We celebrated Avalon Elle turning four a couple weekends back with the sweetest little pig party at our house, followed by an afternoon at the pool!  This was such a fun party to plan for Avi, she has loved Peppa Pig forever (at least two years, which is seriously long for a toddler and way longer than our girls have loved anything else).  I am the first to admit that I don’t love characters, so we did a fun twist with the pig theme and still had Peppa Pig plates + hats for her birthday dinner with family on her actual special day.

I had a local bakery create the cake I found on Pinterest + used this as the inspiration for everything else.  Balloons are are my favorite way to bring color into a party, such an easy and inexpensive way to add a fun backdrop!  The paper products are a mix of online finds and the sweetest floral assortment from my friends at Twigs + Twirls!!  We kept it small, just a couple girls from Avalon’s class + close friends/family, which was truly the best celebration for our girl.  She had the best day and for the second year in a row told me at the end of the day, “this was the best birthday ever”. 🙂 Always worth it.

The pig rocker was a Facebook Marketplace find a few weeks ago, I had been looking for it forever (it is discontinued at Crate + Kids) and was so excited to gift it on her special day.  It has gotten lots of love already, from all three of our girls!!!

Thank you to our friends + family for making our Avalon Elle feel so loved, sources from the party are linked below! XO

Pig BalloonsConfetti BallooonsPig PlatesFloral Paper Goods TableRunnerCustom Birthday Crown — Cookies Handmade Made By Sister-In-Law

 

 

Our sweetest Avi girl is FOUR!  I am not going to lie, I love + hate my girls birthdays all at the same time.  It is so hard watching them grow all too fast but also sooooo much fun seeing the amazing little people they become and also how excited they get for their special day.  Avalon has been looking forward to her birthday for weeks, mostly for her girlfriends from her class to come to our house and to be able to have two vitamin gummies each morning like Waverly instead of just one.

We celebrated with the sweetest little pig party over the weekend (will definitely share details soon!!) and then yesterday she had camp in the morning, we went to a little playplace in the afternoon + had pizza for dinner with family last night.

A few of the things I want to remember about four-year old Avalon forever, followed by some of my favorite photos of her from the past year.

She is still our tomboy, loves balls + the color blue (was the only girl in her class to choose blue + orange for her tshirt on tie-dye day!).  But this year she has definitely come into her own with her girly side too, she started dance and looooves it, and also is forever sneaking into my bathroom to put on makeup.

She is our lover of sweets + snacks and also our kid that needs the least sleep.  She stopped napping as soon as she turned two and has never looked back, she almost always is up past Waverly in their shared room at night + wakes up before her in the morning, too.

Her favorite thing is to “be cozy”, she changes into a tee and shorts as soon as she gets home in the afternoons and ALWAYS has to have a pair of socks on.

She is so animated and soooooo silly!  She really is so funny and loves when she knows she is making us laugh, especially Waverly.  She also is the first to come help if Remerie is upset, she can make her happy instantly almost every single time and I am just so excited to see the three of them grow together in the years to come.

Her sweetness is EVERYTHING.  She is literally the sweetest kid, always thinking of everyone else first + just has the cutest little demeanor about her.  I have said this since the day she was born and just know it will never change, she is just a light and pure sunshine!!!!

The last photo is from yesterday morning, living her very best life in her Peppa Pig hat + eating her favorite breakfast of cinnamon rolls with extra icing.

My sweet Avalon Elle, my heart literally bursts with love for you.  I cannot ever imagine a life without your biggest smile + silliness and cutest little voice in all the world.  HAPPY FOURTH BIRTHDAY little love, I hope it was as magical as you are to me!

One of my favorite times of the year, writing that summer bucket list!!  Last year I kept it simple since I was super pregnant + we had just moved into our new house, and this year we have a baby and still tons of house projects that we want to complete, so simple again it is!

Sometimes I feel bad that in our current season of life, with Remerie so little, Waverly + Avalon don’t always get to do as much as they did before.  Then I remember how fast that will change and also how much they adore her.  Also they really don’t need a ton of fancy, scheduled events to have fun.  Honestly the times I let them “be bored” and don’t plan them anything to do for a few minutes are the ones where I find they are the most creative and that I LOVE to sit by and watch them.  So here’s this year’s list — super simple, realistic, and with low expectations — also with only the things I know that will make them the happiest.  Which make me the happiest.

