Being Brickner

Monday, April 24, 2017

Our Girls Corner with Minted

At the start of the school year I wanted to add some hooks and a little "school corner" for Waverly, which of course turned into a corner for both girls because, sisters.  They always want what the other has, and so even though Avalon doesn't go to school quite yet (or ever, if I have anything to do with it... ), she loves to take a backpack with her each day just like her big sissy does.  This space has gotten so much use this year, Waverly is really good about putting her backpack up each day when she gets home and I also try to use the hooks to add cardigans, jackets, hats or anything else the girls may need that day before I leave for work.

Hooks
We hung the hooks down low so that they could reach it, so that left a pretty large blank space above it and I really hadn't found anything I loved or that felt right to put there just 
yet.  A few weeks ago, Minted reached out about their Semi-Annual Foil Event and as I was scrolling through (so much pretty stuff!!!) I came across this and just knew it would be perfect.  I had a drawing of our family that Waverly had recently done so I uploaded that to be made into her own foil print, which was super easy, and our friends at Minted took care of the rest.  The day it came in the mail and I opened the, package my heart skipped a beat, it was just TOO sweet and I really will cherish it forever.  Waverly Maye was also very proud, I love that it is one of the first things you see when you open the door to our house!


Minted's Semi-Annual Foil Sale lasts until the end of today ONLY!!!  Use the code shine for 20% off, and it will be good for Mother's Day Delivery as well.  Happy shopping!!!  XO

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Bucket List

Easter is behind us and with weekends feeling like they are going by in the blink of an eye, I thought it would be fun to make a list of some of the fun things we want to get into over the next couple of months.  Not included but definitely at the top of our list, counting down to SUMMER!  After we put our Easter stuff away the other day Waverly asked what holiday was next and then said, "oh I know, summer!"  Yep.

1.  Picnic in the park.  Which will probably be Avalon's most preferred activity, most nights when we have dinner we ask everyone what their favorite part of the day was and EVERY SINGLE TIME, Avalon says "the biiiig slide".  Whether we went on a slide that day or not.

2.  Family Bike Ride.  We have a bike trailer (similar) that fits both girls and they love it so much, it is big enough to fit a cooler and snacks, blankets, or fishing rods for the lake near our house.

3.  Organize the Outdoor Toys for the Backyard.  We have super exciting plans for this weekend, to completely overhaul all our random outdoor toys to get better use out of them!  I feel like we have random bubbles, chalk, balls ... everywhere.

4.  Aquarium Day.  We recently got a yearly membership to the aquarium, it has a beautiful outdoor trail which I'm really excited to get some use out of.

5.  Baseball Game.  We haven't been to a baseball game yet with Avalon, I know she (and Waverly) will be in it all for the snacks.

6.  Beauty & The Beast.  We haven't been to see this yet so it's definitely on our list to do over the next couple of weeks.  Waverly LOVES the movies so much and it's become a really fun thing for just her & I to do together.  We did recently see Boss Baby, and it was super cute!

7.  Farmers Market for Flowers, Fruit & Veggies.  Always such a fun trip, this is such a fun time to year to do it!

8.  Playhouse Plans.  Both our girls have summer birthdays and we are planning to get them a big joint present this year, a new playhouse that can really grow with them!!  We have been going back & forth with how to do it, whether to buy a new one, buy a used one off Craig's List and make it our own, or for my husband to just build the entire thing.  I have been pinning some lately and there are SO many cute ones out there!  Hope to share some progress soon!

Also sharing some pictures from some of my spring break and other recent fun (including a few Easter activities), getting outside after a long winter has been the BEST!!!!!


Wishing you & yours a very happy weekend!!!
XO

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easter 2017

So I took a blogging break, completely unintentional, but it's been a crazy (and fun!) couple of weeks our way.  Last week Waverly & I both had spring break, which was so much fun, and I can't wait to share pictures!!!  But first, Easter.


Chairs
We went to Asheville over break and didn't get back until late Thursday night, so I couldn't wait to fit in all the Easter things with the girls before the official holiday. Saturday night, we set out cookies (and carrots & ranch, per Waverly Maye) and just like Christmas, Waverly insisted that everyone go to bed immediately and without books so that the Easter bunny would come visit our house.  It was so funny, she looked me straight in the eye and said "mom seriously, do not go downstairs at all, you can't even get ice cream".   Because she knows I like to eat ice cream at night all by myself in my bed. ;)  All the while, Avalon couldn't stop talking about how she "high-fived the bunny, but no hug", when we saw him at a festival that day.  She was so proud.  Once they got up Sunday morning, they couldn't wait to go downstairs and see if he came, the sight of them walking up to their baskets holding hands was so magical and just the sweetest ever.

Until they started arguing over who got the purple fairy wings and who got the pink.  Note to self, identical Easter baskets from here on out. :)

Table (Similar)
We had breakfast at our house and let the girls play outside, and then went to my sister's for brunch with my family and an egg hunt.  The weather here was so good, way warmer than any other recent Easter holidays, so we loved getting to eat outside and it really feeling like spring!!!

