More Summer Things

Here’s more of what we’ve been up to this summer.

After nearly 3 years of being married, Chris and I finally updated our bedroom furniture. We bought all new furniture including a king-sized bed, 2 night stands, a dresser/mirror & entertainment stand and a new mattress & bedding. We are loving it so far. I wish I was sleeping better, but at nearly 7 months preggo, this baby is already making me too uncomfortable to really enjoy it. Maybe one day 😉

The good news is, now that we have new bedroom furniture, our old stuff is in our guest room & ready for guests! If you haven’t come to visit us yet and see our new house, now is the time! You have a room to yourself!

New Bedding

New Bedding

Speaking of being nearly 7 months preggo, a few weeks ago I entered my third trimester. I honestly don’t think it’s possible to get much bigger than I am in this picture, but unfortunately it’s going to happen. I do not remember feeling this huge with Elodie, but the doc says he’s measuring right on time. Here’s to another 2 1/2 months of waiting!

3rd Trimester!

3rd Trimester!

While we wait for the baby boy, we finally got around to furnishing his nursery. I’m pretty sure that by the time I was 7 months with Elodie we had nearly everything done… but I guess that’s the joys of being be the oldest child.

We bought a dresser and crib and I think we decided on bedding, which we still need to order. Once we get the bedding, we can paint & etc. At least this is a start..

Baby boy crib

Baby boy crib

Baby Boy Dresser

Baby Boy Dresser

Elodie is beyond excited to meet her brother. Every day she tells me “I want my baby brother to come out now. I miss him.” I tell her that I feel the same way but he needs to get a little bigger & stronger before he can come out and meet us. She loves him so much already. She’s such a sweet baby girl.

2 going on 13

2 going on 13

I can’t recall if I’ve mentioned this or not, but my sister, brother-in-law and nephew moved down here this summer from Nashville. They are both teachers and were able to get jobs in Chris’s school district. They stayed with us temporarily while they found a place to live & we enjoyed having a house full of family.

Hanging with Family

Hanging with Family

Josiah

Josiah

My mom also recently moved a little closer to our new house & now we’re all within 20-25 min of each other. It’ll be really nice to have everyone so close when the new baby arrives.

Seeing Monsters University--first movie in the movie theater

Seeing Monsters University–first movie in the movie theater

We took Elodie to see her first movie in the movie theater. We saw Monster’s University. Elodie loves Monster’s Inc., so we were really excited to take her to see the second one. She’s 2 and a half, and obviously didn’t sit through the whole thing, but she did have fun and enjoyed her popcorn. She was really well behaved and just jumped around from my lap, to Chris’s lap, to her seat & jumped around some more in between. I even took her to see Despicable Me 2 a few days ago by myself & she did even better! What a fun new phase in her life.

I can’t even express how thankful I am to have this summer to spend with Elodie, just the three of us, before our new addition arrives. We need to be sure to set aside Elodie time, without the baby.

Hubs Pre-Peachtree

Hubs Pre-Peachtree

Just like last year on July 4th, Chris ran the Peachtree Road Race again. I wished I would have been able to, but it didn’t seem too appealing being pregnant & all. I did sign up for it, but ended up transferring my number to someone else. The weather forecast was less than favorable, so Elodie and I didn’t go cheer everyone on, but Chris said the rain held off for the majority of the race. He pulled a muscle in his calf while he was running, and is still somewhat recovering. I guess it was a pretty eventful day. I hope to be back out there next year! I’ve been anxiously awaiting being able to start running again.

After the race, we spent some time celebrating the 4th with some good friends. Our friends Jessie & Ben live right in downtown Atlanta and their building has a perfect rooftop view of the Centennial Park fireworks–some of the only fireworks that didn’t cancel because of the weather.

July 4th Celebrations

July 4th Celebrations

Elodie loved watching the fireworks, so it ended up being a great evening.

We only have 2 1/2 weeks left of summer before we go back to school. During these remaining days we will celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary, make a trip up to the beach with Chris’s family, and Chris will finish up his summer semester of grad school. We’re staying busy, but we’ve been enjoying ourselves.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

xoxo

Ash

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

Bee Brave 5k

A few weeks ago, my friend Jennifer suggested running a 5k together. We signed up for the first annual Bee Brave 5k race, which benefits the Mary Kay Foundation.

Chris decided at the last minute that he wanted to join us, so we all bundled up to face the 30-40 degree weather, and headed out to run.

Elodie, snuggled & ready to run!

Elodie, snuggled & ready to run!

Chris was pushing the jogging stroller, and finished with a great time of 24:52.

