weekly three.

This week of vacation with family is always crazy but still such a fun time. It makes me so happy to watch all six of the boys play together and learn from each other! Solomon is in heaven and has loved every minute on the sand, crawling/running as fast as he can towards the waves. That boy has no fear!! It's been a good week, Peter and I got to enjoy a date night on Wednesday night in downtown Charleston (all the highlights below for a special weekly three), and we are all heading back as a family today so we can hang out. Happy weekend to everyone, I'm excited to spend a few more days in this beautiful place!!!

duck, pickled peaches and corn pudding from The Grocery, our favorite place. By far, the best place in Charleston, in my opinion!

fancy, undone, bar for cocktails!!! the best happy hour for a midweek date night!

& we ended our date night with Jeni's, the best ice cream in the whole world, and the perfect way to end any night. I tried Wildberry Lavender for the first time and was shocked at how much I loved it. 

happies, 2016 // part 3.

a few more happies from the past few weeks!
33 - 48

33 // food truck fries with pimento cheese
34 // home sweet home with my man
35 // sweet tea, an addiction I can't kick
36 // new kicks for our big boy
37 // our first fig from the yard
38 // books, always books
39 // a new teepee from Gigi
40 // Gigi's birthday lunch
41 // birthday decorations for our boy
42 // cotton candy skies
43 // morning playtime
44 // avocado toast
45 // early bedtime for baby and hot tea for momma
46 // footbal and train rides with daddy
47 // bath time is the best time
48 // first time eating korean food

family traditions.

Last year, we took our brand new babe to the Farm Fresh Fair, for his first outing! It was a really fast trip! A twenty- five minute drive each way, and a short visit to the farm while we squeezed in some food and I used my sling for the firs time (incredibly wrong by the way, HA!), before we rushed back to the car and back home. This year was very different, we had our stroller and Solomon was so excited to check out all the goodies, despite his very serious face... 

First horse ride for Solomon! ;) 

yummy pimento cheese short rib sandwich &  some parmesan truffle chips!

It was such a gorgeous day... a little warm but a nice breeze to keep you cool for the most part. Definitely a lot cooler than last year. Then again I didn't have a sweaty baby strapped to my chest.... While we were sitting and enjoying our snack and a beer, I felt something fall and drop on my head. I almost screamed thinking it might have been a bug but then I realized it was a leaf. A perfect yellow leaf. The wonderful reminder that fall is on the way. Then I almost screamed from excitement!   

Peter got some awesome beard oil that smelled amazing! Lumberjack was the name of the scent and it will be perfect for the fall and winter months ahead when Peter grows out his beard a bit. I also got some fun things! As always, I have to get a new Jocie Pot to support my fraaaand! I picked up one of her beautiful strainers to wash some fruit or veggies. I also found some milk glass treasures from one of the "yard sale-ish" vendors & then a new candle from Mercy Verity! Good finds, for sure.

It was so nice to enjoy our second trip to Farm Fresh Fair and take in all the beautiful vendors and the farm animals. I'm excited to keep up this family tradition in the years ahead. Such a fun thing to do with Solomon during the weekend after his birthday!

weekly three.

Happy Friday! It has been a long week and I'm so excited about a relaxing weekend! We have a lot of little things to do, but its not a packed full weekend like last weekend with Solomon's birthday party, so I'm happy! Hope you all enjoy your weekend....

In case you missed it, this guy turned one. I'm kidding of course, it's been all I could talk about for weeks.... Sorry, moving on now. ;)

The way he has been laying in my lap and reading books lately kills me! 

Why play with one toy when you can play with two?!? Sitting on his new train and playing with his music table, haha!

Solomon // one year.

