Friday, August 26, 2016

Hey Friday!! the last one in August

Y'all I can't believe that today is the last Friday (and weekend) of August. Quite simply that makes my stomach turn because this summer went by way too fast and our deck still isn't finished!! (Not to mention the other 1,200 projects I had)  but I digress, let's get onto this weeks five. 

ONE

Snapchat. I'm obsessed with it...mainly the filters. But also getting peeks into some of my favorite bloggers lives! Be sure to follow along (@Alifeonthefarm). I wasn't planning on going here, but I haven't even tried out the IG Stories because I heard there is no filter. Info check out the stories and really it's not a big deal to me...to each their own. The plus side is if you choose just to do IG all around you're saving storage on your phone by having one less app - that way you can take so many more pictures.





TWO 

Now that we're back to nannying we get to frequent the house that my nanny kids live in. The girl has quite the collection of baby dolls and has sparked Ellie in her love for baby dolls again!! She plays with them, wants a car seat for Bitty, naps with them and now wants to bring Bitty with us everywhere, including Finnley's Doctor appointment for a check up. 




THREE

Ellie has my old iPhone 5C since they wouldn't take it in for a trade in (no problem there!!) and since its my old phone the two are synced up, so when we both get on wifi I find gems like these on my camera roll...






FOUR

Our big project of the summer has been finishing up our deck. It has been a much more in depth process than I thought, but of course isn't that how every house project goes?? When we moved in the deck was half the size and the previous owners painted it orange!! Over the years we let the paint chip away, get peeled off and sand off. Then last year we finally decided that it was time to start making our back yard an oasis, so we doubled the size of the deck and build a cover for it, but left the old deck still standing. This year we replaced the boards of the old deck, pressure washed, swept, sanded, swept, stained, sealed, painted and added in the railing. Which was basically the longest project ever!! But y'all the light is at the end of the tunnel!! I just have to do some touch up paint on the railings and then styling and we are good to go!!! [until we decided to build the step on this end...#williteverend??!!] don't worry I'll share a whole post for the reveal! But in the meantime follow song on IG because I'm sharing on there all the time!


FIVE

We were at Target the other day and I got so inspired by all the fall clothes that I'm thinking we're going to have to have family pictures done pretty soon and I'm thinking that the girls need to wear these outfits. Then I need to find some color coordinated outfits for me and Thomas. What do you think? So cute right?!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Wednesday Weekly - Week 19

Another Wednesday already? I swear I just wrote a post yesterday ;) We've been keeping busy on ye old farm and Finnley is keeping up and blending in seamlessly.

Week 19

  
Eats: still exclusively on formula and she's eating at least 24 ounces a day maybe even more. We did walk down the baby food aisle at Target the other day and I told Thomas that I can't wait to get her some puffs. So maybe this girlfriend will get started on solids earlier than big sis did. Also we are encouraging Finnley to hold the bottle herself, which I'm sure some people would disagree with but it works for us. 


Sleeps: I seriously can't get over how lucky we are with her sleep!! She is still sleeping 10 hours at night and it is glorious and I have to mention that her naps are becoming more consistent too. We are getting a couple of shorter naps throughout the day and then usually a 3 hour one around the same time as Ellie's nap and I'll let you know that it is amazing!!! 

Does: we are working on building up stomach muscles and having the babe sitting up. She can last about 30 second in the nippy but in her walker she can chill for about 10+ minutes which is a win in my book. The other day I laid her down on the playmat on her back while I fed the farm animals and when I returned she had rolled herself into her tummy, no crying and she spit up all over in her celebration. 


Goes: we made a trip to the zoo, to ikea,  the bike store for Dada's bike and since Thomas had to work this week Finnley was finally able to go to the house I Nanny at! 


Loves: we are digging the playmat, the ergo, infant lounger and baby walker.  We've gotten a lot of use out of these items as well as some baby toys.  Finnley is really into grabbing items and she loves to hold onto a blanket, we love these lightweight muslin blankets and used them with Ellie too.




Of Note: girlfriend rolled over by herself a couple of times so now we know it was not a fluke.  Also she has her 4 month appointment tomorrow and hopefully she will do well for that...big sis is pretty excited about getting to go to the doctor, so there is always that ;)


Mama: I cannot tell you how happy I am that Finnley is making strides towards her development.  Rolling over is huge and I am really hoping that by the end of next month that she is sitting on her own because that is a huge game changer! I really cannot get enough of both of my girls and I am pining for Finnley to give us more giggles and laughs because those are just the best. 

Sister: Ellie is just as obsessed as ever with her baby sis.  For a while she wasn't insistent about holding Finn but now she is all about it again.  Also she is constantly singing Finnley her song and is seriously the best helper with Finnley...maybe I can get her to change the diapers?? haha j/k I won't even let her wipe her own butt ;)  But really though it is my hope that these two become the best of friends.





♥ Ashley

Ellie at 19 weeks
 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Wednesday Weekly - Week 18

I'm in utter disbelief that Finnley is already 18 weeks old. This time has completely flown by and somehow this gem of a lady is already 4 months old!!!

