Happy Birthday, Liv

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. We spent a lot of time here at home, enjoyed brunch as a fam and caught up on life. I watched a new episode of Chef’s Table (SO good!) and did some blog prep for Winter Shape Up. The fun starts next Monday! (I’ll be posting everything here on the blog, but to get the info early, be sure that you’re on my newsletter list.)

For today, we’re spending it celebrating Liv’s birthday. 

one-year-old Liv

6-year-old birthday girl

I can’t believe this sweet, imaginative, sensitive and smart little lovebug is 6 years old today!

Baby Liv

6 years ago we had finished up one of the most intense nights of my life, with the best possible reward at the finish line. At 12:18, Liv came into the world, alert, moving her head around, and trying to decipher and understand the world around her. The midwives couldn’t believe how AWAKE she was, and she’s kind of been that way ever since. 😉 From those initial moments, nights blurred into days and I have so many beautiful memories of snuggling with her on the couch, watching Bella guard her bassinet, and how teeny tiny she looked in the Pilot’s arms. We got to soak up this time getting to know the newest member of the family, and I remember gazing at her tiny face, wondering what her little personality would be like. What activities would she like? 

With Livi cheering

What foods?

What would her temperament be?

Livi petting a baby pig

P and Olivia being silly

I had no idea that within 6 short, long, and love-filled years, Liv would:

move three times,

Liv and Tom on a boat

go to a few different schools,

travel with us to some pretty fun places

Livi and hula dancers

and become a big sister!

Baby P and Liv


Sisters drinking hot cocoa

She loves:

spaghetti and meatballs

dancing to music

taking pictures with my phone 

playing with her sis

the color green

riding in an airplane (I just don’t understand)

movie dates

Disney World

and artichokes. 

We learned with both of our kids that they’ve been absolutely nothing like we’ve expected, but a thousand times better than we could have imagined. I keep getting tiny glimpses into the people that they’ll become, and while they always keep me on my toes, they surprise me in the most amazing way possible. 


It’s funny because when you have your first child, no matter how much you read and research, or how many classes you take, you have no idea what the heck you’re doing. You just lead with your heart and with love, and do the best you can. It’s been that way ever since she was born and ever since P joined the family. We’re still figuring it out as we go, but having a pretty great time. 😉

6 year selfie collage

I can’t believe my “baby” is 6. 

We’re off to celebrate with birthday donuts, but I hope you have a happy Monday!

See ya soon. 




That one time we almost adopted a goat but found out we were going to have a human baby

The Birth Story Part 1

The Birth Story Part 2

Pilot becomes dad

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  1. Jennifer on January 8, 2018 at 9:38 am

    I love seeing your family posts. It is crazy how physically different your two girls are. P is just massive compared to Liv. It should be interesting to see how they grow as they get older. I know my friend Justine went from smallest girl in the class to tallest girl (early puberty) then she went back to being smallest. XD Maybe Liv will get that moment. Was she a small baby when born? Well, I hope her birthday was the best.

    • Anna on January 8, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Wth? They’re both beautiful little girls, and it’s frankly creepy to even think of their “physical differences” and “puberty” – she is SIX! And P is not “massive” – poor little girl is being judged for how others perceive her body, before she’s even aware of it.

    • Mary Beth on January 8, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Happy Birthday, Liv! May your year be magical!

  2. Blair on January 8, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Happy Birthday Liv and to you, for birthing a beautiful bright baby girl! You are so right, we lead with love and do the best we can… They surprise us in the best way possible 🙂

  3. emily on January 8, 2018 at 9:49 am

    You have such a beautiful family Gina! Happy birthday to Liv.

  4. Brandy H. on January 8, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Happy Birthday Liv! I hope your day is magical!

  5. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on January 8, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Ah, how do they get so big so fast! Happy birthday Liv!

  6. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on January 8, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Happy birthday to Liv! Isn’t it amazing how fast kids grow? And even how much life changes.

  7. Melissa on January 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Happy Birthday to Liv! Time goes by so fast. I know your kid’s birthdays are supposed to be their special days, but I think it is a celebration for the parents too. Our twin boy’s first birthday was one of the best days of my life.

  8. Harley on January 8, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Happy birthday, Liv!

  9. Amy Ramos on January 8, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Uh, wait?!? She is six!?!?! Crazy how time flies! Happy birthday Liv! Your Liv-isms are the best. She is looking more like her mama every day!

  10. Erika S. on January 8, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    I hope Livi has the best birthday…the pics year over year were so adorable!

  11. Amy on January 8, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    That is the best post! You all or Y’all,;) are going to look back at these times and be so happy you documented so much!

  12. Jacqueline on January 8, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    I think I’m crying!! She seems so sweet, and the older she gets the more I think she looks like you!

  13. Lauren on January 9, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Awww happy birthday, Liv!!! I can’t believe that little babe I’ve been reading about for years is SIX!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      thank you for reading for so long!

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