We celebrated your birthday yesterday, sweet boy!!!! I can't believe it. The past month has been a ball of emotions for me, and my momma heart has been torn in two a few times, but you always piece it back together with your ever growing personality that I'm loving more and more! I'm definitely not stopping these monthly posts anytime soon, just going to tweak them a bit. Sorry, I'm not sorry! ;) 

You are trying to walk so badly!! It's so obvious that you want to do it but you aren't doing a ton, just 5-6 steps at a time and even waking from toy to toy on your own. It's so amazing to watch you think about doing it and then see that big smile on your face when I cheer for you. You are such a sweet boy. A mess with quite a temper, but the sweetest little man at the same time. You have also slept so well the past two nights. Chunks of 6 hours with no waking up for milk, it's incredible! It's happened a time or two before but never two nights in a row. I'm crossing my fingers for a third!! 

Writing two days in a row BUT you officially walked today! Went from sitting on your bottom, to standing and walking 6-7 steps without any assistance!!! So exciting and I'm so proud of you. I can see that you are so determined and willing to work hard for something you want. I love that about your personality already, and I'm excited to see what you do in your life with that persistence! 
Oh, and by the way, you slept terrible last night. Of course I forgive you. 

September has arrived. Your birth month. How is it even possible?!? I have been looking at all the photos from your past year and I could die over how much you have changed and grown. Your such a mess and life would be so boring without you! Luckily, for me, you have started to be very loving and cuddly lately! You normally aren't that way but I like to think it's a little gift from you to help me out with this whole growing up thing. We are in GA with some of your cousins right now and you love it. Playing with them, laughing at them, learning from them. It is such a huge blessing to have family and I'm so glad we all have babies to grow up together. You are so lucky!!! Your Auntie Joy and I have been working so hard to put together all the decorations for your big party, I can't wait to celebrate you!!! 

One week left! Just one week before you are my one year old boy! I have faught the tears so many times in the past week because I can't believe the first year of your life has gone by so quickly. "The days are long, but the weeks are fast!" 
It's true.... Way too fast!!! I can't help but pray for your life constantly. Praying for your stubborn attitude that you got from me. Praying for guidance in parenting you, as we realize what is a big deal, and what isn't. Praying for your life to be so full of Christ that you lean on Him in every situation. He is so good!!! He gave you to us, which has been the biggest blessing in our life, and it is hard for me to not make you the center of everything. I have to remind myself daily that this life isn't about you, or me, but all about Him. He gave me you, but you were given to me, so that I could give you back to Him. That is what I pray for constantly.... That you will love Him so fiercely and boldly that others will want to know Him because of you. 

In less than four hours you will be one. I can't believe it.... How is it possible that a year has come so quickly? You seem SO BIG lately and my heart could burst from sadness, happiness, excitement and contentment all at the same time. Your adorable personality is getting cuter by the day and you constantly make me laugh. I honestly think that's the only way I can get through tomorrow without be a crying mess. You make each day so full of happiness. I mean, I want to smack my head against the brick fireplace multiple times a day, because you are so incredibly stubborn, but you are the cutest thing I've ever made.... so I forgive you. I made you. The love that your daddy and I have for each other made your little life and we thank God everyday for you. He is so loving and sweet to give you to us, and I never want to forget this first year with you. It has been a crazy ride through parenthood but I'm so glad we got to do it with you. You are my boy, and I love you so much it hurts.

stats // 22.4 pounds & 31 inches
eating // anything and everything... asparagus is a new favorite and he loves anything with tomato sauce. Also a big fan of fish but no chicken, he normally won't eat chicken at all.
sleeping // we are officially down to one nap a day most days, which is tricky for my to-do-list! Still starting the night in his crib and coming to our bed after his first wake up around 2AM.
wearing // all 12 months and I'm getting excited about all the 18 month fall/winter things I have gotten lately! 
favorite things // looking at his squirrel out his bedroom window, reading books constantly, playing in his teepee that Gigi bought him, dancing anytime a song is on, officially walking and barely crawling since the day before his birthday! 

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

the first year.

Today you are one. A whole year old. I can't believe it!! You are our walking, blabbing boy! You love the outdoors, blueberries, bathtime, and looking at books. You are so funny, moody at times,  and you're not a fan of strangers, but you make friends quickly. You are a wild man that's never still but my bedtime cuddler that could nurse all night long. You are our baby boy, our first adventure as a family, our beautiful blessing. We love you so much!!!

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