Over The Weekend (And Monday) – A Wrapup

On Saturday, I had a total “zen” day.  Whatever that is.  For me, it was a yoga class (my first non-prenatal, non-baby yoga class in a loooong time) by myself and using a gift card for an 80 minute massage.  You read that right.  80 GLORIOUS minutes.  I contemplated locking myself into the massage room and hibernating on that heated massage table after it was over.

Also on Saturday, Gemma Paisley turned FOUR months old!   IMG_8376IMG_8383IMG_8384She has so much personality and is just so darned cute ❤

Also, I had my dad set up Ashton’s monitor on an old tripod so I would be able to see him better in his crib. IMG_8351

It’s working wonderfully!

The only thing that didn’t work wonderfully was Gemma going to bed that night.  Ugh!  For some reason all she wanted to do was stay up, wide-eyed and watch TV.IMG_8353

This was my search on Amazon that night… IMG_8357

She finally went to bed around midnight.  So much for all those massaged muscles :/  Luckily, she slept in on Sunday morning.  Thanks to her sleeping in and a couple cups of coffee, I didn’t feel too badly.  Yay!

We finally had a break from the rain on Sunday morning, so we headed out for a walk.  I was able to wear my new awesome running shoes for the first time.  Oh. My.  They are sooooo comfortable.  You don’t realize how much you have worn down your running shoes until you put on a brand new pair.  It was like walking on a cloud!IMG_8374


Sunday was relaxing, and both kids napped at the same time, yippee!  During nap time I got a loooong shower and started going through some old CDs.  It was so fun to see some old mixes and CDs I listened to over and over again back in the day.  This is one of the gems I found:IMG_8388

A signed Rascal Flatts’ CD.  This is right before they made it REALLY big.  They were playing at a “women’s show” here in Columbus.  They look SOOOO young!

Sunday was also Father’s Day, so Ashton and I walked some cards down to my dad/Papaw.

IMG_8390Ashton loooooooves going for walks outside now, so this pretty much made his day.  That and brushing his teeth.  Hey, whatever floats your boat, kid. 🙂

To wrap it up, on monday I got some serious organizing done.  The kids’ clothes had pretty much taken over the area under the tv lately, so it was time to go through what they could still use, what they could use later on and what they won’t be able to wear again.

These are just Ashton's clothes. Luckily he's been in 2T-4T for a while, so he might be able to wear a lot of his cooler temp clothes again in the fall.

These are just Ashton’s clothes. Luckily he’s been in 2T-4T for a while, so he might be able to wear a lot of his cooler temp clothes again in the fall.

Ashton's newly organized clothes.

Ashton’s newly organized clothes.

The socks organized- his & hers.

The socks organized- his & hers.

Gemma's newly organized clothes.

Gemma’s newly organized clothes.

Much easier to find and get to their clothing now.  Hopefully it can stay organized for a while!

And then there is the Pack & Play.  It had slowly become a storage unit for diapers, wipes, etc, etc, etc…  I want to be able to use it for Gemma sometimes, so I got some clearance storage bins to put stuff in so it can easily be lifted out and Gemma put in.

The finished product.  Now usable for more than storage!

The finished product. Now usable for more than storage!

And that wraps it up!  We are off to Gemma’s 4 month well visit today.  Have a great Tuesday!



Ashton Levi Lately

It’s been a while since I have written about Ashton.  Since he is almost TWO (what????) I thought I would write a little about him.

He is awesome.

Okay, well that was a great catch up, see ya later!

Just kidding (well, not kidding about the awesome part).

Ashton is a really, really great kid.  It’s hard to even remember him as a baby, those times really do fly by and seem like a blur.

Baby Ashton burrito.

Baby Ashton burrito.

Now he is just a big (I’m guessing 35+ pounds) fun-loving, good-hearted toddler.

He wakes up happy and hungry.  He eats oatmeal every morning, and doesn’t seem like he is getting sick of it yet.

Breakfast.  (oatmeal not pictured)

Breakfast. (oatmeal not pictured) (crazy bed-head hair pictured)

He plays on his own so wonderfully, and usually starts playing as soon as I let him out of his high chair after breakfast.  He loves a variety of toys, but he especially loves his mega blocks, cooking/food toys and trucks.  And his stuffed animals.  And Elmo. He likes all of his toys. 🙂

As for TV shows, he went through a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse phase where all he wanted to watch was “show!” He called MMCH “show” and I found myself getting those songs stuck in my head ALL THE TIME.  I couldn’t wait for that phase to pass.



