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Sunday, May 31, 2015

30th Party #30for30

Hi Dolls,

It was my boyfriend Daniel's 30th birthday yesterday, May 29th. We celebrated with a party in a local pub with family and friends last weekend. So this is kind of 3 part post in 1: the cake, the party and the presents.

The Cake:
My sister and I made this 3 tiered Marvel and DC inspired birthday cake for Daniel. I drew up an idea with him a few weeks beforehand. I asked my sister if she'd help me make the cake as I've never made one like this before. The top tier is transformers, middle tier is superman, and bottom tier is batman. We also included Thor's hammer, Captain America's shield, Iron Man's mask and Hulk's hand. The top and bottom layers are both Guinness chocolate cake and the middle tier was a vanilla sponge cake with strawberry filling.

We started making the cakes the day before the party, but in tiredness we forgot to add flour into Nigella's recipe and the cakes didn't cook properly (obviously!). We gave up then and decided to start again in the morning - due to this the day got away from us and things got a bit hectic.

The Party:
The party was held in Geary's in Charleville. We decorated the place with banners and balloons. We had hot food (provided by the bar), sandwiches (made by Daniel's mom), cupcakes from the Cupcake Cottage and the cake. Daniel's friend's and family were there and some of my friend's made the trip from Cork to celebrate with us. We had a great evening. The pub made the 30th birthday frame (in pics below) so we had great fun taking lots of pics with it!

The Birthday Day:
I went a bit mad with presents, as I figured you only turn 30 once! I decided to get Daniel 30 presents for turning 30 (#30for30). I wrapped most of them and layed them out on our bed for the stroke of midnight for him to open them (he usually stays up gaming til about 1am). When we got upstairs I turned on the light and all the presents were laid out for him. He was shocked but happy! Outlined below (with pics is what he got).

The presents layed out on the bed
Batman socks, €20 from M&S
Kimi (Raikkonen) t-shirt, Red Bubble (here)
Personalised hoodie (designed by me), here (UK only - unless you use Parcel Motel)
€50 for Go Karting with his buds (why this came out upside down is unknown to me! And I can't fix it!)
iTunes Voucher
Spiderman Wall Crawler, €4.99 from Smyths
Galaxy Chocolate (on offer in Dunnes ;))
€40 Lifestyle Sport Voucher
DC Batman LED Lite Keyring, €9.99 from Smyths
Saving jar (must be smashed), €13 from a gift store
Personalised iPad cover from PhotoBox
Transformers BluRay Boxset from HMV
Formula 1 Book from Eason
Cantebury pants from Lifestyle Sport and boxers from Primark
Batman book from Eason
Groot bobblehead
Lego Superheroes The Riddler Chase (here)
Shower gels from Boots (2 for price of 1 on Nivea range at the mo)
Framed batman picture, HMV
Personalised photo book, filled with Daniel's comic drawings from his childhood, Photobox
Lego Cuusoo Ghostbusters, here
Personalised 3 picture mug from Photobox (amazing quality)
Nivea Men Skin Energy Moisture Gel, Boots (currently on offer in most supermarkets)
We are also sending Daniel to Manchester to see a Man. Utd. match, his party, cake and spending money for Manchester are all included in the #30for30 presents ;)

Also, sorry about the picture quality, I took the pictures at midnight as he went through each present as I knew I'd never get all the presents together for pictures again!!

Lots of Love

Alex's Six Month Update

Hey dolls,

So this post is a few days late again like always! We were busy celebrating Alex's dad's 30th Birthday. Alex has changed so much in the last few weeks, he's growing up so fast :(

Milestones: Alex is rolling around mad nowadays. He used to hate being on his tummy but now he wants to be lying on his tummy more. It's great he's progressing, but scary he can move so much so quick! When I was pregnant during ultrasounds they would comment on how much he moves and how active he was. Now it's coming out for real!

Also, we have teeth!! Alex has been in the wars with his teeth the last week, and a lot two days ago! My mom noticed that he had a clunk sound when chewing on his dungarees strap so we checked and his two bottom teeth have come through!!

Sleep: His sleep pattern has changed in the last week due to teething. He now wakes twice during the night which he didn't do in the past :( He was so good, he still is to be fair but it'd getting us back to tired-ville!

Best Moment: I have to say seeing him roll over and move for toys he wants is so heartwarming as his frustration at not being able to reach something has gone. He is making crawling motions but isn't pushing up on his arms yet so he ends up pushing his face into his play mat to get around!

Worst Moment: we haven't had any bad moments except for his teething when he gets really upset and it's hard to see him in pain and not being able to help except for giving him teetha sachets, which he loves!

Health: Luckily Alex hasn't had a cold or anything yet (I hope I don't jinx us!). His teeth have been at him like mad the last week or so but otherwise he is a healthy growing little bubs.

Eating: We have started weaning Alex. We first used baby rice, then banana and strawberry porridge and now he is currently having cow & gate fruit puree's. He has had apple and pear puree, and next he will be moving onto Broccali, then carrot, then pear alone. I really wanted to make puree's myself but for first tastes I don't mind giving him the pre-made puree's but cow & gate! I don't mind giving him baby jars at the beginning either. I will be using my Anna Karmel baby recipe book to make him some dinner's as time goes on.

Things I want to Remember: Obviously I want to remember when he got him first teeth! He has giggles a lot more now and he has the tickles which is fun when changing him or playing with him :P I want to remember those sweet smiles he gives me when he just wakes up in the morning, or the glance he gives right before he drifts off to sleep.

Alex went swimming for the first time this week with his dad, outside of his swimming classes with Water Babies Ireland. It was a bit colder than he was used to but he enjoyed swimming with his dad and swimming after the rubber duck.

I made the collages above using this webpage.

Lots of Love