Week In Review: Ashley

Heeeeey y’all! It’s week in review time again… are you excited? You so should be.

Alright – what’s the main story from this past week? Well. We’ve been sick around here. Cooper has had this monster combination of allergies + a cold. Sophie got a little bit of the cold…I got full blown cold plus what I think was a sinus infection. Then thanks to all that drainage happening from the cold and allergy combo, Cooper has developed some stomach issues. So yeah. That has been a BLAST. Anyway – we are surviving it.  Barely. I mean – I keep talking about it and complaining about it…and posting to my Snapchat about it…I’m almost on the level of man cold over here with all the attention I’ve been giving this thing. 😉

Another highlight of the week was Cooper’s Thanksgiving Program and Feast(s) at his school. Wednesday I got to go eat lunch with him in the Cafeteria for the school Thanksgiving lunch day. Friday was the day of the program and the PreK (3&4) feast which took place in the PreK wing at school. It was all super cute and fun. Sitting there watching him during the Program was definitely one of those “dang I’m an adult with kids” moment! He did really well, fulfilling his role as turkey with ease. 😉

This weekend was super chill. The kids went to Grammy and Ppop’s on Friday night so I took full advantage of that. How so you ask? Well – I took my sick butt to bed early and didn’t get out of bed until after 10 am the next day! Super wild times.

Saturday, I joined the kids at my parents. My sister and brother came over and we all just relaxed … well they kind of relaxed. You know, in between the times that Cooper and/or Sophie demanded they play with them. lol As I sat there and listened to Cooper whine that Grace needed to play with him some more, despite the fact that she’d just spent a solid hour running around with the kid playing police man, I thought how one day my time will come when she has kids and I won’t get to be the boring parent anymore. I’ll be the exciting aunt who has a nieces and nephews insisting upon my full attention and playtime. One day ….

Speaking of nieces and nephews – Cooper asked for a brother this weekend. Apparently having a sister is not good enough. He needs more. Unfortunately for him this factory is closed down…so I texted Grace to let her know I’d told Coop he’d just have to hold out for a boy cousin to fulfill the role of “A boy to like play with and stuff” <<his words…

Sunday we did venture out of the house to go the park – but besides that we spent the rest of the day at home. I did a crap ton of laundry and watched football on and off.

I’m looking forward to a short work week and Thanksgiving Festivities! What about you guys? Anybody put up their Christmas tree yet? 😉

Week In Review: Rhonda

I know, I know…I literally say this every single week.  But seriously – where did the week go?!

Monday, I did some much-needed meal planning and grocery shopping.  I also took Quentin to Target to spend his birthday money.  It is always one of my least favorite things to do, because I end up continually talking the kids out of buying shit with a million tiny pieces or stuff I know they won’t play with.  I was thankful that he actually made some good solid decisions and it was fun!

Wednesday, true to my extra self, I designed and ordered Thanksgiving Dinner invitations to send to my parents and ex-husband.  I love how they turned out (the black rectangle is actually blacking out my address, not part of the design).

The rest of the week was full of working my business, recovering from an epic Wine Wednesday (seriously, you have to show up for these live broadcasts if you aren’t already), wedding planning, and juggling mom life.

Then the glorious weekend rolled around and it was time for football, day drinking, and lots of relaxing.

We rounded out Sunday with hair cuts for all the boys (and a fake out snip for Claudia who can’t be left out of anything), which was needed in the worst way.

How was your week?  Do you watch football on the weekends?

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey there! Another week has flown by…we are getting dangerously close to Christmas and the end of the year. I’m just going to be one of THOSE people and say “I can’t believe it’s the end of year already!” I’m also going to be one of those other people and say how this whole time change thing was a real doozy this past week. I mean, I really really like that it is daylight now by the time I get up between 5:45 and 6 am. However, when it turns dark by five pm – and I look at the clock around 8 or 9 – it literally feels like I’ve just been through the longest night ever cause it’s not even close to being finished. Seriously. It really felt like the evenings were just super longggg.

Besides that? What did we do? Oh you  know – the usual. Side note alert : I really hate when I’m talking to someone I haven’t spoken to in a while, and they ask me “So! What’s new…or what have you been up to? etc.” I’m just always like – the usual. lol Like – do you want to know the nitty gritty details of what’s going on? Cause if so I do actually have a lot to say. But I mean, if you’re just wanting some huge new thing that’s happening – wellll I’ve got nothing for ya dude. Anyone else feel that way? Anyone else feel annoyed by that? I’m not saying don’t ask me how it’s going…just maybe you know – ask something more specific, because most likely you are actually curious about one thing in particular OR you don’t actually care and you’re just asking out of social politeness.

