Sunday, December 4, 2016

closing day | the bargerons are comin' to town.

On Thursday, we pulled into the driveway of a house we've been praying for over the past few months. Earlier that day, we woke up slowly, daydreamed about what the rest of the day would look like, signed a big stack of papers, and somehow managed to not break the speed limit on the way home.

Ahh, home.

It was on this day that the driveway I just mentioned went from being a hope to a reality. A maybe to a definitely. A couple of months prior, we walked out of our first home with no idea of what would come next, and now we were walking through the doors of one of the greatest gifts we'd ever known. It wasn't our timing or our plan, and yet somehow it was perfect. Funny, huh?

We opened the door, breathed in the fresh paint smell, ran our fingers along the new countertops, dug our toes into the gorgeous hardwoods as we walked from room to room, and squeezed each other under the chandelier in our new dining room before we began unloading the truck. We would have been foolish to not pause to be thankful  to God and rejoice that we are starting this new chapter together, so we did just that: we paused.
The rest of the day was full of unloading, brainstorming, organizing and reorganizing, blaring Christmas music, and occasionally just stopping to smile at each other and say "I love you" before moving onto the next thing on our lengthy to-do list. Braxton ran through the house, stomping his tiny feet and shouting out in joy, and we grinned as we watched him get used to this new place that would soon be his haven.

That was what closing day looked like, but today is when the real fun begins. After spending the last few days getting our new house ready for its new family, today is the big day... MOVING DAY! There are still things to be done (and I suppose there always will be), but we've got it as close to "move in ready" as it needs to be before we spend our first night (and many more after that) in our new home.

Y'all say it with me now...EEEEEEEEK!

We will still be hustling to get things done today, including getting a Christmas tree to decorate and tuck our wrapped presents under (double eeeeeek!). This time of year is always the most exciting, and our big move only adds to the magic.

Fountain Inn, it's good to be home.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

twenty-eight years young.

My man is twenty-eight years old today, y'all!

We had our annual fall family pictures taken last weekend, and man, do I love this one (major props to my dear EmilieCarol for snapping it). Wrapped up in his arms while giving him the biggest, realest grin I've got while getting one from him in return is the safest place I know. The best place I know.

This is a particularly special year, because it's the fourteenth birthday I've had the pleasure of celebrating with him. That's right, folks, I've been singing happy birthday to this handsome fella for half of his life! How crazy is that? Time flies when you've got a little one, but it also flies when you're doing life with your best friend...who just so happens to be your life crush, too.

Here's to spending this entire day with the birthday boy, and the next twenty-eight years (and beyond) loving him as whole-heartedly as possible!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

braxton michael | twenty-two months.

This cheesy-smilin', tree-huggin', life-lovin' dude is twenty-two months old today. TWENTY-TWO MONTHS OLD! Dang,y'all. Time flies. I mean, they all tell you that it will, but no one can prepare you for just how fast time really does pass by. Even with the best of intentions, moments get away from us and quickly become memories.

This past month has certainly been one of those "remember to be intentional" months. We've officially been living with Mimi + Pops (TJ's parents) for over a month, and it's been a pretty big adjustment for all three of us. Although we are closer to our community, we now live further from all the local trails, making it harder and less convenient to join our friends in our happy places, and we've been missing our weekly trips to the zoo, too. The chilly weather has put a slight damper on our outside time in general, as well, but we've still been playing at a couple of different parks and going on walks pretty regularly.

Because we've been spending so much time inside and around family lately, Braxton has become quite the show off...in good ways annnnd in bad. Lordy, Lordy. His language continues to boom, and favorite words are currently "no," "truck," "outside," "please," and "cheeeeeeese." That last word has cracked us up on countless occasions recently, because he will scream it out and smile really big if he sees me take a picture of someone/something other than him. We're raising a little model. HA!

