Erin & Ben Napier Discuss Family, New Home, and Season of Life: ‘It’s Special and It’s Fleeting’

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Erin & Ben Napier Discuss Family, New Home, and Season of Life: ‘It’s Special and It’s Fleeting’

By Movieguide® Staff

HGTV stars Ben and Erin Napier are busy with TV shows, multiple businesses, and even starring in an upcoming Christmas movie. However, the renovation couple said that despite their never-ending responsibilities, their family comes first.

The HOME TOWN duo share two daughters, Helen, 4, and Mae, 17 months, and announced that they were taking a step back from their busy schedules to spend time with their daughters.

Over the past nine months, the couple renovated a house for their family to live in.

“This is our quote, unquote weekend getaway,” Ben, 39, told PEOPLE in a recent interview.

“Once you add a swing set, a dog, a kiddie pool and a rabbit cage, suddenly the yard that felt huge in the beginning starts feeling a lot smaller,” Ben said of their decision to buy a new house.

“It really felt like a God thing that we found this house,” Erin added. “It has every single thing that was on that list. It gives me goose bumps.”

A large part of that decision came in an effort to give their daughters a place to grow up; “somewhere the girls can run wild and get filthy.”

“There’s a lot of tree climbing and dirt digging and fishing; those are things that were just a normal part of our lives growing up,” Erin said. “We think of this house as an heirloom.”

“We know this is fleeting,” Erin added. “I feel like we are in the middle of living the best years of our life. I’m very aware of it, and I want to keep it somehow.”

Movieguide® previously reported:

In a recent interview, HGTV star Erin Napier shared details about her new children’s book and her youngest daughter’s upcoming first birthday.

Her new book, called “The Lantern House,” tells the story of a house that different families call home over the years.

“I want to teach our girls why we do what we do,” Napier explained. “Why do we care so much about restoring old houses?”

The book was illustrated by friend and artist Adam Trest, who has appeared on Napier’s show HOME TOWN. While Napier herself is an artist, she said she needed someone with a “totally different skill set” to illustrate the book.

“I do a painting of a still life, and I guess that tells a story in one way. But illustration literally tells a story, and it requires a totally different skill set than what I have,” Napier explained. “That’s what Adam specializes in. All of his paintings he’s ever done felt like they could be illustrations from a children’s book.”

Napier’s daughters are already big fans of “The Lantern House.”

“She’s basically memorized it,” Napier said of her oldest daughter Helen. “We read it so much when I first was writing the proof that now that the actual book is here, she has memorized the story and is not as interested in reading it which just kills me. It’s like, ‘No, baby, this is a real book. Before, that was just typed pages with words, but look at this!’”

Despite everything that is going on in Napier and her husband Ben’s lives, from home renovations to writing books, the couple always put their daughters first.

“Every day at lunch we come home and eat with the girls, and we see them at least once or twice between 8 and 5,” Napier explained. “It’s a very strange career we found ourselves in, and we want the girls to be a part of our life in every way.”