Well, it passed.  Now he is obsessed with Super Why!IMG_8107  He calls it “Why” and asks for it all the time.  It wears on me a little, but not as much as Mickey did.  I actually feel like he is learning letters/the alphabet with this show.  He points out letters wherever we go.

I downloaded an episode onto my iPad, so when the satellite or power has gone out, he can be entertained with it.

Can't. Get. Close. Enough.

Can’t. Get. Close. Enough.

He still watches Jeopardy and Wheel Of Fortune in the evenings, and I even got this picture of Ashton and Gemma watching Wheel together. ❤

A family that watches "Wheel" together, stays together.

A family that watches “Wheel” together, stays together.

As for his sleeping, he naps everyday around 1:30 for 2-3 hours.  At night he goes to bed around 8 (after Wheel) and sleeps about 12 hours.  He never really fights it, and people are amazed at how he can go from running around and playing to getting plopped in his crib without a problem in a matter of minutes.  He is happy as a clam to just play around in his crib in the morning, so sometimes he plays in there until 9:30am.  Seriously, it’s so great!

We still go walking about 5 days a week.  He got used to the double stroller, no problems.  He usually has water and crackers that he munches on during the walks.  He loves seeing the dogs and airplanes when we walk.

Speaking of airplanes, I found his toy plane like this a couple days ago.



As for food, he likes his raviolis, but only the cheese ones.



He won’t touch any other with meat, etc. in them.  He loves goldfish crackers, cheez-it crackers, granola bars, honey nut Cheerios, Chex cereal, applesauce, American cheese, mandarin oranges, quinoa (when cheese is melted on it), potato chips and french fries (his dad sneaks him), blueberry pancakes (just started on these), etc.  He drinks only water and milk, but will ONLY drink milk from a bottle still.  He won’t drink it from a cup.  He drinks water just fine from a cup, but that is it.  He doesn’t like juice.  Just water.  Just milk in a bottle.  The end. 🙂  I figure he will eventually grow out of the bottle.  I don’t think he will be drinking out of one when he goes to high school.  I hope.

I had a new baby sitter come over to watch Gemma while I took Ashton to the zoo the other day.  My thought process is to let her stay with each kid separately before unleashing them both on her at once.  When it was time to load Ashton into the van and head to the zoo, he was telling me “bye!”  He wanted me to go ahead and go because he was having fun playing blocks with the babysitter.

I pried him away and we headed to the zoo for a short visit.  It was really nice, and I wished we had more time to spend there.  He loved looking around at the new environment.  He was much littler and unaware of what the zoo was last year when I was taking him, so it is much more fun for both of us now since he can see and identify the animals.

We didn’t get to see many exhibits, but I made sure to go through and see the gorillas, etc.  I thought this would be interesting for him since they can get so close to the glass.  I was wrong.

His "get me away from the gorilla exhibit" face.

His “get me away from the gorilla exhibit” face.


Nope, don't like them.

Nope, don’t like them.  Not even if you hold me.

He was not a fan.  I couldn’t even get his picture with the big fake gorilla.  He just yelled “No! No! No!”

Sorry, fake gorilla.

Sorry, fake gorilla.

He liked the flamingoes and was interested in the merry-go-round… Not exactly the two things I would write home about.  We will work on more animals next time.

That’s about all for this jumbly, bumbly post.  I wanted to get some stuff written down before I forgot, because it’s pretty incredible how quickly I forget different stages.  Like I said, I hardly remember when he was a baby, so I want to have memories to look back on when I can’t remember Ashton as a toddler. ❤


Happy Wednesday! xo


37 Random Ramblings

I turned 37 years old on May 29th, so here are 37 random ramblings:


1.  I don’t feel 37.

2.  I don’t know what 37 is supposed to feel like.

3.  My brother and sister-in-law get me the most awesome running shoes (that I walk in), and gifted me another new pair for my b-day.

4.  My husband is pretty awesome.  He drove 16 hours this past weekend to come home for my birthday.

5.  I am now a morning person.  The kids made me do it.

6.  I LOVE coffee.

7.  I love walking.  It is so nice to be getting the miles in again after having Gemma.

8.  I want to get back into yoga.  Prenatal yoga was a big part of my pregnancy with Gemma, and it made me feel great.  I want to continue to practice.

