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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fall Weekend Vibes

This past weekend was the first seasonable weather we have had yet (plus it didn't rain!), so we got into all sorts of fun fall stuff.  We took a cousin trip to the pumpkin patch, had Avalon's first & second hayride, visited a farm to pet baby pigs and run through a corn maze, and ate pumpkin pancakes made by daddy.  We stayed up too late watching Alabama football, yet thankfully won!, and paid for it when Avalon had a record-breaking night of restless sleep.  We made this soup - so good, try it! - and took a little day trip to an outdoor art show for some inspiration (the hubs, trying to get him to enter!) and face-painting action for the toddler girl.

Waverly's Pink Cardigan - Waverly's Black Boots - Avalon's Cream Sweater Dress - Waverly's Green Dress - Waverly's Brown & Black Boots - Waverly's Pink Printed Dress

And now, Tuesday.  It's my week to pick up & take Waverly Maye to school, #sendhelp.  She has her first field trip today and I'm hoping that the excitement from that will help cut down at least half the dramatic show of tears we usually get on the way in.  Seriously, I think she could win an academy award for her performance, especially during the last moments when she grabs my face and kisses me with the bucket tears & snot running down hers, then turns to do the same to Avalon and says "Just ONE last kiss", like she is going on the Titanic and we will never reunite again.  For the record, she does the same thing at both dance and preschool lately and BOTH of her teachers say that the minute I turn my head and we walk out, she is 100% fine, smiling & laughing with her little friends. :)

Hope you all had the most lovely weekend!

PS - For those who asked about the sticker chart we are using for Waverly, it is this one.  We love Melissa & Doug toys in general, so this seemed like a great option, I thought about making one but you know, time.  It has standard chores on it, some of which we use, but we really love the behaviors, especially listening, no yelling, and picking up toys.  Three of the things we are really focusing on right now as they aren't always strengths for our sweet girl. ;)  I wasn't sure how much she would really care about it, but she has really taken ownership and loves to look at it each night.  Plus sometimes, during miracle moments, she will be in full meltdown mode & will come out of it just by us mentioning her losing a sticker.  I am the farthest thing from a discipline expert, we have lots of trial & error, yet we just try our best and hope we are raising our girls right!  I would love to hear other tips if you have them!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Our Week & Favorites

I've been on quite the blogging roll this week, four out of five days, that has to be some kind of personal record for me!  If not of all-time, definitely since becoming a mom of two, time just seems harder to come by these days. ;)  We have really had such a great week that I can't help but share (because if I didn't, then it didn't really happen, right?!).

So all four of us are finally healthy AND the rain stayed has away for a while, so that in itself has been amaaaazing!  It's crazy how much energy you have after being sick for a while.  I was totally in survival mode & hanging by a thread last week, so after that, it's nice to remember that I actually do (sort of) have this mom of two thing figured out and obviously, that life with these two little ladies is just so, so good.

Waverly's Boots
In other good news, Waverly Maye.  She went through a rough patch a few weeks ago - #threenager, we thought about giving her away to the gypsies - but finally, she seems to be turning a corner and it's pretty much the best feeling ever.  We've started a sticker chart that we go though each night, I'm not sure if that's what caused the change, or that she just figured out that life is so much better when you are good rather than a pain in the a--.  Either way, we are thrilled!  She has just been so much fun to be around lately, so sweet & so incredibly funny.  Last night she told us she just wouldn't be able to clean up her toys because it would be "too difficult" (nice try!), that her (imaginary) best friend Gold has flown away on a helicopter, he is now replaced with "Goddie", and my personal favorite, that all the boys in her class at school are "so gross".

The girls & I went to pick up some pumpkins for the front porch this week, finally!  I took a million pictures because little kid and pumpkin pictures may just be my favorite thing ever, so please forgive me if this is the first set of many. :)  We had so much fun!

Before I sign off for the weekend, I wanted to share some favorite finds from this week!  I recently ordered this water bottle after reading about it on Erin's blog, I have a weird collection of water bottles because I am ALWAYS trying to drink more water and it never happens.  This one is amazing, totally worth the money & I will never turn back!  Also, this duvet cover.  Obsessed!  I have wanted a new comforter for our bed and the tassels on this one are just perfection.

And lastly, just to prove that girlfriend is still very much a threenager.

