Ivy is TWO!

We threw a birthday party for our girl on Saturday. She is a lucky kid because she has some amazing family and friends – they made her day pretty special. The photo above is blurry because she was twirling in her “dancing dress,” while wearing her “dancing shoes.”

We had a subtle hot air balloon theme because, since we took Ivy to the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, she loves them. “Bloons!” We also threw the party at ten in the morning because donuts and mimosas (for the parents).

This little lady was excited for her guests to arrive.

When her guests did arrive,  she was quick to show them how her dress worked.

This darling was sweet enough to share her first birthday with our birthday girl.

So many sweet friends.

So many fun gifts.

New boots from Grandma and Papa Harmon to (eventually) replace her froggy boots.

Her new boots were immediately replaced by her new chucks.

She was very, very excited about her new bubble gun from Aunt Kacy and Uncle Andrew.

The one photo of the handsome devil behind the camera and his little boy.

Sweet Ozzy “booping” his buddy, Leo.

Enter crazy mom eyes in three…two…

Yes, she spit all over the cake.

What a day. What a girl.

-Adam & Layne

Staycation – Peek Inside the Grove Hotel

Adam’s birthday was last week! To celebrate, I booked overnight babysitters (thanks, Mom & Dad), dog sitters, and a suite at the Grove Hotel in downtown Boise.

First of all, there are so many cool places to stay downtown and, within the next year, there will be even more choices! The Grove was good for us location-wise so we went there. Plus, they recently got a facelift (both inside and out) and I was excited to check out the improvements they made.

The stay didn’t disappoint at all. The room was beautiful – complete with emerald green accents throughout (my current color crush). The bed was super cozy – the sheets were so. soft. The view was amazing from up on the 13th floor (super bad luck, right???). Check out this time lapse video Adam made of the sunrise from up there:

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There were squishy, white robes. We wore them just because we could.

When we realized that we were without a bottle opener – room service was at our door in under two minutes.

Lastly, the most important feature of any hotel room…the cable television. We don’t have cable t.v. at our house, so the most luxurious feature of our luxurious hotel room was access to hours and hours of HGTV.

Added to a matinee showing of Rogue One and dinner at Fork (#buttercake #getinmybelly), this part of our staycation was a relaxing break from the everyday hustle.

Here’s a silly little video tour of our suite:

Happy Monday!