Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Big Brother Status

Baby Renner #2 is coming January 31st (ish), 2017!
We can hardly contain our joy and are so very thankful for this new blessing.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Because some days are like that...

Some days...I wake up with tiny toes in my face.

Some days...I let my child run around wearing only his diaper because well...less laundry to do later.

Some days...I make a spectacle of myself trying to get my child to eat something. Anything.

Some days...I don't get out of my pajamas or shower.

Some days...I just give in and nap with my child.

Some days...I'm on my phone too much. I think it's my way of feeling connected to the outside world, but it is something I always feel guilty about and I'm setting some boundaries on for myself.

Some days...I try to plan out our entire day and then that blows up in my face.

Some days...you can't see the rug in my family room because it is covered in a sea of Hot Wheel cars and trucks.

Some days...I look at my phone and realize we watched Elmo's Brushy Brush video 50+ times that day. And I actually enjoyed it each time. Whoa.

Some days...I have to go in to work and I spend my lunch scrolling through pictures and videos of my little guy and then I wish I was home with him.

Some days...I put way too much "Mom attire" in my online shopping cart. Oops.

Some days...I look in my child's closet and tear up thinking about having to clear out the closet of his next set of too small clothes.

Some days...Let's be real here, everyday, I pee with another set of eyes watching me.

Some days...An outing to Starbucks can turn my whole day's outlook around.

Some days...I look into my little guy's eyes and feel a love run through me so deeply that I would do anything to protect him.

Some days...we watch too much PBSKids because some days are just tough like that.

Some days...I feel like an amazing Mama and we go to the splashpark, have a picnic, eat ice cream, then I come home and do laundry, cook dinner, etc. But that is only some days.

Some days...I spend nap time feeling proud that I am making healthy foods that I just know my little guy will love, only to have him spit them out or throw them on the ground at mealtime.

Some days are hard, some days are just plain hilarious, some days are frustrating, some days are completely and utterly exhausting, but everyday I am thankful to be a Mama to my sweet boy who is growing up way too fast.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Roaming the streets of Charleston {3 Stops to Make}

While in South Carolina we had to make Charleston a priority. We took a day trip in to Charleston and wanted to see as much as we could on foot. So today I'm sharing 3 stops I recommend making while roaming the streets of Charleston...

1. Waterfront Park: Home of the Pineapple Fountain.
This is a great spot to stop especially on a hot day. You can often see dolphins on the water from here and there is a little splash park too that's great for kids! Of course you have to get a picture of yourself in front of the adorable pineapple fountain as well.

2. Husk Restaurant: Real Southern Food
There is a saying at Husk about the food that they use to cook with, "If it doesn't come from the South, it doesn't come in the door." So if you want a true southern dining experience, eat here. The menu is ever changing so I can't tell you what to get, but I'm sure anything you get will be delicious. I also loved the building. The complex dates back to the 19th century so it has a historic feel to it.

3. Rainbow Row: Home of the most adorable colored pastel houses
When you walk around Charleston, you can just feel the history. The cobblestone paths, arches and architecture all make you feel like you should be back in time. I loved it. So even if you don't have a lot of time to spend in Charleston I highly recommend making time to simply walk around the streets and admire the houses. (Having some ice cream in hand as you walk doesn't hurt a bit either.) Rainbow Row is the perfect place to do just soak in the sights. So many adorable houses in all the pastel colors your heart can imagine. I could've taken hundreds of pictures...everything is just so instagram worthy. Haha.

If we would've had more time in Charleston I would've loved to also visit...
The Battery
Sugar Bakeshop
The Gin Joint
Poogan's Porch
Folly Beach

Another fun Southern stop to make just outside of Charleston is a Plantation! We visited Magnolia Plantation. You can read about my experience there in this post.

Do you have any favorite spots in Charleston?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

4th of July SNAPS

Our 4th of July was pretty low key. It was a rainy weekend here in Ohio, but we managed to get in a classic 4th of July family cookout complete with delicious food, patriotic clothes and sparklers. Here are a few of my favorite snaps from our celebration of the amazing country we live in.