Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Our Weekend - Adoption Day Celebration

How is the weekend over already?!!

We had the best long weekend just soaking up the last few days of summer before school starts. 

I had a half day on Friday and it was such a blessing after the long week we had with Ellie. It was so nice to have her home for her nap and to just chill for a little bit afterwards.  

Friday night we headed up north for dinner and to watch part of the Husky game with my family. It was so great to have some family time and encourage Ellie's relationship with her cousin. My sister also picked up one of those roller coasters at a garage sale and Ellie had a blast playing on it, so I think I'll be on the lookout for a good deal on one of those!

Saturday we got up and went out for doughnuts!! I have been wanting to do that for a while and I'm so glad we finally made time for it.  There a is a "newer" doughnut shop fairly close to us and it is so much better than the Safeway kind! I got a bacon maple bar, Thomas got a Bavarian Creme and Ellie got one with sprinkles. They were a total hit and I'm hoping to have this be a monthly tradition. Not to mention Ellie was pretty into her donut which was a pleasant surprise.  Then we stopped by the sprint store so I could get my contacts transferred over - ahh how technology has changed since I had my first cellphone back in 1998.  We ran a few more errands and then back home for Ellie's nap. 

I got my hair done in the afternoon. It was the best to have a few hours of pampering. I got my hair cut (haven't had a professional cut in over three years!!) and then also got a color (it's been since January). My friend/colorist took before pictures and I can't even believe I had that many grey hairs I looked nearly 65! Why didn't anyone tell me?? Anyways I just love how it turned out and will try to make it to the salon more often!!

Then on Sunday it was Ellie's second Adoption Day!  In case you are wondering what that means, on September 6, 2013 we had our court date that made us a legal family!! It is definitely a day for celebration and we have every intent to make this day special for the rest of Ellie's life!!  
We decided this year we would take a trip to Disneyland! This will not be the case every year but we wanted to take advantage of Ellie being free until she's three for admission into the park. It's a trip we are looking forward to and if you have any Disney tips we'd love to hear them!

Additionally since practically all of Thomas' family are teachers we had an end of summer/school starting get together with his siblings (and Ellie's cousins). We had a great time just spending time together and we even had a FaceTime call from my MIL (she is visiting family in Nebraska).  It was so fun and a great way to kick off the school year!

Monday was pretty low key, we headed to a nearby town that has some super cute vintage-y type shops. I picked up a new amber necklace for Ellie since her original one is two years old. Then we grabbed some caramels at my favorite spot - this year they have Pumpkin Spice Caramels and they are so good, even Ellie likes them. We had pizza for lunch and back home for Ellie's nap. I made a Michaels run and a trip to the grocery store during her nap and Thomas washed the cars - I've landed myself a real winner! Then it was just playing and hanging out, having dinner, bath time and bed. 

Happy Tuesday! Praise Jesus it's only a 4 day week!

♥ Ashley

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  1. Cute pictures! Love your hair cut & color!

  2. Awww... Happy adoption day to Ellie!!!! <3<3<3<3

  3. Happy adoption day! I'm glad you got to spend some awesome family time together as part of your celebration!

  4. Happy Adoption Day! I think it's great that you celebrate it in such a special way. :-)


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