Kayla – Swimsuit: Cat & Jack; Glasses: Janie & Jack (similar); Red Shorts: Baby B’Gosh; Gingham Top: Baby B’Gosh (similar); Cameron – Tank: OshKosh; Popsicle Shirt: Cat & Jack; Shorts: Cat & Jack; Shoes: Cat & Jack; Lobster Towel: Pottery Barn Kids.
It’s not even the 4th yet and we’ve been having so much fun! It is swim season and the kids could not be loving the water more. They’ve both been taking swimming lessons and are learning so fast. Kayla skipped 3 levels in her first session, we’re so proud of her. Cameron had a rough start, with lots of tears the first few classes but he has come around and is a start student at last. They both love the beach as well. Cameron loves being buried in the sand and Kayla enjoys burying him.
So many fun red, white and blue props this year, I’m in heaven. I couldn’t resist the rocket pop float. Not only does it photograph well, it’s Kayla’s favorite popsicle. The donut float is not 4th themed but I love donuts and they looked so darn cute in it together, I had to include here. The lobster towel I picked up at Pottery Barn Kids along with a cute, matching plate and cup set. Cams knows it’s his and will not let anyone else use his lobster towel.
I can’t wait to see what other fun this summer brings!
Wishing everyone a very happy and safe 4th.
PS – More pics to come including a special new addition to the family!
Top Left (Kayla) – Dress: Fantasie Kids (Similar); Shoes: Mini Melissa. Cam – Sweater: Cat & Jack; Jeans: Cat & Jack. Top Right – Dress: Pippa & Julie; Shoes: Mini Melissa. Family Pajamas: Lazy One. 6th Down, Right (Kayla) – Dress: Gymboree; Shoes: Ositos (Similar); Cam – Shirt: Gymboree; Pants: Gymboree; Shoes: Gymboree. 11th Down, Right (Kayla) – Tunic & Leggings: Unique Baby; Red Bow: Gymboree; Cam – Shirt & Pants: Tesa Babe. Cam, Bottom: Shirt, Vest, Tie and Pants: Just One You; Shoes: Gymboree.
This holiday season was crazy, hence the after-Christmas post. I also may or may not have gone a little crazy on pictures this year as well. I can’t help it! They let me have so much fun, I can’t stop. Miss Kayla has really gotten into this over the years. She wants to help with everything and be in every picture. However that usually comes with the price of a ridiculous face, pose or prop. Cameron, on the other hand, is more into destroying anything we set up and being bribed to sit still for what feels like a millisecond.
Although busy, it has been so fun seeing them get into all things Christmas and holiday. Kayla has been singing “Oh Hanukkah” all over the place, we visited the holiday train and the enchanted garden at Descanso. She asked every day to go by the house on Florence and look at their lights. I love that house too but Cameron doesn’t understand why he can’t ride the train. When I told him we couldn’t ride it he started crying, “touch it! touch it!”. Poor thing. Needless to say Santa came through for him with some trains, cars and airplanes. Kayla also loved waking up every morning to find her elf (on the shelf). A few mornings it was way earlier than normal wake up time and she’d come running excitedly into our room asking us to come see. Cameron really got into it too, even finding him before her a couple times. We started a new tradition this year with a mailbox (this one). She “mails” her letter to Santa and for the 12 days leading up to Christmas she gets a tiny surprise like a piece of candy. On Christmas day she stopped during the festivities to tell me that this was the best Christmas ever. She still really wants My First Fashion Designer (whatever that is) but she’s beyond happy which makes my heart smile. That’s all I could ever ask for.
Quick fashion note – I was pretty obsessed with Kayla’s Christmas dress. I don’t remember noticing the hi-low rise when I bought it but it photographed beautifully! She loved the sparkles and approved of it immediately at Nordstrom. One of the few times we both agreed on an outfit 😉 Oh, and Cam the little man in the bottom pic, I mean…
We hope everyone is having a very happy holiday season. Cheers to an amazing 2018!!!
