Friday, June 22, 2018

hello friday - an Xray, ballet recital, and PreK Graduation edition

What a whirlwind of a month so far.  Time is flying by so quickly and I can't believe that we're nearing the end of June already!!  We've been up to a lot and I can't wait to share with you!


Ellie had her ballet pictures with her class.  It was a whirlwind to get her ready and I forgot the hairspray...but she had fun and looked so cute all dressed up in her costume.  We got home after and the girls were out on the farm playing with their new soccer ball and Ellie fell funny on her foot and hurt it.  We made a trip to urgent care where she got an x-ray but thankfully there were no abnormalities or fractures.  She just needed to be careful and mindful of her foot and not push herself too hard with it.


We celebrated Nanny's birthday with dinner.  There were all sorts of fun things to do, coloring pages, birthday crowns, and other celebratory gags!  The girls loved seeing all the cousins and spending special time with Nanny on her birthday.


Ellie had her ballet rehearsal and recital.  The rehearsal was closed so I didn't get to watch it.  Thomas stayed home with Finnley and I made the most of my time by heading to Old Navy and Target to pick up some new swimsuits for the girls...turns out we only have 1 that fits Ellie and Finnley is outgrowing our stash.  Ellie made the cutest little bride.

The next evening was her actual Recital and she was so excited to have her Nanny and Papa in the audience as well as my BF!  She did so well during the performance and I love getting to see my girl up on stage.  She said she liked it but I'm not sure if she is going to be up for ballet again next year...we're taking a break for the summer and will reevaluate once school starts and she is in KINDERGARTEN all day.

Finnley adored getting to see Ellie up on stage and was glued watching most of the dances!! She did amazing and we are all so proud of Ellie!!


We had the vet out to the farm for the horses check up.  Both girls were completely enamored with all the procedures: sedation, teeth floating, and vaccinations.  Both horses did extremely well and the girls were helpful and very well behaved.  
Once the vet left, Ellie set up the picnic blanket on the deck for lunch and we ate outside enjoying the weather.


Ellie graduated from Pre-K!!  She had her last day and we met up with a bunch of her friends afterwards for ice cream.  Later that night she had her graduation and it was the cutest ever!! They sang songs, had their graduation walk, and sang another "Moving UP to Kindergarten" song and it was just adorable!!!  I can't wait to spend the summer with her and then in the Fall she'll be gone all day at school and we're going to miss her but she is going to have so much fun!!!

Happy Weekend Y'all!!!

♥ Ashley

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Monthly Bumpdate - weeks 30 - 33

Y'all it's JUNE!!! That means that next month we're having a BABY!!  May was super busy and full of all sorts of celebrations, events, and the like.  I think we've finally narrowed down what mattress we're going to get the girls for their bunk bed, so I just have to order them and then we can move the girls in together.  Once that happens I can finally get to work on the nursery - which isn't really changing all that much.

How far along: 33 weeks!!

Size of baby: my apps say the size of a Honeydew Melon

Weight gain: just over 25 lbs

Sleep: overall sleep has been pretty good thanks to this awesome pillow.  I have had a few nights where sleep hasn't been the best and I am getting up about once a night to pee.

Cravings: I still am loving all the spicy foods, Indian and Thai are probably my favorites right now...but honestly I am really into sweets lately which is so strange.  Give me all the cupcakes, pies, and cookies I can get my hands on!

Miss anything: being able to comfortably put on socks/shoes and even pants.  Bending over to pick things up and the peace of mind that I can eat/do whatever without any "consequences".

Movement: YES!! I'm feeling movements all over and occasionally up in the right side of my rib cage. It's so strange but comforting but I can't wait for him to being doing all of this movement outside of my body!

Gender: BOY!! We have a name but then think of other ideas that might work as well...I can't believe how hard it is to name a boy!!

Wedding rings on/off: still on and fit about the same as they have the past couple of months.  Hopefully I can hold out and wear them the whole time 😉.

Happy or Moody: it's really hit or miss.  I have to make a conscious decision to make sure I'm being calm and I guess that means that I am innately Moody?  Although I do let a lot more things slide with the girls behaviour as of late, so I'm sure they appreciate that.

