In December of last year, my dad and two of his mates stand up paddleboarded (SUP) the entire length of the Waikato River – from one side of Lake Taupo, all the way to Port Waikato (for those of you who have no idea how far that is, it’s over 350km). It took them a little less than 5 days, battling a lot of wind, and camping each night on the river side.
This journey was a fundraiser for a brave little 11 year old boy named Harrison, who had a rare bone cancer. Sadly, Harrison lost his battle with cancer on the 16th of February 2014. He was a real fighter, and always wore a smile on his face. Although I never met Harrison, his life and journey has made a huge impact on my family and today they will be honouring his memory at his funeral. Rest in peace, sweet Harrison.
I am so proud of my dad and his friends for the massive accomplishment of completing their Lake To Port SUP adventure. It was awesome getting to see them make it to the finish line with massive smiles on their faces. Rosie clearly missed dad a lot during his trip! She was very excited to see him once they were back on dry land. I’m so glad that I got to capture these moments.
Rosie is growing up so fast. It really sucks not living in the same city as her. I feel like I miss so much. She’s actually 15 months old now – she turned one last October so I’m a little behind in this post already. Oops.
Her birthday party was a lovely little gathering at her home in Mount Maunganui. The weather wasn’t the greatest (I was hoping to go out to the beach that day too), but at least the overcast weather was good for photos hehe. She had lots of family and friends surrounding her (which was probably a little overwhelming for her – she seemed a wee be annoyed the whole day and it took forever to get her to laugh). Lots of gifts, and a very yummy cake made by her poppa! Oh and Marlee pretty much didn’t move from that bean bag the entire day. I think there were too many kids around and she wasn’t having a bar of it haha.
Rosie’s facial expressions crack me up. They look so much like faces that my brother and I would pull when we were little, and SO much like my Dad. It’s so cute. She does this sort of unimpressed look, and I love it.
She might just be my favourite. <3
So, I’m slow at this blogging thing, right? But that’s okay. There’s apparently such a thing as a slow blogging movement, so let’s just pretend I’m part of that. Hehe. A few months ago I showed ya’ll a sneak peek of my cousin’s 21st birthday party. And now, I have finally gotten around to showing you the rest of it!
Tyler’s party was so much fun! Super glad I got to capture some of it too! I’ve never really taken ‘party’ photos before but absolutely loved it. Tyler’s decorating made it all the more fun – especially those awesome helium balloons! Rosie LOVED those balloons. If she didn’t have one in her hands, she would just stare at them, in awe. So cute!
The lovely Rachael of Made From Scratch made the amazing cake, which sat on that stunning mirrored stand that has been in Tyler’s family (not my side) for over 50 years and it was even used at her Grandfather’s 21st birthday! I made the cupcakes, and helped Tyler set up her dessert table and backdrop. The ‘drunk’ and ‘sober’ punch dispensers were supplied by Shaye of On My Hand. Those punches? SO GOOD. I drunk from both. Taking turns. Haha.
The highlight of the night for me was Tyler and I dancing with our grandparents at midnight. It was one of those memories I will never forget and I’m so thankful that we got to share that moment.
Awesome music. Awesome food. Awesome party. Awesome memories. <3
Miss that little face. Such a roller-coaster of emotions from her. Within seconds she can go from all smiles and giggles, to tears and confusion. Miss little wobbly pants. We probably all bombard her with cameras too much haha. She will have to get used to it! ;)
These were a few shots I got of Cam having a bit of cuddle time with Rosie before he left to move overseas. She is going to be so much bigger when he sees her again in person! She’s already standing up a lot now, and being very vocal. Just need to get her to say ‘da-nelle’ now. Shouldn’t be that hard right? She’s already got ‘da’ down from saying ‘dada’ I would assume, so hopefully it’s easy for her. :P
Anyway, just wanted you all to see a bit more of sweet Rosie (for any new followers, Rosie is my little sister). As I noticed this blog seemed to have a lot of baking on it haha. Must mix it up a little. Dogs, babies, baking, and repeat!