Dear Zoe,

Happy Birthday, Zoe Jane!!! I cannot believe you are two! This past year has been so incredible. You went from just learning to walk before your first birthday, to full out running and dancing and climbing stairs this year. You come home with about five new words per day from school the last few months. Your personality is bigger than life. You are so funny! You crack us up and always know how to make me smile. Even your teachers call you miss congeniality at school and talk about your personality and the funny things you do.

You are such a good eater! There aren’t many things that you refuse. Your favorites are fruit, cheese, broccoli, beans, chicken and mini meatballs. You love your snacks and can now ask for most of them and tell me to put it in a bowl for you. One of your favorite things to do is go out to eat. You love sitting in the booth like a big girl and trying all the appetizers and food on my plate.

This year you have really made friends at school. Whenever I ask you if you had fun at school, you scream yes!!! And then start talking about Vera or KiKi. It makes me feel so much better knowing that you are having fun and developing relationships with others while I am at work.

You love to go outside and do bubbles. And bubbles always turns in to a walk around the neighborhood. And of course, climbing the front porch stairs. Your favorite movies are Secret Life of Pets, Moana and Frozen. You also like to watch Boss Baby, Vamparina, Puppy Dog Pals and Sofia the First. You get obsessed with things easily, we watched each of those movies for at least a month straight several times per day. And listen to their soundtracks in the car. Speaking of the car, whenever I know we are going to go over something bumpy, I usually say “bump bump”. And now you ask me to do “bump bump” and squeal in delight. I love the little moments like that.

You have been running up and hugging my legs at daycare since you learned to walk. But just in the last month, you have started giving the best random, real hugs. When I am holding you, you will grab my face in both your hands and just smile and stare in my eyes. And sometimes you will throw your arms around me and put your face against mine and give the tightest squeeze. It is the sweetest thing ever!!! 

This year has been an interesting one in general. Daddy changed jobs a few months into the year so that he could spend more time with us. And then back in September, I lost my job and was out of work for several weeks. We have had some ups and downs this year, but through it all, I can honestly say that you have brought joy in to my life every single day. No matter what is going on outside our home, inside is filled with love, and joy and giggles. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Happy Birthday, Zoe!!! I cant wait to see what year three brings us! 

I am still trying to get adjusted to my new job, schedule, etc. My comments on my last three posts still haven’t found their way to my email so I can respond. I am not sure if I have it fixed for this post or not, I suppose we will see! This past weekend we had our family and a few friends over to celebrate Zoe’s second birthday, which is today!!! We went with a Frozen theme, Zoe’s latest obsession. It was so nice to have both sides of the family under the same roof. I am always happy to see my parents in the same room. Even though they are divorced, I appreciate that they make the effort to show up to events like this, knowing the other is going to be there. They never make a scene, and are pleasant to each other with small chit chat. I know that we are blessed to have that.

Laura and her crew came over, and it made me realize we haven’t hung out with them since September. Soooo a weekend with them needs to happen ASAP! I also invited two friends from Zoe’s class, whose parents I talk to outside of daycare. It was so nice for Zoe to have three kids here her own age. She had so much fun playing with them! I will drop some photos here, and hopefully be back later in the week to catch up with you all!



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  • Reply ShootingStarsMag December 4, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Happy Birthday Zoe!! I love that she had a Frozen birthday, and how fun that she had a few kids from her class there to celebrate with her. I love the sign for the sandwiches!! 🙂


  • Reply laura December 4, 2018 at 8:57 am

    HOW IN THE WORLD IS SHE 2?!? What the what??! Had so much fun celebrating her little self this weekend, and I always love posts like these. Happy Birthday Z girl!!

  • Reply Lindsay December 4, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Happy Birthday, sweet girl!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo December 4, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Happy Birthday beautiful girl!!!….I still dont see Secret Life of Pets & not think of her 🙂

  • Reply Audrey December 4, 2018 at 11:34 am

    I am obsessed with your Frozen theme. You did an awesome job with the party! And an awesome job with Zoe!! She’s so lucky to have a hardworking, resilient mama like you!! Happy Birthday, Zoe!!

  • Reply StephTheBookworm December 4, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    I am in shock that she is already two!!
    Her party theme was soooo cute – wow. Nice job.
    I’m so jealous that she’s such an awesome eater. Caleb is the absolute worst.

  • Reply Lauren December 4, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    So so sooooooo cute!!!!!

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen December 4, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Happy Birthday to your sweet girl! What a cute party!

  • Reply Bri @ My Life As... December 5, 2018 at 9:52 am

    First of all, super cute theme. The sandwich part is my favorite. Second of all, TWO?! Oh my goodness! Happy birthday Zoe!

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth December 5, 2018 at 10:53 am

    This post made me boo hoo. I’m an emotional wreck this week. Kids birthdays make me all sentimental. Happy Birthday sweet Zoe!

  • Reply Sierra December 5, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Happy birthday, Zoe!! It looks like she had so much fun. I love that she had a few friends there to celebrate.

  • Reply Kay R.D. December 5, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    How is she 2!! I swear she was just born, Happy belated birthday to her!

  • Reply Emelia A Lawrence December 6, 2018 at 7:01 am

    This is so so sweet. Beautiful letter to your sweet Zoe the creativity with her birthday party was so amazing. Love love love!

  • Reply SMD December 6, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Happy happy second birthday Zoe!

  • Reply Danielle December 13, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    How cute. I love her Frozen birthday. Happy Birthday Zoe!

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