Sullivan’s Island, SC

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Just wanted to hurry up and get this post up before things start getting crazy around here… well, crazier around here, as Hurricane Irma is approaching this weekend and we are still watching it closely to see what our plan is going to be.  As of right now we plan to stay put and ride it out, but as the satellite images are starting to shift the storm westward, I’m getting a little more anxious.

For Labor Day weekend, my sweet friend Courtney planned this awesome getaway for us and a couple other families to stay on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina.  It was just a hop, skip, and a jump from Charleston, which we had the pleasure of being tourists in for a day.  We drove into the charming city, where we had brunch with my cousin Eddie and his sweet wife, Maryann, and their beautiful daughter, Emilia.  They were so hospitable showing us around their city, we cruised down King Street, saw the theater that was featured in The Notebook (I didn’t link it, but if you don’t know what that is, we shouldn’t be friends), walked around Waterfront Park and even did a horse and carriage tour!  It is such a gorgeous town!  I plan to visit again soon, even if it’s just for food!

Anyway, Sullivan’s Island was so quaint and just what I expected.  We stayed in a great house right on the beach, the babies got to pretty much roam free, ate at some super cute restaurants, and cruised around on golf carts.  The lighthouse was definitely one of the main highlights.  And all of the barges hauling goods up and down the coast… the boys were in heaven!

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

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My gorgeous friend, Laura, captured the following picture of Bennett & I on the beach, and I’m obsessed.  He was being abnormally cuddly that morning which I just ate up… I really need to cherish these snuggly moments, because they will soon be few and far between…IMG_5648

 


Remington James :: Eight Months Old

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This little man turned 8 months old on Saturday!  We were in Charleston, South Carolina for the Labor Day weekend, so this post is a few days late, but I would never forget to update on my sweet Remington!

Last time we were at the doctor’s office, he was 30.87 inches long (hundredth percentile) and 20.22 lbs.  BIG GUY!  Remember Bennett at 8 months? Gosh, look how much more hair Remy has than Bennett did at this age… crazy!  Like his big bro, Remy sure does love to eat.  He will try anything and everything.  He loves snacking on the puffs & yogurt bites, anything bread, and has taken a liking to chicken tenders and fries.  He is still eating pureed veggies/ fruit packs.  He especially like anything with sweet potato in it.  He has graduated to a medium flow nipple on the bottle, and soon I plan to let him start trying a sippy cup.  Bennett was drinking from a sippy cup at this age.

Remington is on the move with his crawling, he’s getting so fast!  He has been crawling slowly for a couple of weeks now, but recently he is getting faster and faster.  I gotta start picking up the dog bowls and vacuuming more!  He still loves a lot of interaction and still smiles all the time.  He is so happy!  He follows his brother around in his walker, which I think annoys Bennett a little bit.  He is just so curious as to what Bennett is playing with or doing, he wants so bad to play and have fun.

I’m not sure if you guys noticed, but Remy officially has 4 teeth!  The two middle lowers and the two middle tops!  He has been suffering with the teething so much lately, it seemed like every night for a month he has been needing tylenol to help with the pain.  Poor guy.

He is still sleeping really well at night, loves bath time and long walks in the stroller, still not a big fan of the car seat, loves watching and being around other kids, has been on something like 14 flights, and thoroughly enjoys floating in the pool.  He is just such a joy to have around, and I don’t even remember my world without his precious face!

Remington James, you are such a light in our lives!  I can’t wait to see what the rest of your first year of life holds!  You have been the sweetest addition to our little family, and I couldn’t be more proud to be your mommy!  Love you, my baby!

 


Maui, Hawaii

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Seriously… I cannot get over the beauty of Maui!  Looking at these pictures from our trip make me so eager to go back!  Although, I think I will wait until I can control my kiddos a little bit better ;) That flight home was pretty brutal, not gonna lie.  Also, I need to go back when Husband can come with us.  Unfortunately he had to work this time, but there was NO WAY I would have ever missed the incredibly romantic wedding of my sweet cousin, Kelly.  It was held at the Four Seasons Wailea where they set up on a bluff overlooking the Pacific.  My little man, Bennett, was the ring bearer, and he did not disappoint… just kidding, he had a meltdown and had to be removed from the wedding completely, but no one will remember that because there was so much other awesome stuff going on during the ceremony such as a gentleman blowing a conch shell, a ukulele playing some authentic Hawaiian tunes, then the bride and groom exchanging their written vows.  It was seriously amazing!  I was so honored, she chose me as her Matron of Honor, it truly was so special.IMG_4577

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I cannot take credit for the some of the beautiful pictures that follow, but I wanted to share them!

