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!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Total eclipse + it's FALL!

Oh my. It's been several weeks since I've posted to our blog! Our days have been so busy lately. It's busy season for photography and Henry is playing fall baseball. The weather has still been so summer-like up until the last few days, that we've spent the first part of fall busy outside with the summer chores of weeding and mowing. And obviously, this keeps us a little busy to say the least-

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

We are in back into the full swing of school. First grade hasn't been a drastic change for Henry. He is loving his teacher, Mrs. Martin, and his reading skills have exploded! One minute he was sounding out words in simple books, then one day I looked up to find his nose deep in a chapter book. One very exciting thing that happened a couple of weeks into first grade was that we all got to witness the eclipse! Our area was just outside the path of totality, but it was still one of the coolest things I'd ever witnessed. Since it all happened during Charlie's nap time, I was able to scoot down the road to Henry's school and tuck myself right on in with the kids. Such an experience!

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

As of the last couple of days, the temperatures have really cooled off and it's finally starting to feel like FALL around here. As much as I hate the thought of weather getting dreadfully cold and being stuck inside, these days leading up to all that are just glorious. A sure sign that Fall has truly arrived is a trip down the road to Lucky Ladd Farms. This year, first grade took their field trip to Lucky Ladd- so of course Charlie and I decided to tag along.

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;

Fall break is almost here and we have some big fun planned for that- I'm sure I'll be back to share that soon!