Life Lately

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Twice a month, we like to tell you what’s been going on in our worlds.  Now, let’s take a look at life lately.

Rhonda-

The last couple of weeks have been such a blur, but have been pretty good to me!  Really, I have been spending a lot of my time building my businesses and organizing the house….with a little shadow all up under me.

For once, we got an opportunity for a date night.  It’s getting easier now that Claudia has a couple friends on our street that she spends a lot of time with and the boys are old enough to fly solo for a couple of hours.  We went to Capital Grille in downtown Fort Worth.  I highly recommend eating there if you have one near you!.

Because Claudia has been super clingy lately, most of my activities involve her.  I have been making the most of it and enjoying my time with her.  We have spent time in the sun and have done our makeup together.  I wanted a girl for so long and boy, did I get it.  She is the girly girl I always wanted.

She has done all my work with me, helping me make videos on social media, packing orders, and “organizing” (that means she plays with her toys all up under me while I organize…and that I later am tripping on Barbies).

This past weekend, I took a super rare girls night out to the Stockyards with my friend Natalia.  We have never spent any time one-on-one and it was so much fun.  We went to a Terri Clark show, but I was really just there for the drinks.  Turns out Terri is pretty good, so that was a nice bonus.

Let’s see what Ashley has been up to!

Ashley-

Heeey you guys.  🙂 What’s been going on in my world? Well, we have for sure been enjoying the sun, sand, and water from wherever we can get it. We haven’t had a chance to go to the beach in a couple weeks, but we’ve been taking advantage of the park and my parents back yard!

Per usual, there has been lots and lots of shopping happening. We have been getting ready for our new house PLUS back to school shopping AND regular day to day shopping. Let’s just say Sophie and I have been in heaven. 😉

Speaking of back to school stuff, I took both kids to go get their hair cut. Cooper has been getting regular hair cuts since shortly after his first birthday, but this was little Soso’s FIRST hair cut ever. At the ripe ole age of 2 and three quarters I decided it was time to trim those scraggly ends. 😉 She was over joyed at finally getting a chance to sit in the chair. And she did really well with keeping still and not fussing. I mean, no one can compete with the perfection that is Cooper Grice in a hair cut chair BUT Sophie did really well. LOL Seriously though, Coop has always behaved so well during haircuts. Anyway, I almost teared up watching Soso get her hair cut – but we all escaped tear free and with two little babes who now have much more manageable hair!

This weekend we packed up and loaded up our house to move everything to our new forever home! It was sooo much work, but sooo worth it!

To say that we are exhausted from all the moving is a YUGE understatement, but we’re thoroughly enjoying our new bigger and better surroundings. Even if I had to yell no less than a million times,  ” STOP RUNNING ON THE STAIRS. GO SLOOOW.”

 

What about you guys? How has your summer been going?

Life Lately

Hey guys! It’s that time again where we share with y’all what’s been going on in each of our lives as of late. 🙂

Ashley –

Soooo, life lately eh? We’re like one week into May and looking at my calendar – this introvert gets overwhelmed. May is the end of the school year which has brought an influx of activities for us. We’ve got school functions, meetings about Cooper’s speech/kindergarten needs for next year, dead lines I need to remember to meet concerning turning in documents and money…just you know – alll the things. PLUS throw in a couple of friend birthday parties. We’re enjoying it immensely though – and we will for sure be sad when the school year is over. It’s a bitter sweet thing. I will personally be relieved to not have to worry about alllll the daily school things, but I’ll be sad because it’s just another reminder of my baby getting bigger and bigger. 🙁

Last week Coop had field day and we went to a birthday party the following Saturday. His dad and I decided to divide and conquer this whole morning event. I was there for the beginning of field day before I needed to head to work, and his dad came to be there to eat lunch with Coop. Unfortunately, Cooper had other ideas. Between the time I left and when his dad showed up, Coop had somehow gotten it in his head that he was going to get to go home. There were lots of tears, and his dad ended up leaving early to avoid a full blown melt down that was reminiscent of Coop’s first several weeks transitioning to school.

