Girl’s Day

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I love traditions and making memories with people I love.

I love that there are certain things that we do as a family that the children look forward to all year.

One of the traditions I have with Madolyn is "Girl's Day".

This was our fourth year celebrating the start of school with friends.

Even though we homeschool I always wanted the kids to be excited to start another school year.

This year we celebrated a little later than usual.

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Our day started with lunch at one of Madolyn's favorite restaurants, Augustine Grill.

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We all then headed to the outlet mall in our town and began a little shopping.

Everything with jewels and sparkles was Maddy's favorite….can you blame her?

We then headed to the mall for a little more shopping. 

The girls picked up a little pizza and candy for the hotel.


We then headed to the hotel for swimming.


We were a little rushed packing and forgot flip flops and a cover up.  Madolyn headed to the pool in a yellow bikini with Ugg boots on….quite the sight!!!

After swimming the girls wanted to do our makeup and as you can tell …..Madolyn really likes the Tammy Faye Baker look!!!!




This was the way-way-way "After" photo.   The child could not stop with the blush.



I then did Maddy's makeup and she thought it should have been darker…go figure.

Toes and fingernails were painted and then all the girls cuddled in the pull out bed to watch Hannah Montana the movie.


They are such sweet girls.

This time is already going so fast! 

How long do you think she will do this with me?

What I do know is that I treasure her and that in the midst of blessing me with two amazing boys…the Lord also gave me a girl.

How I adore her and understand her.

She is me.

She is my reflection.

Sometimes she will do something so over dramatic and Kelly will just look at me…and I know. I know why she is acting like that.  I know why the tears are falling and even when I don't know why…I remember very clearly not always knowing why I couldn't stop the tears.

Do you remember?

The emotions?  Your first love? Your first heartbreak?

I hope I never forget…I will be a better mother for my little girl if I can hold on to what it REALLY felt like.

I love this little gir
l and our memories that we are making.


For all you gals that have emailed me about my yellow dress…I bought it at Anthropologie.

In my defense…I bought it before the whole South of France, no Anthro thing:-)

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  1. the wild raspberry

    holy cats… looks like you spent a little too much time in the sun…hope that washed off well! πŸ™‚
    i saw your ruffled boots…you lucky dog.
    {i have a boot surprise to share soon}
    this looks like a wonderful tradition…how special.

  2. amber

    What fun times!! I still love to do things like that with my mom and I’m 25. Don’t worry, she’ll always be your #1 fan πŸ™‚
    BTW, your style is TO DIE FOR!! I also love the vine on the entryway…..ah, heaven to me!

  3. Jackie

    Such a sweet tradition – love the pictures, love the post. Meg is 12 and still like to do stuff with me – so far so good!

  4. koralee

    You are way too cute for words…I love your outing…I have 3 girls and we always take time for each other. Memories in the making! xoxoxo I think I am in love with your jean jacket..I need to go find a cute updated one and a flower! xoxoxoxo

  5. Rachel

    OH. MY. GOODNESS! It looks like you both had a blast! Your daughter will remember and treasure these moments. πŸ™‚ I plan to do this with our Emma when she gets old enough.
    BTW, LOVE your dress and your bag!
    PS: Thanks for stopping by the other day and leaving a comment! πŸ™‚

  6. Molly @ Star Cottage

    Oh great pics πŸ˜‰
    You are such an Awesome Mommy. Reminds me of the kinds of things my mom did with me and my sister. I hope to start my own traditions with my girls too.

  7. Lara Blair

    As a mom of two girls, you NAILED it. It’s just something that happens between a mom and her daughter that is so very, very special and unique (even all of the drama).
    What an awesome ritual for you to do each year with your girls. It will surely be one of her greatest memories of her childhood. I love that you go all the way with it (Tammy Faye look-alike and all) πŸ™‚
    Here’s to you, SuperMom!

  8. Lori

    Jeanne, that is the sweetest tradition…it looks like everyone had such a good time…the makeovers cracked me up:)…your daughter is a doll, she looks just like you…i love your cute little ruffled skirt outfit!!!

  9. Jennifer O'Brien

    What a great idea, it looks like you had a very special afternoon. Time goes by too fast and these days are sweet reminder to stop and take it all in. Augustine Grill, I miss that resturant. BTY-cute skirt!

  10. tracey

    Jeanne the pictures are all so wonderful and special! I can tell what an amazing time those little girls were having! My daughter would absolutely love a girl’s day like this!!!
    πŸ™‚ T

  11. traci

    how sweet. you will treasure those moments forever. my daughter is 19 and we still have our special times together and it usually involves shopping.

  12. Tricia Whisler

    Oh Jeanne, what a fun tradition and memories you are making with her! I’m sure she will want to do it forever. I know i would! You are a wonderful mom and she is so blessed to have you! I think her future profession will be make-up artist!

