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Angie Harmon on Emery’s Birthday, Holiday Decorating and More!

12/09/2010 at 01:00 PM ET

Michael Simon

She’s put down roots in Charlotte, completed the first successful season of Rizzoli & Isles and now Angie Harmon is focused on one thing: celebrating!

The 38-year-old mom of three, married to former NFL star Jason Sehorn, tells PEOPLE Moms & Babies she’s looking forward to another festive holiday season and the upcoming birthday of her youngest daughter, Emery Hope, almost 2.

We recently had a chance to speak with Harmon in New York City about her family’s latest milestones, and her work with the Children’s Advil “Relieve My Fever” campaign.

 

How are the girls?

They’re wonderful! Emery’s birthday is coming up. It’s kind of hard to figure out a party for a 2-year-old. I’m usually really good at birthdays, but I’m kind of having a problem with this one, and trying to remember what we did with the other two!

I think it’ll be really close family members, because it’s not like 2-year-olds have a ton of friends. She has her sisters, and right now, that’s kind of it.

For each one of my daughters’ birthdays, I get pink-and-white balloons with ribbons on them, and after they go to sleep, I sneak into their rooms so when they wake up it’s like a balloon forest. Every year, like 100 balloons. When they wake up, all they see is a ceiling full of balloons and they have to run through the ribbons to get out.

Honestly I might have more fun doing that … no, they do, they love it! I’ll do it every year until they leave [the nest].

Do your older girls (Finley Faith, 7, and Avery Grace, 5½) dote on Emery?

They do. They’re really good big sisters. Finley’s been a big sister for almost six years now. Avery is a great big sister, too, and Emery has learned how to work that to her advantage when she wants to!

It’s interesting. I’m an only [child], and having three girls, sometimes I don’t understand why they fight. I’m trying to read every single book I can on how to get them to communicate with each other and build good skills, so not only can they get themselves out of arguments with each other, but then they’ll have those skills for when they get into arguments with their friends. I have like 12 or 15 “How to Be a Good Parent” books by my bed. It’s very intimidating!

Has Jason tried to get the girls interested in football at all?

No! (Laughs.) It’s just sort of a natural thing because it’s in the house all the time, on the TV, like background noise. So I think they just kind of love it anyway. And their school is very into football. They have a really great team, so at a young age they get started with that school spirit.

In fact, the older two are cheerleading, and it’s so cute! They get out there with their little ponytails, ribbons in their hair, pom poms.

And you all love your home in Charlotte, N.C.?

We do. It’s weird telling people where we live. I really thought I was going to keep that one under wraps, but not so much. But the city is a wonderful place. It’s child-friendly, and I feel like it’s a lot slower than some of these other big towns. My girls aren’t going to grow up as fast, and I want that. I want them to hold onto their innocence for as long as they can. It’s a fast world out there. I don’t need them to grow up faster than they already are.

Do you have any big holiday plans?

The holidays are my favorite, all the way from Halloween straight on through to New Year’s Eve. The tree is up, there are fires going in the fireplace. I decorate the banisters and the outside of the house, and I love it.

I have visions of my girls coming home from college, in the car, coming up the driveway thinking, ‘I can’t wait to get into that house.’ I want them to come home and want to bring their friends home, knowing it’s going to smell good, and that I’ll cook something great for them.

Douglas Friedman

 

And have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Oh, I’m done! Oh yes. I headed over to American Girl Place with my entire team today and said, ‘You grab this, you get that!’ Everyone tackled a different floor. So Santa is done! Good thing my girls can’t read this (laughs).

After this break, you’ll return to the Rizzoli & Isles set in March. How is your expectant costar, Sasha Alexander, doing? Do you swap parenting tips?

I talk to Sasha a lot. I don’t know that it’s necessarily swapping tips as much as it’s just more conversations of comparisons. We talk about what she’s going through, what I went through. Our girls have met, and we vacation together.

So tell us about the Children’s Advil “Relieve My Fever” campaign.

It’s a campaign that’s not only great for your kids and promoting the product, but something that’s funding a charity to help kids, too. Children’s Advil has teamed up with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that funds 170 hospitals nationwide. They in turn help 17 million children a year.

