I can hardly believe that we are rounding out the first week of July already!  We had the best Fourth of July, I always look forward to this holiday so much and am already feeling a little sad that we have to wait an entire year before it coming around again.

We kicked off the festivities Monday by getting ready for the next day, we made some fun treats (so easy and cute, found here), and the girls got together some things for the parade we were going to the following day.  I love how excited they get for holidays, Waverly had learned “God Bless America” and “Yankee Doodle” at school this year and had been singing it for days, so Avalon had picked up on it too and was singing it with her for pretty much the entire weekend.

We got up really early Tuesday morning to head to our friends house for breakfast and their parade.  We have one in our neighborhood that we have gone to for the past few years, but it’s pretty low key and we were excited to try something new out.  We loved it so much, it was way more legit than ours (with actual big firetrucks and people handing out candy), so we think this will be our new tradition!  Afterwards we put the girls back in their suits and headed to the bay, it was the perfect weather and everyone pretty much stayed in the water the entire day.  Exactly how the Fourth should be.
We cooked out with my parents and did sparklers, this was the first year that I actually got my act together to have a set of sparklers for them to use and Waverly loved them.  I ended up ordering a huge set so am excited to use them more this summer!  We rode our bikes to the beach and both girls were so excited to watch the show, they had their headphones on but didn’t even use them!  It was the sweetest sight ever, Waverly just sat and watched so taken by it all, about halfway through she said, “I could watch this all day”. πŸ™‚  And Avalon just kept yelling whatever color the firework was, it was my favorite part of the day for sure!

Hope you had the best Fourth with your family and friends!  And HAPPY WEEKEND — it’s here already! XO

We are in crazy mode over here, birthdays, dance recitals, and all the end of the year parties & activities.  Waverly had her last official week as a preschooler (ever!) last week, and I have just three more days until I am done!!  It’s all been fun and exciting stuff, but also I cannot wait until next week when I am home with the girls and we have nothing on the agenda and not one single place to be.

Waverly’s school didn’t have a graduation or anything like that, so I’m not sure it’s hit either one of us that she won’t be going back to her school that we love so much.  Most of the kids in her class were with her both years, as well as her teacher, so she really has grown so close to them and it’s hard to think of her not seeing them anymore.  She LOVES school, she has been spending the last few days taking all of her worksheets and books that were sent home and “teaching” them to Avalon. πŸ™‚  She came home with an all about me book and most of her answers I expected (favorite color is still purple & favorite food still spaghetti and meatballs), but new to the mix, her favorite subject is Science and when she grows up she wants to be a “Wonder Woman Doctor”.

And her recital!!  This was her second, her first was two years ago and last year we took a break from dance, so I couldn’t wait to see her back on stage!  She was so excited, not nervous at all, and she spent the whole week before in our living room practicing to the song she had us download on our phones, in her costume of course.  I did her makeup and she couldn’t stop looking at herself afterwards, I just can’t even believe how grown up she looks!

We plan to continue to do dance this summer and then again in the fall, it’s so fun to see what sorts of things that they really love to do as they grow older, dance is definitely where it’s at for Miss Waverly Maye.  Love her so very much and am SO VERY PROUD of this sweet big girl she is turning into lately — even if it is way too fast. πŸ˜‰

Spring has sprung and there is so much to love out there right now!!!!  I am always first drawn to everything bohemian, light and airy year round, so I think spring might just be my favorite since it lends itself so well to all of that.  Sharing some current fashion finds today, both for mama, babe, and the home!

I pretty much live in jean shorts and shirts all spring & summer, so I’ve been eyeing a few tops to add to my closet!  I love this one, which is majorly on sale and so versatile.  Also so excited about these, I’ve been wearing the short-sleeve version all winter with jeans, so comfy and the best colors!

I just got this dress for Waverly, the perfect colors for spring!  Also my favorite shoes EVER for the girls are back, these clogs from Old Navy!!!!  They are seriously so good, I found them in-store a few weeks back and bought them in enough sizes that the girls can wear them for the next couple of years. πŸ˜‰

Obsessed with this rug from Land of the Nod for the girls playroom.  It’s pricey, but Waverly’s is from there and it’s easily my favorite rug we have ever had.

I just got another watch from Daniel Wellington, I love it so much!!!!  This will be my third, which might sound crazy, but I literally wear one every single day.  I typically don’t wear too much jewelry other than that, and it’s the perfect piece to wear something without feeling like you are wearing too much.

This maxi is the perfect cover up to wear all summer long, perfect for running after kids at the beach or waterpark!

Kids hunter boots are on sale!!!!!!  I picked these up for the girls so quickly, we love them and wear them constantly and these are such a good price!

We recently got this throw from Little Giraffe, and it is amazing.  So beautiful and the girls love cuddling with it, it’s quickly become our favorite throw at the house!

This book, I am dying to read it!  To be honest, I could not tell you the last book I read start to finish (or even magazine), tis’ the season of life I am in!  But I am determined to make time to read again and this would be the perfect start.

