life of charmings

Thursday, July 21, 2016

leftover bits of summer sweetness from june 2016


...it was june, and the world smelled of roses. 
the sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside. 
[maud hart lovelace]

ps. june, you are my favorite, always!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

summer hours!

last saturday turned out to be sooo beautiful! it started out gray and i was going to be majorly bummed because i was totally in need of a good, classic, summertime farm day. but!! the sun came out and the pool was perfect and the evening was golden as could be.

and gosh, iiiii just love so much that at 6pm you still have an hour to go until golden hour is at its prettiest! summer evenings, you have my whole heart!

a handful of randoms from that eve...


oh, melt me with that gaze, rocco bear!!


just out here doin' one year old stuff, of course.


she is the absolute best. sister. ever.


DONKEEEYS! watching him walk/run with his hands in the air is the highlight of my life these days.


absolutely completes me. <3
[and keeps him from tumbling down the hill!]


m convincing her daddy to do some adventuring with her // rocco is currently completely extra obsessed with his coggin. [that would be "uncle stephen" in 1 year old maddalena language so it stuck!]


PINK! it's my fav-o-rite color.


fluffies reunite!! i miss sophie, but being a farm kitty has been good for her. and for all our stuff. ;)


sunset means lightning bugs and yard yoga with chrissy these days!


...yep, motherhood at its finest...


...buuuuuut when we try to initiate any sort of migration toward the vehicle for night transfer to our designated living space... it never goes all that well!


so we just... dance? [oh man, what a depiction of typical us moves! scary!]


what if we give you chocolate? what if we give you a million dollars?
what if we snuggle? <3 <3 <3


...aaand eventually we head home! well, most of the time, anyway.

oh, summer!!! i love you!!! even if the little bunnies are falling apart by daylight's end. i kinda think that's just how it's supposed to be. :)

ps. rocco's gator onesie is my favorite that he has! i got my linen top from a latest fav online boutique. and m's ralph lauren peasant dress was a steal from thredup!

Monday, July 18, 2016

obsessed: sneakin' in some soul food!


i'm always worrying over whether or not i'm giving each of my little ones enough direct, focused, interactive attention every day... constantly concerned over the balance of productivity and quality time... and i pretty much always end up torn and frazzled and terrified that i'm failing at it all! haha.

aaand then it hits me... time out! do i do this over my time with God? do i prioritize that enough? do i even pause in my day to seek His guidance, or do i go straight to pinterest?! when i'm overwhelmed, it's easy to just keep moving and checking off tasks. i don't have a set "quiet time." and lawdy mercy, i tried just yesterday to go sit in church and really soak it in, but my rocco baby cried the whole time in the nursery, and i just can't go that route every sunday during nap time!

ahhhh... are you there, God? it's me, brittany. ;)

[...oh, hey, judy! please tell me you read that book, too!]

so, there's always a lot to figure out... but i have figured out a few things that help me day to day to get some quick but actually meaningful soul food in! thought i'd share a few!


5 Minutes with Jesus: Peace for Today - apparently this is the second one in sheila walsh's 5 minutes series, and i have not read the first... yet! but oh. my. gosh. i LOVE this little book!!! i received it c/o thomas nelson after getting an email about it and thinking, "5 minutes? I NEED THAT!!!" and truly, i do. the little chapters are hardly 3 pages long, and each ends with applicable scripture... but i've been absolutely shocked at what it has done for me in just 5 minutes. there have been times now where i have opened it up and the chapter that i was on was so specifically what i needed that i straight up cried! it's soooo perfect for moms, or really, anyone who is scattered and busy and pulled at all ends! or anyone who just wants 5 quality minutes with jesus. ;)

She Reads Truth - i've been following their plans online for some time now [added them to my bloglovin' feed and there they are, daily!], and i love them! that way i can read them in bed on my iphone and that's pretty easy for me to keep up with. you can also pick from a whole bunch of plans they have available online, and that's awesome, too. aaand i actually purchased the proverbs study book a couple of months ago [i love proverbs!] and i enjoyed reading through it that way! not to mention, their books are absolutely gorgeous.

journaling Bible - i was totally and completely the student in class who had just as many doodles in the margins of their paper as actual notes. i could. not. help. it! i finally got this beauuuutiful journaling bible with space to be creative in the margins and i so wish i'd had one like this years ago! 

ABC verses for the little ones - yes yes yes, i've posted on this before, but this pre-school age is soooooo absorbent and there is no better time to start verse memorization!! they are so good at it and it's just the sweetest thing to hear those little voices reciting the bible. :) and you do it with them without even realizing!

