Somehow, my baby girl is a five-year old little person who picked out pink sparkly heels paired with a purple fidget spinner for her birthday today and is headed (on an actual school bus!) to kindergarten in just over a month.  I didn’t expect it, but I think the combo of both those things happening in just over a few week time span is giving me all the emotions and this birthday is probably the one, of both my girls, that I have struggled with the most.  Yet there is so much to be so happy about, Waverly is my little sidekick, this amazing, beautiful little person with a huge heart and so much imagination.  My heart just bursts thinking of how much joy she has brought to our lives over the past five years. 
Our Waverly Maye.  FULL of emotion from day one, either crazy happy or the complete opposite, and really nothing ever in between.  She is the girliest of girls, cares so much about what she wears and always (always!) has an opinion about it.  She loves baby dolls, jewelry, dance, and shopping, and has literally has never found a store that she doesn’t love (or can’t find something she wants at!).  She is definitely the most similar to me of our girls, and lately wants to be just like me, asking to have her hair in the same hairstyle or wear something the same color, and her mind was blown the day she realized I got us matching pajamas.
She is shy at first with adults, but is always the first to run up to another kid at the park or the beach and ask if they want to play.  Most of the time when we get somewhere, I have hardly put our stuff down and I look up and she is holding hands, happily running around with someone like they have been best friends forever.  She is definitely a leader, but also a perfectionist, and won’t really try something until she knows she can do it, and do it perfectly.  Her imagination has always blown my mind, to this day she can play with a bucket of balls or rocks (anything really) and have them talking to each other like they are little people.  She is such a dreamer, it is one of my favorite things about her and I hope she never loses it.
She loves Avalon so much, always has, and still wants to baby her just as much as when she was first born.  She loves to carry her, to pick out what she is going to wear, and always has to be the first to greet her in the morning.  Her big sister role really is one of things I am proudest of her about, she asks me every single day when we are going to have another baby and wants to know all about how it happens. 😉  She has the biggest interest in knowing what she was like as a baby, one of her favorite things to do is look at her baby books and hear stories about when she was “little”, and she also loves to be cuddled or snuggled and pretend like she is a baby again.  Hope that never changes!

Her vibrant, spirited personality still challenges me every single day and there are times that I don’t know that we will ever grow out of that, but what I have really found is that in her most emotional moment, there is nothing more that will fix it than a hug and some love.  It’s that same personality that I know will take her so very far and I will be right by her side every step of the way.  HAPPIEST FIVE, WAVERLY MAYE!!!!!!  We love you so much, baby girl.

The girls had their very first lemonade stand over the weekend, this was the first thing we put on our summer bucket list this year and I was so excited to see what they thought of it!  We ended up deciding we were going to do it just the day before, so we completely threw everything together, Waverly’s little bench from her room along with some fun cake platters, straws, lemons, and our letter folk board (which we use ALL the time, similar here).  This weekend just happened to be the hottest weekend ever, so we found the one piece of shade just to the side of our house and set up shop.

Waverly gets so excited about this sort of thing, she loved helping make the lemonade and bring everything out so much.  But both girls most favorite part was definitely waiting for our family members to stop in, they could not wait to see who came first and got so excited when they saw each of their cars pull up over the time that we did it.  Thankfully we also had other customers too, we decided to donate all of their proceeds to the Children’s Hospital and plan to make this a new summer tradition.

Beverage Dispenser & Rompers
The biggest thank you to our family who stopped in, and also to Hallmark Baby for sending over the adorable rompers for the girls — they were perfect for our little stand! 🙂  Wishing you guys the happiest week! XO

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!

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

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