We are right upon the season for giving, fa-la-laaaaaa!!!!  This time of year is just the best for so many reasons, and for me, one of those is being able to search + find special gifts for each of my girls and seeing their faces light up when they open them.  But I am also the first to admit that I have struggled with finding the right balance when it comes to gifts.  I really want our kids to see the beauty in Christmas for reasons way beyond presents, including our traditions and family time, and have found that it’s hard to do that when they have so much “stuff”.  I also want them to value + appreciate the gifts they do get, and truly believe that it is so much easier to do that when they have less.  

I was especially feeling this way at the end of last year’s holiday season and vowed to have a better plan heading into Christmas 2019.  So when Kippsy contacted me about a month back I was SO EXCITED to work with them on this, I so strongly believe in their mission + love it so much!  Kippsy is a modern children’s gift registry that believes in providing kids with experiences, such as funds towards trips to the museum or dance classes.  Through their site, parents can also link items kids really need, such as books or school supplies, and there is even an opportunity to collect donations instead of gifts at all.  We are so excited to use this with our families for the girls during the holidays, and I love the idea to incorporate it year-round, for birthdays or other special events during the year.

We got the cutest little box from Kippsy, it had greeting cards that guests could use (straight from their website!) to bring to the party if they would like to.

To set up your own registry, head to the Kippsy site.  You can use the promo code F-6237 to create your registry and will recieve $15 after you accumulate $150 towards cash funds (through experience based gifts or charity donations!).  Enjoy! XO

It has been forever since I did an update on our girls, these posts are really for me, they are my favorite to look back on already + I know years from now I will love them even more.  This is also the first time little Remie Rue is a part of them, it’s been a few months since I did her last monthly update at eleven months and I can’t believe how much has already changed since then!

Waverly Maye, seven years + four months, though she would 110% of the time correct me and say “seven + a half” (even on the day after she turned seven).   So different these days but also so much is the same.  She still feels all the feels all the time, has all the energy, and is constantly pushing her limits, but also has THE BIGGEST HEART.  Like really the biggest, she just has this motherly instinct to her + always wants to help everyone else.  She puts all her excitement into everything she does + is always looking forward to something.  She also is my biggest clean freak (love this about her!), she craves organization and cannot stand when something in her room is out of place.  She loves to write lists and notes and sets out her clothes for school the next day the minute she walks in the door.  Still loves dance, school, and is super outgoing and wants to be involved in everything (and know everyone) she can, all the time.

Avalon Elle, four years + five months.  Silly, sensitive, a little shy + super sweet.  All the things I have said about her since her first birthday, she is still all of those things!  She definitely pushes her limits these days (and also copies everything Waverly does) but all in all is by far our most laid-back kid and also the first to make us laugh in a stressful moment, I am so thankful for her. 🙂 She is the cutest combination of girly + tomboy, she is sooooo athletic and loves balls, the color blue and soccer, but also sneaks in my room to put on make-up all the time.  Other favorites are Peppa Pig, her sisters (is constantly looking up to Waverly and wanting to be just like her, while being absolutely obsessed with Remerie!), and would only eat sweets all day long if we let her.  She can write her full name and even though I know she will be nervous, I am so excited to see her in kindergarten next year, I know her teacher will adore her.

Remerie Rue, one year + two months.  Hoooooow?!  She is so dang sweet, our little surprise babe + she just still feels so surreal, all these months later.  She can walk (run!), knows how to climb up + down the stairs, and is always “talking”.  Her current words are mama, dada, more, + Miley (my parents dog’s name).   She loves her baths each night, playing with her sisters, swinging on the playset, and any household product except for toys. 😉  She is our best eater + usually a great sleeper, but is currently teething which has always been super rough for her.  Her temper is probably the biggest of all three girls and she can throw one heck of a tantrum, but is usually back to her sweet self within seconds.  Thankfully!  She still looks a lot different than her sisters, olive skin + a golden blonde hair that seems to be getting longer everyday, and still sucks on the same two fingers a big part of the day.  So very thankful she is ours and so excited to watch her grow over the next few months.

Some fall photos of the girls, this season has been so much fun with them this year!!!!

The last update I did can be found here, soooo long ago!!!! XO

This Halloween was probably my favorite ever.  It was the first time our three got to trick or treat together + also the first time we really got celebrate the holiday in our new neighborhood since last year Remie was still so little.  We did our annual chili for the parents and pizza for the kids, the girls were so excited to have their little friend Lincoln come trick or treat with them and to have the grandparents come by to see their costumes!!  We took our golf cart through the streets, had the beeeest weather for trick or treating we have ever had, and probably the highlight — watched little Remie Rue walk up to each house with a lollipop in one hand, and her hat + bucket in the other.  It might have taken her forever to get to each house, but she did and it was seriously one of the cutest things I have ever seen in my life.

Some pictures I took of our Rockford Peaches a few days before Halloween, growing up in a baseball family this costume was just soooooo special to me!

Waverly loves sports (and was so excited to be the only kid in her class that knew who was playing in the World Series last week) and per usual, Avalon Elle was just in it for the candy. 🙂  Love these three so much + love these special moments with them!

PS!  Also wanted to share a few photos from the weekend before, we dressed the girls up for the Boo Zoo + Halloween at the Aquarium.  Waverly wanted to be a cheerleader, Avalon was happy to wear her baseball costume a couple more times, and I picked up a lion costume for Remerie because her hair color just reminds me of a little lion!!!  I am honestly relieved to not have to dress them up anymore for a while, but it really is so freaking cute and I will miss these days SO MUCH when I cannot dress up my kids anymore.

Happy week ahead, hope your Halloween was the best ever! XO

Ohhhhh, October!!!!  Such a beautiful month full of so many wonderful things, I 100% appreciate it more now that I am older + have kids.  Our girls have been loving doing all the fall things!  Waverly is starting to get over the pumpkin patch, which is all kinds of heartbreaking, but she has been into the fall rides and games at the patches we have been to and has loved helping her little sisters pick pumpkins.  Avalon is our lover of sweets, so her favorite part has been the pumpkin donuts + and all the extra candy that has been around.  And little Remerie, she started walking at the beginning of this month so she loves nothing more than practicing her newest skill through walking around whatever patch we are at!  Girlfriend NEVER sits still and is into everything, so it’s the perfect pasttime for her.

We are so excited for the upcoming weekend, for a few Halloween events and to get the girls in their costumes for the first time this year!  Wishing you the most fun + festive weekend ever!!! XO

Tomorrow October is halfway over, hooooow?!!  Time is flying + as excited as I am for the holidays, I wish we could soak in this sweet season a little longer.  Weekends full of the pumpkin patch, football, soups, and endlessly playing outside in the cooler weather — there is seriously nothing better!!

I am way late on a Fall Bucket List this year, but thought I would share what we are hoping to get into over the next few weeks ahead:

Smores + A Bonfire.

Fall Festivals at Both the Big Girls Schools.

Boo Zoo at our Local Zoo!  Always a Favorite Day in the Fall!

Family Hike Before it Gets Too Cold.

Make + Deliver Treats for our Neighbors.

Pumpkin Carving Day.

Halloween Cookie Decorating.

And of course some photos, we have been to a few pumpkin patches + I have decided there is NOTHING CUTER than a baby who just learned to walk, teetering through a field of pumpkins.  Remerie has been loving this so much (meanwhile the big girls ditched the pumpkins for the rides). 😉

Hope you + yours are enjoying all that is fall!!!  Happy week ahead! XO

**Big girls outfits C/O Mi & Fi and Remerie’s overall worn by ALL THREE of our girls!!!