To Rhett: This photo makes your momma smile. Little do you know, this piano belonged to your great grandmother, Lillian Breed, aka Nana to me. Nana purchased this piano to teach piano lessons when your Lolli was growing up. This was a way for her to make money for the family in addition to her oil painting. Lolli played on this piano and so did your mommy when I was little. Every visit up to Nana and Papa’s house, I would have mini lessons on that very same piano. Those became some of my most treasured memories as Nana and I played away on duets and eventually on the flute accompanying her. As Nana and Papa grew older, we had to move them into a smaller home. The piano went to Lolli’s house for a bit, then eventually was all mine to enjoy at Mommy and Daddy’s new house as newlyweds. We had the 70 year old piano complete renovated so that it would last years to come. We hope you enjoy playing it as much as Nana, Lolli and Mommy have. You’ll be the 4th generation to tap away at the keys and make beautiful music. No pressure at all – just kidding. You enjoy it as much as your little heart is content. Every single day, I wish Nana was around to meet you – I know she sees you everyday from heaven above.
We were ecstatic to book our first family vacation to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It wasn’t too far away, but far enough to get away for a week! We even brought Bailey along for the trip. Patrick grew up coming here every year with his family, so he knew his way around the island pretty well. It has been nice for him to remember different activities he did with his family like going to see Greg Russell, navigating around South Beach Marina and Harbour Town.
We started out the week getting settled in the cutest 3 bedroom condo. Took it easy unpacking all of the 15 million bags we brought and all of the baby necessities. Gigi, Aunt Colleen and Uncle Kevin came over for a night to celebrate Kevin’s birthday and to spend time with Rhett. We moseyed around South Beach and went to the pool. Rhett loves to splash splash splash – and splash a little more. After pool time we went to The Crazy Crab in Harbour Town for dinner.
Uncle Kevin departed early to attend his first day of nursing school, while Gigi and Colleen stuck around to hit the beach. We had a blast playing in the sand, jumping for joy in the water and catching a few sun rays. Rhett took a little snooze in the stroller and we were able to relax for a bit.
Since then, we having been biking around, hitting the pool, shopping and eating our way through Hilton Head Head. Last night, we were able to continue the family tradition and went to see the famous Greg Russell play under the big oak tree. We had a nice outdoor dinner with live music beside the light house and headed over to watch all of the kids be entertained by such a legend.
Today we hit the beach only to hurry back to the condo in a jiffy. A big storm rolled right in and literally ‘rained’ on our parade. We are taking it easy waiting for it to pass. Only a couple of days left and we will be headed home back to reality!
We were lucky enough to have many of Patrick’s baby outfits and since both Rhett and Patrick were born at the same time, all of the clothes have been fitting for each season. Here is a favorite – he looks so handsome in yellow! And my handsome, both father and son!
While I had my fair share of pool and water time growing up at our yearly beach trips to Daytona, Patrick experienced a weekly water experience living here in Savannah. There is so much to learn about living near the marsh – I personally still have a lot to learn. We live very close to the marsh so the daily distinct smell of the marsh breezes often trickles into our yard – it’s just wonderful and refreshing! All of the little critters, shells, beautiful marsh grass – it all makes up the rivers surrounding Savannah. I’m constantly intrigued by all of the activities possible on the water here: ‘crabbing’, catching shrimp, shark fishing, bird watching, kayaking, surfing – just to list a few. We are so incredibly lucky to live here and I cannot wait to watch Rhett as he grows up around all of these beautiful surroundings. I will leave a lot of the teaching to Patrick, although, I have a quite a few fishing trips under my belt. We are slowly but surely exposing Rhett to this life as we take occasional trips to the pool, rides in the beach, eating dinner at the local waterside dive and so far, he loves it! I think all of my nightly baths in the ‘big bathtub’ is helping – he just loves kicking his feet and fetching toys in the water. I do have to say that he’s getting a bit more courageous for my comfort zone – guess I’ll have to get used to that! We went to the pool just today and pool little thing just tuckered out and nestled right on mommy – his most favorite spot. I couldn’t help but snap this memory for the books.
Our neighborhood had their annual Easter Egg Hunt – we know that Rhett probably won’t remember this and he probably had no idea what we were doing, but it sure was fun for us to experience new things with our little man! He is starting to put everything into his mouth – including the Easter Eggs! We also met the Easter Bunny – he didn’t know WHAT to think! Gigi, The Walls and The Skinners came, too – we all had a great time!
Both Patrick and I happen to have similar photos of our fathers holding us as babies. Of course, we wanted to capture this very same moment with Rhett. Sarah took the most precious photo of Patrick in the hospital – do believe we have a winner!
We had a wonderful day in celebration of Rhett’s baptism! I just had to share this beautiful photo from Sarah. We were blessed enough to be married on that very same altar almost 6 years ago! AND, we were the 4th generation in Patrick’s family to marry here. Such a wonderful tradition.