what a whirlwind it has been. time can move painfully slow, and then before you know it, you are 7 months pregnant! december is a big month. in addition to the holiday, both frankie & ethan have birthdays. frankie turned 2 on december 4th.
we had a pretty large gathering for her 1st birthday and i decided that this year we would keep it small & simple. she gets christmas decorations as party decorations, so micah & i cut down a tree (in the backyard!), covered it in white lights and vintage glass balls. the kids had a wonderful time decorating to vince guaraldi (charlie brown) and it was really funny to watch frankie ‘directing’ her brothers.
frankie was entranced by the lights & ornaments.
i love combining natural elements with retro christmas glitz.
i found these vintage light reflectors at a garage sale. $5 for a huge box of them.
i love shiny brites! i displayed these in a dessert stand.
being the youngest of 3, frankie already loves chocolate. i made a huge cake and decorated it with glittery deer (craft store deer, spray fix & martha stewart glitter) and a sparkle flower.
frankie absolutely loved it.
she received some really thoughtful gifts. a beautiful outfit (vintage 70’s pattern!) sewn by auntie jen and a hello kitty janome sewing machine from auntie sarah, to name a few. her big gift from us was a kettler trike. we have been having a wonderful time exploring our neighborhood on these cold, crisp & sunny days.
she also got her first baby doll from auntie al & family. she named her B and takes her wherever she goes now. i love how gentle & nurturing frankie is.
it has really lifted my spirits to sit by the twinkling lights of the tree at night. i love all my decorations…things collected over the years from estate sales or made by hand, like the felt garland sewn last year. i am looking forward to celebrating ethan’s 11th birthday this sunday and spending a quiet holiday with my lovely family.