weekly three.

November 17, 2017

This week has been drastically better than the last, thank God, but we are still fighting a bit of a cold. It seems like mine came back for round two after taking care of Solomon and his cold. #momproblems. I'm so so happy that he is feeling better and more himself. Now we just have to get his sleep training back on track.... fun stuff. Sometimes motherhood is just hard. You wake up on the wrong side of the bed and you annoy yourself all day long with a bad attitude. That was my day yesterday, but I'm vowing that this weekend will be a different story. It's going to be a good one, and I hope you have a good one, too!

my happy boy feeling better and playing baseball, his favorite thing. 

the last little bit of fall decor in the house BUT using my Young Living Christmas Spirit oil!!

I gave Solomon the Target toy catalog and he sat at the table mesmerized with each page for a good twenty minutes. 
It was so cute!

pregnancy post // month eight.

November 15, 2017

Weeks 29-32
pictures are seriously lacking for month eight, which makes me feel awful, but month nine will be different! 

29 weeks: 
  • round ligament pain was really rough at the beginning of the week and caused a lot of problems with sleep. 
  • also needing to get up to have cereal at night because I'm so hungry 
  • pubic bone is very uncomfortable with a lot of pressure. Baby boy seems to be getting bigger by the day!
  • a busy weekend of walking at the apple orchard, and fall for greenville was a LOT, but it was also fun. 

30 weeks:

  • my cousins and aunt gave me a beautiful family baby shower and it was such a sweet morning!!!
  • can't believe we have 10ish weeks left before we get to meet our new baby boy!!!! I'm so excited!
  • Peter was away in Augusta for work and I could tell how worn out I was by the end of the day. I missed him a lot and I'm so thankful for how much he helps when he is home. 
  • had a check up with the midwives and all was good! Head is still down, lots of movement and the heart rate was 160. 

31 weeks:
  • helped my SIL with my nephews bday party which worked my pregnant butt to death. We were both so tired by Saturday but it was fun!
  • Celebrated Halloween with our little family, excited about next year and looking forward to dressing up as a family  of four.
  • Starving all the time!!!! I feel like I can't stop eating or snacking
  • The cleaning and nesting is crazy right now, but the pelvic pain is also awful, so I'm trying to take it slow and easy as much as possible. 

32 weeks:
  • sick with a really bad head cold and lost my voice, which you can tell by picture above! 
  • finally working in Asher's room thanks to my mom and Peggy's help, also captured in picture above!!
  • the full pregnant lips have appeared, or so I have been told. 
  • pelvic area is so sensitive and sore. 
  • nesting like crazy and loving it!!!
next month will have better pictures, promise!! ;)

Family Photos 2017

November 14, 2017

Fall family photos are my favorite thing each year! I love being able to look back and see how our house has changed and how our family has grown. It's also my favorite time of year, so it only makes sense that I would choose to have our yearly photos now. This year I begged Peter for some professional maternity pictures and newborn photos for my christmas gift. I can't think of a better gift than images of our family that will last forever. Pictures make my heart happy and my family makes my heart even more happy, so it's a win-win for me. Thanks to Molly Neely Photography for the beautiful images & thanks to my sweet hubby for the special gift!

I love this one, definitely want to frame it somewhere in the house!

& I think I'm going to frame the one above and the one below in Asher's nursery!
The happiness and love in both of these images make my heart want to burst....

unfortunately, wrestling a toddler during photos also makes daddy's shirt wrinkle, but I still love this picture. 
Real life, right, haha?!? Not much longer till we get to take those newborn pictures!!!

& just for fun... here are our past year family photos!
2014 // one year of marriage
2015 // new baby boy
2016 // no fall, but Christmas photos instead

taking stock 014

November 13, 2017

I feel like I just did one of these posts but it was back in April. Crazy, this year has flown by so fast!! So, I thought it was time for a new taking stock before the crazy holiday season starts for us. 

