Being Brickner : July 2018

Friday, July 20, 2018

Documenting Childhood // Lifetales App

I know other mamas can relate, I feel like I can never, ever document the girls enough.  They change soooo quickly, way too quickly, it's both amazing & heart-breaking all at the same time.  I never want to forget all the little details -- the freckles on their faces or the way their little curls, the way they say words and sing songs and the stories they tell -- I know one day these memories will be some of the most treasured of my entire life and I want to make sure I have the photos & videos to go along with them.

I obviously take tons of pictures, and document some of their childhood on the blog or through pictures on my Instagram.  But that really is only a very small part of it, I am intentional on what I share mainly since it's not private, which I think about even more as they get older.  I recently was introduced to the Lifetales app and am loving the idea of this as an additional way to document the girls and share with family & friends.  Through Lifetales, you can easily share stories and experiences with anyone that you choose to, and also can easily download these later to save.  Each story starts off private, and then you can choose who you want to send it to!  I also love that each story can incorporate photos, video, text & audio.  This app is FREE!!!! -- and can be accessed here.  I am super excited to start using it and challenge you to do the same!

And what would a post about documenting your kids be without documenting your kids?!!  A couple from the other night, Waverly recently learned to ride her bike without training wheels and Avalon has figured out the balance bike she got for her birthday -- they spend at least an hour a day riding down our new street together and then just love to play on the driveway.  One of things I will forever remember from this summer! 

Wishing you a very happy weekend full of sweet memories. XO

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Waverly & Avalon's Joint Unicorn Party

The girls celebrated their birthdays this past weekend with their second annual joint pool party, this year we went with a unicorn theme and all the pastel rainbow colors to go with it!  We purposefully kept things suuuuper laid-back.  I had initially thought about having it at our new house but opted for our neighborhood pool instead, with house projects still going on and baby girl about seven weeks away it just seemed way more realistic -- and I am so glad we did!  The girls are obsessed with going to our pool as often as possible, they loved having all of their friends there with them and it was probably their favorite party yet, and definitely the easiest one I have planned.  
Funny how that works.

I ordered some fun unicorn plates & napkins online, as well as a couple cake toppers and some sweet little treats for favor bags.  My mom helped with the cake (which we ordered but loved what they came up with!), my sister-in-law made the cutest rainbow cookies ever, and the kids ate fruit and pizza between swimming for the entire two hours of the party.  Also worth noting, this was the first year both girls sat for the entire happy birthday song while we sang to them, we practiced a couple of times that morning and I think having the song together made them not quite as nervous.  Avalon said it was the best part of her day, I just love that they will have this memory together!

Cake Toppers -- Unicorn Plates -- Unicorn Candles -- Heart Float -- Girls Suits

I took all of these pictures that morning before the party, another little hack I have learned over the years to make things so much easier!   I always want to remember the details but also want to be able to be in the moment as well.

HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY to my sweet summertime babies, you truly are my sunshine and there is no one in the world I would rather celebrate than you. XO

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Big Sister Girls & Gifts

Words really cannot even express how EXCITED I am to see my big girls with their baby sister in just a couple months.  I know I have said it before, but the moment Waverly walked down the hospital hall and saw Avalon for the first time, then held her, and talked to her with her sweetest little voice -- forever one of my favorite moments of my entire life.  Watching them together since then is usually my favorite, of course we have lots of challenging moments, but sisterhood really is something incredibly special.  It honestly drives me crazyyy when people assume we were "hoping for a boy" (which I hear  way too often), adding another Brickner sister is truly my dream come true and I love that we get to experience it all times three.

Waverly & the baby will be six years apart, most likely the same week the baby arrives she will be starting FIRST GRADE so this will be way different than the first time around!  She already is so nurturing to Avalon (sometimes bossy), but she is 100% a typical first born and being a big sister is just her thing.  I know she is going to love having another little sister around and will be such a natural, I am excited to be watch them together and equally as excited to have all her help!  Avalon Elle, she is way more hesitant to change and does the little sister role pretty well, so I am super anxious to see how she interacts with the baby.  For the first few months of this pregnancy, whenever we talked about the baby, she always said "sissy will hold baby sis, I will watch".  But the last month or so she has really been into it, constantly talking about her, saying that she can't wait to hold her, and she gives my belly a kiss & a hug at least three times a day.  Avalon is just so loving and sweet by nature, this baby girl is going to be lucky to have her as a big sister.