9.  My ulcerative colitis has remained in remission, and I am so thankful for this.

10.  For me, recovery from the c-section was much easier.

11.  I’m consistently wearing shoe size 9.5 (I told you random).

12.  I am a much more confident with my parenting the second time around.

13.  I am much more confident in general now that I am a parent.

14.  I am much more comfortable in my own skin than I ever have been.  Only took 37 years…

15.  I cherish my friendships.  The “real” friendships are few, but strong.  Those are the important ones.

16.  I cherish my family (immediate and extended) more than I ever have.  Family is the MOST important.

17.  My hair is in the best shape in a LOOONG time.  Just in time for it to start falling out (the big postpartum shed).

18.  I have the iPhone 6+ and love it.

19.  I read more now that I have the bigger phone.

20.  I forgot how much I love reading.

21.  I am excited that Ashton is finally getting interested in books and not just chewing on them.

22.  It’s amazing how my mood/outlook on life differentiates with the amount of sleep I get.

23.  I prefer cool weather over the heat.

24.  I eat highly vegetarian, but not exclusively.

25.  I love a really good burger.  My current favorite is from Flip Side at Easton.

26.  I don’t like houseplants.  I don’t want the responsibility of watering them.

27.  I would love a vegetable garden, but I don’t want to plant it.  I just want to do the upkeep and harvesting.

28.  I eat highly gluten free, and notice the difference when I over-indulge in gluten.

29.  I love The Today Show, The Food Network and The Voice.

30.  We watch Jeopardy and Wheel Of Fortune every week night, and over the weekends I actually look forward to Mondays when we will be able to watch them again.

31.  I want to visit Italy, Australia and London (again).

32.  It’s been three years since we got married in Vegas.

33.  I love S’more flavored Luna bars, and eat one almost everyday.

34.  Most of the time I prefer savory over sweet.

35.  I prefer texting over phone calls.  Mostly because it is hard to have a conversation on the phone with two littles.

36.  I wonder what I did with all the free time I had before kids.

37.  I wouldn’t trade having my kids for all the free time in the world.

Mother’s Day Weekend Wrapup

Mother’s Day is just winding down and the holiday weekend feels like it just blew in and blew out so quickly.  I am filled with so many emotions, but I’ll save most of those for another day.  For now I can just say that I have always loved my family fiercely, but after becoming a mama almost two years ago (how is Ashton almost two?  It can’t be possible) my emotions and love for ALL of my family members (immediate and extended) has become super sized.

I'm not a grinch, but my heart feels like it has grown!

I’m not a grinch, but my heart feels like it has grown since I took on the role of mom!

The weekend started off with early morning Mom & Baby yoga on Saturday.  My mom came over to watch Ashton while I took Gemma.  Usually she just lays around or nods off during class, but this time Gemma wanted to eat.  The whole time.  She finished her bottle just in time for Savasana (the relaxing at the end of class).



My mom had some plans for that afternoon/evening, so we hung out with her for a little bit after yoga and then she got her stuff together to head home.  We decided we would get a steak dinner carryout on Mother’s Day (the next day) and just hangout then.  As we were chatting in the entry way on her way out, my brother showed up on the front porch with two hands full of flowers!  Surprise!  We had NO IDEA he was doing this, and it was such a wonderful surprise.  My mom was able to cancel her plans, and we all were able to hangout the rest of the day.  We weren’t expecting him to come into town for a couple more weeks, so this was great!

Shortly after my brother arrived, there was another knock at the door… A flower delivery for me from Ashton and Gemma (my husband may have had something to do with this…)!IMG_7860

That must be what Ashton was ordering when he was on the phone recently…IMG_7666

My kitchen counter is now decorated with an assortment of BEAUTIFUL flowers.  Love them.IMG_7903

Ashton loves his Uncle John (we all do), so when he got up from his nap and saw he was here, it was party time!  My brother brought him a new Cincinnati Reds hat, and now that he is getting back into liking hats (Ashton has HATED anything on his head for the last year) he asked for it to be “on” all afternoon.IMG_7862IMG_7869

Gemma just hung out getting spoiled by my mom carrying her around.



More cheeks.

More cheeks.