Making // my Christmas shopping list! Trying my best to get things done early this year just in case.
Cooking // a lot of the same things over and over, poor Peter. I really need to switch things up. 
Drinking // my red raspberry leaf tea a few nights a week. YUM!
Reading // the Little Red Hen a lot lately. I'm so over it, but Solomon is not. 
Wanting // a new rug for the kitchen. Something like this!
Looking // at all the gorgeous leaves turning in Greenville recently, like those above. That's the view from Asher's bedroom window, and I love it. 
Wishing // I didn't feel SOOOO uncomfortable every night after a day of the busy stay at home mom job, but I'm thankful for all of it. Just uncomfortable and thankful ;) 
Enjoying // as much one on one time with Solomon while I can!
Liking // this style nightgown that I bought while pregnant with Solomon. I need to buy a few more!
Wondering // if Asher will want to join us before Christmas.....?!?
Loving // my sweet friends and the little celebration they gave me for Asher last night.
Hoping // Solomon feels better soon, this cold that has rocked our house is not nice. 
Marveling // at all the conversations with Solomon recently. I love talking to him.
Needing // more coffee than I'm allowed to drink. I also need a spicy margarita. 
Smelling // a lot of oils to try and get rid of that cold. Thieves is my best friend the past two weeks.
Wearing // pajamas as often as possible.
Knowing // I need to get started on our Christmas cards!!!
Thinking // about how crazy 2018 is going to be, but I can't wait!
Bookmarking // Christmas decoration ideas on Pinterest. The temptation to decorate before Thanksgiving is getting strong!
Opening // Asher's dresser and closet to organize all his clothes. The kid will never run out of cute things to wear, that's for sure!
Giggling // about all the crazy pregnancy dreams I've had in the past week, they are getting crazy!!!
Feeling // anticipation about the month ahead, and so much excitement!!!

weekly three.

November 10, 2017

Oh how I've missed these posts each week! I'm excited to start them back now that we are in the thick of the holidays, and the last days of this pregnancy. I can't believe we will have a new baby to love so soon! The days are literally flying by, and I can't wait to meet our new little guy. Hope your week has been great! Happy Friday!!!

Super sweet surprise flowers (and fall cold necessities) on my front porch from a new friend at church. So thankful for this little pick me up! 

Clothes hanging in Asher's closet!!!! My mom and Peggy were so sweet to help put it together last night. I honestly didn't do much except for show them what I want it to look like. I have one more load of laundry to go and then everything will be washed and ready for our new baby boy to arrive!

This sweet boy has been struggling with his first REAL cold. He's been pitiful and it's breaking my heart, but the silver lining of the whole thing is all the extra cuddles I've been getting. He's so precious, hoping he feels better this weekend. 

to baby Asher.

November 9, 2017

sweet baby Asher, 

I'm dying to meet you. I really can't wait to see your face and touch your baby soft skin and kiss your tiny little toes. I know you still need some time to get ready to meet us, and we are getting ready to meet you, but the anticipation is killing me. 

I have been working so hard in your room (with the help of your Gigi, Auntie Lola, Daddy and your big brother!) so that it will be ready for you. Going through all the little outfits and making everything perfect is so much fun. I can't wait to see you in all the tiny little outfits that your brother has already worn. I'm so thankful that you will have your brother to look up to and play with. He is going to love you so well. 

I pray for your relationship with him often. I have been praying for you to have a best friend and a protector and a role model in Solomon. I know he doesn't fully understand the importance of you, but I know he will love you. He rubs my belly and says hey baby Asher and my heart could burst with excitement for the two of you and the memories you will create. I'm so thankful to have two little boys to love. 

Your name means happy & blessed, and that is one thing that I pray over you a lot. I pray for you to be a happy and content little guy. I pray for blessing to flow into your life from the Father over and over. I can't wait for you to know His big love one day, and I'm so excited to teach you about Him. I hope that you will use your name to honor and glorify God one day. You can do BIG things, sweet boy, I know you can.

Your are my Asher, and I can't wait to hold you in my arms.
Soon, so so soon!


Solomon Says // 001

November 7, 2017

I've been wanting to keep some of the cute things that Solomon says in one place, since he is talking more than ever now. I honestly never know what is going to come out of his mouth. I'm know this will only increase with age, but it's pretty adorable in this season of his life right now. I love watching his mind work and put things together, it's like magic. Motherhood, just a whole bunch of magic!!

I also couldn't wait to share a couple of my favorite shots of Solomon from our maternity session with Molly Neely Photography. I'm excited to share some more in the next week or two, and I'm really excited about our newborn family session, after Asher joins us!

nong // He cannot say the word gone at all. This is probably what pushed me to make a list of things he's saying because it is so funny and we just don't understand it. I know I'll miss it once he starts saying it correctly. Anytime he finishes his food or a snack he exclaims, all nong, with this big smile. It's hilarious, and so precious!

sour cream // This isn't really something he says but he is obsessed with sour cream. In the grocery story he will scream it when we are near the dairy section and he sees the sour cream section. We were at dinner one night and we were trying to decide what kind of sampler appetizer to get at a mexican restaurant, so we asked Solomon if he would want salsa or guacamole since he loves both... he didn't even hesitate and said sour cream. HA! We died laughing. He definitely has a mind of his own.

baseball // Everything is about baseball lately. Baseball shoes, baseball gloves (even his garden gloves he wears around the house is for baseball now), and any kind of stick is a baseball bat. Poor kid wants to watch baseball on TV all the time but now that the world series is over, there isn't any to watch. The majority of his day would be spent outside playing baseball if he could. I love it! I've always been a fan of baseball since my brother grew up playing and I always dreamed of having little baseball players of my own, so I'll take it. I can't wait to get him involved with T-ball and even watch The Sandlot with him one day.

no, I'm fine // this is a new thing that he has just started in the last week that cracks me up. Anytime I'm trying to do something he doesn't want, like wipe his nose or change his diaper or even clean his hands after eating, he tells me - No, I'm fine! Usually with his hand up in the air at me. It's so funny... I think he might have picked this up from his cousin Jonah, but I don't mind cause it's so cute.