Looking back on the school year though – we are so incredibly proud of the progress he has made. He’s seemed to master his separation anxiety when it comes to staying at school, because he is just so incredibly comfortable there!  Not only has his emotional and social development been superb, but he’s advanced scholastically as well.  🙂

I got to see TWO movies this past weekend. That’s cray, because I can’t even vividly remember the last time I’ve been to the movies before then…. I saw  the new Avengers movie and Tully. They were both really great. You need to get your booty in a theater and see them both.

What about Sophie you ask? Well, we did a big thing almost two weeks ago now….we took away the baba (aka  – the bottle). Yes. Yes. My two and a half year old was still using a bottle.  Listen. It wasn’t hurting anyone and she LOVED it. Ok. Correction: she probably STILL loves it. I’m not that mom that is going to force my child to give up something just because everyone else is saying that should stop doing this or that by a certain age. I honestly believe it needs to come down to what’s best for YOUR child and YOUR family life. Why now for us? I was over it. Over having to keep up with all the parts of the bottles. Also, she’d bitten through most the nipples and I definitely didn’t want to go out and buy more.  It was just time. So we did it…and besides a couple times of asking for one to soothe her when she was upset or wanting to sleep – she was totally fine with it! Now all we have to do is potty train. #sendallthehelp

But yeah – that’s my life lately. What about you Rhonda?

Rhonda –

I have to say, it has been spectacular over my way.  We have been completely overhauling the house we have lived in since August 2017 and enjoying what is essentially the start of summer around here.

This is our backyard that we actually already love, but are now re-doing.  Honestly, it already looks nothing like this and I can’t wait to share when it’s done.

We started pool season and the first day it was SO cold….like probably a bit pre-mature.  But it got better.  We learned that this early in the year, we need to fill it up a couple of hours before we plan to get in.

Good ole baseball.  It really is America’s pastime.  I have been a fan for many years and I was really excited to go this past weekend, when the Red Sox – my favorite team – were in town.

Cinco de Mayo rolled around. I headed to the store to get some margarita mix and there was a mariachi band in Walmart…cause Texas, y’all.

I had every intention of just chilling in my backyard paradise with a margarita…but 2:00 Cinco Drunk Rhonda decided it was time for a party…. Several of our besties came over and we actually had the best time ever.  I drank a tad bit more than I prefer to when we are hosting, but it’s one of those things where I intentionally invited only our closest friends because I didn’t want to have to entertain really.

Clay took my phone (that I lost right within reach several times) and took some super cute selfies.

We went to yet another ballgame and had the greatest time.  Fuck, it was SO hot, but we still really enjoyed our time as a family.

Stuart enjoys the circus enough that he actually bought more baseball tickets while we were at the game.  Bless it all.

Life Lately

Happy Monday, party people!  It’s time for a check in, where we fill you in on the last couple of weeks in our lives and you tell us what’s new with you!

Rhonda –

It has been an amazing couple of weeks over at my house.  Holy moly, what a busy month.  And to think, Stuart and I thought April was going to be boring and quiet.  HA!  We don’t know how to do boring; that’s for damn sure.

We hosted a 30th birthday party for our friend Jenn.  It was a nice laid-back cookout with friends and I think she really enjoyed herself, which is all we wanted.

We dined out a couple of times.  We don’t do that often, but make sure to do take them out as much as we can.  It’s important to me that my kids don’t grow up the way I did, afraid to even order from a server.  We make them order themselves and teach them to be patient waiting for their food to arrive.  They definitely still need practice.  Lawd.

We also are working on decorating and upgrading some furnishings in the house.  We hit up IKEA and loaded as much stuff into the Flex as possible.  What you’re looking at is a bookshelf, a dresser, a dining table, six chairs, and a sideboard!  Holy moly.  I’ll be so glad when we are done putting it all together.  We have been so busy doing other stuff, that we haven’t been able to dedicate enough time to assembly.  We will get there though!

