Harper turned EIGHT last week, which seems crazy to me since she was definitely just a baby yesterday. She has grown into such a smart, funny and kind kiddo. We are so proud of her and just love watching her grow up, she cares so much for her sisters and her family. We loved celebrating her this weekend & of course plan to keep the celebrations going all month long.
For the last few weeks, she has been talking lots about wanting to rearrange her room and make it feel more “grown up” so we decided to surpriser her for her birthday with a little room makeover!! After she left for school on Valentine’s Day, we got right to work, chugging coffee, rearranging her room, adding a new chair for her desk plus a bunch of new accessories and wall decor. It was so much fun!!
She came home from school and was SO surprised!!! Her favorite things were the pin board & her new CD player! One of our favorite traditions to do together is to stay up late and watch awards shows, I usually put all the girls to bed like any normal night, and then sneak back upstairs to get her after her sisters fall asleep. We eat popcorn and drink sparkling water and watch all of the red carpet goodness. The art on her pin boards are all of celebrities in their red carpet gowns, plus Harper really wants to be a fashion designer when she grows up, so these are so special to her for many reasons!!
We got her the new Taylor Swift album to go with her CD player, but then she used all of her birthday gift cards to buy a few more over the weekend. It is actually so sweet to take a step back in technology and not use a streaming service, she is really excited to grow her very own music collection.
I feel like eight is such a sweet age, a glimpse into what they are going to be like as a teenager but also some bits and pieces of their little toddler self still sticking around. It’s also just the right age for a big girl room and we are so happy she loved it! And if you need me any time soon, I’ll just be over here crying about the fact that she is now halfway to sixteen.
Happy New Year, sweet friends!!!!! We are just coming back to life after a very long and relaxing holiday break spent with lots of friends & family. It has been so restful and good for the soul!! I wanted to share a couple of my favorite photos from our Christmas, including the most beautiful snowfall earlier in December, our Christmas Vacation inspired outfits for our neighborhood holiday party & lots of favorite of the girls from Christmas Eve & Christmas morning!
I say this every year but the girls are at such fun ages right now, I never want to forget their cookie frosting skills, their sweet voices singing in church or their excitement on Christmas morning as they shuffled down the stairs.
We hope you had the merriest Christmas with the ones you love, cheers to the new year, may it be filled with hope, happiness and lots of new magical adventures!! XO
Where has this month gone?! November has been flying by and I’m convinced Christmas is going to be here before we know it. I wanted to share with you guys a few things we are planning before the month is over & thought they might be fun things you could add to your calendar as well!!
Plan Friendsgiving. I love Friendsgiving because it is so much more casual and less pressure than the official Thanksgiving dinner. Invite over your besties or your neighbors and eat all your favorite food together, doesn’t even have to be turkey!! It’s also so fun to have a kids table and a menu just for them, let them indulge and plan the menu themselves!! Picture the scene where buddy the elf is eating his syrup drenched spaghetti.
Make a holiday playlist. Then jam out to it allllll season long. May I suggest a little Kenny G. Our holiday playlist is coming soon!
Start your holiday shopping. It’s never too early to grab some gifts and start stashing them away for Christmas morning. Or do as I do, and add all your favorite things to your cart now and check out on Black Friday when they have the best deals of the season!! I’ll be sure to share lots of gift guides & all of my favorite sales right here!
Have a wine + cheese night and watch all your favorite Thanksgiving TV episodes. Fun to do alone, with your spouse or with your girlfriends!!
Go on a long walk with a podcast & a coffee. Enjoy all of that fresh Fall air before it freezes, this is my favorite time of year to be outside!!
Declutter & donate. It feels so good to do before the holidays & we love being able to donate to local shelters and community centers for those in need. And if you have the capacity, adopt a family this Christmas!!
Cozy up your home for cold weather. It’s time for all the cozy blankets, twinkle lights & diffusers!! I also love putting flannel sheets on all the girls beds!!
Try a new soup or chili recipe. We try to do this every Fall but this year it has truly just flown by too fast. We do make this white chicken chili every year and it is always a fave. Probably because we serve it with Fritos.
Plan an intentional coffee date or afternoon with a grandparent. Grandparents are such treasures & seem to only be in our lives for a short amount of time. If you still have a grandparent living, be intentional about planning time with them, you will be so thankful you did.
Host a “turkey & touchdowns” day after thanksgiving football watch party. Black Friday is one of the most fun days of the year, football on TV, leftover cold turkey sandwiches & online shopping in your pajamas from your couch! Why not make it an excuse to invite friends over to enjoy the fun.
My enneagram 7 is in overdrive during the holidays, can you tell? Ok you guys, I hope you are truly having the best November ever with your friends & family, tell me what fun things you are doing this month!!!