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Backyard Summer Fun

Our favorite thing about summer is low maintenance fun in the backyard! After the first few summers in our first house where we had no backyard at all, all I ever wanted was lots of flat grassy space for my kids to run through the sprinkler & play in a kiddie pool. Granted, all they really want in life is snacks, but this is a close second. Our backyard is completely finished now, we are working on the brick patio next & hope to plant some hydrangeas back here next Spring! Over the weekend, we grabbed a new inflatable pool for them + a dozen or so jumbo bouncy balls for them to play with. It might be the cheapest backyard entertainment ever, they love to play kick ball, see who can bounce on them the longest and always have enough to share with any friends we have over!

Claire is in a big kid bed now, so she can get out at her own leisure, and although she has been extremely good about staying in it, this past week she has been sneaking into our room bright and early with one arm out of her nightgown and her swimsuit halfway on over her diaper. Always ready to get the party started, just like her mama. 

Swimsuit sources: Colorblock One Piece // Rainbow Two Piece // Ruffle Stripe One Piece // And a super flattering coordinating option for mama!

Embracing each season as it comes is my favorite, and getting to experience them all for the first time in a new city just makes them all that more fun! Hope you are enjoying yours so far!!

PS. I also wanted to share this post from last year because we are about to queue this up for the weekend of storms ahead, our Summer Movie Lineup! xo


Summer Break Day 1

Yesterday was the first official day of Summer break here, all three girls home all day & nothing but three months of heat ahead of us! I thought it would be fun to really document our first season in our new home, the kitchen renovation that is kicking off next week & all the activities that we do with the kids. So we are going to kick off a little Summer series, week by week & share what we are up to!

The first day of Summer break kicked off with impatiently waiting to get out of bed, heaping stacks of pancakes & a long walk around the neighborhood. Harper wanted to make summer fun lists, so we each wrote down five things we wanted to do this season. Harper & Ellie’s both wanted pool, splash pad, lemonade stand, sleepovers at grandmas & an ice cream party. Claire wanted her nails painted, to have coffee & “Christmas!” so we will keep these all in mind when we wake up and need something to do.

The girls ate popsicles, played in the sprinkler and walked around the house with watering cans to water all of our flowers & grass. Having freshly laid sod in the heat of Summer is no joke! By early afternoon, everyone is pretty exhausted, I usually let them have their ipads for an hour, and nine times out of ten, Ellie & Claire fall asleep. Dreams really do come true. We are in the middle of unpacking, and at the same time, packing back up our half assed kitchen for our full renovation to begin next Monday. We plan to live with a fridge, toaster & microwave in the dining room for about a month. Oh, and eat lots of sushi & bbq!

We really love our new city & are SO excited for our first Summer here, we have big plans for baseball games, late nights at the pool and as many backyard hangs as we can handle!

What are your plans this summer?! What do you want to see more of over here on the blog? Do people even read blogs anymore? 🙂 Hope you all had a great weekend & are staying cool! XO


Eloise’s 4th Birthday Flower Party

Eloise turned four a few weeks ago & this weekend we got to celebrate her with family in town! She requested a flower party, so we decided to have it outside on Sunday morning & it was a pretty perfect setting! We kept things super low key, which I think is now a forever theme for all of our kids birthdays moving forward, we had a big breakfast inside, then came to the patio for cupcakes & making that big four year old birthday wish! Ellie picked out some flowers at ace hardware the day before, so we had each of the kids pot their own. Their favorite part was watering them with some cute little watering cans we found at hobby lobby.

And the best part about an outdoor birthday party after chocolate frosting & potting soil? The sprinkler!! It was the perfect morning for our sweet 4 year old. Happy Birthday, Eloise Ruby!! You are the sweetest sister to Claire & Harper, you have the best imagination & most fun personality. Every single day with you is better than the last, we love you SO much!!

Sources: Cupcakes by Cami’s Cake Co. // Wooden Serving Tray // Patio Table // Chairs