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!
XO

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve, friends!!!!!  We are full of mixed emotions over here, soooooo freaking excited for the next couple of days, and just a little bit sad that the holiday season is so close to being over.  Waverly keeps asking what the next holiday is after this one, and I think I am going to have to take the pink glitter tinsel tree off the dresser in her room when she is either sleeping or not home to prevent a meltdown.  Sweet girl gets it from her mama.

 This week has been busy, scrolling through social media has me convinced that we are the only school system in the country who goes to school until the day before Christmas Eve, and fitting in everything while still getting me to work & Waverly to school has been a little crazy.  I had my class party with my preschoolers on Tuesday, and then we did Waverly’s the following day, which was so precious!!  As bittersweet as it is to watch her grow, I absolutely love seeing her in her element, giggling and holding hands with her best little girlfriends in her class.  She had about a million Christmas crafts in her book bag to bring home, the sweetest plate with her handprints on it, and a letter to Santa where she asked for a “turtle, a kite, and roller skates”.  None of which she has ever, ever mentioned before. 😉  Waverly also had her dance class holiday performance (which I loved watching, while simultaneously attempting to keep Avalon from storming the stage with her).

Big news, Avalon learned how to say Santa!!!!  Favorite parts of Christmas for her so far include any activity that involves sugar or sweets and looking at any lights (she says “liiiiiiiights”), she could care less about unwrapping presents and would rather her big sister do that work for her.  She has been rocking this red hat with poms for most of the month and I never want to forget how sweet her little face looks in it, with her bright blue eyes and chunky cheeks.

We took the girls to Christmastown, probably our favorite tradition of the holiday season each year!  Both girls loved it for different reasons, Waverly got to ride a roller coaster for the first time (one for kids) and was OBSESSED.  She was jumping up & down saying “this is the best day ever”, and definitely would have gone on one of the bigger ones too if she was tall enough.  Avalon loved the Elmo part of the park, Sesame Street is her favorite thing right now, so seeing all of thecharacters life-sized completely blew her mind.  It was just the best day, chaotic, cold, and crowded, but absolutely wonderful! 🙂

I want to wish you all the most happy, warm, joyous holiday!!!!!  Thank you for the support of our family and this blog each year!  XO

One of my favorite parts of blogging has been meeting and working with so many inspiring, talented women who own & run their own businesses, most of who are fellow mamas and who are killing the whole mom boss thing.  I have so much respect for them, from first-hand experience, I know how amazing that really is, and I LOVE being able to support them in even my small little way.  I recently hosted two giveaways on my Instagram with some of my favorite small shops, and wanted to share each of them here as well!!!  I know it may be a little late to get any of this ordered and shipped in time for Christmas, but how fun would it be the kick off the new year with some of this cuteness?!
1 – MonPetit Shoes – I love these shoes so much, Avalon has been rocking a blush colored pair since the beginning of fall and we have gotten so much use out of them.  They are easy to put on, comfy for her little feet, and I just think the vibe of the t-strap is the sweetest!  There are also options for little boys and tons of colors to choose from.

2 – Modern Burlap – Swaddle and lightweight blankets are a favorite around here, for when my babies are babies but even as they grow.  Waverly likes to wrap her dolls in them and of course we still use them for snuggling or for bedtime when they don’t need a heavy blanket.  Modern Burlap’s prints are the cutest ever, black & white is just so versatile and classic, we love them all!!!  They also have crib sheets, bibs, changing pad covers, and other products that are perfect for baby, kids, and for decorating! 🙂

3 – KB Cute Designs – Another small business with the cutest swaddles, hats, blankets, knotted gowns … all with such fun colors and prints!  We got a new set of sheets recently in the most beautiful floral print from here, it has totally changed the look of the girls rooms!  Such a fun update!

4 – Beckaloo Fashions – One of my favorite things to dress the girls in has always been bloomers, during summer & spring but also in the cooler months paired with tights. it’s just too cute!  Beckaloo Fashions has the cutest options, we recently got this dotty for Avalon and it’s been on repeat for weeks.  I also LOVE the chambray pair pictured above, just so versatile year-round!

5 – A Little Lady Shop – You know we love a good bow around here!!!! 🙂  These bows are so well-made and adorable, and she also offers a subscription service to get bows year round.  I love the idea of this, it would be such a fun gift for a new girl mom or even possibly for a birthday.

6 – Gathre – I can’t say enough good things about these mats, we got one a little over a year ago and we use it ALL the time.  They are wipeable, portable, and compact, and come in so many different sizes.  Well worth the money!

Hope you all are having the most amazing CHRISTMAS week!!!!  Can’t believe how close it already is! XO

I’m pretty sure that this is the first time I have ever blogged on a Friday night, but somehow, we are just eight days until Christmas Eve and I am officially losing time to document all the fun we have been having!!!  Going to pick out a Christmas tree has been one of my favorite traditions since I was a little girl.  We always made a big night of it, went to get dinner afterwards, and then drew names to get each other ornaments to exchange the week before Christmas.  It’s so much fun to look back on those ornaments now, ones like the year I started driving, my first year in college, when I became a teacher, the year we got married, and (two) pink bumps! 🙂
We took our annual trip with my entire family the weekend of Thanksgiving before my brother went back to Colorado.  The girls LOVED it, running endlessly just tops the list of their favorite things to do, so I know this will be one tradition they treasure just as much as I do.  I love these pictures so much, they just capture the girls fun personalities and their close bond so well, they continue to hold hands most places they go lately and it’s just the sweetest thing ever.
Girls Jackets
The “elves” started visiting our house a couple days ago, my mom used to have them visit for the entire month of December but I settled on what I thought I could handle, the 12 days before Christmas. 😉  They get to open one present each morning, Avalon really doesn’t understand the concept yet so Waverly has been doing it for her (happily!).  Can’t wait to see their little faces on the real day just a little over a week away!
Wishing you all a warm, happy, magical weekend!
XO

I’m teaming up with some of my favorite ladies this afternoon to share some pictures of my little girlfriends in their best holiday jams!!!!  We are big fans of pajamas over here, especially matching ones, Waverly actually has a meltdown if she isn’t wearing the same ones as her sister every single night.  Which I can only blame myself for.  So I buy all of their pajamas times two!  At the end of each holiday I try to buy for the next year on sale, both of their Christmas pairs this year I bought last January, and I actually already have theirs for next year, bought on a Black Friday sale! 🙂  Every little bit counts, right?  And gives you an excuse to buy more.

My husband took off early last night and we took the girls to their first ever polar express ride!  They loved it, there is just nothing as magical as beautiful holiday lights, Christmas music, and lollipops to keep them sitting. 😉  This is a new tradition for us for sure.

We would love for you to link-up with us, just dress your babes in their jams and post away!  It starts today and goes until December 26th!  And happy Thursday, friends! XO