We are three weeks into the school year today, Waverly is in Second Grade + Avalon in PreK!  So far it’s been a pretty easy transition, they are both returning to the same school as the year before, so lots of old friends, familiar faces + similar routines.  I am so thankful for that, it is always such a bittersweet time of year!

They both love school, Waverly’s favorite subject is PE, she loves it almost as much as she loves picking out her outfits each night. 😉  She is always so energetic about everything, she wants to be involved in every activity + spirit day, and spends a lot of her evenings playing school with her dolls or sisters and teaching them everything she learned during the day.  Avalon is always more shy about meeting teachers or new friends in class, but once she knows them, she LOVES them.  Her favorite activities are movement + recess, and is already so good at writing her name and drawing us the sweetest little pictures after school (always with blue + green + orange, her very favorite colors).

I am never ever one to wish time away, but I am already getting excited to see both my big girls together at school next year.  I know how much Waverly will take care of Avalon and how sweet it will be to have them at the same school together, for the first time.

And I have to mention little Remie Rue, who is with a new sitter, my mom + mother-in-law during the week while I am at school!  She is super nervous with new people, and in perfect timing has been popping two new teeth at the same time — so it has definitely been the hardest transition of all three girls.  But goodness I LOVE reuniting with her each afternoon.  Before long she will be holding up her own school sign so I am just soaking in these sweet little baby days with her, even when they sometimes involve a lot of tears.

Happy new school year to my baby girls, we love you soooooo much + are so, so proud! XO


Oh my goodness, my sweet baby girl is ONE!!!  One entire year old.  Happy first birthday to our darling + precious Remerie Rue!

So many things I could say about our Remie girl, we all just adore her.  From the moment we found out we were expecting, it felt like such a dream and all this time later, it seriously still does.  She is truly the greatest surprise of my entire life and the most amazing lesson that some of life’s very best things come from plans we never made.

Remie is as sweet as they come + also sooooo mischievous, she gets into all the things and smiles and waves when you catch her in the act.  She is determined, daring, and so strong for such a little thing, she already keeps up with her big sisters and thinks they are hilarious.  She loves to cuddle, but only for a few seconds at a time, and pats my back every single time I pick her up (the best!).   She always bobs her head up and down, smacks her cute little lips into this pucker that owns me, and loooooves music — she already has the best dance moves!  She is not the typical “easy third kid”, she is super hesitant to even look at anyone she doesn’t know well, she doesn’t like toys, hair bows, or not being held — but is so dang cute that you forgive her for all of it.  We laugh that she really doesn’t look like any of us 🙂 but her golden hair and skin are one of my favorite things about her, she truly is a beauty inside + out.

I might have shared before, I will never ever forget crying by myself in my car the day Waverly turned one.  It was such a rush of emotions, I felt like time was moving so fast, that there was no way to stop it and I just wanted so badly to hang on to her first year longer.  Of course this time around is still bittersweet, but I know how much we have to look forward to and all that is to come.  I truly just feel so GRATEFUL for these sweet little girls and am so excited to watch them grow together.

Happiest birthday Remerie Rue, we love you sooooooooooo much, life is so much more beautiful with you in it.

Yesterday was the first day of my back to school week, summer is officially over + it is back to routines and way less free time for all four of us girls around here.  It is soooo bittersweet!!!  I am the first to admit that this was probably the hardest summer I have ever had, there were some days I seriously struggled to make it through the hours until my husband made it home.  Remerie is still so little, she really NEEDS two good naps to make it through the day and is definitely not the kind of baby that can sleep anywhere.  Waverly + Avalon are used to being at school, busy and entertained and doing all the things, and so trying to manage keeping them happy with only about a three hour window between Remie’s naps (and also finding things that they all three could do at very different ages) — was way more challenging than I ever thought it would be.  BUT WE DID IT!  And made some really beautiful memories along the way.  Somehow I already miss it + know that this will forever be a summer I look back on with so much happiness, motherhood is crazy like that!

So crazy to see how much they all grew + changed over just a few months!  Next week Waverly starts SECOND grade, Avalon her laaaast year of preschool, Remerie will be just over a week from turning ONE, and I will begin a countdown until our next break! 🙂  Hope you + yours had the best summer ever!!!!

We are soaking in the final days of summer over here + checking off the last things on our bucket list!  The big girls have been asking for a lemonade stand for a couple weeks, Waverly was hoping to raise enough money to get a plane ticket to go visit my brother in Colorado, the sweetest (and most ambitious) request ever. 😉  We finally got it together over the weekend and had the best time, Avalon was excited to bake cookies for her contribution and they were both sooooo excited to have so many family + friends stop by to show their support!

Remerie was napping for the majority of the morning, but was excited to join in when she woke up.  And for the record, they raised half of her $220 plan ticket, the biggest THANK YOU to everyone who came by!!!  Hope you had the best weekend! XO

PS — The last time the girls did a lemonade stand can be found here, they were sooooooo LITTLE!!!

Remie Rue is eleven months old, the next time I update she will be ONE YEAR!!!!  She is as delicious as ever, look at these itty bitty pigtails, they are just too muuuuuuch + so is she!

A little about Remerie the past month, starting with what a mama’s girl she is!  She is the first of my babies to rarely agree to go to anyone else, so I end up holding her A LOT, even through eating and trying to get things done around the house.  Truthfully this can be tough, especially because I hate that I sometimes cannot give my attention to all three girls but we do what we can do + make it work!  I could not live without this sling (babywearing is forever one of my favorite things!) and am constantly reminding myself that it will not be this way forever and how much I will miss it one day.

Remie loves walks in the stroller, swinging, alllll the attention from her big sisters, and probably most of all, to eat!  When she finds something she really likes, she has this little laugh after she takes a couple bites and it is the cutest thing ever.  She gives open-mouth kisses lately, says “maaaama”, “da”, and we are convinced she can say Avalon but really just yells at their room when she gets up from her nap to see if her big sisters are in there.  She can stand and for now, has shown no interest in walking + I am holding on to that for as long as I can! 🙂

Her personality is showing more + more, she is determined, a little shy, and as sweet as can be.  She has started cuddling more lately, the moments she leans in to my shoulder or snuggles on my lap after she takes her bottle are some of my very favorite.

Happy eleven months Remerie Rue, we adore you!

A look at Waverly’s eleven month update here + Avalon’s here! XO