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Happy Friday, Friends!

Today I come to you with my Friday Favorites!


Henry’s 11th Birthday

Tomorrow is our Henry’s 11th Birthday.  

I’m not ready…like, I’m not ready for the party, nor am I prepared at all for my once little Henry Bug to be turning 11.

Watching these babies grow up is both beautiful and beautifully painful, am I right?!  I can remember so well when he was itty bitty and I can sense the same feelings I was feeling in all of these photos below.  Nobody prepares you for your babies growing up.  Oh my heart.  Oh my boy…

Lots of photos in 3…2…1…

…and in the blink of an eye.  You’ll be 11.



It’s officially May-Cember and along with it comes concerts, recitals, pictures, soccer games, field trips…

I’m so very grateful to attend anything and everything this year.  With that being said, my wardrobe is very, hmmmm…how do I say…2020-ish.  I had Jane in 2019 and then 2020 rolled around and well, we all know what happened next.  Between maternity clothes, postpartum clothes, old sweatpants and 2020, my wardrobe is depleted.  I have a few items in my Amazon cart that I’ll be purchasing and I’m starting with these.


I’m thinking this could be cute for Eliza’s dance recital.  Perhaps I could pair it with a warm sweater?

I’d love to wear this for a Mommy and Me photo session I have coming up…


Jane’s Last day of kindermusik
We’ve been attending Kindermusik classes since Henry was 4 months old.  Miss. Lisa has always ran the program.  The kids would attend Kindermusik until preschool and then Miss. Lisa would also be their 3 year old preschool teacher.  We’ve spent many days and evenings dancing and singing and learning with Miss. Lisa.

Miss.  Lisa decided to retire this year and while we’re so happy for her, I couldn’t help but be so sad about it, too – it’s been bittersweet.  We’ve always called Miss. Lisa the Nicest Woman in the County.  She’s the epitome of patience and we just love her to pieces…so many people do.  I met sooooo many parents through her classes and through the preschool program, some being my best friends.
When 3 year old Henry would cry and hide under the tables at preschool every week, Lisa told me to keep coming.  We showed up and so did she.  She kept the kids in line and taught them oh-so-much.  She’d give the kids names – Henry was “Runs Like Lightning” and Eliza was “Laughing Girl.”  She knew them through and through.  When it came to be Jane’s turn to join Kindermusik I joined late, but was beyond happy to be back.
Jane has been completely different than Henry and Eliza and Miss. Lisa immediately took notice.  She allowed Jane to twirl and dance and be silly in class and accepted her goofy antics and made me feel at peace knowing that this new little piece of me was indeed magical and precious…that Jane SHOULD twirl and dance and giggle in the middle of the room while in the middle of class.  Miss. Lisa would say, “she’s happy.”  Simple words, but true.  Jane was happy.
Miss. Lisa has poured her heart into our kids and into countless others, as well.  Our kids will definitely carry her with them in their hearts, I know I will, too.  She made me a better mom, a more confident mom.  I’m forever grateful to have met Miss. Lisa and Jon and I wish her the best with her new adventures.
Link to Jane’s cute dress here.
Henry and Eliza made that hand flower picture for Miss. Lisa yeaaaars ago.  She’s always displayed it in her music room.  
I think I cried for 24 hours on Tuesday, the day of our last class.

We love you, Miss. Lisa!

I’ve been sharing recipes lately!
I never thought I’d enjoy sharing these so much, but they’re tried and true and knowing how much we love them makes it easy to share!  I’d love for you to check them out and to give them a go.  All three are super easy to make.


Aaaaaaaannnnnnddd…there you have it!  My favorites of the week!
Thank you, as always, for stopping by!
Marie 🙂
I’m joining in on the Friday fun with Andrea at Momfessionals and Erika over at A Little Bit of Everything.

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  1. All those pictures of Henry – OH MY GOODNESS!! Just precious. I can't believe he's going to be 11. Jacob will be right behind him in July. Whyyyy does it have to go so fast?! Happy happy birthday to him!

  2. Oh my goodness! Those photos are adorable. They grow up so fast don't they? We just celebrated my son's 18th birthday last week and I just can not believe I have another adult living in the house now. I hope he has a fabulous birthday. Those are some really cute may-cember pieces you've picked out.

  3. That's such a sweet story about Miss Lisa! My grade school had the same pre-k teacher forever and everyone unanimously loved her–including me, and I didn't even have her for pre-k!

  4. Well, my dear, just wait until your children are turning 46 and 43 and then you really will cry. Not really, each phase is special in it's own way. We are now getting to watch them parent their own children, our precious Grans. Miss Lisa's are so special and all kids should be so blessed to have a Miss Lisa in their lives. Have a beautiful week and thanks for stopping by.

  5. Thank you so much! It's just so bittersweet. How are our boys growing so fast. I'm always sure to whisper into his ear the night of his birthday to take his time growing up. It's the best watching them mature, but boy, is it heart-wrenching.

  6. Thank you so much. Oh to go back, just for a moment. Happy Birthday to your boy! My son is closer to 18 than he is to being a newborn and that just baffles me. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you also had the most amazing time celebrating together. 🙂

  7. Oh I love hearing that! I'm slowly learning to enjoy these new phases and not just focus on the past. Our Henry isn't a baby anymore and I'm learning I need to let him fly more and more on his own so that he, too, can be an amazing parent someday. What a precious gift, the gift of grandchildren. I agree, the Miss. Lisa's of the world sure are special – they make the world an amazing place. 🙂

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