Our Waverly Maye is SEVEN!  Seven whole years of the girl who made me a mama, what a wild, beautiful ride it has been!  Of course I have alllll the feelings about her being so big, it really does go by way too fast + there are so many parts of me that would love to go back and relive it all again — but what a joy it is to see the little lady she has become.  To this day she is the one who can drive me to the brink of crazy and melt my heart into a puddle, all within seconds.

A little bit about seven year old Waverly Maye, our girliest girl who reminds me more of myself all of the time.  She loves a good routine, is a perfectionist, can forever be found writing notes + drawing pictures for us all around the house, and lays out her outfits for the next day almost every single night.  One of my favorite things about her is how she truly puts 110% into whatever she is doing, it can be the most random little thing, but she gets SO EXCITED for it and lives for it.  She is always looking forward to the next holiday or someone’s birthday, and will spend hours putting together a special gift for someone (usually by placing one of my random household objects, like a stapler, in bag covered with tissue and drawings and ribbon!).

She loooooves to dance, to watch the news with me in the morning, and was absolutely born to be a big sister.  Really there are few things I am prouder of her about than how good she is to Avalon + Remerie, of course there are moments that her and Avalon fight (lots of them!), but she really is so good to her little sisters.  The other day she told me that “she loves Remie so much she cannot stand it” and then last week Avalon was getting upset in their room before bedtime and I found Waverly bent down wiping her eyes and holding her hand.

This year she learned Spanish from her immersion program in the first grade, started swim team + loved it, and made a ton of new friends in our new neighborhood and school.  She also found at least 58203 items that she wanted to buy (can find something she loves anywhere), had sass for DAYS, and tested her limits at least 2.56 million times, buuuuut is definitely finally coming around to taming that big personality. 😉 Truly to know her is to love her + goodness WE DO.

Some of my favorite photos of her from the past year.

The night before last, after I tucked her in for her last night as a six-year old, I came back a little bit later and found a note she had written to herself, sitting next to her bed, “HAPPY 7th BIRDAY WAVERLY MAYE BRICKNER”. 🙂

Happiest birthday to my baby girl from mama, I love you foreeeeever! XO

Our sweet baby girl is in the DOUBLE DIGITS!  Happiest ten months, Remie Rue!

Ohhh ten month Remerie.  Sweet + wild + ridiculously cute, we are sooooo in love with this tiny babe!  Also tired, but so in love! 🙂  Avalon calls her a “little rascal”, which is so fitting, Remie knows what she wants and will do whatever she can to get it — also exactly when she is getting into something she shouldn’t, but smiles so big to make up for it that you can’t help but just want to eat her up.

This month she learned to clap her hands, to babble more than ever, and stands on her own for a few seconds (until she realizes what she is doing, then she sits back down).  She still sucks on her two fingers and lately has started giving out hugs + kisses, she will snuggle her little head into your shoulders and it is the beeeeest thing in the entire world.  She also has started the cutest little laugh when she sees something she is really excited about, usually food.  Her current favorites are watermelon, cheese, and peas, she is seriously the happiest eating!  She also has become our very first mamas girl through + through, I think this may be at an all-time high because I am home with her right now for summer break.  It can be exhausting because there are moments she will literally not go to anyone else but also — I love it.  I know it won’t last forever, babies don’t keep, taking one look at Waverly + Avalon running around hardly needing me quickly reminds me of that.

She is still pretty petite, wearing 3-6 month clothes, and her hair has grown sooooo much over the last few weeks – I still cannot believe that we have a baby with so much hair!  It’s a really pretty blonde shade, her skin has gotten so tan, and she still has the most beautiful blue eyes that are one of my very favorite things about her.  She is just such a dream and I could stare at her forever + ever, feeling so thankful I have had so much extra time to do that this summer break.  HAPPY TEN MONTHS Remie Rue!

We looooooove you so much, sweet baby girl!  XO

Happy July!  Sharing some favorite photos from our Fourth of July weekend, we had a fun, festive + BUSY few days — kind of still recovering, but it’s always worth it.

The big girls are at really fun ages for the Fourth, they both loved the parades and especially riding their bikes they had decorated around our neighborhood.  Waverly finally loved the fireworks and wasn’t scared at all (six years later!) + Avalon was still nervous but was happy to sit in our living room and watch through the window.  One of our neighbors did the most amazing lights show, which was perfect since there was no chance we would be making it to the beach at 9pm with Remerie still so young.

