I am fiiiiinally getting around to sharing some favorites from our family photo session taken back in November for our holiday cards!  We met our sweet friend Shawna for these, in one of our absolute favorite locations to explore in Virginia Beach, I love how they turned out and am so happy to have another set of beautiful memories to look back on.

Also keeping it real, the girls were not on their best picture-taking game this day.  Avalon fought a nap all afternoon and then finally fell asleep on the way there, so we had to wake her up and she was super grouchy (not like her at all) and clingy pretty much the entire time.  Waverly Maye, girlfriend was on her own agenda and still in the stage of practicing her own independence as a new kindergartener.  Our girls usually enjoy taking pictures and get pretty into it, so it was pretty frustrating that they weren’t the one day of the year we had holiday photos, yet such is motherhood.  Through the years I am learning more and more to embrace the good and the not so good, because somehow, I know I will miss it all one day.  And when you step back, all of it is beautiful in it’s own way.

The biggest thank you to Shawna Bielat Photography for capturing these, I have also linked my dress and the girls outfits below! XO

My DressWaverly’s DressGirls Hats

Well, the “snow bomb cyclone” (whatever that is) hit us last Wednesday night and we are still feeling the effects, yesterday we had our SIXTH day off school in a row.  So crazy!!  I always hope for one snowfall a year, we usually get our fill after that, but goodness it is so breathtakingly beautiful.
Thursday morning, the girls woke up bouncing off the walls, it was still snowing like crazy but they were determined to go out in it.  Avalon really wasn’t that into it last year, but this time around she LOVED it, her favorite part was making snow angels and of course attempting to eat all the snow.  Waverly Maye could have lasted all day without going inside, she is such an outdoor girl, just like her daddy.  We switched off between movies and hot chocolate inside and then trips out in the snow,         and pretty much did the same for the the few days after.  We bought some sleds off Craig’s List last year and it was definitely everyone’s favorite part!  
It truly was so beautiful and such a fun way to kick off 2018, but we most certainly have a big case of cabin fever and are ready to get back to a normal routine again.  Hope you all are staying warm and having the best new year so far!!! XO

Happiest New Year friends, hope your January is off to the most beautiful start!  We celebrated New Years Eve by gutting our master bathroom for the FINAL remodel project on our house, fit in baking a festive cake and some sparklers with the girls, and then had an early dinner with friends.  Of course per usual we were home, in bed and in PJs well before midnight, our favorite way to kick off the new year! 

As much as I love the holidays, I love a clean slate (and house) once January hits just as much.  I am such a Virgo, it’s rare for me to wait much longer than the day after Christmas to put everything away, to start organizing new toys and give away old ones, and to make lists about goals and thoughts for the new year ahead.  This time around was no different, especially since we are in the process of (hopefully!) selling our house and purchasing a new one in the next few months — it’s been overwhelming and a lot of work, but we are so excited to see where this takes us in the new year!

2017 was full of surprises for us, some wonderful and others challenging.  We had some of our highest highs and some definite lows, but what sticks out to me more than anything is that we figured it all out.  Together.  Our girls are thriving, happier and sillier and closer to each other than ever, and not a day goes by that I am not crazy thankful for them.  I am so proud of my husband, who had to make some major career decisions this past year but as always, did it with grace and by putting our family first.  We already know that 2018 is going to be busy, but we couldn’t be more excited for it!!  These truly are the days, and there is no better time of year to remind myself to soak them in and be fully present for them than now.  I hope the same for you, wishing you a year full of love and so much happiness! XO