Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rhett-4 Months

Oh, Rhett! You are growing up, my dear! A few things have happened this summer that have made me realize just how fleeting life is, so I'm using this post to catch you up on all your little developments and special moments.

Rhett, you tried solids this month! Your first food was oatmeal and you were a little uncertain, but warmed up right away. You would take a bite, contemplated if it was good, and then laughed and cooed after each bite. It was so sweet and you seriously are my happy-go-lucky baby.

We've done a lot of tummy time with you this month and you are enjoying it. The only thing you hate--and this could be with anything--is doing it or staying in one place too long. You get bored easily and want to try something else or go someplace new. You definitely won't be like your brother and be content in a bouncer for an hour or so.

You do love your toys though! You've started to grab on to things and play with them as well. Your favorite is this bee and this horse. Your brother is now suddenly interested in them as well and insists that he needs them whenever you do . Hello, sibling rivalry. ;)

You've just found your thumb and I think its the sweetest. 
Keep growing, my sweet love. You definitely keep us on our toes and warm us with your smile. We hope you always smile with everything you have and we can't wait to spend this next month with you.

Love always, Mom and Dad

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ireland Bound!

July is turning out to be a fun month! We are going to a wedding on Saturday, I'm hosting a bridal shower at the end of the month, and we have a friend visiting next weekend from New York. It's actually my husband's best friend and a part of Z's father's day gift. One of his gifts was two tickets to  a Nat's game and I invited his best friend to come down and join him. Should be a good opportunity for some male bonding and I'm excited that he has a weekend to just kick back and relax.

But, the thing that I'm most excited about is our upcoming vacation. We decided to go to Ireland and I couldn't be more excited. I've been researching hotels, attractions and fun things to do there with the kids and I can't wait. I don't think I've been this excited about a vacation in a long time.

I'm also thrilled to have a little time away from everything. It'll be good for us to be away from the hustle and bustle and just focus on family and adventure.

If you've been to Ireland, please send over your recommendations. I'm still in the midst of planning and researching, so I'd love to hear!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fourth of July Awesomeness

This fourth of July consisted of:

1. A trip to Frying Pan Farm for a tractor ride and some cute animal viewing.
2. A short stay at the festival at Long Branch Park. 2 minutes after we arrived and got Sawyer his first snow cone the rain started and after an hour of waiting, we split.
3. So we went home and made American flag pizza! Sawyer was so proud of his accomplishment and ate 6 pieces that night for dinner!
4. Sunday evening, we took a stroll in Great Falls.

Not shown, but still memorable: Seeing the fireworks that night downtown Falls Church and taking an afternoon swim with Papa.

How was your fourth?!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

DC Bucket List: Burke Lake Park & Glen Echo Puppet Show

Summer is flying by and so far, its been such a fun one. Sawyer and I are having a ball going on these little adventures and Rhett's been such a champ as I drag him around DC. I'm sure he appreciates it though in his own little way.

It's so funny to think about how different this summer from last year's. Last year, I remember being so nauseas and tried all the time that I never got to enjoy it. I would maybe take Sawyer to the park, but then I'd have to have a two-hour nap whenever we got back or would be trying to figure out how to stay up until his bedtime. So this year is different (!!) and I have energy (!!!), so I really love being able to get out and enjoy it. So far, here's what we've gotten into since my last post:

First up is our time at Burke Lake park in Fairfax Station. For a little boy who loves trains, it was a lot of fun. The train takes you on a 15 minute ride through a tunnel, over a little bridge, and by the lake. Sawyer was in heaven the whole time.

Beside the train is a little park and carousal, so after we rode the train, we went over to the carousal. It was a great morning and I loved how shaded the park was because it was ridiculously hot that day.

Second trip was to Glen Echo Park to see a puppet show. It was really cute and even kept my attention. After the show, Sawyer got to hug one of the puppets and he was very proud of himself for being brave enough to do it.

The theatre is right by a park and carousal, so we had a picnic and then rode on the carousal. Wore both boys right out. #parentingwin

(Check out our past bucket list adventures here)

Afternoon Stroll in Destin

I love these pictures. During one of our afternoon strolls, Sawyer and I decided to jump in and play in the waves. He got nervous about one little wave in particular and ran back to up to Z who had snapping our little adventure from the shore. Looking at these pictures makes me miss the beach, our little strolls, and Sawyer's excitement about it all. Take me back already. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Destin Vacation 2015

We are in the middle of our Destin beach trip, but I wanted to stop in and make an update about our vacation so far.

We've had a really good time and Sawyer's excitement is really just the icing on the cake. He's always been a happy kid, but being here has made him even more giddy. He loves everything that is going on and every morning he waits with eager anticipation about what the day's plans will hold. So far he's loved going to the pool, jumping the waves, braving a waterside, and hanging with his cousins. This whole experience makes me so glad that we do this yearly and I'm so glad that Sawyer has this built in network of people that love him.

This was our first morning here. We took Rhett and Sawyer to the beach and Rhett dipped his toes in the ocean for the first time. It was a fail. Majorly. He cried and fussed the whole time. Poor guy. Hopefully, he'll come to love the beach as much as we do.

My little buddy in his cute hat and swimsuit 
While we were at the beach, Rhett and I camped out under the tent half of the time and then I would jump the waves with Sawyer the other half of the time. It was so sweet to see his face whenever we hopped over a wave. He'd scream, "Here comes a big one!!!" or "Here's a little one!" Then he'd kick his legs and say, "Mama, I swim like a turtle." I don't know what a turtle swims like, but Sawyer's version sure was cute.

We have two more days at the beach before we go home and I'm anticipating a lot of tears and tantrums from Sawyer. He loves it so much here that I'm sure there will be big alligator tears when we leave.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Link Love + Some Good Things

It's been a while since I posted. Mainly because we were caught up in our move and then both Rhett and I got really bad eye infections. Thankfully, we are better and ready to hit the beach this weekend. Before I go though, I want to share some random happenings and great buys with you.

--This week has been really good for a lot of reasons. The first and biggest reason is that our littlest  has started sleeping through the night! I feel like a new woman and am ready to take on the world now that I'm getting a good solid 8 hours of sleep. It's amazing what a full night's sleep can do for you.

--I finished Still Alice this week. Great book. Easy, fast, and really interesting. I highly recommend it.

--Love this machine--a Keruig for cocktails! Amazing.

--I bought this for Rhett for our beach trip and tried it out tonight. The reviews don't lie. This hat was amazing. The brim didn't flop over his eyes, the drawstring allowed it to fit perfectly to his head, and its big enough around that it provides ample shade. A total win.

--Really want to see the Love & Mercy movie. I loved the Beach Boys growing up, so I'm excited to see it.

--Loving this new fashion blog I found where I can actually afford the pieces she wears and recommends.

And that's it! Have a great weekend, everyone! I'll see you all next week.

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