Mother's Day weekend was absolutely wonderful! We have been insanely busy over the past month with three weddings, three engagement sessions, four bridal sessions, and some pictures for church as well. I just got the last of all those photos mailed out today - whoop whoop!! It has been wonderful being a part of so many special moments, but we were also extremely ready for a weekend of rest after all of the traveling and hustling before the next rush of this busy season!
Thomas planned a beach day for Saturday, and it was a much needed, refreshing, fun day! We originally thought we would go to Shackleford Island, but some friends told us about Cape Lookout, and we opted to go there because there were bathrooms haha! We rode the ferry to the island, and we had stunning views of the clear, vibrant blue water, the wild horses on Shackleford Island as we rode past it, and a completely unobstructed view of the lighthouse. The captain on the ferry said it was incredibly rare to get a picture of the lighthouse on a Saturday with no people or boats in the image - just as rare as us having a Saturday off at this time of the year!
If you make the trip out to Cape Lookout, we highly recommend walking past the bathrooms on the walkway to the other side of the island! Even with the three kids and beach gear in tow, it didn't take us too long, and we had almost the entire beach to ourselves for the first couple hours we were there, which was amazing!
It was a complete JOY to watch our boys delight in the beach! Our oldest boys ran in and out of the waves, over and over and over again, with the most adorable shrieks and giggles! They also had a blast looking for shells, digging and playing in the sand, and chasing each other around. Our youngest is the most easygoing, sweet baby, and even though he crawled face first into a hole that Thomas and the boys dug and was covered in sand, he didn't even make a fuss. Another beach lover already! He ended up crashing for three hours, and I even had time to rest and read while Thomas played with the big boys. We finished up our visit back on the other side of the island where it was busy, but there were no waves, so the boys were able to swim around in their puddle jumpers, and they loved every bit of it!
I woke up Sunday to a big pancake breakfast, a huge, poster board sized card from the boys, and the sweetest gifts! After breakfast, we headed to church and then went to one of our favorite places, the duck pond. We used to live right across the street from there right after we got married. It was amazing to think that the dreams we shared about a future family while walking around that pond turned into reality. We loved watching them run around and feed the geese and ducks! My, how the time flies! We finished our day with strawberry picking, ice cream, and a delicious dinner that I didn't have to cook! My heart was filled to the brim at the end of the weekend.
I am incredibly thankful for Thomas and our three little men! We have been so blessed by having those sweet peanuts in our lives. With three little boys close in age, we frequently get comments about how we have our hands full, but really, our hearts are even more full. Parenting is a lot of work, and it requires constantly putting their needs ahead of our own, BUT it is also incredibly rewarding. The joy we get from the smiles, the snuggles, the playing, the laughter, the hugs, and the way these boys delight in the smallest of things makes the sacrifices all worth it. I'm so thankful God made me their mother - what a gift!