You might be thinking that it’s silly for me to be thinking of Christmas in July. And you might be right. But here’s the thing… I don’t care! I love Christmas. Even in July! I’ve already started working on the Duders wish lists with them, and I’ve already started my shopping.
This year is going to be even better than last year. The boys are both at such great ages to really revel in the magic of the holiday. And hopefully, this year, they’re at great ages to cooperate for portraits! TOGETHER. Last year was a bust. The year before was a bust… you get the idea. They’re both pretty good at individual portraits, but trying to get them together is a challenge, to say the least.
Today’s flash back is to a couple of my favorite individual Christmas portraits: Deklan’s is from 2010, and Easton’s is from 2011.
My oldest Duder has been enamored by hockey since before he could walk, talk, or even hold his bottle on his own. At 3 months old, long before he should’ve been able to “pay attention”, he’s been obsessed with the sport. As a colicky newborn, his hours and hours of daily crying would briefly cease if there was a hockey game on TV. Luckily, Mister and I both enjoy hockey… but I don’t think either of us could have ever anticipated watching anywhere near as much of it is as we have since Deklan was born.
Now, he’s a whopping six years old. He started Kindergarten in September, but more exciting for him, was the fact that he’s now old enough to play hockey. REAL hockey – not just skating lessons. The “Juan de Fuca Grizzlies, Initiation Team 2” to be exact. They started practicing back in September, and had their first game during a tournament at the end of December. This past weekend, at only his 2nd game since that tournament, our hockey loving little boy scored his first goal. And then his second goal! I don’t think I’ve ever been as proud of him as I was at that moment. Seeing the enormous smile hiding behind the cage of his helmet made me want to burst! For a boy who’s loved hockey for his entire life (almost literally!), seeing him out on ice with his teammates, so happy, was pure joy. Mister and I couldn’t stop talking about it – the whole way home from the arena!
I haven’t taken my camera to the rink so far this year, but I vow to before the end of the hockey season (maybe even this weekend)!
But since it’s Throwback Thursday, I’m going to share some pictures from Deklan’s first few times on skates. So little and cute… and such ambition!
My Duders both know that there are a few times a year when Mummy takes their portraits… whether they like it or not! And their birthday’s is one of those times. Deklan didn’t want his photo taken on his birthday this year, and he did get a bit of a reprieve. It was dark when we left the house for daycare/school/work on his birthday morning, and it was dark when we got home. The weekend immediately following, it was dark and rainy the entire time – and we spent a good chunk of time in the rink for hockey.
But a weekend off hockey soon followed, and it coordinated with some decent weather. PERFECT – In my mind at least. Dek wasn’t super impressed. Luckily for me, he’s a good boy, and it doesn’t take much time to get him on board.
Happy (belated) sixth birthday to my big Tadpole!
My oldest Duder turned SIX years old today. SIX. Wow.
Oh my baby boy… My baby boy who I’m not allowed to call a baby any more because “Mummy… that’s an embarrassing nickname!”
He still knows how to melt my heart and wrap me around his little finger. He still beats me at lightsabering, even though I kick his butt at Nerf wars. We still read and snuggle together every night. And he still lets me hug & smooch him. *sigh* I’m enjoying ALL of it while it lasts. Before I know it, he’ll be a teenager!
We usually do a quick birthday portrait session, but it was dark before work/school, and it was dark when we got home, so it’s going to have to wait until the weekend. But that didn’t mean that I could let the day go by without at least a few quick photos of him and the chocolate cupcake that he specifically requested.
Happy 6th Birthday Deklan!
Like most of these TBT posts, this feels like just yesterday. But in actuality, this was taken on New Years Day, 2008. One day before my due-date with Deklan. He didn’t arrive until 7 days later… clearly not as impatient as his Mummy. Impatient or not though, I had such a great pregnancy.
Sheesh – just look at the size of that baby-belly!
I mentioned to the boys at dinnertime that I needed to choose a favorite thing to post on the blog today. Deklan suggested that my favorite thing was him (more specifically, CUDDLES with him), and that I should post his photo. Consider it done little Tadpole!
These portraits (from a quick impromptu mini-session a few months ago) contain quite a few of my favorite things: my oldest Duder, his freckles, his hazel eyes, his goofy smile, the colour red, and amazing window light in our living room.