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5 simple anniversary traditions

In honor of our fifth wedding anniversary last weekend, I thought it would be fun to share five of our anniversary traditions – things we have done each year in celebration. We didn’t necessarily intend for these to be repeated every year but they’re so easy and enjoyable – why not!?

We find value in each of these simple anniversary traditions – I hope you will too!

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Twinning with my Mini Me

It’s not in my style to want to dress matchy-matchy with my daughter, or even to dress my daughters in matching clothes. Or so I thought. I tend to eat my words a lot around here.

Apparently twinning can be fun. A couple weeks back, Ellie and I sported our matching Albion Fit yoga pants to the park to ease me back into postpartum fitness. A couple runs up and down the hill was all I needed.

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Our First Post-Baby Date Night

Like a true Leo, I usually don’t mind a big celebration for my birthday, but this year I really didn’t expect much considering I had a 5 week old newborn, not even a good nights’ sleep! But Chris insisted we do something, so we hired a babysitter, crossed our fingers and enjoyed our first post baby date night in celebration of the big 3-4. Read more

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Ellie’s Third Birthday at the Bay

We celebrated Ellie’s first and second birthdays at the house with some fun themes (a lemonade stand and “two-two” party). This year, with a new baby sister at home, we thought getting OUT of the house would be a better bet. For her third birthday celebration, we had a fun “birthday at the bay” party. Mission Bay in San Diego is our “happy place” and so we thought it would be perfect to share with friends and family for Ellie’s special day.

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Welcoming Baby Layla – Newborn Photos at the Hospital

On the morning of June 30th, at 4:08am, we welcomed our second daughter – Layla Josephine. Although she made us wait an extra 8 days past her due date, once she was on her way, she moved pretty quickly, arriving 9 1/2 hours after my water broke. My mom and sister were in the delivery room (my Dad stayed home with big sister Ellie) and Chris got to catch her, pulling her out by holding under her armpits and placing her on my chest. He didn’t have time to put gloves on – neither did the midwife – because once I started pushing, she came out much quicker than expected. You’ll hear me complain every day about pregnancy pains and discomforts but I’ve been blessed with two relatively smooth deliveries. It doesn’t escape me how fortunate I am.

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A Dreamy Garden Baby Sprinkle

When my good friend and sister asked what I envisioned for my Baby Sprinkle, I told them I just wanted an intimate gathering with my closest friends over a pretty table setting. My dreamy garden baby sprinkle grew from there. Not only was the table beautiful but my sister made all the girls flower crowns (LOVE!) and we drank bubbly (or fake bubbly), ate a delicious brunch and created dream catchers over good conversation and laughs. I felt like one very very lucky Mama.

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Impromptu Cinco de Mayo Photo Shoot

I love Cinco de Mayo but had honestly forgotten today was the holiday until Ellie’s Uncle Chris reminded me about the adorable dress he bought her on a recent trip to Mexico. With only an hour of sunlight left in the day, we managed to squeeze in a little photo shoot. A “pretty dress,” fun props and a hose got little miss to cooperate quite well…and end up quite soaked.

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Dressing the bump with Pink Blush – plus a giveaway!

I think I’ve done a good job of covering the less-fun parts of pregnancy pretty well. But, it’s not all suffering; there are some upsides – like the ultrasounds, and baby kicks and the fact that I fit into my C-cup bra again (I had to downsize after Ellie, boo hoo). And right up there on the top of the list is maternity clothes. I actually LOVE having a bump (although it does itch like crazy) and dressing it is something I enjoy!

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