Category Archives: Birthday

“Bee” Day Party: Bumble Bee Birthday Party for Our 1-Year-Old

I love decorating for my kids’ birthday parties and I go all-out, especially for their first birthdays. I suspect that this is something that will change as my kiddos get older because they will call the shots for their special days and probably end my party decorating craze era.

 

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Guest Blogger April: My Child Doesn’t Want a Birthday Party, and I’m OK with It!

Meet April

13726648_1374419782573855_6635474847978020451_nMeet our sweet friend, April! April is a full-time working momma to two boys, ages seven and three. She is also a loving, doting wife to her hubs Drew (you may recognize that name from A Dad’s Dilemma: Why is this Kid Crying?). Her three year old, B, and N have been at daycare, with a nanny, and at preschool together since  B was 12 weeks old. These boys are practically brothers and Continue reading

Dear 20 Something Self: A Letter To That Early 20’s Gal

20161022_101636I hit a big birthday over the weekend, friends. That celebration and some priceless time with a college bestie have zapped me back through the roller coaster of my early twenties. If I could score a DeLorean, I would place the following note in the mailbox of my college apartment…

Dear 20 Something Self,

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Thank You for Supporting My HBAC: A Letter of Gratitude to My Husband

After we welcomed Baby B into our lives, I worked through a flood of postpartum emotions. This birth was especially joyful and healing for me because I delivered our baby at home after a traumatizing c-section experience. Different feelings washed over me after her delivery and I found myself in deep appreciation and celebration over the way our daughter entered the world. Today I’m sharing the letter I wrote to my husband in expression of my gratitude to him for Continue reading

A Birthday Letter Tradition: N Turns 3

My baby turned 3 last week! I know I sound like a broken record (try hearing it inside my head…it’s even worse!), but this time is going so, SO fast. We had several great birthday celebrations (maybe I will remember to post about them this year!) and, like we always do, Seano and I took his birthday off to spend time and celebrate with him. Also keeping with tradition, I wrote N his annual birthday letter like I did here and here Continue reading

It’s A Girl! Welcome Baby B!

I am thrilled to announce the birth of our newest family member! It’s a girl! Our little angel Continue reading

Despicable Me Birthday Party For Our 2-Year-Old

Kerstin and I went to a dinosaur themed toddler birthday party over the weekend. Our families joined us for “Little Handsome’s” second birthday celebration and everything was adorable from the dinosaur bone digging activity to the parting favors. Baby A was an active participant in selecting a present for Little Handsome, as well. He was insistent on gifting cupcakes which presented it’s own set of challenges while shopping the weekend before the gathering. Continue reading

Happy Birthday Jelly Bean Journals! 1 Year, 100 Posts!

This week we have officially been blogging one year! Our first post, Our Story was published on January 16, 2014. We have also officially published 100 posts! We didn’t plan to hit 100 posts on our birthday, but sometimes things just work out. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? In honor of our first birthday, we thought we’d take a look back over the last year and look ahead to the year to come. Continue reading

Kerstin’s 2014 Fall Recap

Our family had a busy and wonderful fall. (Check out past recaps here and here.) I’ve been thinking and processing the term “busy” lately. I have finally been able to accept that life is just going to be busy. For a long time, I seemed to say things like, “when things slow down” or “when things get back to normal.”  Well, for us, normal is busy. We are the kind of family that relishes togetherness and lives by experience. So, I’m embracing it instead of fighting it. And, I love fall in Wyoming so that makes being busy even easier to embrace! I am always up for taking advantage of any nice weather the season still has left in it. This year, we were blessed with many beautiful fall days.  With N’s birthday and the start of the holidays, fall also brings a season of togetherness for our families which is something I always enjoy! Anyway, on to our Fall 2014 Recap.

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N’s Picture Project

On Tuesday, I shared A Letter to My Son on His 2nd Birthday. These annual letters have become an important tradition to me. Another tradition we started from the week N was born included taking his photo on a different piece of fabric each week (it turned into each month when he turned 1). I hang them up every year at N’s birthday party. Our guests love looking at how he’s changed over the year.

Here are the photos from the last year (scroll down to see photos from last year).

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