weekly three.

Peter has been traveling for work this week and I've missed him so much. He hasn't traveled all summer long and things are so different now. When Solomon was smaller in the winter/spring, it kind of made things easier when he was traveling. I still missed him, of course, but I didn't have to think about making dinner and my time wasn't split in wife/momma mode. Our little man would just lay around all day and night and I got to play with him while he didn't move around that much. Now, things are very different. I have to think about my food and his, I'm constantly chasing that little monkey around, and we miss daddy terribly! FaceTime chats just aren't the same. I'm blessed to have a husband that is also my partner in parenting & so I've missed that partner. Can't wait to see you, babe!!!! 

Wearing my Lagunitas Brewery shirt and remembering how much fun we had on our Honeymoon in California. I'm dying to go back with Peter!

Finally getting some more grapefruit La Croix in this house. I've been dying without it, I'm a little bit obsessed. I also love to kick it up a notch with some ice and a wedge of lime!

So many hugs and kisses lately from my boy! Of course I couldn't catch any with the self timer on my phone, because he thought that was way too interesting, but I still loved this shot!

morning walks.

It's funny to me that this time last year, I was spending my time walking up and down our street to get Solomon to come out, now I'm pushing him in a stroller. And he is almost one. This morning was the first cool morning in August and it was so wonderful to take an early morning walk. It was a nice break from being cooped up inside the house like we normally are. I'm not a fan of summer heat, and Solomon isn't a fan of staying inside. Poor thing, since I'm the mom, I win and we stay inside way too much. I'm so looking forward to the cooler months ahead so we can spend a lot of time outside! 

It was so bright and sunny, but the perfect cool breeze blowing. I love when I find a great sun flare in the trees! After our walk we went to check on the chickens and fill up their water, Solomon gets so excited to see them and they love the company, too.

that cute little face he's been making with his lip KILLS me. Goodness, this boy!
I'm going to try my best to not be a blubbering mess for the next month, but I can't believe he is almost one. I've been working on his special one year post and crying already. 
Time please slow down....

happies, 2016.

My third year now of listing out 100 days of happiness.
One of my favorite things to do now. 
Last year & two years ago are a ton of fun to look back on, 
so I'm excited to see what makes up the list of 100 this year. 
Here are 1-16!!

1 // coffee in the morning
2 // his love of grapes
3 // avocado toast & addressing envelopes
4 // ice cream at my momma's house
5 // cousin fun at the museum
6 // wedding celebrations
7 // games with family
8 // sweet little feet crossed while napping
9 // oatmeal and bananas for little man
10 // play time with little friends
11 // enchilada night
12 // sweaty curls during a nap
13 // the best face cream
14 // hot tea & dark chocolate mango
15 // wine corks for toys
16 // clean sheets and a made-ish bed

weekly three.

Everyday this week felt like it should have been Friday, and then Solomon decided he wanted to boycott good sleep for some reason? Starting on Wednesday night, I felt like I have a newborn again, just wanting to sit up and talk instead of screaming and crying. It's really weird. And annoying. But, I was out running some errands yesterday and someone reminded me that this season is like a blink of an eye, so I'm trying my best to suck it up and love these moments. Even if it is 5am right now while I'm typing this. TGIF, right?!?

Seriously though, this smile makes me heart almost explode!

The need for exploring and adventure is starting to become a necessity around here. 

Finding some Christmas stockings while shopping with Gigi! I've never been this excited about the holidays. This year is going to be so fun!!!

Solomon // 11 months.

Last night you slept for the longest hunk of time in your crib, a whopping 4 hours! Ha!! Tonight I can tell you are going to cling to me as long as possible. It makes me smile to hold you against my chest and feel your breath on my neck. Kissing you on your chubby sweet cheeks and wishing you would stay this small forever. But also wishing you would finally sleep through the night!! A mom can dream.....

Your eyes, the one thing that everyone always comments about when they see you, the second is always your lips.... It  makes me think about what I want your eyes to see and your lips to speak. I pray constantly that you will see Jesus in our home. I pray that God will give me the words to say, and that my actions will match those words. I want you to know who He is because of how we live as a family! I dream about your future and the choices you will make & I pray that God is at the center of those choices.... Your friends, what school you will go to, what job you will work for, the wife you will pursue and love, all of those big choices in life; I pray they are soaked in His goodness and you listen for His will. Sweet boy, your eyes and lips are beautiful, but they will be even more beautiful when they see & speak His truth one day! 

Sweet boy, I love you so much. You are changing and growing so quickly and I love watching you explore. You are talking so much and trying to repeat so many words!! Some of the things you have said lately are, book (your new favorite thing!), thank you, good job, and auntie. Of course they aren't clear but when you repeat it after us, it is pretty adorable. I think you'll be a big talker, which doesn't surprise anyone! You are getting so big, so fast!! I wish time would slow down some but I know it won't, so I just try and soak in every moment. Taking too many pictures and a ton of videos, so one day we can show you just how adorable you were!

Tomorrow you are 11 months old. One last month before you are one. I'm feeling so many emotions about this time with you. Trying to plan your party makes me nastalgic. Looking at all the pictures from your life so far, remembering all the stages of your growth, then thinking & praying about your future. I hope you do BIG things!!! I can't imagine you not being my little boy but I know your life is going to flash before our eyes. I can only pray for that life to be beneficial for the Kingdom, then I will know I have done my job. Being your mother is the best job God has given me, and I truly hope that your life will be alive in Him. He wants your heart, He is all you need in this life, and I hope I'm doing everything I can to teach you that! Your daddy and I love you so much, but His love is so much bigger. 
One last month before you are one!!! I can't believe it, we are so thankful for all that you have taught us so far.... patience, rest, love, selflessness, hard work, but most of all, you have taught us about God's provision. We are so thankful for you!!!

stats // 22.9 pounds & 30 inches
eating // anything we are eating is so much easier. He likes to see things come from my plate to his, if we are feeding him something different (like at restaurants) it has become a lot harder to make him eat. We try and sit outside so he will stay occupied, this makes me super excited for Fall since we will enjoy eating outside more!
Some of his favorites right now are baked potatoes cut into cubes, mushrooms, any kind of fruit and yogurt. He is also loving water and drinks it from a straw like a big boy! Loving his warm oatmeal before bed, too!!
sleeping // he has started sleeping so much better recently. He takes two really good naps, most of the time two hours. Then at night he is going to sleep around 10 and put in his crib, then he sleeps 3-4 hours before waking up, thanks to the oatmeal I think!
I know that sounds hilarious for "really good sleep" for those of you who have babes that sleep all night, but for our 1-2 hour only sleeper, we are happy! We still put him in our bed after that first chunk of sleep and he sleeps while nursing off and on during the night. We get up between 7-9 depending on the day.
wearing // all 12 months, 9 month is officially too small!
favorite things // giving kisses and blowing kisses, kills me! Looking at books. Playing with his friends or cousins. Climbing stairs! Singing Hallelujah, so cute!!!

1st Month // 2nd Month
3rd Month // 4th Month

weekly three.

It's been a busy week around here but in a good way! A lot of time spent with family, both Peter's family before they left to go home to NJ, and my family in town, so it has been a good one! We are so excited to have a very easy weekend with hardly any plans. That doesn't happen often, so we are going to soak it in!!! 

Cousin time before everyone left to go home. The past week was so fun and I'm super excited for the family vacation in September!!

Watching Solomon play with a doll house and Barbies during a play date, so funny! 

Hot tea and football.... I'm just pretending that the crisp fall air is blowing leaves around outside, ha!
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