8 it is.

We had a little family gathering this weekend to celebrate our Wrennie's 8th birthday! We've started doing her school friend party in January when it's easier to organize with people's schedules and also WAY easier to book a venue (places like bowling alleys and such are so booked up with office and holiday parties I'd need to plan this thing in June to get a spot). But we always do a little get together with our families and closest friends to celebrate the occasion.

There wasn't a theme, just our birthday girl's favourite colours and things (pink and purple, and balloons and candy respectively). Wren LOVES to bake, so half the fun of her party was that we made the cake at home together. We baked the three layers of boxed funfetti cake on Saturday and got the cake all covered in icing, then on Sunday we topped it off with a few treats in pretty colours.

Wren did most of the decorating with the candy herself, and insists we recreate the cake for all her future birthdays. She says it was her favourite thing about her party this year! Amazing how $15 in boxed cake and candy can mean the world at 8 years old, I guess the best things DON'T come from a store as our friend the Grinch likes to say.

The Birthday Girl and her balloon bouquet!

Recreating UP!, Wren style.

The day was filled with laugher, family, friends, and lots of memories I hope she will cherish forever. I can hardly believe it's been 8 years already...

The Ice Castle

This weekend we made a trip down to the Ice Castle that has been made out of icicles in Hawrelak Park. You can get info on tickets and the address here. It is just as stunning in person as it looks in photos, and after seeing a few other local friends sharing on social media we have been itching to get down and explore it for ourselves.

They harvest fresh icicles every day to keep the castle growing and as beautiful as possible. The gorgeous shade of blue-ish green the ice gives off is just beautiful, but it is also lit from inside the ice and can change to stunning shades of pink and purple. Water features, an ice slide and carvings are waiting around various corners and turns.

[for the ladies who emailed asking about my boots, you can find the current version on sale here or here]

There are a lot of other people in the castle as well, but because of the maze like layout you often feel like you are lost in a winter wonderland!

The tunnels are awe inspiring!

There are too many gorgeous things to take pictures of in there, but I think my favourite part is the colour. The most perfect shades of blue and teal are waiting around every corner.

Hope you had a good weekend as well, cheers to a new week!