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!

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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

My 25th Birthday: how we celebrated the world not ending.

My 25th birthday was last Friday, December 21st, 2012. This was the day that people had been talking about for years. You know, that day that the Mayan calendar predicted would be the “end of the world.” Well, that day came & went and we are all still around. So birthday celebrations were in order.

My sweet hubby planned a fun-filled evening just for my big 2-5. He secretly contacted all of our friends & made plans. We all gathered at our place around 5 for the big event. The first surprise on deck: a scavenger hunt. The 8 of us broke into 2 groups of 4 and had our 5 clues in hand to head out around town, to ultimately figure out where we were going to eat dinner. The clues led us to places around town where we spend a lot of time.

The clues for the 2 teams were in a different order, but here they are in the order our team received them. In case our friends didn’t know the answer to a clue, Chris was sure to include a QR code that you can scan with a smart phone, and it will tell you the answer. Luckily, my team had me & I knew all the answers to the clues 🙂

Clue 1:

My baby loves this department store more than Wal-Mart,

You may get caught but please don’t worry.

Take the money and hurry!

With the snack that she loves, it’s red, long and chewy

Spell the name of my love in an aisle,

Take a picture of it and save the receipt and no this is not FOOEY.

The answer was Target. Of course, 3 days before Christmas, this was probably the most difficult clue. Target was crazy busy, but we got it done!

Our Twizzlers in Target

Our Twizzlers in Target

Our Twizzlers in Target

Our Twizzlers in Target

Clue 2:

Tis a clue that might get you a ticket.

You will each need to take a picture with it.

Not to fast now, you hear.

You must find a sign with the age of my dear.

25 mph sign

25 mph sign

25th birthday scavenger hunt

25th birthday scavenger hunt

25th birthday scavenger hunt

Clue 3:

Rumble, Rumble, Rumble,

This one can make you tumble.

Find the place where Elodie rolls, bounces and tumbles.

Make a human pyramid of three,

Do this and you shall make Ashley very happy.

~*Take a picture of the sign and pyramid*~

The answer to this one was the place where Elodie does gymnastics: GAA. This was one of those clues where it was handy to have me around because nobody, other than Chris and I, knew the answer to this one, and Chris wasn’t giving answers. You’re welcome, team 🙂

3 Person pyramid

3 Person pyramid

Clue 4:

Ashley has school spirit,

She wants everyone to hear it.

Go to the place where Ashley molds young minds,

Be creative in a cheer of any kind,

Points will be awarded to the video that is the best.

Hurry now there are only a few more clues left.

Another one where it was nice to have me around. This answer was the school where I work. While our team was quick, they weren’t the best cheerleaders. The second team won this one 🙂 (These videos were taken on cell phone cameras at night, so they are hard to see… but the words are funny if you feel like watching. The 2nd team uses bad words, so don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂)

And Clue 5:

Hurricane Katrina may have been bad,

But you should not be sad.

For this clue lead you to the feast

Its Acworth’s yummy New Orleans Cajun eats.

We knew the answer to this one immediately, one of our favorite restaurants: Henry’s.

Since our team won, and we had some time to kill before our reservation, we hung out & took some pictures.

25th birthday scavenger hunt

The winners! (plus Ben taking the pic)

Jessie + Me

Jessie + Me

Riding in the sleigh

Riding in the sleigh

Santa, Mrs. Claus & and elf

Santa, Mrs. Claus & and elf

Once everyone else got there, we walked down the street to the Oak Barrel & had some wine while we waited.

Drinking some wine

Drinking some wine

And then we went over to the restaurant and hung out a little while longer.

25th birthday scavenger hunt

We met the owner of the restaurant. One of the reasons we love this place is because he walks around & chats with everyone.

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And finally we ate.

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During dinner, Chris had some flowers delivered to the restaurant. They also gave me a birthday shot and a free dessert!

My pretty flowers

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Free bread pudding

It was a great night! Thanks to everyone who came out & to my sweet husband for planning everything!

I’ll be back soon to write about Christmas!

xoxo

Ash

Christmas Card Extras

Hopefully most of the Christmas cards we mailed out have reached their destinations, so since I wanted the pictures on the cards to be new & fresh, I didn’t want to share them until [most of] the cards were received.

A few weeks ago, while our house was bustling with visitors, we got Chris’s mom & my mom to help us out by taking some family pictures of us at the local Marietta Square.

