Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Wednesday Weekly - Week 49

49 weeks?!!! Holy cow I can't believe how close to the wire we are getting!!! This was a big week and girlfriend made a lot of strides this week!!

Week 49

Eats: ahh she is feeding herself!! like I can put Puffs, Yogurt Melts or Squares down on her high chair and she will pick them up and put them in her mouth all by herself (she started it on my birthday!!)  She also figured out how to suck out of a pouch all on her own so we can be eating on the go now, which is so nice.  I have been really working on feeding her more solids this week since we are on the final countdown to eliminating the bottles and formula!! about 4 weeks and counting!!

Sleeps: we are back on to a better schedule with night sleeping and naps!!  the babe is taking a morning nap just around 9 am for about an hour and then her afternoon nap around 12:30 for a good 2-2 1/2 hours!  Finnley generally goes down for bed around 7 - 7:30 and is up around 6:30-7.  I love walking in and getting a glimpse of her loving on her Mouse or Bunny!!

Goes: Finnley had quite the week with her adventures!  We made a "quick" trip to IKEA while Ellie was at school, they have been building a new store and it finally opened!! Our IKEA now boasts an upstairs and the layout is a bit different than the old one... We ventured out to see Beauty and the Beast in theatre's and the girls did okay,  Finnley couldn't get close enough to the screen!! haha  We went out for my birthday to an Irish restaurant that I have been going to for practically all my life (although I have taken a few years off here and there) it is such a fun tradition and I love it even more now with my two girls!! We also went to the library and the park when the beautiful PNW graced us with some sun this weekend.

Does: all the things the big kids do, like sitting in chairs, feeding herself, pulling up on everything and saying "dadadada" over and over again. Now that the babe can feed herself we had a picnic on the First day of Spring and it was so much fun spending time outside with the girls!

Loves: while I am still her favorite, Finnley is loving her Dada lately.  He gets all the smiles and all the words!!  It melts my heart seeing how much the girls love him, they know how hard he works to support us and makes the most of family time.  I guess I love him too ;)

Mama: y'all this has been the best.  The babe and I have been spending some serious time together and I am loving every second of it.  I love how much more self sufficient she is getting, how she is trying so hard to walk, and just that she is becoming quite the little person.  We are on the cusp of my favorite age/stage (Toddler) and I am soaking it all up!!

Sister: I mean could there be a better set of sisters than these two?  They love each other so much, Ellie is always wanting Finnley to play with her (until Finnley starts grabbing for the toys ;) ) Finnley is always on the lookout for Ellie and just watching the two of them together is priceless.  Ellie is such a great helper, IDK what I would do without her - probably walk around the house a lot more ;) But these two sure do love each other!

♥ Ashley 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Erin go Bragh - Home Decor

Happy St. Patrick's Day Eve!!

If you know me then you know I love to decorate for all the holidays and being that I am a St. Patrick's Day babe means that I have an affinity for all things green and have acquired quite to St. Pats collection over the years.  Green is such a great color all year round but it really lightens things up and reminds me of Spring this time of year.

I have gotten pretty picky with my decor over the years and actually didn't put out all that I have this year because I don't love all of it.  So what you see are the pieces that made the cut ;)

In the living room I am loving my new jute rug!! I adore how it has defined the space (and brightened it up a bit) and the nubs in the weave are like a foot massage when I walk on it.  I have some touches of green in blankets, plants, and a few St. Pats Shamrock decor.

I grew up with this Philodendron.  Rumor has it that my mom had it in our very first house which means this plant is older than me!! Of course that story comes from my Dad so his details could be a bit off.  My dad recently sold his house and he wasn't able to bring this plant with him to his new place (plus he's been traveling 90% of the time since he retired) so I gladly brought it into our space.  It seems to be doing well in our home and I can't believe that it is over 30 years old!!

Up on the mantle I have this cute little leprechaun and a four leaf clover I received for my birthday from my cousin years ago.  Oh and that bow you see there....that was a gift to Ellie from a violinist in Ireland that we met at the VAT House Bar in Temple Bar, Dublin back in 2014.

On the other side I have some fresh greenery in the cutest milk jar and some wooden shamrocks I picked up probably at Michaels.

I tend to have touches of green throughout my house anyways so this holiday is perfect for me.  I green frame from IKEA and super cute pillows I picked up a few years ago from JoAnn's.

And then I have these cute little Irish girl and boy figurines along with a Wee Forest Folk mouse that my mom got for me when I was super young.