So anyway, things have been really good and relatively calm around here. Cooper is doing AMAZING at dropoff. He’s just walking into that classroom like its no big deal. He doesn’t even say goodbye. 🙁 🙁 I might have teared up in the car one day … BUT I’d much rather have no goodbye hug than leaving a distraught little boy at school.

We’ve started to really let Cooper play video games on the PlayStation. The whole thing began as a reward for keeping it together at dropoff – now he’s just freaking obsessed. I’ve had to learn to navigate turning the thing on and changing out discs which was pretty comical one night when I had to resort to Google’s help in the matter since his Dad wasn’t answering the phone. But – we’re doth doing pretty well…sometimes I’m even able to help him get past parts he can’t figure out in certain games. It’s been one of those moments where I look at him and stare in disbelief at the little boy he’s becoming. He’ll be five in four months which is so crazy. I see other parents with five year olds, and those kids just seem so much older than him…because in my mind he’s still a little baby. Gah. Excuse me while I go cry for a few minutes….

Alright – what else …what else? I feel like I’ve been doing laundry everyday all day and yet every morning the hamper is full again…what is up with that? That’s mainly what we did this weekend – chill and do chores. On Saturday, we hung out with Aunt Grace and hit up one of our local nature trails. The weather has finally been cool enough to be outside for an extended period of time without melting away! Oh and – Something monumentous that happened? I cooked breakfast on Saturday morning. I hate cooking. But I especially hate cooking in the morning. But I was craving Stuart’s Omlet and since I can’t drive to Fort Worth real quick – I had to try to do one on my own. 🙂 I did get to have dinner with my sister, brother in law, and friend Michael on Saturday night which is always always a blast. Sunday we went over to my parents. My Mom is out of town so we definitely missed her, but it was still a really nice day. And then we went home in the early afternoon to settle in and get ready for the upcoming week!

What about y’all – what have you been up to?

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey hey..what’s up you guys?! Yet another week has flown by and here we are back for some more week in review blog posts! Let’s get into it and see what we’ve been up to.

Tuesday was Halloween – So, after work I met up with Shaun and the kids at his parents house to get ready for Trick or Treating in Downtown, OS. This has been are tradition since Cooper was born. I like it because there’s guaranteed candy for the kids, and I don’t have to escort them while knocking on strangers’ doors. Because – for real – approaching strangers for anything is the absolute last thing I want to do. The Trick or Treating situation downtown is that local business owners (and maybe just non business owners who want to participate .. .I’m not positive ) line the sidewalks of downtown Ocean Springs, armed with buckets of candy to give out to the children. The parents and children all get in line and casually walk down the sidewalks collecting the candy. The Ocean Springs High school Drama Club was also there doing some dancing to Thriller which was entertaining. Sophie was very impressed, we had to hold her back from running up and participating alongside them. lol  We got there 20 minutes early so we did have to kill some time just standing in line – with a 4 & 2 yr old. So, you know that part was a BLAST. 😉 Actually, we suffered for a hot five minutes before I decided to give in and follow the kids around while they did some exploring, and Shaun stayed back to hold our spot in line. We collected candy for an hour which was when Cooper started saying he was ready to go home. So we just hopped out of line and made our way back to the car.

 

Wednesday,  Thursday  and Friday were all the same same around these parts: work & school stuff. Ok – well that’s not true. Wednesday I was off work. Sophie and I snagged Aunt Grace for a couple hours of Target + Chick Fil A + Beach/Park time. It was the perfect weather for being outside! That afternoon when I picked Coop up from school he randomly requested the trampoline park and since he’s been doing so well at school I decided .. why not!? So we got drinks, socks, and a change of clothes before making our way to the Mullet Hop. The kids had a blast, and they were both super tired that night which was a major parent win win. 🙂 🙂

Friday night I let the kids stay up an extra hour. I never do that. I am like a bedtime/bath time routine sticker. We don’t waiver. We do the same routine every night at the same time. It works well for us – and I generally get a solid two hours of uninterrupted me time after they are in bed. Anywaaay – So Friday night I was feeling generous. Sophie didn’t seem to notice, but Cooper LOVED having more time to play video games which are his new obsession.

We actually spent a ton of time at our own house this weekend. We only went over to my parents for a couple of hours. It was nice and exhausting to have all that solid just me and the kids time. I got sooo many things done that I’d been meaning to. I’m in the process of cleaning out my makeup collection, so I took lots of pictures and listed things online for sale. I decided to try my hand at selling some gently used clothing as well – so I took pictures of that stuff on Sunday. I cleaned my car, we went to the park, we made a Walmart AND Target trip and I of course did tons cleaning around the house. And so by nine pm I was in the bed.