Bows & Waverly's Boots
Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Avalon Elle: Four Months

Our Avalon baby is four months old.  FOUR!  I can't believe that last year at this time we were just finding out that she was in my belly & now, here she is, just as perfect as can be.

So this month!  There are so many things to love about this age, mostly watching Avalon learn a little bit more every single day.  It's so crazy to watch and just so much fun.  She has definitely found her voice over the last couple of weeks, she will squeal & coo forever and it's the absolute cutest.  We thought she might be the quiet one but as it turns out, she is just as animated as the rest of us, she just lets it out more when big sister isn't around (maybe so she can actually be heard!).  Speaking of big sister, Avalon loves Waverly more than ever.  She breaks into a smile anytime Waverly walks into the room, especially after a nap or early in the morning, and sometimes we just sit back & watch her little eyes follow her big sister everywhere she goes.  It's seriously the sweetest, nothing makes me happier than the two of them together.

We put Avalon in the jumparoo for this first time this month, she loves it & will actually stay in it for a good twenty minutes, which is a really big deal for us!  She also still loves the bumbo, but seems to be over the bouncer and gets pretty bored of it within a couple minutes.  I think she will be an early sitter & will be one happy girl when she can, laying down flat has just never been her thing.  By far, her favorite place to be is held, she is definitely our snuggler and prefers touch over anything else.  She also found her hands a few weeks ago & hasn't turned back since.  This is all new territory for us, Waverly never really cared about sucking her fingers or even putting toys to her mouth, but if Avalon is awake, there is something near those little lips.  And she is drooling.  Like crazy!  Like five outfits a day because everything is soaking wet crazy. 

Sleep has been all over the place lately, we aren't sure if it's the four month sleep regression (my husband does not believe in those regressions, but I am always googling them!  Tell me someone else is going through this and there is a reason, haha!), or just a random phase.  Either way, it's definitely been challenging.  Naps over an hour are pretty much non-existent, some days the only real sleep she sees is the time in her car seat on the way to & from an errand.  She LOVES to be on the boob and would sit and comfort nurse all day if I let her, so I think she is chalking that up to her nap time. :)  That's obviously not realistic so we are really trying to work through it, the good news is that even without sleep, she is such a happy baby.  She smiles all day long, to anyone really, and is just the absolute sweetest little thing.

Avalon's four month appointment is next week, so I don't know her height or weight right now, yet my guess is she is still small!  We are still primarily in 0-3 month clothes, and even a lot of those are big on her.  When we are out, almost everyone comments on how small she is, but we love that about her because she can stay our little baby for longer (and her clothes can last longer, too!).  She still looks so much like Waverly did, it's really so amazing to look back on pictures.  I will have to share a comparison post soon!

Avalon Elle, we just adore everything about you and are so thankful that you are ours.  Keep on being you, we just can't get enough!

Hoping you are having a wonderful week!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Princess Party with Dannon Danimals

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If you have read my blog for any amount of time, you know that I definitely do not claim to be a good cook (more the opposite!), but we love food at our house just like everyone else & it certainly is a big part of our daily routine.  Waverly has always been a good eater, something we are very thankful for, but lately is all about snacking, she would much prefer a different snack every thirty minutes or so than any kind of traditional meal, especially one that involves her sitting.  You know, still, in one spot. ;)  As much as I want to fight her on it I've decided to pick my battles, at least for now, what is most important to me is that she eats, even if it is only a little bit in between playing with her dolls and chasing the dog around trying to put necklaces on him.

So I am always on the hunt for great snack ideas, we recently discovered Dannon Danimals & they have quickly become a favorite around here!  Waverly loves them because she has a sweet tooth and they are fun for her to drink, I love them because they are sweet enough for her to love but provide "only the good stuff", with no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors, and provide a great source of calcium and vitamin D.  Even better, they are the perfect snack for on-the-go, something that is definitely needed now that we are a family of four! :)

Over the weekend, we spent some of our time inside hiding from all the rain with a princess party that incorporated our new favorite snack, Dannon Danimals!

I used two packs of smoothies, the strawberry & strawberry-kiwi flavors, one pack I wrapped in tulle to make princess skirts and the other I taught Waverly to use as stamps.  For the stamps, we just turned the smoothie upside down and dipped in paint, then placed on the kraft paper.  Or Waverly kind of pounded down, but she kind of got the idea.  After we made a row for a necklace, we drew a face and let Waverly decorate!  It was so much fun, which is something we are all about, and also a great way to get her snacking on something good for her while doing some of her favorite things.