As usual, we have spent a lot of time outdoors and Harper, Quentin, and I all got new bikes!  I was completely surprised by mine and I am also surprised by how much I enjoy riding it!

We wrapped up this past weekend by taking the kids to their first professional baseball game.  The Rangers defeated the Mariners and we had a great family time!

Ashley –

Gosh. I feel the same as Rhonda…seems like so much has happened over the past couple of weeks.

Obviously the usual of work and school took place. We’ve been having hit and miss Spring weather (like most everywhere…) so whenever we can we are outside enjoying the sunny days.

The weekend before last we had my Papa’s funeral which was super sad but it was also really nice to get to see family that I don’t get to see often. My cousin has a son who is only a month younger than Sophie, so it’s always really cute to see the two of them interact in person. We do a lot of snapchatting to each other about the two of them. 🙂 Sophie is SO tall though. She’s a good five inches taller than Krystal’s son and weighs 12 pounds more!

That Saturday after the funeral, I hopped in my car and headed to Destin, Fl to see friends of mine who are in the band, Light Up the Moon, play at Aj’s in Destin. It was so much fun. They aren’t local – they’re based in PA – so it was really nice to get to see them again!

Cooper got this bubble gun for his birthday from his Aunt Marie and her crew, and it has just been a huge hit around here. I went out and got a similar one for Sophie to use in order to curb and fights over whose turn it is to use it, BUT we are just loving playing with them. We’ve taken them to the park a couple of times and all the other children really enjoy it too. So, if you’re looking for an easy and relatively cheap form of entertainment, go to Walmart and get a bubble gun…or two! We’ve always played with bubble…but having this little battery powered bubble blower has made the whole experience even more enjoyable AND less messy. Those are two major wins in my book.

And then this past weekend the weather was beautiful. Things were back to routine after three weekends of dealing with deaths and funerals. The kids got to go stay with Grammy and Ppop on Friday night. And Saturday night I got to hang out with some of my fave adults, my sister – her husband – and our friend Michael. We did dinner and drinks followed by a night at the Chill Bar at the IP Casino. 🙂 A wee bit too much wine was consumed, but it was lots of fun. 🙂

Anddd that’s about it! What have you guys been up to?

Life Lately

Hey y’all hey! It’s an every other Monday over here which means we are spilling the beans on what life has looked like lately for each of us.

Ashley –

Hmmm, I feel like a whole lot and yet a whole lot of nothing has happened over the past two weeks. First of all,  I can’t believe that I’m staring at the face of March.  March is the start of a maddening birthday season for my family. Seems like everybody and their momma were conceived around July or August. lol

But anyway…what are some things that we were up to? Let’s see, there were at least two trips to Chuckie Cheese for Soso and Coop. There was a couple days where we got to go down to the beach and dip our toes…and feet…and eventually entire baby bodies in the sand. I don’t know why I ever think that the kids will just walk on the sidewalk and not drench themselves in sand. 🙂 It was nice though. I’m ready for some moreeeee Spring/Summer weather.

Rhonda, Stuart, and the kids came down for several days so I got to hang with them for a bit. Sophie and Claudia got to meet for the first time since Sophie was a teeny baby, and Stuart, Rhonda and I got to go out to our fave bar at the IP Hotel and Casino for a Friday night of vodka induced shenanigans. I got to go back to the IP yesterday (Saturday) for a little morning spa/massage day which was incredibly nice! If you’re local, you need to check out the Senses Spa at the IP in Biloxi.

Beyond that things have been pretty chill and business as usual. I’ve been abstaining from wine for the month of February to push through some health and weight loss goals. I’ve definitely noticed some results physically and mentally, so that’s super nice. I am looking forward to Wine Wednesday on March  7…cause I’m going to allow myself to have some then. 😉

Things with Coop at school are still great. He’s been having some ‘ears listening’ issues…but it’s not everyday and he’s working hard and progressing in so many other ways at school. And Sophie? Well she’s a little hot mess express all bundled up in incredible cuteness and personality spunk. She’s recently discovered Sophia the First on Netflix…so she’s on a bit of a princess kick which is super cute.

