Check out this October 2020 Hultzman family recap on the blog!
When Bryan and I first moved to Louisiana in 2016, I longed for my family and friends to visit us. I wanted to show them around and have them experience all of the interesting things Louisiana has to offer! But unfortunately, with plane tickets being expensive, only a few family members made the trip. How I stayed in touch with family and friends was through Facebook.
In 2017, our little family grew! What started as posting fairly regularly on social media really dwindled when I had Kalie, mostly because of my post-partum depression. I showed many photos of Kalie but never really updated everyone on all of the other things happening in our life.
I’ll be honest; I’m not really a fan of sharing anything on Facebook anymore. But blogging? All-day, every day, ANY DAY! Three years later, in October 2020, I am so excited to share all of our adventures in our new home in South Carolina through these monthly Hultzman family recaps! So without further adieu, let’s get started!
Can you believe it’s October?! 2020 has been by far the craziest year! This month in particular has flown by! With Halloween basically being cancelled, we are almost ready to break out the Christmas tree over here!
This October has been pretty low key for the most part. We have spent a lot of time soaking up the South Carolina sun and warm weather! At the beginning of the month, we were able to take Kalie to her first pumpkin patch, and all of us went through our first corn maze!
After that, we mostly stayed pretty low key until this past weekend exploring more of South Carolina! First stop, Fort Moultrie!
Every month, we like to take one day to explore what South Carolina has to offer! This past weekend, we had the opportunity to check out Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina!
What is really neat about visiting Fort Moultrie is that it’s like stepping back in time! You can see some of the old structures are there, and there are replicas of the cannons used. If you are a history-junkie, I totally recommend checking it out for yourself! Also, the Charleston harbor is steps away from Fort Moultrie so you can check out the little beach over there!
Fun fact about Fort Moultrie; The well-known poet, Edgar Allan Poe, spent a short time in the Army and was stationed at Fort Moultrie! He enlisted under the fake name “Edgar Allan Perry” and stayed there for 13 months before being shipped to Virginia. He wrote the short story “The Gold-bug” about Sullivan’s Island. You can read more about it in the link here!
***To answer your question, yes, I only took photos of Bryan and Kalie. And no, I don’t have many pictures from there.***
Right off of Rainbow Row is a street called Tradd Street! Much like Rainbow Row, it has colorful houses lined up on this one-way street. I was so excited that Kate Dye, from Kate Dye Photography, was able to take our family photos! What you may not realize is just how grumpy our toddler was at the beginning (and end) of the session. Kate was extremely patient with Kalie and us and reassured us that we would love the photos!
She was right! We adore our family photos! Kate went above and beyond and had our photos done and back to us in less than 24 hours! Although I wish Kalie were a little more cooperative during the shoot, I am extra happy to have gotten a few more photos with Bryan! I am super excited to get these photos printed and hung above our couch in the living room!
When we first moved to South Carolina, one of the first trips we went to was to Folly Beach! Folly Beach is roughly 20 minutes from Charleston. The vibes at Folly Beach reminds me of a lot of Siesta Key in Florida!
As usual, we enjoyed splashing and running in the water! And of course, we took our own family photos to document this memory.
I remember when I first had Kalie, people saying, “soak in every moment! Time goes so fast. Before you know it, your babies are grown and having their own babies.”
I’ll be the first to admit; I am very lucky and fortunate to be a stay at home mom and able to watch Kalie grow. On the other hand, I often take for granted how much time I spend with her. I get easily frustrated because I’m with her all of the time without many breaks. I tend to feel guilty when I feel like I’d rather be working on my business than re-watching Frozen for the thousandth time and cleaning the house (again.)
So why am I saying all of this? Because what this month has taught me is two words; be present.
When you’re a stay at home mom, it’s not about soaking in every moment; it’s about being intentional, present, and being in the moment. Being present means not getting distracted by any social media or the tv. It’s intentional. Being in the moment means sitting down with your child and playing with them. It’s reading a book while your phone is in the other room. Encouraging them and getting a glimpse into their imagination. It’s the intentional moments that make being a parent so rewarding and magical.
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