weekly three.

I can't believe it is Friday already! This week has been wildly productive and I feel so good about it. The week didn't start off that great but I thankfully shook the negativity thanks to some prayers and quiet time with the Lord. So sweet how He always does that for me! I also had some whining/complaining with Peter, and he's also so sweet to make me feel better and talk it out with me. This weekend is going to be fun, I'm excited to host a baby shower with a friend tomorrow for another sweet friend of ours! Baby girls, everything is so sweet and pink! I can't wait :)

Most of my morning breakfast consist of fruit and yogurt with Solomon, so I love to splurge on yummy carb filled awesomeness on Wednesday morning at my Mom2Mom bible study!!! Yum!

Something about making lists and checking them off makes things so much easier. I'm excited to share my little routine I started this week, soon!

Beautiful weekend starting with a morning spent downtown with cousins and friends! Playing outside and eating tacos....

AVL love + a lot of pictures.

Asheville is one of my favorite places to visit near by. We are so thankful it is a short drive away so we can make day trips on a weekend. We are also thankful that it is such a fun beer loving town. Peter and I are definitely fun beer loving people, so it makes us happy to go and try out some tasty brews when the weather is nice. The weather was absolute perfection on Friday, and since Diana had never been, we wanted to take the chance to show her around before she left to drive back home to Houston. We are trying to give her every reason possible to move close by. She loved Asheville, so I feel like we did a good enough job selling it. I have SO MANY photos below, just a warning. With the beautiful day and adorable city, it was hard to keep my camera put away....

We found this cute little shop almost instantly & we had a fun time testing out some of the honey. It was all delicious and I'm always a fan of local honey!

Solomon testing out the vanilla honey, it was pretty sweet so he was a fan.
He kept saying Mmmmmm, and more!

This sweet man started to sing a song and dance for Solomon, he wasn't sure what to think. It was so cute!

Our first stop for some beer and food was Wicked Weed Funkatorium! Peter and I have tried this place before & I always get excited to see what is on the menu. The beer is so good and the food is incredible. I am still dreaming about the flatbread that we had below. We will be heading back to Asheville in April for a little vacation with my mom and I can't wait to take her to try it out.

Solomon might be in love with boiled peanuts now....

Peter got Solomon dressed for the day and I didn't notice how short his jeans were until we were already on the road to Asheville. I picked out his clothes the night before so we could get ready and go quickly, but I had no idea that his jeans were highwaters already. He wore these last month with no problem. I guess it's hard to notice how quickly a toddler can grow when you see them everyday? We decided to roll them up to make jean capris so he could fit in with the hipster style of Asheville. He looked so cute walking around like this. He also wore himself out climbing and jumping outside Wicked Weed and finally crashed for a nap around 3pm.

The next stop was the Green Man Brewery. I have seen this place a lot but we have never been to visit. The wall below blew us away when we saw it. The picture really doesn't do it justice. It's gorgeous!

Diana loved walking around and checking out all the art. She mentioned several times how much she loved the murals and bright colors everywhere. We were walking back toward our car so we could get a bite to eat before the drive home when we noticed the beautiful bright colors in a huge open air glass blowing studio. We all agreed we had to go check it out. Lexington Glassworks should definitely be on your list of things to see in Asheville if you haven't been before. The detail in every piece was incredible!

And one last shot for Diana! She mentioned how the blue sky and this chapel reminded her of being in Europe... I wouldn't know since I've never been there, but I hope to go one day!!
I also hope that Asheville tugs on Diana's heart strings enough to make her come back, even if it's just for a visit! We loved spending so much time with our sweet cousin.

weekly three.

We have had a good week at home even with Peter being away. Luckily, he came home earlier than expected and we are spending today in Asheville! I love when we have unexpected and unplanned things to do. Diana is still in town with us and Solomon is in love. Her name is pronounced Dee-anna, so we are pretty sure Solomon is calling her banana. Yesterday morning when he woke up he opened his eyes and said "Nana" which is his way of asking for Banana.... or Diana, I guess? haha, it was pretty cute! It's going to be sad for her to leave, but I'm excited to spend some time with her in Asheville before she heads home!!! Hope you all have a fun weekend!

beautiful tulips that Diana brought for my birthday. Tulips are my favorite!!

some couch cuddles during a late afternoon nap!

yummy chicken soup for dinner last night.

little boys and their mommas.

