Team Soell is Ocean Isle, North Carolina for the week with Andy's family who has been visiting this beach for quite a few years now. Andy and I both have lovely memories of this part of the state. When we were first dating, we took a trip to Holden Beach (which is right next to Ocean Isle) with some friends and then two years ago while we were vacationing with Andy's family, we found out there was a little Lucy growing in my belly. It's so crazy to be here with her now, running around being crazy and chatterboxing to herself all the while. She really isn't a baby anymore. Nuts.
My sister-in-law, Lesley, found out she was pregnant with Will just a few weeks after us and the babies were born just four weeks apart. Wrangling the two of them is the closest I ever want to get to having twins. DO YOU HEAR THAT, UNIVERSE?!?! Andy on the other hand, is a natural. I think he was supposed to meet some lovely woman who wanted to do nothing but bear him adorable children. Instead, he met me. I am not that woman. Oh well :).
Miss Emma, the eldest cousin, is a big grown-up four-year-old now with a big heart and lots of sass, just the way we like them. Hanging with these three for the week is fun. Exhausting, but fun. I was not meant to be the mother of multiple children I don't think. Not without a little speed, anyway. But they are beautiful, sweet, lovely little things and I wouldn't trade one moment with them. Children (somewhat forcefully) remind you to simplify the things in your life...To stop along your walk to examine the slinky bug or admire the bright pink flowers. I'm grateful for that lesson right now.
I haven't been brave enough to venture out doors with my big camera yet. So much sand and water and flailing children just waiting to cost me (or my insurance company) thousands of dollars. I'll get there, but for now, here are some of the indoor activities of the Soell/Scholl cousins.
I celebrated my second year as a mother last weekend with my two cuties. It was a lovely rainy day, perfect for coffee, donuts, and reading on the couch while the baby bear napped.
We had breakfast at Grandview's DK Diner and Lucy made a little friend. He gave her his best bashful eyes and she offered him her (pre chewed) toast. C'est l'amour.
As Lucy gets older, she wants to be a part of all of our daily activities. When I work at my desk, she wants to "work" too. When Andy cooks, she wants to help (aka, eat all of the ingredients). You have to be careful around this one. She'll eat all your grapes.