Monday, January 26, 2015

Little Charles man update

I've been so bad about blogging.  We have just been working hard and playing with our sweet boy. Even though I haven't been sharing them, I have taken a weekly pic of Charles to put in a book.  Here are a few from January.

41 Weeks

42 Weeks (he loves sucking his thumb while holding his blabla)

43 Weeks

44 Weeks

Can't believe he is 10 months and before we know it we will be celebrating his first birthday!!  As you can see, his two front teeth are coming in.  He's been officially walking (20+ steps in a row) the last few weeks -- I was not ready for this!



Back with some project updates soon.
XO,
Whit

Friday, December 12, 2014

Brass Tinkering

I got my buffet a few years ago for a price I won't even tell you.  I'm serious, it was that good.  I still love it - great shape, size and wood grain, but sometimes I lust after styles a bit dressier.

Like the one I blogged about from Caroline's bridesmaid luncheon.  I mean...I drooled over this piece of furniture.  I adore the brass and inlaid details of this piece.

As a refresh here is mine.  

I started thinking one of the characteristics I loved about the sideboards I was pining after was their beautiful brass hardware, so I did some web browsing and bit the bullet on some new lion pulls for my buffet.  I am loving it!!




I purchased 2 large lion pulls and 4 smaller lion pulls - all for about $70.  Much less than a new sideboard!

In other news, I'm still mad at myself for not buying this barcart ($129!!!!!) I spotted it at Homegoods last Saturday night.  After dreaming about it (literally), I rushed over as quickly as possible on Sunday morning.  I parked quickly and felt myself practically running through the automatic doors and down the aisles.  It was gone.  My heart sank.  I literally almost shed a tear.  I then proceeded to call all the Homegoods in Raleigh, Charlotte (mom volunteered to pick it up) and Richmond (sister volunteered to pick it up), to no avail. Lesson learned - buy it the second you truly consider something at Homegoods and you can always return it.  I have no real spot for this barcart, but it was such a beauty and such a steal!  Would have been fun for parties on my screen porch and patio.  I'll keep hunting!  Raleigh peeps- if you see it again, please buy it for me and I'll pay you a finders fee.

Charles has taken to crawling in the powder room and tinkering in there - he tries to flush the toilet and open the cabinets under the sink...can't take my eye off this little sweetie!  We are taking him to meet Santa tomorrow at RCC.  I'm guessing he will try and yank his beard, but be mostly uninterested.

XO,
Whit

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Charles is baptized!

Almost two weeks ago, Charles was finally baptized.  He was so big he could have eaten the other two young babies.  He was "chatting" during the prayer, was happy during the actual sprinkling and then was screaming in the arms of the minister by the time he reached the end of the very long aisle at our church.  He cried the entire way back down that aisle until he reached my arms.  Sweet little guy! It was Thanksgiving Sunday, but we hosted a few close family and friends (ones that were in town) at our house for a casual southern lunch following the church service.



My sisters took some illegal pictures in church.  Oops...they didn't know.


 The sweet baby afterwards




And this is reality.  The majority of my pictures look more like this...

The kid is all boy


Lunch
These Etsy cake toppers were so festive and Courtney was nice enough to expedite over Thanksgiving weekend since I procrastinated on this entire lunch.


I tried to keep it really easy and used paper plates with gold chargers.  Luckily it was a gorgeous 60+ degree day, so we could seat people outside on the screen porch and patio.


I asked my dad to read the same blessing that my grandfather (Charles' namesake) read at my baptism.  So special to me.

Maternal Grandparents


Paternal Grandparents





Olivia has officially lost her mind...



Somehow I didn't get a picture of my sister and brother-in-law, so here's one of them from Thanksgiving.  Thanks for coming!

One more of our little ham

Charles, I hope God blesses you and that you use the talents He's blessed you with for the good of others.  I pray God blesses your father and I to always be the best and most Christian parents we can possibly be and to guide you to be a Godly man.  We love you so much and are so proud of you today and always.

XO,
Whit

Monday, December 1, 2014

A tale of a pair of pineapples

My mother-in-law bought these pineapples at the Furbish sale last October (same time I bought Charles' changing table) and they'd been stored in our garage (hiding from my father-in-law?) ever since.  I convinced Jean to give them to Josh for a birthday present this year.  He actually really likes them! I finally decided to paint them the same gray as our shutters (Benjamin Moore Timber Wolf) back in October and we are enjoying them in the front.  Not that I didn't like the pink, but doesn't exactly go with my monochromatic, traditional vibe out front.  






Pics from Charles' baptism and a few other projects to come soon!

XO,
Whit

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Quintessential Fall Ladies Luncheon (Carrie's Bridal Lunch)

I have to hand it to my mom, her friends ("the bank girls") and Caroline's dear friend Courtney for hosting one of the loveliest bridal luncheons I've ever attended.  Courtney's home is something out of House Beautiful and was the perfect setting to kick off the festivities for the sweet bride.
Aren't those two gray built in china cabinets to die for?



The white pumpkins were hollowed out and then planted with a variety of flowers, herbs and other greenery.  They raffled them off at the end (I was a lucky winner!).  The perfect centerpiece for a fall gathering.  I loved how they added some height by placing them on mercury glass pedestals.

Caramel Apple Sangria ~ such a nice festive change from the standard ladies luncheon libations (working to get the recipe)



The bride & her matron-of-honor.  Sister, sister

Some of the Myers Park High School ladies

Such a dear and beautiful friend of mine!  Our moms have known each other since high school and Caroline is truly a lifelong friend.  Isn't she adorable?




Pumpkin Soup & Sour Cream Muffins

Orange Cashew Salad, Cranberry Pork Tenderloin and Company Potatoes.  I'll try to snag some of the other recipes.  This lunch was so incredibly delicious - could be a great meal to serve during the holidays.

Caramel Apple Mousse Cake

This sideboard and lamps were so stunning!  

Whit & Britt

The lady of the house & the bride

The hostesses, MOB & bride

MOB & MOG

Love you, mom!  Y'all really outdid yourselves.  We joked my mom would be depressed now that all her party planning for the year has come to a close - Bailey's wedding, Choddee's 90th and Caroline's luncheon have had her busy.  She now officially has enough supplies to have a small party planning / catering business. :)  I need to enlist her to help me with Charles' baptism lunch as her next project.

More to come from Caroline & Heath's wonderful weekend...  

XO,
Whit