This past weekend my husband + I joined my family to finally head to Colorado and visit my brother and sister-in-law who have lived there for the past few years.  This trip was long overdue, Waverly + Avalon even had been before us since they went for the wedding when Remerie was just a few weeks old.  We had heard all the things about how beautiful Colorado was and it definitely lived up to all of that, truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.  We stayed in Breckenridge, the coziest, cutest little ski resort everrrrrrr — straight out of a movie!  It was so nice to spend some quality time with each other, my family, and to RELAX!  So good for the soul.

This was our first trip without the girls, and my first time leaving them for more than a one-night sleepover.  It was bittersweet and I definitely missed them, but it was such a good reminder of how important self-care and me time is (one of my goals in 2020!).  It was also theeeeee best to come home to three little girls jumping in the driveway, with welcome home signs, so excited to see us. 🙂  Hope you had the best weekend, sending you all the me time of your own! XO

 

We are almost two months into 2020, I thought I would share some photos of our February + a little bit about our Valentines Day!  We are 110% team celebrate every holiday year round, the girls get just as excited as I do and it keeps us going through these long winter months when really we are counting down to our summer break.

Each year our favorite traditions for Valentines Day are cookie making (and eating!), our annual February playdate with the girls little friends, and of course making Valentines to hand out at school.  This was the first year that I completely let go of any plans of helping my big girls pick out their Valentines, part of my goal in the new year was to be more intentional with the things that matter most to them and this was one of those things.  So instead of cute printables I found on Pinterest paired with boy/girl little goodies I searched forever for, we went to Target and they each picked out their own.  Waverly got a box with airheads + Avalon chose Peppa Pig Valentines, it was SO EASY and definitely their favorite Valentines to hand out yet.

On Valentines Day, we did heart pizzas with the girls at home, it was super laid back + a fun tradition I wanted to start with them this year!  It’s so fun to have a romantic dinner with my husband too, but we typically try to do it another night besides the actual holiday so we don’t have to fight the crowds + so we get to have time with our littlest Valentines as well.  This year we will celebrate in just a couple days when we go to Breckenridge with my family, sans kids, my first time to visit my brother since he moved to Colorado and definitely my first time without my girls for three days straight.  Bittersweet, but we are SO EXCITED!

And for the photos.

Avalon’s sassy face before school on Valentines Day is my favorite, Waverly is always trying to make faces like that when we take photos to be funny + of course, Avalon is forever wanting to be just like Waverly. 😉 I hope your 2020 is off to the best start + that these winter months are treating you well! XO

Happy February!  It’s officially been three months now but I am finallyyyyy sharing some family photos we did a few months back, we try to do photos each fall for holiday cards if we can make it work.  We obviously have 40583 of the girls, but I want them to be able to look back + remember moments with our entire family, too!  This time around I did a trade with one of my best friends Brooke of Brooke Tucker Photography, I took some of her family + then she took ours, we each kept our own memory cards and did our own edits.  This was such a fun way to do family photos, we are both so comfortable with each other’s families and the kids cooperated so much better this way!!!  I highly recommend this if you take photos, bonus points if you have a wonderful friend who is willing to trade with you even if you aren’t technically a professional.

I am linking my dress here, it’s a definite favorite year-round, the print is sooooooo good!  And the biggest thank you to Brooke, who has captured so many beautiful family moments with us over the years.  We are forever thankful!  XO

I am so excited to team up with The Smile Generation today, to share what makes me smile, my giiiiirls!  This post is so fun + easy for me to write, raising tiny humans is no easy task but there is not a day that goes by without laughter.  One of my biggest goals in motherhood to to focus on the (many) things my girls do that make me happy + joyful, rather than the hard moments.  It really makes SUCH A difference, perspective is everything!  If you don’t keep a running list of things your kids say or do that make me smile, I so recommend this.  Here are eight current things on mine, things my girls do that make me smile! 🙂

1 –  Avalon Elle in the driveway when I get home from work each day.  She rarely misses a day, the first thing I see when I drive up is her running through the door to greet me + it makes being a working mama so much easier!

