Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Soaking up summer...

I cannot believe that August is here and summer is almost over.  A) I deserve an award for staying at home ALL day EVERY day with these 2 rascals.  B) I will miss our carefree schedule once school starts, for sure.

Here's a look back at the last few weeks!

We love morning boat trips with grandpa to Jordan Lake.  Merritt stays home because it's just for big girls:)


Thanks to our swim lessons, Emma is making soooo much progress in the water.  She used to be very afraid of getting her head wet (essential for swimming...IMO).  She finally conquered her fears and can't stop going under!!!


I love these times with my dad and Emma...it's a great way to start my weekend!



Fearrington Village has a storytime on Tuesdays that we've gone to a few times.  Emma loves the goats and I love being out there.




On nice afternoons, we may head out for a neighborhood walk so Merritt can get her last cat nap. 


Emma brings her baby along too..


We walked all the way to Food Lion one time.....


We go to the gym 2-3 times a week and the girls do great in childcare.  Emma likes to "workout" too.


We have enjoyed going to the lake 2 hours away also....


and doing backyard pool:)


I've found a secret beach at Jordan Lake that I take the girls to as well.  It's tucked away and secluded and we have the place to ourselves:)




This pop-up from Ikea has been a God-send in the heat - instant shade!



While I'm not exactly "relaxing" on the beach by myself, these girls sure are sweet company!


This smile says it all!!  We are loving the water this summer!!!




Tuesday, August 8, 2017

8 MONTHS!


Merritt turned 8 months old a week ago (eye roll), and we celebrated with a kid-free dinner to Bartaco in Chapel Hill!


It was amazing and I will definitely go again.  And it was so nice to get out on a date!


Merritt is changing so much everyday.  She isn't crawling yet, but can go backwards and is soooo close.  She gets frustrated because she can't quite figure it out.  I am excited for her to hit this milestone, but not excited to be chasing her around everywhere....and childproofing even more!


She is most content outside and loves her little people toys.  She puts everything in her mouth, EXCEPT the puffs I give her.



She's always happy....rarely fusses (unless at night).  The day after her 8 month birthday, she got up 5 times at night (ugh). And I discovered 2 tiny ridges popping through on her bottom gums...which would explain that!  For a week after, she was getting up several times a night......mostly before 2am.  I was one tired mama.  She would nurse back to sleep (I know...prob not the best, but dang it, I need sleep) then wake again 2 hours later until after 2am then she;d sleep longer.  We are blaming it on teething, brain development, almost crawling...and yes, bad sleep associations.  Then last night, I gave her Tylenol (which I've done before....) and she slept until 5:30.  What the heck.  I'll take it, but some consistency would be nice....

Merritt eats 3 solid meals a day - loves veges, fruits, oatmeal.  Dislikes bananas....  She's also mastered water in her straw sippy cup.  Once we learn how to stop comfort nursing to sleep, I'll work on milk/formula in there!  I see some light at the end of the nursing tunnel;)

I feel beyond blessed to have 2 healthy girls...and love seeing them grow!






Monday, July 31, 2017

NC State Champs weekend

This post is long overdue!  Two weekends ago, we were in Statesville, NC for the 2017 NC State Water Ski Championships.  I really haven't been practicing a whole lot, but figured I would go and ski anyway.  This lake is one of my faves, and I hadn't been there in almost 10 years (it had sort of been neglected for a few years and recently brought back to life the past year thanks to the Blair family).  I was nervous about going because we were staying with some friends on Lake Norman, about 30 minutes away, and Merritt hadn't been sleeping great.  I get nervous about travelling with her since we are normally in the same room and it can be chaotic.  I was also going to be without Brent for a day and night because he had to work:(  So I decided to drive down early Saturday instead Friday night....looking back it went fine and I would have gone Friday if I could do it over again.

Emma wasn't into having her picture taken on the way down....Merritt slept most of the way:)  It's only about a 2 hour drive.


When you turn off the highway, it is absolutely gorgeous.  This is Iredell county!


After we got there, and I skied (sorry, no pics!!), I had to take them for a drive to get Merritt to nap again, plus there was a small rain shower coming through.  The goal was for Merritt to nap, but I'll take both girls asleep any day!


The nearest town is Harmony - so quaint and SMALL.  It does have it's own pharmacy though:)


Still asleep....this looks soooooo painful!


I tried to snap photos while driving (not recommended), so none of these do the landscape justice.....but wow, so pretty!



Again....still asleep! 


The banquet was at the lake that evening and I was going to try and head back to the house where we were staying and shower and then come back, but we hit bad traffic on I-77 so I turned around.  It wasn't ideal to not shower, but hey....we are skiers...we are used to it!  They had tents set up, a mechanic bull for the kids, a dunking booth, and other fun stuff!  The Blair's parents own a great BBQ place and catered the whole thing.  It was delicious!  It's called Hog Heaven and they're always at the fair, and travel around the south.



I was a bit shocked that Emma wanted to try the bull...and also relieved that she didn't love it:)




Sweet Miss Jane made sure Merritt was well taken care of!



My second dad....Bill!!


My two favorite guys (over the age of 40!)




I snuck away for a few minutes to feed Merritt...to this view of the lake...not bad at all.


The food was amazing....soooo good!


Emma had a blast running around with her friends!


We stayed at the Blair's house on Lake Norman, about 35 minutes away.  We got there late - after 9pm.  Merritt and Emma weren't in bed until after 10:30, but surprisingly.....both slept through the night.  We woke up to this beautiful view Sunday morning.


and headed downstairs....


Emma wasted no time getting comfortable with a donut and some OJ.


Merritt had her breakfast with this view....


and Emma made short work of the pool (before 9am)


Sunday, I skied twice again and they had awards at the end.  I am beyond proud that I can still participate in this sport.  I am nowhere near as good as I used to, but man....I love doing it.  And I can still compete...I just need more practice:)





Oh...and Brent made it there Sunday to watch me ski and play with the girls.  We had such a good weekend....and I was so happy to have spent it with my family and ski fam!