10 Year Anniversary

Here are pictures of the cabin we stayed in Boone, North Carolina for our anniversary. It was so peaceful, quiet, kid-free (thanks Allison and Dan) and relaxing. We sat around and said do you remember when to each other 100 times about our life that weekend it was perfect!

Just Joking~this shed was on the property.


Mac is waiting on his best friend to wake up from a nap. He was so patient and sweet.

Mac's Bedroom Before & After

Here are the before and after pictures of Mac's Bedroom. He is no longer in his crib. He climbed out the first time at 17 months and then another time at 18 months (which is when the doctor said I needed to move him to a bed) and this week has been every day.

We moved JL at 28 months so this is a whole new ball game for us. I said that Mac would stay in his crib till he was 3. I guess he showed me. He slept in his new bed last night all night long. It took him a while to settle down and go to sleep, but once he did he loved it. He has been playing in it a lot today. Our baby is growing so fast!

I painted this bed navy blue (it was JL's and was painted red)on Monday and then I found the bedding on Wednesday of this week and I love it!


Mac's 18th month doctor appointment

Recap of his 12 month appointment

Weight: 25 lbs 15 oz 85%
Length: 33 in
Head Cir.: 19 91%

18th month stats:

Weight: 28 lbs 12 oz 82%
Length:35 1/2 in 99%
Head Cir:19 1/4 79%

The doctor was amazed at how much he grew in 6 months time. 3 1/2 inches and 3 pounds. He had a good healthy report.

She said it was time to get rid of the paci and change him into a big boy bed (he had climbed out of his crib one time at that point--more to come on that later). I was not ready for either of those two things as that would mean he would no longer be our baby boy. The paci I will attempt when he turns 2 years old. The crib I will post about that tomorrow.


100th POST

GONE SWIMMING See you in a week!!!!!!!

This is my 100th post and here I am 5 minutes from walking out of my house for a week. I am going to spend the week in Columbia, SC to hang out with some girlfriends from college and their kids. The kids will take swimming lessons and we will have a ball! We have all been looking forward to it!!!!

I am leaving a super hot house (Our airconditioner died yesterday around lunchtime. My husband did not believe me until 6:00pm.) At 6:00pm it was 82 degrees and this morning at 7:30 it is 77 degrees. We are leaving at the perfect time and hopefully Mason gets it fixed today!!!!


Summer Rain

John Lawrence loves loves loves playing in the rain! It was even better in his new Spiderman poncho that Nana gave him.

Slip In Slide

Mac found his own place to take a nap

Mac has been waking up at 6:00 in the morning for the last 2 weeks and that means going down for his nap earlier than normal. He used to go down around 1:00pm and now he would like to go down around 11:30am. I try to hold him back, but this day he found his lambie and JL's as well. He had 3 of them on his body and took a nap on the couch.


My home town of Beaufort has to be one of my favorite places on Earth. Things are slower there and you really have time to look at the beautiful things around you. Having kids has made me slow down and now I go back to visit family and friends and I take it all in. The Lowcountry has a smell of marsh and water all around you. I does not get any better! We had a great visit with my mom and step dad Ron and we also saw my best friend Jenny.

Kayaking on the Lake Part 2

Here is the 2nd part of the day kayaking on the lake at Pop and GranJan's house.

The kayak was pulled behind the boat.

Mac would not stay in the boat. He wanted to touch the water with his hands. He has no fear!



There are boys in my house – and Spiderman shoes
And 200 papers in various blues.
There's Bob (he's a builder) and Thomas the Train,
There's a fireman coat to wear in the rain.
They have cars on their shirts and frogs on their hats
There's a glove and a ball and a red plastic bat.
There's dirt on a face and a smudge on a nose;
Grass stains on knees and sand between toes.
There's bath time at night with bodies to scrub,
And when we're all done there is dirt in the tub!
There's band aids and bruises and curious bumps,
There's smiles and laughter and sometimes there's grumps.
There's odors most icky; there's boogers so green
There's more yucky things than I'll ever get clean.
There's piles of laundry; there's stories at night;
There's bedtime and bath time and dinnertime fights.
There's cars and there's trains and there's books about trucks
There's Scoop, Lofty, Dizzy, and Travis, and Muck.
Sometimes there are bugs, and sometimes there are frogs;
Sometimes they are lions, or dinos, or dogs.
There are cute little vests and darling neckties
Dragged right through the mud – oh what a surprise!
There's running and climbing and jumping and falling
And laughing and crying and hugging and brawling
And rolling and losing and finding and creeping
And whining and stealing and sometimes there's sleeping.
There's tantrums and time outs and extra loud noise –
There's love in my house shaped like two little boys.

I found this online at another girl's blog called http://eiselefamilynews.blogspot.com/ and thought it was so cute!! This is a day in the life at our house.


Kayaking on the Lake

John Lawrence, Mason and GranJan kayaked on the lake on Memorial Day. It was JL's first time. He loved it and did great. He figured out how to paddle very quickly. We were so proud of him.


Pop and GranJan's house

This is what the boys do when they go to Pop and GranJan's house. They never want to come home. I don't blame them. It is every boys paradise.