Happy first week of SUMMER to us!!!
I don’t know where you are right now…but geez, I hope it’s “summer” there already. This is our first full week, and I’m already in deep. I love the lazy mornings, the late nights and all of the fun outdoors.
Today, I have a super sweet post because I’m going to share with you all about our 10 Year Trips as I share PART 1 of my Vacation Essentials with Nordstrom for your kids (PART 2 will be on Thursday as I tell you what I’m bringing on MY vacation!), but today, is all about the kids (Kensington in particular!). I partner with Nordstrom a lot because I am always so pleased when I shop there. They just make everything EASY! From free shipping and returns (which I do all the time!) to their expertise and knowledge in all departments to their amazing customer service (they want you happy with what you pay for), I could shop anywhere, but I continue to go back to them time and time again.
In our family, we have been counting down to today for months now. This morning, Kensington left on her 10 Year Trip with my mom and dad. When I was younger, my grandparents took all of their grandkids on a vacation when they turned twelve. We could pick anywhere we wanted to go and they took us. I remember that trip like it was yesterday! Just look…
To be fair, it was July 4th (I have no excuses for the shorts, fanny pack and socks though…).
This trip was really sweet and special for so many reasons, but none more than the fact that I am their oldest grandkiddo, and I’m sure sitting there on the beach that day, they had all the hopes and dreams of the trips to come…and my grandfather wouldn’t live to see them all. I am so thankful that I got to take that 12 year old trip because only five years later, at 64, he was gone. My grandmother took my youngest cousin by herself when she turned 12, so the tradition was completed, just not the way we all thought it would be.
Since the day Kensington was born, my parents have said they were going to do the same thing when their grandkids turned 10 (they tweaked the age), and today, they’re doing their first one with Kensington! My dad literally gave her a map and said to pick her destination and she picked…Maui too 🙂 . I’m not sure if it’s because that’s where her mom picked and it sounded like fun, or if it’s because we don’t typically take beach vacations over at the Shull house…but she is Maui bound this morning. I haven’t seen her this excited in a long time. She cannot wait to be there with just her grandparents!
She couldn’t go on a beach vacation unprepared, so the other day, Kensington, Madeley and I headed out to do some shopping and get her vacation ready…
…first stop, we hit the Nordstrom bistro at our local store for some fuel. How cute is she?!
Here we are on the other side of the booth 🙂 . We had a yummy lunch and then we hit the store for some kids summer essentials…
How adorable is this romper?!
And of course…
I’m sure I’ll have a million pictures of her post-trip to show you, but I wanted you to see what we bought for her fun vacation.
Okay, speaking of a million pictures, friends, how cute are these first day/last day pictures from Thursday…
Look how much she grew this year!! I mean…SO MUCH! She entered 4th grade a little girl and came out a pre-teen. What in the world?! #someoneholdme (Clearly, she loves that dress she has on because she is wearing it in almost every picture in today’s post! That was not on purpose! Hahaha! She also loves those sneakers and wears them every.single.day!)
Look at this cutie pie! We finished kindergarten!! I was just so proud of Ashby this year! She NAILED it! I was nervous for #allthethings that could have gone wrong this year, but instead, she thrived!! She thought her animal dress was the perfect “end of school” dress. Who doesn’t want a soft cotton dress with bright animals all over it?! She’s also a big fan of her sandals too 🙂 .
This guy loves wearing the same thing on the first and last day (or at least as close as he can). I think it might be time to retire his tee 🙂 . Smith is just always our constant over here. He just goes to school, handles his business, never complains, makes a ton of friends, is always happy…he just is that kid who never makes his mama worry (at least not yet). I’m so happy he had a great 3rd grade year!
And little Miss Madeley already finished school before Memorial Day, but she wanted a pic too 🙂 . Have you guys bought Mini Melissas for your girls? I’ve talked about them for years and years around here because they’re my favorite shoes for young girls. They’re comfy, you can hose them off, they’re cute, they wear so well and they smell like strawberries! I can’t even tell you how many pairs we’ve bought over the years, but I continue to buy them because the quality is amazing. These right here come in several colors, but Madeley’s heart loved the pink the most.
These sisters still ask to be dressed alike! The only difference now? Ashby is loving her “big girl” sandals .
Last day of school, y’all!
Speaking of cute dresses that are easy to wear, look at these…
…on Friday night, we found ourselves with the little girls only because both big kids had plans (foreshadowing, anyone?!). Same shoes…cute pink dresses!
Andrew and I took them to the square for pizza at our favorite pub. They did not hate all of the attention.
One more “cute dress” reminder. Remember these from two weeks ago?
All of the red, white and blue fun is still in stock!
I mentioned the girls’ shoes up there, but I want to remind you how much Smith loved his Natives when he was younger. I have probably blogged about Natives like 4 billion times. What are Natives? These…
…they make them for both boys and girls and they’re amazing! Just like the Mini Melissas, you can play hard in them and then hose them off later. They come in a gazillion fun colors and wear SO WELL! They are the perfect summer shoe!
Whew! That’s a lot in one post! Our 10 Year Trip tradition, last day of school pics, cute summer dresses, the best shoes for the season and so much love for Nordstrom where you can get it all. On Thursday, I’m showing you what’s inside my suitcase for our upcoming vacation!! From beauty stuff to clothes, shoes and accessories too, I’m going to need to pack this week just so you can see 🙂 . In the meantime…
…our house won’t feel the same this week as we miss our big girl so much! It’s just not going to be the same around here without her. Frenchie Macaroon is sure going to have a sad week too 😉 .
Want to hear one more cool thing before we call it a day?
Today, my parents celebrate 42 YEARS OF MARRIAGE!
How awesome is that?! Happy anniversary Mom and Dad!! xo