We've started to encourage him to pick a few things to pray for when we pray before we eat and at bedtime, and it is the cutest thing; "trucks" and "Mommy Haiti" are his two favorite things to tell Jesus about. Seriously, the cutest! He wants to use his new "teef Elmo" brush ten times a day, and he loves when his Daddy comes home after being a work all day (a personal favorite of mine, too) and sliding down the tallest slides on the playground and asking to watch Pooh on TV (we can blame Daddy for that while Mommy was in Haiti, HA!) and leading our hikes/walks and trying on every pair of shoes he has twenty times a day (kid has a serious shoe fetish) and getting attention from anyone who will look his way and riding in the wrecker and laughing loudly + proudly.

He is growing at the speed of light these days, and we are trying our darndest to keep up with his every step. I don't mind following behind him, because it gives me the best view to see where he is and where he's headed, both literally and figuratively. It really is the biggest honor to be his Mommy. We love our little blondie so much!

This next month will be full of more change and transitions (hopefully), plenty of Thanksgiving food, gearing up for Christmas and all of its excitement, beginning to really plan his second birthday party, and enjoying more of this wild ride called parenthood. So much to be thankful for and to look forward to!
Only two more months before we have a two year-old, y'all. If you need me, I'll be clinging to every single moment that comes my way!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

trick or treat | mr. conductor.

Full hearts, full bellies.

That's what yesterday looked liked for us, and we loved it. Oh, what fun we had walking the streets of our new town with so many familiar faces. The Halterons (Haltiwanger + Bargeron = Halteron...yes, it's totally a thing) took to the pavement for a candy-grabbin', toddler-chasin' evening, and it was (as usual) absolutely, positively wonderful. Braxton and Maddox were crazy excited to go house to house either by foot or in the wagon, and they tickled each other, laughed loud + proud at each other, and made their parents swoon all night. These two have made so many memories together since that first day Maddox came to visit a newborn Braxton at our bungalow, and this one was definitely one to remember. We love how much they love each other! Braxton even went to sleep taking about "Ma-Max" last night. So, so sweet. We got lots of candy, too, which means that daddy and mommy....errr, Braxton...will be eating good for the next few days. I'd say weeks, but that would be a lie. Hehe!

We love this Thomas-obsessed conductor with our whole hearts, and we are so thankful to have the opportunity to show him the world, to celebrate the little things with him, and to shamelessly take way too many pictures of that precious grin.

Never has there ever been a cuter train conductor, I just know it!
We hope your Halloween was full of more treats than tricks, friends!

Monday, October 31, 2016

choo choo!

I didn't think we could ever top last year's Halloween costume that Braxton wore, but I stand corrected. He loves it as much as we do!

Since B loves trucks and trains (like REALLY loves them), we knew that we wanted to incorporate one of those into this holiday. He has been obsessed with Thomas since he got a Thomas push-along toy for his first birthday, and we have accumulated several shirts, pajamas, and toys since then. He always screams out "CHOO! CHOO!" every time he sees that friendly blue face, so when I saw this particular outfit and envisioned him pushing Thomas out in front of him I didn't hesitate to scoop it up. We tried it on for the first time about a week ago, and he smiled and posed on command for about half an hour. He didn't want to take it off he loved it so much!

Tonight, we will be trick-or-treating along Main Street in our new city, and I have no doubt that this little cutie will wear a proud smile all evening. His daddy and mommy will, too!
Happy Halloween from the cutest train conductor on the planet!
We hope you don't run out of steam before the day is over!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

boo in the zoo | our version.

Instead of joining most of Greenville for Boo in the Zoo this year, we decided to hold off until he actually eats candy and understands the concept of dressing up for Halloween. That didn't stop us from taking advantage of the decorations on a Tuesday morning, though! He loved all the Halloween signs, especially anything that resembled a truck, and he did what he does best the whole time we were there: led the way from one exhibit to another. Grandma joined us on this particular outing, and it was a real sweet time of bonding, just the three of us.

We sure have missed our weekly trips to the zoo this past month, but this visit was a good one to start back with. The more we go, the more he loves it. Especially when Grandma comes!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

a pumpkin party.

We carved and painted and admired our pumpkins last Sunday as we fellowshipped over fall comfort foods with dear friends. It doesn't get better than that, folks.

This group is proof that God gives you what you need when you need it. And I'll always be honored to simply sit and be with them.

Always.
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