Videos

Here are some videos from around our house lately.

Elodie borrowed the iPad from me & was “reading” my book.

Toby loves laying on his playmat in the mornings & is becoming increasingly more chatty and smiley

We have recently been switching out our fall decor for our Christmas decor around the house. This included getting rid of our pumpkins. We got a 70-something lb pumpkin & live on a giant hill, so this was the easiest way to get it to the street.

Elodie celebrated her 3rd birthday a few weeks ago and got a microphone as one of her presents. She’s been putting on performances for us ever since.

Toby and Elodie are sort of obsessed with one another. This morning, we were spending time in Toby’s room and Elodie wanted to hop in the crib with him and read him a book. Notice how he pays such close attention to her. I’m a lucky momma.

Once we get our tree, I’ll post some pictures of our decorated house.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving all.

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

Christmas 2012

We had a small Christmas this year. It was just us, my mom, and the Williams (my sister, bro-in-law and nephew, Josiah.) We loved spending time together and watching the kiddos interact. Elodie was filled with pure joy for days as she opened up and played with all of her new goodies. Experiencing Christmas through a child’s eyes is so much more magical and exciting than I ever remember experiencing myself. I can only imagine that it will get better and better as she grows up!

Christmas started a few days before when presents arrived from Grandma & Grandpa. We couldn’t help but let her open (most) of them early.

Leap Pad from Grandma & Grandpa. Apparently these are a hot commodity among the kiddos. Lucky girl.

Leap Pad from Grandma & Grandpa. Apparently these are a hot commodity among the kiddos. Lucky girl.

Elodie showing off a present. We opened up presents from Grandma & Grandpa a few days early :)

Elodie showing off a present.

Then, the Williams’ came into town & we enjoyed their company for a few days leading up to Christmas. I know my mom was so happy to have both her daughters, sons-in-law and grandbabies under one roof for several days!

These kids are hard to get still enough to take a picture of them together

These kids are hard to get still enough to take a picture of them together

Sweet baby Josiah, 8 months

Sweet baby Josiah, 8 months

He was loving our kitties

He was loving our kitties

Aunt Ashley & Josiah

Aunt Ashley & Josiah

Uncle Chris, Josiah & Elodie. Chris is cutting fingernails.

Uncle Chris, Josiah & Elodie. Chris is cutting fingernails.

In the middle of preparing for Christmas, we took the front off of Elodie’s crib to turn it into her “big girl bed”

Elodie in her big girl bed

Elodie in her big girl bed

Sleeping in her big girl bed. She looks so grown up

Sleeping in her big girl bed. She looks so grown up

Santa came & went and we enjoyed Christmas morning together too.

Thanks Santa

Thanks Santa

Dora DVD, her fave :)

Dora DVD, her fave 🙂

Aunt Allison & Josiah opening his first present

Aunt Allison & Josiah opening his first present

Trampoline! The "big" Santa present this year

Trampoline! The “big” Santa present this year

A doll, stroller, crib & car seat from Gigi.

A doll, stroller, crib & car seat from Gigi.

She was in heaven opening e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g, including all of my & Chris's presents

She was in heaven opening e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g, including all of my & Chris’s presents

New Minnie Mouse slippers

New Minnie Mouse slippers

Helping Uncle Raef open Josiah's present: a drum full of musical instruments

Helping Uncle Raef open Josiah’s present: a drum full of musical instruments

Pushing her baby around

Pushing her baby around

She loves this thing

Just checking it out..

There she goes again!

She just can’t get enough of this thing

The aftermath.

The aftermath.

Merry Christmas to mommy

Merry Christmas to mommy

Elodie in her dress up dress with her matching doll.

Elodie in her dress up dress with her matching doll.

And just for fun.. here are some videos we got. Notice Elodie is hanging out with her trampoline in both of them. I think Santa picked out a great gift for her this year.

This was one was hilarious. For some reason she used her “wand” to make the magic tissues jump around. This kept us entertained for far longer than it should have. Thanks for being a good sport, Uncle Raef, who invented this game.

We had a great holiday!

Thanks for everyone who sent love to us here in GA, both in cards & gifts! We love you and hope you all had a great Christmas as well!

I can’t believe it’s all over until next year. Here’s to a great 2013!

xoxo

Ashley 🙂

Videos

3 more days of school & we can breathe and enjoy some holiday time with our family! Until then.. I haven’t had time to write about anything exciting. I have lots of posts I need to write, so check back over Christmas break!

