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Fourth of July 2017

Hope you all had an amazing fourth of July with your friends & families!!

Monday we met up with some of our friends & went to a local fourth celebration with some food trucks & kids activities. We didn’t end up staying for fireworks because 1. HEAT and 2. the kids were just exhausted from walking/dancing/asking for snacks. One of my favorite parts of the day was that we gave Claire her first pigtails, that morning Eloise & Harper kept asking her if she wanted ponytails so we put them in her hair just like theirs and she loved it. When we were getting dressed up to leave, she brought me a ponytail holder and grabbed her hair and said “toe nails? toe nails!” Toddler language is my favorite ever!!

On the fourth, we spent most of the day at my parents’ neighborhood pool. They have a kids play area that is so perfect for our girls’ ages, little slides and a wading pool. Everyone was exhausted so we came home to nap in the afternoon while it stormed for a few hours. There is nothing better than snuggling up on the couch during a storm! The event we planned to go to got rained out early in the evening, so we took a detour and went out for tacos instead. We brought the girls home so they could change into their pajamas before walking to nearby fireworks. There were tons of fun fourth of July parties going on outside so we listened to nearby music & the girls danced around with their flags while they waited patiently for fireworks to start. The show was amazing & everyone did so good, no ear plugging or anything! πŸ˜‰

I will never get tired of these bomb pop jammies.

Have a great rest of the week, hope your fifth of July hasn’t been too rough! XO

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Mini Style // Fourth of July

The most fun weekend of summer is just around the corner, we can’t wait for food trucks, fireworks & sparklers!Β I put together a few of my favorite Fourth of July inspired mini styles, I always look forward to coordinating the girls in their red, white & blue. I love all of these because they are versatile enough to wear all summer long, my girls pretty much live in dot leotards & graphic tees! I’m also obsessed with those swim trunks and need that pattern on a swimsuit for girls asap! Something about ice cream & bomb pops always gets me.

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On the topic of online shopping, I thought I would share this story as a reminder as to why I rarely shop in stores (especially with my kids). Last week I took the girls with me to a local store to buy a dress for my trip back to Iowa, I normally put Eloise & Claire in the double stroller & Harper walks, but Eloise was begging to walk this time. I let her (against my better judgement), so while we were in the store, I had Claire in the stroller, Harper holding onto it, and then Eloise holding Harper’s hand, so she was the furthest from me but they were all being really well behaved. I bent down to look at a pile of folded clothes on the bottom shelf of a table, when all of a sudden I felt a sharp pain in the back of my head and heard a crash. I fell to the ground and turned around to see that the girls had knocked over three seven-foot-tall mannequins, all of which came crashing down on top of me. I burst into tears, one because it hurt SO bad, but second because I had already been on the verge of crying all day buying a dress for my grandma’s funeral. Needless to say, I was so thankful they hit me and not anyone else or the girls, but damn. Lesson learned, we are online shopping for life.

What are your plans for the Fourth?! Hope you are having an amazing start to your summer break! XO

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Eloise’s 3rd Birthday Baby Doll Brunch

This weekend, our sweetest Eloise Ruby turned three! As with every birthday, we are equal partsΒ happy & sad, celebrating their little milestones while peeking back at photos from when they were born is always a recipe for tears.

Eloise loves her baby dolls more than anything, so when we asked her what kind of birthday party she wanted, it was no surprise that she said babies & pancakes. So I put together a little baby doll brunch, with pancakes on demand (thanks to chef daddy & grandpa who manned the kitchen all morning!) and each of her little friends bringing their baby dolls over. She loves blueberries (and anything blue really) so we did some blueberry yogurt parfaits (and blue cupcakes that we saved for later), made her a cake out of waffles & had her favorite cereal for snacking. I borrowed a few baby doll high chairs so each of the girls had a spot to put their babies to feed them as well, it was the cutest little set up,Β complete with OH BABY balloons that she loved!!

She wanted to make sure that we also wished her babies happy birthday, because of course they all had to share the big day with her, and she was over the moon excited about all of the new baby clothes (and even matching pajamas for her!) that she got to dress them all up. This is such a fun age and their excitement is contagious, we loved celebrating our Ellie girl!!

Eloise, you bring so much love & laughter to our family. We love listening to you tell stories & use your beautiful imagination, your smile has lit up the room since the day you were born. We love you more than words can say, happy birthday sweet baby girl.

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