What were you guys up to this past weekend? How was your Halloween?

Week In Review: Rhonda

Not even sure how another week has already passed since I last wrote my week in review.  Where did the week even go? Hmm…let’s see…

We started the week with trying to get into a routine again after the kids returned from their dad’s.  This meant workouts, outside play time, and healthy, hearty meals.

By Tuesday, I was ready for some tequila.  Like, really had a craving for it.  I made some delicious margaritas with fresh watermelon and enjoyed them on the front porch while the kids played with neighbors.

Friday, we had a sangria play date with a mom group.  The kids and I all had such a great time.  Unfortunately, in the evening Stuart was on his way to join us when the shifter on his motorcycle snapped in half.  He was fortunately moving relatively slowly in a residential area and not on the interstate.  I had to leave the party to go follow him home at literally 12 MPH, since the shifter broke while in first gear.  We then went back to the party and had a couple of drinks before heading home.

Saturday, we just hung out as we usually do and practiced Lipsense application on Claudia so that we will be ready for Halloween makeup.  Sunday was amazing weather, so we took full advantage with some time in the sunshine!  An absolutely lovely weekend for sure!

What was the highlight of your week?

Week In Review: Rhonda

Well another week has gone by and my kid-free time is OVER.  The kids are back and they came in like a wrecking ball.  Sheesh.

During this week, I started decorating our house for Halloween, meet my mom group for drinks at one of their houses, and shipped out a shitload of orders.

Friday was a freaking exciting day.  My company was holding its Leaders Conference and I eagerly watched groups to see what was announced.  Two new limited edition colors came out, along with reformulated concealers and a new blush.  Pretty much the entire company collectively freaked the fuck out.  All this was happening while I wandered around the Halloween store, staring at my phone watching updates.  That was also the day that I received my first three-figure commission check, so it was a good one.

Saturday, Stuart and I had brunch at home then ran a few errands while we waited on his friend Ben to arrive from Germany.  Then I ran out to do some quick shopping while they caught up.  When I got back, we grilled some steaks and had a lovely dinner together before going out.  We went to the Stockyards to see Justin Moore and Dylan Scott.  What a freaking AMAZING show they both put on.  Justin is especially a super talented entertainer.

Sunday we made brunch for Ben and sat outside in the lovely weather for awhile with him. Then went and got the darling children before coming home to grill.

I think the best part of my week was Saturday night. What was yours?

Week In Review: Ashley

Hay y’all Haaayyy! Happy Monday. 🙂 I had a pretty jam packed week/weekend, and I can’t wait to share it with you guys. 🙂

Our week started with me facing five days of doing all things parent related on my own since Shaun was going out of town for work. He and I usually share kid drop off/pick up responsibilities, but since he would be gone it was all on me. I know. That may not seem like a big deal, but it is pretty exhausting doing it all by yourself. However, by the end of the week I felt like the three of us handled it just fine. I even remembered to pack Cooper’s show and tell item for Friday! **high fives all around**

Speaking of Cooper and school – he has been doing really well. His dad had been dropping him off everyday so we were really worried that with me now bringing him we’d have to start all over in the department of his separation anxiety. BUT at Monday drop off he did not get upset or cry AT ALL. He whimpered a little bit at the classroom door, but was calm and collected when I kissed him bye. I wanted to cry from relief when I got in the car. The rest of the week was pretty smooth as well. He did cry each day, but each day the crying has become more and more controlled. I’m so proud of him. AND he’s been loving his new lunches I’ve packed. I’m surprised everyday that I open his lunch box and he’s eaten almost everything inside. He requests to take a picture with his school sign at least every other day which is incredibly cute.

Rhonda came to town on Wednesday and stayed with us until we left for Fort Worth on Friday evening. Cooper was enamored with her. On Sunday night he was still asking about her and when would she be coming back?? lol I know Soso enjoyed her company too…she’s just not as vocal about it as Coopy is…I think she gets that from me. 😉

Since I was off on Wednesday – I got to pick up Coop from school. Sophie loves seeing “Bubba’s tool”.  As we walked to the car, they held hands. How freaking adorable is that???

Rhonda and I did our Wine Wednesday Live (on our Facebook Page) that night. It was so fun to actually get to be together in the same place when we filmed!

Thursday night I got to go out with my sister and Rhonda for ladies night at The Chill inside the IP Casino. It was so. much. fun. There was a fantastic band there to listen to and we did lots of dancing. I had to take a picture of the floor where I parked, because I am so bad at remembering where I park. Does anyone else do that?? lol We had a fantastic time that resulted in a late-ish night……Then I had to get up for work the next morning. Oy!

