In January, we flew to BC for a few days for our nephew’s first birthday! We weren’t going to be able to make it, but at the last minute everything worked out so that we were able to and I’m sooo glad. I was able to help my sister-in-law with all the party decor and food prep and we had such a wonderful time with my husband’s side of the family.

We were up at 5am on Thursday morning for our flight… and it was one of the most beautiful flights I’ve been on. I didn’t have a window seat (and didn’t want to bother the guy next to me) so I wasn’t able to get pictures of our descent, but we came down through the clouds right in the coastal mountains and it was breathtaking. (although that might have been the g’s from a sudden drop too… ha.)

The photo below on the right is the Canadian Rockies. They don’t look quite so big from up in the air. ;)

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Levi and Zac became friends in no time at all! I loved seeing how much Zac adores his uncle.

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I didn’t take many photos while we were there… just of the party, and a few iPhone shots. We mostly just hung around at my brother and sister-in-laws… getting ready for the party, playing with Zac, and just generally catching up.

Saturday was party day! Charmaine did such an amazing job with all the party decor and the food.

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Hermit crab sandwiches!

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Cake smash/gift opening backdrop!

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How cute are these fish??

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Aaaand the (sleepy) birthday boy!

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Hanging out with Nana and Grandpa…

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… time for gifts!

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Family photo! 😍

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Grandpa and Great Grandma Drake put together the cutest fishing vest for Zac! They made it out of a cargo style jacket… adding the trim, the fly’s, everything. He’s got a little bit of growing into it to do. ;)

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And finally, time for the cake smash!

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Uncle Brad joined via facetime thanks to Pepere.

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The outfit didn’t last long… ha.

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He wasn’t very interested in the cake… but he quickly figured out that if he raised his arms up in the air, the whole room cheered and decided that was way better than cake. ;)

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A quick wash-up in the sink…

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And then it was time to start taking decorations down! So many balloons… Zac loved it!

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A few photos with the birthday boy!

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And these next photos are horrible quality because they’re just screenshots from a video I took… but they make me smile every time I see them so I had to share.

The moment when Zac realized Auntie had a phone out that he could steal….

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…and here he comes for it!

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Our visit went by so quickly… Monday, it was time to head back home. I told Charmaine while we were there that being an auntie is awesome. I get the playtime and the smiles and giggles… and get to leave the diaper changes and middle-of-the-night wake ups to her and Chad. ;) I’m so happy we were able to be there for Zac’s first birthday though… we had a wonderful time with the family and I’m looking forward to the next time we’re able to visit.

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  • Charmaine - We absolutely love you guys coming to visit! Always so much fun and I couldn’t have done it without all of your party prep help Karen. Thank you! Zac loves his Uncle and Aunty and can’t wait for your next visit 💕ReplyCancel

    • Karen - we love visiting!! thanks so much for having us 😊 and I had a blast with the party prep! love you guys!ReplyCancel

  • kristi jasik - Such fun pictures! Loved the decorations and those crabby sandwiches were just way too cute!!! So glad you were able to go! Oh the screenshot of Zac’s face when he saw your phone…oh my I laughed at his “look”…so funny and totally ornery!!!! I also like their family photo…well, ok I liked ALL the photos but Chad and Charmaine look so happy with little Mr. oh and his arms in the air shots…how CUTE!!!! Just a great bunch of pictures! Love you and thanks for sharing Zac’s birthday with us!ReplyCancel

    • Karen - didn’t Char do an amazing job?! and yes, Zac is definitely just the cutest! love you too 😘ReplyCancel

Weekly Goals on karendrakeblog.com

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Last Week’s Goals:

1. Edit Party Photos: A+
Edited, exported, uploaded to an online gallery, and sent to my sister-in-law! She kindly gave me permission to share them here, so look for those tomorrow!!

2. Work on Crochet Pillows: A-
With my wrist being pretty much unusable for a good portion of the week, I certainly didn’t make any record progress on these. However, I finished more than half the crochet work for the third pillow, and sewed one row (out of five) on the second pillow.

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This Week’s Goals:

1. Work on 2015 Photo Book
I’ve finally started on my photo books! I mentioned that I wanted to focus on getting these created this year, and I’ve already made some great progress. One out of three books is finished in the first month of the year! I’d like to make some progress on my 2015 book this week… I’m thinking all the pages for January through March.

2. Finish Second Crochet Pillow
Are you guys sick of me talking about these pillows yet?! I promise, the end is near. These have taken a lot more time and work than I anticipated but the finished product is exactly what I envisioned and I’ve got all the heart eyes over here (and motivation to finish them!). It’s my goal to completely finish up with the second pillow this week. And to photograph the two I’ve finished so you guys can see what I’ve been talking about for the past month!

3. Finish Crochet Work
In addition to completely finishing the second pillow, I’d also like to finish all the crochet work for the third. Should be fairly easy to knock out.

4. 3 Blog Posts
I’ve kind of neglected posting here recently… no prolonged absences or anything but I haven’t been posting much more than my weekly goals. Time to change that.

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Alright, time for me to get back to my to-do list for today! Hope everyone has a productive Monday and I’ll see you back here tomorrow! Also, I’d love to know… what are some of your goals for the week??

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  • Kristi jasik - I always feel like I can conquer the world after reading your weekly goals posts…then I turn around and see my office! I would prefer to curl up in a ball and sleep the mess away. Can’t wait to see pictures of your pillows, even tho I got a sneak peak over face time. (insert cheesy grin face) I have been missing your posts and I am happy to know you will step up your game on those again! Looking forward to birthday party pictures…yay!!! I want to talk to you about your photo books…I figure if I comment about it here you will remember to ask me…ROFLOL. Love you! Oh my goals this week…continue in office…making slow progress but getting things done at a turtle pace is better than not at all right?ReplyCancel

    • Karen - hahaha well glad to know they inspire you! you can conquer the office! slow progress is still progress, and it’s a BIG job to tackle. I know you can do it though! and good thinking commenting about the books… now hopefully I’ll remember next facetime call, ha!ReplyCancel

Weekly Goals on karendrakeblog.com

Hey guys! We had an awesome time in BC with my in-law’s and now I’m back with my weekly goal posts! Last week’s goals were to pack and to have fun… both easily accomplished. ;)

This Week’s Goals:

1. Edit Party Photos
I took a ton of photos at my nephew’s party on Saturday and I want to get them back to my sister-in-law ASAP.

2. Work on Crochet Pillows
I’ve completely finished one, the second one has the crochet part pinned and ready to sew, and I finally got the rest of the yarn I needed for the third. It’s taking a lot longer than I anticipated but I’m making progress. (I don’t know how much work I’ll get done on them this week as I currently have a sprained wrist but I’m going to give it my best shot.)

What are some of your goals this week?

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