the whites do gatlinburg again

The boss and I celebrated our 12 year anniversary this year. We knew we wanted to spend this day with the best of friends in one of our favorite places. This was our first Gatlinburg trip with Winnie, and it was great to share this time as a family. She may look like she enjoyed the merry-go-round… but she definitely did not. Which is why we had to change seats three times.
However, the lollipop papa bear picked out for her fixed any woes she was feeling.    We were there for a few days, spending one day “in town,” where two of our favorites got engaged. We spent another day out on trails, shooting some engagement and family photos. I adore this boy. We’ve had some of our favorite moments in this great place, and I’m excited for that to be the case for years to come. 

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  • When we moved to our old neighborhood almost five years ago, we knew we’d love the house/the location/the proximity to everything amazing (hello, Target 👋🏻). What we didn’t know was how much we would love the people living next door. No longer neighbors, forever our friends. ♥️ So thankful to have spent the last few days with these two, already counting down to seeing them again.
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photos: from today, from right before we moved to Ky in June, and from right before we moved out of our house in December 🌟
  • yesterday, her birthday dreams came true: she saw a real-life sloth, which is her absolute favorite animal, and she hasn’t stopped talking about it since 😆❤️ (he’s hard to spot in the photo, he’s napping on the platform above her 😴)
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  • Winnie, you are 3. 🎈🎉
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Today is our golden girl’s golden birthday. ✨ We love her more than words could say. She is fire and light and nonstop energy. We are overwhelmingly thankful for her. We know that every day is such a treasure with her, and we will never be sad to see her grow up, even if it is happening so fast. She is our greatest gift, and we can’t believe she’s already 3!
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  • from last year’s “taco twosday” celebration 🌮🎈🎉 I didn’t share many (read *any*) photos from her party last year, so, here we go (you know, for the archives 😆👏🏻)
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  • we had a little “party” for our girl yesterday 🍕🎉 so far, I’ve loved theming her birthday and making her invitation every year 👏🏻 and this year, that’s about all I did - I made an invitation and then didn’t actually plan the party 😬😂 so with minimal, last-minute decorating and a crazy looking pizza dessert (#nailedit 🏆), we celebrated this sweet girl with her favorite food and some of her favorite people by her side. ♥️ (swipe 👉🏻 for some Pinterest-worthy baking inspo 🍕🍪🤪)
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also, a side note... Instagram tells me that I should only post at 9pm because that’s when my greatest “engagement” is 🙄 help me prove that statistic wrong with a like/comment/why not both? k, thanks, you’re the best. 😘
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  • just one more week before someone turns 3 🎈🎉 it’s crazy we are here already. my heart has felt so much this summer, and this birthday will be no exception, so bear with me if I over-celebrate and over-post over the next few days. 😆
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