October 14, 2016

pumpkin painting








Earlier this week Moose, Sollah-Roo & Sadie girl painted pumpkins in the name of all that is fall and October. Never mind that it's still in the high 80's here in SC and we're soaking in every fall day that's just an extension of summer. #ihatethecold

I wish..no, no I don't. I was going to say that I wish I had a fun story about taking the boys to a pumpkin patch to let them pick out their very own pumpkins. But, around here, if you go to the pumpkin patch, they're just really over priced. And, it's still 85+ degrees outside, which means that a certain child of mine would have whined the entire time about being hot and having to walk on his own perfectly good two feet. And, after apple picking last week I decided that a store bought pumpkin would be just fine. So, instead, we went to Trader Joe's and picked out $1 tiger pumpkins. They're naturally beautiful little pumpkins and the boys & Sadie think that their paint jobs made them even more beautiful. I agree. 

October 13, 2016

celebrate | lucky number seven


 Y'all!! Mikey & I just celebrated our lucky number seven! Holy cow. Looking back over the past year is exhausting, if I'm honest. We moved a couple of times, added another arrow to our quiver, spent countless hours working on our beloved white house, traveled some, ran a few races, and have gone none stop in all the in between. 

Mikey, I love you. You are my very best friend & there is nobody on the face of the planet I'd rather do this crazy life with. YOU are my biggest adventure. Thank you for loving your people well. Maybe lucky number seven will bring about a season of rest. Maybe, lucky number 77 will...who knows? If we don't get rest until then, remember that our cups are overflowing. Keep me safe mister & I'll keep you wild. I promise. 


October 7, 2016

apple picking + baking















Last Tuesday we loaded up the #martinbandofbrothers + Sadie girl, Haley & Honey and headed to Hendersonville to pick apples. Just a heads up - if you want the place to yourselves, go on a Tuesday at the end of September! We had to walk a-ways to get to the good apples, but that was OK. After tromping around the grounds for a while & loading our cart to the brim (we ended up with 32# of apples), we made our way back to the barn for apple cider donuts & apple cider slushies (a-hem, this may have been my reason for wanting to go). 

We came home from the orchard with the kids and they were pooped, so we planned to bake the apples the next day. The boys & I went to Ft. Inn to Honey's house and Haley & I made 2 apple pies + a double batch of applesauce. We've still got tons of apples, so I'm searching for new recipes to make something yummy with them -- please share if you have something that you love! (: 

October 3, 2016

month six | ezra

month six 
|happy half birthday|

Ezra!! Happiest HALF birthday!! (Holy cow!) This picture sums you up, almost to a T. It's just missing that ginormous smile that covers your face most of the day. You're my thumb sucker & monkey toe grabber. You're very good at putting things in your feet to free up your hands. 

You fit right in with your two big brothers who never stop talking by jabbering along with them. And, I think you may be louder than either of them if that's possible (#helpme). I know I say this every month, but boy do you love them. We recently discovered that if we stand in front of the fridge where I have pictures of each of you that you smile and look back and forth between the ones of Amos + mama & Solly + mama. It makes my heart want to explode every single time. I hope that you always love them like you do now. My prayer is that the #martinbandofbrothers is inseparable & that you know what a treasure you have in having two big brothers as best friends. 

You're still sleeping pretty darn well, with the exception of a few nights. And, you LOVE baby food. My hope was to exclusively breast feed you for 6 months, but around 5.5 months you just seemed ready for food, so we gave it a try. Your very favorites are applesauce and cinnamon pear oats, but you eat just about anything I give you (minus sweet potatoes...you gagged). You're also mastering puffs & love to chew on the fat pretzel sticks (we're careful with these because they'll get soggy and break off). You're going to follow in Solomon's footsteps and be an excellent eater of table food as soon as you can, I'm sure.

Daddy-O & I think you're going to be a bruiser. We call you "bulldog" because everyone now & again you just look like a bulldog. Your arms & neck seem super muscular & you just look like you're ready to beat somebody up (is that crazy?). You're definitely built differently than either of your brothers & I can't wait to see how this shakes out when you guys are teenagers. 

Thank you for being such an easy baby. You smile when you wake up and rarely fuss. You're so chill and just go with the flow. You're such a blessing to our rowdy crew & we love you so very much! 


October 2, 2016



reading: People // Garden & Gun // Real Simple (thanks to Cathy)

playing: different Pandora stations depending on what I'm doing  

watching: thinking of starting Poldark 

trying: to get things put away at the white house 

cooking: nothing 

eating: smoothies made by OD 

drinking: coffee


calling: no one 

texting: kayla jean & mere  

pinning: things for the white house // crock pot recipes // fall travel ideas 

planning: (still) our 7 year anni trip!! whoooohoooooo! 


crafting:  Rust & Stardust necklaces & earrings...we just finished our largest order ever & are working on the 2nd! 

doing: laundry

going: to take the boys to Clemson's homecoming! (they usually go with Dad, Ria & Marcos) 

loving: running again 

hating: that we aren't (living) in the white house yet. do not even get me started 

discovering: that hard is not the same as bad 

enjoying: evenings with Mikey again 

hoping: for rain this week 

celebrating: our lucky number 7! (10.03.09) 


smelling: crisp fall air - love having the doors open on Paris Mt. 

thanking: Haley & Honey for keeping the boys so I can train for the Tuna 200 

considering: what a blessing being married to my Mikey for the past 7 years has been & is 

finishing: editing pics for Haley from early this summer (oops) 

starting: to shop for Christmas