The Terrible Twos

I think after six months of being two, Ashton has crossed the threshold of the “terrible twos.”  These are the reasons I believe it to be true:

  • He threw a tantrum because he wanted to be upstairs AND downstairs at the same time.
  • He threw a tantrum because he wanted me to be on the couch AND in the kitchen at the same time.
  • He thought a celery stalk was disgusting, but freaked out when I went to throw it away.
  • He thought a baby carrot was disgusting,  but freaked out when I went to throw it away.
  • He says “I want to” (meaning I don’t want to) and crosses his arms to drive the point home.
  • He wants to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, but then throws a tantrum when I put it on.
  • He only wants to watch the “Pirate Mickey” episode of Mickey (we finally moved on from the Christmas episode).
  • He only wants to eat Elmo pouches (overpriced yogurt pouches).
  • He gives Gemma pieces of his snacks, and then freaks out that she’s eating his snacks.

Thankfully he is sleeping good and sweet as pie when I put him to bed.  It fills my heart up enough to forget his craziness and start all over in the morning! 🙂 ❤

Happy Thursday! xoxo

Friday Favorites: Things My Two Year Old Says

I’ve been wanting to write down all of the cute/funny stuff Ashton is doing and saying lately, and that time is now.  I want to remember it, and if I wait any longer I will forget.  He is 2 years and 3 months, and time is flying!

Yesterday we went trick-or-treating, and it was so much fun.  It’s really the first year that Ashton has been able to participate and be aware (a little) of what’s going on.  He wore the same costume as last year, and it just barely fit.



He would go up to houses, knock on doors, say a jumbled “trick-or-treat” and say thank you at every house.  He was so polite!  He also wanted to either go inside or stay with the people on every front porch, especially if they had a dog.  It was really the cutest thing to watch.

A couple weeks ago we were down in Florida visiting family and here are some things that Ashton said and did down there:

  • He had NO FEAR of the ocean.  By the end it was a struggle to get him to leave the water.

    Surfer Dude.

    Surfer Dude.

  • We were near Daytona Beach and it was “Biketober Fest.”  There were so many motorcycles, and Ashton started calling them “mycles” (pronounced like the name Michael).  Two syllables are much easier than four 🙂
  • He called our Aunt Anne “Onie,” and loved throwing shells into the ocean with her.
  • He got to meet his Aunt Jan, and asked about her everyday for a while.
  • He met his Nana and Grandad’s dog (he and Gemma both loved her).IMG_9532
  • Hotel was called “tell.”

Other things he’s saying:

  • “Bulls” for vegetables.  Which he loves now, especially peas.
  • He used to say “key” for Mickey, but this week he actually started to say it correctly, and he was so proud of himself.
  • He calls Aunt Lori “WahhhhWeeeee” and asks about her pretty much all day long.
  • When Dada is gone, he says “Dada airport!”  And he tells anyone who will listen (i.e. the random older couple we passed on our walk today).
  • He pronounces cars “Cah-eees.”
  • Trash day is an exciting day for him, he loves the truck.  He yells “tash!”
  • The other day he wanted to go into the garage to play with his cars, and he said “pweeeease” and had his hands in a prayer position.  I don’t know where he picked that up!
  • He’s been addicted to fries and whenever he sees Mcdonald’s he yells out “fwiiiiies!”  But after eating way too many fries on vacation, we started telling him no fries.  So now he won’t eat them, and anytime he sees them he says “no fwies.”
  • He loves yogurt (especially the drinkable kind he can use a straw with) and calls it “ahtoot.”
  • He knows my coffee mugs and k-cups I drink, and he points to it and says “fahfee.”


I know I am missing stuff, but I will keep adding to the lists.  He pretty much doesn’t stop talking until he sleeps, so there’s a lot of material.  I love watching him discover things, this age is SO MUCH FUN!



Gemma Paisley 8 Months

Tap, tap, tap… Is this thing on?



Oh, hi!  I am jumping back on here to dust the old blog off and give an update on Gemma.  Our 8 MONTH OLD Gemma!  Same thing as always, I cannot believe eight months have passed.  Wow.IMG_9708

Gemma is a happy, laid back eight month old, and she brings so much joy everyday.  Her two-toothed smile is contagious and makes my heart want to burst.IMG_9103  She loves attention from her brother, and seeing them start to interact with each other is so sweet.IMG_9613IMG_9722

She is eating baby food about twice a day, and formula in between.  She’s not big on savory items yet, but she will eat anything with bananas in it like it’s going out of style.IMG_9725

A few weeks ago Gemma started sitting up on her own.  I came into the living room to find her sitting up and she hasn’t stopped since.  It’s really cute how proud she gets just sitting around.  A few days ago she started crawling on her hands and knees rather than inch-worming like she had been doing.  She’s pretty quick and it’s looking like some new baby gates might need to be put up.

Just sittin' around.

Just sittin’ around.

