It’s been a few weeks since the end of the school year + I am finally sharing some highlights of the last couple weeks!  This was obviously a really weird school year but also a really sweet one.  Honestly beyond the zoom, the masks + all the social distancing, this was one of our favorite ever (and we will definitely never forget it!).

Waverly + Avalon got to be at school together for the first time ever, this was something we had all been looking forward to and they were just as cute as I thought they would be!  Waverly LOVED third grade, this was probably her favorite class/teachers yet and she was just always so happy to be at school.  She’s organized, loves a routine + loves learning in general, so being at school is totally her thing.  Avalon Elle thrived in kindergarten, once we were able to make it past the whole zoom thing!  She has always been our shy girl so it was so much fun to see her make her own friends her age + to really love being all on her own.  She is reading so well now + I just can’t wrap my head around her being in first grade next year, it goes by so much faster the second time!

Remie Rue, her first year at preschool + it was so very precious.  Of all the things, this was definitely what I was most nervous about and she did soooooo well.  She loved her teachers and little friends so much, she started the year hardly talking and now doesn’t ever stop. 😉 She is obsessed with reading books + will copy how her teachers read to the class, I’m not sure I have ever seen anything cuter!  Going to pick her up after naptime is forever one of the sweetest parts of my week, I love seeing her walk out and hearing little highlights from her day.

This was also my first year back in high school + I am still SO thankful.  I worked so hard to be at a new school + back in a situation that I loved and it was well worth the wait, I don’t think I will ever take it for granted! 🙂 Sharing some photos from the last day of school (already feels like so long ago) and also from Avalon’s dance recital that week, Waverly also had her dance recital the night before but it was in an auditorium so I wasn’t able to get her costumes.  They both still love dance so much and little Remie Rue will be able to join them next year, cannot believe I will have THREE tiny ballerinas!!!

Hope your summer is off to the best start! XO

Last weekend we celebrated Avalon’s sixth birthday with a golden theme, since she turned six years old on June 6th!  We always recognize golden birthdays around here, it’s funny to me when people have no idea what I am talking about because it’s such a normal thing to us.  I will forever remember my own golden birthday, 29 years old on August 29th, I had a one month old Waverly Maye to celebrate with. 🙂

This brunch was pretty easy to plan, I worked with Ellie + Piper on the balloon garland and we just added some pops of pink balloons because with three girls — I just always add pink to everything!  The paper products/cake topper are also from Ellie + Piper, and I already had this banner which made the perfect centerpiece.  And my sister-in-law did the sweetest golden cookies, which is always a highlight for all of us, especially Avalon who loves sweets so much!

After brunch we headed to the pool, it rained but without thunder or lightning so Avi got to dance in the pouring rain with her little girlfriends from school which was probably the highlight of the weekend for her!!  It was such a fun entire weekend of celebrating, now we have just a few more days of school and then SUMMER.  We.are.READY!

Happiest birthday sweeeeet Avalon Elle, we love, love, love you!

It’s hard to believe that are already this far into 2021, but Father’s Day is right around the corner + we always look forward to celebrating the men in our life each year!!  My husband deserves all the things, he lives with four girls and all of our craziness each day, he hardly ever complains about what a handful we can all be and is just the best girl dad ever.  This year we teamed up with Vanilla Gift Cards to gift him something just as special as he is, a gift card so he can shop for whatever he wants (something he NEVER does!).

We loved the design so much, we decided to put in a festive basket with some of his other favorite things and cannot wait to give it to him soon!!

Vanilla Gift Cards are such a great gift for anyone in your life, who doesn’t love a fun gift card?!  Extra points for all the fun designs they have, the girls had a hard time choosing which one was their favorite!!  For more information, follow them on their Instagram here.  And HAPPY early Father’s Day to all the men in your life, we couldn’t do it without them! XO

This post was sponsored by Vanilla Gift Cards but all thoughts + opinions are my own.

And just like that, another birthday season kicks off our way — always first is sweet Avalon Elle who will be SIX this Sunday!  She is one of the younger ones in her class so I feel like she has been waiting all school year for this, she will have a few little girlfriends over tomorrow for a playdate + then our family over Sunday morning for brunch, golden themed because it’s her golden birthday (6 on the 6th!).

A few things about an almost six-year old Avi girl I never want to forget.

1 — Her two current favorite things are unicorns + rainbows.  This is still so funny to me because when she was younger she was our tomboy, she now is pretty much the girliest girl in all the land, and 110% when you ask her what her favorite color is, it’s “rainbow”.

2 — She is our sweet eater, forever + ever.  Loves cupcakes, donuts, popsicles, nutella — pretty much anything that’s sweet.  She will also happily snack all day but could care less about a regular meal, one day we will get there. 😉

3 — Being cozy is her favorite.  We got her a fuzzy blanket for Christmas that she sleeps with every night and she still sleeps with the same little mouse that she has had since she was one.  She was never a napper but will sleep in the latest of all three of my girls, I love this about her.

4 — She loves to read!  And is such a good reader.  Kindergarten has done wonders for her (once we got past that virtual part) and she has learned SO much this year!  She also used to be our shy sister but being full-time at school has completely changed that.

5 — She LOVES having sisters, she looks up to Waverly so much + is the sweetest big sister to Remie.  I know people say that the middle kid will often get left out but it’s just the opposite with her, she always has a playmate and always makes sure everyone feels included.

Some favorite photos from the past year, she still has the curliest blonde hair (like her daddy did) and the most contagious smile.

Happy almost six sweet Avalon, we can’t wait to celebrate you all weekend long!

It’s been a couple weeks now, but I don’t want to let too much time pass before sharing some photos of this year’s spring break — it was such a good one!!  We surprised our girls with a little mini vacay with their cousins to Williamsburg, we had planned to tell them Easter morning as a gift from us, but then Waverly overheard us talking about it which of course turned into her telling Avalon … so the surprise didn’t end up being a surprise at all.  Either way, they were SO excited!  Williamsburg is all of 45 minutes away from our house + definitely not the most glamorous spring break location ever, but we have learned over time that we don’t need to plan an over the top getwaway or spend a ton of money to make memories or special moments for them.  Also, we are still very much in a crazy season of life, so the less travel time, definitely the better.

We did a day of exploring in Williamsburg + then spent the next day at Busch Gardens, this was the perfect amount of time and we came home equally happy and exhausted.  We spent the rest of the week outside in the most beautiful weather, I will say it forever, parenting when it’s nice outside is SO much easier and I am welcoming these warm days with very open arms.

We are in the final stretch of school before summer, with such a weird year it doesn’t feel like school should be ending quite so quickly and I honestly think my big girls may be sad this time around.  We have lots of fun planned for summer though, some camps, our neighborhood pool, and of course it’s birthday season our way so we have a lot to look forward to! 🙂 Happy spring to you! XO