Last month we took our family photos with Lauren Neff and we love how they turned out! After the last two years in the downtown Sioux Falls city scene (see those photos here – 2017, 2016), we opted for nature once again and headed to The Outdoor Campus. It’s so beautiful there with the trees and prairie grass, and the sun and weather were absolutely perfect! We all got dressed in our best, bribed the kids with snacks, and mentally prepared ourselves for the photo session. I love the mini sessions because seriously, these kids (and my husband!) can only last 15-30 minutes! It was the perfect amount of time and the kids were behaving so well, thank the Lord. Love how they turned out!
Ivy is 5! Our spunky and sweet little baby girl is 5! Ivy is seeming so mature and grown up lately and even so responsible. She is such a little caretaker to her brother and sister and she gives Faye a bazillion kisses and hugs a day. She’s constantly saying, “She’s just sooooo cute!!!!” It’s pretty adorable! She has been so responsible lately too, such a first child rule follower. A really good girl, albeit a tattle tale on Leo most of the time, but, she’s always trying to do the right thing :)
We had so much fun celebrating her this past weekend! She has been wanting to go to the American Girl Doll store in Minneapolis, so we opted for a trip instead of a party this year and headed to the cities for shopping fun and riding rides!
Ivy had her first day of preschool today! Leo’s is tomorrow! I can’t believe summer is over and we are heading into fall and school already! Just crazy! We had such a fun summer as we opted for less camps/plans and more fun! We spent so much time outside swimming, playing, and swinging! So sad to have it over! But also sooooo ready for a consistent schedule again. The kids are ready to see their friends on a daily basis again too!
Ivy and Leo are both at Central Preschool this year. Ivy is a Playful Penguin M-Th and Leo a Humpty Dumpty T/Th. Only 9-11:30, just a little something! We’ll have Fridays off so that can be our fun day!
I’m excited for Ivy to get better at recognizing letters and writing! I can’t believe how much she learns each year! And Leo is ready to play he says! Ha! Continue reading
Last day of schoooooooool!!! Ivy is SO excited about summer and so am I! This year flew by and Ivy and Leo grew leaps and bounds! Leo’s last day was actually last Wednesday, but Ivy’s last day is today!
Here’s the first day of school in September (that post here)! Leo’s hair is sooo blond and long! Cutie! And oh gosh, I remember Ivy wearing two different shoes all the time! Had totally forgotten about that! So funny.
And here’s the last day of school!
Leo grew up a ton!! So cute! His hair is turning so much darker! And he’s so much taller! Ivy hasn’t changed too much. Both cuties!
Ivy is 4 years old! We celebrated her birthday this past weekend with our friends and family and had the best day! She chose a baby doll party for her theme, which is super cute because ever since Faye, she’s really gotten into her babies and her dolls. I decided on an “Oh Baby” theme (see inspiration post here) with balloons from our friend Ryan at Queen City Balloons (he’s the best!). I found an invitation to match that was originally for a baby shower, but I had her revamp it for Ivy’s party. The combo worked perfectly!
We had her friends bring their own doll to join in the fun, so we borrowed some extra high chairs and baby doll items so all the little girls had something to do with their dolls. It was adorable watching them play babies! :)
The party was a blast and we showered her with love, gifts, and lots of cake! Ivy got a ton of new clothes for her dolls, which is her favorite thing to do – dress them in new outfits! She was so excited about all her gifts!
Look at all these kids!
This is such a fun age! Her excitement and love for life is contagious and so super sweet. She ran around with her friends like a crazy person and loved being surrounded by all her loved ones. She had so much fun with all the little girl and doll gifts she received!
Rounded the Koch clan for a quick pic! Leo in his own world with his new truck, haha
So we decided to join him :)
Ivy, you bring us so much happiness. Your sweet personality and spunky behavior gives us so much joy and laughter. You are such a little mommy bird and I can always rely on you to be the responsible one! We love you so much and I hope your hugs are always this big and full of love! Happy Birthday our little big four year old. xoxo.