Wednesday Whereabouts

 
Wheeler turned 7 this past Thursday!  7?!  I still cannot believe I’m a mother to a 7-year-old!  For the past six months she’s been asking us for a bike with no training wheels for her birthday.  We thought she’d be thrilled about her new bike, which she was at first sight, but then after having a trial run she decided to go back to her bike WITH training wheels.  She said she’d learn to ride her new bike with a little more practice.
 On her birthday we told her she could do anything she wanted, and she chose dinner at the pool (with a request for shrimp) and cake and fireworks.
She told us it must be the wind’s birthday too, because it kept trying to blow out her birthday candle.
I think all in all, she had a pretty special birthday!  Here’s to a lucky seventh year, sweet girl!
The night before her birthday, the unthinkable happened in our city.  It kind of put a damper on her birthday because I just kept thinking about the awful tragedy.  But we obviously made the most of her birthday.  I debated whether or not to tell her about what happened, and decided not to.  In her own sweet little world, love is everywhere.  She doesn’t yet know hate.  And I kind of want to keep it like that for as long as I can.  It saddens me to know that one day she’ll inevitably have to learn that it’s out there, but that’s real life.  Sad, but true.  And if she ever talks about the shooting as she gets older, I will be able to tell her about how our amazing city came together and over 10,000 people held hands over this bridge and showed how love conquers hate.  I captured this photo on Sunday night, when the Unity Chain happened.  Makes me so very proud to live here!

Wheeler’s J.Crew Dress (Sold out, but I love this one and it’s on sale with an additional 30% off with code: GOSHOPPING) // Effie’s Dress // Girls’ Saltwater Sandals
On Friday, Lanier came home for lunch and watched the boys while the girls and I headed out for a little shopping and lunch.  The shopping part didn’t last long as it was extremely hot and all we kept thinking was how we wished we were swimming.  But we made the most of it, nonetheless!
So apparently Wheeler got this notion in her head that when she turned 7, she’d get to take the suburban out for a spin and invite a friend to come along with her.  Can you imagine?

One shop we did get to visit was Candy Shop Vintage.  I wanted to check out their Charleston Rice Beads Collection, and while shopping, the girls took advantage of the candy selection.  Win, win.

Aren’t they gorgeous?  I picked up a few of the necklaces to take on our beach trip, but I think I’ll be wearing them long after we’re back from our vacation.

J.Crew Blue Lace Panel Top // Ikat Shorts (on sale!) // Theodosia Camel Bell Necklace (if ordering, tell them you saw me wearing it and they’ll give you 20% off your purchase)
On Sunday, Lanier grilled out and cooked up some barbecue for us to take to the beach.  Logan REALLY wanted to join him outside, but this lasted maybe about five minutes.  Can you tell by his face?  Way too hot for this kiddo!

We fixed that problem quickly with an evening swim!  Smiles all around. // Effie’s Swimsuit

We headed down to the beach on Monday for two weeks.  Excited to pack such fun things!
You can click on the clothing in the photo to shop the pieces.  As for the jewelry, the starfish bracelet was a gift with purchase last month from Lilly Pulitzer, the gold and summer white necklaces are Candy Shop Vintage, the pink necklace is Kendra Scott, the coral shell necklace is Twine & Twig, the blue cross beads is Akola, the large tassel necklace and the blue spiked necklace are both Theodosia Jewelry and the white beaded tassel necklace is Melvin.
As soon as we arrived, we hopped on the boat for a ride.  Vaughn’s favorite!  Can you tell?
Effie found a cool visor that she’s now been wearing for most of the trip.
 Logan and his sandcastles.  No shovels, no buckets, nothing.  The simplest kind of building.  He’ll sit there and work on one for at least 30 minutes.  And when he’s finished, he’ll sit right in that spot and stare at it, until we have to leave.  And when we leave, he cries and keeps looking back at it as we leave the beach, as if it’s the best thing he’s ever created.  “My Sand Castle!  Mama!  My Sand Castle!”  This is the third beach visit in a row that he’s done this.  Every time I tell him I’ll take a photo of it and we’ll build a new one next time, and he’s okay with that answer.
Lunching with their cousin.  Sandy hands and tasty food makes lunch just a little bit crunchier, but they never seem to mind.

Last night, the breeze here was unreal.  So nice to sit and relax outside without the sweltering heat we’ve been experiencing the past few weeks back home.
I hope y’all are having a great week so far!
Happy Wednesday!

3 thoughts on “Wednesday Whereabouts

  1. Your kids may be innocent, but they are sponges. Talk to them about issues before they hear it from someone else. The best thing you can do is teach them about race and how people are different but to love all people. Ignoring issues and pretending things ugly things in the world don't exist actually allow hate to continue to grow. Pick age appropriate books about different cultures in the book store. I think it will be so much better for them in the long run. Just my opinion.

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