22 September 2010

A Few Firsts

My fingers have been itching to write for days, but AAAAAAH so little time. So I'll attempt to make up for it now!

First Birthdays
We had a little celebration on Sunday afternoon with Mylo's nearest and dearest attending.

After the stressful experience of being unexpectedly left to ice Noah's birthday cake a few weeks ago, I had declared that Mylo would just have to have an easy cake, a simple round chocolate cake with no bells and whistles.

But then I took it all back. How could we not make an effort for our little dude's 1st ever birthday celebration? And given that Daddy went to all the effort to make an awesome pirate ship for Noah's 1st birthday, we could hardly whip up Mylo a second rate cake. So this is what we came up with.

He  has a few cuddly penguins he's quite fond of, so it seemed very apt. And it was a joint effort in the end, with Mark doing the baking the day before, and me in charge of decorating on the day. It looked like it would be pretty easy to decorate, but in the end it took 2 hours from starting with the rectangular cake out of the tin! I'm not sure if that's a long or short time in the world of cake decorating, but it did feel like an age when I was sat at the dining table concentrating hard! Even the bow tie was home made from some of our wedding ribbon I had stashed away in the cupboard for a 'rainy day' such as this!

Mylo was a little nonplussed at all the attention he got when it was time to blow out the candle, and put on one of his trademark frowns, but otherwise he and we had a blast.

He also enjoyed the opportunity to merrily smush some cake once everyone had gone home.

First Football Game
Noah got to watch his Daddy play indoor football for the first time. The timing was perfect as Poppa was here for the weekend, he was able to be courtside with Noah and keep him company. Noah has been quite fascinated with football and rugby of late, wanting to wear his black Phoenix football t-shirt all weekend and declaring that that made him an 'All-Black'. We didn't have the heart to tell him he had his sport codes a little confused, we were just stoked by his sudden interest!

First Blog Award
Last week I got my first ever lovely blog award from 2 fellow bloggers Leonie at KiwiatHeart and Leesh from Life is a Highway. I was rather chuffed, as I haven't been nominated for anything like that before. So I'll be paying it forward very soon in a future post...watch this space.

First time for everything
Most of the country was caught in the grips of a horrible spring storm over the weekend. But not us. It is probably the first time I can remember that Welly has cruised through dire weather warnings as if we were sailing through the eye of the storm. Sure it was windy here. But no more so than normal. And the sun shone each day, defying the odds. We made the most of it.

First Kaka in the Garden
Tonight I heard the familiar, and growing more familia,r sound of kaka. They are often heard flying overhead in pairs or groups around dawn or dusk on their journey to and from Zealandia. But tonight they sounded tantalisingly close. And they were. I tiptoed into the garden and found myself right up close and personal with 2 gorgeous birds in the tree just behind our fence.

I searched on the ever trusty Wikipedia, and found the article on kaka. Apparently they are breeding rapidly at Zealandia (the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary) which is less than a kilometre away as the crow flies. There have been over 100 chicks hatch since they were reintroduced 8 years ago. I hope that these feathered friends choose to come and visit again soon. What an unexpected and fantastic experience for a Wednesday evening.

Have you experienced any 'firsts' lately worth sharing?

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