April 18, 2013


One Year, Survival and a Village

As Nicholas’ first year rolled around on 20th March, the Love 5 spent the day at the beach in Torquay, Victoria, splashing in the water and building sandcastles, followed by celebratory ice-cream. I think it was that day Nicholas officially decided to become a surfie when he grows up, as he just loved being in the water (despite it being far too cold for this mumma!). It was a perfect, low-key way to celebrate our Littlest Love – our little family, just hanging out together and doing the things we love.

Who’s that cute baby? In love with his own reflection on his number 1 balloon.


Given our Melbourne holiday was followed shortly by Easter, our official celebrations for Nicholas’ first birthday were a few weeks after his actual birthday. It was a casual Saturday afternoon gathering in a local park, filled with family and friends, balloons, kids and cake and, whilst not exactly sunny, I think with only a couple of light showers, we can say we managed to avoid the ‘Love-party-rain-curse’ for a change! It’s unlikely that our parties will ever appear as inspiration on Pinterest (I honestly wrote my first list the night before the event, but somehow it all came together) but, in my eyes at least, it was a beautiful afternoon. On a whim, we made a last minute decision to hire a face-painter and it was evident from all the beautifully painted faces and the fact that she hardly had a second to breathe between clients, that she was a hit. While my baby boy was a little overwhelmed by all the festivities and was happiest in Mum’s arms, I hardly saw my two big boys and, at the end of the party, Charlie asked if we could ‘all come back tomorrow’ 😉

As I mentioned to those who gathered with us, the party wasn’t just about celebrating this gorgeous boy who came into our family one year ago (although that in itself is a pretty good reason to celebrate), it was also about Ben and I high-fiving each other on surviving our first year of having three children in tow. But, mainly, it was about saying thank you to the village who helps us raise our children. We feel extremely blessed by the presence of these three beautiful, healthy boys in our lives, but we are also very thankful to be surrounded by family and friends who love our boys almost us much as we do. Their genuine love is always so evident in our lives.

I will allow some photographs of the special day to tell the rest of the story.

A quiet chat with Grandad


So, obviously our request for donations to charity in lieu of gifts was largely ignored… but the present opening was good fun, especially being able to play with the wrapping paper.
Yay. Love books.
Yay. Love books.

The first birthday cake was met with the same response as his first taste of chocolate at Easter, 'Thanks Mum, but where's the real food?' and cast aside for a plate of fruit.
The first birthday cake was met with the same response as his first taste of chocolate at Easter, ‘Thanks Mum, but where’s the real food?’ and cast aside for a plate of fruit.


I am so grateful for your thoughts and comments, so please reply below.

  1. Thank you for sharing with us your beautiful family. Watching Nicholas grow always brings a smile to my face, and although i have never met you I always look forward to your blogs and Instagram pictures of your gorgeous boys. 🙂

  2. Oh my ! I came from Georgia’s feed… I read your story, Nicholas’ birth story, and I returned to the first page to discover this little man on his birthday… How beautiful. You have a truly gorgeous baby 🙂 I’m looking forward to read the rest of your adventures ! All my love from France, J

    1. Thank you SO much for stopping by. Isn’t Georgia’s blog just gorgeous?? Love it. Thank you for journeying with us too, especially all the way from France (and sorry for my very late reply) xx

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