Snow Storms and Sandy Beaches

March gave us the most beautiful snowfall of the season as well as respite from the wintry, cold temperatures. It was quite a unique thing to experience the magic of a winter wonderland followed a few weeks later by some of the best weather we’ve had on our spring break to date. Not to mention — both occasions were made even more fun through the eyes of Charlotte.

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Charlotte’s first snowman.

Ryan takes his snowman building very seriously.

Ryan takes his snowman building very seriously.

Pretty dapper!

Pretty dapper!

Snow much fun!

Snow much fun!

Beach babe.

Beach babe.

Beach + buckets = paradise.

Beach + buckets = paradise.

Working hard on a big project.

Working hard on a big project.

C-H-A-R-L-O-T-T-E

C-H-A-R-L-O-T-T-E

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Goofing around with Granddad.

Goofing around with Granddad.

BFFs.

BFFs.

Learning valuable life lessons.

Learning valuable life lessons.

Christmas 2014

We spent the first half of our Christmas break with my family, and the second half of Christmas with Ryan’s family. However, we were able to sneak away to our house late Christmas Eve for our first ever Christmas morning as a family of three. It was such a sweet, quiet morning, and I can’t wait to make this a tradition through the years.

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First Christmas at our house.

First Christmas at our house.

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Just call us the Griswolds. We threw two Christmas parties on Tuesday and Wednesday and attended another on Thursday the week before Christmas. Shew!

Just call us the Griswolds. We threw two Christmas parties on Tuesday and Wednesday and attended another on Thursday the week before Christmas. Shew!

Christmas Eve communion with my family.

Christmas Eve communion with my family.

Christmas morning with Little Bit!

Christmas morning with Little Bit!

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Christmas goofball!

Christmas goofball!

The Par-tay.

So Charlotte turned two in November, and while I’ve neglected to post about her birthday party, that doesn’t mean we didn’t throw a super, awesome tacos for TWO birthday party. Because we did.

Unfortunately for Charlotte, every year, she will most likely share her birthday with Monon, which means her parents will devote their Saturday to GCBs and catching up with old friends and not at a party meant solely for her. But we made up for that on Sunday night with her family and close friends.

This year, Charlotte seemed to grasp the concept of the birthday party: unlimited food, cupcakes and presents. And needless to say, she can’t wait to turn three.

Presents with Mama and Daddy on Charlotte's actual birthday.

Presents with Mama and Daddy on Charlotte’s actual birthday.

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Small children eating together at a table is the most adorable thing ever.

Small children eating together at a table is the most adorable thing ever.

Make a wish!

Make a wish!

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Naturally, she's very concerned about the other children playing with her new toys.

Naturally, she’s very concerned about the other children playing with her new toys.

The Aunties setting up her dollhouse.

The Aunties setting up her dollhouse.

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With Nana and Poppy.

With Nana and Poppy.

Jack and Charlotte experienced their most epic showdown over the balloons. It was a great way to end the night -- the sounds of murder in our living room.

Jack and Charlotte experienced their most epic showdown over the balloons. It was a great way to end the night — the sounds of murder in our living room.

Charlotte’s TWO!

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Charlotte,

Our sweet girl, how can this be?! No matter how diligent we try to be in savoring the time with you, it just goes by too quickly. But honestly, I love you growing up and growing older.

Every day, you are a little bit smarter, a little bit funnier, a little bit more independent. There are times when you say or do something and we ask each other, “Did you teach her that?” To which the response is usually, “No, I don’t know where she got that.” You are truly your own person, and we’re quite enamored with who you are becoming.

Everyone thinks they’re child is the smartest, but Charlotte girl, you are brilliant. You talk conversationally now, work hard to try and figure how things work and fit together, and learn new tasks in a matter of a few tries.

You are also EXTREMELY nurturing. You take care of all of your little babies and stuffed animals, pretending to change their diapers, feed them and sing them to sleep. In addition to caring for your stuffed animals and baby dolls, you also try to soothe us. There have been several times where you’ve rubbed our backs and said, “It’s ok, sweetheart.” Yes, it melts me every time.

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Finally, you’re starting to “express your independence.” Which is fine, but it’s also trying on us too. Sometimes, you are very adamant about getting your own way, but you welcome time out like a champ. Afterwards, you always greet us with a hug and say, “It’s so good to see you again.” Obviously, it’s hard to be upset with the way you treated us before time out with a remorseful attitude like that.