Looking forward to: finalizing the name for Little Man, getting started and finishing up his nursery, moving the girls into the same room together.  Also finally getting to meet this sweet boy that we've been waiting nearly 10 years for!!  I can't believe we're getting so close!

Next appointment: next week!!

Previous Bumpdates:

♥ Ashley

Friday, June 1, 2018

Hello June!!

It's JUNE!!!

That means that next month we are having a baby!!! All the heart eyes and time to get to business and check off all the things - who knows how I'm going to do with PP recovery!!

May flew by with all the things we had going on: Birthdays (1, 2, 3), Parties, Mother's Day, Forever Day, Field Trips, house work, garden updates, yard updates and everything in between!!


I'm making the most of our Y membership and have the girls signed up for classes at two locations.  They're both in two gymnastics classes and two swimming classes 😳 so life has been pretty busy.  But I love that they are getting more exposure and that Thomas gets to be a part of it too 😉.


Thomas had several days off this week and he got to work getting some things done around the house. When we moved in 10 years ago the back yard was basically a jungle, jam packed with as many trees and shrubs they could fit.  It looked nice and was well kept but didn't really give that open space that is conducive to kids and dogs running around.  So we've been slowly working on it.  For years we've had a quince bush right smack in the middle of the yard, I loved it but hated where it was located.  Additionally a lilac was planted inches away from the Maple tree and has been affecting the growth and integrity of the Maple.  I casually mentioned that I wouldn't miss either of them if they happened to be gone one day...Much to my surprise, I came out from painting in the playhouse to find out that he cut both of them down!! We have so much more room in our back yard and I can't get over how much better it truly looks!!


Speaking of the Playhouse, we're about 80% done!! Thankfully that is enough for the girls to get to go in and start playing, and play they have.  We go out at least three times a day for them to get their play on and its just the best!! 

We still have some work to do: 
*build a ladder and railing for the loft
*put down flooring in the loft
*finish up the patio and fencing
*build a front porch
*add trimwork around both doors and final remaining window
*build, paint, and install the dutch door
*paint the exterior

we've already started work on the patio.  Thomas removed the metal roofing and cleared out all the chicken crap!!  It's coming along.

That list is getting smaller and it's so exciting!


We have had some awesome weather lately and my gardens are loving it.  The peas and beans are growing well, some of the tomatoes already have some little green tomatoes, I've used a handful of the herbs, and the girls have been enjoying the Honey Berries!!  Not to mention that all the flowers are starting to bloom and come up and I am just in love!!

Happy June Y'all!!!

♥ Ashley

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Under the Sea with Ellie and Finnley!!

I had the brilliant idea of combining the girls Family birthday celebrations this year and it was hands down the Best Thing EVER!!!

Thankfully both girls love The Little Mermaid so going with an Under the Sea theme was super easy...and the girls have quite the collection of Ariel toys that decorating was easy too!  We kept things fairly simple with food basics: sandwiches, chips, pirates booty, pasta salad and a veggie tray.  I enlisted the help of our local grocery store to make the cake and life couldn't have been simpler.

I found the decorations at Party City online and purchased them for in-store Pick Up so I could get cashback through Ebates.  I got a balloon pack, cups, plates, napkins, and forks along with some streamers and a table cloth to use as the back drop.  Then on the day of the party we stopped at Target and picked up a couple more decor pieces that we just couldn't pass up. And as usual I got my chalk art skills at the ready and decorated our chalkboard pantry doors to match the party theme!

per Ellie's preference: Vanilla with Vanilla and all Vanilla (no chocolate in sight 😉)

I made an Under Water backdrop for photos and we used the streamers as seaweed, along with shells from our beach adventures and all the fish toys the girls have collected over the years!

Our simple food station:


all the cousins!

I found some sparkler candles that didn't light very well but all the kids got a kick out of them! It was a celebration to remember!

Combining the girls party was an excellent idea and I have a feeling that we will be doing that for years to come.  They totally loved getting to celebrate together (and it minimized the chaos and number of presents) as well as allowed for some together gifts to really shine: like their trampoline!! I loved that all of our family was able to make it and we were able to get a photo of all cousins...which is a rare occurrence.  I highly recommend if you're on the fence about it.

♥ Ashley