Another First…

Sunday, 20th June 2010 was Walter’s 1st Father’s Day and it turned out to be a very special day. After wracking my brains for months on end on what to get for his 1st Father’s Day, I eventually settled on a suggestion from a blog reader of a photo book, kind of like Granny’s brag book, only for Daddies. Of course, I attempted to create one by myself from one of those online shops where you do the design and then print it and send it to you, only, I don’t have a natural flare for anything artistic and landed up just getting more and more frustrated as my photo book just remained ugly. In the end my friend, Gail, came to the rescue and she designed and printed one for me.

My plans worked out perfectly, I managed to get a reservation for lunch at our favorite restaurant, Casalinga, Gail managed to get the photo book design and print done and dusted just in time and I even managed to keep it all a secret!!! Something which is very hard for me to do, I LOVE giving gifts and spend a lot of time thinking about what would be the perfect gift, and get myself so excited about the gift I’ve decided on that I usually land up telling the receiver before they’ve even received the gift!

So Sunday morning finally came around, Ava gave her dad the best gift of all by sleeping soundly till 7am. When she did wake, we got up, Walter fed her breakfast while I made us breakfast and coffee. Then when he wasn’t looking I quickly fetched her and we collected his gift bag hidden at the back of the cupboard, the plan, if Ava played along, was to carry her into the lounge holding the gift and have her give it to her daddy, only problem, she was more interested in stuffing as much of the blue tissue paper in her mouth as possible.

Walter’s reaction was simply delightful and so touching. He cried, his eyes filled with tears and he literally cried as he read his two father’s day cards and opened his photo book. The tears flowed even more when he paged through the beautiful book and read the poem printed on the back cover.

Ava's card for her daddy!

From me!

Photo book cover

Back cover with Father's Day poem.

More pages.

The photo book came out beautifully, Gail is a fantastic job and its wonderful to see all the photo’s of Ava over the past 6 months and how much she has grown. Of course, for Ava, the best part about all the presents was playing with the gift wrap, especially the bubble wrap which got her hyperventilating and drooling with excitement!


After a very lazy morning and giving Ava an early lunch, we headed off for our lunch at Casalinga which was totally divine!!!! Walter had the Italian sausage starter and I had gnocchi with four cheese sauce. For mains Walter had fillet steak medallions stuffed with chicken livers and wrapped in pastry and I had pork roast served with cranberry sauce and root vegetables. We also had a bottle of wine and delicious desserts. The lunch was wonderful and of course Ava got loads of attention from passers-by, she always seems to when she wears her Posh Lil’ Diva’s


The Wine!


The Cuteness!

The Mommy!

The Daddy!

We even got to com home and enjoy another little gift our little Ava, a Sunday afternoon nap, which after all that delicious food and a bottle of red wine, went down a total treat.

And then Walter also received a beautiful message from our Tummy Mummy:

Dearest Walter…This is your day today! May you be blessed with joy, love and wisdom to look after and raise “our” little girl.ย  I have no doubt in my mind that you already mean the world to her. All my love to you all…Your Tummy Mummy.

All in al, I think it was a close to perfect day and one which we both will remember forever!

We’re coming to the end of our firsts – first Christmas as a family of 3, first birthday’s as parents, first Mothers day, first Fathers day, all that’s left is Ava’s first birthday and then all the firsts will be over with, but what a beautiful and special year it has turned out to be.

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  • Reply orbit365

    Awwww…I had tears in my eyes reading this post. The photo book is exquisite and such a fabulous idea. How special is that message from BM. Happy Fathers Day to Walter. Am so thrilled that he enjoyed it. And yes…the first year is so very special..x


    June 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm
  • Reply tanyakov

    How amazing, and what a significant and special Father’s Day!

    June 20, 2010 at 8:35 pm
  • Reply myzticdreamz

    awwww! That pic of Ava with her loveys is absolutely gorgeous! She looks so precious! Does she actually like her loveys? I have loveys for my daughter aaliya but she couldn’t care less about them ๐Ÿ™ I always imagined my lil girl like the pic with your daughter and her loveys… we have pics with the bows, minus the loveys hehe… and minus the pram.. i dont think we could ever get aaliya to sit calmly in one.. she either wanted to be worn in a carrier with me (or now that she is walking… she would like to walk on her own)…
    Happy Fathers day to walter… so amazing that you captured it all in pics… what a great way to capture the memory and keep it forever, of his first fathers day .

