The last couple of weeks have been crazy busy, trying to keep up with normal life stuff but also do all the magical holiday things, I am 100% positive that most of the time I don’t even know what day it is.  But the girls absolute love and joy for Christmas completely makes up for it, this is definitely our best December yet!!  I thought I would share some pictures and a little update on our month so far, 11 days to go until our sweet babes are running down those steps to see if Santa came! 🙂

Waverly is definitely my daughter, she loves all things holiday and is constantly asking what fun Christmas thing we are going to do next (followed by making sure she knows what holiday comes after this one).  Possibly one of my favorite things we have done so far, my mom, grandmother & I took her to see The Nutcracker a couple of weekends ago and it was the sweetest!  Just walking in and seeing all the little girls with their moms their made me feel all sorts of lucky to start this tradition, I can’t wait until Avalon is old enough to come with us as well.  I wasn’t sure if she would last to the end, but she made it up until the last act when she fell asleep, she kept asking us when they were going to “turn the page”. 😉  She also went on a field trip with her class to see a holiday play, had her own Christmas program at school, is obsessed with ornaments and all of our decor, and still LOVES to check and see where the elf is every single morning.

If I could bottle up Avalon pointing and saying “ball” to the tree every day or waving to the elf each morning, I totally would, she is at the absolute sweetest age and seeing Christmas through her eyes is just pure magic.  She is always up for any adventure, she could have ran around the tree lot picking out our tree all day long, loves to drive around and look at lights or point out fun decorations, and shopping at the mall is one of her most favorite activities, as long as she doesn’t have to sit in the stroller and can run around endlessly.  I am already so excited to see her sweet little face Christmas morning, I just know it is going to blow her mind!

And lastly, our Santa trip.  Because you know every family with young kids has a Santa story.
Every year we go to Bass Pro Shops for both Christmas & Easter, it’s our favorite!  They have all sorts of activities for kids while you wait, and it’s always fun to make a day of it and really make it special for the girls.  Waverly had been telling me for weeks that she was not going to sit on Santa’s lap, which I was fine with, so I fully expected Avalon (who is usually not shy at all and could care less about anything), to be happy & smiling, looking like an only child on Santa’s lap.  We waited FOUR HOURS, and the entire time Waverly kept glancing over at him looking very nervous, while reminding me that she wanted Avalon to deliver her letter for her.  Our turn finally came, and I absolutely couldn’t believe it, Waverly walked right up and sat on his lap (with this sweet, I’m scared out of my mind but being so brave smile) and Avalon lost her mind.  Completely the opposite of what I thought would happen!  As soon as they got off his lap Waverly said “Avalon, what was that all about?  He is SO nice”, and then stared at her picture with him all the way home.  It definitely gets on the list of my most favorite parenting moments ever, I was so proud of her and so completely shocked, we have been talking about it ever since.  And of course I still got a crying Santa picture, three years & counting!!!

Hope you all are having the most special and memorable December with your sweet families!

I’m taking a break from regularly scheduled holiday programming today to wish my baby a happy one year & a half birthday!!!!  Ah, I can’t even believe it.  I was rocking her to sleep tonight thinking how from here on out, she is closer to two than one and it just doesn’t even seem possible.  She still seems like such a baby (maybe wishful thinking?), but we all consider her that, especially Waverly who will say “can someone get this baby to listen to me?”, if Avalon isn’t falling in line with exactly what her bossy big sister has to say. 😉  She is still so tiny, is sprouting some strawberry-blonde hair (exactly the same color as Waverly’s), and her blue eyes are as bright as ever.  I will randomly get a comment that she looks just like me, but it is always when my husband isn’t around, they are pretty much twins, especially when you look at his baby pictures!  She loves to pucker her lips whenever we ask and also has this crooked smile that I hope she never, ever loses.
I have said from the time that she was born that Avalon was my easy baby, and that’s still pretty much the case.  She is way more sensitive than Waverly ever was and can definitely get just as sassy as the rest of us (she has recently learned the word “no” and has no problem practicing it often), but overall, she just goes with the flow.  She is a good sleeper, a good eater, loves the car seat, is not shy at all, and it takes a whole lot to make her cry.  She is generally happy as ever and so much fun to be around, her little faces & mannerisms are the cutest and I love to just sit and watch her do her thing.

She has recently had the biggest word explosion, going from only a few words to probably over 20.  Some of her favorites are yes, no, Elmo, ball, book, mama, dada, and sis.  She loves to point out her eyes, nose, and mouth, to touch everyone’s ears, and has the best dance moves.  She is usually on the go, but when she finally stops she will snuggle and give kisses, or request Sesame Street, which is by far her very favorite show.  She loves to dress-up, and will steal Waverly’s purses, princess crowns, or necklaces when she isn’t looking.  The cutest!  And even though she is all girl, she is a climber just like her daddy was at that age, I can literally blink my eyes and she is on top of something.  She has three favorite stuffed bunnies, she was obsessed with this one bunny forever and so I found two others just like it and now they are her squad, she literally goes nowhere without them.  It’s precious! 🙂

She adores Waverly so much, they are closer than ever and usually wherever one is, the other is not far behind.  They are always walking around the house holding hands, finding things to get into that they really shouldn’t be, but laughing and just being so cute that it really makes it hard to be mad for long.  If you would have asked me when I was pregnant with Avalon if we hoped for a boy or girl we really would have been thrilled with either, but I am forever so thankful that they get to experience sisterhood and that have each other.  Their relationship is so special and getting to be a part of it will always be one of my greatest joys in life.

