Our last day of school was Friday, the final few weeks of the year are always insane and this year felt even busier than usual.  Seriously, 486 end of the year parties at both Waverly’s elementary school + Avalon’s preschool, on top of swim team + dance recitals, Avalon’s birthday, all my end of the year school stuff, plus a baby.  I was definitely questioning my sanity for a minute but WE DID IT!  And it’s one of those things where the crazy has to get really crazy before completely calming down, so I am super excited for a laid-back few weeks ahead (or as laid-back as it gets with three kids!) and way less scheduled events for a while.

I’m taking a minute to document the girls school years, Waverly just finished first grade and Avalon another year of preschool, so next year we will have a SECOND-GRADER and Avalon will be in PreK.  Crazytown.  They both love school, Waverly is definitely our more outgoing child – she knows everyone + is always the first to introduce herself + also just ADORES her teachers (and is the first to test her limits!).  She remembers everything about every spirit day or school event and loves to play school with her sisters in the evenings, and especially to recite the morning annoucements word for word while sitting at the little school desk in her room.  This year she started a Spanish immersion program and can really speak it, she also loves to write and PE is her favorite subject.

Avalon Elle, our shy girlie, she takes a minute to warm up to people but once she does she loves you forever.  And is exactly like this at school.  She is such a rule follower, always sitting perfectly in criss-cross applesauce and won’t even talk in the hallways when we are walking her out of school. 🙂  Her favorite subject is “dramatic play” and anytime she does an art project she picks the color blue.  She loves her two little best girlfriends and talks about them all the time, but also loves coming home and getting into her “cozy clothes” (always including socks) with her family just as much.  One more year until she is at the big school with Waverly, I definitely don’t want to speed things up but I am sooooo excited thinking about them going to the same school together.

Also sharing a few photos from them both in their costumes before their dance recital, ohhh how this was the sweetest thing ever!

Hope your start to summer is the best ever! XO

We celebrated Avalon Elle turning four a couple weekends back with the sweetest little pig party at our house, followed by an afternoon at the pool!  This was such a fun party to plan for Avi, she has loved Peppa Pig forever (at least two years, which is seriously long for a toddler and way longer than our girls have loved anything else).  I am the first to admit that I don’t love characters, so we did a fun twist with the pig theme and still had Peppa Pig plates + hats for her birthday dinner with family on her actual special day.

I had a local bakery create the cake I found on Pinterest + used this as the inspiration for everything else.  Balloons are are my favorite way to bring color into a party, such an easy and inexpensive way to add a fun backdrop!  The paper products are a mix of online finds and the sweetest floral assortment from my friends at Twigs + Twirls!!  We kept it small, just a couple girls from Avalon’s class + close friends/family, which was truly the best celebration for our girl.  She had the best day and for the second year in a row told me at the end of the day, “this was the best birthday ever”. 🙂 Always worth it.

The pig rocker was a Facebook Marketplace find a few weeks ago, I had been looking for it forever (it is discontinued at Crate + Kids) and was so excited to gift it on her special day.  It has gotten lots of love already, from all three of our girls!!!

Thank you to our friends + family for making our Avalon Elle feel so loved, sources from the party are linked below! XO

Pig BalloonsConfetti BallooonsPig PlatesFloral Paper Goods TableRunnerCustom Birthday Crown — Cookies Handmade Made By Sister-In-Law

 

 

Our sweetest Avi girl is FOUR!  I am not going to lie, I love + hate my girls birthdays all at the same time.  It is so hard watching them grow all too fast but also sooooo much fun seeing the amazing little people they become and also how excited they get for their special day.  Avalon has been looking forward to her birthday for weeks, mostly for her girlfriends from her class to come to our house and to be able to have two vitamin gummies each morning like Waverly instead of just one.

We celebrated with the sweetest little pig party over the weekend (will definitely share details soon!!) and then yesterday she had camp in the morning, we went to a little playplace in the afternoon + had pizza for dinner with family last night.

