The Spice Turns 2!

Our baby girl, who day by day surprises us, and seems less and less of a baby turned 2 on April 19th. We spent the day together, just the 3 of us, visiting parks, and doing what she loves. Watching animals and birds. We stopped by the Arboretum  at RBG and can’t wait to go back again when the Lilacs will be blooming. This would be a beautiful location for an engagement session :)

She loves to wear dresses and all things girly, but would never turn down a little tree climbing adventure.

If you’ve ever met + hugged her you’ll know what this feels like:

She’s a fierce hugger, she’ll squeeze you as hard as she possibly can and won’t leg go right away. She gives the best hugs in the world and it’s one of my favourite things about her. They’re often accompanied by little grunts and sounds of clenched teeth. It’s the only way she knows how to hug. She’s intense and we wouldn’t have her any other way.

We kept walking and discovered some beautiful Magnolia trees. Their branches hung low to  the ground and made a perfect little hideaway that she loved exploring.

After a picnic and a little nap we headed to our favourite park for cherry blossoms + baby duck watching, Kariya Park in Mississauga. I think we were too early for the baby ducks, we didn’t’ see any at all but the cherry blossoms were beautiful.

I feel much more comfortable behind the camera… but I will let Laszlo take a few photos of me on occasion, I love this one of Amina and I. I think it may be my new favourite one of the two of us :)

No ducklings yet, but we did see lots of turtles!

It was a beautiful and quiet day filled with hugs, and walks and time to reflect on how incredibly lucky we both are to have her in our lives. Happy Birthday Miss Amina Paprika! We love you endlessly! xox

Mama + Daddy


  • cristina

    Just for fun, here’s the blog entry from her first birthday: and no, that feeling hasn’t diminished in any way :)

  • Dan

    wow! amazing photos! happy birthday to my cute niece!!!

  • Buni

    Hi My darlings….
    She is all that and so much more…. You are doing such a good job on growing with her!!!
    I see that she’s wearing the red shoes I brought her from Romania !!!
    With such a model and a perfect day and your talented eyes no wonder all the pictures are wonderful.
    Love for you all, Buni a proud grandmother!!!

  • Brianna Phelan

    Happy birthday little miss Amina Paprika! :)

  • Masha

    I love the photos Cristina! The colours are so soft and pleasant to look at…. I miss Spring in Canada.. with all of the beautiful flowers blooming everywhere… enjoy it for me! I can’t believe Amina is 2! WOW… happy birthday baby girl… wish you endless smiles and cuddles!!!


  • Florin

    La multi ani multa fericire si sanatate…..Sa va traiasca si sa va bucurati de ea,ca aveti un copil nemipomenit…..Va pup….Cici si Florin

  • cristina

    Thanks for the love guys :)

  • Wendy

    I have tears in my eyes from these photos. Having only met Amina once, I could tell she is your pride and joy and already fiercely independent. I can only hope if I am fortunate enough to have a baby of my own one day, I will understand this type of love. Great photos guys. xoxo

  • laszlo

    Thank you everyone! Wendy, you and Michael are going to be great parents :)

  • Britney

    Wonderful photographs! I adore her cute little red shoes!!
    -Britney of Lemonwood and Honey