One thing that I love most about Valentine's Day is how it's not just for your romantic love. It is for family, friends, and just the world in general. Spreading love is always a good thing in my book. One of the friendships that I'm so thankful for is my friend Jill. I've talked about our fun "stay at home momma adventuress" before and I know that God placed her in my life for a reason. I have so many wonderful women in my life but she is the one and only friend that I have become close to because of this crazy thing called motherhood. We met  because of our boys. That will always be special to me!

When we realized that we were both going to be husbandless for Valentine's Day, we jumped on the opportunity to take our boys out on a date!! When we were thinking about a spot to meet up for dinner, Jill mentioned we should make this a true Valentine's Day, and meet up at the spot of our first date, Fresh to Order! We had our first lunch date so many months ago while we watched our quiet sleeping babies in their car seats, and fumbled around trying to nurse in public. HA, how things have changed!

It's always fun to have a date with our boys, and I'm so thankful for so many friends with baby boys!
I definitely love being a boy momma!!!

Solomon // seventeen months.

There are a lot of things I love about having a baby, but seeing them in adorable PJs, are pretty high on that list. My mom says I have a problem... I can't help it. Pajamas are my favorite! These Burts Bees Pajamas are a favorite, for sure. The red was so perfect for Valentines Day, also!!

chowing down on some broccoli bites I made this morning!

His big grin KILLS me, he is such a happy boy!

and as usual, the details I never want to forget......
  • climbing on the couch on his own now. He loves it. Up, turn around, slide down, back up again... over and over.
  • Moved into his big boy bed, since he refused sleeping in his crib for over a week. He loves it and is so cute when he wakes up after a nap, he just looks around and smiles. Even sat and played on his bed for 45 minutes after a nap while I was folding clothes, so I let him, Ha!!
  • Says baby (even points out other babies when we are out and it kills me!), meows when asked what a kitty says & moo when asked what a cow says. He really points and talks all day now. Repeating everything I say.
  • Baths are the best thing ever. It's so crazy how much he loves them.... I don't have anything to compare it to since he's our first but I think it's pretty extreme. No matter what time of day or night, when we come home and pull in the garage he screams "BA!!" and once he's in the house he makes a mad dash for the stairs screaming it over and over. It's almost impossible to distract him so he usually has a bath every night. 
  • Naptime is super easy lately and he falls asleep usually less than 10 minutes, then sleeps for 2-3 hours. Nighttime is still a struggle, takes a while for him to fall asleep and still wakes up frequently. Going to start the night weaning process soon so he can hopefully sleep better without waking up to nurse so often. 
  • Gives kisses on cheeks when asked, they are always really long and sweet!! 
  • Lost about 2 pounds because of a very sick month. First he had Hand Foot and Mouth, then about two weeks later, he got a case of Roseola virus. Thankfully he is all better now and eating really well again. Praying he stays healthy with no more viruses or bugs!

spring in february.

The weather this winter has been amazing!!! Barely cold (I wasn't a fan of this during Christmas but now it makes me happy!) & it has made getting out of the house so much fun. Especially with a little guy that LOVES to be outside and explore. We had a cousin in town over the weekend to celebrate a family wedding, so we decided to show her around downtown, since the weather was perfection Saturday morning. Despite the surprise flat tire, we still made it just in time for brunch (more on that later this week!!) and a nice little stroll around. Fitting in all the fun things that downtown has to offer; food, beer, gelato & some playtime at Falls Park!

We don't get to see Diana as often as we'd like & Solomon has become a big fan. We were thankful for the extra hands and feet to help chase him around!

Also, the way that Peter and Solomon have been matching lately (and not on purpose at all) kind of kills me! I mean, look at this.... blue shirt, jeans and grey shoes. Talk about making my wife & momma heart almost explode.
"doooooock" aka, duck in Solomon language.

clearly getting close to naptime. These sleepy eyes are so sweet!

Falls park was crazy busy, looks like everyone was enjoying the perfect weather!

& this picture perfectly displays the fearlessness in our crazy boy! He never thinks any hill is too high to run down. I was actually talking to Diana before taking this picture about how I like to imagine seeing things in Solomon's eyes. I was wondering how big that hill seemed to him. Probably the biggest mountain he's ever seen, for sure. But there he went, walking all the way to the top, turns around with a big smile and runs down. I hope he always keeps his sense of adventure. He definitely gets it from his daddy!
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