Our Weekend

I hope that you ladies had the sweetest Mother’s Day weekend, that you got some time with those you love & of course, that you were able to relax, too!!  We have known for a while now that we would spend ours out of town for my little sister’s college graduation, it was something I was really excited for & slightly afraid of all at the same time.  The car ride there is about five hours, which is about five hours more than Waverly enjoys being in the car seat. 😉  Seriously, she does not like to be strapped down at all ever, I even get anxiety on the 20-minute drive home from my mom’s house during the week. 

So I was fully prepared for a disaster of a road-trip, but did my best to pack & plan to make all our lives a little bit easier.  We aimed to leave at nap time & spent the couple hours before outside getting some energy out.

We thought we were golden when Waverly fell asleep as we were pulling on to the interstate, yet matters took a turn for the worse when she opened her eyes about 30 minutes later & said “all-done”.  Long story short, she never went back to sleep & we resorted to every move imaginable for the (five hour turned into seven hour due to traffic) drive to see my sister.  We played games, sang songs, called each other’s cell phones to talk on speaker, & finally, I held my head out the window to let my hair fly about twenty times in a row because she thought it was hilarious.  The good news was we made it alive & I think Waverly has a short enough memory that she has forgiven us for making her go through that.  (If only the rest of us could forget, too.)
The next morning was graduation, Waverly wore yellow in honor of the colors of the school & also because it is currently one of my favorite colors to see her in!  I am loving seeing this bright shade everywhere lately, there really isn’t a better color for spring.

I love my big, crazy family so much & love how much Waverly does, too.  We ended up all (six of us) sharing one hotel room for the weekend because they had hiked the prices up so much for graduation.  We were sharing beds, sleeping on chairs, & climbing over each other to figure out a way to get ready.  Not the most ideal situation for sure, but Waverly thought it was pretty much the coolest thing ever.  Now that we are home & Waverly is back to sleeping in her own room by herself, she has a lot less people to entertain or applaud her & is definitely less than impressed.  She really did have the best time, the craziness was well worth it & may even have convinced me to travel more often. :)

Thanks to everyone who entered the Freshly Picked Moccasin Giveaway last week.  Entries will be accepted until 12pm tonight & the winner will be announced on Wednesday’s #littlethingslinkup post.  Good luck to you all!



  1. May 12, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    Happy belated Mother's Day! And Congrats to your sister!! I'm giggling at you all staying in the same hotel room – that's totally something my family would do, too!

  2. May 12, 2014 / 4:08 pm

    Waverly is adorable! Seriously, baby fashion inspiration here. I love love that yellow dress and floral headband!

  3. May 12, 2014 / 4:21 pm

    Oh that car ride sounds tough! Glad you all survived! Happy (late) Mother's Day Ashley!

  4. May 12, 2014 / 4:24 pm

    Wow you guys are serious troopers! How did she do on the way home? I might have laughed at the image of you hanging your head out of the window. Congrats to your sister!

  5. May 12, 2014 / 4:42 pm

    Glad you had a great Mother's Day and congratulations to your sister! Waverly's little cross body purse is too cute!

  6. May 12, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    Yellow *does* look amazing on her!!

  7. May 12, 2014 / 6:15 pm

    What a fun weekend (minus the car ride- those are never fun)! Love Waverly's little yellow dress and gladiator sandals; she's always so stylin'! I am traveling across the country with Scarlett by myself on Wednesday to attend my sisters graduation next weekend… to say I am a little stressed is an understatement!

  8. May 12, 2014 / 6:34 pm

    I'm definitely glad you survived this weekend! AND the 7 hours drive?! Seesh. I thought I was the only one with a child who refuses to car nap! You have the cutest family!! And there is NO beating having your toddler back in their own bed… And OWN ROOM!

  9. May 12, 2014 / 6:42 pm

    What a fun weekend! She is too cute for words friend! 🙂

  10. May 12, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    Oh that yellow stress, gladiator sandals and kitty purse – be still my heart. Too precious for words! Yellow is def Miss Waverlys color:) I died laughing reading your description of all the creative things you tried to do to keep her entertained in the car. Her 'all done' announcement was epic and was exactly what you were dreading, I'm sure! So glad you got to be with your family. Looks like you guys had a great time:)

  11. May 12, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    Happy belated Mother's Day!! I'm glad you had a great time with your lovely family. You and your sister look so much a like, both gorgeous! Xoxo

  12. May 12, 2014 / 7:45 pm

    Yay for fun weekends with family! Poor Sadie doesn't know any other way than to have to ride in the car foreverrrr to get somewhere! Glad you all made it there and back safely and held on to some of your sanity! xoxo

  13. May 12, 2014 / 8:21 pm

    Love both of your dresses! And that headband…I can't even!

  14. May 12, 2014 / 8:22 pm

    I had to laugh at the "all done" moment after her nap. Isn't that how it always goes with kids? haha Those sandals are the cutest ever! I love that family pic of all of you. Happy Mother's Day girl!! 🙂

  15. May 12, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    aw…long car rides are really hard with little ones, but it seems like all went well! I LOVE the color of your hair, by the way! It's so pretty! : )

  16. May 12, 2014 / 8:53 pm

    Waverly's outfit is just adorable!

