I am hosting Claire's baptism and reception tomorrow, for about 75 people.  It's been a fun and hectic week preparing, and my family has been flying in since Monday.  Today the last shifts of people are arriving at 9:30, 11:30, and 6:30 from Vancouver. 
I feel sorry for the other passengers on those flights. 


What can I say?  We're Catholic.

So I took on the cake.  Of course I'm going to make my daughter's baptism cake.  After DP got home on Tuesday night, I went to Michael's and Walmart to pick up my supplies.  4 boxes of cake mix, 4 cans of frosting, hot pink food colouring, hot pink fondant, 6 bags of marshmallows, and 3 bags of powdered sugar.  I won't be using ALL of this for Claire's cake but I am also making my dad's birthday cake on Saturday so I got everything at once.



I'm attempting an ombre cake.  Claire's baptism theme is hot pink and I saw an idea where you have cakes in different shades of one colour stacked and frosted.  Probably on Pinterest.  (I'm just hoping I don't end up with a "nailed it" of my very own.)  Anyway so I mixed all 4 cakes at once in my mixer and separated it into 5 portions.  I left one white and tinted the rest with the hot pink food colouring.  This gel was no joke, and I ended up with some seriously pink cakes man.  And I used the same pan so they would all be uniform which means I had to bake all 5 cakes separately.  I didn't get to bed until 2am and am SO exhausted right now.


3 of my darkest shades of pink

Ombre cake inspiration

Even ugly cake is delicious, amirite?

I'm really excited for everyone to see Claire at this age.  She's so much fun and nosy and expressive, and she loves being spoiled.  Yesterday I came home from work and she was wearing a shirt that says, "When Mommy Won't, My Aunty Will."  Too fitting.




Thursday, December 13, 2012

So Many Activities

Claire got some new toys!

I made a Christmas List for Claire because people keep asking me what she needs and I keep saying, "Oh Claire doesn't need anything!"  So this way I wouldn't be asking for presents but our parents could go off the list and refer others to it as well. 

That was yesterday. 

Then today I get this awesome jumper AND an awesome exersaucer from our parents.  I have it on good authority that Claire also got a walker for my dad's house in addition to both of these.

She doesn't really do much just yet but it's nice to put her down sometimes.  Of course then she just does something cute so I want to pick her back and give her a hug.


 
 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Claire Eating Food

I made a huge batch of rice cereal for Claire because her staying-up-all-night antics were really getting to me.  I thought maybe if she's eating real food, she'll stay fuller longer and go back to sleeping all night.  And it worked!  Claire is back to her regular 12-hour-sleeping self!  I am no longer walking around like a zombie or going to bed at 5pm.

Plus her eating rice is pretty cute even though most of it ends up all over her, the chair, and my table.  It was really easy to make and this way, totally fresh and preservative free. 

My recipe is 1 part rice boiled in 2 parts water, then I added 1 part formula and blended until fine.  I made enough to store some in the freezer as well. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Our Family Tree

On Sunday night, at 11pm, I was woken up to a knock at the door.

No, it wasn't Santa.  Here's the story in pictures...







 
Every year I get DP an ornament.
This is this year's.
 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Lunch With Joe

My dad's buddy got him two tickets for lunch with Joe Montana.  Thank goodness my dad decided to take me.  Especially since it had been a lifelong dream of mine or something.

Assignment I completed in Grade 1.
 
Anyway, so we get to RAO's and Juicy and Spence (from the Morning Zoo - I don't have buddies with names like those) met all 20 diners and explained the rules.  One autograph on a ball, one picture with Joe, enjoy lunch.  Yeah, ok!
 

The menu - I remember eating none of this.

My kid is more hooked up that I am.

My dad's Joe Montana signed ball.
We all sat at one table and shared a meal - family style.  Joe Montana (I still can't call him Joe) talked the whole time.  He answered questions, held nothing back, even talked about his kids. Some highlights:
  • My dad asked him what he though of our current quarterback controversy.  He said he doesn't know what Harbaugh is thinking - that Alex Smith should have come back in to play until he lost the starting position fairly, and that "the new kid" is a running qb and they don't take teams very far.  Sour grapes?  Who cares, we're on the same page!
  • He seriously has a great memory.  My dad asked him about a holding call in a Niners vs. Giants playoff game that cost us the game, and Joe Montana referenced a pass interference call from a couple plays before that one which he thought had more of an effect.
  • He's still buddies with "Ronnie" and talks of him fondly. 
  • Someone asked him about Charles Hayley and T.O. and he was totally candid about both those guys.  He said Charles Hayley was on meds and depending if he took them that day, Joe Montana would decide whether or not to get on the same bus.  As for T.O. Joe said that if he was Jeff Garcia, he would have dragged his ass into the film room and showed him tape of every pass that he dropped.
  • My dad asked him what he thought of our failed three-peat, and he said something to the effect of, "Look, with the guys we had, I could have stayed and won 2 more.  The guy replaced me and won 1."  Never says Steve Young's name.  Totally awkward in a room full of Niners fans.
  • Lunch with Joe Montana was totally what I thought it would be like.  He's nice and friendly, loves football, and my dad had a total blast.  I think he's still on Cloud 9 and won't be coming down for a while.  As for me, well it's probably been one of the coolest days of my whole entire life.
  
Me and Joe Cool.

 


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

St. Louis

We met up with the Ram Family of Vancouver for the Rams vs. 49ers game.  (Can you guess how they ended up being Rams fans?)  The first day there, we went sight-seeing all over downtown St. Louis - the Arch, Busch Stadium, the Mississippi River.




The second day was the football game.  Unfortunately my husband didn't want to allow Claire to go, and I can't blame him.  I would want to take Claire to her first football game if I were him too, and it would definitely be our own teams.  But you know Claire, she has to be a part of everything anyway.

Pre-gaming at the Marriott

Outnumbered at the Stadium

First time watching football in a dome

Sam Bradford signing autographs

Exhausting vacation