Mother’s Day ended up being a laid back day.  My mom made bacon and eggs that morning for everyone, yum!  She and my brother watched the kids while I was able to take a nice long (uninterrupted by crying kids) shower.  Ahhhh!  And we took some pics of us and the kids.  I really want to start getting more pictures where I am in the photos too.  So many times moms take tons of photos, but when we go back to look at them, there aren’t any documenting us WITH our kids.  I want Ashton and Gemma to be able to go back and have memories of all of us together, so I am making a point to try and be in more photos now.  Same with me and my mom… we don’t have a lot of pictures together, so she can take this as a warning.  I’m going to be getting more photos of us together. ❤

Here are some of the snapshots from Mother’s Day:IMG_7880IMG_7885

My dad even stopped by and we got some pics with him too!IMG_7897

I just love my mom so much, and after having kids I appreciate her even more.  I hope I can be half the amazing mother that she has been to me.

 Have a wonderful Monday!




10 Weeks of Gemma Paisley


10 weeks have passed since Gemma arrived in our lives, and it’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that it has been that long.  It was FREEZING that morning when we left to go to the hospital (negative wind chill temperatures) and now spring has sprung and it is nearing 80 degrees today.  Not only has the 10 weeks brought changes in the weather, but Gemma has changed so much too.

She’s gone from being a little eight pound newborn to a more “full figured” baby.  I don’t know what day it happened, but she went from a newborn to a baby in a blink of an eye.  At her two-month appointment she was already 12.5 pounds, and I think by now she is at 13 or more.  She was still swimming in the three month sized clothes she had for a while, and then BOOM! Now I am thinking she might need the six month sized items I had been saving because it would be a “long time” before she would need them.  I forgot how quickly time passes with babies and how fast they grow.  **insert sobs**

Not only is her size changing, but her personality is really starting to come out too.  She is smiling and cooing so much.  She is SUCH  a happy baby, especially in the morning when she wakes up.  She loves laying in her boppy pillow while her  brother has breakfast.  She looks around at the ceiling and decorations like they are the coolest things in the world.  She can really “see” things much more now, and it is fun to watch her look around.  She’s close to laughing, and I have heard her giggle just a bit in her sleep every once in a while.  It’s just the cutest.

Smiles :)

Smiles 🙂

She is sleeping like a champ, yippee!  Nighttime is the hardest right now, it takes a little time to to soothe her to sleep.  But, she usually is out by 9pm-ish.  Around 10 or 10:30 I get her up to eat (sort of a “dream feed”) and then she goes to bed and sleeps for eight hours or so.

All swaddled up!

All swaddled up!

Around 6:30am she gets back up to eat and then goes back to sleep until after 10am.  I’m not complaining ONE BIT!  Those sleep-deprived days/nights are hard, but they do pass quickly.  I can hardly remember them now.  I am trying to remember that in the evenings when she is a little fussier… it will pass in a blink of an eye.

As for eating, Gemma is on all formula.  I was able to nurse for about 7 or 8 weeks, and then decided it was for the best to wean off of it before her 2-month vaccines.  The Similac Sensitive has been working really great for her (we started using the sensitive formula when she was having some “spit-up issues” early on) but now that her digestive system is much more developed, I’ll probably start seeing how other formulas work.

Bottles... Yummmmm!

Bottles… Yummmmm!

Gemma loves going for walks in the stroller.  And by love, I mean she falls asleep as soon as we start moving (she also sleeps when we take her on car rides).  I am so glad that both of my kids enjoy walks, because I LOVE getting out and walking in the fresh air… it does everybody good! 🙂  We have also been doing Mom & Baby yoga classes.  It is more just a way to get out of the house, but it is nice to be around the other mamas with new babies.

Along for the ride at yoga.

Along for the ride at yoga.

That about wraps it for Gemma at 10 weeks.  I get excited to see what she will start doing next, but at the same time I just want to freeze time and keep her this little.  We love you, little girl! ❤️❤️❤️


The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Haircut

So a little over a month ago, I took Ashton back to Cookie Cutter’s to get his hair trimmed again. I think it has taken me this long to get over it, so that is why I am just now talking about the incident. 🙂 His bangs had been getting in his eyes for long enough that I felt it was time. I didn’t trust myself to do it, nor did I want to even attempt trimming his bangs. He is constantly moving, and it wouldn’t have ended well for either of us. So during the week that my mom was staying with me to help with Gemma, we loaded both kiddos up in the van and headed to get Ashton’s hair trimmed.

