Banana Pudding

I was going to post this recipe today anyway, but guess what National holiday it is? National Banana Pudding Day! (At least according to Kathy Lee and Hoda!)

Since moving to the South, Ryan and I make our own pickles, boiled peanuts, BBQ pork and shrimp and grits. I’ve also never made so many pans of homemade mac and cheese since moving here!

Banana pudding is another recent family favorite and it couldn’t be easier to make. This is the recipe my friend Kristen passed on to me and I think it’s a real winner. The hardest part is just cutting up and arranging the bananas!


Charleston Banana Pudding

What you need:

-5 oz plain Greek yogurt

-8 oz container of thawed Cool Whip

-1 and a half packages of vanilla instant pudding (the 3.4 oz packages)

-2 cups whole milk

-1 box Nilla Wafers

-4 bananas peeled and sliced

Combine yogurt, milk, pudding mix and Cool Whip in a bowl. In a trifle or glass pan, create your layers. Layer cookies, pudding mix, and bananas (in that order) and repeat until you are fresh out of ingredients. 


Refrigerate until serving! 

Okay, we just made this last weekend but I have some super ripe bananas that might need to be turned into pudding…

First Day of School 2016

Emmett started off his first day back to school with a little peanut butter bear toast!




He cried a little when I dropped him off (all of the kids did) but his teachers said he did a great job the rest of the morning! He must have had a busy morning because he came home and took a 4 hour nap! 

We capped off a great day with a beautiful sunset walk on the beach.

Brian and Christine in Charleston

Our really good friends from Minnesota have been in Charleston the past couple days celebrating their 5 year wedding anniversary so yesterday we spent the day with them! We took them to John’s Island for breakfast and then went to see the Angel Oak

Next we headed to McLeod Plantation. I know I’ve said this before but if you are in Charleston and want to tour a plantation, please do this one! I’ve probably done the tour 4 times now and I learn something new every time! 


Emmett was a little trooper for the 1.5 hour tour! He’d walk to all of the tour stops with the group and then would stand and listen to the guide (and walk around and smile at everyone!) 


After lunch and swimming at our house while Emmett slept, we took Brian and Christine up to Folly Beach so they could see it before we brought them back to their hotel. 


It’s just the best when you haven’t seen someone in three years but when you do, nothing’s changed. Enjoy these older pictures of us when we were just babies! Before weddings and kids…

Last Week of Summer

It felt a little daunting at the end of May when Emmett’s school ended and summer began. I was trying to figure out how I was going to balance entertaining him with working from home. While I stressed out about that for a couple weeks, I had the realization that these couple months would be comprised of the last days of just Emmett and I before the baby comes! So I decided that we’d have one really fun summer together and make the most of our time alone. And I was even able to figure out a great balance between caring for Emmett and working from home. The secret concoction was to entertain Emmett all morning to keep him awake until 12:30-1 and then he’d take a good three hour nap or so in the afternoon so I could get stuff done! So in short, we had a really fun summer together. Since the school year starts next week, Emmett and I really lived up our last week of summer this week with all of our favorite things!  

1. Monday Play date at the Park


I didn’t get any great pictures of Emmett at the park because he was running around like a maniac (this picture is from when we were leaving and he stood and played with a sprinkler). I was talking to my friend Margeaux and saw Emmett run towards some big kids. I didn’t think anything of it and finished my 1 minute convo with my friend. I took off to find Emmett and didn’t see him! Another mom at the park asked me if I knew where my kid was. When I answered “no” she pointed to the top of a playground meant for 5 year olds and there was my baby, who climbed probably 20 steps in less than a minute, holding on to a bridge railing while the big kids ran circles around him. Good god. Bad mom on my part, crazy adventurous, fearless kid on his. Needless to say, he had a great time at the park while I left sweaty and exhausted from chasing him!

2. Tuesday at the Splash Pad


3. Wednesday at the Aquarium


4. Thursday at a Drum Circle on the Beach


5. Friday at the Children’s Museum


Followed by an ice cream celebration at Jeni’s!


We made it kid! While we’ve had such a fun summer, I’m not afraid to admit that I’m really looking forward to school starting next week :) 

Dixie Chicks

Dreams came true yesterday when Becca, Kelly and I road tripped to Charlotte to see the Dixie Chicks!


I have loved the Dixie Chicks since highschool when my girlfriends and I were addicted to their cd Fly for an entire summer. I have especially fond memories of the canoing up at my friend Laura’s cabin belting out Wide Open Spaces. When the Dixie Chicks stopped touring 10 years ago I thought I’d never be able to see them! Thankfully they decided to tour again because I think this was one of my favorite concerts ever!  

After a little IKEA shopping trip, free drinks at the hotel for the non-pregnant:


Free hats for everyone in the audience to speak out against North Carolina’s bathroom laws:


I don’t think I’ve ever sweated so much at a concert (31 weeks pregnant + August in North Carolina) but it was amazing and so worth it. We had awesome seats, the Dixie Chicks were beyond awesome, the crowd was fun and they played the hits and even a Prince cover.


And while I was having the best time in Charlotte, Emmett was having the best time with his dad! They went to the water park, a birthday party, and Emmett’s favorite restaurant for dinner. What a weekend!

Big Boy Bed

Yesterday we set up Emmett’s new big boy bed in his new big boy room and crossed our fingers for a successful first nap!


It took him a good 15 minutes of me laying with him and rubbing his back for him to finally fall asleep but he did it! And he slept for 3.5 hours! I probably checked on him 5 times (we don’t have a video monitor in this room) and on a fifth time I peeked in the door and that little stinker was sitting up in his bed, reading quietly to himself. I mean, come on! This was so easy! He’s such a good kid. I was just bursting with pride.


We celebrated his success last night with a Popsicle (which he still doesn’t quite get how to hold). 


And his nap wasn’t a fluke! He slept for 11 hours last night and didn’t wake up until 8:30. I guess his new bed must be extra comfy!

I can’t wait to show you his new big boy “Explorer” room when it’s all decorated!