Saturday, August 29, 2009
Last Saturday Aidan and I had the pleasure of finally meeting the lovely Quinn Goff. She was a former colleague of my best friend Amanda and she has just recently started her own photography business. She needed a few people to let her take some pictures to begin building her portfolio. I was more than happy to volunteer my handsome boy to have his picture taken. We met her at a local park and took a walk while she snapped pics of my little man. Quinn was so sweet and great with Aidan! I knew I wouldn't have any trouble being comfortable around her because I basically felt like I already knew her. Well let me just tell you...she was super speedy about getting the pictures back to me and they were absolutely AMAZING! I was honestly blown away at how well they turned out. The photo session was so laid back and Aidan photographed very well. I love having pictures taken of Aidan and these were some of the best. I will most likely blow them all up and use them on a photo wall I have been planning for his new room. Not to mention, all of the grandparents are already requesting their copies. Here are some of the pictures and if you live in the Charlotte area (I am not sure if she will travel just yet) Quinn would be a great choice for your photography needs. Here is the link to her blog...quinn photography. You can contact her there!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
It's OK that I am sad Aidan is starting pre school. Even if it is only for 4 hours a day, 2 days a week. He will be in school from now until he goes away to college.
It's OK that I cried when I picked up his monogrammed book bag today. I waited to do it until I got in the car. His name looked so perfect. It's his first back pack and in my book, it's a milestone. The best part...he put it right on and wore it with pride.
It's OK that I have been soaking up these last days with him. Holding him tighter and kissing him longer. Begging him for more lovin'. He isn't a baby anymore and honestly (Hootie said it best) "It Won't Be Like This For Long".
It's especially OK that I love this sweet boy so much, thinking about it makes my chest feel heavy and I get goose bumps. I HONESTLY never in a million years thought it would be possible to love anything like this.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
*Favor ideas...My sister in law made white chocolate ducks for everyone to take home and our family friend made cinnamon buns (like buns in the oven) and there was a note attached to each one that said she had made a donation to Room at the Inn (a place where single pregnant mothers can go) in honor of me. Really cute idea.
*Games I loved were trying to guess the size of the baby and the day he would be born. I did not want to do the poopie diaper guessing game with candy bars. YUCK! Also, no measuring the belly for me. I knew I was huge and didn't need to be reminded!
*Both my cakes were designed to go with the invites. So cute.
One of my girlfriends needs to get pregnant soon so I can throw her shower. These are some of the pictures I have stolen from the Internet (The Bump.com) to get ideas for a shower. I would love to rent a big white tent for the backyard and do it there. Since, I have gotten so accustomed to doing things for a boy...here are some of the pictures I found for a shower given for someone having one.
Isn't this the cutest cake/cupcake tower?
Love these tea light chandeliers to hang from a tent.
Love this invitation
The whole turquoise theme.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
This week I am participating in "What Would Your Child Say Wednesday" brought to us by...Family American Style. This week my story is short and sweet. Aidan and I had been running errands this week and the time got away from me. I know this happens to you ALL. It was two o'clock before I realized that we hadn't had lunch. I decided to stop off at Chick Fil A and grab some chicken nuggets and allow Aidan to play on the play set. We were in line ordering and I noticed Aidan wasn't standing beside me anymore. I frantically looked around and came to the realization that Aidan was walking from table to table saying "hungwee". I almost died. People were looking at me like "feed this kid before he takes our food from our hands". One lady actually gave him one of her fries. I ended up ordering him extra nuggets and he ate them ALL!!! Thanks for reading!!!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Folly Beach, SC is a beach town right outside of Charleston. It's the best of both worlds because the city is 20 minutes away from the beach but when you are at the beach, you would NEVER know the city existed. Folly Beach is probably the most laid back beach in the Charleston area. That's another reason why we love it. I don't want to have to be dolled up to make a trip to the beach (this doesn't include my pearls because I don't go anywhere without them). The house there isn't right on the beach it's actually on the marsh. We have a great dock that has a perfect view of the Morris Island lighthouse. There is also a HUGE screened in porch and my mom found the best wicker chairs that just eat you up. We have had some of the best conversations on that screened in porch. As a matter of fact that was the first place I told Adam I loved him.
Then there's Italy. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Italy. I went once after I graduated high school with a group and we traveled to around 20 cities all over Europe in 32 days. I remember seeing Venice for the first time. It is so much better in real life than in the movies. The history is just amazing. The way the entire city is built on water it beautiful. The people are so rich in their culture. The food is to die for and the shopping is out of this world. I felt the same way the first time I saw the Vatican. Growing up Catholic it was so special to go to my first mass given by the Pope. I was still a teenager but old enough to know this was such a once in a lifetime experience for me. Two years later I returned with my family. We vacationed with another family that we have been friends with for years and we stayed for 3 1/2 weeks. We rented a villa in a tiny town called Pornello (Umbria) and the population of the town was 8 people. 4 of which worked at the Villa we were renting. This was truly the ONCE IN A LIFETIME trip. My dad pulled out all the stops and it's a trip I'll never forget. We visited Rome , Venice, Florence, Deruta (famous for their pottery), Perugia , Assisi and the list goes on. It was a dream vacation and I am thankful I was able to experience such culture. My family hopes to be able to get Adam over there one of these days. It's like nothing you've ever seen.
This is the link to the villa we rented in Pornello. I don't have any pictures from that trip on my computer because we weren't using digital then and they are all on film. If I get a chance to scan some of them, I will. They are great!
Some pictures of Massachusetts:
Trees in the fall in Massachusetts...Fall is gorgeous there!
This was my Nana's house. You have to know, we were from VERY small towns in Mass. outside of Boston. It wasn't this color when she lived there and she had gorgeous landscaping.
This is the inside of a apple farm barn (say that three times fast) we used to walk to from our house when we were kids. Adam loved the Carmel apples they make last time we were there. It will be so cool to take Aidan one of these days.
This was my childhood home. Minus the front porch, garage, and tacky lamp post in the front. As a matter of fact, our driveway wasn't even where this one is. One thing that stayed the same...the color!
Our names in the sand at Folly Beach
Sunset at Folly.
The view from our dock.
As usual my pictures are all out of order, but this goes with my Massachusetts pictures. Except these are pictures of Maine. Kind of cheating but part of that vacation. This is a great little fishing village in Maine.
When we were younger, we had a house in Maine and when we wanted to go to the beach, my mom and dad would put my brothers and I in a blow up raft with all of our beach stuff and they would swim across this saltwater river to the bridge you can barely see in the dunes to get to the beach. Never would I ever do that.
This is a picture the chairs we have on our screened in porch. Except ours are magenta with black and white polka dot cushions. Your butt just sinks right in and we have the best ottomans to match. Makes me wish I was there right now!
Sorry for being all over the place on this post. Thanks for stopping by!!! Can't wait to see your posts!!!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
On a better note yesterday we had a great day with our friends Mike and his son Ryland and Mike's girlfriend Chelsea. We headed to the local park to have a picnic lunch and feed the ducks (my worst nightmare). After lunch I suggested we drive over to another local park where there is a spray ground for the boys to play in since it was hotter than Haiti's outside yesterday. I am proud to announce...I ACTUALLY TOOK SOME PICTURES!!!!