And lastly, our little ladies were so sweet tonight before bed.  Avalon’s been having a really hard time letting go of the day and going to bed, so tonight Waverly decided she would rock her.  Avalon literally laid on her while Waverly sang all the songs I always sing to them, goodness it was sweet.  Not all the moments are like that (and many are far from it), but those are the ones I will choose to hang on to.

Hope you are having the best week, friends!

Kicking off the weekend with some of my favorite things that our girls have been saying lately!!!  The last time I did a post like this (just a few months back), it was just about Waverly, but this time around I had to add Avalon because girlfriend has full-on sentences these days.  It’s so crazy, I swear she went from throwing out a few words here & there one minute to talking like a real little person the next.  Listening to them talk (especially to each other) is one of my favorite things, I just love their little voices so much, there’s truly nothing better!

My husband and I met in high school, and the other day we were driving by the school we went to and I told Waverly that it was the place and daddy & I had met in math class, and she said, “oh, and then you asked him to live with you and put babies in your belly?”

Most nights when we have dinner we go around and ask everyone what their favorite part of the day was.  Waverly loves it (and usually answers right now, eating dinner with my family), and Avalon for the past few months straight has said every single time “the BIG SLIDE”.  Whether we went on one that day or not.  Then the other night Waverly said that her favorite part of the day was playing with her friend Grace at school, and then next for Avalon’s turn she said, “playing with Grace at school”.  Avalon doesn’t go to school and doesn’t play with Grace, but she wanted to be just like big sister.

Waverly was SO excited for Mother’s Day — loves any holiday just like her mama — and had been telling me Happy Mother’s Day for weeks.  Then the morning of, she came into my room and didn’t say anything for a little while, so when I asked her if she wanted to tell me anything she said “Happy almost Father’s Day”.  After I told her it wasn’t Father’s Day, she said, “oh, it must be Avalon’s birthday then”.  Thanks girlfriend.

For as long as I can remember, anytime that Avalon asks for a drink or a snack she always follows it by asking for one for sissy.  Every single time, it’s forever one of my favorite things.  Also are my kids the only ones who have assigned colors to their snack and drink cups?  Avalon has to have “pink” and Waverly has to have “purple”, their current favorite colors, god forbid I get it wrong because the world WILL end. πŸ˜‰

I shared this on Instagram, but because I want to document it forever … the girls were playing upstairs in Waverly’s room while I was downstairs, all of the sudden I heard Waverly shout out, “Mom, do not come up here.  Something is going on”.  Exactly what every mother wants to hear.  I came up and my jewelry was everywhere (on them & the floor), but I’m going to chalk it up as a win since at least they decided to be honest and let me know.

The girls are starting to gang up on us, and it’s working.  If I put Waverly in a time-out Avalon quickly comes rushing over to her to console her, which usually turns into them laughing and being extra cute and making me forget all about what happened to get her there in the first place.  Avalon will say “sissy’s not nice but now she’s sorry”.  I mean, how do you even argue with that?!  Something tells me that we are totally getting a glimpse into their roles in the future.

And lastly, sorry honey, but I have to share.  My husband was getting into the shower the other morning and I heard Waverly scream “EWWWW!  It’s a —————–“.  Clearly we don’t have a lot of those at our house. #girldadproblems

ο»ΏHAPPIEST weekend, friends!

So I took a blogging break, completely unintentional, but it’s been a crazy (and fun!) couple of weeks our way.  Last week Waverly & I both had spring break, which was so much fun, and I can’t wait to share pictures!!!  But first, Easter.


We went to Asheville over break and didn’t get back until late Thursday night, so I couldn’t wait to fit in all the Easter things with the girls before the official holiday. Saturday night, we set out cookies (and carrots & ranch, per Waverly Maye) and just like Christmas, Waverly insisted that everyone go to bed immediately and without books so that the Easter bunny would come visit our house.  It was so funny, she looked me straight in the eye and said “mom seriously, do not go downstairs at all, you can’t even get ice cream”.   Because she knows I like to eat ice cream at night all by myself in my bed. πŸ˜‰  All the while, Avalon couldn’t stop talking about how she “high-fived the bunny, but no hug”, when we saw him at a festival that day.  She was so proud.  Once they got up Sunday morning, they couldn’t wait to go downstairs and see if he came, the sight of them walking up to their baskets holding hands was so magical and just the sweetest ever.

Until they started arguing over who got the purple fairy wings and who got the pink.  Note to self, identical Easter baskets from here on out. πŸ™‚

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We had breakfast at our house and let the girls play outside, and then went to my sister’s for brunch with my family and an egg hunt.  The weather here was so good, way warmer than any other recent Easter holidays, so we loved getting to eat outside and it really feeling like spring!!!

After naps and a couple walks around the neighborhood, we had dinner and lots of dessert with my in-laws, Waverly & Avalon loved being able to play with their cousins and extend their sugar high just a little bit longer!  As I was putting the girls to bed, I couldn’t help but feel a little sad that another holiday had come and gone so quickly.  I know the days of our kids finding holidays so magical are numbered, and as exhausting as they sometimes can be, living them again through my kids eyes are one of my favorite parts of being a parent.  I always try my hardest to make each holiday so special and happy for them, but it really will never compare to how special they make it for me.

Hope you had a wonderful Easter and weekend with your family and loved ones!!! XO