After naps and a couple walks around the neighborhood, we had dinner and lots of dessert with my in-laws, Waverly & Avalon loved being able to play with their cousins and extend their sugar high just a little bit longer!  As I was putting the girls to bed, I couldn't help but feel a little sad that another holiday had come and gone so quickly.  I know the days of our kids finding holidays so magical are numbered, and as exhausting as they sometimes can be, living them again through my kids eyes are one of my favorite parts of being a parent.  I always try my hardest to make each holiday so special and happy for them, but it really will never compare to how special they make it for me.


Hope you had a wonderful Easter and weekend with your family and loved ones!!! XO

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch

We hosted our annual Easter Egg Hunt and brunch over the weekend, something we look forward to every year!!  We started this with our friends and their little ones after we moved into our house when Waverly was two, and I have loved watching the kids grow each year so much.  Life seems to get busier and crazier all the time, so even though we have a lot of friends who have kids the same age as ours, it's hard to get together that often.  Every time we do, it's so worth it and I find myself thankful for my kids being able to grow up alongside the kids of my best friends from my own childhood.

Waverly was so excited to help with everything this year, we let her hide a couple of the eggs (for the "babies"), and she never turns down an opportunity to help me bake some cupcakes.  We did some mimosas and this French toast bake overnight, and then everyone brought something to share.  The kids had so much fun hunting, although looking back I know to get a lot more eggs to hide next year, turns out four-year olds can hunt way better and faster than three-year olds can. ;)


Our yearly photo at the end, I couldn't get the camera back far enough to get all the kids in the frame, a total of thirteen (so far!).  Love these babes so much!!! :)  You can see last year's hunt here and the year before here & here - all of which confirm my babies are growing TOO fast!  XO

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Real Life & Weekend Scenes

There's nothing quite like sharing some weekend pictures on a Thursday!! ;)  This week has been crazy, it started off Monday afternoon when I drove all the way across the city to take both girls to the dentist.  It takes a lot of planning to accomplish things like that during the week, I had to meet the girls sitter early and pack extra things, then find the place (which took forever), tell a very nervous Waverly the entire way that she would be just fine, get both girls out of car seats and onto the second floor, all to find out - our appointment was the following month, the same day

There's more.

So we took the walk of shame out of the dentist, and to make up for all the confusion, I decided to take the girls to the Chick-Fil-A playplace we drove by.  We had never been to that one before, so I let the girls explore it while I ordered, nuggets & fries for them and an ice cream cone for me (I felt like I deserved it).  I walked in and was so excited to finally relax, eat my cone and sit down while they played, when Waverly starts screaming from the top of her lungs because she is petrified of the height and wants down immediately.  I tried talking her down, it wasn't working, and neither did climbing up to get her because I DIDN'T FIT through the playplace tunnel.  I would like to send a public apology to that poor dad who had to watch me try, while still in my floral dress from work, all while Waverly was crying bucket tears scared out of her mind and Avalon was freaking out because I didn't want to help her up to go down the slide again, she has no fear and loved the damn crazy place.  These are the days, my friends.  Somehow I already know I will miss this perfect little chaos years from now.

Sharing some pictures from the weekend, our weather was SO GOOD!  We spend almost all of our time outside, endless walks and park dates and outdoor picnics.  Spring weather, stay forever!!!!!


The picture of Avalon at the end cracks me up, she is so proud of showing off her belly lately, it's the cutest thing ever for now. :)  Hope you guys are having a wonderful week! XO

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Farewell, Winter!

Happy spring, friends!  I don't know that there is any other season change I like more than winter to spring, by this point we are always dying for some fresh air, and of course we love pastels, floral, and all the Easter things!!!  Waverly & I both have our spring breaks in just a few weeks, and we are SO EXCITED!  Because of the snowstorm and random week off shortly after Christmas, pretty much all of our holidays since then became make-up days, so we are currently in desperate need of a week with no routine and no schedule.  It will be the perfect practice to hold us over until summer!

I thought I would round-up some of my favorite images from this winter, I sometimes wonder if I take too many pictures (ha!), but then putting these all together to look back on makes me so happy.  I am a true believer that looking at a picture can take you right back to the moment, and these all remind me of what a sweet, sweet season of life we are in!  I will always remember this as the winter that Waverly really "grew up", from a toddler to a big girl, and that Avalon started talking and really came into her own as a toddler.  The girls bond is stronger than ever, they fight more than they did before but also make up just as quickly, and it's in these past few months that I've really stepped back and let them do their thing.  Life with two kids has in some ways become harder (with two really on the move and opinionated), but in other ways easier, and as always, this stage of life is just flying by more than my heart can take.


See ya next year winter, thanks for being so good to us!!!
XO