  13. Jerri

    Oh Girls Day(s) are sooo fun! Looks like you guys…I mean girls, had a great time and made some wonderful memories! 22+ years later Ash & I still have Girls Days and I hope we are blessed enough to have years and years more!

  14. Maisy

    oh jeanne~ the day sounds just perfect….a makeover and everything.
    madolyn is just so cute. she has her mama’s eyes!
    just an fyi…i tried to order those boots yesterday and they are on backorder until nov 30th…UGH!!!
    thanks for sharing your special day with us!!!

  15. paige

    that madolyn~ wow is she gorgeous!
    ya’ll look just alike.
    i was hoping you’d share this day with us.
    just a beautiful entry jeanne
    ps-the boots are looking fab!!~ even if they aren’t as tight on your skinny calves as they are on mine…sigh

  16. lissa

    what a fun getaway! If I were your daughter I would never want the tradition to end. Only when I was older it would be shopping, a fun restaurant, movie… I bet you guys will do this forever! how fun! GReat makeover!

  17. Rebekah

    I think she will always want to do this with you! Who wouldn’t? Can I come next year? Will you adopt me πŸ™‚

  18. Leah C

    I can’t think of a better way to spend the day! What a sweet, wonderful tradition…I bet your daughter treasures it as much as you:)

  19. Brandie

    This is so sweet Jeanne! I can’t wait until Layla is a bit older so that I can start a fun tradition like that with her. On second thought, I am nowhere near ready for her to not be my baby anymore so nevermind….;)

  20. Annette Q

    Wow, you girls look like you had the most wonderful time! I love all your photos, great poses for the before and after of your lovely makeover πŸ˜€ You will both certainly have the most beautiful memories to cherish…
    Ps. I posted a little bit about your lovely blog over on mine

  21. Lemonade Makin' Mama

    Okay, could you be any more adorable? I think not. And what a fun mama you are! They (and you) will treasure times like these!!
    (BTW- I love your glasses… I wish I needed glasses.)

  22. A.Love

    i absolutely adore, love, cherish this idea and think your photos are awesome. what amazing mom’s to let your girls DO your make up!!! πŸ™‚

  23. Beth Gales

    Ah it looks like a blast! Treasure every minute! I like the part that you call her your reflection! Daughters are priceless!

  24. Tara

    So much fun!! what a great way to spend some time with the girls…you are a wonderful mom and remembering all those times will make them sweeter when your daughter comes to your for advice!

  25. JenR

    So sweet! What a great time! You look gorgeous darling! You should let her do you make up every day! πŸ˜‰

  26. The Flying Bee

    This is the best! Y’all are so adorable! She will treasure these days forever. Just think, one day if she has a daughter, you will be having girls day with them both. I have these days with my mom and grandmother and I always feel like a little girl again when we are together. These moments are so special.
    Lovin’ the boots!

  27. Becky

    Hi Gal! We have 4 girls and NO boys! I LOVE this idea and am going to do this from now on with my Maddy!! We are just finishing up our break because we went through the summer, but we will have to do something special and fun like this before we begin!! Thanks so much for the idea! Love that sunburn of yours!! HA!!

  28. Amy Jo Axe

    Love the pictures! Can Madolyn do my makeup soon? What fun memories. I also love the boots! I’m assuming Anthro and I don’t think that you can give it up, even for France! XOXO A.J.

  29. kasey

    now i wish i still lived there and we could be included…lola would love something like this.
    i love the boots.

  30. emily ruth

    so so fun! such a great tradition!
    & i love this:
    “I hope I never forget…I will be a better mother for my little girl if I can hold on to what it REALLY felt like.”
    even though my little sweetie is only three, i forget. i forget a lot. & i want to do better & let her know that it’s okay not to know why…thanks, for that…
    ps i love your yellow tote…yummmm! πŸ™‚

  31. Becky @ Farmgirl Paints

    Great memories. You’ll always remember those special times together. Love the make-over and that picture of the two of you (in your anthro) dress…priceless:)

  32. susan

    love all your photos, so sweet! i have two boys and a girl too and i’m so grateful to have her, she is a gift. i’m going to go give her a big hug πŸ™‚ glad you had fun!

  33. mkg

    It is clear that the daughters had a wonderful time with you mothers!! And you moms are great sports:) I loved all the photos; thanks for letting us in on some of the fun….how very special for you all!

  34. Rachel

    What a lovely tradition. I do hope you and Madolyn are able to keep doing this for a long time. My relationship with my daughter has hit a sour note lately and as much as I miss her, I need some space. She’s 17 and making some questionable decisions about her future. I either need to accept what she’s doing or things will get worse. I’m not quite ready to accept yet. Cherish your times with your daughter!

  35. Romantic bed and breakfasts

    Girls are mothers friend their reflection.Mother daughter relationship is always much emotional it is a strong bond between mother and daughters.You are not doing any favor to them.You should spend more
    valuable time with her.These moments will never come back one day when she will be married and moved to other house then she will remember these days.It is a real treasure for both of you.

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