Fourth of July Weekend

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays, and I start prepping early with little projects to help welcome Jeff’s family.  This holiday weekend is traditionally spent with them here at the beach.  There’s always golf for the guys, wine for the girls, and our newest tradition of Cards Against Humanity for all once the kiddos are in bed.  Our little people are the best of friends, and as they get older, from the moment they arrive we generally don’t see any of them until they get hungry or unless someone is bleeding.  Which is charming, until someone is actually bleeding.

CousinsThis year we started the festivities with a Pelicans baseball game.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

   We had a wonderful day on the beach on the Fourth of July.  But you won’t be seeing any of that.  My awesome in-laws let Jeff and I sleep in that morning, and then Jeff packed all the beach stuff.  But my camera (and snacks for our kids) did not make it into the bag.  Whhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaa??  But I got over it.  And honestly, it was pretty nice to enjoy the day without the filter of my camera lens.  But to just recap the first part of the day:  There were cute red, white, and blue swimsuits, and there were tons of adorable sandy and sunshine filled moments.  There was an incredible Salute from the Shore with vintage WWII planes and F-16’s from Shaw Air Force Base flying over the coastline, and tons of little kids waving American flags….it was such a cool thing to see.  I borrowed this photo from my friend Kristie Buxton.
Thanks Kristie!
flyover kidsThat evening we attended the Fourth of July celebration at our beach club, which is always a good time.  Tons of people, games and bouncies for the kids, great food and libations for the grown ups.
Once the sun goes down the best fireworks show begins.  This year we were front row.  One of these years I will figure out how to take photographs in the dark….
The last day of our weekend is traditionally spent together at Jeff’s parent’s home in Loris.  Bumpa’s house is set up like a country playground.  Fishing, remote control trucks, a little driving range, tractor rides, hammock swings, and wide open spaces….
We are so grateful to have this time to spend together each year.
Another fun family Fourth of July.  Another summer moment collected.
And many more to come.  Cheers!

TWOty Fruity Birthday Party!

TWOty Fruity Party
1. Paper Lane Design Invitation  2. Pure Paper NY Fruit Garland  3. Polka Dot Balloons  4. Modern Lola Paper Plate  5. Modern Lola Paper Cup  6. Modern Lola Pineapple Napkin  7. Cake Inspiration via  8. Parkside Paper + Gift Fruit Straws  9. Pineapple Cup  10. EWMcCall Fruit Dress  11. Jelly Bean Kids Tablecloth  12. Fruit Shaped Cookies (similar)  13. Mini Melissa Furadinha Shoes  14. Fruit Inspired Mini Hats (DIY)  15. Pink Strawberry Pinata (DIY)

I know this little girl named Sara who is turning two at the end of June.  Her mother Teah is the first Myrtle Beach friend I ever made.  We met before we got married, before we were even engaged, before I even moved here.  She was my touchstone, my partner in crime in this town (besides Jeff).  We have done it all together, and her HUGE extended family has adopted Jeff, the kids and myself as their own.  Teah asked me to help her pull together some ideas and products for Sara’s….get this….TWOti Fruity birthday party.  Well, with that adorable idea and for my oldest and dearest MB girlfriend…of course I’m all in!

There are so many fun ideas to be inspired from with this theme! It is perfect for summer, it’s fresh and bright, and sweet just like Sara.  I’m freaking out over the Mini Melissa Furadinha shoes.  They smell like fruit yall, and if that weren’t enough to push me right over the edge, they wipe clean. I’m bummed that they only come in toddler sizes, or R would have them for sure!  There are tons of party products on the market for this idea, and even more adorable DIY projects.  It’s a real opportunity to get super creative.

And some stuff is even for the grown ups…thank you Jenn at Endlessly Inspired.
Don’t mind if I do…..


Happy party planning Teah!  I hope this gets your creative “juices” flowing….baaaahaaaaa.
Juices.  I crack myself up.


Our daughter missed the cut off for kindergarten because of her birth date.  So even though she turned five, she remained in preschool for another year.  (If you could see me right now, my arms are raised and I’m woo-hoo’ing….the extension of her time in preschool was like a big birthday and Christmas present rolled into one for me.)  I have had a bit a lot of anxiety associated to this time of her (our) life ending….and I’ve pinned it down as to exactly why I was so anxious.  In most cases in my parenting so far, developments which marked her growing up have come gradually, with windows of time to accomplish each milestone.  For example, rolling over, walking, potty training, first lost tooth…..all of these milestones were accomplished by her without pressure.  Without signifying a real ENDING with a hard date with NO LOOKING BACK.
As the end of her last year of preschool approaches, with her last preschool field trips, with her last preschool summer impending (and also being the shortest summer we have ever had), and with that big circled August 20th glaring at me on the calendar as her first day of elementary school…..I’ve been getting the feeling as though the door to this part of her childhood, the only part I know, is SLAMMING shut.
Mini Golf Field Trip
Then something happened.  She had her first dance recital.
And she was amazing…, so unafraid, so excited, so confident, so prepared.

Recital Photo Package
I woke up the next morning and I was still thrilled that the performance really was so good (at this age it seems that a good performance entails everyone staying on stage the entire time and not freezing in place or crying), and I was excited that she had not only performed so well, but that she stayed to watch the entire recital, completely and totally entranced with the music and the stories being told on stage.  She genuinely enjoys dance.  And I thought about how much she loves swimming, gymnastics, tennis, and recently yoga.  It occurred to me that she has genuine interests…not just lessons I take her to hoping she likes something.  And I thought about how smart she is….she is so thrilled with herself when she shows me her school work and how she beams with pride when she adds and subtracts for me.  And I realized, she is ready.  She is prepared.  And she still has SO MANY FIRSTS left to experience.  So just like that, I felt things shift.  The anxious feeling that went along with all her “lasts” has changed to excitement.  Nervous excitement…but excitement none the less!
So now I look forward to not her last preschool summer, but her first summer of swim team, and her first day of kindergarten, and all the first time’s this new chapter will bring.

Family Post Recital

Easter In Pictures {a LOT of pictures}

Egg Hunting

Baskets 2

Baskets 3

Family 2Tablescape{Hamgate}
HamgateHamgate 2