Being Brickner

Friday, January 13, 2017

Family Pictures

I'm finally getting around to posting some of our family photos we had done back in September, and to be honest, I probably only found the time to go through them because of the snowstorm that hit and kept us at home for four days straight!  It was just so hard to narrow them down, I love these images so much and could have easily chosen twenty more favorites.  Brooke is the best about hanging with us for as long as our girls will last and taking a million pictures, mainly of us just being "us" and doing things we normally would.  One of the many reasons I am obsessed with her and will treasure all the moments she has captured of our family over the years forever & ever.

It's crazy to think about how far we have come since September.  We actually did these the weekend before I started my new job, something that came after a pretty stressful few months, and something we were so excited for but also pretty nervous about.  Turns out, it was the best thing that could have happened to us.  Fast forward four months to now, and we have settled into a routine, the girls are thriving, and not for nothing, the countdown to my three month summer vacay is already on (one of the best perks of my teaching job!).  Everything happens for a reason, my friends.  Forever thankful for this life and these people I get to spend it with.

All images taken by my sweet friend Brooke of Brooke Tucker Photography.  Love her!

Happy, happy weekend friends!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Snow 2017

Well, we are on day THREE of no school over here, and loving every minute!!!  It initially started snowing late Friday night after we went to bed, we woke up Saturday morning to a couple inches of snow, with flurries still coming down strong and no sign of it stopping anytime soon.  Waverly was all kinds of excited, she set out everyone's clothes and was talking a mile a minute, so we put breakfast on hold while we layered both girls up and took them out!  Avalon was definitely a little more hesitant than her big sister, and it was absolutely freezing, but it was so magical to be able to see their little eyes light up with something so new & different.  We really don't get to see this sort of thing often, especially this much of it - by the end of the day, we had about eight inches!  We've spent each day since going out to play in it at least a couple times, my husband bought a couple of sleds from a guy on Craig's List and we have gotten a ton of use out of them.  Inside, we have been passing the time with the girls new toys from Christmas, some movies, baking, and eating lots of snow cream.  It's almost felt like a second Christmas break, we are totally wishing for this to happen every year!

Hope you are staying warm your way!  Happy halfway through the week!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday Favorites

The first work week of 2017 is (almost) over, we made it, friends!!!  It was actually really nice to be back into a routine again, we all really do best that way and I always find that weekends are that much more exciting after a long week.  We are double excited about this weekend, SNOW is in the forecast and we are crossing our fingers that they actually got it right this time!  We've been doing snow dances non-stop and Waverly is begging to "make herself an ice queen".  We really didn't get much more than a dusting last year, so I would love to see both our little girls in the snow together this time around!

I thought I would share some things I have been loving lately, there's nothing quite like curing your post-holiday blues with some new pretty things! :)  We have been replacing our reds & greens from Christmas with brights and pastels, it's been so much fun to lighten up and has me all kinds of ready for spring.

This throw from Anthro is gorgeous, I can think of so many places that I would love to put it!!!  We recently got this quilt from there, I think I posted about it when we got it but haven't shared how much we absolutely love it.  It is way more expensive than any of the comforters we have gotten before, but you can tell the difference so much!  It gets softer and even more beautiful with every wash, and already has held up to two kids jumping on it at least once a day.

My mom got me this book for Christmas, it's specifically for moms, and basically you write one sentence at the end of each day.  I have loved this so far, it kind of goes along with choosing one positive part of each day no matter what, which I started doing a couple months back.  It really is amazing how doing this completely shifts your way of thinking, and helps remind you of how much goodness there is in this crazy season of life!  I really have a hard time picking just one sentence each night!

We are always looking to the next holiday over here, so Valentine's Day brainstorming is under way!!!  I actually walked into Waverly bringing out the Valentine's books in the playroom the other day, we have already been reading them each night!  I love these leggings, I got them for Waverly along with these tights for Avalon, and have been eyeing this countdown calendar, I know both girls would have so much fun with this!

