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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 parts 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, 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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Sister Snapshot

Another season, another sister snapshot!

Popsicle Pajamas c/o Tea Collection

Harper, five years old, going on sixty. I still cannot wrap my brain around this. Is she even considered a toddler anymore? Is she a teenager now? I don’t know, but I feel like I get glimpses of both every day. I know those of you with five year olds can relate! We have never doubted for a second that this girl has a heart of gold. The older she gets, the more she shines as a big sister, taking care of Eloise & Claire in every way she can, helping Eloise write her name & making silly faces to distract Claire while I change her diapers. She is a collector of hair ties, still wears at least three tutus at once, and loves to rock a side pony. She’s an old soul, she loves to clean and always has to have a blanket so she can “rest.” She is currently obsessed with Moana, loves to dance, and making jewelry with beads. She is a day dreamer, a story teller & an artist, and I can’t wait to see all of the amazing things this girl does some day.

Eloise, lighting up the room with her smile since 2014. This girl is a million miles an hour all the time, she can never sit still but always keeps us laughing. When I tell her something she doesn’t want to hear, she will just laugh at me and say “you’re joking right?” She is the strongest kid we know & we can’t wait to get her in gymnastics this Fall, she hangs from the bottom of my bed with her hands and touches her toes to her head over and over, I am so jealous of her abs! She asks for pancakes for every meal, only wants to wear pajamas, and finds any excuse to ask for a bandaid or ice pack. She is obsessed with baby dolls & watching videos of herself as a baby. She loves to put all of our old newborn clothes on her baby dolls (even though they are way too big) and insists on bringing them with us everywhere we go. She asked for a “baby” birthday party, so we are working on that. 😉

Claire, nickname Bear Claire, stealer of the snacks. She is talking up a storm, always trying to tell us stories but just can’t quite find the words yet. It’s the sweetest! She loves to bring me her toy tea cup and ask for coffee when I am drinking it, and will always sneak a sip if I am not looking. She has never really been one to play by herself, which I am sure is the result of being the third child and always having someone to play with her, so that has been a struggle for us when the big girls are in school or doing things she just isn’t old enough for. She has hardly any interest in toys, but is obsessed with books and will always bring them over and climb on my lap to read them. Other hobbies include climbing the steps and telling on herself, “Claire’s on the steps!” and taking her pajamas off in her crib when she is supposed to be sleeping. I love that she asks me to “rock you?” or “help you?” and she sticks her little arm up in her car seat when we are driving says “hold hand?” She is the most ticklish kid & still smells like a baby, which means I could just eat her up.

And because I will never fully believe how big my girls have gotten, a little throw back to last Fall’s first porch pictures after we moved in, so much has changed (other than Claire still won’t look at the camera!) but I love watching these photos evolve over time!

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Sundays are for Snuggling.

Life tends to get busy, and with kids, sometimes it feels like we are always just trying to sty afloat. We go into every weekend with a list of things we want to do with the girls, stuff we need to do around the house and of course, so much laundry. Before we know it, Sunday is here, and the stress of the upcoming week starts to settle in. We call it the empties, some of our friends call it the Sunday scaries, do you know this feeling?

So we have made it a tradition for the last few months, to always be home on Sunday nights. To always do an early, extra long dinner together, make sure things are picked up and in their place for the week, and then spend the last few hours of the weekend together in our happy place. We have dance parties, rent movies & turn on the fire when it’s cold. The big girls love to read together (and fight over who gets to pick said movie) while Claire climbs around like our living room is her own personal jungle gym. One of her favorite things to do each night is milk delivery for everyone, she helps me put the lids on everyones cups, and she runs into the room to bring Harper (Happie!) & Eloise (Eyee!) their milks, before running back in for her own. Sunday nights are one of our favorite times of the week, the perfect time to unwind and to count our blessings.

I love the saying, a Sunday well spent brings a week of content. Hope you all had a great weekend & wishing you a happy week ahead!! XO

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