But yeah. That’s about it for us…what about you Rhonda?

Rhonda –

The past couple of weeks have been SO good to me!  Granted, it’s been stressful…but still lovely.

We finally got to go see my new nephew in Mississippi. He is the stinking cutest and I kind of can’t handle it!

While we were there, we saw Ashley and Sophie, as she told you.  Sophie and Claudia weren’t fast friends, but it is what it is at this age.  Claudia and Skylar, though?  Besties.  Skylar is the daughter of Shelby, my sister-in-law’s sister-in-law.

While in Mississippi, I got to stop by my stylist Savannah’s salon for a shampoo and blowout.  Then Stuart and I went shopping before going out with Ashley and Grace.

This past week was spent recovering from the long trip.  It poured rain for 5 days straight.  Just before we had to build an ark, it got nice for the weekend and we spent most of it either running errands or in the driveway.  We grilled, of course.

What have you been up to lately?  Anything fun to share?

Life Lately

Hey hey! It’s that time again where we look over the past couple of weeks and give you guys a glimpse into what’s been going on in our lives. Ready to dive in?

Ashley –

I was just looking back over the photos in my phone to kind of jog my memory on what exactly I’ve been doing, and I’m always embarrassingly shocked at the amount of screen shots vs actual pictures I take. LOL

But yeah, to all the things I’ve been doing. Work and school have been business as usual around these parts. Last week Cooper’s Dad and I totally thought that it was Mardi Gras. We’d been saying to Coop how he was going to have a long weekend. Then, I went over to my parent’s house that Sunday and mom informed me that I was totally wrong about what date it was. Mardi Gras wasn’t until the NEXT week (aka THIS week when you’re reading this). Oops. Thankfully, Coop just rolled with it and went on to school like it was NBD. 🙂

The weather has been pretty nice. We actually were able to go play at the park and even take a walk on the beach. I cannot wait for some warm southern weather. The kids and I are itching to spend some lazy off days down on the sand and in the water.

It’s crazy to think we are already knee deep in February 2018, because that means Coop’s birthday is just around the corner. He’s going to be FIVE. Like. That’s a big number. A huge deal. I just can’t handle it. He on the other hand? He’s super excited. We’ve already been planning what he wants to do, and he’s got a list of video games that he wants that is a mile long.

This past Friday night I got to have a little girl’s night which was super fun. And this coming up Friday night I get to see Rhonda since she will be in town seeing her brand new nephew!

Anddd that’s about it…what about you boo? What’s been going on in Fort Worth?

Rhonda –

We have had a crazy couple of weeks at my house and, like Ashley, I had to scroll back through my phone photos to refresh my memory.  Also like Ashley, I had tons of screenshots.  oops.

We had a super fun SuperBowl party with all of our favorite people.  I always enjoy hosting our many parties, but they can be stressful with all the buying and preparing food and drinks, cleaning before and after, and just hoping people actually come.   I gave myself a little grace with this party and we made it a potluck.  GOOD DECISION.  I was SO CHILL getting ready for the party!  Everyone brought something to add to the spread and they brought their own booze too.  My bank account was happy and everyone had something they love available to eat.

I always enjoy watching people’s kids play with kids their age, especially when they are kids who don’t get to do that often.  It’s so good for them!

 

My mom’s group and I had planned a night out – dinner and drinks and dancing.  Only four of us went but we had the best time.  We went to downtown Fort Worth, where we had dinner then barhopped.  I checked an item off my bucket list, dancing on the Coyote Ugly bar!

And then – THEN! – my sweet nephew Nolan was born.  We had all been waiting so long for this and I was sad to not be able to be there, but I am so grateful to my mom and my fellow new Aunt, Shelby, for keeping me updated!  My amazing sister-in-law was texting me pictures just a couple of hours after her c-section!  I love my family and so pleased to say I will be seeing them this week.  We are headed out to Mississippi by 5 am tomorrow.