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That night we checked out a Hawaiian luau, the drinks were flowing and plenty of boomerangs were taken.  It was a good time!  The next morning a small group of us crawled out of bed at 3 AM to see the sunrise above the clouds at Haleakala.  This was probably one of the top 3 most amazing things I have ever done in my life.  The view was  heavenly, that’s the best way to describe it…IMG_4868

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I have to thank my mother in law, Debbie.  She flew all the way out to Maui to help me with my boys, and when I say she went above and beyond for me, she did!  I got to experience the whole wedding and all of the fun events that Kelly had planned without having to worry about my babies at all.  That was priceless for me, and I appreciate you so much, Debbie!

{Random Thought :: I also want to highly recommend Mama’s Fish House for lunch or dinner , it was fantastic!}

Scrolling through these pictures, I’m feeling so blessed to have been able to experience this with Kelly and her new hubby, Randy!  They are seriously the cutest couple and they totally complete each other!  I love them both so much…

Hey Kel, we should try to go back every couple of years ;)  wouldn’t that be a fun tradition??

 


Remington James :: Seven Months Old

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You guys!!  This guy is about to take off!  Totally on all fours, rocking, and just about making some BIG moves!  He doesn’t like the process of learning to crawl, definitely fusses and expresses his frustrations loudly, but it’s for real happening!

This photo session with the rocking chair was certainly more challenging than the past.  He is wiggling, moving, drooling, and lots of boogers!! YUCK!!  I’m not sure if it’s a second child thing, but every time Bennett is sick, Remington is sick.  And it lingers… and lingers… and lingers. Forever.  Such a bummer.  That immune system needs to catch up, and catch up quick!  I’m so grossed out by these crazy snot slingers ;)

Other than that, this boy is just sweet as pie!  He is curious about anything and everything.  He will study a toy for many minutes before moving on to the next exciting thing within arms reach.  He adores his big brother.  Will laugh at anything he does!  This guy is ALL BOY!  Loves a good fart sound!  That reminds me, I need to record him giggling like crazy over a fart sound!

Still only has two teeth, but the never ending drool tells me there are more soon to come. He is starting to eat more things (puffs and pureed baby food), I feel like when Bennett was this age he was eating SO much.  Remy is just going at his own pace with everything, and seems to be much more laid back than Bennett ever was.

We have been staying busy over here, playing in the pool almost every day to stay cool from these hot Florida temps.  We also went to the beach last weekend, so I wanted to share a few sweet pictures that Husband took of me and my SEVEN month old!

We love you, my precious baby boy!

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Colorado

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Colorado was a whirlwind.  Silverthorne, Breckenridge, and Denver, all in about a six day period was a bit overwhelming considering the babies were not feeling well, but we made it!  And we conquered!  We were in Silverthorne for a wedding for a high school friend of Husband’s, that he was a groomsman for.  Wow, what a beautiful setting, nestled in the Rockies!  It was a very sweet occasion, no detail was overlooked, the bride was stunning… it was perfect!

The very next day we were able to hike up to Lily Pad Lake with the kiddos.  I had googled some trails that were “kid friendly” which I assumed to mean that us carrying them on our backs would be a breeze if the hike was as searched, “kid friendly”… but I was wrong… VERY wrong.  This was a pretty tough hike with almost 35 pounds on Husbands back and 20 on mine.  But we made it!  All the way to Lily Pad Lake!  And it was worth it!  Minus the fact that Remy’s little cheeks got wind burned :( poor guy… but it cleared up fast :)

The following day, we trekked to Breckenridge where we had lunch at The Canteen Tap House and Tavern (super yummy!), then we caught the gondola up to the top of the mountain where we thought Bennett would be able to ride the Alpine Slide but unfortunately he was still too young (must be 3, gahhhhhh!!!) so we settled for Dippin Dots (Bennett was a first timer) and some cocktails and just enjoyed the view!

Finally, we made our way to Denver for the Independence Day festivities.  We stayed at a beautiful hotel (Oxford) that was within a block of Union Station.  Husband & I got to sample beers at the original brewery of Denver, Wynkoop, and that evening the Rockies had their Fireworks game which was conveniently seen from our hotel window! Bennett really loved it, he kept saying “Oooooohhh!!
and “Wooooow!!!”. Husband had to leave the next day, but Mama Olson & I got to explore and try some eateries by ourself with the kids.  There was a fun little splash pad close by that we spent lots of time at since the weather was quite warm.  Overall, it was another successful trip with the babies!

** I wanted to tag the Colorado post from a few years ago because it’s cute to see how much Bennett has grown :) **