1 — Homemade Popsicles.

2 — Farmers Market.

3 — Breakfast on the Beach.

4 — Fishing with Daddy.

5 — Water Balloon Fight.

6 — Zoo Day.

7 — Trip to the Childrens Museum.

8 — Indoor Camping Night.

We also are soooo excited to spend lots more time at our neighborhood pool, one of our favorite things about our new house!  It officially opened last weekend and we were able to get everyone in their suits for the first time, I am SO IN LOVE with these darling swimmers from Kortni Jeanne, the cut is the cutest ever.

Happiest SUMMER to you + yours, sending lots of love, caffeine, wine, and extra patience! XO

We look forward to taking our girls to the farm to pick strawberries every spring, it’s by far one of our favorite traditions and this year we got to bring along sweet little Remie Rue!  It was so funny, she loved it sooooooo much, it was probably one of her favorite activities of her eight months of life so far.  We really let her get into it, she was crawling around, squeezing the strawberries + completely covered in juice by the end of our time there, but – WORTH IT.  I could look at these pictures of her forever.

Waverly always gets excited to go, she loves strawberries and is my child who is very competitive and takes things like this very seriously.  Avalon could really care less, and honestly was just in it for the giant lollipop she got afterwards, but ended up picking more strawberries than last year — and was also super into helping Remerie pick hers as well.  I know I saw this all the time, but these are EXACTLY the kinds of memories I want my kids to look back on from their childhood.  It’s not always easy to make work, especially now with a baby and busy big girls and just all the craziness of life, but it’s so important to me!  Also yummy strawberries afterwards are an added bonus.

Our strawberry picking adventure from last year is linked here, you know I love a good comparison post!!  Happy LONG weekend! XO

Remie Rue turned eight months last Friday, Waverly was so excited to sing happy birthday to her when she woke up + gave her the biggest hug before whispering “I love you so much” in her ear.  Not sure how we ever lived without her!

I just read her seven month update and honestly, not much as changed.  She is still the exact same size (wearing mostly 3-6 month clothes), has the sweetest smile ever, is constantly sucking on her two fingers, and is a WILD WOMAN.  Seriously, for such a little thing she is so incredibly destructive but so very cute that you cannot help but laugh about it.  She is mobile, full-blown crawling + can pull herself up on anything (and loves to!).  We just installed the baby gate + are baby-proofing everywhere, nothing is safe and she definitely prefers going to find anything but her actual toys, and lately has been loving pulling her big sisters hair and trying to eat their school projects.;)  She is also still loving our nightly springtime walks, baths, and dances anytime she hears any type of beat.

Eating has been going pretty well, I cannot believe we did not try baby-led weaning with the other girls because I have been loving it this time around!  She is eating avocado, broccoli, toast, pancakes + loves yogurt.  She actually will eat more than Avalon and her favorite time of the day is probably any meal time, but of all three girls, she likes milk the least.  I know I have mentioned this, but she has never been that into breastfeeding at all (I think mostly because she is impatient waiting for the let down and just wants to be on the move!), and for the past few months I have been exclusively pumping + giving her the milk in her bottles.  This has been HARD to keep up with, especially on days I am home + literally do not have the time to pump and feed in between everything else.  Last week I finally made the decision to stop pumping, it was way more work than it was worth — especially since my supply was going down since she wasn’t wanting to breastfeed — and though I am sad to be done earlier that I wanted, I know it was the right decision for us.

I am so excited to have just a few more weeks of school and then the summer off to spend all my days with her (which will lead up until she turns ONE!!!) — also nervous because THREE KIDS AT THE POOL, but soooooo very excited.  I find myself wanting to keep her little but also wondering what she will be like as she gets older and so excited to see, pretty much the same as I always felt with Waverly + Avalon but just even more this time around.  We are just so thankful for her and cannot imagine a life without her.  Happiest EIGHT months Remie Rue, we love you to the moon and so much more than that!

Happy weekend! XO