Independence Day, 2018

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July 4th

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I think my night time photography skills have slightly improved!  Or is that just my opinion?  Ha ha ha!  None of the pictures above have any filter on them, just slight adjustment for sharper image and straightening.  (Insert pat on my back here)

Our 4th of July holiday was filled with a lot of fun in Naples, Florida.  We had some friends who joined us with their baby daughter, and we were enjoying ourselves so much I barely picked up my camera.  But since this was the first time Bennett showed any interest in holding a sparkler, I had to document.  He obviously loved it!  Remy had fun as well just following along and observing everything Bennett was getting in to.  These boys… they keep me busy!

Hope everyone had a great time celebrating America’s birthday!  I know we did!

xx

 


Old McMicky’s Farm

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A happy belated birthday party for my sweet boy, Bennett.  We had to reschedule his original party due to Bennett being sick and contagious, but we just postponed everything and it turned out great!  We had lots of family and friends there to help celebrate our THREE YEAR OLD!  He got to brush some goats, had the opportunity (but didn’t) to pet & milk a pregnant cow, had the opportunity (but didn’t) to ride a pony, had the opportunity (but didn’t) to pet a baby turkey, DID take a hay ride by tractor, and DID enjoy lots of cake!

It rained a bit but it actually worked out in our favor because being June in Florida, temps can be brutal.  The rain really cooled us off and brought a much appreciated breeze.  I think all the kiddos had a great time being farmers for the day!

Thank you, Old McMicky’s Farm for such a great venue for Bennett’s third birthday party, and for being so easy to work with to postpone last minute!  We can’t wait to visit again soon!

** Cake & cakepops were made by Sweet Tooth Cakery**


Bennett Wesley :: Three Years Old

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Today, at 10:15 AM, my oldest boy turned three.  He was greeted with balloons galore, a yard sign (which he could see from his bedroom window), and homemade blueberry muffins!!  Just kidding, the muffins were store bought, ain’t no one got time for that… Regardless, he had a pretty magical morning to start off his third year alive with a bang!

This little dude… he’s seriously the light of my life.  He has such a unique personality that is always changing and evolving.  Lately his speech has been growing rapidly with Husband & I, yet he will not say a peep to strangers and he is still very shy even with close friends.  His favorite activity continues to be swimming, but riding on mama’s bike is a close second.  I love spending every Thursday picking him up from school early to enjoy lunch together (with Remy), grab a cupcake from Sprinkles, then go to music class where he can dance and play instruments for about an hour.  He has become so in tune with this routine, I feel bad if there’s ever a Thursday we can’t make it.

He is awesome with all his numbers, colors, animals, and ABC’s.  ‘B’ is his favorite of course because “‘B’ is for BENNETT!”.  He also knows that ‘R’ is for Remy, but it’s not said in the excited voice that ‘B’ gets.  We still spend our evenings on the front porch drinking apple juice and reading books.  Right now his favorite book is Pout Pout Fish, we seriously read it about twelve times a day.  His teacher actually got him that book for Christmas and he has loved it every day since he got it.  Speaking of his teacher, he is still loving school.  I’m amazed at how much he has learned since he started a year ago…

He gets his haircut pretty regularly now, along with little bro. He is such a handsome little boy, I can’t get over how precious he is!  We go in tomorrow for his three year physical and I cannot wait to hear how tall he is and how much he weighs.  I think he recently has gone through a growth spurt because he was eating a lot more than usual.  He is SO tall!  Much taller than the kids in his class and the kids in his play group!  As much as I love that he is tall, it’s a little frustrating when parents who don’t know him and his age, think that he is older than he is.  So he will have a meltdown at times and they look at me like, get your five year old under control… and I make sure to point out the fact that he is barely three and that’s just the way three year olds roll!  Thank you very much (read in a sassy tone)!  But this is a very rare occurrence, most often than not, he is a very sweet boy and doesn’t cause big scenes.  He mostly does that at home… just for me ;)

Next Saturday (the 12th), after all the grandparents are back from their European excursion, we will be celebrating Bennett BIG TIME at Old McMicky’s Farm.  So, I will post about his party later this month, but until then, just a few words from this mama…

