Goodness, December is FLYING by, I guess that is what a combination of virtual learning while teaching full-time will do to you! 😉 We are currently back doing school from home, I am the first to admit it is a challenge + I cannot wait to get my girls back in school, but we are taking it day by day and making it work.  I am thankful for all the magical distractions December brings and at the tippity top of that list is picking at our tree each year, always one of the very favorite days.

We came home with such a pretty tree + three very happy little girls, who were mainly in it for the endless space to run and the candy canes we always get at the end!

This year for Christmas Waverly asked for all the girly things per usual, lols and sparkly notebooks and dance leotards.  Avalon wants a reindeer statue + unicorn socks 🙂 and Remie Rue would be happiest with a pile of mail and whatever her sisters have.  I am finally getting my shopping done (pretty much all online this year) and CANNOT WAIT to see their sweetest little faces Christmas morning.

Sending you lots of love this holiday season!! XO

PS — Past years at the tree farm can be found here, here, and here!  My heart, they just keep growing!

Sharing some photos from our Thanksgiving today, it is one of my favorite days of the year + even though this year was different (like most things in 2020), it was still such a special day.  We did our usual traditions like turkey cinnamon rolls and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and let the big girls draw placemats and hats — always too cute!!  By far the tradition we missed the most of all was dinner at my grandparents, but are still doing our best to hold on to silver linings + focus on all that we have to be thankful for.

Other highlights of the weekend, getting our tree (!!!), the Iron Bowl, and some Black Friday shopping online from home in our PJs.  Hoping your holiday was special and relaxing — happy DECEMBER, it’s truly the most wonderful time of the year and we are here for it. XO

Stopping in to share some favorite photos from our Halloween before we officially embrace ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS over here!!!  Our girls had a really fun holiday, they were so excited to trick or treat and to do all the Halloween things like decorating pumpkins, making cookies + watching Hocus Pocus a million times.  There were definitely less people out in the neighborhood because of Covid (which was sad), but the positive was having Halloween on a Saturday — we were able to make a weekend out of it + I wish it could always be that way!

A little about their costumes for Halloween night.  Waverly was insistent on being a witch all month long, I really wanted her to coordinate with her sisters + tried ordering matching witch outfits for them but she was not about that and really wanted to be something all of her own.  So kind of last minute, I got the supplies for Avalon + Remerie to be cotton candy.  I had seen the costume idea and always wanted to try it, especially because Avalon is obsessed with all sweets and because her personality is just so super sweet, it was the perfect costume for her (and Remie wants to be just like her!!).  We spent a good part of the week making it, and then Halloween night right before trick or treating put it on Remie + she refused.  Refused.  Like not just refused, but was tearing it off of her.  Avalon was all about it until it started falling apart.  So I remembered I had a pig costume of Avalon’s from a few years back upstairs, grabbed that for Remie, took a few photos of Avalon and let her pick a costume from the dress-up bin.  It was completely our costume fail (and for the record I will never make a costume again!) but I already know how much we will laugh about it forever and somehow it’s always worth it.

Here is the tutorial if you would like to experience it for yourself. 😉

Trick or treating is always the highlight of October for me, there is just nothing like the magic of watching little ones going door to door with buckets.  All three girls were at really fun ages for this, Waverly was so excited to see her friends from school, Avalon will forever love this tradition for all the candy, and Remie was the CUTEST running up to the houses. 🙂

And just a couple more photos of the girls from the week before, my mother-in-law made the most beautiful headbands for them — Avalon & Remie were deers and Waverly Maye was a fox!!!  Keeping these in the memory box forever.

Hope your Halloween was special + wonderful!!  Happiest weekend! XO

Happy Friday + Happy HALLOWEEN EVE!!!  Tomorrow will obviously look a little different than usual but we are still planning some of our favorite traditions, cookie decorating during the day, trick or treating (at least to a few houses!), and chili in the crock pot for dinner.  It looks like the weather is going to get cold enough to feel like October + the rain is going to hold off, watching the excitement my girls have for Halloween is one of my favorite parts of the year and I cannot wait!!

This month was busy and had its ups + downs, Remie started preschool and then had to quarantine a couple weeks later right as the other girls got to finally go face to face — not at all what we had planned or hoped for, but we made it work and finally now, all four of us girls are officially in person at school!  I am still constantly reminded of how resilient kids are, my girls wear masks all day at school and so many of the fun parts have changed or gone away for now, but they hardly mention it or complain. It feels good to be settling into some kind of routine and have some sort of a schedule again!

We made it to a few pumpkin patches the last couple of weeks, have decorated the house with all the bats + pumpkin things, and went on our annual trip to the Boo Zoo, eight years + counting.  We have done a couple costumes before the actual costume, Waverly really wanted to a be a witch this year (and did not want to match with her little sisters on Halloween night), but was excited to dress up with them before Halloween.  She knows there was no way I wasn’t going to make that happen at some point. 😉

Wishing you the happiest Halloween full of all the sweets + good memories! XO

We are three weeks into the school year + living to tell about it. 🙂 Obviously like everything else in 2020, back to school looks completely different but the good news is that we are pretty used to that by now!  The last six months I have been constantly reminded of how resilient kids are + how they honestly take to change way better than adults do.  I am so thankful for that, especially since this was going to be a big year for us regardless — three out of the four of us girls are in completely new schools and situations!

A little bit about what the 2020 school year looks like our way, at least for now.  We are all at school in person, following social distancing guidelines + making the most of it.

Waverly Maye, third grade.  Waverly is the only one who stayed at the same school + per usual, she is LOVING it!  She is our little social butterfly who thrives on routine and organization, she loves to write lists and schedules and never misses the opportunity to set out her clothes each night.  She spends most of her afternoons playing teacher and reciting everything that went on in the school day, she has done this forever + it’s my favorite.  She loves Spanish, writing, and most of all being a part of every fun activity and celebration.

Avalon Elle, kindergarten.  It still breaks my heart that Avalon’s kindergarten year is not starting out the way we had hoped or ever thought it would, but she is the most go with the flow kid ever + is so excited to finally be at school with Waverly that she only sees the positive in all of it.  She loves having a computer, reading books, and is constantly drawing little pictures.  She used to be super shy but has grown out of that mostly, she already has made so many little friends and is excited to know a few friends in her class from the neighborhood.

Remerie Rue, preschool. The hardest transition of all.  We made the decision to put Remie in preschool this year last winter before any of the craziness, we felt it was best to get her around other kids her age and also for consistency while I was at school each day.  Of course fast forward, I have been home with her pretty much 24-7 since March and she is attached. 😉 We knew it would be a challenge to get her used to a new place + new people, and we were definitely right — there have been lots of tears and adjustment, but finally we are at the point that each day is getting better!  I am so happy for her to have her own little friends and every day I get SO EXCITED to reunite with her in the afternoon, a highlight for sure.

Sending love to whatever situation you are in this year, I know many families had hard decisions to make + I hope you found peace in what you feel is best for you!!!!!  We got this! XO