Monday, February 6, 2012

Thank you for your patience (AKA the Festival of Jake)

I have had the laziest of summer breaks. No blogging. Hardly any photos taken and extremely little crafting was done.

You see ..... between late November and early January we have both kids' birthdays, both Grandmothers' birthdays, Hannuka and Christmas to celebrate. I do A LOT of entertaining and A LOT of baking and gift buying/making and by the end of it I am EXHAUSTED!!!

But I am back to blogging with a renewed energy and would like to spend this first post honoring my Jake who turned 8 exactly 1 month ago.  (See here for the recent Festival of Ella post).

So, my delicious Jakey ... This year you have grown so much. You have learned so much due to your enthusiasm for school and ANYTHING written in a book!! You have blossomed as a social creature with such a lovely group of friends who care for you and who you love. You love your food and have grown so much physically. You are nearly as tall as me and your feet are a whopping size 6!! (Better stop feeding you I think)  ;o)

The school circus concert happened and you were dazzling with your hoola hoop:


Birthday books were donated to your school library:


Red House rewards day was celebrated with red EVERYTHING .... even your hair!!


Before school finished up for the year (and kids scattered to their family holiday destinations) you had a go-karting birthday party with your friends:


Would you check out the hair (and makeup) on the party organiser!!!!


A fabulous (yet amazingly easy) cake was provided by yours truly:


Of course a second celebration with family on the actual day involved ANOTHER cake. This time ... a chocolate ripple cake in the shape of a 'J':


You have serenaded us all with your guitar. It has been so exciting to see your growing love of music:


 And we took your traditional photo with Homer:

I love you so much my Jakey boy. You give the yummiest cuddles and the sweetest kisses and make me smile everyday.
Among the many and varied gifts received by Jake over this very festive season was, of course, a mum-made quilt but I will show you that in another post.

More crafting posts to come ... promise!

Hope you have had a great January and look forward to catching up with you in February and beyond.

Andi xx

PS Also ... I turned 40.


Tania said...

That was the sneakiest 'PS' I ever did happen across! Happy birthday, kiddo. Happy Four Oh, Lovely.

Jodie said...

Ps. happy Birthday.

Nikki said...

Welcome to the F (for FABULOUS) club, lovely.

LOVE the Homer photos! I hope he continues that theme through life (it could become a huge viral-internet-type sensation...).

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

Happy Birthday Andi! Welcome to the good side of 40! Hope you did something fabulous with lots of pink and orange.
Happy birthday also to Jake - man, has he grown!!! So much taller than that little preppie from swimming with Ros.
Jen x

Miriam said...

Happy Birthday Andi!!

A belated Happy Birthday to Jake! Love those photos with Homer.

Susie said...

I ALMOST missed the comment at the end - HAPPY happy 40th Birthday - where are the photos of that!! Happy Birthday to all...looks like loads of fun! Happy Stitching, Susie

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Happy Birthday! to you both!

Love the series of Homer pictures...what a fabulous idea!

Cathy @ CabbageQuilts said...

Wow a seriously celebratory summer!!! Happy birthday to Jake and yourself Andi!! xoxo

meli B said...

Sounds like an awful lot of celebrating and partying during the holidays. What stands out the most for me on your latest post though, was that KitKat/Smartie Cake. Brilliant!

Deb Robertson Writes said...

Hi Andi,
Just dropping by to make sure you ok???
deb xx

ARTwendy ... said...

hey Andi - Where are you girl? Hope everything is ok? I miss your posts! Are you going to SIT in Canberra this June?