My Adeline has never really been into dolls or Barbie or princess stories, but she has always LOVED animals.
A short while ago, while visiting some friends (and their daughters with hamsters) some things became clear.
1. she still absolutely loves animals, especially these tiny critters
2. she was ready for a special responsibility
She needed to wait nearly a week between receiving the special birthday gift
(a gift card and the cage set up) and the day we had planned for her to choose her fury friend.
So I surprised her one Friday afternoon with leaving school early to head to the pet store.
It was kismet, she knew her friend the moment she saw her. We brought her along for frozen custard on the
trip home (Kopp’s caramel cashew – my favorite), and brainstormed names on the car ride.
She narrowed it down to “Sugar-Cream”, “Helen” and “Saoirse”, and then gently settled her tiny pet in to
her new home, with a new name. She’s now proving to be a wonderful pet owner.
And Soirse is the coolest little hamster ever… friendly, active and curious. Just like Adeline.
Last summer while I was editing a very high end, very extravagant wedding, Ezra walked up to me at my desk and said, “Who’s birthday is that”?
I knew right then that I’ve been setting the bar a little too high with these fancy birthday parties, and I swore I’d tone it down notch from then on…
But it’s so much fun!
(and Ezra deserves at least one grand party before I ease up)
This was Ezra’s first official birthday party, and it was a blast!
Our little” trainac” is obsessed with the Polar Express. And with his birthday only month before Christmas, it was the perfect theme.
We looked at the classic book, watched the movie, had nougat candies and hot cocoa, and of course, played with trains… all in our p.j.s.
The boys all had a great time, and I can’t believe my baby is already 5!
It’s entirely possible that I enjoyed her birthday more than she did… well, not really. But if ever there was an amazing
theme for a birthday party, Harry Potter is definitely it. When Adeline told me of her idea, I was simply giddy.
If you know me, you know I get WAY too into the birthday party thing. It’s a lot of work, but the kids love it, and so I love it. And that’s
my reward… plus I’m a super type A, detail oriented person. So going psychotic on party decorations is expected, right?
You may remember the rainbow party from last year, which was great fun. The year I was hoping to go above and beyond.
I’m not sure if I did, but the kids were certainly blown away by the party! SUCCESS!
If you’re interested in any of these decorating ideas, check out my board on Pinterest where you can follow the links.
What little girl doesn’t love a cute, feminine, ruffly little outfit?
Mine certainly does.
So when I was contacted by Matilda Jane Clothing Company recently to photograph and review an ensemble from the new release of their
Paint By Numbers collection, I jumped for joy. The collection as a whole is colorful, sophisticated and full of whimsy.
The line features modern colors and trendy styles, super sweet and perfect details, and a funky and fun functionality.
(there’s even a ton to choose from for the grown up little girl in Mom).
My daughter found the super soft and stretchy fabrics so very comfortable… and it’s rare to not hear a complaint when she’s trying on new clothes.
She’s a girly-girl who likes to roll in the dirt, and this outfit let her play like usual, and be adorable too.
This outfit suits her personality so perfectly, I think she’d wear it everyday if I let her.
My Adeline is wearing:
Turtledove Knot Top
Sky View Puffer Tee
Gleam Leggings (my favorite)
Check out Matilda Jane Clothing at www.matildajaneclothing.com
Milwaukee has pretty great county parks system, with tons to experience in terms of education, numerous wedding and event venues
that are beautiful and affordable, and plenty of fun to be had by the little ones.
One of the best stops though, is the Mitchell Park Domes. I vividly remember my Dad taking me there as little girl, and it’s just as awesome for my kids now.
When my colleague and friend Maggie (of Something Blue Images) told me of a special train exhibit taking place there, we packed up our little trainiacs
(we both have 3 year old boys who LOVE trains), and escaped the Wisconsin winter day in the warm weather climates of the Domes.
The exhibit was amazing, with realistic model trains weaving through a huge circus themed track. And the controllers were so kind to the boys…
letting them watch as they fixed different engines and engaging them in friendly conversation. And they even let the boys each hold a Thomas
car that had broken down (which is a big deal).
We had such a great time, we might go back next week!
Ezra’s always excited and surprised.
Declan’s adorable face.
We managed to visit and explore the other 2 domes for a few minutes, before we headed right back to the trains.
his “i love trains” dance.
And Maggie was nice enough to snap a few pics of me and my Ezra..
For more information on the Mitchell Park Domes visit the Milwaukee County Parks site here.