Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Henry, seven.

My sweet Henry- late last month you turned seven years old! This year for your birthday you wanted to have your birthday party at Pump It Up (also known as the hardest place on earth to take decent photos, ha). You invited all your buddies and you guys had the best time jumping yourselves silly, followed up with pizza and cake.

Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;

On the day of your actual birthday we started the same way that we did last year- birthday pancakes! It's hard to beat whipped cream and chocolate chips first thing in the morning.

Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;

The rule on your birthday is that you get to chose your meals the entire day. So at lunchtime, Charlie and I popped by your school and took you outside for a little Chick-fil-a picnic. And for dinner- of course, spaghetti. Our favorite neighbor friends came to celebrate with us. And there were lots of fans of your chocolate birthday cake.

Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;

Of course, as always, I asked you the same list of questions on your birthday. Original spelling included because that's my favorite type of memory! There were a few changes from last year!

-What is your favorite color? Red
-What is your favorite toy? Lego
-What is your favorite animal? cat
-What is your favorite breakfast? pancakes
-What is your favorite dinner? sooshee
-What is your favorite holiday? hawlleen
-What is your favorite place to visit? o hiye o
-What do you want to be when you grow up? Do not no
-What are you best at? Bulding legos
-Who is your best friend? oliveea

The changes in you between ages six and seven have been unbelievable. Your reading has catapulted from watching you sound out words with determination to seeing you walk around the house with your nose stuck in a chapter book. It makes my mama heart so happy to see you turning into a little bookworm! Your teacher has started sending you home with "challenge" spelling words each week. I honestly teared up at your first parent teacher conference this year, not only when Mrs. Martin talked about how smart you are, but how kind you are to your classmates. You had your first piano lesson last week and Mrs. Judy raved about how well you did, and on the way how I caught a glimpse of your little fingers practicing on the interior of the Prius. I nearly melted!

Earlier this week I picked you up from school a little early and we had a Mommy/Henry outing so I could capture you at seven. Henry, you are brilliant, handsome, and kind. How could we ask for anything more? We love you!

Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

folly beach.

I'm still not sure how I convinced Will Zuill (a man who is not a fan of the beach or group vacations) to go to the beach and stay in a house with 12 other people for a week. Yet I must have, because a couple of weeks ago we found ourselves at Folly Beach with some of our favorite people on earth.

Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;

Karen found the most perfect house for our three families just a couple of blocks from the beach. It had plenty of room for us to spread out and to the kids' (and adults') delight, an awesome pool! Of course, given the choice of beach versus pool, the answer was clear. The beach at Folly was wonderfully quiet, devoid of towering condos or hotels. The shore provided little sandy tide pools for splashing and piles of seashells that we sifted through to find sharks teeth and other treasures. You never know how the beach with a toddler might actually pan out, but Charlie was as mesmerized as the rest of us and was amazing. Just to be able to disconnect from the real world and play with our friends, with no one having to hurry to get home and without worry about getting up for work the next day- just pure bliss.

Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;

Being so close to Charleston, we of course ventured that way during the week as well. We went to amazing restaurants and the Charleston Museum. And who could resist a trip to see the beautiful 400 year old Angel Oak tree?

Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;

The Zuills of the group also took a couple of independent excursions. We spent a day exploring the USS Yorktown, a WWII aircraft carrier. Henry and Will also took a helicopter ride there! We also visited the Charleston aquarium. It was smaller than the aquarium in Chattanooga, but it was SO child focused and friendly. Just perfect for both of the kids!

Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;

It seemed that every morning we were there I managed to wake up before everyone else. It was actually pretty nice. Most mornings I would just go start some coffee, and find somewhere to read for a while until the others trickled in. But when I woke up the day before we were supposed to leave, I had something different in mind. Around 6:30 I quietly went in to the room that Henry, Jack & Ivy shared, and whispered Henry awake. When I asked if he wanted to go to the beach he said "Just you and me?" and hopped right out of bed. It was easily one of my favorite parts of our trip.

Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;

So that's what we've been up to lately! Our sweet ginger-haired boy turns SEVEN tomorrow, so more to come soon, I'm sure!