Happy June, friends! I am so excited for summer this year! We have many fun things on the horizon, including lots of travel. But don’t let me get too ahead of myself. Today I am happy to share a glimpse at some of my favorite moments from May with you.
The first half of our month was very quiet with lots of ordinary at home days for us, which was much appreciated after the whirlwind of travel in April. We celebrated Mother’s Day a couple of times. We enjoyed a lovely brunch at Miramar Bistro the weekend before with family. Don, Charlotte, and I spent the day together just the three of us on Mother’s Day. It was a very relaxed and low key day, which is exactly what this mama wanted. Both celebrations were marked by sweet baby cuddles. Perfection!
Of course, Winnie participated in the non-dining out portions of the day. She’s my little girl, too! I love her little fluffy face so much.
Don and I managed to grab another date night, which is noteworthy as parents who don’t go out often (electively, to be honest). What can I say, we don’t like to be away from our little much but it is fun to go out just the two of us every once in awhile. We’ve settled into our new preferred night out which consists of an early, casual dinner followed by a movie. In an actual movie theater! We saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and both enjoyed it much more than we thought we would. It was actually pretty funny! And we even managed to take a selfie! Date nite win on all accounts!
The highlight of every day of every month, however, always centers around Charlotte. She is the light of my life! Just look at that face! Charlotte got her own mini couch and table set for the family room last month and is obsessed with both. She’s already nailed how to hail a waiter. Check, please!
So, I don’t really have any talent when it comes to photography and I’m sure someone else could have made this photo look much cooler, but I just had to include it here because it was a very special moment for me. I remember looking down at our shoes next to each other on the floor and feeling overcome with gratitude for being blessed by such an amazing little girl. Being a mama is my biggest dream come true and I try to never take it for granted. I find that sometimes it’s these kind of small, seemingly trivial moments like snapping a picture of our shoes that serve up big time sentiments.
I wasn’t going to include anymore cuddle pictures, but this has to be one of my all time favorites of me and my girl. We try to go out to dinner as a family once a week. Eating out with a busy and impatient toddler can be a challenge sometimes but a simple cuddle cures all parenting woes. My love for her is infinitely deep.
Somehow we only managed to get to the Botanic Garden once last month, which is a major oversight on my part. I hope we can go more often over the summer (well, when we’re home, at least!). It’s such an amazingly gorgeous place year round. I love how there’s always something different to see. The late spring flowers were stunning, showcasing vibrant jewel tones. I personally love foliage and this hill-side grove took my breath away with its beauty.
We’ve been spending a lot of time in our own garden lately, an experience which has been enhanced by the introduction of a bubble machine. Amazing! I love watching Charlotte discover and delight in new experiences, both big and small. And I hope to help instill in her an appreciation and respect for the outdoors. I hope we can continue to explore outside with each other for years to come!
My brother and his family drove up from St. Louis for a long weekend visit over Memorial Day. It’s always so much fun to get together. I wish we lived closer but I am grateful we are close enough to see each other every few months at least. We spent Saturday at the Brookfield Zoo. It was our first time taking Charlotte. Her favorite part was the carousel, naturally.
We invited the family over for our first BBQ of the season on Sunday. The weather cleared up just in time so that we could spend the evening out in the yard. I love seeing the cousins interacting with one another!
Don’s sister’s family also joined us for the BBQ. I can’t tell you how fun it is for me to see all of the kids playing together. Another dream realized!
My heart is full as we embark on a new month with summer in our sights. I am so excited for what the coming months bring and can’t wait to share more moments like these with you! I hope you are well and enjoyed a wonderful month filled with great moments, both big and small, with the people you love. Until next time…
See ya real soon! ❤️
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