Landyn 7th “Frozen” Birthday

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My oldest babe turned another year older.

7.

That just sounds old. Each year becomes a little more nostalgic than the last.

This motherhood thing is no joke!

“Frozen” is still going strong in our home, and Landyn made clear her party theme immediately after last years birthday.

Girl knows what she wants.

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So Frozen it was.

We took somewhat of a modern approach to the theme and added some fun pops of color and pattern. We turned our backyard into a modern Arendelle and had all the little girls come dressed as their favorite princess. Elsa even made an appearance and did a story time, face painting, photos, and a performance of “Let it Go”. 

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To say I was obsessed with this “Ice Castle” cake was an understatement. It was as delicious as it looked too. The top layer was “funfetti” and the bottom layer chocolate. The candied glass on top was made from scratch to resemble Elsa’s castle. Gorgeous.

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 A huge thank you to our amazing vendors that made this special day possible. And my husband that tirelessly assists me for weeks leading up to these big events. We love you Joshy. xo

IT TAKES A VILLAGE!!!

Photography: Pixel Planet Photography

Elsa: Wishing Well Entertainment

Tulle Wands: Pretti Mini

Tassel Balloons and Banners: Paper Fox LA

Cake & Cupcakes: The Bake Shoppe

Candy Kabob Favors: Candy With A Twist

Signs and Printables: Simply Create Designs

Letter Balloons: The Sweet Lulu

Sequin Table Runners: Party Pleasers

Paper Goods: Target

Landyn & Monroe’s Elsa Dresses: Disneyland

Fabric Panels: Reused from our WEDDING. Simply glued new fabric on.

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Check out Landyn’s past parties here:

5th Puppy Paw-ty

2nd Elmo Party

1st Cupcake Party

March 13, 2015

We have a DATE and VENUE.

On March 13, 2015, Josh and I are GETTING MARRIED in Malibu, California.

I couldn’t be more excited to marry my best friend.

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This entire process has been completely surreal and something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl. Stepping into wedding gowns, picking colors, choosing my best girls to be by my side, interviewing vendors to create our picture perfect day, planning our life as husband and wife. An extra bonus to this whole journey is getting to share it with my sweet girl Landyn. She is so excited for “our wedding”. There is nothing better.

I’ll share more details as we finalize more. You can follow my Pinterest wedding board “Becoming Mrs. Baltimore” to see my inspiration for our “rustic glam” themed wedding.

It’s been years of up’s and down’s for me and I couldn’t feel more confident about Josh and I’s future. I’m SO excited to close my chapter on “life as a single mom” and embark on this journey as one. Life has been good to me.

Landyn’s first day of Kindergarten

The night before Kindergarten, nerves are high. “Im nervous for kindergarten Mommy”, was on repeat. She even went as far as to bust out her writing notebook and favorite pencil to practice her letters one last time before bed. We read one extra story, sang one more song, and snuck in one extra hug. It’s funny how rules are bent and bedtimes are prolonged when emotions are high. Nostalgia tugs at your heart strings and you would freeze time if you could.

IMG_6526snuggle person pillow c/o Love Mich Collection

IMG_6640backpack: Pottery Barn Kids // boots c/o Minnetonka Moccasins

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Day one was a success. She walked out to the pick up line hand in hand with a new friend. It was as if my heart was handed back over, wrapped up in a blanket. Seeing her smile and beam with pride and confidence makes it all worth it.

I’m so excited for my big girl.

Approaching our first day of Kindergarden..

They say it all goes so fast. You blink and your baby is off to kindergarden. Before you know it your sending them off to college, and watching them walk down the aisle.

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Landyn’s dress c/o Runaway Pony

August 5, 2009 seems like yesterday. A point in time when kindergarden seemed like some far off dream. And now the time has come to let my little girl spread her wings. I’ve been thinking about it for the past few months, trying to let it soak in. Trying to figure out just what sending my only child off to kindergarden means to me.

For me, it’s giving your heart to someone else to protect. It’s sharing your creation of blood, sweat, and tears of the past 5 years and hoping they are gentle with it. You hope that innocence is protected, love is fostered, influences are positive, and hearts are spoken to. You hope creativity is encouraged and this little bit of independence grows them.

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Landyn knows things are about to be different. We are branching out from her private preschool that was her comfort zone for the past 3 years. But change is good. She needs it. I need it. There’s already been tears and nervous feelings, and I’m sure Wednesday I will be a teary mess, but that’s what we do. I’m trying to keep my feelings inside and only speak happy things about this transition. Landyn knows that she’s always going to be okay. She knows she’s always safe and taken care of and that security and confidence is what are kids need most. Landyn knows when that bell rings everyday, I will be at the gate waiting for her. She knows she can expect to talk about her day and we will always be her guidance when problems arise.

Does this motherhood thing ever get easier?

Here’s to a successful school year full of new beginnings and growth.