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I'm currently sitting in a very quiet house. So weird! Miss Ellie is at preschool (and boy, oh boy was she happy about it!) and Addie is playing quietly with her toys. Not going to lie, I think she's happy to have some quiet play time without having to "share" her toys. (And by share, we obviously mean stolen. Ha!) I'm counting down the minutes until its time to pick Ellie up - can't wait to hear all about her day!
Now, let's flash back to last week! Amidst our crazy week of packing and cleaning and getting ready to move out of our summer apartment, we decided to have an end of summer party. Because that's what you decide to do when you are trying to avoid packing for a day. Ha! ;) We invited over the cousins for a little pizza & pool party. It was a HIT! :)
We enjoyed our one last hoorah at our apartment - and at the pool! Man, we loved that pool this summer. Cannonballs, catch, water fights - all summer party must-haves! You probably can't tell in these photos, but it was SUPER windy (and even slightly drizzly) that evening, but we went for it anyway. So glad we did - nothing like summer family get togethers!
If you're in the mood for an end of summer party, here's how you can get a similar look!
1. Tablescape: We used this darling chevron wrapping paper from Target as our table cloth. Spill away - it can be easily thrown away afterwards, but makes for a pretty, colorful table!
2. My girls are obsessed with balloons, so we used them everywhere - like banners and even in the pool! I got the idea from this party here, one of my favorites!
3. Food! Since we were in the middle of packing (at that included our fridge!) we went super, duper easy! As in $4 pizzas (yeah!), ceasar salad, fruit cups, and mini cupcakes and sugar cookies. I think I spent about 5-10 minutes prepping food and it was perfect! ;)
4. Fun! We found a few floaties on clearance, noodles, and balls so we could play a few games in the pool. Combined with some water fights and canon balls, it was a blast!
5. Use all® free clear liquid to wash your swim gear and towels in - especially for those little ones with sensitive skin!
Ellie is our little fish - she could swim for hours! Addie loves the pool too, but she gets colder faster so she enjoys snuggling up with me in her warm towel. I've mentioned it here before, but Addie has really sensitive skin. She gets eczema a lot, and is sensitive to a few foods. We've been trying a few new things to help prevent it - like changing what she eats slightly - and I also got to the point where I decided to try a new laundry detergent. I've never been sold on just one detergent, we are always changing them up, so the last time I was a Target I picked up some all® free clear liquid and all® free clear mighty pacs®. They're the #1 Sensitive Skin Brand and I love that it's gentle on our clothes (and skin!) while still removing stains. (Follow the directions for use on the packaging exactly!) We make sure to wash all of Addie's clothes with it now, so she's free to be, without us worrying as much about her skin!
Such a fun way to end our summer in Provo! It was bittersweet leaving all our friends & fam, but we are SUPER excited to have them all come visit us! And now, I'll leave you with this hilarious photo of Ellie. Told you she loves the pool. Ha! ;) xoxo