Splashing around

I just clicked today that I’m ‘that Dad’! Before we had Brylee we always saw those parents who always posted photos of their kids and said that we wouldn’t be like that when we had kids, but it turns out that it’s harder that you’d think. Anyway, why break from the mould so here are some more photos of Brylee playing outside in her little pool that Uncle Mikey gave her…

Kaikoura

Some photos from our recent trip to Kaikoura. This is a seal colony just north of Kaikoura that we visited on New Years Day. To be honest I did expect it to be more interesting than sleeping, smelly seals but was a bit disappointed… They blended in well with the rocks so the easiest way to spot them was to walk until you smelt one was close, then stop and look around. Not as cool as they look on TV but worth a look none the less.

It’s been a week since my last post! Which doesn’t sound like long but has been a lifetime to me. Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoyed the project and I still have my camera on me most of the time but it’s been great not having to post every single night! 🙂

Anyway, here are a few photos…

Cheeky wee wink

Snoozing

Watching with Nana

Keeping watch

December 30: Little pink shoes

Brylee is loving wearing shoes now she can walk in them and even brings her favourite sandals over to us sometimes so that we can put them on her. These are a pair of her shoes which we’ve had for a while and only put on her for special occasions but until now she’s been more interested in taking them off and throwing them away because there hasn’t really been a point in wearing them. But now she’s understanding that she can walk on the sharp stones with them on, she’s a lot more interested and these are one of the favourites. We’re busy packing tonight as we are heading away to Kaikoura tomorrow for a few nights over New Years. Hopefully there will be Internet or at least cell reception there so I can upload my photo(s) for day 365!! I can’t believe this is day 364 and only one more post left until this project is complete! Counting down…

December 29: Helping Dad

We’ve been working around the house a lot this summer and Brylee has been on hand to make sure Dad is doing it right! We went down to get some wood and Brylee spent time checking that it was good enough before pushing Uncle Mikey out of the way to make sure that the wheelbarrow was in good hands. I’m stoked that she loves getting outside and rolling around in the dirt – even if she does come back covered in dirt. Good to have our little helper on hand for day 363 😀

Taken on my phone and edited with Instagram 

December 25: Anticipation

What a Christmas day! We started off with breakfast at Mel’s family, moved to brunch with my family, lunch at the grandparents, afternoon tea with my parents, then back to Mel’s parents for a BBQ with friends. An awesome day with great weather, food and family 🙂 Brylee had a great day and got so many presents that she wont need anything else until at least next Christmas! She didn’t really get the present deal at first but then got into it as the day went on. I love this photo because she was just sitting there intently watching Mel open one of her presents and then sat surrounded by her new toys but only playing with the piles of gift wrapping instead. An awesome Christmas day though and even though the post for day 357 is a little day late, it’s the festive season so it’s the thought that counts! 🙂

December 20: Ātaahua

For Brylee’s baby shower we brought a bunch of small canvas’, paint, stickers and all that kinda stuff and let our guests design a canvas for Brylee. We now have 9 of them hanging on the wall in her room and it’s pretty cool because they were made for her by our friends and family even before they had met her. This canvas was made by her Aunty and is extra cool because Ātaahua is Brylee’s middle name. Her full name is Brylee Asaiah Ātaahua McQuarrie and we chose her first name just because we like it but Asaiah means God has made and Ātaahua means beautiful so Asaiah Ātaahua = God has made beautiful which we like 🙂 And that’s a wee story with a photo attached for day 352!