Monday, February 1, 2016

Weekending...the last one in January

I can't believe that January is over! We had a great month but I am so glad to be on to February, I have actually been counting down to February because my contract with my nanny family was coming to an end and I seriously am so excited to just be home with Ellie everyday.  Especially now since we will be bringing #2 home in a couple of months I am so grateful to get to have this one on one time with her.  I am going to start working at my church again so I will still be working but now it's just going to be me and my girl!!


It was my last day and I just had to wear my Hello sweatshirt to kick off my last day and say hello to the weekend!!  I also had to document how disgustingly dirty this mirror is...I blame Ellie since she loves to put her hands all over it ;)

We enjoyed our last morning with my nanny family and Ellie was a total rockstar for her last nap there: on the couch with no paci!!  She slept for nearly 3 hours and I couldn't love this little peanut any more!!

After I completed my work day I met Thomas out for Indian food for dinner (our favorite) and then we headed to our local YMCA and got Ellie signed up.  I had no idea that you can sign up just your kid at the Y and since she is under 18 there was no joining fee and is only $37 a month!!  We got her signed up for gymnastics and she is so excited.  

After dinner and the Y we went to my Inlaws to hang out for a bit.  We got to talking about texting and how people have "receipts" for texts, so you know when they have read your text and then never which my MIL said she got the best meme from a coworker and shared it with us:

I mean seriously!! What happened?????


We got up in the morning and Ellie wanted to go out on the farm to help feed all the animals.  While we were out there running around and playing Thomas went inside to take a shower and accidentally locked us out (due to habit) and instead of grabbing the spare key we waited until he got out so I could give him a hard time.  BUT while we were waiting I took advantage of going for a "Garden Walk" with Ellie, one of my favorite things!  We checked out all the pots I planted last weekend (I also planted all of the bulbs I got back in October last weekend...all 175 of them, I'm crossing my fingers that at least 50% of them grow!)
I have two of these pots and they are planted with some Tulip bulbs and then Cyclamen on top
and I have 6 of these with Tulips underneath and then some giant Primroses on top
I also decided to plant a Winter/Spring hanging basket - which I have never done before - with primroses and cyclamen, I have to say that I LOVE it!!

Just the right amount of flowers for me right now!! 

Once we finally got back inside the house and got cleaned up (being on the farm is always a dirty affair) we got to work in finally working on Ellie's closet.  We got all the supplies last week: two sets of hanging rod cups and cement blocks.  Ellie's closet used to have just one hanging bar across the top and we only were able to utilize half of it because I had a shelving unit in there, then over the summer we went to IKEA and picked up the KALLAX unit to use instead and my hope was to put it in the center so we could have a double hanging option on the left and a single on the right side.  SO for a good 7 months we had the KALLAX set up in there with the single hanging rod.  It created a bit more storage but was still not ideal, and the KALLAX was a good 7" too short.  I wasn't sure how we would be able to lift it because I didn't want it to hang so a couple weeks ago I thought we could get some cinder blocks to go underneath and they were the perfect height!!  SO we lifted the shelving unit on top of two cinder blocks and then measured, drilled, cut, and screwed all three hanging rods...thankfully the one rod we had was long enough to fit in all three spots with a 1/2" to spare! #winning  So Ellie's closet remodel only cost us about $15!!  

here's the left side
and then the right you can see we are trying to brainwash her into attending our Alma Mater by keeping Thomas' graduation robes in there, lol!

After finishing up the closet Thomas and Ellie hung out for a while, as I moved her dresser/changing table into the nursery, vacuumed her room and brought in her vanity.  I got that all cleaned up and then it was time for Ellie's nap and for me to get my hairs done!!  I went to my friend at her new salon and she did such a great job!  I went from looking like I was 60 years old (I have a lot of grey hairs...she called it tinsel because my hair looked like it was glittering in the salon lights!) to 15 again.  Why 15 you ask?? because that was the last year of my life I had no grey hairs...yep I was 16 and had grey hair!

My question can I learn to recreate this hair style at home??  All we did this time was cover up my roots and next time we will do bayalage to lighten up my ends a bit.  

After my hair was done I went over to my friend Marit's house and we made Valentines Day wreaths!   She had her mom come over and she brought a truck load of supplies.  I sat there for a while trying to figure out what I wanted to do and finally took a wire hanger and made it into a heart, like her "model" one.  Then wrapped it with a ribbon so that hot glue would attach things to it.   After looking at all the supplies I fell in love with this heart ribbon/fabric and took about 10 minutes trying to figure out how to get it on the wire, when her mom said to just edge the whole thing! Genius and I did that with three more fabric/ribbon options!!  I absolutely love it...and so does Ellie, she claimed it for her door when I got home!
  here is a more detailed shot!

 I spent the morning getting Ellie's vanity put together with filling in the drawers with her bow collection, jewelry, and unmentionables.  I am so in love with how her room is coming together and she is quite smitten with having a mirror in her room (at last!).  I am still trying to figure out a fabric to recover the stool and I might want to change out the knobs....I was throwing around the idea of using this for the bench, what do you think?

And after Ellie was finished playing around I moved all of her toys out of sight so I could take a good "styling" shot ;)  Her room is no where near complete because I still have some time consuming things to do: sand/prime/paint the baseboard, collect pictures and art for a gallery wall, and then also decide on a pattern for all the gold dots I found to go on her bed wall... But I am so in love with all of this.

When I finished working on Ellie's room we went to Half Price Books and girlfriend enjoyed moving the step stools all around the store...

Then it was back home for Ellie to take a nap and it was change the sheets day....So I decided to fully make the bed and take a picture.  

While I was working on the bedroom, Thomas was in the bathroom installing the drawer pulls we picked out last week!!

Our bathroom is getting closer to being done...we really just have 2 3 things left to do!! Pick out tile for the floor, purchase/install the vanity lights and get a new door knob for the linen closet!  It's so nice to get these home items checked off the list!!

When Ellie woke up from her nap, my dad came over to hang out for a little bit.  He wanted to learn about a tablet v. lap top, and I think he is going to go for a tablet.  Then he and Ellie played with her train set for a while and he got a kick out of how she likes her trains to skip the tracks!  

After my dad left we hopped in the car and I dropped Thomas and Ellie off at his parents house for dinner while I went to Supper Club!! We started back in November and it's been so much fun getting together each month.  We had Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti Squash, Quinoa stuffed Pepper, Salad and Cheesecake for dessert!! It was delicious!!!

And here is our group!

Definitely a weekend for the books!!

Have you ever thought of a Supper Club?  Seriously it is so much fun, I love that not only do you get to have people over but you get to use your dining room table and your good china!!!

Happy Monday!

♥ Ashley


  1. I love the closet! Nice job! I wish my daughters' closet was that neat.

  2. Yay for supper club! And, okay, what is bayalage? I have never colored my hair, ever, but with more and more grays coming in I know I need to start soon! Loving E's vanity!!

  3. Ellie's vanity!!! SO CUTE! I so want to get one for Scarlett and all of her headbands and bows!

  4. I really, really love the color of your hello sweatshirt!


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