Somehow my first little girl will be SIX in just a few short weeks, I cannot even wrap my head around it!  She has been counting down to her big day for mooonths, making plans and writing lists and just being all around over the moon excited to be an entire six years old.  We can’t wait to celebrate her, both girls will have a joint party again in a few weeks and then Waverly will get to choose anywhere she wants to go on her actual day, followed with dinner at her favorite restaurant with family (and a Wonder Woman birthday cake!) that night.

Waverly is super easy to shop for, she can find something she loves and “has to have” pretty much anywhere we go and constantly has a list of things she wants written in her journal under her bed.  I wanted to get her something special in addition to all the typical stuff she is used to though, and was super excited to team up with the cutest shop, Greetabl to create a personalized card & little gift her her.  The site is incredibly user-friendly and so much fun to use, I was able to put together a card with some of my favorite photos from the last year and a cute print to match!  There is also an option to add a fun little thoughtful gift, she is really looking forward to blowing out six candles this year, so I added some candles in her favorite colors.  The package came in the cutest little box, I gave it to her early so we could display it during her birthday month – she loved it so much and has been holding on to it ever since!

I love the idea of using Greetabl for other events throughout the year, there are tons of other options that make it perfect for all sorts of holidays and especially on birthdays for those people (we all have!) that are hard to buy for.  It will definitely be my go-to birthday gift moving forward!  To find out more & to try for yourself, head here to sign up to be a Greetabl insider — you will get a $20 credit for a totally free Greetabl, plus free shipping for an entire year.  You can also use the code ashleywbrickner for 15% off.  Enjoy, friends! XO

Happy official summerrrrr!  We are finishing up our first week off school and LOVING being at home together so much.  It’s been mornings in bed with Peppa Pig, eggs & bacon in jams until 10, afternoons at the pool, and early evenings catching lightning bugs on repeat.  Long live summer.  This is exactly what I hoped these days would look like and I am determined to make the most of them soaking in all this special time with my two big girls.
I wanted to share some pictures from our Father’s Day weekend, my husband deserves all the best things in the world and we loved celebrating him so much!  In the past six months he has started a new job, completed our first house renovation, started a second one, AND found out he was expecting his third baby girl.  I could never have asked for a better role model for our daughters to look to, I have always heard that you often marry someone who is like your own dad, and that is certainly the case for me.  Forever grateful for the men in my life.
This weekend we are celebrating our SEVENTH wedding anniversary with a little date night, peach picking with the girls, and lots of house projects.  These are the days!  XO

Aaaah, strawberry picking, forever one of my favorite activities!  I remember back when Joe & I were first engaged, driving out one day to the farm to pick, just the two of us!  Crazy to think that next year we will bring all three of our girls, who will be six, three, and about nine months.  Cannot believe it!

This time around my mom & brother came with me, strawberry season came right in them middle of the biggest renovations on our house so my husband was of course spending all of his extra time there, getting it ready for us as fast as he could.  Waverly loved it as much as every other year, she always takes it pretty seriously and works really hard to get as many as she can.  Avalon does not like strawberries, or really any foods that are not dessert at the moment, so she really could have cared less about the whole thing until we got bowls of ice cream at the end. 

Today is the last day of school and we are all so, so excited!!!  Bring on the summer adventures, hope yours is off to the best start! XO

It is officially the LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL and we are sooooo excited to officially kick off summer in just a few short days.  This time of year is always pretty chaotic, I looked in my planner yesterday to find approximately 1496 things we have going on this week, but felt a whole lot less stressed when I turned to next week and it was mostly blank.  I don’t think I have ever been more ready for some slow, non-scheduled summer days than I am right now!

Waverly had her third dance recital over the weekend, it was seriously the cutest thing ever and I wanted to take a minute to document how sweet it was because we really are so incredibly proud of her.  We started Waverly in dance when she was two & a half, I was actually in the hospital after having Avalon on the day of her first rehearsal three years ago, and it’s crazy how far she has come since then!  She has now moved up to the 6-8 class and does an hour & a half of tap, ballet, & jazz each week — I was nervous that after a full day of school she would be too exhausted for all that, but she loves it and it’s one of her favorite days of the week!  She was crazy excited for her recital this year, she kept counting down to her “big day” and must have practiced each of her dances 100 times.  Watching her on stage was the best, she was so into it and you could just tell how happy it made her, which of course made me so happy.  And emotional, I feel like I blinked and she went from being one of the babies in the show to one of the big girls, hanging out in the back between dances looking at her yearbook.

She told me yesterday, the day after her recital, “mama, I just wish I could stay on stage and dance forever and ever”.

Also worth noting, for the memory book, Avalon has zero interest in joining dance.  When I asked her for the tenth time last week, she responded with the longest, most drawn-out story ever — “mom, if I did dance I would have to twirl, and then I would fall, and then I would get boo boo’s.  And mom, I don’t want anymore boo boo’s.  So that’s why I don’t want to do dance.”  Not sure how I argue with that.

Our Avalon girl turned an entire THREE years old yesterday, I am not sure where the time has gone but goodness I am loving this age with her!  She was so adorable about her birthday, we had been working on holding up three fingers for a couple weeks now and she keeps asking “now that I’m free, I can do the monkey bars, right?!”.  The girls will be having another joint birthday party this year at the beginning of July, so we celebrated with a laid-back birthday brunch at one of our favorite restaurants over the weekend and then yesterday with an afternoon at the pool.  Simple and sweet, just like her!

Some things I always want to always remember about Avalon Elle from this age.

She has the biggest heart and is just THE sweetest.  She never lets anyone leave without a hug, and if she knows someone is upset, will get to close to them to sure they know that she is there.  She especially does this with Waverly, she will go give her hugs and say “it’s ok, sissy”.  She already loves her baby sister and gives my belly multiple kisses every day, I cannot wait to watch her become a big sister soon.

She talks a mile a minute, once she is comfortable where she is, and has a northern accent that is so random but is seriously the cutest thing in the world.  She tells the most detailed & long, drawn-out stories and also finds a way to convince you to let her do most of anything, she’s so dang cute when she asks that it’s nearly impossible to say no.

Of all the places we go, she probably likes being home the best.  She will play in her playroom for hours, mostly with trucks and balls and anything Peppa Pig.  The first thing she asks when I pick her up in the afternoon is when we are going home, she gets so excited to put on her favorite pajamas and just lounge around with her family.

She looks up to Waverly so much, is always thinking of her and wants to do everything just like her.  The other night the girls were supposed to be sleeping in their joint room, we could hear Avalon talking so we went in there and she was sitting on Waverly’s bed, right next to her under the blankets, reading her a book while Waverly was sleeping soundly.  Sweetest thing everrrrr, and so true to her little personality.

She is so silly and loves to make others laugh.  If she knows that we think whatever she is doing is funny, she will do it forever.  At the same time, she is super shy at first and very careful about what she chooses to do, but always remembers everything about anywhere we are at, and tells us all about it later.

I still remember the day she was born three years ago so well, after another crazy long induction and labor, she came out with the face of a little angel, looking just like her daddy and with the sweetest demeanor.  So much has changed, but so much of that is still the very same.  Happiest birthday, Avalon Elle, we love you to the moon and are forever thankful you are ours!