Friday evening after work Rhonda and I piled in the car to make our way to Forth Worth for a fun weekend. The 9ish hour drive wasn’t so bad. Actually about three hours in we were feeling like rockstars. Then. Well then we started getting hungry, and we couldn’t find a an exit to stop that met our criteria. We wanted to exit somewhere that had a gas station and food place within seeing distance of the exit. We ended up having to wait until we got to Alexandria, LA – which met none of our pre established criteria. Sooo after a long trip to Chick Fil A that began with somehow ending up in a random mall parking lot and ended with a near death experience via an almost collision with oncoming traffic – we had food in our bellies, gas in the car, and were back on the road for the last leg of the trip. From this point on there was lots of made up milestones that kept us motivated and encouraged until we finally made it to the DFW.  We rolled in just before three am, and after a little house tour, guzzling some water for our severely dehydrated bodies (we’d avoided drinking for the last 3-4 hours so that we wouldn’t have to make a potty stop), and chit chat with Stuart – we crashed in our respective beds.

Saturday day was just a lazy chill day. After a super delicious brunch served by Stuart, we made quick trip to Target and Ross for some things I’d forgotten to pack. The rest of the day was just lots of time hanging on the couch while talking and relaxing. Sometimes it’s just so nice to be still and present and not have anything pressing to do. Rhonda and I did a little live Get Ready with Us broadcast on our Facebook page. That night we went to the Stockyards and hung out at a our go to bar. There was some really entertaining live music. We snagged the perfect spot right in front of the dance floor and band. We were continually impressed by the dancing skills that were demonstrated on the dance floor. Seems like knowing how to two step is a Texan (or maybe just Fort Worth?) requirement. 😉

Saturday night led to Sunday morning and we found ourselves once again up until after three. After sleeping in Sunday, we had another fantastic brunch then got ready to head to the airport. I was pretty dang sad to leave…but I couldn’t wait to get my hands on those babies waiting for me back in Mississippi.

 

 

 

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey hey hey! Here we are again for another peak into our lives this past week. So great to see you here, and don’t forget to chat with us in the comments – we LOVE hearing from you guys!

Alright let’s see…what did we have going on this week? Well, last week was Cooper’s first full week at his new school. I am incredibly happy to report that drop offs are getting better and better. He’s really trying his hardest to not breakdown during that initial separation at drop off. And even when it is rough the rest of the day is really fantastic. He always always is in a good mood about school in the afternoons, and doesn’t really dread going back until right before he has to enter the building. Worry. Fear of the unknown. Then all of that turns into stress and anxiety. Poor bubs. 🙁 We’re working through it though!  I’m just so happy that HE’S happy!

Want to hear a mom fail though?  I didn’t send anything with him for show and tell last Friday. I expected that they’d send a note saying what letter to represent for show and tell, but I never saw that note so I thought maybe show and tell was not happening? Wellll, apparently the information for show and tell is in the weekly newsletter that comes home on Mondays.  Soo yeah. I felt awful about that. 🙁 I won’t forget this week though! 🙂

Wednesday we did our usual Wine Wednesday LIVE video on our Facebook page… if you haven’t liked our FB page.. you should go do that pronto so that you are notified of when we go live! This Wednesday we will actually be TOGETHER for Wine Wednesday LIVE. Trust me. You do not want to miss that…so come join us, grab your preferred beverage of choice and chat with us!

Also, I had some really awesome packages in the mail box this week…a new Lipsense color and my August Ipsy bag!

This weekend was really great. I spent time at my parents, per the usual, but on Saturday night I got to go out with my sister and a friend of ours. We started out in downtown OS and eventually made our way to Biloxi for some casino night life. 😉  We drank, talked, listened to live music, danced, and even saw a proposal….right in the middle of the dance floor at the club! LOL

Sunday, we enjoyed the pool and more family time. Cooper got to take a trip to the Bass Pro Shop in Mobile, Al with my mom and brother. They said he was amazed when he stepped foot into the building. For my little outdoors loving dude – The Bass Pro Shop is pretty much equivalent to a Disney trip!

That night I was feeling pretty proud of myself because I did a little meal prep for Cooper’s daily lunch box. I bought these new containers from Target over the weekend and went ahead and packed four days worth of lunches. So now all I have to do is pull the container from the fridge and stick it in his lunch box each night – instead of spending time every night packing his lunch. Why these particular containers you ask? Well, I was already using little separate plastic lunch box food storage containers, but I felt like they didn’t really fit well in his lunch box and also that was a lot of lids and bowls for him to have to deal with. These new ones just have one lid that he’ll have to take off and put back on, and the ‘bowl’ part is divided into three sections. The larger section is great for a sandwich or wrap situation, but he doesn’t eat sandwiches or wraps. I just used some cupcake wrappers to create little sections within the larger one to put pepperonis, turkey, cheese, and a sweet treat (Oreos or mini muffins). I couldn’t find the exact ones I bought from Target on their website, but these from Amazon are extremely similar.

