Easter 2013

Easter this year was pretty low-key. On Saturday we went to a local Easter Egg hunt and had a blast. They had the kids divided up into several age groups for hunting eggs. Elodie was in the 0-2 age group, so she was one of the older ones. She did so great!

Funny story: The hunt was supposed to begin at 11. At around 10:59:30, Elodie decided she really had to go potty. We asked her a few times if she really had to go, and she insisted. Chris picked her up and ran her to the potty. As soon as they left, the announcer came on and said “we’re ready to start.. I’m going to count backwards from 100..” We thought we they had plenty of time until he came back on.. “no.. I’m going to count backwards from 3, 3-2-1, GO!.” I sent my mom out to make sure she grabbed a few eggs for Elodie. Elodie and Chris came running back over shortly after and she still had plenty of time to collect those eggs. Bad timing, kiddo.

Gearing up for the hunt!

Gearing up for the hunt!

Getting started

Getting started

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Love this one! She's taking this pretty serious!

Love this one! She’s taking this pretty serious!

The whole hunt lasted all of 5-10 minutes before all the eggs were gone, but Elodie still got a basket full of eggs.

It was a beautiful day, the first one in several weeks. We enjoyed getting out & celebrating the holiday for a few minutes!

Family photo. Notice the 14.5 week bump <3

Family photo. Notice the 14.5 week bump ❤

Elodie + Gigi

Elodie + Gigi

Sunday, Easter, we spent most of the day at home. I had every intention of dying eggs with Elodie, but was missing something I needed, so we never got around to that.

The Easter Bunny brought Elodie a basket full of paint & bubbles. She’s been telling me she wants the Easter Bunny to bring her paint for several weeks, so of course I had to relay her message to Mr. Bunny & luckily, he delivered.

Easter Basket

Easter Basket

Excited about her goodies

Excited about her goodies

After some paint fun/a slight green-paint-on-our-carpet incident, we met my mom & our friends Jessie & Ben for brunch. Brunch was followed by a nice, relaxing day.

Just for fun.. here are our Easter family pictures from the past 2 years. It’s so crazy to see how Elodie has grown. And next year, there’ll be another little family member to spend the holiday with!

Our family last year-2012

Our family last year-2012

Elodie's first Easter-2011

Elodie’s first Easter-2011

Hope you all had a lovely Easter!

xoxo

Ash

Spring has Sprung… sort of.

Anyone who knows me knows I’m NOT made for the cold weather. As soon as there is a hint of warm weather, my mood instantly perks up. I complain nearly every morning when I check my weather app & it says 30’s or 40’s. I’m beyond ready for spring/summer.

March is a crazy month, weather wise. One day it’s sunny & warm, one day it’s snow-flurrying, and then we’re under tornado warnings the very next day. So we try and savor those lovely warm sunny days, because you never know when we’ll get another one. We’ve spent a few days at the park lately and it’s been wonderful.

Flying a kite with daddy

Flying a kite with daddy

Elodie loving life & swinging her heart out

Elodie loving life & swinging her heart out

We also spent the other weekend in downtown Kennesaw at an annual event they host called, Touch-a-Truck. They have dozens of vehicles, school buses, fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, etc. out on display for the kids to run around, get in, and touch. It was a gorgeous day & Elodie loved getting in all the cool vehicles they had. The BEST part about the event was that everything was free! They had inflatable bouncy houses for the kids that were free & they were giving out free popcorn! We couldn’t of asked for a better way to spend the morning.

In a school bus

In a school bus

holding a fire hose

holding a fire hose

sitting in a fire truck

sitting in a fire truck

more fire truck

more fire truck

Elodie and daddy are in trouble in the police car

Elodie and daddy are in trouble in the police car

She loved honking the horn!

She loved honking the horn!

touch-a-truck

This was a great event & I’m looking forward to more out-doorsy stuff as the weather starts to improve.

Hope you’re starting to enjoy the glimpses of spring.

xoxo

Ash

First Trimester: Zombieland

So my first trimester with baby #2 is officially over.  In a word, it’s been exhausting.

When I was pregnant with Elodie, I was only taking 2 classes at KSU and working part-time doing after-school tutoring. I could fit in a nap most days, and aside from the 4+ months of throwing up on a daily basis, it was manageable.

This time around…our life is totally different. I teach ALL DAY (extended day with no planning, only a 26-28 minute break for lunch) and we have a busy toddler to chase around after work. Chris has class 2 nights a week, so I pick Elodie up from her baby-sitters & the two of us are on our own for the evening. And lately, with all the house hunting we’ve been doing, it seems like all our free time is filled with all sorts of weird schedules. (We are under contract with a house (!!!), by the way, but more on that later).

