It’s the most wooooonderful time of the year!!!!  Christmas is my favorite holiday (with the Fourth a close second, especially since I am a teacher & off during that time) — but there is just nothing quite like the pure magic in the air during the month of December.  We also found out we were pregnant with our sweet Remerie last Christmas day, so I think it will always hold an extra special place in my heart forever.

Seven days into December and I feel like we have already been so busy with all the (best!) things.  We went & picked out our tree, decorated gingerbread houses, visited Santa, hung holiday lights and have picked names for our Secret Santas with family.  Our elf also showed up December first and brought the girls breakfast, they LOVED it and were so excited about her.  This is one those things I know I will desperately miss when they are older, watching them whole heartedly believe in an elf or Santa (also the tooth fairy who came again over the weekend!) — it is just the best and one of my favorite things about being a parent.

Sharing some things we want to get into over the next few weeks before the big day hits, while also keeping it a little lighter than usual to give myself some grace in our first holiday season as a family of five!

1 — Bake cookies and deliver to family.

2 — Parents-only date for stocking stuffers & last-minute holiday gifts for the girls.

3 — Make chocolate-covered pretzels and drive around to look at lights while we eat them.

4 — Hot chocolate and holiday movie night.

5 — Christmastown, one of our very favorite traditions every year.

6 — Take donations to an animal shelter in honor of our sweet dog Bogger, who we had to put to sleep last December.

Number six just gives me all the feels, I know the girls will love this so much and I hope we can make it a new tradition in honor of him each year.  Hoping you are having the best start to December your way! XO

This post is in partnership with Minted, but all thoughts & opinions are my own.

Tis’ the season for Christmas cards, and in our family, baby announcements!!!  A couple days after we did Remie’s newborn and family of five photos, our sweet friend Shawna came back by to get a few photos of just Remie for a newborn announcement.  They capture some of my very favorite things about her, her bright blue eyes, expressive eyebrows, and curled little lips (she always sticks the bottom one out!).  And also her yawns, which are getting fewer & more far between now, but are forever one of my faaaavorite things about tiny little newborns.

Three kids in and I know more than ever, these babies change all too fast and I forever am thankful to have these sweet moments saved forever!

You know my love for cards runs deep, and so does my love for Minted!  We work with them on our holiday cards each year and I was so excited to create Remerie’s special card with them as well.  I went with a traditional card with the prettiest cursive writing, highlighting her sweet name that we spent nine months deciding on and that I love so much!!!  The cards have been sent out to friends & family across the country, and one very special one is glued at the front of her baby book — I hope she loves to look at it one day as much as we do!

Minted is my go-to for cards, their paper & printing is always the highest quality and every single time I have ordered from them, I ended up loving the card so much more in person than I even did online!  I always save the cards each year and then love looking back at them (especially with the older girls, they love to look at photos when they were little!) — and they hold up so well year to year.  There are so many fun designs to choose from, and all are creative and innovative, but also still so classic!  I have also ordered some pieces for our home from Minted, including some art and kids decor and I still am so obsessed with it.  Truly the gift that keeps giving! 🙂

If you still need to order your holiday cards, there are SO MANY good options to choose from this year and all of them can be found here.  And of course the biggest thanks to our friends at Minted for teaming up with us on this to introduce our sweet Remerie Rue! XO

 

It’s officially the most WONDERFUL time of the year!!!  I love all the holidays, but Christmas is by far my favorite and we are so excited to do all the fun & festive things over the next few weeks.  But first, a quick Thanksgiving recap!

We had a half-day of school Wednesday and spent the rest of the day making the cutest edible teepees, starting to bring out the Christmas decorations and then celebrating making it through my first week back to work with margaritas & mexican!  It was so much fun doing something different before all the turkey, we decided it will be our new Thanksgiving Eve tradition.  Friday, we watched the parade with some fun cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and then stayed around the house until dinner at my grandparents and then dessert at my brother & sister-in-laws.  It was a lot of driving and Remie doesn’t love her car seat unless she is sleeping in it (and also isn’t used to being out late at night) so there were tears and some chaos from being off her schedule, but overall SUCH a fun day with family.  We have so much to be thankful for and at the very top of that list is our three healthy, happy little girls — every holiday I realize how we are truly creating their childhood memories, especially on days like these, and that really is such an incredible feeling.

PS — Last week before I headed back to work we bought a mini van & I chopped my hair!!!!!!  And I am LOVING both.  Three kids later and I am officially a mom, you guys!

Hope you had the best Thanksgiving ever! XO

Thanksgiving week is always one of my very favorite of the whole year.  All of the excitement of the holidays and all the fun that is to come, the decorations are out and you can feel the magic in the air, I just can never get enough!

This time around is a little bittersweet, I left Remerie for the first time and headed back to work Monday morning.  Other than a few days in August right before I had her, I hadn’t been to work since last June — between summer break & then maternity leave I was off for almost FIVE months!  Getting back into the routine will definitely take time and be an adjustment, for all of us, but I promised myself during my pregnancy and over Remie’s first few months that I wouldn’t worry or stress about it.  I spent a lot of Avalon’s pregnancy upset just thinking about leaving her and after some work changes during her first year, I learned (the hard way) that being a teacher really was the best job for me and overall the best situation for our family.  And that truly, no matter if I am a stay at home mom, part-time or full-time working mom — my bond with them and the kind of mom I can be to them is exactly the same.  My girls live in a beautiful neighborhood and will go to great schools, they can do dance and the other fun activities that they want to without us having to stress about it.  I always want them to know that part of the reason we have that is because I worked hard for it — FOR THEM.  I know every family and situation is different and I support ALL moms in what they choose to do (because truly, I have done it all and no situation is easier than another), but ultimately this is what we found works best for us.  I also of course am forever grateful for the schedule I have, and part of what gets me through is definitely counting down the days to our next break.  Only one half day left until my very first one!

And some pictures!  We are sooooo ready for all the red & green festiveness, but November is pretty, too.

Happy, HAPPY Thanksgiving to you & yours! XO

So excited to share some favorites from Remerie’s newborn pictures we took about a month ago, she has already changed so much since then (and also no longer likes to be swaddled!) — so of course I am so grateful to have these moments to look back on forever.  I love how Waverly & Avalon’s love for their little sister shows so much in these, life as a family of five is crazy and in no way seamless or easy, but we have never had to worry about either of them being jealous or not absolutely adoring Remie.  She fits in so perfectly, it was always meant to be.

Some things I never want to forget about Remie during her first weeks of life, her bright blue eyes, so alert even at such a young age, her smiles (that started almost immediately after she was born!), and how much her sweet little face looks just like her daddy’s newborn photos.  We love you so much, Remerie Rue!

All photos are by Shawna Bielat, as always we are so thankful for her capturing our little family! XO