Gossling 4th of July | 2016

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I probably only spent about 10 minutes snapping a handful of pictures this 4th of July. We had a full house/yard this year! It was a day filled with family, friends, food, and lot and lots of fireworks. We had some people hanging out to swim and eat in the afternoon, but by the time dusk rolled around – the backyard and driveway were packed…literally. Most of the neighbors and more friends had come to join in on the firework fun. I swear every 4th of July and New Years, the Gossling boys make their firework show bigger and bigger. This year definitely did not disappoint and was, by far, the biggest and longest show yet! It is also super fun to be able to just sit poolside and watch the show up over us – the boys set them off in the riding arena behind the pool. With some good all-american jams playing while the fireworks rolled on, it was definitely a wonderful way to celebrate the great U. S. of A!

Though I may be short on photos – our good friend, Paul, brought his drone and made a pretty sweet short film of the day + some of the fireworks! He is super talented. Watch below! . . .

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Little Hudson and Charlotte both turn one in a couple of weeks. Exactly one year younger than Jude. No doubt, these cousins will grow up being great friends.

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My sister, Dacy, and her family were able to come down from Virginia and join us. Unfortunately, another sister of mine had to head out back home to Orlando that morning with her kids. But it was fun having a full house most of the weekend with them there.

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Jude is our little pool lover. He is constantly jumping and splashing. If we don’t keep our eye on him, he would be going for the plunge alone.

But with so much going on, he doesn’t like posing for pictures for me anymore :/

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One of James’ best buddies growing up, Stephen, him and his wife, Teresa, had their first little girl a few months ago. Lila is SO precious!

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^^ Lighting off fountains, sparklers, and some smaller fireworks for the kids before the big show. ^^

Sorry, I didn’t take any actual firework pictures this year. Jude is at an age that needs constant attention, so photo time does happen as often. Again, for the better firework coverage, watch Paul’s awesome video up above in the post.

And a couple phone shots:

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(sideways, but I am too lazy to go flip it. love little kid crack!)

And a throwback to last year’s 4th party, which I never did blog…Jude was turning one and still had zero teeth! It was such a cute stage…

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And if you would like another throwback, see our Gossling Family 4th of July 2014 blog post.

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Before my sister left town, she suggested we recreate a photo from 2014 when they were here to visit. Jude was just a month or so old. This time he did not sit still as well. . .

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Happy Summer!

xoxo

Whit

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Look Up

I am not one that spends time watching viral videos or reading the latest popular articles circling around the internet; but today in search of some things, I came across this video. It hit home for me in a few ways. In coming to post it, I noticed that the last time I wrote on here was around New Years. Reading my thoughts and goals of wanting to simplify and prioritize my year for what and who matters most only makes this that much more applicable:

 

 

Look up, folks!

xoxo

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Christmas with the Gossling’s

This was James and my first Christmas together as newly weds! We were both thrilled to be able to go home to Georgia for it.

We spent the first few days at home with my parents, but then they headed west to spend the holidays in Arizona…so James and I had a 100% Gossling Christmas this year. (Which is fine by me…I know how some “Christmas with the in-laws” stories can go – ha!)

I was not the best at documenting our trip…but I do have a few moments to share…

let’s start with the Carrie Underwood concert! it was fun with family and friends…

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James and I spent a couple days at Gossling Farms – Sarah, Sydney, and little nephew James (not pictured…also not to be confused with “big james”, my hubby) helped me make treats for the family Christmas party! we had tons of fun that day watching the kids:

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after which, us “big kids” enjoyed four-wheeling and skeet shooting!

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after Papa Jim showed me the way, I shot five birdies in a row with the 12 gauge!…super proud…

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We had the Gossling Christmas party on Christmas Eve Eve. A delicious dinner of honey baked ham + the works…and some tamales & toppings. Followed by the debut of the Grandma Goose Puppet Theater…a hit with the kids and a hopeful yearly tradition. I caught the whole the on video (the first minute as a separate clip – but the rest is below for your viewing pleasure….probably only family would be interested – but super cute! way to go Carrie and Adam!) (my personal favorite happens close after 7:30 minutes)

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After the show, even the big boys had some fun. Meet the Gossling brothers:

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Then the kids ran around, sang some songs, opened presents, and ran around some more. getting a decent picture was close to impossible…but entertaining!…

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We ended the evening with the adult white elephant gift swap and some all-inclusive Christmas caroling (which often turned into the heavy metal version thanks to Adam and James):

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then everyone went home and we were post-party pooped…

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James and I purchased an Atlanta City Pass for our trip…so over the course of our two weeks home, we enjoyed the Georgia Aquarium/Dolphin Show, World of Coca-cola, Zoo Atlanta, and CNN Headquarters (unfortunately there was just not time for the High Museum of Art or the Fernbank Museum IMAX)

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before leaving the east coast…we did make a trip up to Virginia to visit my sister, Dacy, and her family. I forgot to take pictures though, so all i have are a couple from my phone…most of which were taken by 4 year old Zia. (it was freezing, but we visited the James river anyway…seemed namely appropriate)

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New Years was spent in GA. We bought a few bags full of explosives on our way home from Virginia, so after a night of food and blasting Rock Band with friends, we made some neighbors upset with our fireworks and then made our tummies upset with Waffle House at 2:20 am. It was a great way to ring in 2013!

For the record, I would count my first Gossling Christmas as a success! – any awkward or uncomfortable moments will remain un-blogged….ha!…just kidding : )

love, whit

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our love story – filmed!

a little over a month ago, james and i were at a bridal fair here in Utah,

and we happened upon the most adorable and talented Bethany Petersen!

….who became our fast friend and made us this great video before our wedding…

…we relived the night James proposed…

and here, our “engagement story”:

Whitney + James Engagement from bc.film on Vimeo.

THANK YOU BETHANY!!!

we can’t wait to see what she puts together from our wedding weekend!

love, whit

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