On the last evening we were at the beach, I took the children out to the beach with my trusty iPhone and captured these beautiful photos. Scroll down to see the rest.
My apologies for the photo overload in today’s post!
Both girls became terrific swimmers as the week progressed. They can now both swim across the deep end successfully without any help! You have no idea how helpful this is for me at the pool with all four of them this summer!
Attempting some hula hoop action with one of my nieces.
Still enjoying my J.Crew Cover-Up. Definitely my favorite so far this year.
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Thank goodness the kids were in good spirits when we headed to the beach so I could
get some photos of them.
Loved every single photo! Still having a hard time deciding which ones to order and frame.
When I started this blog over four years ago, I never thought in my wildest dreams I’d still be blogging today. I’d always thought I’d get burned out and had the “well, it was fun while it lasted” kind of mentality. Well, it’s been almost four and half years later and I’m still here!
In the beginning, I never revealed my children’s names because I was kind of afraid to put myself out there. The internet is a pretty broad, open place, and I had no idea what I was doing at the time. What I mean when I say I didn’t know what I was doing: while my childrens’ names were kept hidden, my blog email was (and still is) my entire name. So much for being private, right?
I still haven’t taken a single blogging class, changed from the regular blogger platform or purchased PhotoShop. I’m sure if I did any of those, there’d be benefits, but I’m still digging what I’ve got here. I’m all about simplicity and not trying to complicate things.
It wasn’t until I started getting more followers and more public I kind of liked the fact that their names were kept hidden. Yes, I’m sure with a little research you could probably find out their names on the internet. I was okay with that. If I wasn’t, I would’ve taken down my personal Facebook page. And many of you know that if you’ve ever emailed me inquiring about their names, I’ve always told you.
I’m hoping that with you seeing their faces with their names, you’ll be able to meet them as they are, have a better connection, not just as initials. I mean there are so many of you that I’ve connected with, and know your children’s names, I felt it was only fair that I’d share mine. Finally, right?
First off, the hubs. His name is Lanier. His parents are both from southern Georgia. This is a very familiar name in their family and in that area of Georgia.
Meet Wheeler Beatrice (6 in two days).
Wheeler was my husband’s great-grandmother’s maiden name.
Beatrice was my babysitter’s name, Miss Bea is what we called her. A 74 year old that babysat us six girls. How could I not?
Meet Evelene Virginia, “Effie” (4 1/2).
My mother’s mother (my grandmother) was Maisie Evelene and went by Effie.
Virginia was my husband’s great-grandmother’s name.
Meet Logan Lanier (2 1/2).
My great, great-grandfather’s name was Marcus Logan.
Lanier is my husband’s name.
Meet Vaughn Godwin (19 months).
My dad’s name is Winston Yuvawn. We changed it a little, but wanted to name him after my dad. Another sister had already named her son, Winston.
Godwin is my maiden name.
From now on I’ll be referring to them as their real names, but wanted to explain them to y’all first.
Since Lanier wasn’t able to make it to the beach with us, he was extremely glad to see us when we got home on Saturday. We were so excited to see him too! He had the corn hole boards and good beer in the backyard ready to go!
While playing, I glanced and saw this. Incredible.
I’ve always imagined this as a little glimpse of heaven.
On Sunday, we went and picked up Bojangle’s for Lanier on Father’s Day (his favorite).
While I had a great time hanging out with my dad this past week at the beach, it was great to get home before Father’s Day so we could celebrate it with Lanier too.
We headed over to my inlaw’s neighbors’ pool for most of the day.
My father-in-law launching Wheeler.
I had a reader ask about Effie’s tunic. I got it a few months ago from Old Navy.
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It’s pretty hot here today. Thought this was the perfect thing to wear. I know I wear them all the time but these FRAME Denim Cutoffs are still on sale, $50 off! The softest denim you’ll ever own. For sizing, they run large so order a size down. The necklace is Melvin. These Tory Burch Leticia Sandals go with everything, and are super comfortable. True to size.
The Twiggy Tank is c/o La Senoria Jolie ($34). Receive free shipping when you use LSJ-ACK-FS at checkout.
Hope y’all have a great start to your week! And welcome to the family!