Daddy Daughter Dance

If you ask Little Lady what her favorite event of the year is she'll most likely say the Daddy Daughter Dance. Her and Jeremy have been going every year since she was three.


We spend the day of the dance prepping...painting her nails, curling her hair, adding a bit of makeup. She also picks out Jeremy's clothes for him.  


The pictures below are so precious to me because Big Buddy took them as Mini Man was directing Little Lady on how to pose. It was so sweet to watch...they are such good brothers. Between them and her dad, I know that if any boy has any hope of stealing her heart he's going to have to be quite remarkable - the three of them of set some pretty high standards. 




Jeremy's friend, who is a florist, always makes a corsage for Little Lady and boutonniere for her dada. 



The dance is definitely geared toward little girls. Every year, there has been a very loud sing-a-long to Let it Go - Jeremy always asks where the ibuprofen when he gets home. However, I think he'd also tell you too that's it's one of his favorite nights of the year. If the day every comes when Little Lady declares she's too big to go, I'm sure his heart will break a little bit. 


A few pictures from some previous years. 



What I've Been Wearing


This dress is one of my favorite Goodwill finds. I adore turquoise and green and this patten reminds me of a peacock. The dress is also super soft and warm. The only problem it's a bit too short...more like tunic instead of a dress. To counter this I always wear it over leggings/pants or layer it with another dress or skirt. This time I paired it with another thrift treasure - a silky turquoise shirt dress. Here are some other ways I have layer this dress: one, two, three, four, five, and six.

The rest of the week was all about leggings and warm tops. Jeremy got me the leggings below as a Christmas present - I'm a proud Slytherin! It took forever for them to come, he order them in early December and I just received them last week. It was a bit frustrating but the leggings are the comfiest pair I've ever own and supposedly You Statement has revamped their shipping procedures. 




😂😂😂 Mini Man photobombing my picture by crawling out the basement window 😂😂😂

If you are looking for more outfit inspiration please check out these link parties: Watch What I'm WearingStyle SessionsTrend SpinPleated Poppy and A Labour of Life

Little Lady's Tea Party

Earlier this month we had a little birthday celebration for Little Lady. We invited 8 of her favorite friends and their dolls. It was a really sweet time. 

If you've read about any of my other parties you know that I almost always experience some sort of mishap...the Lord is still rooting that desire for perfection and the pride that comes with it out of my heart. This time, about five minute before the guests arrived, the wind blew our chalkboard off the porch and it broke in to about dozen pieces.  It was fine - it's always fine! Nobody comes to our parties to be wowed by my skills but because they love us and want to celebrate with our us. 


Because Little Lady's birthday is so close to Valentines Day we ran with the red, pink, and heart theme. We did this for her 3rd birthday too and it's nice to be able to leave all the decoration up for bit.

This year Little Lady wanted to have a fancy tea with her friends  She was also quite opinionated on the food. In addition to tea and hot chocolate we served scones, cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, popcorn, and fruit. We were happy to indulge her wishes but we also insisted that she help with the prep. She did a great job! Her and Mini Man spent most of the day before baking and decorating.








For a craft we picked up some heart boxes at Target's $ spot, drilled holes in the top, and had the girls make designs on them using embroidery thread. The boxes, the easel place cards, and few other $ spot treats served as the guests' party favors. 




Little Lady helped me come up with a few party games. The favorite was probably freeze dance with a bit of twist - when the music stopped the girls had to find a heart to stand on and on the back of the heart was a task they had to do: say your favorite verse, spin around 6 times, etc. The girls also spent a large part of the party having undirected fun in our playroom...Jer and enjoyed spying on them from the stairs.


I'm so proud to be Little Lady's mom. She is thoughtful, determined, and kind. She is loyal and loves intensely. I'm also thankful for her many wonderful friends. It's exciting to think about how their friendship will continue to grow and that hopefully, they will spur each on as the become women of integrity. 

You can see some of Little Lady's other parties here: Dress-Up and Dessert Fete, Heart Birthday Brunch,  and Beatrix Potter Inspired

Valentine's Day 2017

It been hard for me to find time this past month to visit/update this blog. We've continued to struggle with various cold and flu bugs. Plus we've had quite a bit of work done on our home. We were blessed and thankful to receive a grant that paid for new windows and doors, some plumbing, electrical, HVAC updates, and a few other repairs. I'm obviously not complaining but adding workers, even the most pleasant and conscientious ones, brought a whole new level of frenziedness to our already chaotic home. 

Despite the upheaval we were able to stick to our Valentine's Day traditions...well most of them. We usually have some sort of sweet pastry for breakfast but I was just too tired to do any baking. I ended up sending Jeremy to the store for some fun cereal - the kids didn't complain. 😉 Our other traditions are red and pink balloons covering the living room floor and a heart search. We write ten things we enjoy/love about each kid on the hearts and then hide them around the house. 


This was the first year that we had the older three kiddos write messages on each others' hearts. They also got to hide the hearts they wrote on before going to bed - it was hilarious watching them trying to find the best spot. On Little Lady's heart Mini Man wrote, "you are prettier than all the princess and tougher than every girl." My heart turned in to one giant puddle! 


BabyZ didn't write on any hearts but we did 'hide' some down low for him. We were very impressed with how quickly he got in to the game of finding them. 








Mini Man always asks that we hide his hearts really well and up high. This kid is an American Ninja Warrior in training! 😁



You can see some of our previous years Valentine's Day celebrations here: 2012, 20132015, and 2016
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