YouVersion Bible app - we have used this on our iphones for years now! it's the best to have on hand whenever you need it! i love searching for specific topics and highlighting verses i want to save. they have study plans, too... and they have a kids app! for all these sweet, screen-savvy youngens we have on our hands, of course. :)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

charming house peeks: our bright and happy sunroom!



when we were looking at houses to move into, two of our biggest requests were 1. more natural light. gosh, our old house could get so depressing!! and 2. a happy, outdoorsy little place to have coffee in the morning and wine in the evening!

the first house we thought we really wanted had this aaaaMAZING screened-in porch situation right off the master bedroom and we were so bummed when we didn't get that house. looking back, however, it was definitely not the right one for us for a lot of reasons we didn't think about at the time! so, when we looked at this house [ironically just one street over!], we fell in love with the addition they had done of the sunroom! ahhh, yes, a sunroom, of course! what an idea!

it's kind of a perfect space for us. the kids have a lot of room to play on the floor area, it leads right to the deck and the back yard, we use the table to play games, we can sit and sip our wine - just us or with friends - and we can see a lot of the yard for when maddalena wants to romp around out there! plus, if it's too hot or too cold outside, we don't have to feel too trapped indoors. we also have a great view of the little birdies and squirlies that love the neighbors' back yard gardens and the rolling farmland that we so adore across the street!

also much appreciated is the fact that this room has required the very least in updating. we had the trim painted, changed out receptacles, and there are still some things left on our list, of course... but! we loved this room from the beginning. :)


[i'd been looking for the perfect wall clock & recently found ours at michael's! // my favorite planters are from home depot // handmade you are my sunshine throw pillow - which i'm sooo beyond in love with!! - c/o with lavender & grace // coffee + end tables from havertys // antique brass tub from the antique store! i was head over heels when i saw that thing. it's currently hiding some of m's rotating footware ;) // the lamp was also an antique store snag // of course i have a favorite quote on the wall :) // comfy rockers inherited from in-laws, yay!! // oh! and the hello darling doormat i won from sugarboo & co. through my girl sarah's instagram! // and ps. can i just say, the slipcovers on our old sofas drive. me. BANANAS. with their constant need to be tucked and straightened! but for the price, they aren't the worst, either.]

okay, and i just have to highlight here hoooow absolutely much i love the you are my sunshine pillow that sweet bianca sent me from her gorgeous handmade shop, with lavender and grace!! i have always loved that song so much, as makes me think of two things i love the most: sunlight and my family... so, from the time i first came across it, i knew i needed it in our sunroom! is there a more appropriate theme for a sunroom, and, oh, i don't know... the story of my entire life? ;) plus, bianca and i have just emailed so much and connected on sooo many things, i mean, i just completely adore her, too. anyway, every time i walk in the room it is just making me so happy!

soooo!!

what we've done...
-had trim painted
-changed outlets & covers [thanks again, daddio!!]
-removed some hardware that was left behind
-caulked lines in the ceiling where ants were sneaking through
-shoved some plastic wrap into a hole i found in the corner because i'm a serious professional like that

still on the list...
-change out doorknobs for matching ones. i don't even know why we haven't done that yet!
-i really want to paint or replace the fans. we like them, functionally, because they have little remote controls, and they really help because the heat/AC does not run to this room... it has a separate wall unit for air. but... with the rest of the room, i don't like the look of them! it couldn't be too tricky to just paint them white, though, right?
-when we first moved in and i was on a total get-er-done high, i fully believed that i was going to paint the bamboo blinds white as well. hahaaa, yeah right! but... i maybe wouldn't hate it if we replaced them with white ones at some point. :) although, i also don't completely hate them right now since they pull together with some of the other warm + natural tones in the room, so that will wait!

[peeking in from the family room!]

and of course, the before and after!


[taken from the listing // my iphone]

so... come on over and sit with us? we'll provide a beverage of your choosing! haha! xoxoxo

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

celebrating our tiny man!


last saturday we officially celebrated our sweet rocco man's 1st birthday with a little party at our house with some of our best peeps! we kept it super small, although one of my favorite things about life is having enough family/honorary family members to totally fill a party. :) we've got that covered and i love it! so, we had a fun evening... and rocco was so so happy!!


[i was just going for boyish, but my 1700s replica lantern and blue ball jars feel so appropriately american for july!]

[m and i collaborated on the cupcakes! she did a much better job 
on the sprinkles than i did on the icing, but either way... DELISH.]


[best ever excuse to fill each room with pretties!!!!]


[for me?!?]


[oooh, i'd say he figured out what to do with that cake pretty quickly!!]


[oh, my rocco! how i love you! <3]


[...aaand then he went right ahead and got started on his gifts ha!]



...baby boy partied til he couldn't party aaaanymore! gosh, it feels like just yesterday that we were celebrating our baby girl turning one... and she'll be 4 this month! just how does that happen so quickly? oooh, well, as much as i want to keep our little ones these precious, perfect ages for ever and ever... it sure is fun to celebrate them and see them spoiled rotten by our loved ones!

i'll never stop saying it: we love you sooooo much, sweet rocco boy! and we're so excited for 1. one is a fun age!


[also, adding a sidenote, because wearing! i was afraid my ruffled babydoll dress wouldn't make it to me in time for celebrations, although, i could have just worn shorts and a t-shirt and the world would keep spinning, i know! but... where is the fun there? anyway, it came in ample time and i was so thrilled!]