Over the weekend, Philip’s family came into town to help celebrate Buck’s first birthday. Between a visit to the pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins, attending our church Trunk or Treat, spending a day at Knott’s Berry Farm, and of course throwing a little party, outdoor dinner-party style, for my baby, we had a total blast. Lots of fun, lots of good food, and, of course, great company.

However, with five kids under five in the house, the downside was that there wasn’t a whole lot of sleeping involved…my boys usually sleep in their own rooms, so putting them in the same room for the weekend was not their favorite. On Sunday night they were finally back in their own spaces, and poor Buck slept in until 10:30am the next morning — think he was a little worn out from the weekend?

Enjoy a whole bunch of photos.

sweater c/o lulu*s, wedges from forever 21 
leggings c/o white plum boutique — don’t forget to enter my giveaway here!
crown c/o Lil Sugar Bowtique
candles from target


  1. I LOVE his birthday set up! So pretty!

  2. Janssen says:

    How fun! Can't believe I still haven't met that little dude.

  3. Oh goodness, George and the Man in the Yellow Hat! What a perfect Halloween costume! Adore!!
    And that birthday celebration is the cutest! Love the little details 🙂
    xo TJ


  4. Erica says:

    you have the cutest boys! they are so darling! and happy birthday to buck!

  5. My favorite is Peanut's smile. Darling. Does he ever show his teeth when he smiles? Buck's eyes are so captivating!

  6. I am a quiet follower, but you are absolutely gorgeous. You seem like such a down to earth mom an amazing love for your boys! Thanks for sharing a bit of your life!

  7. Tarah says:

    Adorable. All of these pictures are simply adorable!

  8. Trunk or Treat! Love it! I've been looking everywhere for that type of string of lights, where did you find them if I may ask? Look forward to all your posts, thanks!

  9. Those lights look so pretty on your patio! You should keep them up always. So dreamy!

  10. Gosh, I can't believe the little one is already 1 year old! Love the family photos! You have such an adorable family Merrick! BTW, you look so fabulous! :o)
    Adriana xxx

  11. Haha- that shark baby costume in the group photo literally made me laugh out loud! Haha – adorable!


  12. So many cute pictures! Love it!

  13. Enda says:

    i wish happy birthday to him!
    its seems lots of fun ha!!


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