Ho-Ho-Ho!

Elodie saw Santa (or “Grandpa” as she affectionately calls him) this week. Of course, Mommy & Daddy had to sit with her, but it makes for a cute family Christmas-y photo. Hope you all are starting to get into the Holiday Spirit!

It’s kind of a big deal…

Thanksgiving morning, while most people are starting to prepare their Thanksgiving meals, Chris, Jessie and I were running the Gobble Jog 10k race with 10,000 other crazy runners in Marietta.

Before the race

Me & Chris before the race

Jessie actually just started running a few months ago. She was doing a couch-to-5k training program and we had been bothering her about signing up for a race with us. Finally, we convinced her to run not just a 5k, but to double it & run the 10k with us!

Some of the other 10k-ers

Chris and I both wanted to beat our times from the Peachtree and Jessie just wanted to run the whole thing! We all accomplished our goals. Chris did the Peachtree in 51:58 and completed this one in 45:18; I did the Peachtree in 1:16:45 and I completed this on in 1:10:36; Jessie had never ran a race before and had an awesome time of 1:20:37!

If my math is correct, Chris and I both shaved 6 minutes off our time.. so that means we both shortened our time by a minute per mile! Not too shabby 🙂

Post race! We don’t even look tired

Being tough… or awkward

Go Team!

This running thing is becoming quite addictive and I’m looking for my next race already (I’m thinking this one–the 15k).

Needless to say, I think we definitely earned our Thanksgiving meal this year!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.

xoxo

Ash

“Whoooo” turned 2

We celebrated Elodie’s 2nd birthday last weekend at a local park we love. We didn’t get a ton of great pictures, because we were too busy having fun. Here are a few shots from Elodie’s “‘Whoo’ is turning two” party.

The birthday girl, running around

Crazy girl

Table set up

Thanksgiving tables cloths that the kids could color on

More table set-up

GIANT cupcake cake

Elodie in her owl shirt, made by Aunt Jessie

All the kiddos playing in rocks

Sisters hanging out

Daddy + Elodie

Presents + Friends

Elodie + some friends from her babysitter’s

Philip + Raya

The Dashevsky’s

The birthday girl, while everyone is singing to her

Brandie, Cambria, Grandpa & Grandma

Uninteresting in opening presents

More presents

Gigi + Josiah

Aunt Allison + Josiah

Cousin Josiah

Elodie pushing her cousin on the swings

Thanks everyone for coming out! Our little princess had a great day!

And just for fun… here’s a picture from last year’s birthday party at the same park:

Snapshot from last year

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I’ll be back soon with some updates from this week with the grandparents!

xoxo

Ash

Happy 2nd birthday, Elodie Alene

Dear Sweet Elodie Alene,

We cannot believe you are two years old! You’re growing into a beautiful and intelligent little girl.

January 2012

Hanging in her crib–January 2012

You are definitely a toddler with your short temper and everything is “mine.” Despite the beginnings of your “terrible two’s,” you still have such a sweet heart. You’re never shy with your hugs and kisses. You never fail to run to “mommy” or “daddy” and give us a big hug when we see you after work. You still love to cuddle. You’re favorite thing to do is cuddle up with us on the couch and watch one one of your favorite tv shows.

Watching Soccer with Daddy–February 2012

Chatting with Gigi–February 2012

Visiting with the Watson’s–February 2012

You’re speaking more and more everyday. You’re starting to recognize your colors; your favorites are purple and orange. You love to read, paint, color, bounce (on our beds), play in your new play kitchen, and play with all your stuffed animals. You love stickers, markers (or your “marks”), dancing, singing, baths, and eating junk that’s not good you.

March 2012

Easter 2012

Easter 2012

During your second year of life you had many firsts. You were in your first wedding, you rode on an airplane for the first time, we went trick-or-treating for the first time, you used the potty (and are now potty trained) for the first time, you went to the beach, and you started gymnastics.

Strawberry picking–April 2012

April 2012

These past 2 years have been the best of our lives. You gave us the best gift ever 2 years ago by coming into our lives, and hopefully we can spoil you to death to try and repay you for giving us the privilege of being your parents.

Mommy + her mini-me: Mother’s Day 2012

Her table–May 2012

Elodie + Josiah: June 2012

Sisters + Cousins: June 2012

ATL Zoo: June 2012

While being parents to a toddler, who n.e.v.e.r sits still isn’t always the easiest job in the world, we know our world is a much better place by having you in it. You’re a beautiful little girl, who is going to grow into a wonderful young lady. You’re mommy’s little mini-me and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

Elodie + Michelle @ her wedding! June 2012

One day (although not anytime soon), you’re going to make a wonderful big sister. We love experiencing childhood all over again through you and can’t wait to watch you with another little Watson running around, teaching him/her everything you know.

Being Silly with Grandma: July 2012

Beach: July 2012

Beach:July 2012

Happy birthday, sweet baby girl. You’re the best. We can’t wait to celebrate at your party this weekend.

Potty Girl: September 2012

Minnie Mouse: Halloween 2012

Football game with Mommy: November 2012

Hanging with Daddy: November 2012

Silly Girl: November 2012

Love you.

xoxo

Mommy & Daddy

So, we started a book club…

No, we’re not a bunch of old ladies, we’re a group of 20-somethings who started a book club. A  month or so ago a friend tweeted about wanting to start one, my friend Jessie and I agreed, made a group on Facebook to see who else would be interested, and had our first meeting today. The rest is history.

ImageThe first book we read was Kisses From Katie. While it wasn’t my favorite book, I’ll focus on the positive things. She’s a deeply religious young woman, who, after being called upon by God, decided to give up her “perfect” Tennessee life and move to Uganda. Initially, she intended on staying for a year to teach Kindergarten, but ended up staying and adopting more than a dozen children. This book is her story.

I’m not a terribly religious person, so there was a lot of this book that I couldn’t connect with because through each story about her own life, she relates it back to a verse/story in the Bible. I can, however, appreciate wanting to change the world and doing so through loving, teaching, and taking care of less-fortunate children.

I encourage you to check out her website, blog, and store There’s no doubt that this young woman has a huge heart and a desire to make the world a better place. I am interested to follow her story to see how her ministry grows and progresses. I may even help her out through a donation or sponsorship.

If you’re looking for an easy read or just want to be inspired to make the world a better place, give this book a try.

Looking forward to our next book club meeting next month!

Have you read any good books lately that could be a possibility for a future meeting?

xoxo

Ash