February 21, 2020

i n d y : e i g h t | m o n t h s

I just can't believe I'm sitting here writing about my baby's eight month milestones. Having two kids has made the baby months fly by so much faster than when I was solely focused on Nova. I'm doing my best to hold on to every ounce of "baby" Indy has left in her! She's getting so big mentally and physically! This girl is chunky and we love her for it. I could kiss all over her rolls 24/7!

This month it seems like Indy has just become more and more like her own little person! We love her sweet personality. She is so easy-going and is almost always smiling or giggling. Indy is working on some teeth so that has made her more grumpy than usual but even then, she is overall the easiest little babe. She is starting to get curious about soft foods so we are going to be starting her on some finger foods. I'm really excited about this! For some reason when Nova started to eat finger foods, it felt like it gave me a little more time to work on dishes or eat a hot meal. So I'm hoping this gives Indy a little independence and me just a couple more minutes in my day!

 still working on crawling but getting up on knees so much more!

 cutting her top two teeth

 loves to snack on puffs while mama gets meals ready

⋒ loves being tickled and kissed all over!

⋒ still waking twice a night but working on getting her to sleep through the night

 has an obsession with remote controls

 loves when mama sings to her, she beams!

Something I have loved about Indy this past month is watching her learn from Nova. There is something about seeing your children grow and learn from one another that is unlike anything else. Nova is such a good example and I know Indy will take after her in so many ways but she is also very different from her big sister already. Indy is so patient and tough. Especially when Nova is giving her hugs a little too tight or kisses a little too roughly ;) Honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm just so grateful to see my girls love each other so much and to see their sisterhood flourish! 

For some reason I feel more grateful than ever to have Indy. She's been such an answer to my prayers as I've struggled with anxiety in this season of motherhood. I'm amazed every day by how easy it is to get out to run errands and do fun things with them because Indy truly is just always down for anything! As long as that girl is fed and doesn't have a dirty diaper, she is as happy as can be! I'm so grateful for that. This mama needed a baby like Indy and I know God knew that. I really feel her little spirit has been exactly what all of us individually and collectively needed. We are so grateful for you, Indy Renate!

January 30, 2020

You Are My Sunshine Party: Isla Is Three!

It's no secret that I love parties. The extrovert in me can't help itself from planning the next one... even if it's months away! So when my friend asked me to plan her daughter's third birthday party, I was honored and excited to try something new. 

The theme was really simple: yellow with hints of orange, gold and white, featuring "you are my sunshine". This was honestly a little daunting at first because it can seem vague to just choose a color and roll with it but it turned out to be so much fun! Everything came together so beautifully and it really did resemble the happy, bright soul that is Isla!

First things first... balloon garland! This has become my go-to when party planning. It's simple enough that it doesn't take too much time but big enough to make an impression the minute you walk in. I use balloon garland strips to make things quicker and my husband and I just blow up the balloons ourselves - I know, that's insane! I promised him that next party, I will invest in an air pump that blows up a ton of balloons at once ;) 

These balloon garlands were so much fun to make because the colors were so happy and really complimented each other super well! Much better than I thought they would. My friend's home has a beautiful open-concept which meantI had a lot of room to fill. The balloon garlands really did make such a big statement. They are a must must must for all parties!

When we first started to plan, Isla's mama told me she wanted to do cookies that were close enough to the theme to make sense but still original. She ordered sunny-side up eggs, suns, smiley faces and flowers. They were beautiful and delicious! I used my Cricut to make these shapes for the photo garland and it all came together so well.

The decoration that probably took the longest but I loved so much, were all the tissue paper tassels! I could have bought them but I wouldn't be getting the exact colors we needed. I found all the colors I needed at our local Party City. I'm so glad I decided to make them - they were so cute draped over windows and added to garlands and the balloon strings!

Overall, this was a very "pinterest-worthy" party! We got so many compliments and it was so exciting to make this Isla's best third birthday party ever ;)