  17. May 12, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    oh man, those early wakings during what needs to be a LONG car nap are the worst! However, I'm so glad you guys made it…and could she be any more adorable in her bright yellow?!?

  18. May 12, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    Congratulations to your sister, and yay for a successful and fun weekend with your loved ones <3

  19. May 12, 2014 / 11:46 pm

    Happy Mother's Day and congratulations to your sister!. We took our first roadtrip as a family of five, and Evelyn did pretty good. Now we'll just have to wait and see (and pray a lot) how a trip from CA to PA goes next month!

  20. May 13, 2014 / 12:20 am

    Glad you found some ways to keep Waverly entertained!! Lol! And happy Mother's Day to you! Xoxo.

  21. May 13, 2014 / 12:34 am

    I can't even believe those sandals. They are so cute! Happy Mother's Day! XO

  22. May 13, 2014 / 2:27 am

    All of you in the hotel room! hahaha!

    I'm also dying at the image of you putting your head out of the window over and over. #momlife

  23. Anonymous
    May 13, 2014 / 3:33 am

    Rae HATES her car ride also. When we moved from NC to Oregon I thought we were all going to loose it because it was 5 twelve hour days.. thankfully it was much better than I thought. Waverly is the most fashionable little babe ever! So sweet!

    • May 13, 2014 / 12:05 pm

      Gosh, I can't even imagine! That one car ride did me in for a few months! 😉

  24. May 13, 2014 / 12:51 pm

    Are you kidding me?!! Waverly is the cutest thing ever all dressed up for Graduation!! I hear ya about the car rides we do it every couple of months to visit family and it is a doozy!!! Love the idea of letting your hair blow out the window! Ha too fun!! Coolest mom ever!

  25. May 13, 2014 / 1:54 pm

    Oh no! Poor Waverly. And mommy and daddy. I wish you had posted about this earlier and I could have given some advice. We've taken Mason on a couple long car rides…one to Arizona, one to New Mexico, and one to Northern California. Ranged between 5-7 hours each. To be honest, this probably isn't the best parent advice ever, but I recommend lots of snacks and the iPad. I wouldn't normally want my kid to watch so much Mickey (or me to watch so much Mickey lol) but when it comes to a peaceful car ride, all rules are out the window! Hope you had the best Mother's Day! xo

  26. May 13, 2014 / 4:49 pm

    Ohhhhhhhhh long car rides… ugh! haha! Glad you made it with all your hair still in tact! 😉 And a very Happy Mother's Day and congrats to your sister!!!!

  27. May 13, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    OMG! Her headband! Precious!! 🙂

  28. May 14, 2014 / 2:12 am

    She is just a beauty and so darling in yellow! Yikes, I totally feel you on road trips. We have to do a 6-7 hour one quite regularly. Let me tell you, even though you might judge us – our lives changed in the car after K got an iPad for Xmas! I mean, girl does NOT sleep in the car much and hates being strapped down. Now we have Baby Einstein, Yo Gabba Gabba, and a couple of her favorite movies (usually, Rio) – and she is content and happy to sit there for awhile before we need a break. Not everyone's okay with that, but it's been our lifesaver on road trips now.

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

    • May 14, 2014 / 12:28 pm

      Thanks love!!! I am totally not above IPADS at all, you gotta do what you gotta do! 😉

  29. May 14, 2014 / 3:51 am

    Oh momma, I am sooo sorry! We vacation to AZ in March and it's a good 6-7 hour drive. We aimed for leaving at nap time but I guess that ship sailed long before we got in the jeep, because girlfriend didn't sleep. She just screamed and whined for 3 hours straight. It was so super fun… NOT! Luckily the drive home was a whole different ball game, and a couple weeks later we had to turn around and drive another 6-7 hours to CO for my Grandma's funeral and Mia was an angel both ways! Shortly after that we did a couple 3-4 hour drives across the state and those were easy peasy compared to the other drives! For Mia, the more we did it, the more she got used to the idea of being entertained differently AND sleeping in the car.
    Oh, and did I mention that she was still in the infant seat for those? Poor girl! Facing backwards for all of that! I'm excited (and terrified) to see how she will like our next road trip facing forward! And we are so ready to invest in having screens set in the back of our headrest so that maybe, just MAYBE a dvd will take her mind off of traveling?

  30. May 16, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    haha, when my son was about waverly maye's age we took a three-hour drive and he started SCREAMING about 20 minutes in. i ended up turning around and holding his hand the whole way, which was super uncomfortable for me because he was still rear-facing. but we also had a newborn, so we didn't want him to disturb her. it was terrible.
    he's gotten much better in the car — there is light at the end of the tunnel!

  31. May 20, 2014 / 6:33 pm

    your blog is so great! you've got such a lovely little family and you really are super pretty! xo j. von Stereo|typically Me

  32. May 23, 2014 / 12:25 pm

    If they day ever comes that I am blessed with a baby girl, I hope her closet reflects Waverly's, seriously always so precious!

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