Elodie goes to bed around 7:30 in the evenings, and I’ve been passing out on the couch shortly thereafter.  I’ve never been more exhausted in my life. I seriously feel like I’m a zombie.

Around 11 weeks, I woke up & definitely felt more pregnant.

Around 11 weeks, I woke up & definitely felt more pregnant.

Our apartment is a mess, my classroom is a mess, and I feel like my life is a mess.

The weekends are somewhat of a relief for all of us because my mom usually comes over to keep Elodie entertained, while Chris and I  try and get our place in order/write lesson plans, I squeeze in a nap, etc. Luckily, Elodie & Gigi love spending time together, so this is a good arrangement for everyone.

On St. Patty's Day--12.5 weeks pregnant

On St. Patty’s Day–12.5 weeks pregnant

The only thing better this time around is the nausea. I feel a little sick in the mornings, but usually as soon as I eat something it goes away. My appetite is a little off, but it’s not nearly as bad as it was with Elodie. Although, the past couple of days, it seems to have gotten worse and I’ve actually been throwing up. I’m hoping it gets worse before it gets better very.quickly, right?

Rockin' all my maternity clothes--12 weeks 6 days

Rockin’ all my maternity clothes–12 weeks 6 days

As this first trimester comes to an end, I’m hoping I start feeling a little more like myself. I’m certainly not looking like myself. My belly has definitely “popped.” I told my students around 11 weeks that I was pregnant, and they all graciously responded with  “we know, Mrs. Watson. Your belly was getting bigger, but nothing else was… and we know you run, so we figured you were pregnant.” I just appreciate them not saying anything sooner 🙂 I teach 9th graders, by the way, so it’s pretty impressive that they didn’t burst sooner!

I’m pretty much only wearing maternity clothes, with a belly band thing for my pants that don’t button, so there’s that.

13 weeks!

13 weeks!

I have an appointment today to check on the babe, and hopefully during my appointment next month, we can find out the gender! I’m so excited to find out!! My students are dying to know 😉

xoxo

Ash

PS: Happy birthday to my MOM!! Love you!! ❤

Lately

I am really in a rut with this whole blogging thing. I’m too busy during the week to write anything and then on the weekends, we are enjoying our time together/running errands/doing stuff around our house, so I quickly run out of time then too.

Also, I suck at taking pictures.

There are a few things I have managed to capture in the past couple of weeks, so here it goes.

Elodie’s knowledge/vocabulary just grows exponentially by the day. She’s saying 3-4 word sentences (her favorite of which is “no, my do it!”),  she repeats e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g we say, she’s learning to count, she knows some letters (pretty much just O & W),  she knows almost all of her colors, and she loves “reading” books to herself.  Her favorite things to do around the house are jump on her trampoline, have a tea party, push her baby dolls around in a stroller, color, draw and paint.  She also loves Skyping with Grandma & Grandpa on the iPad.

Blow-drying her hair

Blow-drying her hair after her bath like a diva

She’s gotten so sweet with us. Every afternoon when we come home or pick her up from her babysitter’s, she runs to us & screams “mommy! daddy! miss you!” She gives the best kisses, tells us “lub you” all the time, and after a long day she cuddles up to us and says “mommy/daddy need you.” What toddler says that?! How adorable!

This is a cute video  I took the other day of her “counting.” For some reason 7 & 9 are favorites.

The weather here has been horrible. As I’m sure most people are, I am SO SICK of the cold weather. It’s been ridiculously cold (for GA) and we’ve been hiding out inside as much as possible. We went to the Children’s Museum the other weekend and finally got a membership. I’m super excited that we can go there whenever we want now for freeeeeeee. It will definitely be worth it over the summer when the weather gets miserable for another reason.. the dreaded heat. Dreaded heat + me being really preggers will not be a good combination this summer. Indoor activities will be welcomed 🙂

The Children's Museum

The Children’s Museum

The Children's Museum

dress up @ the Children’s Museum

Speaking of cold weather.. the past few days we’ve had snow flurries. Yep, it’s March… and we live in GA.. and it was snowing. What?!

Snow! On March 1!

Snow! On March 1!

A good friend of ours came into town this past weekend and we went out. I chauffeured everyone around in our awesome minivan & it was a great night.

Playing bocce ball

Playing bocce ball

In the meantime.. we’re on the hunt for a house so keep your fingers crossed! Here’s hoping we have some good news soon!

xoxo

Ash