A few of the things I want to remember about four-year old Avalon forever, followed by some of my favorite photos of her from the past year.

She is still our tomboy, loves balls + the color blue (was the only girl in her class to choose blue + orange for her tshirt on tie-dye day!).  But this year she has definitely come into her own with her girly side too, she started dance and looooves it, and also is forever sneaking into my bathroom to put on makeup.

She is our lover of sweets + snacks and also our kid that needs the least sleep.  She stopped napping as soon as she turned two and has never looked back, she almost always is up past Waverly in their shared room at night + wakes up before her in the morning, too.

Her favorite thing is to “be cozy”, she changes into a tee and shorts as soon as she gets home in the afternoons and ALWAYS has to have a pair of socks on.

She is so animated and soooooo silly!  She really is so funny and loves when she knows she is making us laugh, especially Waverly.  She also is the first to come help if Remerie is upset, she can make her happy instantly almost every single time and I am just so excited to see the three of them grow together in the years to come.

Her sweetness is EVERYTHING.  She is literally the sweetest kid, always thinking of everyone else first + just has the cutest little demeanor about her.  I have said this since the day she was born and just know it will never change, she is just a light and pure sunshine!!!!

The last photo is from yesterday morning, living her very best life in her Peppa Pig hat + eating her favorite breakfast of cinnamon rolls with extra icing.

My sweet Avalon Elle, my heart literally bursts with love for you.  I cannot ever imagine a life without your biggest smile + silliness and cutest little voice in all the world.  HAPPY FOURTH BIRTHDAY little love, I hope it was as magical as you are to me!

One of my favorite times of the year, writing that summer bucket list!!  Last year I kept it simple since I was super pregnant + we had just moved into our new house, and this year we have a baby and still tons of house projects that we want to complete, so simple again it is!

Sometimes I feel bad that in our current season of life, with Remerie so little, Waverly + Avalon don’t always get to do as much as they did before.  Then I remember how fast that will change and also how much they adore her.  Also they really don’t need a ton of fancy, scheduled events to have fun.  Honestly the times I let them “be bored” and don’t plan them anything to do for a few minutes are the ones where I find they are the most creative and that I LOVE to sit by and watch them.  So here’s this year’s list — super simple, realistic, and with low expectations — also with only the things I know that will make them the happiest.  Which make me the happiest.

1 — Homemade Popsicles.

2 — Farmers Market.

3 — Breakfast on the Beach.

4 — Fishing with Daddy.

5 — Water Balloon Fight.

6 — Zoo Day.

7 — Trip to the Childrens Museum.

8 — Indoor Camping Night.

We also are soooo excited to spend lots more time at our neighborhood pool, one of our favorite things about our new house!  It officially opened last weekend and we were able to get everyone in their suits for the first time, I am SO IN LOVE with these darling swimmers from Kortni Jeanne, the cut is the cutest ever.

Happiest SUMMER to you + yours, sending lots of love, caffeine, wine, and extra patience! XO

We look forward to taking our girls to the farm to pick strawberries every spring, it’s by far one of our favorite traditions and this year we got to bring along sweet little Remie Rue!  It was so funny, she loved it sooooooo much, it was probably one of her favorite activities of her eight months of life so far.  We really let her get into it, she was crawling around, squeezing the strawberries + completely covered in juice by the end of our time there, but – WORTH IT.  I could look at these pictures of her forever.

Waverly always gets excited to go, she loves strawberries and is my child who is very competitive and takes things like this very seriously.  Avalon could really care less, and honestly was just in it for the giant lollipop she got afterwards, but ended up picking more strawberries than last year — and was also super into helping Remerie pick hers as well.  I know I saw this all the time, but these are EXACTLY the kinds of memories I want my kids to look back on from their childhood.  It’s not always easy to make work, especially now with a baby and busy big girls and just all the craziness of life, but it’s so important to me!  Also yummy strawberries afterwards are an added bonus.

Our strawberry picking adventure from last year is linked here, you know I love a good comparison post!!  Happy LONG weekend! XO