News in the meantime is that I have learned how to knit. My mum taught me during our stay in the cottage. I'm knitting Elmer a scarf that will go with a cute new coat we bought him. It's all going to look very Harry Potter (not deliberate), with red and blue stripes.
Elmer is walking along using the furniture loads, but still not branching out to take his first steps. Oh and I cut his hair! First time. Today whilst he played with his toy garage. It's a pretty good hair cut since he didn't exactly sit still. He looks YEARS older, which is cute but also a little heartbreaking. I must post a photograph.
Once he's walking he won't be a baby anymore, but I've had a good baby-innings since he's now almost 19 months. He's babbling lots, and every second word is 'tractor' - an obsession.
Here are his fat little toes on the beach in Taranaki. Black sand!
The best part was, Elmer slept right through our long lunch, so it was ultra civilised!
Elmer is now a big boy. He bum-shuffs, he says things, he climbs the stairs, he gets illegal chocolate out of the fridge. He cuddles only those that meet his high expectations. Luckily Mum and Dad made friends with him in the car on the way back from the airport and now Elmer has them in his exclusive cuddle-circle.
It's so amazing having them here. Tomorrow we are up early to head to Queenstown, but I've had a few people on my back about the lack of Elmer photographs on the blog recently so I thought I'd better blog these tonight.
I'm sure part of him remembers them. In Cardiff last year he used to have this habit of pulling silly faces at the dinner table. Mainly to my Mum. And all of a sudden he's doing that again after a break of about half a year. The same silly faces!
See that top picture? I was hoping that with all the walking practice Elmer will get over the next 4 weeks he might take his first few steps whilst my parents are here. We'll see!
The way they managed this so successfully was that they had no bridal party! No bridesmaids, no best man, no groomsmen. The wedding was all about them, and then a big group of family and friends. Simple! It also means you don't need to agonise for ages over which people to choose for these jobs. These guys still had close friends helping them get ready, assisting with all the important stuff, but when it came to portrait photograph time.. we just slipped away with Anna and Phil, headed to the old quarter of Oamaru, and worked it!! Haha. I know it sounds like overkill saying this all the time, but these two are just lovely. Really genuine people. I'm a very lucky photographer.
Oh and wow, I LOVE Oamaru! I'm going to head up with my parents to hang out in all those cute little shops and galleries. In my head it will be warm and balmy, but in reality it will probably be like today. Raining.
On to some photographs!
Before the wedding when Anna asked if I would take photographs of her with this beautiful horse, in a big green, beautiful field (DREAM assignment), I was like, "YES. YES I CAN DO THAT!" And the light was so lovely, and the horse was so well behaved, it was a shame we had to leave for the ceremony. So much fun to do something different.
There's a cute story here. See the strange purple thing attached to the horse shoe? It's a very old chocolate. On the left is Anna's roommate from school (she boarded at St. Hilda's). One time they had a box of chocolates to share between them, and they shared out every single chocolate equally until there was just one left. The purple one. Since then, on every special occasion, the chocolate gets sent between the two of them. I love the expression on Anna's face here, and the fact that it was the roommate's turn to gift the chocolate! Lush.
This is me and Liana cracking some kind of 'ladies only' joke. I think!
Love this game!
Lush. Looking forward to a Queenstown wedding this weekend. Hopefully it's sunny in Central!
Isn't she lush?! Not a bit frightened to get airbourne, or ride on dad's shoulders.
Elmer's still our little daredevil. His latest thing is that he likes to be hurled off the sofa to crash down onto some cushions. That's a lot safer than I made it sound!