You can find Dannon Danimals at Walmart, they also have a Play 60 contest going on right now!  If you find a "Golden Bongo" bottle (located in specially marked packages), you could win a Play60 field day for your school with NFL pros.  You can find out more here.

Happy snacking & happy Tuesday to you!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Weekend Stuff

I know we aren't the only ones who are drenched, literally, in what feels like months straight of rain, but seriously.  At this point even our rain boots are soaked, we've all forgotten what the sun looks like, and maybe the worst, Waverly's weekend dance class was cancelled which broke all of our hearts.  The good news, it looks like there finally may be an end in sight AND we may even get some seasonable fall weather later this week!  Cue the celebrations, I'll be doing backflips all the way to the pumpkin patch.

We made the best of our weekend though, lots of time spent inside playing with dolls, blocks & reading Waverly's favorite books.  Chili on the stove, college football, and a baby shower date for me and the littlest lady.  Some time spent on the ipad watching Peppa Pig and those crazy toy videos on you tube (tell me someone else's kid loves those!).  And luckily, a few trips outside between rain showers to cure some cabin fever, including one with a stop at the Starbucks drive-through to get treats for everyone.

And now, to tackle another Monday!  Wish us luck, Waverly's preschool mornings haven't gone quite as smoothly the past couple weeks.  She pretty much cries from the time we wake her up & tell her it's a school day until the time we get there, all the way to her room and then really gets the bucket tears going when we get to her class.  In Waverly's defense, every single kid in the class is crying with her (poor teacher, bless her), and I think she feeds off of it, especially since when we come to pick her up she is always happy and super excited to show me everything in her bookbag that she did that day. Drama queen, I have no idea where she gets it from.

PS - Waverly's first dress above is one of my favorites, the print is the cutest and it has a really cute back as well.  You can find it here, unfortunately I couldn't find it in grown-up size. ;)  Also, if you haven't already seen, maybe the greatest PSA ever, kid Hunter boots (like the ones Waverly are wearing in the top pictures) are on sale right now for 25% off.  They hardly ever go on sale and we love ours so, so much, they are definitely a great buy!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello, October!

It's so crazy hard to believe that October is here, but we are embracing it.  And excited for it.  It is little miss Avalon Elle's first Halloween and it just warms my holiday-loving heart to think about celebrating with her and for the first time as a family of four.

Avalon's Dress From Gap, No Longer Available Online - Avalon's Bow - My Flats
I feel like I'm usually more on top of my holiday game by this point, like I'm pretty sure Waverly's costume was already done & hung in her closet by this time last year, but I guess that's what happens when the amount of children you have doubles. ;)  I am finally getting together details for the girls Halloween costumes this week & am so excited to see them come together, yet probably should have taken the easier route and listened to Waverly when I asked her what she wanted to be and she said, "purple".

So our fall bucket list!  Despite it not really feeling like fall yet, another round of sicknesses being passed around the house, & the girls naps not overlapping in weeks (someone teach me your ways on that one!), we have been busy.  And having so much fun!  We took the girls on a hike, most people would probably call it a long walk, but there were lots of trees & we were in the woods, so I'm going with the hike thing.  It just sounds so much better, right?!

We have also been watching college football every Saturday, if you haven't caught it before we are BIG Alabama fans - ROLL TIDE! :) They haven't had the best start to the season but we are holding strong, my dad promised he would buy the girls some new headbands if they won so it's safe to say we are cheering extra hard.

I also threw all good judgement out the window & let Waverly paint a pumpkin in our family room since it was raining outside.  She is all about painting and crafts these days, especially if they involve her "favorite color in the whole wide world, purple", so she had the best time.  After about twenty minutes the entire pumpkin was covered, along with her & the mat, I wanted to freak out about how I was going to clean up the disaster while holding Avalon but couldn't when she looked up & said, "mommy, is it the most beautiful pun-kin patch you have ever seen?"  Absolutely.

Waverly's Leotard (Similar)
Next up on the list is obviously a trip to the pumpkin patch, which we are hoping to do sometime very soon if the weather cooperates!  Hoping to share pictures soon, and of course, wishing you all the happiest of Octobers with your sweet families!  XO