Gemma’s sleeping great.  Two naps a day and about 12 hours at night.  Woohoo!  Her morning nap is usually during a walk and then she and Ashton both take long afternoon naps at the same time.  This is glorious!  She goes to bed around 7:30pm (after Jeopardy!) (priorities).

Morning nap.

Morning nap.

Other odds & ends about Gemma:

  • Her hair is filling in, and is the same color as Ashton’s was at that age.
  • She has two teeth, but I think a bunch more are going to poke through soon.
  • I’m guessing she’s over 20 pounds.
  • She’s wearing 12 month clothes and size 4 diapers.
  • She loves the Mickey and Super Why shows like Ashton.
  • She still sleeps in Zipadee Zip sacks from Shark Tank.

We love you Gemma Paisley!


Friday Favorites: Things I’m Loving Lately

1. I went to Costco the other day by myself (what???) and had a chance to browse around.  I found these edamame noodles that have turned out to be AMAZING!

Edamame noodles for the win!

Edamame noodles for the win!

 They cook in 4-5 minutes, and even my picky toddler ate them (with earth balance (basically butter) on them).


2. I tried “just mayo” and it is “just” incredible.  No eggs.  No dairy.  Just quality ingredients and quality taste.  You won’t know the difference between this and regular mayo.  (and they sell it at some Target stores now).

Get in my belly.

Get in my belly.


3. Love cauliflower but hate chopping it?  Here’s an answer to your prayers: pre-washed, pre-chopped cauliflower for the price of buying a head of it in the produce section.  You’re welcome.

It doesn't get easier than this.

It doesn’t get easier than this.


4. This book:

This book will make you laugh, cry, and feel like Jen Hatmaker is your BFF.  Whatever season of life you are in, you will love it.  Actually, get the audiobook if you are into audiobooks (that’s how I am reading it).  She reads it herself and it feels like you are just sitting across the table talking to her.  She is the best.


5. The Zipadee-Zip.IMG_9028  This has been amazing for moving Gemma out of the swaddle without any problems.  If you are a fan of Shark Tank, it was featured on that show.  Gemma sleeps 11-13.5 hours at night, so I don’t think the zipadee hurts!


6. My cousin Mandy KILLING it.IMG_9026

She wrote an amazing 10 PAGE ARTICLE for TIME, and I couldn’t be prouder.  She is an amazing writer and an even more amazing person.  This article is so good and SO important.  Click the link and READ IT.


Gemma Paisley – 6 Months


6 Months!

A whole HALF A YEAR has passed since Gemma was born.  So hard to wrap my brain around that little nugget of information.  So now I have a 25 month old (I think it’s time for me to stop referring to Ashton’s age in months.  He is 2 and some change) and a 6 month old.  I would have never believed you if you told me three years ago that this would be my life.  But, I wouldn’t have it ANY other way.  These two kiddos have stolen my heart and make me think it might burst with love for them at times.  Especially when they are both napping at the same time… Just saying’ 🙂

At the six month well visit, Gemma weighed 17 pounds 13 ounces and measured 27.5 inches.  She’s in the 80th and 90th percentile respectively.  We have large kids.  I knew she had gained weight because lately by evening, my arms feel weak like I have been working out.

She loved the mirror at the well-visit.

She loved the mirror at the well-visit.

Here’s a little about Gemma at 6 months old:

She’s a really good sleeper (yippee).  At 4.5 months I tried doing a little sleep training with her naps, but she was too young and it didn’t work.  So, we just waited it out and let it happen on its own (for the most part).  Once she was about 5 months old, her naps started to fall into place and now she naps two times a day.  I have found that if we go walking in the morning, she’ll nap a little and then take a long nap in the afternoon when Ashton does.  This is ideal (and why I am blogging in the middle of the day right now, haha).

Gemma has been sleeping through the night from a young age, but getting her bedtime under control has been the biggest help lately.  She was staying up a little too late and I was missing some of her sleep cues.  If she got over-tired, it actually made it harder to get her to sleep.  So after a couple nights of letting her cry for just a bit (not nearly as bad as when I sleep-trained Ashton), she goes to bed at 7:30 and sleeps until 8am or longer.  YESSSS!

Along with sleeping great, she is also eating really great (obviously if she’s gained 3+ pounds in two months).  We started trying some foods around 4.5 months, and now she will pretty much eat anything.  It took giving her sweet potatoes in the beginning (something tastier than that bland rice cereal) to get her interested in figuring out how to eat off the spoon.  Now she’s eaten everything, beans, rice, fruits, veggies (all pureed) along with her formula.  Oh, and she can now hold her bottle and drink it on her own.

All by herself.

All by herself.

In her new big chair! Now I don't have to sit on the floor to feed her in her bouncy chair. Thanks GG!

In her new big chair! Now I don’t have to sit on the floor to feed her in her bouncy chair. Thanks GG!

