nicolaus had to go to new zealand for work, so nielsy and i tagged along, and we popped over to australia, since we were so close to all my family that live there. the best part of the trip was that niels got to meet his great-grandfather and so many relatives. we even got to celebrate his first birthday with my uncle and cousin who share the exact same birthday!
my aunt got him the cutest dog smash cake, since he loves dogs, and i was certain he was going to devour it, but he was so funny and hesitant about it. haha with some coaxing, he was happy to eat the entire chocolate dog bone, but he mostly just smeared around the cake (with some help from his cuzzie, sophie). :) 
happy birthday to my baby boy! i can't believe how this year has flown by.
also, a big thanks to my cute cousin, tayla, for taking these photos!