In the meantime, I’ll post a ton of videos we’ve taken & I haven’t shared.

From her birthday: everyone singing to the birthday girl

Elodie using a “magic wand” & saying “abracadabra!” I really don’t know where she learned this from, but my guess is an episode of her favorite show, Bubble Guppies

Elodie and Grandma being silly a couple of weeks ago when she was in town

Elodie hates the vacuum, and a few mornings ago we needed to clean, but Elodie had other plans.

And the most recent: this evening we received a package in the mail from Grandma & Grandpa which contained Christmas presents. Elodie couldn’t resist opening a couple of them, so we let her have some fun. Here’s a little video of her opening a few. Thanks Grandma & Grandpa. Don’t worry, we didn’t open them all, so she still has some for Christmas morning!

Hopefully these will hold ya over until I have some free time to write some more updates!

xoxo

Ash

This Week

Here’s what’s been going on this week!

Another potty training update: Elodie has only had 1 accident this week. We even bought her some big girl underwear, which I’m sure are more comfortable than those plastic things she had been wearing. We are so proud of her! We are handing over the remainder of her diapers to her babysitter, who hopefully can use them on other babies. The only problem we’ve noticed is that when she’s out in public, she’s uncomfortable using the toilet with no potty seat, so she just holds it. It’s great that she’s able to do that, but we don’t want her to have to hold it & be uncomfortable. So, we ordered her a portable, travel potty seat. We haven’t gotten it yet, so we’ll see how it works! She’s growing up too fast.

Big girl underwear!

On the same note of Elodie growing up too fast, we rearranged her room this weekend. I want to get rid of her changing table, since it takes up too much room & we haven’t used it in weeks. There were other things I was getting sick of too, and we needed to clean up so we can make room for all the fun things she’s going to get for her birthday/Christmas, so we finally moved things around. We moved her bookshelf that was standing up vertically and by her door/closet over in front of her window laying horizontally, so she can reach all her toys/books and we could use the top of it to store things/get stuff up off the floor. We pushed her crib over more and put the rocking chair in the corner by her crib. We also moved the dresser to where her bookshelf used to be, and the changing table stayed in the same place. That will be easy to disassemble when we decide to either get rid of it or put it in storage. Here are some pictures to clarify what I was talking about.

We rearranged Elodie’s room

It was a much-needed change and I love it so far.

On another note, this week was homecoming week at my school. Since I teach Freshman, they don’t get too involved in spirit week so it’s up to us teachers to get them motivated! This is one of the craziest weeks because there’s so much going on: dress up days, parade/block party, pep rally, game, and dance. I didn’t go to all of these events, but we definitely did dress up & chaperone the dance.

The Freshman Academy math teacher ladies all dressed up

In addition to spending the weekend recovering from the busy week, we spent our morning at the park.

Fun times at the Park

In the meantime, between work  and Chris being in school, we are planning Elodie’s 2nd Birthday Party. It’s going to be a the park again like last year on November 17–the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Come on out and join us. Invitations will be sent out soon, so let me know if you’d like one.

Have a great week!

xoxo

Ash

We’re not dead… I promise

Hey… is anyone still there? Haha, it’s been quite a while since my last post! We’ve been busy and I’ve been feeling sick. I just dropped in quickly to share a video of Elodie we took tonight at dinner. She’s eating pasta with broccoli, and loves it.

 

 

We’re heading to a football game at my school tonight, but when we get home I’ll try & post a Foody Friday recipe I made this week: 3 bean turkey chili. Easily my new favorite chili recipe. Check back later 🙂

Also, I’ll try and write an update about potty training 3 weeks in.

xoxo

Ash

 

Videos

Here are some videos of Elodie.

I tried to get two of them tonight, but Elodie never wants to cooperate when the camera is rolling. One of them shows her little stubborn self & in the other one she shows off the Itsy, Bitsy Spider & her Wheels on The Bus moves.

 

In this one, she is jamming out to iTunes on my phone. She has good taste in music and her dance moves aren’t too shabby either! I don’t know why this one is so fuzzy.. but she’s still cute!

 

And this last one is old, I can’t remember if I’ve ever shared it or not, but she’s showing off the flipping skills she learned in gymnastics. By the way, Chris and I feel like Elodie’s gymnastics class is one of the best things we’ve ever done for her. It’s so great & I really hope she chooses to continue doing it when she’s old enough to make the decision for herself. I may write a post just about this soon. We have it tomorrow night, so I may try and snap some more pictures of it 🙂

xoxo

Ash