We can’t wait to see what the next few months and year bring for you, peanut girl! You’re the best!

Love always,
Mom and Dad

Weight: 23 lbs
Height: 34 in
Clothing size: 2T

Charlotte Likes: Grocery shopping, visiting the bookstore or library, playing make believe, reading, singing, taking care of her babies and visiting friends and family.

Charlotte Dislikes: Being told “no” and potty training (kind of).

Firsts: Halloween, family vacation with just the three of us and potty training.

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Diapers: Obviously, we have moved on from diapers to undies. We used the three-day bootcamp method, and while things seemed hopeless at first, Charlotte did great starting the night of the second day. We’ve definitely had our share of regression, but we’re all learning to cope with this new aspect of life. Charlotte wears undies the entire time she’s awake and pull-ups or diapers during nap time and nighttime.

Sleep: Charlotte is still sleeping roughly 12 hours a night, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. She also naps about 2 to 3 hours a day each afternoon (yay!).

Feed: For the most part, Charlotte still eats what we do. More and more though, we’ll fix her a plate and then have to scavenge for something else. Still, she’s a pretty non-picky eater.

Talk: Like I mentioned earlier, Charlotte speaks pretty conversationally now. She remembers things that we tell her and can recall them after a nap or nighttime sleep. She’s also singing a lot more and knows at least 10 songs for the most part.

We love you more and more every day, Charlotte!

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Trick or Treat — or Silently Glare at Adults on their Doorsteps

This year, Charlotte celebrated her first official Halloween, meaning we went to great lengths to fashion her costume and spent hours going door to door in our neighborhood collecting candy. Ok, that was a trick…because it’s a lie.

I’m not super big on Halloween, and while Mom-guilt prodded me to search and attempt to craft a costume, my husband’s wise ways won out (thank goodness). Rather than go crazy making a costume that probably wouldn’t turn out so great, he suggested we recycle Charlotte’s flower girl dress from Josh and Jessica’s wedding. We also had a pair of fairy wings and a coordinating wand in our costume drawer so we just stuck those on her and voila!

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Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t very cooperative that night. Most of the night it rained hard, and the air was chilly. So we opted to drive to a friend’s house, and then hit three houses in our neighborhood.

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We geared Charlotte up with lots of “trick or treat” practice, but when it came time to actually perform, she just glared at whoever opened the door. Good thing she’s cute, right? I think we made a few older ladies’ nights bringing Charlotte to their door.

Hopefully next year is better, but either way, watching her enjoy getting dressed up and eating her candy at home later was quite the treat.

Oh, the Places We Go — Wedding Edition (Nashville)

Finally, we finished up our travels in Nashville, Tennessee for Josh and Jessica’s wedding. Though we didn’t get to sightsee a whole lot with all of the festivities, we did have our share of fun. Plus, we got to be a part of a really beautiful wedding ceremony for two people who just really love the Lord, their families and one another.

Boy facials at the Bachelor Party.

Boy facials at the Bachelor Party.

Whiskey tasting.

Whiskey tasting.

The King of Selfies.

The King of Selfies.

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The Partay.

The Partay.

The couple that cliff jumps together, stays together.

The couple that cliff jumps together, stays together.

Boating on Percy Priest Lake.

Boating on Percy Priest Lake.

The Rehearsal Dinner

The Rehearsal Dinner

With the beautiful flower girl.

With the beautiful flower girl.

Can it get any more Tennessee than this?!

Can it get any more Tennessee than this?!

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The Best Man

The Best Man

First Dance

First Dance

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Sleepy Flower Girl

Sleepy Flower Girl

Mother and Son Dance

Mother and Son Dance

Amazing night for an amazing couple!

Amazing night for an amazing couple!

Oh, the Places We Go (New Orleans)

Most of our time in New Orleans was spent eating. I don’t know of a better place to eat in this country, honestly. From po’ boys to chargrilled oysters, we had our fill of the culinary delights of this city.

We also visited the zoo, aquarium, Garden District and French Quarter, in addition to a few day trips to the beach in Mississippi and Oak Alley Plantation.

Fun at the Aquarium.

Fun at the Aquarium.

That toddler life.

That toddler life.

Walking around the French Quarter.

Walking around the French Quarter.

Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall

Fun on the Gulf of Mexico

Fun on the Gulf of Mexico

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The beautiful Oak Alley Plantation.

The beautiful Oak Alley Plantation.

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