Sunday, September 7, 2014

Happy one year birthday Charlie!

Today we celebrated Charlie's one year birthday! I don't even know where to begin.....! This boy is the biggest joy in our lives. He is such a happy and joyful soul. Part of me is so happy yet part of me is sad because time has gone way too fast. It's a bittersweet feeling to see your baby growing so fast. 
We had a little "Up, up and away" themed backyard party with family. We had a taco station and lots of desserts. Charlie had so much fun opening presents and being the center of attention. He is loved by both sides of the family and is as spoiled as can be! 

My dearest Charlie, it feels like just yesterday we were on our way to the hospital eagerly awaiting your arrival into this world. It seems like just yesterday you were so small in your swaddle, so content sleeping long hours of the day in mama's arms. Now you are your own little person... running around and exploring as much of this great big world as you can in one day. I love how you are so curious and determined to figure things out on your own, to touch and taste and feel new things. I adore your smile and how you crinkle your nose when something makes you laugh. I love how you look me in the eyes and then lay your head on my chest so we can cuddle - even if it only lasts a few minutes at a time because you are always on the go. You have such a beautiful spirit. I pray you are continually blessed with health, happiness and all the things your heart will desire. We love you so much. You truly are heaven sent!

Happy Birthday sweet boy!!!!!!

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!
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