Life lately

31 May 2016

Hello, friends! May and June are always two of my busiest months of the year, and 2016 has been no exception. They are usually filled with some of my favorite things, though, so I can’t complain. However, as I commented to my Mom on the phone last week, pretty much all I’ve had time for this month are things I absolutely had to do, with little time for wants – and blogging falls into the latter. (The only reason I got June’s birth story up was because I had already written most of it a few months ago!) To jump back in here, I thought I’d share a little bit about what I’ve been up to.

June started school at the beginning of the month. It has been going really well so far! She always gives me a big smile when I drop her off and pick her up, and her teachers are smitten. We are so grateful for a smooth transition, and that we can afford care we feel so confident in!

John’s parents and Natalie and Joe and their daughter came to visit Mother’s Day weekend, the first time for June to meet Miss Maisie! Our two gals are only about four months apart, so it was a fun peek into what June might be up to by the end of the summer. We had brunch at Lucia in Durham and picked strawberries across the street from our neighborhood!


Week two was my company’s annual team retreat, so John and June accompanied me to The Carolina Inn for a few days. It took some extra effort to get her to school and back, but it was worth it to get in evening snuggles! I also scored some Lake Pajamas, which I was pretty pumped about. I’ve been wearing them around the house ever since; I feel pretty fancy walking around in matched jams.


My Mom arrived at the beginning of week three just in time to accompany June and me to The Greenbrier in West Virginia, a work trip for me. Have y’all even been?? I had done a bunch of research on it beforehand, but it still blew my mind – I think it’s the kind of place you can’t really wrap your head around until you experience it in person. The color and pattern are incredible! We laughed ourselves silly, and it was really fun to have June by my side while I did one of my favorite parts of my job. (Only possible because of my Mom – so thankful for her!!)


My Mom flew home the same day Marget, Seth, and Weston flew in! Two of John’s aunts also drove down for the weekend, and we had fun taking walks, cooking at home, exploring playgrounds, and riding the Pullen Park train. And reading bedtime stories in a tent, as you can see below.


We clocked our final two overnight guests last week, before another big work day for me. We were planning to finish out the month much like we did last year, with a weekend trip to Wilmington and Bald Head Island, but the rain scared us off. (Poor decision – the Triangle ended up getting more rain than the coast!) To console ourselves about the missed beach time, we ate almost every meal out this weekend, including an afternoon tea break at the Honeysuckle Tea House. Little muffin loved the open air seating!


And that’s that! As you can probably imagine, all of these adventures meant I didn’t make a ton of progress on my May goals… but that’s a story for tomorrow! :)

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Kelly Strawberry
May 31, 2016 8:01 am

Love that bottom pic of you and June!

May 31, 2016 10:26 am

Missing you, friends! Love catching up on your family adventures. Much love, Alyssa

May 31, 2016 1:49 pm

Your summertime posts always make me so jealous of all the fun places you have in driving distance! In Texas you can drive to… more of Texas! :)

May 31, 2016 9:52 pm

Those sweet baby cheeks! I could just eat them up! And I agree with Victoria, your summertime posts always make me want to get out and explore! :)

June 2, 2016 7:48 am

So many adventures! I’m so happy to have accompanied you for many of them, especially since it meant I had the distinct pleasure of watching that shot of June on a Greenbrier rug be taken ;) Every picture of her is cuter than the last–it’s so sweet how much of her little personality is showing in her face!

June 2, 2016 6:53 pm

June is just the cutest. :) Chubby baby rolls for days!

June 2, 2016 9:08 pm

@Kelly Strawberry Isn’t she just ridiculous!! I can’t handle it!

June 7, 2016 12:31 pm

Em! I didn’t know you went to the Greenbriar! We used to go there each year as a family when I was growing up. That place is incredible. I can’t wait to go back!