Friday, October 31, 2014

we've got two, babe!

it's been two weeks since bubba turned two. and the birthday dust is settling just in time for us to get excited about daniel's birthday! which is probably why i particularly love the end of year!! because soon after, its holiday season and all that good turkey happy stuff comes around to round up the year! 

but first things first, two.

we had the loveliest of celebrations given our lack of preparation! following his actual birthday, we kept having friends come over to play or have dinner and surprise him with a candle on the cake. that week, we couldn't say no to chocolate cake which made him a very happy boy!!

indeed very blessed child!

but we knew what's in store for us this year. we needed to up our game and tank up on love and patience with a HEAVY dollop of humor. blake's always been a very opinionated child, slightly ahead of the curve in his flare for dramatics and impeccable timing when to throw a massive tanty. i won't go into hilarious details but let's just say, we saw it coming!!

we spoke to his sweet teachers about his behavior. they came up with a genius game plan and we are all sticking to it. while its not the easiest teaching a single kid how to share and play together, we'll keep working on it. and we're comforted that he's surrounded by such a great support system that tell us after we look all beaten up that "kids will just be kids" and give blake a sympathetic cuddle. lol sometimes we all need a forgiving voice of reason like that, don't we!?

anyway, its not all doom and gloom. 

what we have in tantrums, we are also doubly rewarded in funny conversations and ever so often, get reminded of the hilarious little boy that we have. just the other day, we were in a cab almost home. he'd spotted a familiar building and knew he was almost home so he bent over and whispered in my ear "mama, only one peppa pig (video), please. if no, i will cry." just as i was registering what he just said to me, he bent over again and confirmed. "i will cry VERY LOUD." lol. 

well, i said no. and we survived that cab ride and so will we survived this year!

blakieboo, don't you worry a single bit! any tricks you got in your cheeky little head, we got you! and will love you forever and ever!! 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014


i kinda need this. 

what kind of charmed life is this!! out with the boring pool floats.. get me a pink flamingo!!! 

can you tell im totally ready for the weekend?

{spotted from the lark store}


Monday, October 27, 2014

morning with the allenders

i was trying to get my christmas cards organized and going through the pictures we have taken so far this year! there are some really nice ones but guess who is in most of them!? there were hardly any with daniel in the picture and not a single one of us all together!! 


so we got kerry, a friend of ours, to come hang out with us so we could capture just ONE shot that sums up our year. no pressure, right? we already have enough pictures of the kiddo (who is totally a ham in front of the camera) but focus on us awkward adults and oh! while you're at it, our anti-social dog! and make us look awesome, thanks!!

we thought long and hard how best to capture the family. and even though a session in one of the parks popped in my head, the effort of carting the troops, props, outfits just seem too daunting. and contrived. so kerry proposed coming to our place which was perfect!

... THIS perfect!! 

the home is our new baby this year and we have not had proper pictures taken! so all in one shoot! and since bubsie is the most charming in the am, we sheepishly asked if she minded coming in right when he wakes up at wait for it....

SEVEN am!! and bless her heart, she did!! and captured blake wide awake and hungry. and our entire brekkie routine. even this adorable shot of toasties with vegemite and butter. for some very odd reason, i hold this picture very close to my heart!

i think what's brilliant about the whole shoot is the celebration of the ordinary and the everyday. no fancy make up, no awkward sweaty posing although daniel did have to put on a top. but this shot pretty much sums up my every morning...

this little silly muffin got to be in tonnes of pictures too!

she posted a sneak peek of our session shortly after we said bye (i believe blake was still in school when she did!!) and i about DIED. i immediately bugged her to send it to me and ordered my cards online that very evening. no mucking around. and the rest of these shots were just the icing on the cake!

too precious, my little one!

kerry, who recently started red bus photography, is the bees knees. she was in and out with no fuss, quickly got a feel for our kids and our place, quietly tucked our mess out of the way(!!) and was done within an hour as promised! we weren't even late for school!! 

if you're keen to do a mini-session with her, she has a christmas promo ($300) for 10 images which doesn't sound like a lot but when they're amazing, that's all you need. especially recommended if you have your own camera... otherwise, go for the full session! it'll look great for newly-wed, home-coming for babies or just a lifestyle shoot of your family!! 

now i wish i had some of us when blake was littler, mornings were so different and so much calmer, that crazy kiddo! thanks for coming to hang out, kerry! lots of kisses!!


Monday, October 20, 2014

in sydney :: grounds of alexandria

we decided that we'd wanted to go out on a playdate with erica and her babies! and thought to keep things as simple as possible so its less drama. and grounds of alexandria seemed to fit the bill. 

firstly, it was out of the city so parking would be easier, has a petting zoo, playarea and a nice restaurant that would be great on a weekday! have a fun morning to run around...


we picked the worst morning ever! it was a random weekday morning but it was school holiday that week for aussie kids so everyone and their mothers were there!! it took us 50 mins going around the block, while promising blakie some sheep to pat, to find a spot. and even when we did, it took us another 20 minutes to walk there! yikes.

and even though we made a reservation, we were so late and it was so jammed packed that we had to wait. but that said, it wasn't anyone's fault at this point. 

cutie tristan makes everything all better!

the grounds was jammed packed. and we had a great time running around but it was mayhem trying to keep everyone's babies and parents in check! but that said, the animals were darling and there were little stalls selling lemonade and bread to make the wait better. 

the food was pretty decent but it started storming so everyone wanted to take shelter! so we felt a little rushed throughout breakfast. and were even told that we had to order desserts to stay even though we had coffees on the way. and the kiddies got fidgety so they wanted to splash around in muddy puddles but they shut our sliding door so they couldn't. which in turn shut of the nice light and air flow. but maybe they didn't want them bringing the rain in... 

guess what? they did anyway! :) these cheeky monkeys figured away to walk around the restaurant to another side door to get their hands and toes wet... i miss watching them play!

and of course next thing we knew, EVERYTHING was wet!! hah!

anyway, we still had a great time with our friends even with the patchy service. but we'll know to visit during off-peak hours next time!! :) 


Thursday, October 16, 2014

in sydney :: beare park

because we had daniel's mum with us this trip, she was happy to nap with blake in the afternoon so we snuck out a lot. but when we came back, we'd always try to do something fun with blake before his early bedtime.

we had a few recommendations from the people we rented the house from and were keen to check them all out! beare park was particularly gorgeous! it was quieter and tucked in the middle of a nice residential estate. there were tonnes of boats to check out and the view was stunning!

and like most aussie parks, there was a small but pretty awesome playground for blake to run around in. and since it was pretty quiet, we could sneak in for some fun too!

we said hey to many doggies, rolled down the slope a couple times and took our time to watch the sun set (or in blake's world.. mr sun to say g'night!!) before grabbing burgers for dinner! it was such an easy way to spend an evening!! 

gotta love australia!