• http://www.absentmindedhousewife.com/ The Absent Minded Housewife

    This is adorable. I have no daughters, and I’ve never seen Frozen, but I’m thinking of having an Elsa party just for me. It’s not even my birthday until November. Your Dad and Stepdad are invited.

  • Calm Mom Bottles

    According to my four year old son, the entire song consists of the words, “Let it Gooool let it gooooo let it gooooooo”. That’s it. Nothing else. And this was before he even saw the movie. After? Nothing changed.

    Let it gooooo let it gooooo let it goooo let it gooooooooooooooo

  • americanrecluse

    That last picture is adorable, but Tyrant is still my favorite!

  • http://bravissimi.blogspot.com jess crawford!

    That girl playing Elsa has absolutely killed it with the business model.

  • http://www.thenewwifestyle.com/ chelsea

    i’m with @TheAbsentMindedHousewife:disqus-tempted to hold my birthday party in utah solely so this elsa can come to it.

  • Mkates

    OMG the look on Marlo’s face in the last picture is priceless.

  • Jennifer Cafferty-Davis

    Do you want to build a snowman? ;)
    Priceless pictures, and her face painting skills are insane! Marlo’s face in the last picture perfectly captures 5 years of age. Wonderful job, mama!

  • Keri

    Heather , this made my day. And yes, maybe the lump in my throat is from my LAST of three daughters turning THIRTEEN yesterday; while the other 2 continue their jobs of 15 and 17 year olds born to this earth to drive me to the brink. I love that i don’t need to tell you to love it all up while you can; because you already are. Thanks for taking us all on the ride! keri

  • Carin Sweerman

    Very nice! What memories you’ve made for Marlo – very tres cool. Love that Tyrant played along in the fun, too. I’ve had no desire to see Frozen but after your couple posts with this Elsie person, now I do, just to hear the song lol

  • Heidi

    How fun. Marlo’s glee is apparent and does my heart good. Especially the last photo.

  • Joanna Sequeira

    I never thought I’d say the words, “I wish I was in Utah.” That Elsa looks amazing.

    And I love that Marlo is wear jammies as her ball gown!

  • Torchness

    Marlo needs to go to Disneyland, STAT. What a sweet post/party. And is that Elsa not just the poster child for LDS? She’s magnificent, and I bet even her poop smells good.

  • housepea

    That lady is awesome. I love that you did this. That last picture of Marlo is fantastic. I have this crazy, wide eyed look in pictures sometimes and her look is pretty much exactly the same. Love it. :)

  • Heidi

    Also, the picture of Leta and your mom is about perfection. One the three of you can treasure. Gorgeous.

  • Heather Armstrong

    She’s got three kids, two of them are twins. There is nothing she can’t do.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Isn’t that a great one? I’ve already printed it out and have it next to my computer.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Glad you are joining the ride! Don’t tell me about them growing up, I’m going to stick my fingers in my ears. I won’t be able to handle it. The look on her face in that last photo? I want her like this forever.

  • Heather Armstrong

    I do. I do want to build a snowman. (Thank you!)

  • Heather Armstrong

    Seriously. Especially in this state where there are more kids than in the entire Eastern Hemisphere.

  • Heather Armstrong

    You really should do it. It’s spectacular. And I’ll send the old men your way.

  • Stephanie Brower Czosnek

    Tearing up here. Really, you’ve captured everything right here. It’s all about stepping back, finding that moment where you look at your kids and take delight in their delight. Just to be an observer of their world. It’s amazing.

  • KC

    I can feel the joy that Marlo is emitting through my computer screen! These pictures made me smile :-) .

  • Michelle Holcomb Joiner

    Thank you, Heather, for what you do. Like everyone else I get overwhelmed with stress (I have two sons – one is severely autistic) and coming here to read, laugh, cry, learn…well, it helps a lot. It gives me hope that one day things will be okay. Or at least I’ll learn how to be everything I need to be while also being ME. Gross, that rhymed. Ugh. Anyway, I love it here, and thank you, from one Southern girl to another.

  • kmpinkel

    How much would it cost to fly her and Tyrant to Michigan for a party? They would make a great team!

  • Nicole B.

    I’m just glad you took so many pictures. I can’t figure out if I have a crush on Elsa or am just hardcore lusting over her hair. Is it a wig? Is she single? How many bobby pins? Is she into ladies? Heh heh heh just kidding, kind of.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Thank you for sharing this. That’s exactly what I try to do here, provide some distraction and at times an outstretched hand. Things will be okay. I believe in that thinking. Much love from this Southerner to you.

  • Michelle Holcomb Joiner

    And now I get to geek out over getting a response. Consider my day made. :-)

  • Mommiebear2

    That last picture – Marlo’s face says it all! :)

  • Christina

    This made me long for the days when my daughter was five…although she’s 23 now and would probably geek out just as hard at this party! Love it so much :)

  • Debbie in Memphis

    This looks like the best birthday party any 5 year old could wish for. But I have to admit that the thing that really catches my heart is that both your parents and step-parents are able to attend these events. These are the greatest gifts your girls and their cousins could ever hope for!

  • Steena

    LOL i’m so glad you mentioned her hair because i stared at my screen for an unnatural amount of time before i got to the comments trying to figure out what the magic up there is. Sadly, i think it’s just an impressive wig.

  • Ana

    Have you seen the movie Frances Ha? Greta Gerwig’s character reminds me of a grown up Marlo. Dance moves and all.

  • Willow

    As someone who just got up close and personal with this wonderful Elsa, it’s mostly a hair peice, but her own hair in front that matches it perfectly. Her voice is also immaculate

  • Nicole B.

    Sadly? Giiiiirl that means you could just plop that thing on top of your head & be ready for the day! That’s even better than taking 20 minutes to try to sculpt a head of frizz into a gorgeous Norwegian hairdo.

  • Heather Armstrong

    My mother and father have been very close friends since just days after their divorce. My siblings and I always came first, and I cannot express what a wonderful gift it has been to experience events like this with everyone involved.

  • BCIslandMom

    My 13 year old still has that last expression on her face in most photos. Alas, they are posted to her Instagram feed but she continues to live life out loud. ALL DAY, EVERY DAY! it’s a wild ride.

  • http://hotbrkfast.com amydill

    The party looks great. Your kids are just the cutest and your photography is always fantastic. But…what I really need to know is where you got that kitchen table and chairs. Sorry for the off-topic comment; this has become a real problem for me. In the middle of a serious Downton Abbey moment, or some tense situation on Homeland, I’ll be like “Where did they get that rug?!” or “How did a crazy CIA agent find time to hang artwork?” But really, I love them.

  • D J H

    That is the most Marlo picture that Marlo has ever been in. I adore it.

  • Beffgus

    OMG Marlo’s face in that last shot is perfection.

  • Jeanette

    Gah! Marlo’s face in that last picture…totally worth it all. If only we had as good an Elsa here in Virginia.

  • Andrea

    I was thinking the same thing how great it is that your parents and step parents can be together!! That’s what counts. How the children and grandchildren come first and sometimes birth parents are better off as friends than couples. What an amazing family you have and I LOVE these photos, so fun. I will not let me daughter see these though!