Gigi's Big Boy // my mom has taught him that he is her big boy, so when she asks him, whose big boy are you & he responds with Gigi's Big Boy! Sometimes he will say no, Gigi's baby too which is pretty cute. Then you can say what about mommy and he'll say Mommy's monkey, and Mama (my grandma) is Mama's Buddy. Another cute one is when we ask whose best friend are you, and he'll say Wyatt's Best Friend, which I love also. It's so fun to see him love people and care for them in his own special way.

I can't wait to see this little monkey grow up!!! He's changing more and more lately, and I know that won't slow down anytime soon. He is my little monkey, and I love it! 

Halloween 2017.

November 1, 2017

Halloween was so much fun this year! Solomon was all about being a baseball player, so we decided to be his biggest fans and cheer him on the whole time. He couldn't even carry his Halloween bag since he was so busy with his bat and baseball. It was pretty cute.... It was a fun night. Starting with hot dogs at Gigi's house and then trick or treating at Jaden & Jonah's house with the gang of cousins. 

All four of the Yankee fans!! 

Solomon enjoying his first piece of Halloween candy! Last year was full of fruit and crackers, but this year was a little tricky, we couldn't get away with that. We did try to sneak in some better candy choices, which he gladly let us pick for him! 

My boys! I can't wait to see what we all dress up like next year!!

Here's a look back at the past years of dress up fun....
2015 2016

Goals // 11.17

October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!!! I can't believe tomorrow is the first day of November, so I'm going to keep it real and just have four goals for the busy month ahead. A few things that are very important to me in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle! But first, let's look back at October goals......

October Goals
1 // consistently have my quiet time in the morning - the month started off strong but then things got busier and I wasn't consistent. I did find a new bible study for "busy women" that teaches consistency and I'm really excited to start it this month.
2 // enjoy a day away with Peter for our anniversary - I shared our day away HERE & it was such a fun time, and so needed!
3 // start working in the baby's room - the room is mostly cleared and all of Solomon's 0-6 month clothes are ready to be washed and organized! I'm excited to finish up the room in November! Hoping it's mostly done by December.
4 // drink more water - I significantly cut down on the sweet tea and was craving more water, once I started drinking more of it during the day, thankfully!
5 // go apple picking & pumpkin picking - We made the trip to Justice Apple Orchard HERE, & my mom took Solomon to several pumpkin patches, so I didn't feel too awful about not making it to one this year. We have to squeeze in both next year though! 

November Goals
1 // start my new bible study 
2 // finish Asher's room
3 // plan our 10th Annual Ornament Exchange with my mom
4 // begin my weekly three posts again

halloween birthday bash.

October 30, 2017

I have a feeling that my nephew Jaden will have several birthdays involving a Halloween party. Being born so close to such a fun holiday definitely helps with celebrating! Helping my SIL with the decorations was a lot of fun also, I really love to decorate for Halloween, since my mom always had so much fun with it when I was growing up. The party turned out so cute and we loved celebrating one of my favorite little guys. I can't believe he is a whole hand old already. Five, how is it possible???

The pumpkin painting was a lot of fun and a big hit. 

The food was also a big hit. I love a good brunch party... quiche, hashbrown casserole, waffles and some sweets with fruit! Mmmm, all with a hot cup of coffee.

The weather was also perfect for a bunch of kids to get some energy out and play outside. We were so glad that the rain held off and it only sprinkled a little bit here and there. 

I think Peter and his brother had as much fun as the kids with the obstacle course! 

Jonah and his little hand... this kid! I love him!!

We always say that Solomon is going to be on Ninja Warrior one day, so these pictures of him doing the obstacle course make me laugh!! 

And then it was cake time, and this is the face we get for pictures if we tell Solomon he can have cake if he smiles really big. I'm also super sad that I didn't get any pictures with the boys. I was so preoccupied behind the camera and waddling around the house with my big 31 week pregnant self. Ooops!

This sweet boy, he walked up to his mom during the party and said thank you for his birthday party. He is such a precious boy! 

Ending the party with gifts and his big boy bike!!! He was so excited, clearly. Love his big smile!! 
Happy Birthday Jaden! We love you so much!!!
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