I teamed up with two of my favorite shops to surprise the girls with early big sister gifts, they were so excited about these and I loved getting them something to make them feel extra special before a major change around here in the next couple of months.

The strollers are from Trio Kid and match the one I will be using (right down to the color!), and we have already used them tons.  The girls love to walk their "babies" down the street and also pack the area underneath with all their bags!  The unicorn dolls are from Cuddle & Kind, they have our faaaavorite dolls ever and we also love, love their mission -- for each doll purchased, they provide ten meals to children in need.  Both sites are linked, they would be such fun gifts for any little ones, any time of year!

Happy halfway through the week! XO

Friday, July 6, 2018

Fourth of July 2018

And just like that, the LAST big holiday before baby sister is here to celebrate with us has come & gone!  We had a jam-packed day, probably our busiest one ever, and it was definitely one of the best Fourth of July's that we have had yet.

Wednesday morning, we headed out early to two parades, the second one was in our new neighborhood and we were so excited to celebrate with our new neighbors and to start a new tradition.  Our favorite part was the firetruck pulling out it's hose for the kids to run through, they loved it and it totally felt like a Fourth of July moment out of a movie!  Afterwards we spent the afternoon at the pool, came home to change, then went to a friends house to cookout and on their boat for fireworks.  We made it home a little after eleven, I am 32 weeks pregnant tomorrow and am tired just reading all of that -- but the excitement the girls had for all of it just made it so worth it.  As were riding on the boat late after the fireworks were done, both girls fell asleep on my lap while our littlest lady was kicking away and that was EVERYTHING.  So much has changed since this day one year ago, none of it we really expected or planned, and it still just overwhelms me with thankfulness.

Hope your holiday was full of all the good things and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!  It's always good to see another weekend after surviving the 5th of July.  XO

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

31 Weeks: Baby Three

NINE MORE WEEKS (ish) until we have three kids!!!!!  Oh my goodness, it's getting real.  I know everyone says it, but it's so true, every single pregnancy flies by faster than the last and I just cannot believe we are already to this point.  It all still feels so surreal and like the (happiest!) dream, probably because this wasn't planned like our other two, but ready or not, here she comes!  We cannot wait.

Physically I am feeling pretty good, all of the nausea from the first few months is long gone, my sciatica has improved tons, and for now, I have enough energy and want to do allll the things to get ready for her.  We still have a long list of house projects to complete, but most of the "big" stuff is mainly done, so we are now focusing on the nursery and I am soooooo excited to see it come together!  We will be doing wallpaper on one of the walls and that comes in this week, meanwhile my husband is making a big girl bed for Avalon since she is currently sleeping in the twin part of the convertible crib that will be for the baby.  I have been busy getting a few special pieces for her to wear over the first couple of weeks, pulling out all the newborn clothes, and we are starting to research a bigger car since we have a smaller SUV that doesn't seem realistic for three kids.  This is definitely the longest we have waited to do any of this, but I know it will get done and also don't feel near the anxiety I did preparing for Waverly (when I think I assumed I would never be able to leave the house again).

Baby girl moves ALL THE TIME!!!!  Like, allllll the time.  She is by far the busiest baby in my belly of all three girls, which makes me a little nervous for what is to come, but feeling her move around is forever my favorite and I already know how much I will miss it.  We have an ultrasound soon to check on her growth, and are hoping she is still measuring on the smaller side so there is less of a chance for me to be induced for any reason.  Obviously our number one end goal is a healthy baby, but I am so hopeful to actually go into labor on my own for the first time!

The girls are so excited, that's been one of the most special parts of this pregnancy and I am constantly thinking about the moment that they meet their little sister -- I know my heart will just burst.  I am way less nervous about how they will adjust or just about the transition in general than I was when I was pregnant with Avalon, mainly because I know how amazing the whole sisterhood thing is and I also know how quickly all of the stages go.  Maybe that will come back to haunt me when I am knee-deep in the chaos of three little ladies, but either way, I am just feeling so lucky and excited and happy about it all. 

We love you so much already baby girl, keep growing in there -- we cannot wait to meet you!