I feel like I shouldn’t even post this one anymore but it’s been typed out for a while now! Just haven’t gotten around to posting until today! The second birthday party (going back to September) was for a little guy, just turning 1! We drove out to a Community Centre in Richmond for this one – something I’ve thought about using for my kids as well but I’m still enjoying having our parties at home for now. A community centre is a great idea because they provide so many different big and bulky toys for the kids to run around with. They had several different types of bikes, a mini trampoline, a little ramp for the kids to slide down on a train with etc. This particular centre provided face painting, decorations and even took some pictures as well. They had tonnes of food and goodies for the kids and adults too. Also, instead of the typical photobooth option, there was a ‘magic mirror’. It’s more interactive, you can pick emoji’s to go on your picture, sign it, and instantly post it on your media feeds etc. If you’re in the lower mainland area, give them a call for your next event, they have some sort of promo going on right now too.
I was also excited because Raiya started playing with another girl there right away! I played some good for her and she ate it on her own. I kept watch but it was exciting to see her becoming more independent. I was telling Kawar that this is going to be a new beginning for us as she was just about to start pre-school which meant more independence for her too. I was busy with Zaiyn but it wasn’t as crazy because it was ok for him to run around and explore with the different toys. There was so much stimuli for him that he was soaking it in as well. I was trying to avoid giving him a cake pop but he managed to grab a hold of one from the table and bent the stick to put it in his mouth as he was unable to remove it from the trey it was perched on! He can reach tabletops nows!
We had dinner in Yaletown with another couple that evening instead of driving home. Despite the name, the Yaletown Brewery is quite kid friendly which made it easier to entertain Raiya with the activities they provide. Zaiyn was quite hungry and doesn’t care too much for really anything for more than a couple of minutes. I always order food for the kids right away, asking for it to be delivered as soon as its ready, hoping that they’ll be at least half way done before we get ours (because I’ve come to realize that hoping they’ll be done eating is just not going to happen!) I ended up giving him a food pouch at Kawar’s request, hoping that he’ll be preoccupied for a few minutes. He did finish it very quickly but it didn’t subside his whining. He just wanted to be let loose so he could run around freely.
As we were walking back to the apartment after dinner, it ended up being that both the men were holding my babies so I joked to the other girl that we should let them head back while we grab a drink…as we had joked about the girls and guys taking turns to watch the kids while the other pair went out. At that point though, the two of us did end up turning around, we headed to the Banter Room while the boys took the kids back to the apartment. I ended up having an even greater night!
I tried a lavender Mojito. I had never had one before, I don’t know how long they’ve been in existence for as I don’t go out for ‘drinks’ very often (really, never). Given how long the lavender lattes and lavender earl grey teas been around for, I’m going to assume, these came out at the same time. I met some new people…this one girl, while she was talking, I probably cut her off – to tell her she has beautiful, flawless skin! Ends up being that she actually co-created and sells her own product online! I ordered two bottles (one for my sister) after looking at the ingredients they use. It’s a combination of different oils for radiant skin – her’s was so radiant! I was so impressed with her website and the packaging! They definitely set it up all very professionally! They had a promo ‘Sept15’ going on too so I’ll say I scored!
I love spontaneous, random nights. They tend to be quite memorable and I love that my husband and I are so open to them. They create beautiful memories!