Week 18


Eats: still going strong with our Similac Sensitive formula in the Dr. Browns bottles. Now that Finnley is 4 months old we only have 8 months left!!  We love our bottles and how easy formula is but there is something to be said for a babe that can feed them self. Which prompted us to encourage Finnley to start being an active participant during feedings.  We looked back at Ellie's 17 week update and realized that we were having Ellie help out then so it was time for Finnley to step up to the plate...our future is getting brighter.


Sleeps: hallelujah we have figured out naps!! We weren't much of nap nazi's with Ellie when she was an infant because she was such a go with the flow babe, but now that we have Ellie on a solid nap schedule it benefits us to try and get Finnley to sleep at the same time.  So far this week we have been successful to have an overlap during their naps which has been glorious (we've been able to accomplish a lot on our back deck project check out my IG @lifeonthefarm for those updates) and a much less crabby atmosphere here on the farm.  Finnley was going through a phase for a couple of weeks in the late afternoon/early evening where she was getting pretty unruly and I was so afraid of the sleep regression I've heard about but thankfully she is still sleeping through the night and we get to have some rest around these parts.  We still have her sleeping in our room in the bassinet (because I'm lazy and keep forgetting to get a baby monitor - I guess it's just not that big of a deal to me) and swaddled but we tend to find her like this in the mornings so maybe she doesn't need the swaddle anymore??


Goes: we've hit up parks, Costco, gymnastics/swimming for big sis, many trips to Home Depot and then just a bunch of hanging around the house.  We did make our way to get her 3 month milestone photos taken, just a day shy of her 4 monthday but better late than never #amiright?!



Does: we also noticed in Ellie's update that we had her sitting up in the boppy, so we encouraged lil sis to do the same and she was a big fan! Finnley is all about the smiles and I just can't get over it.  She laughs now and its the cutest thing I ever did hear.  I don't remember Ellie's first laugh, but I have a feeling that I will remember Finnley's - plus we have in on video viewable on IG @lifeonthefarm. She grabs her toes and has started to play with toys now too and its just adorbs as well as getting distracted with her hands for nearly 10 minutes.  We've been trying to put her down on her playmat more often and she is now rolling onto her sides.  



Loves: I think it's safe to say that Finnley loves her people and her puppies, she gets such a kick out of Cooper and he is the reason behind her laughs.  She is also a big fan of her Oball, this is such a great toy because her little hands are able to find a grip on it and manipulate it so now I think I really need to get out the rest of the toys.  Finnley babe loves to just hang out with us and watch the Olympics, just like her mama she loves the gymnastics!! 


Of Note: this sweet little babe turned 4 months on Saturday and she is just the sweetest pie I know.  She is a chill babe (most of the time) who loves her feet and hands, hates a paci and can cry like a banshee but makes up for it with her awesome sleep habits. I finally got down the next box of clothes we had in the attic because the 3 month size are getting quite snug so we're moving her into the 3-6 and 9 month clothe sizes and she seems much more comfortable.  I don't put headbands on her as often as I did with Ellie, and Finnley has figured out how to pull them down over her head.  So that means I just need to remember to put more on ;)

Mama: y'all I feel like I've said it before but I'll say it again...I think we've hit our stride with having two babes and it's just as easy as I thought it would be.  I'll admit that we totes lucked out with Finnley having an affinity to sleep but this transition really could not have gone any smoother.  I love spending time with my little babe and watching her grow and develop a personality is just the best.  I can't believe that we have two girls and I get to experience this whole mom thing all over again.


Sister: one of our favorite parts of the day is when Finn wakes up before E during naptime so that when it's time for Ellie to wake up we all go in and hang out in her bed for a few minutes and both girls love it so much.  Ellie is just the best big sister and still has total concern about her sis, though she no longer asks us if we know where Finnley is, maybe because she has realized that Finnley is here to stay or she knows that Finnley is somewhere in the house and is safe.  Regardless, Ellie is all about kissing Finnley's head, giving her hugs and letting us know when Finnley is making a sound.  She is just as if not more excited than we are about Finnley laughing and it's now her main objective every day to get Finnley to laugh and it just melts my heart!  This week is also the first week I was able to capture both girls smiling.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Friday!! an Ellie edition

It's been a while since I've posted on a Friday and I've been missing it something fierce.  Also since little sis hit the scene I haven't posted many updates on what Ellie has been up to lately...sorry sis!  So today I'm going to do something about it!!

{ONE}
Near our home there has been a huge vacant lot that we've been waiting to get developed and it's finally happening! We've been anxiously awaiting a McDonald's opening up and it finally happened last week. When we saw the Grand Opening flags Thomas couldn't wait to take Ellie there for lunch for a Dada Daughter Date. 

We tried hyping it up the days leading up to the big event and Ellie had a blast.  Thankfully Thomas was willing to document their date for me.




If I haven't mentioned it before Ellie is obsessed with the Cars franchise, and just the other day (before their date) she was watching some videos on YouTube and there was an advertisement for McDonald's with Mater trying to order a Mater Burger.  So Ellie insisted on having a Mater Burger with her Happy Meal.  Her very first one!! 

