We had friends in town staying with us for Easter weekend, so last weekend was extra fun. They have a little guy just two months older than Charlie and it was so funny to see them rampaging the house together. Charlie did a great job playing, but by Sunday he was very sensitive about sharing his toys. It’s tough to be 18 months old with a new baby brother and a million toys that suddenly aren’t just yours to play with.
We went to church Sunday while our sweet friends got Easter lunch ready at our house and when we got home the boys did a little Easter egg hunt in the backyard. Charlie was into it until he realized that the eggs were filled with fruit loops. Then he just wanted to pick each one up and eat everything in it and then look for the next one. Needless to say, he did not gather the most eggs.
Mike’s mom gets all of the grandkids Easter outfits every year (9 outfits!) This year was a win. Charlie looked so dapper in his little bow tie and Ben looked like quite the baby gentleman in his romper. God must have been looking down on us because it was by far the best mass we’ve been to with both boys.
Who else loves Easter? Spiral ham, spring veggies, flowers, bunnies! I feel like it’s the official beginning of spring which makes it truly a time of renewal and fresh starts.
This may be belated, but I wanted to share a few pictures from Thanksgiving! I didn’t take nearly enough pictures, but here are a few at least!
We celebrated a chilly Thanksgiving break in Charlotte this year with Mike’s family. It was so fun to get all the (very active) cousins together again. The last time we were all together was this past summer at the beach! We didn’t venture out of the house for much other than fresh air in the yard. LOTS of food was consumed though.
Charlie on a plane was a different experience this time around as all he wants to do is run! He fell asleep after terrorizing everything for half of both flights. Happy terrorizing at least.
We are so thankful for everyone and everything in this beautiful life!
I want so badly this year to really appreciate and make the most of every moment of this holiday season. It just goes by in the blink of an eye, and I feel like if you don’t try to enjoy it, then it seems to be over before it even began. Charlie is becoming a very curious (too curious sometimes!) and aware little person and it’s been so fun to see him watching the lights go up around the neighborhood, in stores, and in our house. To say he is interested in these little boxes that popped up on the kitchen windowsill overnight is an understatement.
I can’t take credit for the design. I browsed Pinterest (of course) for ideas and found so many! I toyed with an calendar of envelopes on the wall, jars on the windowsill, but settled on a modified version of this cute one from Oh Happy Day that uses small boxes with trees hot glued to the top. I adjusted for what I found at Michaels (small boxes, a set of 21 holiday trees for $10, and bought some pinecones and bells to fill the last 4).
I’ve been wanting to do an advent calendar to celebrate the season for the last few years, but while I could have done it, it seemed silly to make one for just Mike and I. I also still don’t feel like Charlie needs gifts of toys or chocolate every day like most traditional advent calendars, so ours is one of easy festive activities like drinking hot chocolate, watching a christmas movie, or taking a walk around the neighborhood to ogle lights. Some are activities for Charlie, and others just Mike and I, so it’s a nice little combination of holiday activities.
A few are pre-planned weekend activities like getting our christmas tree, going downtown to our town’s christmas tree lighting, and taking Charlie to sit on Santa’s lap. I can’t wait for December to begin so Charlie can open up the first box! I love how it turned out, and am planning to make this an annual tradition that our kids will look forward to.
This past weekend was just the absolute best. Last year at pumpkin carving time I had a big postpartum belly with a newborn slumbering in his bassinet, but this year our one-year-old was fully awake and involved in our weekend festivities. The weather was giving us it’s very best Florida fall (60’s in the morning/evening and 80’s during the day), and we took full advantage by spending every minute we could outside. Saturday we went to the beach for the most beautiful day with a boy who is obsessed with the waves and sand. I finished up Charlie’s halloween costume with Hocus Pocus and hot chocolate after bedtime, including lots of help from Mike.
Sunday though! Mike put Charlie’s new birthday wagon together, and we took him for some spins around the yard. Ah! He loved it. His smiles as we took very slow turns around the backyard were so good. After an afternoon siesta, we finally carved our pumpkins. They mold so fast in the heat down here and Sunday was the absolute last day we could carve with other things happening this week. After some adult knifework, Charlie got into it and dug his hands into the pumpkin goop. It was a MESS. Thank goodness for having a backyard. Mike and I ended the weekend with roasted pumpkin seeds, an honorary lighting of the pumpkins, and Ernest Scared Stupid (Mike’s favorite Halloween movie).
It was just the kind of weekend I want to bottle up and keep on the shelf to look back at anytime I want a little burst of love for our family and for this season of life!
What did you do this weekend? Something wonderful I hope!
We sent out these little handmade Halloween cards over the weekend. Aren’t they sweet?
I saw a tutorial on Pinterest a couple weeks ago and immediately put them on my crafting list. I love browsing Pinterest for ideas, and it always gives me a little burst of festivity around this time of year. Right now my feed is a a cornucopia of holiday crafts, decor, cozy foods, and baby things.
These cards were a fun little way to kick off the holiday season. I’ve tucked a couple away to remember Charlie’s tiny hand at one year old and sent the rest off in the mail to all of our nearest and dearest.
Click here for instructions for how to make some handprint cards of your own!
In other crafting news – I made this pumpkin yarn garland for the mantle a couple weeks ago, and started knitting a bright red, festive hat for a very special gift come Christmas.