Happy Friday, we are heading into the weekend with lots of plans for some more work on the girls bathroom remodel, and of course, lots of excitement for the FOURTH at the start of next week!  It’s kind of fun having it fall during the week this year, of course I am currently off for summer break but understand more than ever how amazing it is to have daddy home and be able to have an extra pair of hands to help out with the girls longer than just the weekend.
I thought I would celebrate Friday by finally sharing some photos the girls & I recently did with my dear friend, Brooke.  I have mentioned before that she moved to Florida this year, we miss her so much and love to have fun dates when she comes home to catch up on life, motherhood, and of course get creative with fun photos!  She had the idea of a pillow fight, which I LOVED, I knew the girls would have so much fun with this and I always love the idea of making a special memory for them.  We used two feather pillows and honestly were shocked at how much came out of them, the feathers were pretty much covering the floor and they just kept coming. Annnnnd coming. 😉  Of course Waverly was totally in her element, Avalon was a little more shy about it all (and also was teething that day and a little under the weather), but the images are just so much fun and show the magic and innocence of childhood so well.  One of my favorite parts of being a mom is being able to relive being a kid through them and having the excuse to do things just like this.
After the pillows were completely emptied, we face-timed my husband to prepare him for what he would see when he got home.  Sweet man, he hardly blinked and just grabbed his shop vac and asked us all about it.  He totally knew what he was getting when he married me. 😉
Wishing you the happiest weekend, friends! XO

Hope you all had a wonderful first day of summer!!  It’s been the best week, lots of slow mornings with bacon, eggs and cartoons, and fun afternoons spent with some sort of water activity.  I will always cherish my summer days spent at home with my kids, these truly are the days, that both test my patience to the highest but fill my cup to the absolute brim. 
Girls Rompers
We recently finished our spring bucket list (for the most part), and so of course we had to do a summer one, this is definitely my favorite one of the year!  This time we let the girls help choose things, Waverly had so much fun with this and I loved seeing her excitement over everything.  Her first choice was the waterpark, which is her favorite place “in the whole wide world”, we had already been that exact day (and go at least a couple times a week) so I didn’t list it. 😉

1.  Do a lemonade stand.
2.  Try out surfing for the girls at the beach.
3.  Camping in the backyard.
5.  Fishing.
6.  Peach-picking (one of the favorite things we did last summer!).
7.  Homemade popsicles.
8.  Fly a kite.

Not included, remodeling the girls bathroom which we are kicking off this weekend.  We are completely gutting it so it will be out of commission for at least a month, I thought summer was the best time for this since there literally will be no bath in the house until it’s done.  Wish us luck!  Happy weekend, friends! XO

We are so excited to celebrate the girls birthdays together with a pool party in a few weeks!!  After two close birthday parties last year for each of them, I decided that together was definitely the way to go this year.  Obviously for planning reasons, but also because one of my favorite memories as a kid was always celebrating with my brother since we both had August birthdays.  I am three years (and two weeks) older than him, which is almost the exact age difference between Waverly & Avalon.  I hope they will love it just as much, and that this can become a tradition for them as well, although I am fully aware that this could totally backfire on me and they will refuse to share their special day ever again.  We shall see.
As the girls get older, I am quickly learning that some fun food and decor just doesn’t cut it anymore, they need something to do and the pool seemed like the best option for that!  I got them some super cute suits (from one of my favorite swim shops here), and will be going pretty laid-back, some cook-out food from the grill and a few fun pool games.  I know the kids will be most excited to swim, so that makes it super easy!!! 🙂
You know I love a good invite, I was actually going through the girls baby books the other night looking through all the invites from their birthday parties/showers, they bring back the best memories and I hope they will love to look at them one day.  We teamed up again with our friends at Minted this year, and it turned out so cute and fun!  We did some pictures at my grandparents pool (where the party will be!) for the back of the card, and they had so much fun doing them.

We went with the last picture for the back of the card, and used this invite.  The final product came super fast and was high-quality as usual, we just love Minted so much!

Hope this gives you some inspiration for a party of your own!  Can’t wait to share details & images from the party afterwards, happiest birthday to our summer girls! XO

Our Avalon Elle is TWO, we had the absolute best time celebrating her sweet little self pretty much all of last week and I’m pretty sure she might just think that it’s “ber-day” now forever, she reminded me of just that last night.  On her birthday eve, she actually ended up getting sick (high fever and throwing up), which was so sad except that it gave me some last snuggles with her as a one-year old.  She woke up the next morning still not completely back to normal but feeling well enough to celebrate and still with a smile on her face, which is so very true to her.  We did our annual balloon wake-up (with pink balloons!) and gave her the pink tricycle and Elmo books Waverly had helped me pick out for her.  She was so sweet seeing her bike, she sat on it forever while eating a reese’s, pretty much her dream come true.

We are having a joint party for both girls in a few weeks, but I really wanted to do something special for just Avalon the week of her day. We decided on a brunch with chicken & waffles, Avalon is the pickiest eater ever but those are two of the things she loves the most!  I ended up working with a couple companies on a fun balloon and tissue garland, which added just the right amount of sparkle to her day.  Avalon loved having everyone there for her, but definitely followed Waverly’s lead in being super shy when it comes to the birthday song and didn’t really want to get that close to her cake until after everyone left.  She was so shy, super sweet and snuggly the whole day, we just loved being able to celebrate her!

We hope your day was as magical as you make every one of ours, sweet Avalon girl!!  We love to love you so much!

PS – The balloon and tissue garland are from Twigs & Twirls, they were both so easy to put together and made the perfect addition to her day.  We would definitely use them again for another event!  Avalon’s hat and the cake topper are from Hooray Everyday, we have worked with them for years and love their stuff so much!  Happy weekend! XO

We are in crazy mode over here, birthdays, dance recitals, and all the end of the year parties & activities.  Waverly had her last official week as a preschooler (ever!) last week, and I have just three more days until I am done!!  It’s all been fun and exciting stuff, but also I cannot wait until next week when I am home with the girls and we have nothing on the agenda and not one single place to be.

Waverly’s school didn’t have a graduation or anything like that, so I’m not sure it’s hit either one of us that she won’t be going back to her school that we love so much.  Most of the kids in her class were with her both years, as well as her teacher, so she really has grown so close to them and it’s hard to think of her not seeing them anymore.  She LOVES school, she has been spending the last few days taking all of her worksheets and books that were sent home and “teaching” them to Avalon. 🙂  She came home with an all about me book and most of her answers I expected (favorite color is still purple & favorite food still spaghetti and meatballs), but new to the mix, her favorite subject is Science and when she grows up she wants to be a “Wonder Woman Doctor”.

And her recital!!  This was her second, her first was two years ago and last year we took a break from dance, so I couldn’t wait to see her back on stage!  She was so excited, not nervous at all, and she spent the whole week before in our living room practicing to the song she had us download on our phones, in her costume of course.  I did her makeup and she couldn’t stop looking at herself afterwards, I just can’t even believe how grown up she looks!

We plan to continue to do dance this summer and then again in the fall, it’s so fun to see what sorts of things that they really love to do as they grow older, dance is definitely where it’s at for Miss Waverly Maye.  Love her so very much and am SO VERY PROUD of this sweet big girl she is turning into lately — even if it is way too fast. 😉