Happy 4th Birthday, Liv :)

Happy birthday to my beautiful, sweet and spunky four-year-old! This little one has such a zeal for life and is such a blessing to our family. Her high spirits, beautiful smile and sweet demeanor is contagious. She’s a compassionate care taker for her little sister, a helpful assistant who’s always at the ready, and a quick learn (with a stellar memory) whether she’s absorbing letters and numbers or how to ride a bike.

Happy 4th Birthday, Liv! An Infographic | PepperDesignBlog.com

I designed one of these little infographics for Taylor for her 1st birthday and I loved it, so I thought I’d take the same template and mix it up for Olivia. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the finished products but perhaps they’ll get their own album one day as the girls grow up…

We are celebrating Liv’s birthday with a little ‘sparkly star’ party tomorrow, but for today I’m reveling in this lil’ daughter of mine’s actual birth day. Can’t believe that four years has gone by so fast! Love you, sweet Livy girl!

Olivia posts, a collage documenting my first pregnancy, memory books and boxes for the girlsLiv-isms and favorite baby products (I ought to update this for a preschooler!).

Liv’s ‘Sparkly Star Party’ 4th Birthday Inspiration

We packed up Christmas a little early this year (I have a teensy fear that labor will get in the way and we’ll end up having our tree proudly lit through President’s Day), and it was a little sobering to say goodbye to such a warm and joyful holiday season.

But… there is a little known perk to having a January baby and that is that planning something amazing for a special little someone gets you right back into the spirit! We have an awesome sparkly party up our sleeves for Liv’s 4th birthday and the giddiness has set right back in.

Liv’s requests were broad this year. We started with: sparkles, snow, mermaids and even a consideration for her little boy friends (that far out number her girl friends right now) with Bob the Builder. After gentle persuasion and much consideration at the craft store, we narrowed our sites a bit and settled on a sparkly star party with bits of Frozen elements, like serving hot chocolate and building marshmallow snowmen. Our color theme was going to be a lot less Frozen-ish (ahhh commercialism, you kill me) with more pink, gold, silver and white.

Liv's Sparkly Star 4th Birthday Party Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

I love an inspiration board because it helps to capture the magic and feel of what we’re aiming for – not so much to work as a checklist of what must get done. Full Pinterest board right here. Plenty of glitter and sparkle is making me so excited for this birthday, and as usual I’m pulling it together days before the party. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone but it’s all part of the fun :).

Inspiration sources:
Bronze, pink , silver & gold glitter stars
Star drink stirrers
Star appetizer ornaments
Star shaped kid’s sandwiches
Glitter drink bottles
Star marshmallow wands
Chocolate dipped spoons
Glitter gold hot chocolate bar accessories
Star cake topper

Glittered gold, pink and bronze craft paper – check. Birthday cake waiting in freezer – check (Livy and I baked it together on Sunday). Food, favors, drinks and other decor to be determined…

Looking forward to sharing the after photos with you!

PS Liv’s circus/carnival 1st birthday, flowery pink 2nd birthday and camping/outdoor movie night 3rd birthday.

A Snowy Day Trip to the Mountain Town of Idyllwild

Family Snow Trip to Idyllwild | PepperDesignBlog.com

What does one do when it snows in the mountains near San Diego? A family trip, of course!

Our 60 degree weather broke routine just around New Year’s when a big (for us) storm blew down from the north. It powdered our local mountains and everyone from the greater county drove out to see it on the 1st.

Family Snow Trip to Idyllwild | PepperDesignBlog.com

We had to join in on the fun. Liv has been dying to visit the snow (she was sure that she would wake up to a ‘white Christmas’ even though we assured her we wouldn’t have snow on our lawn on Christmas morning).

We opted for a slightly longer journey to the small mountain town of Idyllwild (we could have hit snow just about 40 miles east of San Diego but the roads were at a crawl! Everyone really was anxious to play in the white powdery stuff). Instead of local snow, we packed up the girls and headed north about 2 hours for an afternoon of sledding – on a boogie board, we’re from San Diego after all :-) – and a cozy Italian dinner in the mountains.

Family Snow Trip to Idyllwild | PepperDesignBlog.com

Ahh the girls are getting to be so sweet with each other. Check out this moment that I stole on film:

Family Snow Trip to Idyllwild | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor’s snow boots were about three sizes too big (and check out that bum, would you?) so Livy helped her traverse the landscape. T wasn’t quite sure what to think of the snow covering the ground. it was cold, wet and she didn’t want to wear a jacket or hat :).

As for the rest of our journey, not a cloud in the sky to be spotted. Who knows when snow will fall again here in sunny Southern California?

Family Snow Trip to Idyllwild | PepperDesignBlog.com

PS more Everyday Stuff and Weekend Fun posts, where family lives on this site :). Hope the snow is treating you right wherever you are.

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