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Claire Bear Bash

We celebrated our sweet girl last weekend with a fun bear themed birthday party, the Claire Bear Bash!!

We planned to have Claire’s birthday inside around lunch time, but after a week of rain and finally a sunny day, all the girls wanted to do was go to the pool. They had their swimsuits on before breakfast and we just couldn’t say no, since it was just family coming over, we decided to push the party back to the evening. So we grilled for dinner & had her party outside right before sunset and it was the prettiest back drop for her bear bash!! The combination of summer + three kids exhausted from swimming all day lead to this being the most laid back birthday party we have probably ever had, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow! 😉 Claire was the happiest camper with her bear cake (that Harper & Ellie decorated for her, can you spot the upside down teddy grahams?) and her balloons. The best part? The girls went straight into the sprinkler after cake to rinse off!

Love that the bear plates double as masks for the sweetest three bears! We had a blast at Claire’s Bear Bash & have decided we have to leave the chalkboard up for a while because every morning when I bring Claire downstairs, she points at it and says “mom! wook! me!”

Happy birthday sweet Claire Bear, may all your wishes come true!


Summer Movie Lineup

One of my favorite things about summer is evening storms! We seem to have them a lot lately, in the late afternoon or right after dinner, the sun still pours in our living room but the rain is loud and it makes for the coziest movie nights! We have pulled out our camping tent twice this year already, and the girls love to pull the pillows off the couch and build a bed on the floor for movies. The other night we were picking out some of our favorite movies to add to our queue, and I thought this would be fun for a blog post!! I love all the things that evoke the feelings of the season, so watching a good baseball movie on a summer night will always be my favorite! Field of Dreams, anyone?! 

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Sharing a list of our favorites! Crack open the windows while it’s storming, make a big bowl of popcorn or some stovetop s’mores & throw back to some of the best summery movies of all time!

The Parent Trap

Eat Pray Love

Field of Dreams

Now & Then


The Sandlot

Wedding Crashers

Bridges of Madison County

500 Days of Summer

And if it’s after the fourth of July, well then Hocus Pocus is totally acceptable, my kids insisted in reading the Grinch last night before bed so we are really getting ahead of ourselves. What are some of your favorites (including any Netflix series!) that you love to watch on a stormy summer night?! I would love to hear all of your recommendations! Happy Monday!! XO


Claire Turns Two.

Claire turned two this week and we have been celebrating all week long! Where has the time gone?! I have been pulling some pictures of her to print and wanted to share a few of my faves, plus a little update of what two looks like for her.

Eats: Literally everything. Claire is never not asking for a snack or trying to eat something off someone else’s plate. Loves cereal, yogurt & pasta. All of the messiest foods that we try to avoid at all cost. Pretzel sticks, Pirates Booty & gum.

Loves: Snacks (did I already mention that?) and stealing sips of my coffee. Baby dolls (especially if they are Ellie’s) and her blanket collection. Wearing underwear over her diaper. Holding food off the side of her high chair while staring us in the eye to make sure we know that she knows, that she is going to throw her food on the floor in protest for whatever it is that she might be mad about. Her play phone that records voices & the wooden toy cracker box that she pretends is also a play phone. Brushing her teeth & eating as much toothpaste as possible. Getting her nails painted. Wagon rides & the sprinkler. Mickey, Little Einsteins & Sing.

Says: “I want snacky.” (basically the firs thing she says when she wakes up each day). “Meeeeeeeeeeeeeoooowwww” (her response to most things, aside from “No, I don’t wannu!!” “Olweez! Top it!” (Eloise, stop it! Because ellie is always trying to snuggle/hug/kiss/lick her). “Sang! Moomie!” (When she talks to the microphone on our remote to play the movie Sing). “Want toenails!” (I want ponytails, this is new, and is my favorite). “Hold you!” (you hold me).

Claire is FULL of personality, she is either all the way happy or all the way mad, usually nowhere in between. She makes us all laugh all the time, especially when she walks around with her eyes closed with her huge gap toothed smile, knowing she is funny. She loves to be held, snuggled or sitting on my lap at all times. She still wants to be rocked before bed every night, loves to sing Twinkle Twinkle and needs all of her blankets/stuffed animals to be a certain way before she will go to sleep. She loves her sisters so much and looks up to them like crazy, watching her imitate them is one of my favorite things in the world.

We are so excited to celebrate her this weekend & see her excitement over getting to eat an entire piece of cake. Happiest second birthday, Claire Vivien, we love you to infinity and beyond.