December 11, 2017

month one | oscar fox

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Sitting in our spot rocking, with you lying on my legs, looking at the twinkle lights over mama & daddy’s bed. The snow is pinging against the window & the big(ger) boys are having a Nerf war with daddy just on the other side of the wall. 

You’ve slept most of the day. You’re a happy boy...so easy. I tell people that as number four you have to be. You like it best when your brothers are around. They’re always talking to you & kissing you.  I love how seamlessly they’ve welcomed you to their brotherhood. They've affectionally nicknamed you Oski (we'll see if it sticks). 

You’re so alert. You like to be held upright, so you can see the world around you, I think. You seem to love being talked to & are starting to make good eye contact. You're rarely fuss, unless you’re hungry or need to burp. And, just today (!) you've started smiling in response to me! Be still my heart -- I'd forgotten how utterly precious and sacred those first smiles at me are. 

I’ve loved getting to know you over the past month. Having daddy home has meant extra snuggles & extra time just the two of us while he herds your big brothers. I’m forever grateful. It’s been such a joy to sit in our spot and to get to study your little face & pin backed ears, to sit with your tiny hand wrapped around my finger, to play with your little peanut toes and to stroke your velvety soft head, or, to snuggle you close and listen while you sing in your sleep. I love smooshing you to my chest, rubbing your tiny little soft face against mine & just breathing you in. 


These days, I’m certain, are the very best days.

December 4, 2017

martin band of brothers | december 2017

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And then there were four. The big boys love you, baby Oscar. They kiss you and hold you and fetch things for mama for you frequently. I cannot wait to see what you bring to this rowdy bunch! 

Oscar, I've loved watching the big boys examine and study you. They'll climb onto the couch or the bed and kiss your sweet lips or pat your dark haired head. They think you're pretty special, little dude. 

November 26, 2017

Amos is FIVE!!!!

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Amos! You're FIVE!! One whole hand! Wowzers. I hope that you (always) know how special you are and how proud I am of you. For your birthday this year we celebrated with opening your presents first thing...an army canteen & glider bike (want & (boy did you want it! You asked for one almost every day since Solly got his)) , a camo shirt (wear), Time Magazine Beautiful Phenomena issue (read), new (to us) yellow Converses (need). After opening presents we loaded everyone up for a trip to Gravitopia (thanks again, Groupon!) and then had lunch at Chick Fil A..your pick! You & Solly rode your glider bikes around the drive way all afternoon until it was time for family to arrive for a supper of hotdogs + s'mores & an awesome volcano cake Haley made (it even had lava)!

This year has been a big one for you! We've traveled (you picked up Puerto Rico, Canada & lots of states up the East coast), you started preschool and became a big brother for the third time. You've seemed to really enjoy school and we've enjoyed hearing all about your days. I've loved seeing your heart when you tell us about being kind to kids at school or getting texts from your teacher about what a sweet helper you've been. 

Your favorite thing is volcanoes. You've studied (obsessed over) them for some time now and know so much about them. You can name tons of them, tell us where they are, what kind of volcano they are and give us their history. It's mind blowing, really! You also like Bruno Mars and have recently discovered Queen and David Bowie. Your favorite color is still red and you love to go to Gravitopia. You still love Ba and the hot tub too. You're very much a daddy's boy at this age and want to be where he is, doing what he's doing. 

I  hope that you know how much I love you and love being your mama. You're constantly challenging and stretching me, making me a better mama every day. You're one special little dude, Amos! 

November 21, 2017

Sweet Baby Oscar

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9:16PM
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21" long
...perfect

"For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations." 
Psalm 100:5

October 31, 2017

Happiest, Spookiest Halloween!

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Saturday Honey & I met Pop & Ria on Main St. Fountain Inn to take Bruno Mars, Leo from Little Einsteins, a tool man & a lady bug trick-or-treating "Inn our town." They had a blast walking around, filling their buckets with candy, eating piece after piece...

Wishing you the happiest, spookiest Halloween - from my not-so-scary crew to yours! (: 

October 23, 2017

october

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October has brought about a season of celebrating (as it always does), lots of crafting with the boys, and waiting on baby no. 4. We've slowed down, soaking in our last days as a family of five. We've added homemade soups to our weekly meal rotation, swapped pink carnations for sunflowers (which will forevermore remind me of waiting for baby no. 4) and have filled the house with the scent of apple cider. It's been a season for opened doors and windows, letting the cool fall breeze sift through the house. 

Today it's rainy and I've watched the boys wander past in their pjs and my heart is full and thankful. The only thing that cold make today better is if baby no. 4 decided to join! (: 

October 9, 2017

celebrate | eight

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Last week we celebrated our EIGHTH anniversary, like we always do, with dinner at Stella's just the two of us. It's hard to believe that we've been married now for the better part of a decade (and together for a good bit longer than that)! We've had a year of rest, a year of travel, a year of being together. I'm excited for what's next for us, but this year is something I will forever treasure in my heart. 

Mikey, you're such a stud. I love doing this life alongside you. Thank you for making me feel like a queen...for constantly telling me (and showing me) how special and beautiful I am to you. I couldn't have known eight years ago what our promises would hold, but I am so thankful to still be fighting for each other and to be honoring those promises together. Thank you for choosing me as your bride that day and every day since. All my love, always! 

Keep me safe mister & I'll keep you wild. I promise. 





October 5, 2017

kansas city, the bits & pieces

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things that i'll remember when i look back on this trip:

carrying my 4th(!) baby boy in a new city
late night chats in our own little bungalow
shared plates (always)
all the beignets + coffee + ice cream 
joe's pulled pork + sausage upon arrival in our new city
ubering all over the city
antiquing for days 
talks of babies and future trips 
a 5 year anni dinner 
and always, plans for #girlstrip2018