Aaah, I cannot believe the fourth of July has already come + gone!  We had the best holiday weekend, even though this year looked a little different we were still able to manage most of our favorite traditions and right now even the simplest of those feel extra special.  A small parade, time at our neighborhood pool, a cookout with family + some sparklers, all the wonderful things!!!  By the end of the day Remerie was way too exhausted to see any fireworks and it turns out Avalon Elle (who is not scared of anything) suddenly had a fear of loud noises and I had to hide inside with her during all of the fireworks in our neighborhood, but all in all the BEST DAY.

Waverly said her favorite part was late night fireworks with dad (she felt like such a big girl!), Avalon loved ALL the sweets + swimming at the pool, and little Remie Rue was so precious riding in the wagon in her first parade.  Love these little American girls so much.

They get it from their mama, both my big girls woke up July 5th asking when the next holiday is, we are sad to wait until October for another big one but have lots of birthdays to celebrate before then so that will get us through. 😉 We hope your holiday was the best! XO

**Last year’s Fourth of July post is here + the year before is here, and 2017 is here.  Cannot believe how LITTLE they were!

Waverly + Avalon had their dance recitals last week, always one of the highlights of the year for me!  This time around was different (like most things in 2020), but I was happy that they were still able to put on their costumes and perform.  They each got to have their own night since each class was separate, and each of the girls referred to herself as “a star” the night of their show. 🙂 Remie Rue was so excited watching them + twirling around to the side, I have no doubt she will want to join them before long and cannot believe we will have THREE tiny dancer girls one day.

We are spending the rest of our summer days at our neighborhood pool + with bike rides + swim team for Waverly each morning, all the good things!  Hope your summer is off to the best start as well! XO

PS:  Photos from the girls recital from last year can be found here, and the year before is here, the year before that is here!  I love looking back so much.

Happy SUMMER, friends!!!  We celebrated Fathers Day over the weekend, our favorite girl dad in the world, my own dad, grandfather + father-in-law, we are so lucky to have so many amazing men in our life and definitely do not take it for granted.  We usually try to spend the day outside, this was the second year in a row at our neighborhood pool, one of our favorite places to be!

Last year I started a tradition of asking the girls five things they love about Joe, + then when I went back to find it this year to do it again and compare I realized I lost what I wrote 😉 so I thought I would record it here.  Five things my big girls love about their daddy, we will plan to ask Remie Rue next year when she is a bit older!

Waverly Maye: Loves that he takes her fishing, loves that he takes her on bike rides, that he is silly with her, plays with her, and is “so kind to her”.

Avalon Elle: Loves that he built her bed, plays puzzles with her, plays catch with her, that he made her a new trampoline, a playhouse, + that he snuggles with her at night.

They are three lucky girls.

Now on to the first week of summer, we have a busy week with swim practices and dance recitals, so glad to be back to some kind of normal living again!  We hope you + yours had the best weekend celebrating! XO

Last Friday was Waverly’s last day of second grade + since Avalon’s preschool year ended a couple weeks prior, we are officially DONE with school for the summer!!!  Even though the end of the school year feels different this year since we have been technically been home for months, it is still much welcomed.  Virtual learning was definitely a struggle, I was not meant to be a homeschool teacher + Waverly Maye was not meant to learn from a computer.  She thrives on social interaction and loves the routine of going to school each day plus of course her teachers + friends, so we are crossing our fingers for more of a normal schedule in the fall.  Either way, I will forever be so thankful for all the extra time I got with all three of my girls this year, the good outweighed the bad and it was extra sweet since I typically work full-time during the school year.

A few things I want to remember about this past school year.

Waverly Maye, second grade + second year of Spanish immersion.  She loves writing the most and knows everyone at her school by name (even most of the staff and kids in different grades).  Her teaches gave her the “Ray of Sunshine” award which made me smile so much, she got the “Positively Peppy” award in kindergarten so it’s nice to know how much joy she spreads to others at school!  During virtual learning she lived for zoom calls to socialize with her friends and gets crazy excited for a SCA theme day, any excuse to dress up and to celebrate, always.

Avalon Elle, her very last year of preschool ever.  So bittersweet.  She likes school but most days would rather stay home “cozy” in her pjs to play with her sisters + Peppa Pig toys, this is funny because it is so different than Waverly!  She is such a good little student and has learned so much this year, she gets so excited to write her name + to cut with her soccer scissors.  I am SO EXCITED for her + Waverly to be together next year, I just know how much Waverly will take care of her and it gives me all the feels already.

And Remerie Rue, still way too young for school but I must include how much her vocabulary has exploded the past few months.  She is a late talker (probably because she has never been able to get a word in!) but our pediatrician said she would have a word explosion and that certainly has been the case, I have loved being at home to be front and center for it!  Current most used words are bird, baby, dog and of course mama/dada, always my favorite.

And now, SUMMER!!!!  Hoping the weather gets the memo soon, it’s been cold + rainy this week and we are ready for sunshine.  Sending some your way too! XO

We celebrated Avalon Elle turning five over the weekend with a brunch with family + then an afternoon at the pool, followed by her first ever sleepover!  Truly her best day ever, the timing worked out so that it was our first official weekend of phase two after quarantine and also the first day our pool opened for the summer, she kept saying that “everything is normal again because it is my birthday”. 🙂 It really was the first time things had felt normal in a while which made it all so much more special.

I had planned to forgo “parties” this year + wanted to let each of the girls pick a fun outing, but since we really weren’t sure how things would work out or what would be open, we had to let that go this time around.  Instead, I ordered a few fun things + worked with a couple small shops to make the day feel festive for her, she requested “some blue + some sweets”, two of her favorite things!

One of the many things that quarantine has taught us is to appreciate the small things, what a joy it was to watch our sweet little girl have such a beautiful weekend with loved ones.  We are so thankful for her!  Happiest five Avalon Elle, we adore you.

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