We celebrated Harper’s second birthday this weekend. My baby girl is 2 years old. Seems almost impossible.

For her 1st birthday, we went all out. We invited 40 friends and family to our house. We hired a caterer and face painter. We had professional photos taken. I spent hours upon hours making a movie documenting the cutest and most adorable moments of her first year. There was an insanely cute and embarrassingly giant cake that could feed our entire city.

This year was different. No party. No fancy food. No painted faces. Just our sweet little family, watching butterflies and trains at the Botanic Garden, all while dodging rain drops. It was perfect.

I’ve been living in these sandals all summer. (How did I not already have a pair stored away from the 90’s??) They are beyond comfortable and FLORAL. If you haven’t, check out all the updated colors. Metallic Birks? Yes, please.

This tee is one of my favorite purchases from the Nordstrom Sale. It fits perfectly (even over my little bump) and is still on sale for less than $15! I scooped up 3 different colors because when you find something you love, you stock up. 😉

We received Harper’s adorable personalized Converse as a gift when she was born, and I’m so happy they finally fit! I’ve linked some toddler Converse below, but if you want to personalize a pair, click here. Such a perfect gift idea.

Here’s to a wonderful week ahead. If you need us, we’ll be over here exploring this big world through the eyes of a curious, independent 2 year old.


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  • JeeYoung W

    Happy birthday sweet girl! After a huge first bday, we did the same for 2nd bday. Just us and grandparents. It was the best. Hope you’re feeling well gorgeous!

  • linda spiker

    Love both the looks! Happy birthday to harper!

  • Chanel

    Awww, happy birthday to her! Just wait until she turns 4 … life changing and so bittersweet. I love the beautiful Botanical Garden too.

  • Sumer

    She is so cute! Happy Birthday to her! 🙂

  • Logan

    We kept things simple for y son’s 2nd birthday as well. It is so much easier to not have a huge party every year. haha Happy Birthday, Harper!

  • cara

    I honestly think the close, intimate parties with just family are the way to go! I think kids really enjoy them so much more. Happy Birthday to your sweet girl! 🙂

  • Agnes

    aww what a beautiful family! love it

  • Pamela Li (Rookie Parenting)

    Happy birthday! Good job in scoring a bargain at Nordstrom, too. It is a very cute tee. 🙂

  • lorrin sell | photographer of wild things

    happy birthday to your baby!! i have lived in my birks the last 2 years…mine are paisley! love them!

  • Angela Kim

    Happy 2nd birthday to your little one! Two is such a fun age, I miss my daughters being 2, 3, and 4. Today they are 11 and 9. Enjoy tons of hugs and kisses!

  • Melissa

    Great pictures. Looks like a wonderful birthday. I love pocket tees!

  • Sarah Blackston

    Happy Birthday, Harper! I love her pink converse! We went all out for our eldest son’s 1st birthday and it was soooo stressful! We did a much more low key celebration the second time around. Now that our youngest’s birthday is right around the corner, I think I’m going to stick with the low key party theme.

  • Elaine McKellips

    Ah she is SOO cute!! What a fun day. Happy birthday to Harper! 🙂

  • Amanda

    Happy Birthday to your little one! It looks like you guys had a great day!

    Amanda ||

  • Adaleta Avdic

    Awww this is so adorable, and looks like it was such a fun day! I love that tee, and sounds like I should’ve gotten that one from the Nsale too! xx Adaleta Avdic