December 31, 2014

Christmas Festivities | Part 4 | 2014

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the coolest 2 year old i know (feeling a little under the weather)
brown paper + hand stamped
Amos' footprint | 3 weeks old
Solomon's footprint | 3 weeks old 
stealing snuggles from my sick (& sleepy) boy 
wise men soul train 

December 30, 2014

Christmas festivities | Part 3 | 2014

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snuggled in watching Polar Express 
Papa & Moose chatting with Susan 
Papa & Mimi + their grand babies
daddy & Solly Sol
Gabe being documented while documenting
Mikey & Grandmother discussing important life things (more to come...)
Sweet smiles for Mimi
delicious pumpkin cake from Buttercream Bakehouse 

December 29, 2014

Christmast festivities | Part 2 | 2014

Christmas with mom & the Richards crew 

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mom & Solomon 
Haley & Solomon 
my (biggest) boy & me <3 nbsp="" p="">
all of the grand-girls
Sly & Amos checkin' our their new tool sets 

December 26, 2014

sleepover shenanigans

1st annual friend Christmas sleepover

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The weekend before Christmas included a very special 1st annual friend sleepover at Ben & Emily's house. We had 12 adults, 4.5 kiddos, and 1 puppy under 1 roof. We had handmade (or homemade?!) Photo Booth props (stole this idea), homemade pizza, cookies / sweets galore (good thing we all brought our stretchy pants), Cards Against Humanity (my new favorite game. ever.), late night chats about life & breaky together before church on Sunday. 

December 24, 2014

month three | solomon

Happy three months to you, my sweet Solomon! You're such a happy boy - you smile all the stinking' time and you're laughing some too. I frequently find myself jumpin' around actin like a crazy woman trying to get a laugh from you. On the flip side, you have the cutest cry-face I've ever seen...your sweet bottom lip pokes out and it secretly makes my heart smile a little. You're still sleeping like a rockstar. Thank you, sweet child. And, you're growing like a daggum weed, which is always bittersweet. We've packed up your newborn & 0-3 month sized clothes  and have moved on to bigger and better things. (: I can't wait to see what you weigh and how long you are at your next check up. You added North Carolina to your "state list" in November when we spent the weekend after Thanksgiving in Highlands with Mimi, Papa, DP, Mere & Melbug. People ask how you're similar to / different from Amos at this age ... I tell them that you're just sweet Solomon. Amos is still loving being your big brother - he kisses you and tells you, "It's OK, Solly Sol" whenever you cry. You're going to be the very best of friends! 


December 22, 2014

Christmas Festivities | Part 1 | 2014

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We started our Christmas celebrations this year with the Williams gathering (Mike's mom's side). We enjoyed catching up over brunch, opening gifts from Gram and a little game of dirty Santa. 'Most & Papa had a quick sit in the hot tub before ending the day with a nap ... those two (: 

December 12, 2014

Christmas Cheer

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Solomon all bundled up & ready to go
Mikey fluffing the tree 
...and hanging "ormanents" with care
one of my very favorites - from Crave Studio
all snuggled in
4 stockings for 2014
one of the most special i own 


December 4, 2014

tree hunting

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On our way home from Highlands we stopped at a Christmas tree farm .. Mikey and I decided to go back to Elves Tree Farm (not too far from our house) where we found our Carolina Sapphire Cypress last year in hopes of finding another. But, the rest of the Martins didn't walk away empty handed! Melbug and Mimi & Papa came home with their perfect trees!  And, Amos loved walking up and down the "he-uls" and weaving in and out of the rows of trees. 

December 3, 2014

Highlands, NC

After Thanksgiving the Martin / Johnsen crew loaded up and headed to Highlands, NC for a long weekend of relaxing, eating good food, watching the Clemson V Carolina game, shopping and catching up. Mimi & Papa, this is always one of our favorite trips...thank you so much for this weekend!

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mikey & mimi 
me & my two little turkeys 
sleepy moose
sleepy daddy-o & solly sol (he doesn't sleep in the bed with us..he just took my place after I woke up!)
coffee for days...
amos and his "very best friend" drinking OJ from a spoon
vintage ornaments adorned the tree at the Highlands Inn