Top Left – Dress: Little Miss Fashion; Headband: Creations of Grace; Top Right – Dress: Gymboree; Headband: Similar; Flag Romper: Urban Smalls; Top Right Below – Kayla’s Swimsuit: Gymboree; Cam’s Swimsuit: Kanu Surf; Bottom – Star Sandals: Gymboree
I’m not gonna lie, I think Cameron had a better time taking pictures this time around than Kayla. He went crazy for the little pool and he loves anything with wheels so he was in heaven. Although not so much into the pictures, Kayla IS very much into learning about the United States. She’s learned the names of all 50 states and now wants to know who lives in each state and what’s there. Needless to say we do not know people in all 50 states so we’ve resorted to naming politicians. She keeps us on our toes with her seemingly endless questions but we love her unquenchable desire to learn.
As for the clothes, Kayla picked out her own Gymboree outfits so she of course loved those. And her love for headbands continues. The bow dress that I picked out was not her favorite because apparently bows are cute but only when they’re tiny. She hated the big blue bow on her dress even though it’s clearly adorable.
Kayla is excited to celebrate 4th of July this year and is so ready for red, white and blue popsicles and fireworks. I had thought last year was going to be the year she’d finally love fireworks but she didn’t like the sound! We watch them from about 2 miles away so I have no idea why the sound scared her but she’s let us know that she’s not afraid this year. We’re probably not going to let the little “zilla” as we call him stay up for the show as he needs every bit of sleep he can get! Until next year for his reaction.
We wish everyone a very happy and safe 4th of July!!!
One more because he loved it that much…
Top – Dress: Rebecca Rags; Headband: Janie and Jack; Shoes: Cat & Jack. Bottom Left – Cameron Shirt & Pants: Tesa Babe; Kayla Pants: Gap (Similar); Shirt: Gap (no longer sold); Shoes: Vans. Bottom Middle – Bunny Romper: Rebecca Raggs
Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on its way! Our lil bunnies are so ready for Easter. Eggs dyed…check, Easter outfits…check, torturous trip to the Easter Bunny…check. Poor Cameron did NOT like the Easter Bunny one bit (see below). Just like his big sister at that age. We dyed eggs today whilst Cam was napping so that “babyzilla” would not destroy the entire experience. He always wants to do whatever big sister is doing and that usually means walking or crawling up and sitting right on top of whatever Kayla is playing with. I can only imagine what it would have looked like had he done that with the 16 cups of dye in front of her. Kayla had fun meticulously dying and glittering each one of her eggs. We can’t wait to watch her find them all tomorrow!
Bedtime is usually a long, drawn-out ordeal. “I need one more huggy”, “I have to go potty”, “I want a cup of milk”, “tell me a story”, followed by 20 random questions and hours of singing to herself in bed. But tonight, she actually asked me to leave! She said, “I want you to leave, I need to go to sleep so the Easter Bunny can come”. That was it, she was out. She’s so excited and I love it. Can she stay like this forever?
Special credit to Kayla and Cameron’s Nonna for these Easter ensembles. Kayla loved her dress and rainbow outfit. She’s worn them both many times already. And let’s just say we’ve got some good bribery material for Cam when he’s older 😉
So of course we are extra thankful this year, we have two beautiful blessings now! It was Cameron’s first Thanksgiving and unlike his sister, he loves food. He enjoyed sweet potato, mashed potatoes and pumpkin. Even with two kids, we managed to make three stops to visit family and friends. It was such a wonderful day filled with lots of love and laughter.
Kayla also had a Thanksgiving event at school where she wrote on her leaf that she was “thankful for her momma”. She just melts my heart. But if you ask her in person she says she’s thankful for her Daddy, Mommy, Cameron, Rocko and Nonna. She loves her little brother so much. She was so happy to see their matching shirts and loved that Cameron’s said thankful for his big sister and vice versa. She actually snuggles up to him and kisses him in our pictures all on her own, I never even ask her to. It’s the cutest thing ever. Although there are definitely times when she’s snatching his favorite toy out of his hand or singing extra loud when he’s sleeping in his car seat right next to her. But hey, that’s what big sisters are for…I should know 😉
Hope everyone had a beautiful Thanksgiving as well!
Christmas pictures have already been taken and can’t wait to share!!!