Things I Never Blogged About: Elodie’s 3rd Birthday

Trying to play catch up.. so here’s a throwback to November 2013.

Elodie’s third birthday was back in November. I was still on maternity leave, so a stay-at-home-mom friend and I took the kiddos to the aquarium for Elodie’s actual birthday. We love the aquarium, so any excuse to go is a good one. We had not taken Elodie in a while and she is at a great age to really enjoy it. Momma had a fun day with her babies looking at the fish.

Shark Bait ready for the aquarium--Toby at a month and a hafl

Shark Bait ready for the aquarium–Toby at a month and a hafl


Elodie + Ezra

Elodie + Ezra

My sweet babies

My sweet babies

For her party, since Toby was born at the end of September, I knew I wouldn’t have the energy to plan an elaborate party. We decided to have it at a favorite spot of ours, an indoor playground with inflatables called Catch Air. This place took care of everything for us–all we needed to do was show up & bring cake.

My 3 year old ready to party!

My 3 year old ready to party!

The kids played hard for about an hour and a half, which included a dance party with Dora! Once the playing was done we sang & ate pizza, snacks and cake.

Dance party with Dora

Dance party with Dora

Elodie + Dora

Elodie + Dora

Cake for the Princess

Cake for the Princess

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Happy Birthday To You!

Happy Birthday To You!

I think most little kid birthday parties are enjoyed more by the adults who attend, especially when they can get on all the equipment and play right along with the babes. Here’s Chris going down a slide with another little girl who was there.


I can’t believe my baby girl is already 3 years old. She’s growing right up into a beautiful, smart, funny, energetic & loving little girl. I’m so thankful for her. Love you, princess!




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.


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

My pretty flowers


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!



Happy Birthday, hubs!

Happy 28th birthday to my sweet hubs!

Elodie + Daddy ready to go!

Elodie + Daddy ready to go!

Elodie is a lucky little girl to have you as her father, as am I to have you as my husband!

This was our 2nd choice for the card

I love our little family and am so excited to see what your 28th year has in store for us!

I love you Christopher. Have a great birthday!


Mommy & Elodie

“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!



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.


Mommy & Daddy