Monday, December 15, 2014

10 weeks isn't too late for baby announcements, is it?

Blueprint Baby Announcement

We finally finished our baby announcement/thank you cards!
Looks like this is what folks will be getting instead of Christmas cards this year.

Baby announcement / thank you card
the rockets on the mobile kind of look like squid, but I'm ok with that

The image of Axel on the front of the card is done up to look like a blue print and we tried to make the pop-up nursery on the inside similar to Axel's own robots and rocket ships themed room.

The picture on the card was taken when Axel was only two weeks old. He's grown so much since then! He wore the same onesie for his weekly photo this weekend and the difference is incredible. He's doubled his weight since we brought him home from the hospital!

Week 2

Week 10

Sunday, December 7, 2014

YuKonstructing lately

YuKonstruct has been keeping us really busy!

Cardboard airplane construction
never too young to appreciate lasers
Inspired by a cardboard plane costume I saw online, I talked Chris into helping make YuKonstruct's Winterval Santa Clause Parade entry. Chris did all the design work and we built a small prototype at home before using YuKonstruct's laser cutter to cut out all the full sized pieces.

Cardboard Airplane

It was a great way to use up a bunch of the cardboard we had left over from our ongoing renovations!

Cardboard Airplane

Chris' work on the planes even landed him in the news paper. "Elves with lasers" might be my favourite headline ever.

Yukon News Dec. 5, 2014

We took a quick break from assembling planes to host YuKonstruct's Christmas card workshop and Chibitronics build night this past Thursday.

Holiday Card Build Night at YuKonstruct

We rejigged some of our past cards to make craft kits for the event and made some cool new cards that light up.

Winterval Parade 2014 - YuKonstruct

Yesterday was finally the big day for the parade and the planes were a huge hit!

Winterval Parade 2014 - YuKonstruct

Air North, liked the idea so much when they heard about our planes, they gave us custom decals for the wings and tails, and they're bringing the planes down to Vancouver for the Santa Clause parade there.

Monday, December 1, 2014

A lazier advent calendar

Last year we loved putting together a beer advent calendar full of interesting beers we hadn't yet tried. We were looking forward to doing it again this December when we discovered an even easier option at the liquor store: premade craft beer advent calendars!

Beer Advent

While we're still adjusting to life with an infant, easier, and cheaper, is good.

Beer Advent

Tonight we tried the first beer, Nøgne Ø. Chris and I both give it 6.5/10

Monday, November 24, 2014

It's starting to look a little like Christmas

It was really nice having my parents in town recently. Axel is a really good baby, but it's still great to have help looking after him. Chris and I were able to catch up on our sleep and make some progress on some projects around the house, including some work on the nursery.

Ornament wreath

While my mom was here, she and I hit up a few local craft sales and hung out at YuKonstruct's holiday craft night. Inspired by all the craftiness, we put together some easy holiday decorations including a fun wreath from some ornaments and wire I already had lying around.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

One Month

It's hard to believe that Axel is a month old today. He was due to arrive tomorrow!

Inspired by Young House Love and Making It Lovely, I've been taking Axel's picture every week.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

He's started to grow so fast! Over the last week he's been putting on over an ounce every day. His clothes are still all too big, but at this rate he'll be filling them out in no time

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Axel's First Halloween

Halloween 2014
My mom brought Axel this cute Halloween stuff when she came to visit us
Even though we kept our Halloween pretty low key this year, we still had a lot of fun.

Halloween 2014 

We decorated the house with the Zero ghost dog and Oogie Boogie Man I made last year.

Halloween 2014

One new addition was a teal pumpkin sign that Chris painted. Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? Displaying a teal pumpkin is a way to show that you have non-food treats available for kids with allergies or special diets. We handed out little tubs of Play-doh and toy whistles along with candy and it was a huge hit with the trick-or-treaters who came to our door.

Halloween 2014
Our little pumpkin
Originally, I wasn't sure if I'd have to work my costume around a pregnant belly, so there was no grand plan for this year. A jack-o-lantern costume came with some second hand clothes we got recently from kijiji, so even though it was meant for a baby twice his size, Axel dressed up as a little pumpkin. Chris and I raided our tickle trunks and he decided to pair most of the Ludo costume with his wedding jacket for a fairy tale beast while I wore a cloak and painted my face.

Halloween 2014

We weren't planning on going out, since we didn't want to take Axel to a bar or big event, but a friend convinced us to go to a house party nearby and I'm really glad we did. We ran into some people we knew, had a good time and Axel slept through the whole thing.

Halloween 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween Happenings

Baby Axel's early arrival has necessitated some changes to our Halloween plans this year. Since he's not ready to join us for any big parties and costume contests, we're going to focus instead on decorating the house and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. I still don't even know what costumes we'll wear! (but there's no shortage of options as my archive of costume blog posts will attest)

Monster Mask Workshop
Axel at his first YuKonstruct workshop

While we haven't worked out our outfits yet, we have been helping others get their costumes ready. Chris and I have been teaching a mask making workshop at YuKonstruct.

Monster Mask Workshop

It's been a lot of fun showing people how we've made masks like the ones we use for Ludo and Bebop and Rocksteady. The class participants have some really great plans for their masks and I can't wait to see how they all turn out when the workshop wraps up this weekend.