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Our Fourth + Claire’s 4th

We are still recovering from what may have been the most fun weekend of the Summer, Fourth of July + Claire Bear’s fourth birthday! We had so much fun with friends & family, lots of time at the pool, good food & drinks, and of course, fireworks!! Does it get any better than that?! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged these things, honestly I feel like Instagram is almost the new mini blog but many of you have told me you want to see it here, so let’s do this thing!

Brandon’s family came down for the Fourth from Iowa, the girls absolutely love spending time with their cousins & we love to entertain! The Fourth of July was our first holiday we spent in our home last year, and confirmed for me that picked the right house. Our neighborhood takes holidays v. seriously and I am here for it!! We started the morning early with a neighborhood tailgate, mimosas and bike decorating for the kiddos! We have a small city parade that my dad drove our truck in, and the kids had so much fun riding along. The rest of the morning was spent underneath tents with live music & food from everyone in the neighborhood until we all got rained out. We all came home and waited out the storm, then spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool (overcast skies & Frosรฉ are a perfect combination!) and then came home to do some fireworks in the yard and watch the city ones around the corner. All in all, the best kind of holiday!!

We spent Friday at the pool again & grilled out for dinner, and then went down to First Friday in the Crossroads to watch the Kansas City Air Show. We grew up going to air shows and I totally forgot how much fun they were!

Sunday we celebrated Claire’s birthday!!! Claire tells us all the time, “my name isn’t Claire, it’s Rainbowgirl” <– And all one word if you hear her pronounce it. If any of you remember the video of her telling us what she wanted for her birthday party earlier this year, she asked for “a rainbow beach party, with a rainbow swimsuit and a rainbow cake and a rainbow dog!” We couldn’t give her a beach, but the backyard was a pretty close substitute! It was a super laid back bash in the afternoon, with a handful of neighborhood friends, cake, cupcakes & popsicles! The girls had a blast & Claire was asleep on the couch before all of her friends even went home. It’s her party and she’ll sleep if she wants to.

Sources: Oversized Rainbow Sprinkler // Rainbow Slip n Slide // Rainbow Mini Pool // Rainbow Swimsuit // Rainbow Balloons

In years past, I have always been excited when we roll into the second half of Summer because I love Fall so much. But! Elementary school brings a whole new meaning to Summer, I love love love having the girls home with us and not having to get up to rush around each morning. We are savoring every last drop of this season!!

I hope you all had an amazing Fourth of July, as always, thank you for reading!! XO


Five Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer.

It is officially summer break and we are already loving every second of it! I don’t think I fully appreciated summer break until having three kids in school full time. The happiness I feel each morning when I wake up and don’t have to rush to pack lunches or get out the door is indescribable. Slow sipping coffee for the win!!

So I thought I would share the five main things on our Summer Bucket List this year, we have some travel plans and tons of fun visitors, but this is what the girls have on their agenda & we think it’s a pretty great list!!

Popsicle Stand // Last year we did a lemonade stand and the girls had the most fun! They have been asking to do a popsicle stand this year, which is what my best friend & I always did when we were little. We also painted rocks with nailpolish and tried selling them. We probably should have just stuck to the popsicles. All you need is a table, a cooler & an assortment of your favorite popsicles! We might even make our own, but not making any promises.

Camping // Who needs mountains and lakes and real campgrounds, when you can camp right in your backyard?! We are planning our first ever backyard campout this year, complete with a tent (maybe an air mattress), a campfire & s’mores!

Amusement Park // We are taking the girls to Adventureland this Summer, a super nostalgic amusement park in Iowa that we used to go to when we were little! They have lots of fun things to do for kids & we can’t wait to spend an entire day there riding rollercoasters & eating funnel cakes!

Baseball Game // Such a fun way to spend an afternoon! I think our girls are finally old enough to actually enjoy a game & maybe even sit through the entire thing. Especially if popcorn is involved!

Backyard Party // You don’t technically have to leave your house in the Summer to have fun if you have a backyard. The slip-n-slide, sprinkler & inflatable pool are our kids favorite thing to do. Invest in a few fun backyard toys and you’ll find yourself having the best Summer ever without even trying!!

I would LOVE to know what fun things you have planned this Summer! I am truly looking forward to lots of downtime which means hopefully lots to share here!! Cheers to making it through another school year, mamas!! XO


Last Day of School

School is out for summer & we are SO excited about it!!! The month of May has truly felt like a marathon, we had a busy April with traveling and came rolling in hot to the last month of school. It felt like we were living at the girls schools every day with parties, art shows, book readings, all. the. things. And let’s not even talk about end of the year outfits or lunches! Mamas of elementary aged kiddos, do you feel me?!

I have never been so happy to sleep in & spend all the lazy days at the pool!!

I wanted to share the girls first day of school picture & their last day of school picture, their little baby faces from last Fall bring tears to my eyes!!

Naturally we had outfit changes before and after school and eyes were closed, but it’s the best we could get & I will cherish these pictures forever!! The chalkboard lives on!!ย 

Harper is most excited for Second Grade because she gets to meet new friends & take more fun field trips. Eloise is most excited for Kindergarten because she gets to be at school with Harper and to be best friends with all of Harper’s friends. And Claire is most excited for pre-k because she gets to have Ellie’s teacher who she loves!

Tomorrow I am sharing our plans, travel & ideas for things you can do with your kiddos while they are home this summer!! As always, thanks for reading!! XO