Personality-wise, she is really laid back.  She probably has to be with Ashton running around, but she is just so chill.  And happy.  She is so smiley and giggly.  She has really started to babble a lot lately too, I think she is going to be a little chatterbox.

She has been rolling for a while, but just started getting up on her hands and knees.  She is so close to crawling!

Sooooo close!

Sooooo close!

She doesn’t sit on her own, but can when supported.  If she had her choice, she would stand all the time.  Her legs are so strong and she just loves being up on her feet.  She will definitely start walking earlier than Ashton’s first steps at 15 months.  IMG_8829

We go to church every Sunday, and she loves the music.  She also loves entertaining the people behind us with her smiles.


Other odds and ends:

  • Right now she has two teeth on the bottom, but I think the others aren’t too far behind.
  • A lot of her hair has fallen out, but some seems to be growing back in.
  • She has some cradle cap dandruff that is almost gone.
  • Her eyes are BLUE and sooooo pretty.
  • She rides in the van like a champ.
  • She chews on everything.

And that is 6 month old Gemma in a nutshell!  Happy Wednesday!


One Mom’s Recipe Trash Is A Toddler’s Treasure (A.K.A. reason 2,104 why I’m not a food blogger)

Saturday morning was pretty awesome.  Gemma slept the night before from 7:30pm until 9:15am, Ashton slept until 8:30am so I felt like I could do ANYTHING!  With all the super-power I had, I decided to make gluten-free veggie burgers from scratch while Gemma was taking her morning nap.

I based it loosely on a few recipes I found on-line (hindsight, maybe I should have tightened it up a bit and followed a recipe) and started tossing ingredients into the food processor.

First up, chickpeas:

IMG_8877Then some bell peppers and kale:IMG_8878

Combined all of that with a couple eggs, and then added some chickpea flour:IMG_8879

I added more flour because it didn’t seem thick enough and seasoned it with salt, pepper and garlic:IMG_8880

I heated a skillet to medium heat, oiled the pan and started:IMG_8881Flip:IMG_8882

I don’t know what I was expecting, but this wasn’t it:IMG_8884

It pretty much was a green pancake.  About six of them.  Blah.  They were a little dry, a little bland and definitely gave me admiration for all the companies out there that make them successfully.  I was going to toss them, until……

Turns out my picky-eater toddler loved them (dipped in ketchup of course)!

I shouldn't be surprised he loves ketchup seeing that this was his very first Halloween costume.

I shouldn’t be surprised he loves ketchup seeing that this was his very first Halloween costume.

The kid who typically won’t eat much other than cheese and pasta ate almost all of these veggie-packed, tasteless discs.

I’ll call it a WIN!




Houston, We Have A Two Year Old

On July 25th, Ashton turned two, nbd (mom, that means “no big deal”).  Haha, just kidding.  It’s HUGE!  How do I have a two-year-old when I feel like I am still a kid?IMG_8123

 Wasn’t Ashton JUST BORN??

Newborn Ashton

Newborn Ashton

It’s so true what “they” say, “the days go by slow, but the years fly.” (or something like that)  Some days seem like they go on and on and on and on…. But then bedtime comes, I go to sleep, wake up and all of a sudden my baby is a kid.  A walking, talking, loving, kid.

It's a Twinkie, don't judge. :)

It’s a Twinkie, don’t judge. 🙂


Ashton is such a gentle giant.  He is BIG for his age, and has been from the beginning.  99th percentile in height and 87th percentile in weight.  Yowza!  He was pretty happy to be at the doctor for his 2 year well visit.



We didn’t plan a huge “pinterest-y” party, but it did cover all the key interests Ashton has at the moment (Super Why, Elmo, family). ❤

The night before his birthday I set up the kitchen table for when he got up in the morning:

Super Why!

Super Why!

This made me get so excited for the holidays, Christmas will be SO MUCH FUN to celebrate with the kids this year.

The two year old!

The two year old!

IMG_8703The cake was Sesame Street themed (Elmo is the only thing that matters though, ha)!IMG_8713

He ate a little bit of icing, but I think the adults enjoyed the cake the most 🙂

Ashton was spoiled by all of the family in town.  Toys, clothes, puzzles, and going for walks.

Here are a few tidbits about Ashton at age TWO:

  1.  He loves letters and knows all of the letters (upper and lower case).
  2. He is less nervous around Gemma and genuinely likes her.
  3. He loves to hold our hand to go for walks.
  4. He loves going to church and playing in the nursery there.  It is hard to get him to leave now.
  5. He loves McDonalds fries and strawberry milkshakes.  (Dada spoils him with those)
  6. He sleeps 2-3 hours during the day and about 12 hours at night.
  7. He eats oatmeal almost every morning.
  8. He is very picky with food the rest of the day.  Macaroni and cheese and ravioli are staples.
  9. He won’t eat meat.
  10. He loves to give and receive hugs.
  11. I can’t remember what life was like before him.
  12. Even though I can’t remember him as a baby, I can’t believe two years have passed.

We love you Ashton Levi!