The girl's table is even decorated (and take a look at that FARMER'S MARKET sign, I found it a few weeks ago and am totes smitten) with a shamrock plant and some cute coasters I picked up at the Dollar Tree.

Michaels has a ton of great seasonal decor for super cheap, I love the hat and pot o' gold flower picks.

Over in the dining room I have some more bits of green, like a shamrock teapot I found at HomeGoods, Ellie's holiday canvases and then my moms vintage green china set.  The crystal shamrock mugs were a staple on my birthday growing up and I remember my mom serving me green milk for breakfast in bed in them.  The green glasses are also vintage that were given to me years ago for my birthday as well...good thing I have embraced my inner Irish ;)

Also on the table I have some green glassy baby's and I love how the chargers bring in a rustic charm to the otherwise super fancy table.  This year I brought in some potted Hyacinths for the table and love them on the wood slice.  Flowers are my love language.

over on the shelf I have my green cake stand, a super cute vintage wall hanging and my green tree.  Oh and a cute little leprechaun chilling out.

I toned down the ornaments this year on my every season tree and picked my favorites...another favorite of mine is the arrow with hanging shamrock.  I got that for my birthday a few years ago and have loved it ever since!

And what is a holiday without some chalk art?  I like to switch it up each year and this year is pretty fun.  You will notice that the horse shoe has 7 clovers...that is because years ago my horse shoe-er told me that she always put in 7 nails for good luck.

The bathroom got a small touch of St. Patrick's Day as well with a door hanging (Michaels) and some artwork I an attempt to try to paint something without flowers, I think it turned out pretty good!!

The magnets are from the Dollar Tree and get used on the daily...such a fun touch for the girls. And then Ellie made the cutest calendar this month at might be my favorite one to date!!

Do you decorate for the holidays?

♥ Ashley

previous years decor

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Wednesday Weekly - Week 48

Here we are, another week down and another week closer to this little babe turning ONE year old!!  We are less than a month away from her birthday and I am looking forward to soaking up all that these last several weeks have to give.  Sweet girl has been quite the babe this week and I am just thrilled spending every day with her.

Week 48

Eats: I have really been mindful of incorporating more solids into Finnley's diet this week.  Pouches are my new favorite way to feed her.  I usually start out with a spoon and then we move on to her just sucking out of it!  I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly she picked up on sucking out of the pouch.  The other thing that I really like about the pouches is that they offer a wide variety of different foods and flavors...something that Ellie really missed out on.  But let me tell you that sweet Finn is all about her bottle and I can tell that dropping the bottle before naps and bedtime is going to be a bit difficult for her.  One think that we are lacking on is getting the babe to self feed, she can do it but I feel like she needs this week I am going to put forth more of an effort to get her to feed herself some puffs, melts and other finger foods.

Sleeps: the Finn has been getting a bit better in the sleep department.  Our Weekend was busy so her naps were off but somehow we lucked out with the time change (I remember Ellie was great with her first time change too) and she has been sleeping pretty good the past couple of days.  We still have the babe sleeping for 11 hours at night and then get at least 2 hours for her naps.

Goes: we worked an extra day this week and got to join my nanny kid on his school field trip, we visited the mall and attended an event at the Disney store, made a trip to Target, the Zoo, got flowers, and a trip to the Library.  Sweet babe just goes along and has such a great attitude.  She love to watch and observe everything.

Does: she is waving, gives high fives, standing on her own!!! and grabs for everything.  I am convinced that she has Go-go-Gadget arms because she can reach just about anything.  She is making all sorts of noises that I believe is her "language" and she can vocally respond to us with is so fun.  She makes the most noise in the car seat when we are driving around and I just love her commentary.

Mama: seriously y'all this is the best stage and I am loving every second of it.  I love getting glimpses of my girls and their friendship through the years.  My birthday is coming up on Friday and I have to say that this birthday is one that I am most looking forward to.  While my hearts desire is to have 4 kids I can't express how satisfied I am with my two girls.  I just feel like I am in a really good place right now, both mentally and emotionally and it feels so freeing.  I didn't realize how deep in I was with my infertility until I got a new perspective.

Sister: Ellie loves her sister and Finnley loves her sister.  They are quite the pair and Ellie for sure gets the biggest and best smiles out of Finnley.  They laugh and play and Ellie is doing pretty good at sharing with Finn.  I love that Finnley is able to do more and that they can really enjoy each other.

Ellie's dress 

♥ Ashley

previous weeks

Ellie at 48 weeks