And lastly, just a couple pictures to go along with the first!  We recently went ice skating, or actually Joe and Waverly went ice skating while the other half of the family watched, because Avalon was too little and I was the worst ever.  This was our second year in a row, Waverly had a really hard time last year (she got frustrated easily) but did much better this time around and it was precious!!!!  Also pictured, Avalon showing off her lips with a face stained from candy, how I will forever remember her from the holidays this year! :)

Wishing you a very warm, happy, fun-filled weekend!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hello, 2017!

Happiest twenty-SEVENTEEN, friends!!!!  We had a pretty low-key New Year's over here, we had originally planned to go over a friends for dinner while my parents watched the girls, but plans fell through at the last-minute and we ended up staying home.  Which was perfect.  As much as we love to celebrate with friends, home (in our PJs) is where we are happiest and the years going by at lightning speed really are the best reminder that these special days with our babies at home are passing us by all too quickly.

I got my nails done (!!!) New Years Eve morning and picked up a few things I thought would make the day extra special.  Confetti & some beads (that we will surely be finding around the house for the entire rest of the year), candles to make a cake, and a set of poppers that we did outside before it got too dark.  We made some dips to watch the football games - ROLL TIDE! - and looked up a video online to countdown with the girls before they went to bed.  My husband made a steak dinner for two, we each had one glass of champagne, and were in bed by ten just in time to get enough sleep for an early wake-up call in the morning from two very happy little girls.


To say we are excited about starting a new year is very much an understatement.  After two career changes for me in 2016, we are finally starting to feel settled and like we have things figured out again.  I am feeling very optimistic about 2017, the year that I have decided is the year I won't have any resolutions or words of the year, or career moves. ;)  Instead, I have just been thinking about some little things I want to accomplish, like playing more music around the house, taking more videos, and just saying "yes" more.  My goal has always been to make the most of every day, make a fun & memorable life for my family, and I can't wait to do more of that in the new year!!!!

Hope you had the most wonderful holiday ever!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas is over, can you even believe it???  I am convinced that it just keeps going by faster & faster every year (and also that I am a little bit more exhausted at the end of it every year, too).  We had the most magical couple of days, and by the morning after Christmas had very full hearts, full bellies, and LOTS of new toys for the girls to play with for at least the entire new year! ;) 

I always look forward to Christmas Eve, so much excitement and anticipation!  We go to my grandparents each year, I have since I was a little girl, and it's just so much fun being able to bring my own two girls there now and watch them have the same joy that I always did.  My very favorite part of the night was on our drive home, we had been talking about Santa with Waverly for weeks (as well as tracking him on our phones and face-timing him on an app), and she just could not wait to get to bed to make sure he didn't skip our house, since she had heard that so many times before.  When we got home we were able to talk her into reading "The Night Before Christmas" & throwing our reindeer food on the lawn, but then she immediately really wanted to go to bed.  She told Avalon to not make a sound, asked us if "Santa will still come if Avalon cries, because he knows babies cry, right?", and then pointed at my husband & I and told us not to leave our room.  As soon as her head hit the pillow she was immediately asleep, it was the craziest thing ever and I wish we had that magic every night. ;)  I just loved how sweet it was and I know I will never forget it.

I've never been able to sleep well on Christmas Eve night, and this year was absolutely no different, I could not wait to see the girls faces when they came down the stairs.  We loved playing Santa and creating a fun little scene for them to see once they turned the corner!!  I ended up getting a dress rack for them to share for their playroom and filling it with some fun accessories and play clothes, which I know they will love, but I was most excited for Waverly to see her Trolls bike.  It was the only thing that she asked Santa for when she sat on his lap (even though she had previously asked for a Shopkins bike which my mom had already bought then later returned), so we just knew we had to have it Christmas morning for her.  Avalon loved going through everything so much, her favorite of all was probably the Elmo toothpaste in her stocking. ;)  Their joy was contagious and I wish I could do it a thousand more times!!!  Afterwards, we went outside and let Waverly ride her bike, it's so her, full of purple and glitter and the girly things! :)  We had brunch with family and then spent the rest of the afternoon getting ready for dinner while Avalon took a nap, and loved hosting my side of the family for the evening.  Such a busy and memorable day!

Hope your Christmas was absolutely wonderful!!!!!  And happiest almost New Year, so close!