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Letters to Emma: Year 5

I’ve been writing letters to my daughter for 5 years and haven’t saved them anywhere. So, I figured I’d post them here to save them for her.

Here we go again. Another year, another letter.

Happy birthday, Emma Jayne. 5. FIVE.

I can not believe I’ve been a mommy for five years. So much has happened and so much has changed. Yet so much is still the same.

You’ve blossomed and matured so much this past year. You’re learning how to read and write. Maybe next year, you’ll be able to read this letter.

You’re making friends. You’re still the best big sister. You’re excelling at school and learning so much! You love to learn.

You still love dance. You are developing a little sense of humor and it cracks me up when you say, “I’m just joking you!”

You are still so kind and sweet- my little lover. You love to hold hands and cuddle.

You’ve discovered your own fashion- complete with accessories!

You love animals- which is why it’s no surprise that you want to be a veterinarian when you grow up.

I still love you. More than ever.

I have a feeling 5 is going to be the best year ever!

Letters to Emma: Year 2

Happy birthday to the most beautiful thing I have ever done with my life. You are so smart, funny and full of life. You make me smile every day.

I can say now, looking back, that your first year was hard on all of us. But this 2nd year, you learned how to walk, got 12 teeth in 12 months, learned how to swim, became a big sister, took dance class. You have truly blossomed over the last 12 months into this amazing little person and I couldn’t be more proud of what you’ve already overcome.

I can’t believe it’s been two years since I first met you. It feels like you’ve been a part of my life since the very beginning. Looking at you is like looking in a mirror 27 years ago.

You are still my little peanut at 22 pounds and 33 3/4 inches (you’re sister is catching up quick!) but every inch of you is perfect.

I love you more now than I did yesterday, the day before, last year and the day I met you. You are my favorite person in the whole world and I can’t wait for the next year together (forget what they say about the terrible twos- ours are going to be the terrific twos 😉)

Letters to Emma: Year 1

I cannot believe that year ago today, my life changed forever and in ways I never even imagined when a tiny baby girl was placed into my arms for the first time.

Your first year of your life has been the best year of my life.

Parenting has by far been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I told a friend this year that parenting has felt like being a fish out of water desperately gasping for air and all the other fish are all like, it’s cool, you’ll figure out how to breathe again.

This year has most certainly had its ups and downs. But watching you learn to roll over, sit up, crawl and seeing the world all over through your eyes- your excitement at the ducks in the lake or the fish at the aquarium or even a tree as it sways in the wind- have been the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my life.

I love you so entirely and so completely that I can’t even imagine loving another baby as much as I love you, but I know in January when your little sister arrives, my heart will simply grow like the Grinch’s and there will be enough room for two.

At each new milestone you reach, I get this mix of feelings of both pride and sadness. Pride in the fact that you have now accomplished something and sadness in the fact that it’s one more thing you do not need me for anymore. I suppose it will always be this way. When you start kindergarten, when you ride a bike for the first time, when you graduate high school and when you get married, I will be there smiling for you, but teary eyed for me.

The day you were born was the day I first became a mother. Your Mama. It will be a day I always remember because you changed my life that day. You are my greatest accomplishment and I can’t wait to see what life holds for you in the future.

I love you with everything that I am, with every fiber of my being.

Happy birthday, baby girl.

Life is All Rainbow & Unicorns

Birthdays are kind of a big deal for me.

So, this year, even though it’s not a milestone birthday, I threw myself (yep) a Rainbows & Unicorns pool party (my birthday is in the middle of summer).

First, I started a Pinterest board.

Unicorn door hanger, $3 Target Dollar Spot


Unicorn Popcorn

Crescent Dog Twists

Unicorn Droppings
aka Jelly beans

Unicorn Horn Pasta Salad

Unicorn Bathing Suits, Target

Unicorn Wands

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1) Finding Unicorn/ Rainbow food that’s not candy/ donuts/ cake/ sweets is REALLY HARD! Here’s what I came up with:

Unicorn Horn Pasta Salad

Crescent Dog Twists 

Unicorn Popcorn (still had some candy drizzled on top)

Crescent Rolls with chicken salad

Unicorn Droppings (aka jelly beans)

Unicorn Farts were a huge hit with everyone at the party (cotton candy)

Unicorn Bacon was Airheads Rainbow Sour Belts

Rice Krispie Treats with Fruity Pebbles (LOVED this!)

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Birthday Party theme: Foxes

I still have yet to mail out Thank You cards from the party, but here’s my blog on it LOL

Our littlest one has been obsessed with foxes since Zootopia came out last year.

She even has a Nick Wilde sweater. She wore it to Animal Kingdom and scared Mickey Mouse pretending to be a fox.

So, a Fox party was definitely in the cards for her. Finding fox party decor, on the other hand, not so easy.

She started preschool at the beginning of the month, so every Wednesday and Thursday leading up to her party were used for shopping, ordering, crafting, etc.

I started by getting these at Walmart:

They ended up becoming a banner for the party, hot glued to twine.

Then, I headed to good ol’ Joann’s. I got felt for felt masks, fake flowers for headbands, orange and black card stock. You know, my supplies!

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Holy Moly!

It’s been almost two months since my last blog!

In case you can’t tell, we’ve been super busy!

Miss Addison turned 3 in January and we celebrated with a Fox birthday party in the park. And at Disney (of course!).

And we just finished all of our Valentine’s Day fun!

We are also participating in a hiking spree at the local parks. We have to finish 8 hikes by the end of march, so we’re doing about one a weekend!!

Eric and I also just registered for our first half marathon! We’ll be running the Disney half next January!

So I’ve been busy training for that as well. Here’s what my weeks have been looking like lately:

Monday– Hikes with homeschool group/ Busch Gardens/ Karate
Tuesday– homeschool testing/ Dance class/ Chick-fil-a/ tea party
Wednesday– school from 8:40-Noon/ all my grocery shopping done/ Karate
Thursday– school from 8:40-Noon/ run while the girls are in school
Friday– Friend’s houses/ play dates at parks
Saturday– Farmer’s market/ Home improvement store/ gardening/ family time/ date night
Sunday– hiking/ gardening/ Disney

What Mom’s week doesn’t look like that?!

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Birthday Party: Flamingo & Pineapple

Hello, August!

Which also means it’s MY BIRTHDAY (month)!


This year, I decided to do a Flamingo & Pineapple theme, which was SO FUN! And very apropos because it’s the summer!

Plus, the Dollar Store had TONS of party supplies!!

I started by printing out several printables and putting them in picture frames all around the house.


Then, I created a banner for the fireplace. I hand-cut flamingos and pineapples.


Then, my husband gave me my birthday present: a FUCKING Cricut!!!!!!!!


Complete game changer.

Every day for 4 days after, I made something for my party. So far, I’ve made a pineapple and flamingo shirt, plus a flamingo mug and a cake topper.


For the food, we had TONS of pineapple! I made a strawberry tree with a pineapple top, Hawaiian tortellini salad, sausage and pineapple bites, spinach and strawberry said with poppyseed dressing, plus watermelon and grapes.


Here are some more details from the party:

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Pineapple sunglasses: Oriental Trading


Pineapple cups: Party City

Hair Clips: Peace Love and Glitz


Aloha Cake Topper: Jolee Studio


Flamingo cookie cutter & pool float: Amazon

All in all, it was a great party!


If you have any questions about anything, please let me know! Leave a comment below!