Remie was precious as ever – her last first holiday! – and even though it’s hard to push through skipped naps on days like these, she had so much fun.  She was able to watch Waverly + Avalon do sparklers in the yard before her bedtime and got to have some graham crackers from their s’mores.  I kept thinking to last year’s holiday when she was still kicking in my belly, I still cannot believe she is real + here + doing all the things with her big sisters.  Watching them together is my favorite.

Both Waverly + Avalon said that “this was the best fourth ever” – Avalon probably because of all the candy she got to eat and Waverly because she got too stay up so late. 🙂  These are the best days, already looking forward to next years!

We hope you + yours had the most wonderful day! XO

 

 

 

Nine months (+ a couple weeks!) of our sweetest, most delicioust, tiniest little Remerie Rue.  She has been on the outside for as long as she was on the inside and we all are just smitten with her.

*Photo courtesy of her big sisters who always get her to laugh the hardest.

The happiest, most destructive baby in all the land.  She really is into EVERYTHING, I know all babies are but she is by far the baby I have had to watch the closest.  The other morning while I was trying to get ready, she tried to get into the box of q-tips, a bottle of shampoo, a bar of soap + the toilet — all in a matter of five minutes and while there was a box of toys right next to her.  Good thing she is crazy cute, she honestly knows when she is getting into things she shouldn’t and looks up with the sweetest smile to make up for it every dang time.  It works for her.

She loooves to eat, she eats more than both Waverly + Avalon combined most days and I have no idea where it goes.  Current favorite foods are avocado, mac + cheese, frozen pancakes or french fries, and bananas.  Honestly we have never given her anything she didn’t like, this is such new territory for us as both our other girls were super picky and I am loving it!!!  She is also still a really good night sleeper, goes down at 7:00 (and crashes hard!), wakes up about 5:30 for a bottle in bed that she gives herself, and then is up for the day at about 7.  Naps are still very unpredictable, and the past couple weeks were super hard trying to figure out a routine + time for her to rest with all three girls home, but I know we will figure it out eventually — most likely right around when school starts back and everything changes again. 😉

She says “mama” and “mmmm” when she really likes something she is eating, and still sucks on the same two fingers 75% of the day, it’s still the cutest thing ever!  She is tiny (in 3-6 month clothes mostly) and is getting more hair all the time, it is going blonde for sure and her tan skin is getting darker.  She still has the bluest blue eyes like both Waverly + Avalon, some days I think she is starting to look a little more like them but she mostly still has a look all of her own.

We just love to love you Remie girl, you are the best! XO

Our last day of school was Friday, the final few weeks of the year are always insane and this year felt even busier than usual.  Seriously, 486 end of the year parties at both Waverly’s elementary school + Avalon’s preschool, on top of swim team + dance recitals, Avalon’s birthday, all my end of the year school stuff, plus a baby.  I was definitely questioning my sanity for a minute but WE DID IT!  And it’s one of those things where the crazy has to get really crazy before completely calming down, so I am super excited for a laid-back few weeks ahead (or as laid-back as it gets with three kids!) and way less scheduled events for a while.

I’m taking a minute to document the girls school years, Waverly just finished first grade and Avalon another year of preschool, so next year we will have a SECOND-GRADER and Avalon will be in PreK.  Crazytown.  They both love school, Waverly is definitely our more outgoing child – she knows everyone + is always the first to introduce herself + also just ADORES her teachers (and is the first to test her limits!).  She remembers everything about every spirit day or school event and loves to play school with her sisters in the evenings, and especially to recite the morning annoucements word for word while sitting at the little school desk in her room.  This year she started a Spanish immersion program and can really speak it, she also loves to write and PE is her favorite subject.

Avalon Elle, our shy girlie, she takes a minute to warm up to people but once she does she loves you forever.  And is exactly like this at school.  She is such a rule follower, always sitting perfectly in criss-cross applesauce and won’t even talk in the hallways when we are walking her out of school. 🙂  Her favorite subject is “dramatic play” and anytime she does an art project she picks the color blue.  She loves her two little best girlfriends and talks about them all the time, but also loves coming home and getting into her “cozy clothes” (always including socks) with her family just as much.  One more year until she is at the big school with Waverly, I definitely don’t want to speed things up but I am sooooo excited thinking about them going to the same school together.

Also sharing a few photos from them both in their costumes before their dance recital, ohhh how this was the sweetest thing ever!

Hope your start to summer is the best ever! XO