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!
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
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”.
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!