**[Side Note]** which reminds me of a story when I was little, around age 4...My dad was taking me on a Daddy Daughter date and I requested to go to the new McDonald's that just opened up in our neighborhood.  He thought I was crazy because he had never heard of a McDonald's being there so he took me to one about 20 minutes away.  I then requested a Happy Meal, which he thought was frivolous because I already had enough toys so he just bought me an All American Meal!! It was so long ago I am not sure if I was devastated or not, but when we got back home my mom asked how it went and I told her that "Daddy wouldn't take me to the pretty McDonald's because he didn't believe it was there and he wouldn't get me a Happy Meal".  My mom was mortified and chewed him out for it.  It's a hilarious story now and we always make fun of my dad for not getting a Happy Meal.  Needless to say, he learned his lesson and would be willing to get his 32 year old daughter a Happy Meal at any McDonald's I request to go to ;) **[End Side Note]**

Thomas has heard this story on multiple occasions over the years and promised that he would never do that to Ellie...let the Happy Meal toys collection begin!


Mater Burger!!!!



{TWO}

We still have Ellie sitting in a high chair at home.  Not all the time but she loves her high chair and it might be a really sad day on the farm when it's time for Little Sis to take over the reign.  Another thing Ellie loves is gogurt, and she prefers it frozen.  Music to my OCD, lets not make a mess, ears!!  But then this happens because it turns into a "really fun" tactile experience...


{THREE}

We finally got a YMCA membership (for Ellie only) back in February and we signed Ellie up for gymnastics right away.  I was counting down the days until Ellie turned 3 so she could go into a more structured and skill based class.  She's been signed up for two sessions and still manages to wander off away from her coaches...much to my irritation, but Nanny got her the most adorable gymnastics outfit that I can't stop!!! Now that she is so adorable in it and loves gymnastics so much I am going to have to invest in more...where can I find these in her teeny tiny size???





{FOUR}

In addition to gymnastics, we have also had Ellie in swim lessons.  She had to be in the Parent/Child class for nearly 5 sessions before she finally "graduated" to independent swim lessons, finally!!! It is so much more relaxing and fun to just watch her in the water than having to actually be in the water with her - also the locker room is much easier just having to get her changed.  In reality though it's good she was in the P/C class for so long because it really built up her confidence in the water that she now chooses to go to the pool over the park when given the option.  She is so much more comfortable in the water and I am loving her having this independence.  Also, she loves to go into hot tubs!!  One thing that we are doing now when we have to book a hotel (like we did for our Golden Anniversary) is if they have a pool or not so that Ellie can go for a swim.  She spent nearly 2 hours in the pool while we were in Ellensburg and I love it!! (also I love it when Thomas takes her in the pool, that is my favorite ;) )


{FIVE}

I may have mentioned in my previous post that we had a road trip last weekend to Spokane for my cousins wedding.  Ellie has been to her fair share of weddings but this was the first one where she was able to make it to the dancing and she had so much fun.  She loved the ceremony and watching all my cousins walk down the aisle (bride included), and kept asking if Thomas and I are married, that she wants to get married when she gets older, and that she loves weddings.  She ate a bunch of her meal and was just a sweet heart.


Right after the ceremony we were supposed to follow and walk to the reception, but Ellie had other ideas and wanted to play around the alter and "get married"!!  I mean how cute is she???  She totally stole the show IMO, and was the cutest babe there...with the exception of Finnley of course ;)


{SIX}

We started nannying again with one of my former families and Ellie is having so much fun going to her friends house and playing on their equipment.  Also she is still so tiny she can fit into these tiny shorts that are more Finnley's size but they are so cute.  I couldn't help myself but take pictures of her...and look at how long her hair is!!! EEEK, I am in love.  She also keeps asking for a scooter, so we will have to grab my Razor that we have in the garage down for her.  I actually got my Razor back when they first came out in NYC back in 2000.


{SEVEN}

Ellie has an affinity for Cooper, our 9 year old Miniature Pinscher.  She keeps opening our slider door to let him in the house, which is not my favorite when it's so nice outside.  The other day she made her way over to the door and we told her to "stop and what are you doing? put Cooper back outside!" to which she replied without skipping a beat "But Cooper is my Best Friend!!!!" Oh my word it was adorable and now our favorite story to recount.  She also has been asking us to let her take him on a walk, last week I obliged and she watched me grab his harness and leash.  Now she knows where they are and has grabbed them out on multiple occasions claiming she is taking Cooper for a walk.  He is such a good boy and thankfully tiny like Ellie that he is unable to pull her around.  Watching these two (both our first children) together is one of my favorites and I love that Ellie loves her puppy Best Friend so much!!


{EIGHT}

Also since we are nannying again we get to go and do even more fun stuff with our friends.  We made our way to the Childrens Museum and of course Ellie loved the water table section, like always, and could have spent the entire hour there!!  We love it at the museum so much that we are going to have to make sure to take more trips there!!



This little babe is the Apple of my Eye and I am so proud of her and how much she is growing, learning, and who she is becoming.  This sweet girl loves her little sis, loves her friends, and has a new obsession with frosting.  I just can't believe that she is mine and my life is so enriched with her in it.

♥ Ashley

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