My little sunshine turned 13 months yesterday. She is a super happy baby, smiling to everyone, dancing every time she ears music and she even starts dancing as soon as I put the CD player on and there’s no music yet. She is a talker! She has so much to say and point things all the time. She’s been walking with a little bit of our help these past weeks but yesterday she did the first three steps by herself when she saw her great grand-mother arrive. We just bought her first real shoes that will help her walk. It was so cute to measure her feet in the shop! She is size 20!
We’ve been spending so much time outside in the garden and by the pool since we arrived at my parents. And the dog is always around, so excited to see her. They go explore together. She gives him wood sticks she finds, she also loves to share, she shares her food with him, and with us too, she shares her toys, pacifier…
I am so excited for the next months, it is so fun to watch her becoming a little girl! Oh and she has 6 teeth now! She only had 2 at the bottom last week, and this weekend 4 at the top popped out all at the same time.
Remember the swan floater we had at Lula’s birthday party? Well, he travelled back to France with my parents to welcome us in the pool when we arrived last week. It feels so good to do nothing but relax by the pool. We were in Paris and Ile de Ré last weekend and we are going to Aix-en-Provence (where I studied and I haven’t been back there for 8 years!), Sainte-Maxime and Saint-Tropez this weekend and Morocco at the end of the month, I can’t wait! It is the first time in 6 years that I spend more than 2 weeks in France and it is really nice to have more time to relax between running everywhere to see family and friends…
Here is Lula’s new little play area in our living room. My parents and grand-parents offered her this table and chairs for her birthday. I first saw those chairs in a shop in Los Angeles and fell in love with them. So when my mum asked me about some birthday gift ideas I thought a cute little desk and chair would be useful and fun. She already has so many toys and clothes! We ordered the Little Bert chairs online and got the table from Ikea, I think they go really well together. I decorated the wall with my paper fox of course and a pom pom garland I made with these Eeboo kits.
I can’t wait to draw and do some little craft projects with her! ( I know I’ll have to wait a little bit for that, I gave her Crayola crayons the other day and she was more interested in eating them)
A couple weekends ago we celebrated Lula’s first birthday. If you’ve seen her party invitation you already know that the theme was “Fete Foraine” inspired by Le Parc de la Tete d’Or a gorgeous park in my hometown. We couldn’t have hoped for a better weather and were so glad almost all of our friends could be here with us to celebrate and my parents too!
I had fun making the paper decors: swan, ferris wheel, cotton candy machine,pinwheels, garlands, little train and ice-cream stand. The napkins, glasses, tablecloths, plates were from Meri Meri and the party hats from Oh Joy for Target collection. Our friend Thibault made 30 delicious belgian waffles (thank you again so so much, they were a hit!) and my mum brought from France a lot of sweets: cherry lollipops, dragés, biscuit rose de reims, roudoudou…. we also had pop corn, Sugar & Spun cotton candy, cupcakes from Mission Minis, Dynamo donuts and Anthony’s cookies (thank you Maria and Jason! my favorite cookies in SF). Ouahh so much food and I didn’t even find the time to eat, I was so busy running everywhere…but I caught up the day after with the left overs!
I hope you enjoy looking at these beautiful photos taken by amazing photographer Priscilla Gragg! Merci Priscilla!
Sorry for the amount of photos, I couldn’t choose! (and even more to come)
Of course she went for the donut!
Where is Milo?! haha
Lula wore 2 different outfits! She started with a super fun tutu from Australian company Rock your baby. And then she wore a Jacadi dress and Freshly Picked moccasins. Her pom pom felt crown is from Hiho batik.
This is the party favors the kids left with: delicious cotton candy from Sugar & Spun, Ice cream cone bubble maker and beach toys to make sand ice-cream from Party City!
We had a super fun day and our friends spoiled her with wonderful gifts. Thank you all so much for coming!
Aren’t these super fun for a mother daughter style? Can’t wait to receive them!
We were celebrating Lula’s first birthday last sunday, the 17th. I can’t believe this little girl is already one. My parents went back to France, they came at the exact same time last year. I remember last summer like it was yesterday, when we were so impatient and excited to meet her. And here she is, one! Time really flies and we enjoy every minute of it. It’s been a really really good year, so full of joy. I’ll post more photos of her birthday soon.
Happy friday! We are celebrating on Instagram with a super fun giveaway: a paper bunny kit from my shop and a cloudy blanket by my friend at Happy French Grang.
Follow me on Instagram to participate and get a chance to win these cute items! Perfect for a kid room decor.
This was my favorite part of the road trip. I was much more impressed by Sedona than Grand Canyon. Less touristy and those colors! Just magnificent! Unfortunately there was a big fire in Oak Creek Canyon in may, so most of the trails we are closed for safety. But it was still a nice drive to Sedona and with the heat, we couldn’t have hiked too far with Lula in the carrier anyway.
That afternoon was cloudy and stormy and I love the atmosphere it created. The sky and shadows from the clouds on the rocks made it even more impressive.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross built into the red rock cliffs is spectacular and the view from it is amazing.
Another cute beaded bracelet my mum got for Lula at the indian reserve.
Lula has been adorable during our road trip with my parents. We drove for so many hours, we are very lucky she loves being in the car seat. She napped and played, read books with my mum and admired Arizona’s magical landscape.
That time when in my mum’s arms she grabbed my dad to give him a big hug while I tried to take a picture of them three.
Her new little bracelet we got at an indian reserve. I put in on her when she was asleep in the car, when she woke up and saw it she was so happy! She kept smiling and touching it. I think she’s gonna like jewelry as much as I do!
Mandatory stop on the road near Flagstaff, playing indian in the tepee.