When your kids are sick, it’s obviously not fun. You can only watch so many videos, you can only cook so many things for them, and you can’t really give them many treats. So this is something fun parents can do with their kids — making videos and singing along to the rewritten song “Fever.” [Parents can upload their videos to relievemyfever.com through Jan. 31, 2011, for a chance at a weekly $250 gift card and final $15,000 cash prize.]

The submission alone is a five-dollar donation to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and if you vote on one of them, it’s a one-dollar donation. I can think of nothing worse than having sick kids at the holidays, so this one really spoke to my heart, and I was happy to get involved.

– Kate Hogan

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Alexis on

I love Angie and how crazy she is about her girls. Such a beautiful family.

tink1217 on

love this family..they seem very down to earth.

Lady on

Love this family, so cute!! I love Emery’s eyebrows too lol so precious

Kellie on

I love Angie and she looks Beautiful in that picture!

gdfg on

Her team? What is that?

Tee on

This was a fun interview to read! I really enjoy hearing Angie talk about her family and I’m so glad that they were able to move to NC like they wanted.

ELO on

beautiful family

steph on

Wow, this is the first interview with Angie that I like! I think she has managed to convey her love for family really well, as opposed to the other times when it came out a bit offensive!

Stacey on

So down to earth :) So refreshing!

torgster on

Totally unrelated to the article and silly to even say really….but looking at the story on Alana de la Garza, then looking at Angie, I think she’d look great with Alanas’ hairstyle! She’s looked the same forever – I’d love to see her switch things up a bit lol.

Mallory on

This is gonna sound a little weird to say, but Emery has some serious thick/dark eyebrows! They just stand out on her face to me.

Haha, but seriously, all three girls are beautiful!

Ellie on

Until my daughter left for college I used to decorate the living room with a ton of balloons every year on her birthday – even as a teenager she loved it, in fact on her 18th birthday she came down the stairs and said, “Oh, goodie!” (she thought I’d stop since she was now an “adult.”)

So keep up the balloon tradition, Angie!

JM on

mallory i had noticed that too. i have never seen that on a baby before :) but it’s cute, makes he unique :)

Janey on

don’t mean to be nasty, but that baby is not attractive.

gdfg on

If you don’t mean to be nasty, then why are you commenting? Some thoughts are meant to be left in your head.

Tee on

Gdfg, I agree with you. Why would somebody make an ugly comment about a child’s appearance? The only thing worse than that is to precede it with “not to be nasty.” I honestly don’t get it.

Badinfluence on

I bet the Hornettes will continue to look as stunning as their mother. I always loved Angie and it’s so nice to read about her family values and traditions. Not many celebrities do that. I believe she’s a great mother to her daughters, and she wants to do the best she can. Her daughters are so lucky to have Angie as their mother.
A woman with her heart in the right place, not only for her kids, but for other kids as well. Bless you Angie

Nella on

Sometimes if you have nothing nice to say then don’t say anything at all.No need to be rude about child’s appearance! Emery is a cutie, her eyebrows stand out, but they look adorable on her face. I liked this interview, Angie seems like a devoted mom who loves her kids. Adorable girls, love the beach picture!

Tess on

I adore that picture of Angie with her three daughters!

Rose on

Her team? She can’t even do the Christmas shopping for her kids by herself? That’s kind of sad.

And I’m not sure why she was contemplating keeping where she lives under wraps. Does she really think she’s famous enough to be stalked by the press? Because she’s not.

Margaret on

You and Sasha are really good together!!! Watched Women’s Murder Club. Now I look for anything you are in. Have so totally enjoyed R & I. I keep them on a DVR in an extra bedroom so I can go in to watch them over and over. I’m like a dedicated watcher. It is like watching my girls do special things.
Enjoy your 3 children. They grow up so fast. Take a mlot of pics and videos.Keep up the good work. I’m glad they put excerpts from your shows on so we can watch them over and over.
Guess you get to see Sasha’s family a lot. Always keep those good friends close. Your smile just lights up your whole face.

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