    Now I wish I took pics of our fathers day ๐Ÿ™ gR!

    June 20, 2010 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply lea2109

    I have tears in my eyes reading your post. I am so very happy for you and W to experience this moment!

    June 20, 2010 at 10:49 pm
  • Reply hcouperus

    Very nice, Ava’s is a very blessed girls with such loving parents! (PS take it from me, there will be many more firsts! as in my 6 year old – oh mum do babies come out of your bottom? (I’ve had c-sections and so my girls have assumed that babies come out of your tummy and so it was a HUGE revelation that babies actually come out of your ‘bottom’) followed by a that’s disgusting; pulling horrified faces! I had to compose myself not to laugh!)

    June 20, 2010 at 11:49 pm
  • Reply Me

    Sounds like such a special day….

    June 21, 2010 at 12:44 am
  • Reply charminka

    I am so happy for you my friend!! Who would have thought that we would both enjoy our first Mother’s and Father’s days this year?? And the gift you got for Walter is STUNNING!!! xoxoxo

    June 21, 2010 at 7:59 am
  • Reply tzipieastwest

    Seems like a very nice day you organised for your family !

    June 21, 2010 at 8:33 am
  • Reply marina1605

    How very special. And Ava is so beautiful!!

    June 21, 2010 at 9:27 am
  • Reply wheresmybun

    Aaaw wow! Sounds like you had a perfectly blessed day! Happy Fathers day to Walter! And for Ava, she is absolutely gorgeous! The pic of her in the pram literally melted my heart!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:03 am
  • Reply ani007

    so precious these moments! how very special this must have been for you both!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:18 am
  • Reply darylfaure

    What a perfect Fathers Day you had! Congrats Sharon and Walther, and well done Ava for behaving so perfectly. I love the idea of a photo book for a gift Sharon! I think I may borrow that idea next year for Doug’s 50th, if you don’t mind.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:59 am
  • Reply thebsdiaries

    So special! you are blessed.

    June 21, 2010 at 11:47 am
  • Reply jahni


    June 21, 2010 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply coachmarcia

    You and Ava have the exact same smile!

    I love the pics of W with Ava (all of them) – he looks so, so proud and immensely happy ๐Ÿ™‚

    Where did you get her gorgeous jersey???

    June 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply kirstymac72

    even though your year of firsts will be coming to an end… each year just gets better and better x

    June 21, 2010 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply samcy

    What an awesome special day you planned for W. and the book looks divine!


    June 21, 2010 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply thebinges

    OH Sharon, what a beautiful beautiful gift.

    Looks like you had a blast, and you’re looking exquisite!

    June 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply minkynoo

    Awwww. That is lovely. But there are still firsts to come. Her first words, first steps, first day of school. First time she falls in love and then the first time she gets her heartbroken. I know that you know this, you are so very blessed. She is a beautiful little princess, and you are both amazing parents.

    Love the book!!!

    June 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply skrambled

    Beautiful! That book looks amazing!

    June 21, 2010 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply hollielee5

    I don’t think God made a more perfect family. Just wondrous and beautiful! Words cannot describe. I also see your shining face. You are so beautiful. I see God’s light shine from your eyes. A beauty to behold, no doubt. Live it up, there are MANY more firsts to come!

    June 21, 2010 at 11:19 pm
  • Reply aussiekim

    What a beautiful post – bought a tear to my eye~!
    You 3 make such a gorgeous family!



    June 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply dee

    OMW that book is such an awesome present! What a wonderful day you guys had!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm
  • Reply ldr1604

    Beautiful book, very cool. Your 2nd Christmas, Mother Day etc will be just as special as your 1st.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:54 am
  • Reply yvettene

    Beautiful post, Walter got really spoilt and the photo’s as always are gorgeous and that purple is so striking on you, stunning!!!

    June 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm
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