Our biggest girl is NINE!  We celebrated our Waverly Maye alllll last weekend, a waterpark trip, pedicure with mama, and our family over for a cookout and lots of special gifts for one very special girl.  We try to focus on experiences more than parties these days, but you know I always have to do some kind of decor + Waverly wanted to have lots of sparkles and purple — sparkles for her love of dance and purple has been her favorite color for years now!

I pulled all of our disco balls out and we used the candle holder my husband made for Christmas with pink + purple candles this time, so easy and definitely made for all the sparkles, just like she wanted.  Our friends at Ellie + Piper sent over the sweetest sparkle backdrop, balloons, and paper products, and per usual, my sister-in-law came through on the yummiest, cutest cookies!

The photos of all three girls are my favorite, I never could have dreamed this little trio nine years ago when Waverly was born and I am so incredibly thankful for them, and for my biggest sister who started it all.  Happiest birthday Waverly Maye — I love you to the moon!

Tomorrow our Waverly Maye turns an entire nine years old, as in her very last year in the single digits!  We are celebrating today with a trip to the waterpark with one of her besties + tomorrow she has requested a pedicure and a cookout decorated with all the purple + sparkly things.  Cannot believe my first baby girl is an entire nine years old, it really seems like just yesterday we were celebrating her third birthday with an ice cream party holding a newborn Avalon Elle!  I must truly be in denial the whole thing, I realized yesterday that when I ordered all the party supplies for her birthday, I ordered an 8 candle — I didn’t even notice it when it came in and definitely must want her to stay 8 forever. 😉

Some things about a nine year old Waverly Maye, always SO EASY to write because she is so very unique!  She most definitely got all my type-A traits, she loves a good list, a clean room, and being organized.  So many times the past few months, I have come upstairs to my office and noticed that she took it upon herself to organize the entire thing, love this about her.  If she is going to do something, she is going to do it 110%, she loves a theme day or decorating + creating a present for someone in our family.  This year she became really interested in art (and is really good at it!), she loves to watch videos of how to draw something and follow along.  And just like all the years before, she still LOVES dance, it’s totally her thing and watching her on stage is the best, she is a natural performer and just lights up!   She’s creative + so imaginative — she can spend hours outside riding her scooter or jumping on the trampoline telling stories out loud.

She is the best biggest sister, adores Remie Rue and is such a little mama to her, and even though her + Avalon drive each other crazy a lot, they are the best of friends.  This year she really has grown so much, I am so proud of her and just know whatever she does in life, it’s going to be big!  Some favorite photos of my Waverly Maye from the past year. 🙂

Happy last day of being eight Waverly, let’s celebrate! XO

Summer is flyyyying by way faster than we would like, I cannot believe we will be finishing the month of July in just over a week!  We had the sweetest Fourth of July, I didn’t want the month to go by without sharing some favorite photos from the holiday weekend.  This is always one of my favorite holidays of the year, I love everything about it, especially the traditions we have made since moving into our neighborhood a few years ago.  Our girls always look forward to the morning parade, a day at the pool, and Waverly Maye always looks forward to fireworks at the end of our street (both Avalon + Remie are still scared of them!).

An added bonus this year, Avalon Elle’s first ever toothless smile, she lost her very first tooth the night before the actual holiday (at the pool, biting into a piece of pizza!).

We have spent the rest of the month super busy with camps, swim team, and just trying to soak in all the summer goodness — and this weekend we will celebrate Waverly Maye’s NINTH birthday!!!  I will say it forever, these are the days.  Hope you had the best fourth and the happiest summer so far! XO

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!