weekly three.

May 18, 2018

Since last week's weekly three was staring Solomon, I thought this week could showcase our baby boy! Today is also his 20th week (which is technically FIVE MONTHS) with us and it's kind of blowing my mind. He has changed so much recently thanks to his fourth leap. It was brutal, but so much happens developmentally during that leap, which explains all the new things he is doing. He wants to sit up even more and can really hold himself well for a little while. Tummy time has gotten much easier and he even likes it a little bit now. His sleeping seems to be getting back on track and I'm hoping it will go back to the normal 6-7 hours chunks of sleep once his little cold is gone. A friend recently said he has such a jolly face, and it's so true. He is such a jolly little guy! I love him & I can't believe he's been in my arms for 20 weeks now. Time is such a thief, right?!? 

All the cuddles and smiles before naptime in his room. Even between coughing and a runny nose, he is constantly smiling. Plus, his neck and chins kill me. 

He has been waking up around 6:30 every morning, so either Peter or I will go get him, and bring him in our room. That's when he has some morning milk in the bed with me and pats my chest or face until I wake up. This is seriously the smile I get to wake up to every morning. I mean, who wouldn't want to wake up that way???? 

Solomon is so all about Asher lately, and I love it. Wanting to hold his hand, kiss his cheeks and hold him more than ever.
I love them so much.

Happy weekend, friends!!

Hard Love.

May 13, 2018

Motherhood is such a journey and has so many ups and downs. Every mother has a different story to tell and I think that is what makes it so beautiful. How we all have our own connection to becoming, being and growing as a mom. I will never take for granted the blessing it has been to be called mommy. It is hard, it is exhausting, but it is so good. I know that God put me on this earth to be a mom, and I'm so thankful that He has given me two little lives to lead back to Him. They aren't mine to keep, and I have to remind myself of that so often. I'm their mommy, their booboo kisser, their cheerleader, their first love, but most of all, I am their reminder of God's love. I have the very hard job of trying my best to always be an example of what Christ's love looks like for His children. Some days are hard, so so hard, but even in those hard days, I try my best to remind myself that this season is short. Even when it is hard, I know God has given me the heart to love them deeper and harder through it. Unconditional love for my sweet boys. 

Asher's new sweet smile that he just stared to give this week 
& Solomon's constant blur of adventure and fun in photo form. These two make me so happy!

Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms out there who are experiencing the hard love. The ones who yearn month after month to hold a baby of their own, to the mothers who are finished holding but miss those days so terribly bad, to the ones who feel like their arms may never stop holding and are beyond tired in the long dark hours of the night. All of it is so hard, but so good, and we are all women who love deeply in our own way. So, happy day to you!

weekly three.

May 11, 2018

It was a long week for us but we are so happy the weekend is here. Peter was gone for the first part of the week and we were all VERY excited to see him when he got home on Wednesday night. Now we made it to Friday and I'm so excited to spend Mother's Day Weekend with my sweet family. We already spoiled Gigi this week (or she spoiled us) since we got to hang out with her a lot. I'm so thankful she loves to come over and help us out when Daddy is away. 

The beautiful weather and coloring (with a little wine) on the deck is always nice!

I can't wait till we get some fresh eggs from these girls... 

Solomon not so thrilled about missing the sunglass memo. HA! 

I promise Asher was around this week also, I'm just normally holding him or have him strapped to my chest during the day. 

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May 8, 2018

new play-doh while brother naps is a lot of fun!! 

Making // smooooooothies. I'm also wanting to make some virgin mojitos like we had in Cancun. 
Cooking // a lot of Fresh Market meals. They are so easy and taste great, too.
Drinking // one La Croix a day, for my treat with lunch.
Reading // my posts from Florida and getting excited for our trip in June!
Wanting // soooooo many pieces from this collection at ikea. 
Looking // forward to Mother's Day weekend!
Wishing // the weekends didn't fly by so quickly. 
Enjoying // breastfeeding finally. I didn't expect to have so many challenges this time around but I feel like we are finally at the sweet spot now! It only took four months... ha.
Liking // the date night list that I've been working on. Date nights are such a treat!
Wondering // how Asher's personality will evolve in the months ahead.
Loving // how much Solomon loves Asher. He is so sweet to him and can't wait to see him each morning.
Hoping // to have a little morning with Peter and Solomon soon. Big brother is due for some one on one time!
Marveling // at all the conversations with Solomon recently, I need to work on a new Solomon Says soon.
Needing // to schedule a manicure for Friday!
Smelling // coffee. I need so much coffee.
Wearing //  pjs all day, at least they are cute & so comfortable!
Knowing // I need to find the energy to workout.
Thinking // about how much easier life will be when Asher can sit up on his own. I hate to wish time away, but this stage is so frustrating for a baby, and mommy!
Bookmarking // birthday ideas for Solomon on pinterest. September will be here before we know it, and he'll be THREE!!!
Opening // new play-doh for some fun playtime with Solomon. 
Giggling // at Friends. Yes, the show... I'm watching it from the beginning for the first time and I seriously love it. It is so FUNNY! 
Feeling // extra blessed and super thankful!!

& that bedhead is definitely due for a haircut!! Gonna try and make that happen tonight after his bath. 

weekly three.

May 4, 2018

This week has flown by, which was a really nice change from last week! The weather has been amazing, my attitude has been better and my expectations have been much more appropriate for my 2.5 year old! Ha, sometimes it’s all about those realistic expectations, right?!? Life is too short to spend days stressed and angry over little things. I’ve decided to spend my time hugging and kissing and loving on my boys this week, and it has been good. All three of them make me so happy! Hope you all have a happy weekend, we have a busy one in store for us, and I’m ready for it! 

Their first nap together. I could have died when I put Asher down next to Solomon and he stayed asleep... it was super cute and needed to be captured. Naps at Gigi's house for the win!

The peonies by our mailbox opened this week and I was so excited to cut some for our kitchen. Peter bought them for my Mother's Day gift a couple years ago and I love that I get these beautiful flowers every year now! I want to get several other peony plants in different colors for a huge arrangement. 

As Asher is getting older by the week, I'm starting to notice how he is even more aware of Solomon. It's super cute how he watches him, and smiles at him constantly. As I was doing my bible study earlier this week, I looked up to see this above. Man, my heart could hardly stand it. 
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