Quinn turns two!

hello hello 
Echoes all up in here.
Didn't mean to stay away for so long!

We were burning the midnight oil around here, trying to wrap up the mudroom & planning Quinn's 2nd birthday party.  We had a self-imposed deadline of Quinn's birthday party to get it to at least 90% done & we got there barely!  If you follow me on Instagram, you might've seen that Hubby finished the tiling at 2 am one night/morning.  He's a rockstar!  In short, I had hopes of sharing the finished mudroom with you by now, but there are still a few pesky little details we need to finish up (which always seem to take the longest). 

 Then promptly after Quinn's party, she got slammed with a stomach bug.  Then I got it.  The sickest we both have ever been & for the longest.

We were also faced with the loss of a dear friend (whom I mentioned here) a few days before Quinn's birthday party.  Cancer sucks.
We weren't able to fly out for our friend's Celebration of Life (which he opted for in lieu of a funeral) for good reasons: Quinn's birthday.  We celebrated life with him while he still had time on this earth & that was what mattered to him.  We miss him dearly.

In the ultimate celebration of life, Quinn turned two & we celebrated.  She is clever, wicked smart, spirited, sassy, fearless, passionate, spicy, sweet, & oh-so-funny.  Our girl wears her heart on her sleeve (ok, it's probably just a toddler thing); when she feels the feels, girlfriend feels the feels.
She makes our hearts so full & when we're running on empty, only she can spur us to dig deep & keep swimming.
She is our pride & joy.  Every day of this life with her is truly a gift.
Happy Birthday, baby girl, we love you to the moon & stars!!

Tissue tassels were made using this tutorial.
Giant balloons ordered from here (these are the 24-inchers) & filled w/ helium at the grocery store.

Baker I am not so I just added peppermint-dark chocolate wafers to mini Whole Foods cupcakes / chalk cloth glued to clothes pins for food markers (clipped them on to plates) / favor bags (cookie cutters, washable crayons, Annie's fruit snacks) for the kids / DIY tissue tassels & gold glitter bunting

To my American friends, hope your Thanksgiving was a lovely one!