Let’s be honest.. I’ve been dying to share some of the pictures we [did and] didn’t end up using.

So here’s what our Christmas Card looked like:

Christmas Card Outtakes

These are the pictures we used for the card:

The family picture we chose

The family picture we chose

Our sweet girl is looking mighty grown-up here...

Our sweet girl is looking mighty grown-up here…

A perfectly festive picture of Chris and me

A perfectly festive picture of Chris and me

Some other close contenders:

This was our 2nd choice for the card

This was our 2nd choice for the card

Another family photo option

Another family photo option

And then just some other fun pictures we got that day:

You know.. just hanging out at the fountain in the middle of November

You know.. just hanging out at the fountain in the middle of November

Christmas Card Outtakes

Thoughtful little girl

Thoughtful little girl

Christmas Card Outtakes

Elodie + Grandma

Elodie + Grandma

Chris and his mom

Chris and his mom

Chris and his mom

Chris and his mom

Wrangling up the babe

Wrangling up the babe

Elodie + Gigi

Elodie + Gigi

"Let's get one on the train" says Chris. "Let's go 'choo-choo'" says Ash

“Let’s get one on the train” says Chris. “Let’s go ‘choo-choo'” says Ash

Elodie was so great while we were taking pictures, so we had to treat her to some ice cream

Elodie was so great while we were taking pictures, so we had to treat her to some ice cream

Christmas Card Outtakes

It was a beautiful day & I’m so glad everyone was cooperating to get some great pictures!

Hope you all are having a Happy Holiday Season so far!

xoxo

Ash

The Past Two Weeks….

…have been crazy busy! Here’s just a little bit of what we’ve been up to lately in addition to Elodie’s party, running a race & visiting Santa. 

We spent lots of time enjoying the beautiful weather at the park with the grandparents.

Elodie + Grandpa at the park

Elodie + Grandpa at the park

Elodie + Daddy at the park

Elodie + Daddy at the park

Elodie + Grandma at the park

Elodie + Grandma at the park

Elodie collecting acorns with her grandparents

Elodie collecting acorns with her grandparents

We celebrated Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner

We squeezed in some down time.

Elodie + her friends napping on the ottoman

Elodie + her friends “napping” on the ottoman

Diva Girl

Diva Girl

Cutie sitting on the counter

Cutie sitting on the counter

"Really, mom?"

“Really, mom?”

We decorated for Christmas.

Decorating for Chrismas

Decorating for Christmas

We shopped & hung out at the mall.

Elodie + Grandma on the train at the mall

Elodie + Grandma on the train at the mall

We went to the Children’s Museum.

At the Children's Museum: If only I could be half the teacher that Ms. Frizzle was...

If only I could be half the teacher that Ms. Frizzle is…

Children's Museum with Grandma

Children’s Museum with Grandma

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Dreaming of being like Ms. Frizzle

Chris's creation at the Children's Museum

Chris’s creation at the Children’s Museum

We adopted a new kitty. It’s been hanging around where we live for a couple of weeks, and after we fed it for a couple of days, we decided to bring it in. It seems like it once belonged to someone, because it’s de-clawed, but we don’t know much about it other than that. Hopefully we’ll find out more about it once we take it to the vet this week. In the meantime, it’s name is Fergie. I’ll explain more later…

Our new kitty... we've yet to find out if it's a boy or girl, but we've been calling it "Fergie"

Our new kitty… we’ve yet to find out if it’s a boy or girl, but we’ve been calling it “Fergie”

We hung out with some great friends. Chris’s cousin, Michelle & her new husband, Jack, came to visit us from Boston. We don’t see them often, but we always have a great time when we do get together. In addition to catching up & taking it easy, we took them on a tour of a local brewery, Sweetwater Brewery, and out to eat at an AMAZING Tapas Restaurant/Wine Bar, Barcelona. Fun times!

Hanging out with some fun ladies at Sweetwater Brewery (Jess, me, Katie & Michelle)

Hanging out with some fun ladies at Sweetwater Brewery (Jess, me, Katie & Michelle)

Chris, Jack & Me

Chris, Jack & Me

So that’s been the last couple of weeks.

We’ve had a great time catching up & spending time with family & friends. The next couple of weeks are going to be just as busy, but this time of year is the best so we’re looking forward to it!

xoxo

Ash