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.
With the Thanksgiving holiday wrapping up, we are plummeting directly toward Christmas. As I’ve mentioned probably a thousand times a year, I love this time of year. But, man is it a busy time. It seems like there are a thousand things to do to keep traditions alive and prepare for the holiday and our impending travel. Each year I like to make sure, in addition to purchased presents, our families receive a special gift from our kiddos. Life with a newborn and four-year-old is still as busy as can be, so this year especially, I needed something super easy and time friendly. This project Continue reading
Each autumn we trim our Russian Sage, or Perovskia Atriplicifolia, nearly to the ground. We do this to keep our plants healthy and thriving. Let me tell you, it works like a charm and these beauties bloom a gorgeous purple all through the following summer. Their aroma reminds me of hearty sage and they are loved by bumble bees. On hot afternoons our fence sounds like a buzzing electric line because of the busy pollinators working from one tiny flower to the next. Continue reading
I have been crazy, stupid excited over the arrival of Little Brother N. Now that he’s here safe and sound, I’m thrilled to share the way we celebrated him, and honored Kerstin’s second pregnancy, over the summer.
I am so excited for New Year’s Eve this year. Along with several of our family friends, we have rented rooms at a local hotel that has a great pool for the kids. Between the five families, there will be at least 9 kiddos! For me, New Year’s Eve represents a time to reflect on the last year while looking toward the year ahead. So, I hate the idea of leaving N on a night that holds this meaning for me. But, I also love ringing in the New Year with friends. This year, Continue reading
As we head into the holiday season, I’ve been thinking about our family traditions surrounding Christmas. Some of my most vivid and favorite memories from childhood surround the holidays. After spending some time diving into these memories, I think it wasn’t so much the activity but what the activity represented that makes them my favorite. It was feelings of togetherness, lightheartedness, excitement, anticipation and love that stand out. Continue reading
Whoop, whoop! It’s a baby sprinkle! While we were waiting for Chelse’s sweet Baby B to arrive, several of our closest friends decided to throw her a little “ Baby Sprinkle.” Continue reading