We love Ashton’s hair. It is long and shaggy, and fits his free-spirit personality. I get comments like “when are you going to cut his hair?” Or “Why are you letting it grow?” Even the occasional “SHE’S precious.” The comments don’t phase us (or him for that matter). So when I took him to get a trim, I wasn’t thinking it would turn into a catastrophe.

My mom stayed in the van with Gemma, and I took Ashton in. We had and appointment, so the wait wasn’t long. But until it was his turn, he was able to play in the treehouse play area.IMG_7181

"Before" shot

“Before” shot

He was called up, and this time he sat in the John Deere truck.  The lady seemed a little frazzled, but it was the end of the day and she said it had been busy.  I should’ve just left then.  She put his smock on and then asked what I wanted done.  I told her just a trim so his bangs don’t get in his eyes.

He wasn't quite sure what was going on...

He wasn’t quite sure what was going on…

Distracting him with a comb.

Distracting him with a comb.

She then told me he had a “girl’s” haircut and it should be shaped up more like a “boy’s.”  Really?  I am kicking myself now for not saying anything to that comment now.  I blame it on my hormones from being only a few weeks postpartum.  Actually, you would think with crazy hormones I would’ve gone off on her.  I guess she got lucky.  😉

She started cutting and told me to have him watch something on my phone so he would sit still.  Ummm, he’s a toddler, they don’t sit still.  Seriously lady, it wouldn’t have hurt you to be friendly.  He watched my phone (the camera reversed so he could see himself), had a sucker and was a COMPLETE ANGEL.  While I was letting him watch the phone though, Edward Scissorhands was going crazy!IMG_7555


I told her that was good, that we didn’t want it shorter, and she kept snipping to “finish.”  She asked me if the bangs were at a good length for me, and I told her “you can’t put any back now!”  Don’t even get me started on how much she took off the back.  My stomach was on the floor.  It was like I got a bad haircut, times 10.


Even he is like “are you serious about this cut?”

I tried to be happy so Ashton would stay positive.  He did such a good job, I didn’t want him to think it was bad.  We paid what I thought was a ridiculous amount for such poor service, and left.  I wanted to cry.IMG_7185

Once we got home he ate and then I gave him a bath in hopes that his hair would magically get washed back on.  The lady styled it so he looked like Hayley Mills in the old Parent Trap movie.IMG_7556  If she thought he looked like a girl before, I don’t know how she thought her styling had improved that look.  So we washed it and got it looking a little better.

Did I mention it was St. Paddy’s Day?  I wondered if it would be odd if I had him wear this hat until it grew out…IMG_7201

Anyway, we survived and it has grown back enough that it seems like his old hair.IMG_7514  It will be a while until we go back to that place, if we ever do.  If we do we will request another “stylist” and my husband will definitely be there to be more “forceful” about what we want done, haha!

Live and learn!

Friday Favorites (On Saturday) (Again)


Happy Saturday!  I wanted to put up a few favorites, and Friday got away from me again 🙂  So here ya go!

1.  National Siblings Day.  When did that start?  I think this is the first year I actually saw it as a “thing.”  Since I have such an AWESOME sibling, I didn’t want to skip it.  My brother pretty much rocks the house when it comes to siblings.  He is one of my biggest cheerleaders, supporters and greatest friends.  He is also the coolest Uncle to Ashton and Gemma.  We sure do love him!IMG_7489

2.  These vegan/gluten-free “cookies.”  Oh She Glows is this great blog I have followed for years, and is great for vegans and non-vegans alike.  It is also really fun to read about her life as a new mom too.  But back to these cookies.  I have made them pretty much every week since right before I had Gemma.  I freeze them and have one almost every morning.  Yum!

This photo is courtesy of Angela at OhSheGlows.com.  Visit her site and make these ASAP!

This photo is courtesy of Angela at OhSheGlows.com. Visit her site and make these ASAP!

3.  I just found this Aquage product, and it is the most amazing volume-giving hair product I have come across.  I am getting ready for my hair to start shedding around four months postpartum again, and this will probably be my best friend. I found it on The Small Things blog where Kate has some really great tips/tricks, etc.  Oh, and she also just became a mom for the second time.IMG_7500

4.  This week I had my postpartum checkup and took Gemma with me.  It was great and she travelled great.  Win win!

Elevator snoozing.

Elevator snoozing.

5.  The spring weather.  It has pretty much arrived now, and it is SOOOOO nice to get out of the house and go walking again.  This was our view yesterday on the beautiful spring Friday.  What a great way to end the week! IMG_7492