Professional Photo of Chris' finish

Professional Photo of Chris’ finish

Jennifer and I stayed together and finished with a time of 32:39 (she, being one step ahead of me, had a time of 32:38).

Professional Photo of our finish

Professional Photo of our finish

Chris managed to clench the 1st place spot in his age division!! Pretty awesome for him, considering he took that little cutie for a ride!

Getting his medal: first in his age division

Getting his medal: first in his age division

I finished faster than the last 5k I ran and Jennifer’s goal was to run the whole thing. I think we all accomplished something great with this race!

Me & Jennifer, after

Me & Jennifer, after

Watson Family, after

Watson Family, after

We had a great time participating in the inaugural race and would love to do it again next year.

Just added 3.1 more miles to my goal of 400 for the year. 🙂

xoxo

Ash

January

Well, this month has kind of gotten away from me. I apologize for the absence.

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot to chat about. The weather here has been cold and gloomy. We’ve been hanging out inside a lot, watching football, working and etc.

Here’s a snapshot of our lives the past couple of weeks.

Catch Air has been our best friend due to the yucky weather.

Elodie at catch air

Elodie at catch air

We brought in the new year in style.. with donuts!

Enjoying a donut

Enjoying a doughnut

Elodie is looking awfully grown up in this one!

Princess Elodie

Princess Elodie

Just playing with the iPad

Just playing with the iPad

Messy Elodie after eating a cookie

Messy Elodie after eating a cookie

We moved Elodie up into a big girl class at gymnastics. She’s no longer in the parent-tot class, but a 30-mintue class all on her own! Luckily we have the same teacher, so she’s adjusting to it pretty well. This past week was her 2nd week and a few of her friends from the parent-tot class also moved up with her. They were so stinking cute.

Elodie in her new big girl leotard for gymnastics

Elodie in her new big girl leotard for gymnastics

The past few weekends in a row, we’ve had friends come over to watch the Falcons’ games. We love spending time with our great friends, especially when they entertain our child 🙂

Hope you all are well. Don’t forget about us over here, I’ll get better about updating more often!

xoxo

Ash

Happy 2013!

Happy Twenty-Thirteen, y’all!

We had fun last night ringing in the new year with some good friends.

Me + Chris

Me + Chris

Jessie + Ben

Jessie + Ben

Me + Katie

Me + Katie

Chris + Katie

Chris + Katie

Me + Jess

Me + Jess

New Year’s Resolutions:

As I check things off my Pre-pregnancy bucket list, these are some things I want to highlight as “resolutions” for the new year

1) Buy a House: We’re in a better place to actually accomplish this one this year. So, once we get our tax refund & put that money into our down payment savings fund, we’ll probably start looking.

2) Have a baby: Nope, still not pregnant yet, but hopefully this will be the year for Baby Watson #2.

3) Run 400 miles: I was reading some blog, (I can’t remember which one) where she had a goal of running 400 miles in a year. If you calculate this, it’s about 7 miles per week. This doesn’t seem like a huge commitment per week, so I’m hoping it’s doable.

What are some resolutions you have?

Have a great new year!

xoxo

Ash

Weekend in Savannah

After a week off work hanging around the house because of the cold & rainy weather, and another one  to look forward to, Chris and I needed a change of scenery. We decided (well, I decided and Chris graciously agreed) to go to Savannah for the weekend. I’m from Savannah and miss it almost every day of my life. It’s beautiful, especially around this time of year. I honestly don’t remember the last time we were down there, so we left Saturday afternoon and returned this morning.

We packed up the babe, the car and picked up my mom to head down to Savannah. I’m pretty sure we picked the coldest weekend Savannah has seen this winter, because around this time of year, everyone is usually still rockin’ short-sleeved shirts. Unfortunately, it was in the 40’s and windy for the better part of the weekend. We tried to not let that ruin our fun.

When we got there, we went out to eat and it was just to cold to enjoy anything outdoors. My mom suggested bowling, which was a great idea! Elodie had never been, so it was even more fun 🙂

Cutie waiting to bowl

Cutie waiting to bowl

Mommy & Gigi helping Elodie

Mommy & Gigi helping Elodie

Looking for the ball

Looking for the ball

There it is!

There it is!

The next day, we wanted to walk around downtown Savannah and meet up with our friends the Finnegan’s. The first thing that got Chris’s attention was a ship that was docked & available to tour. I didn’t hear much information on the ship other than its name, The Peacemaker. Chris loved this stuff, so it was fun to walk around.