Anyway, as usual our week involved some playing outside  and some crying.  I mean, if you’re 3 and you don’t cry for no reason, are you even living?

Over this past weekend, I had another dinner and drinks evening with my mom friends.  I had an emotional breakdown at the end, because I got all up in my feelings but it was fine.  We all talked it out and they amazingly still like me, so it was a success.

Stuart surprised me with a pile of presents that I am so so excited about!  I got an Aunt shirt I had been coveting, another addition to my Alex and Ani collection, and some tech accessories!

Now to go prepare for the wild adventure of taking 4 children on a long drive!

Life Lately

Heeey you guys! We thought we’d spend a few minutes this morning sharing with y’all about what has been going on in our lives lately. So, grab your coffee…or adult beverage…and hang with us for a while.

Ashley –

Let’s see let’s see… it has still been incredibly cold here on a regular basis. It literally feels like the LONGEST WINTER EVER. I’ve become that annoying person who complains about the cold too much. I can’t help it though.

Coop has still been rocking at school drop off…and just school in general. His dad and I decided to keep him at St. Al’s for at least one more year through Kindergarten. We think he is going to need the stability and sameness that will come with staying at the same school. Plus, he just loves it there. And so do we. Speaking of this week is Catholic Schools Week. Which just basically means they have some fun things planned for the kids and teachers. I guess it’s kind of like a spirit week.

What about Sophie? Well she is a little hot mess. She’s constantly into everything..like it seems as if sometimes she walks around trying to cause havoc just because she can. LOL I love it though. Also, her hair is at the point that it’s so long that I have to do something with it everyday. This is a stage that I both dreaded and looked forward. Having a little girl with long hair that you can style and play with is so fun, but the reality is that she hates it. It’s a struggle. A simple top knot with a bow is our easy peasy go to. It looks put together and her hair is out of her eyes: win win.

And me? Oh you know – same same. There’s been lots of shopping, meme sharing, working, and most currently trying to plan a trip in late February to go see my Boo Thing (aka Rhonda) in Fort Worth! I also experienced the traumatic event of trying to get a splinter out of the finger of my hysterical four year old little boy. I think we both have PTSD from that incident. Before Christmas I had a little accident in the Starbucks parking lot, and I was finally able to get my car to the shop to get that damage fixed the week before last. Then this past weekend my brother put four new tires on my car. And now I feel like I’m driving around in a brand new car which is super nice.

 

I think that’s most of the high points…what about you Rhonda?

Rhonda –

January seems to be just dragging on forever, if I’m being honest here.  Goodness, I can’t believe it’s not over.  Like, it’s shocking.

We celebrated Nick turning 12 this month, which was a hard pill for this Mama to swallow.  I feel like it was just yesterday that I became a mother, but I’ve been doing it A DOZEN YEARS?!  Jesus.  We had a great turnout for his Star Wars themed party.

 

We also VERY unexpectedly and suddenly bought a car.  It was so needed.  Six people don’t exactly fit into a Toyota Camry.  We got a Ford Flex and it’s fully loaded with things I didn’t know existed – things I didn’t realize I needed.  I am a little obsessed.  I may even do a whole blog post on the things I love about it.  I want to name the car.  Stuart is confused as to why that’s necessary.  Look, we already know I’m extra.

 

We got together for a much needed mimosa playdate with my mom group.  I had been missing those gals, as we all hunkered down to avoid the flu all winter.  Bless it.  Speaking of which, nobody in my house got sick through these freezing days, but now that it warmed up to 70 a couple days recently, I have a cold.  Cute.

We have been doing a lot of sitting in the driveway on nice afternoons, riding bikes and scooters and people watching.  We just got new neighbors a few houses down and I have been watching them carefully, trying to figure out if they are people we can befriend.  I have a longtime fantasy of having neighbor best friends.  This family seems to have a mom, dad, and two kids, but that’s all I can say for sure, as many people were in and out during the move-in process.   We will see!

What have you been up to lately?