Tuesday, August 5, 2014

let's go to the beach!

My boys <3

After church on Sunday morning we decided to take a spontaneous trip to the beach. It was hot (mid 90's!) in Portland so we knew it would be a nice day to head to the coast. Sometimes spontaneous trips are the most fun in my opinion!

Charlie loves anything to do with water from sipping out of a straw to splashing around in it. As soon as he saw the ocean he pointed with both fingers at the water and let out a loud glee of excitement! The water was really cold and it was so funny to see him tip toeing through it. He just couldn't get enough of it and we just couldn't get enough of that happy little smile.

We also brought Norman along and I know he enjoyed running freely on the open beach. With Charlie around he doesn't always get as much attention as he used to so we try to bring him along whenever we can. 

Charlie's first trip to the beach will surely be a memorable one! 

Friday, August 1, 2014

glorious weekends

The weekend is here once again which means breakfast together, lounging around, church on Sunday, naps, long afternoon strolls in the neighborhood. There is always something to do and we get to do it together which I love most. I feel like the weeks are so busy with work and life's responsibilities that we barely get to squeeze in a few hours together as a family over dinner and into the evening before the days are gone. Weekends are different because we are all home and I so look forward to our time together.

These are some pictures from a few Sunday's ago. It was cloudy and cooler so we went on a nice long walk. We stopped at Hawthorne Fish House to catch up on the score of the World Cup soccer game and ate some delicious crab chowder. We then roamed random streets and took the long way home while admiring all the beautiful, colorful homes and streets.
Summer days are nice and long and if we can be outside, you bet we are! I'm sure glad the weekend is here once again. Happy Friday!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

little boy nursery inspiration









Almost one year later and Charlie's nursery d├ęcor is almost complete!
I finally hung some little book shelves last week and put up a few pieces of art.
I didn't rush to finish it until recently because he was too small to really enjoy his big toys or his room.
Now that he is almost a year old he is interested in more books and toys so I figured it was time to complete his space.
I will share pictures in the next week or so but until then, here are a few pictures I got inspiration from.
Aren't little boy nurseries the cutest?!
For more inspiration checkout my Nursery Pinterest Board.
Nursery tour coming soon....!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ten months old

Photos by Jennifer at Spotted Stills Photography 

Life these days is full of joy.
I adore motherhood.
Charlie is growing right before our eyes and he is learning new things everyday.
Clapping and waving "bye bye" are his new favorite things - he literally claps at everything all the time.
He keeps me on my toes with his high energy levels and I just love it, it's contagious.

Ten months and counting....

Sunday, July 20, 2014

four years!

We celebrated our 4 year anniversary on July 10th.
We've made it a tradition to watch a concert or movie in the park on our anniversary each year. 
Last year we watched a movie, so this year we went to a local concert.
The band that played was a prohibition-era swing dance group - it was so much fun!
We packed a picnic and bought some banana-nutella crepes from a local food cart.
I love our little family traditions and I love this man I get to call husband for the rest of my life!
Here's to many more years and many more traditions in the making.
I love you!

PS: Year four of our marriage was extra special because little Charlie joined our world. 
We felt it was only fitting to have our sidekick join us in celebrating and we wouldn't have had it any other way!

The two loves of my life.

I absolutely love marriage and the many blessings it comes with!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy Independence Day America!

Charlie waving "bye bye!"

He learned how to drink from a straw and that's all he wants to do now!

Charlie had never heard or seen fireworks before! He was fascinated by them for about five minutes before falling asleep for the rest of the show.

The fireworks were so beautiful, they lit up the night sky!

My two main guys. My crew and I just love them!

What a fun and memorable day!
This was Charlie's first 4th of July! I was afraid he might be scared of the noise from the fireworks but he didn't seem to be phased by it at all! 
He pretty much slept through the entire show.

There was a splash pad, live music, bouncy houses, lots of food vendors including a delicious elephant ear stand and kettle corn (my favorite!).

We left the park late and Charlie was sleeping in his car seat already so we had a late night run at 11:30pm and ate some fast food burgers.
I have not had fast food in so long (I try to avoid it), but I have to admit, it was delicious and a perfect ending to our day!
(Bonus: Charlie slept in until almost 9:00am today so we even got to sleep in a little this morning!)

I am thankful to live in America where the opportunities are great and the freedom is real.
God bless America!

Happy Independence Day!

Monday, June 30, 2014

nine months old

This little guy keeps me busy but not a moment spent watching after him feels like a moment wasted. 
Charlie is actually going to be ten months old in about a week but these were taken when he turned nine months old. 

These days Charlie spends his time exploring every part of the house in his walker.
He follows me all over as I do my daily chores and when it's been a while since I've last acknowledged him, he comes up next to me and pulls on my pant leg until I look down at him and smile.
He then smiles back so big that his nose wrinkles up.

We keep saying that any day now he will start walking on his own, but he is still wobbly and needs a little more courage!
He hasn't crawled at all and doesn't even really seem to be too interested in trying, he just wants to be up on his feet all day long.

At this age I will describe him as sweet yet feisty.
Although he is as sweet as can be, he is also a feisty little go getter.
I'm loving this age and have told my husband that I will miss it when he gets older, but then again, I think I've said I love every stage......
I really just don't want him to ever grow up.
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