Happy July!  Sharing some favorite photos from our Fourth of July weekend, we had a fun, festive + BUSY few days — kind of still recovering, but it’s always worth it.

The big girls are at really fun ages for the Fourth, they both loved the parades and especially riding their bikes they had decorated around our neighborhood.  Waverly finally loved the fireworks and wasn’t scared at all (six years later!) + Avalon was still nervous but was happy to sit in our living room and watch through the window.  One of our neighbors did the most amazing lights show, which was perfect since there was no chance we would be making it to the beach at 9pm with Remerie still so young.

Remie was precious as ever – her last first holiday! – and even though it’s hard to push through skipped naps on days like these, she had so much fun.  She was able to watch Waverly + Avalon do sparklers in the yard before her bedtime and got to have some graham crackers from their s’mores.  I kept thinking to last year’s holiday when she was still kicking in my belly, I still cannot believe she is real + here + doing all the things with her big sisters.  Watching them together is my favorite.

Both Waverly + Avalon said that “this was the best fourth ever” – Avalon probably because of all the candy she got to eat and Waverly because she got too stay up so late. 🙂  These are the best days, already looking forward to next years!

We hope you + yours had the most wonderful day! XO

 

 

 

Nine months (+ a couple weeks!) of our sweetest, most delicioust, tiniest little Remerie Rue.  She has been on the outside for as long as she was on the inside and we all are just smitten with her.

*Photo courtesy of her big sisters who always get her to laugh the hardest.

The happiest, most destructive baby in all the land.  She really is into EVERYTHING, I know all babies are but she is by far the baby I have had to watch the closest.  The other morning while I was trying to get ready, she tried to get into the box of q-tips, a bottle of shampoo, a bar of soap + the toilet — all in a matter of five minutes and while there was a box of toys right next to her.  Good thing she is crazy cute, she honestly knows when she is getting into things she shouldn’t and looks up with the sweetest smile to make up for it every dang time.  It works for her.

She loooves to eat, she eats more than both Waverly + Avalon combined most days and I have no idea where it goes.  Current favorite foods are avocado, mac + cheese, frozen pancakes or french fries, and bananas.  Honestly we have never given her anything she didn’t like, this is such new territory for us as both our other girls were super picky and I am loving it!!!  She is also still a really good night sleeper, goes down at 7:00 (and crashes hard!), wakes up about 5:30 for a bottle in bed that she gives herself, and then is up for the day at about 7.  Naps are still very unpredictable, and the past couple weeks were super hard trying to figure out a routine + time for her to rest with all three girls home, but I know we will figure it out eventually — most likely right around when school starts back and everything changes again. 😉

She says “mama” and “mmmm” when she really likes something she is eating, and still sucks on the same two fingers 75% of the day, it’s still the cutest thing ever!  She is tiny (in 3-6 month clothes mostly) and is getting more hair all the time, it is going blonde for sure and her tan skin is getting darker.  She still has the bluest blue eyes like both Waverly + Avalon, some days I think she is starting to look a little more like them but she mostly still has a look all of her own.

We just love to love you Remie girl, you are the best! XO

Our last day of school was Friday, the final few weeks of the year are always insane and this year felt even busier than usual.  Seriously, 486 end of the year parties at both Waverly’s elementary school + Avalon’s preschool, on top of swim team + dance recitals, Avalon’s birthday, all my end of the year school stuff, plus a baby.  I was definitely questioning my sanity for a minute but WE DID IT!  And it’s one of those things where the crazy has to get really crazy before completely calming down, so I am super excited for a laid-back few weeks ahead (or as laid-back as it gets with three kids!) and way less scheduled events for a while.

I’m taking a minute to document the girls school years, Waverly just finished first grade and Avalon another year of preschool, so next year we will have a SECOND-GRADER and Avalon will be in PreK.  Crazytown.  They both love school, Waverly is definitely our more outgoing child – she knows everyone + is always the first to introduce herself + also just ADORES her teachers (and is the first to test her limits!).  She remembers everything about every spirit day or school event and loves to play school with her sisters in the evenings, and especially to recite the morning annoucements word for word while sitting at the little school desk in her room.  This year she started a Spanish immersion program and can really speak it, she also loves to write and PE is her favorite subject.

Avalon Elle, our shy girlie, she takes a minute to warm up to people but once she does she loves you forever.  And is exactly like this at school.  She is such a rule follower, always sitting perfectly in criss-cross applesauce and won’t even talk in the hallways when we are walking her out of school. 🙂  Her favorite subject is “dramatic play” and anytime she does an art project she picks the color blue.  She loves her two little best girlfriends and talks about them all the time, but also loves coming home and getting into her “cozy clothes” (always including socks) with her family just as much.  One more year until she is at the big school with Waverly, I definitely don’t want to speed things up but I am sooooo excited thinking about them going to the same school together.

Also sharing a few photos from them both in their costumes before their dance recital, ohhh how this was the sweetest thing ever!

Hope your start to summer is the best ever! XO

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!