2 – Waverly Maye’s love for football.  I grew up loving Alabama football, per my dad, and am pretty much obsessed with all things SEC in the fall.  Waverly might just love it even more than me, she recently has started practicing throwing the ball outside each afternoon + her favorite activity during PE is football, when she is quarterback.

3 – Holding hands with Remerie Rue, which is really her holding my finger while we walk, which is EVERYTHING.  Is there anything sweeter?  She is so quick to run away these days but will always still hold on each time I try and it’s a definite favorite.

4 – All three girls playing nicely together.  THE END.  There is nothing better in the world, absolutely nothing!

5 – Waverly’s squinty eyes when she is talking about something she is really into.  This is usually when she is explaining some sort of plan she has come up with or an outfit she really wants to wear, she has done this forever + it always makes me smile.

6 – Avalon’s accent.  It’s this northern kind of accent + I have no idea where it came from, but she is going on five this June and it is still here, I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I am constantly trying to record it as much as possible, I already know how much I will desperately miss it one day.

7 – Remie Rue’s dance moves.  All three girls love to dance but Remerie just really, really loves it and already has the best dance moves at just 16 months old.  Pretty much any bad mood of hers can be fixed by music, I hope it always stays this way!

8 – Not really something any of them do, but one of my favorite parts of the day, during the week, is walking to pick up Waverly from school with the two little girls.  Are they really all mine?  These days in the trenches of young motherhood are so hard but also make me smile so very much, what an honor it is to be their mama.

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Aaaaaah, podcasts!  I seriously cannot say enough good things about them, this post in not sponsored at all, just one mama sharing something that has been a total game-changer for me.  Truthfully, since becoming a mom, making time for me has been something I have always struggled with, especially during the school months when I am working full-time.  I have always immediately felt mom guilt when I was not working + not with my girls every minute, to make up for the time that I wasn’t there, but reaaaaaally have been making an effort to work on that – mostly because I I wholeheartedly believe that all moms deserve time to do the things they love and that ultimately, they are better moms for it.  You can’t pour from an empty cup, you must take care of yourself first. 

2019 was the first year I really got better with this + I seriously think that discovering some of of my current podcasts favorites are a huge part of that.  For me, they have been a big source of inspiration + motivation, along with just something fun for me to look forward to.  I love having an outlet that I feel like I can enjoy while also getting so much out of at the same time, there are few mom podcasts I have listened to where I haven’t come out of it feeling completely rejuvenated, challenged, and just inspired to just be a better mom.  Also, I looooove that they really “give me permission” to make time for me, which sounds completely ridiculous, but sometimes a little reminder from someone who is in the same season you are in makes all the difference.

*An unrelated photo of my girls, but every post deserves a photo. 😉

I thought I would share four of my current favorites, all mama related + all SO GOOD!

Coffee + Crumbs — Current go-to for sure, Ashlee is the author of my favorite book “Motherhood is Magic” + the podcast is just as relatable and inspiring.  My favorite episodes are the “This is How We” ones, they share how they do laundry, toys, self-care …  it is so interesting and so helpful to hear what works for others.

The Mamahood — The first podcast I really got into, mostly created for moms “in the trenches of motherhood” which is soooo me right now, I have been able to relate to every episode and have really found some great parenting ideas/tips here.  Marren + Aubree are super sweet and each have three little ones, I love hearing their take on motherhood!

Find the Magic — Another favorite, I have pretty much listened to every single episode they have done.  I love their idea on miracle mornings, basically getting up before your kids each day + doing some things that bring you joy, to set the tone for the entire day!  They also have such a positive take on parenting and discipline, I love this outlook and have taken so many ideas from this.

The Mom Hour — I haven’t listened to as many from this podcast but have loved the ones I have, it’s hosted by two moms who have four kids between them!  It’s super funny and mostly light-hearted, and has some really fun episodes focused on babies + toddlers, all the way up to older kids.

If you have a favorite podcast that I did not list, PLEASE SHARE!!!  Comment below or send me a DM/message, I am always looking for new ones to add, especially as we head into 2020!  Hope your year is off to the best start! XO