 

And there you have it! What were you guys up to?

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey you guys! So glad to have you back for another Monday of looking back on what we’ve been up to. 🙂

Monday was Labor Day so I had the day off from work. The kids and I just hung out at home. I had a ton of household chores to catch up on…and they were exhausted from being on the go Saturday & Sunday.

Tuesday Cooper and I toured his new school! He was super excited. I had to drag him out of there and he kept saying that he couldn’t wait to go back which was such a relief. Drop offs have been rocky each morning though. He ends up having a fabulous day, and the school staff have been supportive during the tough time right at drop off SO hopefully he can get past that initial separation anxiety/control issues.  Anyway, we love the new school and I just hope it continues to work out.

Wednesday through Friday were much of the same. School, work, evening life at home…etc etc. I feel like I spent most of the week obsessively watching Hurricane Irma as she made her way to the Florida. Huge hurricanes like that are no joke, and I can’t stop thinking about all the people who are suffering major loss because of it. As a resident of the MS Gulf Coast I know how lasting that loss can be. You can still drive around here and see the lasting effects of hurricane Katrina which was 12 years ago. 🙁

This weekend was really great. The weather was beautiful and enjoyable to be out and about in. Friday night I got to hang out with some of my most favorite peeps for some Mexican with margaritas and then several games of pool. I did lose one of my Nickel and Suede earrings that night which STILL makes me sad. 🙁 🙁 🙁

Saturday and Sunday we spent most of our days with Grammy and Ppop and my siblings…just hanging out and enjoying each other’s company. 🙂 Oh. That gold face mask in the collage above. Don’t buy it if you have even the least bit of sensitive skin. It broke my face out AND it was annoying AF while wearing it.

Speaking of face masks, Sunday night I used this amazing face mask. I’m pretty sure it’s one my sister bought me for Mother’s Day that I’d thought I misplaced BUT I found it Sunday morning during a cleaning frenzy. 🙂 🙂 Anyway. It’s fantastic…it has this great cooling effect when you put it on your face. It was easy to position and stayed put for the entire 20 minutes.

There you have it folks…my week in less than 500 words… 😉 What were YOU guys up to? Are you enjoying this fallish weather??

Week In Review: Ashley

Heeeey you guys! So glad to see you back for another week in review…you know where we give you all the exciting details of our daily lives from the past week.

Currently, it is labor day and I’m home with the kiddos. I’ve already broken up no less than five disagreements/fights/arguments since we all woke up around seven SO that’s been fun. 🙂 lol Buuut anyway, you’re not here for today…you’re here for last week.

Alright…what did we do? It was a normal but not normal week. If that even makes sense. I ended up needing to switch my days to be off on Monday instead of Wednesday due to some family issues that interfered with our typical childcare routine.  We went to the park that day …but besides that we pretty much chilled at home. I don’t think we even went to Target that day! Are you shocked? Cause I am. Oh! I did do some work in the kid’s room. I got this mosquito netting that I set up as a tent in their room.

Tuesday, Cooper got to go spend the entire day with Aunt Grace. He had a blast.

Wednesday I worked, BUT we had Wine Wednesday Live on Our Facebook Page. It was so much fun. As usual. We stayed on until almost 11 pm. Crazy. We’ll be back this week for more wine induced conversation so make sure you join us!

Thursday night Cooper went home with his Grammy, because we had more regularly scheduled childcare programming that was interrupted. So he got to spend the entire day on Friday with his Ppop. Kid had a good week. 😉

Saturday, we all spent some time at my parents. I got to go hang out with my sister and her husband Saturday evening for just some chill conversation with adult beverages.

Sunday we all went back to Grammy and Ppop’s for pool time. The weather was actually really nice. No rain…and sometimes the clouds briefly covered the sun so that the temps weren’t unbearable. There was not a new episode of  Game of Thrones to watch this Sunday night. :(:( It was rough, but I survived. I’m also rapidly getting a cold…or a sinus flare up. Something. It took me forever to fall asleep Saturday and Sunday night. Trying to sleep with a runny nose and scratchy throat is near to impossible.

But yeah. That’s about it. So see. Same Same…with significantly less Target trips this week. 😉 What were YOU guys up to?!