Being Brickner

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer Vacation 2017

Last week, the girls and I took a little beach vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with my parents & younger brother.  We had been looking forward to this forever, actually ever since almost a year ago, when we took this exact trip (to the same resort, this year we stayed just a few rooms away).  We were really hoping to bring my husband this time around, and that was the plan, but we have been working on the girls bathroom remodel and since it's not quite done (and we literally have no bath in the house at the moment), it made the most sense for him to stay and have some time to actually focus on it.  Lesson learned, DIY projects with a two & four year old take much longer than you originally thought.

Waverly was so happy about it, she kept asking when we were leaving on our "field trip", and tried to pack her bag at least three days before we left.  It's about a six hour drive, and we decided on leaving at 1 in the morning so the girls would sleep through it and my dad (who was driving) could get still some sleep before we get there, and of course that totally backfired on us.  The girls were both way too excited to get any sleep, so they pretty much stayed up throughout the night, which in turn meant we did, too! ;)  Thankfully on the way back, when we left at 7pm and tried to do the same thing, they were completely exhausted and were out before we even left the resort parking lot.  I'm convinced we will be feeling the effects of this trip for at least another week, but it was so worth it!!!!  Vacation memories are some of the very best, both girls were just in awe of everything they saw and just high on life that we left any sort of routine back at home.  My most favorite part was watching their excitement and their happiness was contagious -- of course mixed in with a few meltdowns, too.

Last year on this trip Avalon learned to walk and this year, she pretty much started talking in paragraphs, and Waverly mastered going under water across at least half the pool along with a pretty impressive shallow-end handstand.  Can't wait to take them back next year, this time with daddy in tow!!!  The biggest thank you to my parents (and brother) for taking us, and for helping with the craziness.  I definitely wouldn't have survived without them! :)

PS - I haven't read a book in forever, but took this one with me on the trip and got through over half of it, EVERY MOM MUST GET THIS!!!!  It is absolutely amazing, so inspiring, and there is just so much to relate to.  I can't say enough about it, I actually plan to re-read it a few times!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Halfway through Summer.

I think I probably looked forward to this summer more than any other one yet, and so far, it's living up to all the hype.  The girls are both at such fun ages, especially as Avalon gets older, and this is really the first time that their interests are a lot alike and that they can do so many of the same things.  They both love anything water-related, which is pretty funny because Avalon seemed so scared of it at first, but now she is able to go down most of the slides at the waterpark, can wade around in the water at the bay for hours, and just last week, started jumping off the diving board at the pool (which is all ironically way earlier than Waverly did all of that!).  Waverly gets so excited about it, she loves to help catch her when she comes down or put her floatie on for her, I think she will forever "baby" her no matter what age she gets.

Of course it's also so freaking nice to be off work and able to spend so much more time at home.  I will always cherish slow summer mornings and getting to make the girls a big breakfast while they watch their favorite shows, there is just something so sweet about kids in the morning time and I try to never take those moments for granted.  The girls sitter (who watches them a couple days during the week during the year) has also been taking them for a few hours each Monday, just to give me some time to myself and it's been GLORIOUS.  I really never take time for myself and even though I spend most of it running errands solo or doing some long-awaited projects around the house, it's amazing how refreshed and rejuvenated I feel afterwards.

And in case you just came for pictures. :)

Waverly's freckles coming through from the sun and Avalon's tan skin (that she totally gets from her daddy) --things I never want to forget.  Love these summer girls so much!!!!  Hope your season is off to a great start and wishing you the happiest days ahead! XO

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Waverly & Avalon's Joint Pool Party

We celebrated our sweet girls turning TWO & FIVE over the weekend with a pool party, it was so much fun and I am so excited to share some pictures from their special day.  I mentioned before that we decided on a joint party this year (Avalon's birthday was at the beginning of June and Waverly's is at the end of July), I loved the idea of it and ask me now after their party, I would 110% say the same and am totally on board to do this forever! ;)  Not only is it way easier to do just one party, but we have a lot of extended family and friends who want to celebrate the girls and this way, we get to do that but each of them also can have their own (way more low key) thing on their actual birthday with their little friends, at any place they choose to go.

This party was actually one of the easier ones I have planned, as I knew all anyone would want to do is swim and have fun in the pool (which was definitely the case!).  We went with a blue and green theme, with a few pops of pink, both inspired by the girls suits and the cutest cake idea we found on Pinterest.  We set out bubbles, water guns and water balloons in the colors of the party, and did two games (found here & here if you are planning a pool party, these were so much fun and perfect for this age group!).  For food, we did a chicken nugget tray we got at Chick-Fil-A and some kid friendly snacks, along with a blue margarita for the adults that ended up being a huge hit (we actually ended up going on an ABC store run doing the party for a second round, not sure what that says about us ...).  The setup was super cute, a special thank you to my mom for helping with everything per usual and surprising me with cupcakes that spelled out each of the girls names.

I pretty much didn't see Waverly most of the party, she was having way too much fun with all her friends and is still talking about how "awesome" everything was.  Avalon was content eating (and eating some more), and then later having her daddy throw in her in the pool 100 times in a row.  They were so sweet opening their presents after the party that night, Waverly made sure she helped Avalon with hers and they lined everything they got in the front of the living room.  I never want to forget how Avalon kept saying "my paw-ty" or how Waverly kept asking where everyone would park and how she stood out in the driveway waiting for the first person to arrive. 

Happiest birthday to my summer girls, I love you both more than you will ever know and you bring so much joy to so many lives!!!!!  XO

Friday, July 7, 2017

Fourth of July 2017

I can hardly believe that we are rounding out the first week of July already!  We had the best Fourth of July, I always look forward to this holiday so much and am already feeling a little sad that we have to wait an entire year before it coming around again.

We kicked off the festivities Monday by getting ready for the next day, we made some fun treats (so easy and cute, found here), and the girls got together some things for the parade we were going to the following day.  I love how excited they get for holidays, Waverly had learned "God Bless America" and "Yankee Doodle" at school this year and had been singing it for days, so Avalon had picked up on it too and was singing it with her for pretty much the entire weekend.

We got up really early Tuesday morning to head to our friends house for breakfast and their parade.  We have one in our neighborhood that we have gone to for the past few years, but it's pretty low key and we were excited to try something new out.  We loved it so much, it was way more legit than ours (with actual big firetrucks and people handing out candy), so we think this will be our new tradition!  Afterwards we put the girls back in their suits and headed to the bay, it was the perfect weather and everyone pretty much stayed in the water the entire day.  Exactly how the Fourth should be.

We cooked out with my parents and did sparklers, this was the first year that I actually got my act together to have a set of sparklers for them to use and Waverly loved them.  I ended up ordering a huge set so am excited to use them more this summer!  We rode our bikes to the beach and both girls were so excited to watch the show, they had their headphones on but didn't even use them!  It was the sweetest sight ever, Waverly just sat and watched so taken by it all, about halfway through she said, "I could watch this all day". :)  And Avalon just kept yelling whatever color the firework was, it was my favorite part of the day for sure!

Hope you had the best Fourth with your family and friends!  And HAPPY WEEKEND -- it's here already! XO