My first son, Bennett,

What a special human you are!  Everything about you brings joy to my life.  How smart you are, your precious little voice, your competitiveness (which I’m already starting to see), how good of a swimmer you are, your fabulous dance moves, when you share with your brother… these are all things I am so proud of!  You melt my heart with those big hugs you sometimes freely give, and the public smooches, though very rare… well… I could bottle that up and store them forever!!  Seriously the BEST!  When you hold my hand walking to church… or when you say my name about fifty bajillion times because you have something very important to say or ask… or when I catch you playing the piano or ukulele… or when you are playing nicely with brother and you both start cracking up out of the blue!!  Oh, this mama is just so happy to have you as her own!

I don’t know what my life would be like without your precious face in it every day.  I want you to know that you are so loved!  Every.single.day my love for you is deep and never ending!  You and your brother are my greatest accomplishments and I couldn’t have imagined a better life than this one with you guys!  You, Bennett, are absolute perfection in my eyes, I adore you so!  Please continue to stay curious for anything in life, continue to learn with a never ending pit in your head for knowledge, continue to try to be patient and to love your brother (he’s the only one who will have your back in life when your parents aren’t there to help), and continue to enjoy the simple things in life like you do!

I love you, my baby.

Mama



Los Cabos, Mexico

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I wish I had all the time in the world to write the most detailed blog post about our trip to Cabo right now, but to be honest, I have two boys who are still awake (it’s 10PM on a school night) and just keeping it real… the pictures tell the story. BUT I’ll say a few words anyway ;)

It was a glorious week in paradise with our family!  The boys enjoyed being transferred from the pool to the beach, then back to the pool again just to want to go back to the beach once more.  This was pretty much the daily routine :) We did rent a car one of the days and drove into San Jose del Cabo where we walked around the cute historic district filled with restaurants and shops.  Every morning when we would wake up, Husband & I would make our coffee and we would sit out on the balcony and watch the whales.  One morning there were at least 15-20 whales way out in the distance blowing their air holes and breaching.  It was absolutely amazing!  Seriously made my day every morning.  On Thursday we chartered a sailboat out of Cabo San Lucas where we enjoyed some light snorkeling (my brother in law says he saw a white tipped reef shark- no… just, no.), did some more whale watching (this time it was much more up close and personal), saw a huge pod of dolphins, and then sailed the Sea of Cortez/ Pacific Ocean.

We ate so many tacos, quesadillas, skirt steak, chips and guac, and ceviche- I swear I gained 10 lbs in a week.  Not to mention all the margaritas that were heavily flowing ;)

It was a beautiful vacation, much needed for this hard working husband of mine.  I’m so thankful for my in laws and their generosity and for inviting us to tag along with our energetic, slightly bi-polar boys!  We love y’all!

P.S. take note of the incredible sunsets!!


All Aboard The Polar Express!

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Oh, the joy and excitement on this child’s sweet face!!  If I could bottle it up and keep that emotion forever, I would!  He was in absolute train heaven!  From start to finish the whole experience was magical!  The train pulling into the station, tooting it’s loud horn, all the children dressed in their Christmas jammies, the conductor in every cart with awesome personalities (in full character I might add)!  Then, arriving at the NORTH POLE!!  To making and eating s’mores, drinking hot cocoa, all the lights, trains to play with all over the place, making reindeer food!!

It was just awesome.  That’s the only way to describe it.

I cannot wait to go back next year with Remy (he’s still a little to small for this event)!  If you want to go next year with your little ones, click here!  Make sure to go on right when the tickets go on sale because they sell out FAST!

 


Santa Pictures 2017

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Oh the magic of Santa!  Ha ha ha!  Bennett was still terrified and wanted nothing to do with him, but Remington… well… he was in awe!  Totally intrigued by the big man in the red suit with the big white beard!  Even cookies couldn’t distract Mr. Bennett from what was going on, he knew from the moment we arrived what was about to go down.  Basically fell the the floor in agony from the moment he arrived in the studio.  But don’t you guys worry, Bennett will be enduring this torture for years to come!

** All pictures were captured by Mrs. Laura Gattis **