September 22, 2017

Amos' first day of school

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  Our sweet Amos started preschool last week and has been loving it! We're super fortunate that his school is about an 8 minute walk from our house and the weather has been nice, so we've been able to walk him to / from school just about every day. He really loves his teacher, Mrs. Mandy, and has made sweet friends already. 

One of my favorite things has been chatting on the way home about whatever he's done that day. We talk about who he played on the play ground and what story they read as well as what letter they're working on during writing time. I also love hearing sweet stories from the play ground...so far my favorite: 

"A little three year old girl from the K3 class told me that I'm crazy, but she likes me the best..." (while stating almost in a confessing manner that he wasn't actually being crazy) 

Cheers to new things this year. Mosie, you're a rockstar and I'm so proud of you! 

September 21, 2017

Solomon is THREE!

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For Solly's third birthday we had day of "birthday maximization" as we like to call it 'round here. We started the day with presents: a new glider bike (something you want), a super cool helmet (something you need), the Postman Pat story time book (something to read) & 2 pairs of Toms (new to us / something to wear) + the sweetest gift from Amos, a Paw Patrol figurine set that he thought up all on his own. Immediately after opening gifts, we headed to the Donut Experiment where Solly's donut of choice included pink icing + rainbow sprinkles. Next up, we ventured over to the airport park (our favorite) for a couple of hours so Solly could try out his new glider bike. After lunch at home + a nap for Ez we loaded up and headed to Gravitopia (thanks Groupon!!) ... where we had the place almost to ourselves for an entire hour of jumping, flipping (Solly got the hang of a front flip in the air!), Ninja-Warrior-course-completing fun. And, to top it all off, birthday maximization ended with pizza at MellowMushroom. Oh yea! I almost forgot ... one of my favorite things has been ordering special shirts for the boys on their birthdays! Solly is super indecisive at this age, but we landed on a Moana shirt with Maui (thank you Etsy!). 

Solly Mack Martin, you're so fun. I've loved watching you over this past year fully take on the roll of big brother while fully embracing the roll of little brother. You're such a middle child - you know how to push buttons without actually doing anything (something Mama will never understand, but Daddy gets perfectly). You love Amos and think he hung the moon and you take such good care of Ez, always including him in whatever you're doing (you two have the sweetest bond). 

You (still) love Little Einsteins and Moana. You're super smart & sometimes surprise me with Spanish phrases / counting. You loved the beach this summer and I'm confident will be swimming by next summer. You like to play with Play Dough, water balloons and side walk chalk. You still love sleep dog (more than anything). You're still hilarious and super witty, always making us laugh. And, recently, you've developed quite the sassy attitude (helllooo threeeeee). 

Little buddy of mine, you are such a joy. I love being your mama and watching you grow. You're so fun and smart and funny - I hope you know how much each of us loves you! Happiest third birthday to YOU! 

September 13, 2017

snippets from Litchfield

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We're just back from a week at Litchfield, our last beach week of the year. The weather was a bit chillier than our week at Edisto and it seems as if fall has chased us home. 

The boys slept in the closet again this year and Daddy-O got to stay all week! Amos, Solly & Ez loved the salt water pool and the golf cart (thank you, M!)! Lee's is always a staple and we added Family Kingdom & Ripley's Aquarium this year...both of which were huge hits with our crew! 

I really love watching our boys at the beach. They're wild and free, just as kids should be. They play hard (which means so do we) and love to be on the beach for as long as we'll let them (and as long as it's decently warm). Next summer we'll have another bambino in tow and I can't wait! 

August 30, 2017

Amos Goes to School

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Mosie!! I can't believe you're really going to school! I am so excited for you. You love to learn and already your 4 year old brain is so smart. Daddy and I loved going to meet your teacher and the other kids in your class and seeing your class room with you. I can't wait to see all of the things you learn this year. We'll pray for your day on our walk to school and talk about all the things you did on our walk home. We'll find fun things for show-and-tell and go on all the field trips. Little guy, the world is yours. Keep exploring and learning and filling that super smart brain with all that you can! Mama is so proud of you!





August 29, 2017

edisto family photo shoot

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We had such a fun week with the entire Martin / Johnsen crew at Edisto this year. The boys loved playing with May, splashing in the waves, pushing Daddy & Papa into the surf (at least 100x a day), hunting for shells, and watching the dolphin. We played shag music and had daily happy hour. We took turns cooking meals and sat around the table together nightly. We put on our fancy clothes for family pictures. I think I'll always remember how our boys absolutely loved the beach this year. 


I've loved watching these family pictures grow over the past several years ... & am so excited to have another dinky guy to chase around (//keep from drowning) next summer!