Savannah Trip 2012

The steering wheel

The steering wheel

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Savannah Trip 2012

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After we enjoyed the sights on River Street, we met up with our friends at one of Chris’s favorite restaurant, Tubby’s Tankhouse.

Lunch with the Finnegan's

Lunch with the Finnegan’s

Outside of Tubby's

Outside of Tubby’s

On River Street

On River Street

The men + babies

The men + babies

All of us

All of us

Silly Ezra inside the Savannah Bee Company

Silly Ezra inside the Savannah Bee Company

After we ate, we went to the Savannah Children’s Museum. It was an all outdoor museum and was really fun for the kids!

At the Savannah Children's Museum

At the Savannah Children’s Museum

Elodie + Ezra

Elodie + Ezra

Savannah Trip 2012

The guys building stuff

The guys building stuff

A giant maze

A giant maze

The parents.. we are having more fun than we look, I promise

The parents.. we are having more fun than we look, I promise

Making her way through the maze

Making her way through the maze

A silly book we found at the museum

A silly book we found at the museum

That evening we had dinner with my aunt & uncle at a delicious hibachi restaurant and loved catching up with them! It was a great short weekend trip!

We came back into to town early this morning so we could be with friends celebrating the New Year!

Have a safe evening & a great 2013!

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

Last Weekend

Last weekend, because of everything going on in Connecticut, was an important weekend to spend lots of time with our loved ones. While our hearts were hurting, eyes crying, and our heads praying, we tried to enjoy ourselves.

Jessie, Katie O. and I went and saw the Atlanta Ballet perform The Nutcracker and the Fabulous Fox.

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I had not seen The Nutcracker, probably since I was in elementary school and we would go on field trips. It was a beautiful performance. The dancers make everything look so effortless and graceful, and of course, the music was amazing. Watching the ballet definitely made me want to put Elodie in dance, at least for a couple of years.

This was quite the treat, as we even splurged a little bit on our tickets and had really good seats. I’m definitely not going to let that much time pass before I see it again. I will also be taking Elodie to experience the beautiful Christmas Magic that is The Nutcracker.

Saturday morning is always fun, family time.

Elodie painting sans shirt. She knows if she wants to paint, that shirt comes off... She's going to have to learn not to do that before she starts school

Elodie painting sans shirt. She knows if she wants to paint, that shirt comes off… She’s going to have to learn not to do that before she starts school

Saturday night, we wanted to do a White Elephant/Dirty Santa gift exchange, so we had some friends come over with a present & food to share. I didn’t get a ton of pictures of the food or gifts, but it was a fun evening.

We made some cranberry holiday sangria, recipe here.

Cranberry Holiday Sangria

Cranberry Holiday Sangria

I made some tomato caprese skewers: grape tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil & drizzled in balsamic vinaigrette.

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And we ate, listened to Christmas music and exchanged gifts. Some people brought silly things like an Obama Chia pet, an ant farm, a toilet bowl coffee mug, Nerf gun & etc.

Ben modeling the ugly sweater coozie he got as a gift.

Ben modeling the ugly sweater coozie he got as a gift.

Fun times with great friends 🙂

On Sunday, we had a birthday party to attend. With 6 babies at Elodie’s babysitters + lots of other friends with kids, it seems like we are going birthday parties all the time lately.

This particular party was at a place called, Catch Air. It is an awesome place for kids, and I’d say it is geared towards those 5 and under. Parents are allowed to get on all the equipment with the kids, so I think Chris and I had just as much fun as Elodie.

A panorama shot of all the place

A panorama shot of the place

Dance party + light-up floor

Dance party + light-up floor

Mommy + Elodie posing while making our way through the GIANT play tower

Mommy + Elodie posing while making our way through the GIANT play tower

Some of the cute babies at the party

Some of the cute (blurry) babies spinning around at the party

Dora even stopped by!

Dora even stopped by!

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The birthday girl!

Action Shot

Action Shot

Catch Air

Little cutie on a big chair

Little cutie on a big chair

Two cuties on a big chair "hey.. whatcha lookin' at there?!"

Two cuties on a big chair “hey.. whatcha lookin’ at there?!”

So as you can see, that place was pretty awesome! It will probably become our favorite hangout over the summer to escape those dreadfully hot temperatures.

Fun weekend in spite of everything going on around us. Please spend some extra time with your loved ones this Holiday Season!

xoxo

Ash

PS: if you’ve not seen this video from The Voice the other night, please watch. It’s a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Newtown tragedy. All the coaches & contestants sing “Halleluiah,” and hold up signs with the names of the victims & their ages. Mascara alert is high for this one!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-SeKsVm7YE 

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

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