Sweet Avalon Elle, we adore you!!!!  It’s bittersweet to watch you grow so fast, but we couldn’t love the little person you are turning into one little bit more.  Happiest half-birthday!

Happy December, friends!!!!!  It’s here! 🙂  We are so excited, December has been my favorite month of the year since I was a little girl and it’s only gotten better each year since becoming a mama.  I keep reminding myself to soak these next few weeks in, life is so busy and flying by, but these special moments are the ones I want to remember forever.

We got into the spirit earlier than ever this year, a couple weeks back we took the girls to the mall the night Santa came in.  Waverly remains legitimately petrified by him, something that’s been on repeat since she was one, and I’ve definitely decided that’s one battle I am not going to fight this year.  She was perfectly content staying back and watching from a distance, without taking her eyes off of him, and I’ve promised her that’s all she has to do when we take our annual trip to visit Santa at Bass Pro Shops this weekend.  She’s written two letters to Santa (one from her requesting a Shopkins bike & the other in her words from Avalon, asking for Elmo since that’s her favorite), and she’s planning to have Avalon deliver them for her when she sits on his lap.  Which pretty much just melts my heart.

Our elf on the shelf also made her debut!!!  I usually wait until December 1st, but I knew I had to work that day and it would be just way too crazy, so we did a themed breakfast over the weekend.  We have had so much fun with this already, Waverly gets so excited to see where she is each morning and Avalon always runs over to where we find her laughing & pointing, saying “hi elf!”.  Also, at the risk of screwing myself on this one, so far the fear that the elf is going to report bad things to Santa has worked like a charm.  We are riding that one for as loooong as we can.

The night after Thanksgiving we made a list of the things we want to do this holiday season.  It was so much fun having Waverly join in this time, remembering things that we have done in the past and wanting to do them again.  Can’t wait to check off this list, it’s truly the most wonderful time of the year!!!

1 –  Make Christmas cookies.
2.  Go to Christmastown.
3.  Bass Pro Shops to see Santa.
4 – Go pick out a tree.
5 – Drive around and look at lights and drink hot chocolate.
6 – Go pick out a toy to give the less fortunate.
7 – Watch holiday movies and eat popcorn (so far Waverly’s favorite is the grinch!).
8 – Caroling at mommy’s school.
9 – Ice skating.
10 – Go see The Nutcracker.

Wishing you the happiest weekend! XO

I love Thanksgiving weekend so much.  Pretty much for all the same reasons that I love the week before it, there is just so much excitement in the air and a thousand plus things to look forward to.  I love having an extra long weekend with all of us home and I love the start of all the fun holiday activities, which with kids, are just so much more magical than ever before.

Thanksgiving day, we all slept in until 7:30 (which is big for us!) and then snuggled in holiday jams eating some snacks before my family came over for brunch.  My brother was in town from Colorado, and my dad had just gotten back from a long trip in Florida, so we were so excited to have everyone reunited again.  The girls loved having them over, they took turns being held and snuggled by everyone and then performing some of their current favorite dances.  It’s safe to say that they never, ever lack for attention. 😉

After some afternoon naps, we all got ready and headed to my grandparents and sister-in-laws for dinner and dessert, and then ended the night with the fullest bellies and fullest hearts!!!!  And of course, so very excited to officially kick off the most wonderful time of the year! 🙂
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Hope your weekend was magical and relaxing and just all the happy things!  I’m excited to share some more pictures of our weekend and some fun holiday activities we have been getting into (and have planned!) later this week.  Happy Tuesday!

I recently started a new thing where every night I think of two things from that day that made me really grateful, or made me smile, or that were just two really wonderful things parts of our day.  I think I read it somewhere, I loved the idea of it because as any other mama knows, our days are not all rainbows and sunshine.  Far from it.  But even on the most chaotic, meltdown filled day we have, it would be impossible to not find at least a few things that brought me so much happiness.  In the new year, I’m going to try to write them down each night, I think it would make it that much more meaningful and I know I would love looking back and reading them one day.

This year we had our challenges as I tried to figure out the best scenario for me as a working mom, and though I love my new situation so much, there isn’t a work day goes by that my heart doesn’t hurt just a bit from being away from the girls.  We’ve struggled with some behavior challenges with Waverly, our oldest babe is still just as spirited as ever and who can sometimes push me right over my emotional limits.  But I think it’s overcoming those hard moments that make you stronger than ever before, and more thankful for all the good that you have.  Forever grateful for our two little girls, for Waverly’s love of life and for her sister that really knows no bounds.  For Avalon Elle, who is just as sassy as the rest of us, but who melts us with her sweet & sensitive demeanor, and makes us laugh with her little faces and new words.  For my husband, the calm to our crazy, the glue who holds us together, and the best example of unconditional support and love that I ever could have asked for.  And of course, our family and friends, the older I get the more I realize how precious and special the people around you really are.

Sharing some pictures from our weekend, it was such a good one!!

Wishing you and your families the happiest Thanksgiving weekend ever!!!!!  I am always thankful for the support of our family and for this wonderful community! XO