I wake up every morning to my daughters voice (sweetest sound) talking/blabbing/giggling. I go to her bedroom to be greeted with a huge smile. It is the best feeling when she wraps her arms around me as we head to the kitchen to heat up her bottle. We go back to my bedroom and get back in bed with daddy. I feed her as we snuggle in bed and watch Sesame street. She is very mellow in the morning and I love it. When the show finishes I let her run around with my shoes, purses while I get ready. She likes to copy and mimic everything I do, brushing my teeth, brushing my hair, checking my emails (its super cute). We then go to her bedroom, I chose her outfit and start to chase her around the bedroom while I manage to dress her, put her shoes on, and of course a cute hair do. Thats it. Thats all the time I get with her. 2 hours in the morning and then I am gone to work all day. By the time I get home she is asleep in bed. Sometimes she will stop by the store once and if I am lucky even twice, but I only get a few minutes with her. Our nanny however is amazing! They are out and about everyday with friends from our neighborhood which is awesome. She sends me pictures and videos throughout the day. They make me extremely happy and I even feel proud as she has grown into a bright, independent one year old.
I got Kevin to pick me up an hour early from work, and we decided to take London down to the Royal winter fair. I was in heaven hanging out with my cute little family (heart explosion). London got to see horses, cows, pigs, chickens, and bunnies. She kept pointing at all the animals with a huge grin on her face. Watching her experience things for the first time is such an incredible moment for me. Feeling her grab me tighter when she is scared, or letting go of me when she is feeling confident. She got to feed some goats, and alpacas. Watching Kevin and her hold hands, or kiss melts my heart every single time. We walked around, found a cute antique booth. We got to try a hot apple dumpling for our first time, and it was amazing! Warm, sweet, and gooey. When we finally found the food court we had pirogies, a burger, and potato pancakes. Kevin was sitting across from us and he kept giggling, turns out London's face was covered in sour cream!! On the way out she picked out a little hedgehog stuffed animal. She loves stuffed animals! By the time we got home London had fallen asleep in the car, she must have been tired from all the walking. Her little legs can only walk so fast, but she manages to keep up! These are the type of days I live for, memories that will last a life time. xx
I am proud to say that Macpherson Toy House attended its first media event. It was exciting! Tons of talking, tons of people. Lots of editors, bloggers, and tons of good exposure. Hopefully with a little bit of luck we will be picked up in somebodies holiday gift guide, or t.v segment. I was there from 8am to 7pm, and when I got home I fell asleep right away in my clothes without washing my face or brushing my teeth until 9am the next morning. I didn't realize I was so drained! I woke up to 4 boxes of new merchandise, time to unpack, price, steam, rearrange, and create barcodes! ..... and its only Wednesday :)
I'm having a hard time adjusting to not spending as much time with London. I went from being with her 24/7 (picnics everyday) to now only spending a couple hours with her in the morning. When I am finished work at 7pm by the time I get home she is in bed asleep. I am also currently working weekends, which means that my husband is with her all day Sat/Sun (no nanny) and for me that equals, no brunch, no farmer markets, no outdoor walks (we love distillery) no snuggles/cuddles while we watch movies in bed :( Thats why when ever she comes to visit me it is the best thing ever!!! She reaches her little hands for me and has the biggest smile ever. Melts my heart every time. We have an amazing nanny, and every time they walk by the store when they are off to music class, playdate, or Starbucks she stops by and I get a few minutes with my daughter. For some reason she seems to think the store is her playroom and that all the toys belong to her. After she leaves it looks like a tornado was through the place, but I don't care! It is so worth the visit!
Our first look book is complete!! I am happy to say thank God this week is over! What a stressful experience. I never thought 12 pictures, and 12 little descriptions would be so difficult. Anybody who has said this is easy has obviously never done it. This is all very new to me. I am however, extremely happy with the way it came out (thank you Tony Smith!). It was hard narrowing it down to only 12 items as I have hand picked everything myself. Every piece is special. Every piece in our store in handmade, and has a heirloom quality about it. Our items are meant to last, meant to be passed on from generation to generation. The whole concept of our store is to stay away from anything that is mass produced, plastic, and yes things that are made in China. I have made a conscious effort to support local talent and carry as many things as I can that are made in Canada. There is a link to our look book at the bottom of our website or you can click right here. Please have a look and let me know what you guys think. It is perfect for the holidays!
YAY! MTH is ready and guess what? My husband didn't leave me.... and my marriage is intact! It has been a long process, and HUGE learning curve. We have literally ordered take out for the last month because I haven't had a minute to cook. Kevin has been so incredible! He has put London to sleep every single night while I work. (FYI creating barcodes one at a time for each item is a tedious process) I had sales my first day and am getting compliments even though I am not 100% happy with the results yet. I feel like it is a work in progress and like we are slowly getting there. I am still waiting for shipments to arrive. I can't wait to show you guys what I have chosen for you. In the mean time you can come by and check out what we have in stock. Please stop by and say hi :)
I'm one of those crazy mothers that is always kissing, always running to her baby when she makes a peep, basically obsessed with everything and anything to do with my daughter. Just to give you guys some sort of insight, my nickname is “The Baby Hog" because I refuse to let anyone else hold her. Sometimes when she falls asleep in my arms, I will just stare at her and do weird things, like smell her breath, or wonder how something so perfect was created by me. So as you can imagine, when I found out her first birthday would fall on the same date of MacPherson Toy House's grand opening I felt very conflicted. I managed to book a cake-smash photo shoot last minute, and figured I can plan a little intimate party for her towards the end of the month (that in itself is a mission, trying to get everyone in town for the same date, or all my girlfriends baby's nap times correlated). As you can see the photos turned AMAZING! I am extremely happy with them. I highly recommend using www.luveashlyn.ca Ashlyn arranged the cake, catered to my colour palette, and was very accommodating.
It was my husband's birthday today and I forgot! I feel like the most terrible person on the planet. This man has given me everything. Everything I have ever wanted. I'm talking surprises me with love letters, showers me with gifts, finds solutions to all my problems, and most importantly has given me my healthy daughter (IVF for 2 years) I don't want to turn this into a cheesy love poem, BUT I HAVE NO CHOICE! I'm talking I would die for this man (yes I am that type of a person).
This is what I think happened (and no I am not making excuses for myself) I am in the middle of opening Macpherson Toy House, which is my first time doing anything like this! I am new to this end of the retail world (my husband would tell you I am a professional shopaholic and has banned me from many stores in the ’hood). Its been a huge learning curve, hectic, a lot of decision making, and on top of it I have a little girl who turned one yesterday. Thats the other thing, their birthdays are one day apart. London's is the 18th, and Kevin's is the 19th. I never thought I would forget the most important person in my life's bday. I was so worried about not being around for my daughters birthday that I wasn't even thinking about my poor husband. And now the unthinkable has happened! I pride myself in being a giver. I love making my loved ones feel special. I hate saying no to them! I am going to take this as my first big lesson from running a business, don't forget about what's most important!