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

We rounded out birthday season at our house with a brunch for Remerie, puppy themed because our baby girl LOVES PUPPIES!!  Full disclosure, getting the girls a dog has been on the table for a little while but I am just not ready for that type of commitment right now — so a puppy party seemed liked the second best option. 🙂 I teamed up with Ellie & Piper on the paper products and balloon garland, all of the inspiration came from black & white polka dots which is a forever favorite print of mine.

For the cake, I ordered some little dog figurines from Amazon and dressed them up with tiny party hats (diy found here!).  The cookies are by my sister-in-law, Heart of Sugar if you are local to VB, her cookies are true little works of art!  And lastly, one of my favorite parts, I got each of the girls a pound puppy before the party which they loved, we put them on the table to help dress it up.  A true throwback to my 80s childhood, they have been playing with them ever since!

Remie had the best day, she loooooooved hearing us sing the happy birthday song to her and was so dang proud!  I am forever so, so thankful for her!  Happiest birthday to my tiniest girl, I love you to the moon & back and cannot wait to see all the adventures two will bring for you!

*Remerie’s first birthday party can be found here.

Our Remie Rue is TWO!!!!!  Two whole years.  I still remember the day she was born so well, I was 11 days overdue & just a couple weeks into the school year with my big girls.  I headed to the hospital on a Sunday morning after not feeling her move for way longer than I was used to, and they officially evicted her with my third induction and easiest labor by far.  Her pregnancy and labor were so surreal, we are two years in and goodness SHE IS TOO.  My third baby girl after a surprise positive pregnancy test on Christmas morning, now with her bright blue eyes & olive skin — I will pinch myself forever over her.

Some of the things I want to remember about a two year old Remie girl.  Her personality is a mix of my two older girls, laid-back in some ways but also not at all in others, she knows exactly what she wants and is going to get it but at the same time is sweet as sugar and can turn around being upset in no time.  She is equal parts a mama & daddy’s girl, and LOVES her big sisters to the core, always wanting to be right next to them and doing exactly what they are doing.  This has been challenging in some ways because it has made her grow up so fast — but both Waverly & Avalon adore her and the three of them have the sweetest bond that has grown so much the past few months as she has gotten closer to two.  I have said it forever, watching my girls together is one of my favorite parts of being a mama and I love that Remie has two little girls who love her so very much!

Remerie loves being outside, music, dogs, and Peppa Pig.  She would snack all day if we let her and is 110% my best & most reliable sleeper.  She will wave to anyone walking by, has the cutest little run in all the land, and still sucks on the same two fingers on one hand and plays with her hair in the other, especially when she is tired.  She is a little slice of heaven and we are SO THANKFUL SHE IS OURS!!!!!

Of course, some favorite photos of her from the past year.

Tonight we will celebrate with just the five of us, a trip to the bay to let Remie run and dig, one of her favorite things to do!!  This weekend we are having a small brunch with family (puppy themed, since she loves dogs!) — and I just cannot wait to celebrate our tiniest little surprise girl.  I love her so.  Happiest birthday my Remerie, may all your wishes come true!!!!!