Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Yesterday I posted about our mini vacation we took at the beginning of May. We decided that after leaving Charleston, SC we would make a trip to Virginia Beach to visit Gary's family. We were planning on surprising them but Gary ended up telling his mom while we were on our way there. We only stayed for the weekend but it was fun! We always enjoy our time in Virginia Beach. We relaxed, hung out with family and of course made a trip to the beach. It was also Jax's first time visiting VA Beach and meeting some of Gary's family members! We are planning on going back again this summer. I know Sophia will be so excited to go back!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


(this post has lots of pictures)
During the first week of May (I'm so behind on updating the blog) we took a mini vacation to Charleston, South Carolina. Gary had to go down for work for a couple of days so me and the kids decided to go with him! I had never been to Charleston before and wanted to check it out and I thought it would be fun to go as a family. Gary was busy with work the entire time but me and the kids kept busy and had fun!

I had a lot of plans to explore downtown Charleston but as soon as we got to Charleston the weather was terrible. It literally stormed the entire time we were there except for the first day. As soon as we got to our hotel I packed the kids up and left to find the closest beach. 

We ended up going to Sullivan's Island! It was such a pretty beach and not crowded at all! The only thing that I did not like about the beach that day was it was extremely windy! Jax fell asleep and I put him in his stroller and the stroller was moving because of how strong the wind was. Sophia had a great time though! She wrote her name in the sand, ran from waves, and just enjoyed every minute of it. I say this all the time but she seriously is a little mermaid. 

It was Jax's first time ever to the beach but he ended up sleeping the whole time. He did stay awake long enough for me to take a few pictures. It was also my first time taking the kids to the beach alone. It wasn't too bad. Just felt like a lot to carry. But we did it and had fun

We ended up just hanging out in the hotel room until Gary was done for the day (which was late). The second day we were there was when it rained like crazy. I wanted to do something fun with the kids so I drove us into Charleston and we went to the aquarium. I knew Sophia would enjoy it but didn't think Jax would because he is so little but he actually loved it! He smiled so big and laughed at almost everything. We even watched a 3D movie that he did great through. The movie was probably my favorite part about the day. The movie had side effects that Sophia loved. When it snowed or rained in the movie, it snowed & rained in the theatre too. Jax did amazing during the movie too!

The next day we hung out in the hotel room and packed up because it was Gary's last day of work there. We left around 1PM & headed to our next stop of our little mini vacation - Virginia Beach - which I will post about tomorrow!

Monday, June 29, 2015


Hope everyone had a good weekend! Ours was good. We spent most of the weekend at home just relaxing which was nice. We are trying to be smart with our money so staying home allows us not to spend anything. We sat down the other day and looked at where our money was going and it was on unnecessary things such as eating out. We've decided to try the envelope system and only paying with cash to save so we'll see how this works. My family is all planning on going to the Dominican Republic in Christmas so my goal is to save money for all of us to go with them! 

We have a Family Fun envelope to use as a family so Sunday evening we decided to finally go try Whit's Frozen Custard. They recently opened in Marietta and we have never tried frozen custard so we had to check it out. It was a really cute place! We sat outside and the weather was perfect. The frozen custard was good BUT I'm not really into sweets too much so it was kind of a lot for me. Sophia and Jax loved it though and it was nice to get out of the house as a family!

Now it's Monday and it's just me and the kids at the house. I promised Sophia that we could do one of the activities off of her Summer Bucket List today. I wonder which one she will choose?

Today I'm grateful for a relaxing weekend. I'm grateful for new places to come to our town so we can enjoy them as a family. I'm grateful for another week at home with my babies.

What are you grateful for?

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Good Morning! Hope everyone had a great week! We don't have anything planned this weekend but I'm sure we will find something to get into! The past couple of days have been kind of bleh because of the rain so I'm hoping there is nothing but sunshine for the weekend!

Here is what you might have missed this week on Sophia + Jax:

++ Sophia and I made a Summer Bucket List of all the things she wants to do this summer! I can't wait to do them all. 

++ I finally got around to posting Jax's SIX MONTH update! I'm a little behind because he is now eight months but I will be posting those in the next couple of days. 

++  In June 2011 I took pictures of Sophia at seven months in a rocking chair on my parents front porch. Four years later I decided to take the same pictures of Jax at the same age in the same rocking chair to compare the two. Do you think they look the same?

++ Willow Trees are my absolute favorite tree! My aunt has a beautiful one in her front yard so me and the littles decided to play under one! I love how a tree can bring so many giggles and smiles to Sophia! 

++  Yesterday was my first time linking up to Oh Hey, Friday! where I shared bits + pieces from our week with lots of pictures!