Life Lately

Hey y’all! If you’re long time readers you may have noticed the absence of our every Monday posts called “Week In Review”. If you’re not a regular…well you haven’t noticed anything missing! BUT in the new year we’ve decided to switch things up around here. Tweak some post series that weren’t working for us, or that started to feel old and tired and tedious. So, we kicked WIR to the curb. We’re going to now do a twice(ish) month post called “Life Lately” wherein we catch you all up on the day to day of each of our lives. So yeah, that’s what leads us to today!

Hey hey…. Ashley here! I’m going to start this week off and Rhonda will follow my spill with all her juicy news. 🙂

Since last time we talked we’ve had Christmas and New Years. Right? And now we are already halfway through January! So. Cray. Anyyywaay, Christmas and New Years were really great. The kids are old enough to totally be aware of what’s happening as far as Christmas traditions and such which makes the holiday even more special. They got way too many toys – but we all (by all I mean the WHOLE family) can’t help but spoil those babies. So. #sorrynotsorry

New Year’s Eve was pretty low key. The kids and I went to a party hosted by one of Coop’s classmate’s parents. And we spent New Year’s Day at my parents.

I am super happy to report that we had an incredibly smooth transition back to PreK when Christmas break was over. I was fully prepared for some pullback and hesitation on Cooper’s part (if you don’t know he’s suffered from serious separation anxiety when starting school). But that kid just marched on into the building like it was no big deal. He’s a legit pro now. 😉

And life has just pretty much gone back to normal. I finally got to see Rhonda when she came down this past weekend for a hair appointment. We got to hang out Friday night and get into all sorts of fun trouble. 🙂

It has been unseasonably cold around here. Yeah, I know it’s winter BUT it’s not usually actually cold. For so many days and weeks in a row.  So – that’s been fun. And different. And makes it incredibly hard to get out of your warm bed. 🙁 lol

That’s about all the major points for me…what about you Rhonda?


Well, it’s been a hell of a month for me.  I kicked off the new year with a ton of goals, which have all but gone to shit already.  Really, its not that I wasn’t reaching them, but shit happens to really make you reassess what your priorities are.

You know how I told y’all I was going to lose all this weight?!  Well I still believe that, but I definitely had a setback with going out of town this past week.  I was on the road a lot and doing a lot of running around, so I definitely consumed some fast food.  That’s okay, though.  Back at it.

December was a really tough month for my business, so I planned to come back with a vengeance in January.  Well, turns out January isn’t amazing for my business either. Oops.  I have not been in the proper mindset the last week or so, due to preparing to go out of town.

As Ashley said, I went to Mississippi this week and it was great.  Thursday, I drove all day then went to dinner with my friends Brooke and Cyndi.  I stayed the night at Brooke’s apartment and we sipped red wine and chatted.  It was so good for soul and exactly what I needed at that time.

Friday, I had my hair appointment and went for something very different! My appointments take several hours, so I had just enough time after to run grab a new top to wear and head to Ashley’s house to get ready.  We went out to our spot and met a lot of new friends and just had the best trouble-making time. 🙂

I went to my sister-on-law’s baby shower in another city on Saturday then stayed the night at their house.  Sunday was back on the road!

It’s been really crazy around here, but I am ready to smash some goals and get back to some sense of normalcy.  I think I’ll start by taking down the  Christmas trees…

Week In Review: Ashley & Rhonda

What’s up you guys? It’s Week In Review time again! Are you freaking out? Have you been refreshing your browser over and over and over to see if we posted yet??? Phew. Good thing for you is that here we are. 😉 Hehe JK We know you get this bad boy emailed to straight to your inbox so you don’t have to do silly stuff like refresh your browser repeatedly! 🙂 🙂 Ok, to the reviewssssss!

Ashley –

First – I cannot believe how this month has flown by, but I am so so so excited for Christmas to get here! I’m like 96% finished with shopping and am looking forward to all the Christmas Weekend festivities that are coming next weekend! Now, what did we do…. well it has been so cold around here! It has really felt like a traditional Winter Holiday season for us which was has been different and nice. We even got a little snow a couple weekends ago!

Besides some pretty cool weather – we got a visit from the nasty Flu Virus in our household. It pretty much knocked all of us on our butts. I still don’t feel completely 100%, but I’m doing much much better. It just has made it hard for me to think beyond the day to day and getting by doing the necessities for myself and the kids. Sadly, the blog suffered because of that BUT like I said I’m feeling better and want to finish out the rest of the year around here strong!

Friday was Cooper’s School Christmas Play…it was so cute! He was a Shepherd. I am always incredibly impressed with the teachers and staff and how they are able to get all those 3-5 year olds to cooperate and participate in a play. They all did an amazing job- the kids and staff! 🙂

This weekend we spent time at Grammy and Ppops per the usual, but on Friday night while the kids stayed the night at Grammy and Ppops their dad and I got to go to the movies which was nice. I literally had not been to the movie theater since this past summer. We watched the newest Star Wars Movie. I LOVED it. I could have literally sat there and watched it all over again.  On Saturday Cooper went with my Dad and Brother to Mobile for some guy shopping stuff, and Sophie, Grammy, and I went to Slidell for Christmas Shopping. Then on Sunday we just pretty much chilled all day. It rained alllll day long so the kids spent the whole day inside terrorizing my brother and sister until they were forced to play bad guys and good guys with Cooper or be led aimlessly around the house by Sophie. Good good times. 🙂 🙂 LOL We also had Cooper’s class teddy home with us for the weekend. Sophie ended up becoming best friends with him. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to order an identical one from Amazon for her…she didn’t like the idea that teddy was going back to school in the morning.

Really though – besides being freaking sick…this week wasn’t too bad. 🙂 Well. I take that back. Rhonda did get some bad news at the end of the week that also made me sad…but I’ll leave that revelation for her. SO besides those two things….it was a good week and I really always always enjoy getting to spend so much time with my family.

Rhonda –

This past week has been such a rollercoaster ride for me, that I kind of can’t believe that was only a few days.

I ran errands and worked all week, which is nothing new.  I have been severely sleep deprived thanks to my lovely daughter no longer sleeping well at night.  Most of the week was such a blur!

I bought the cutest pillowcases and they’re worth mentioning, as they are totally “us.”

I spent Friday morning and afternoon running around like a crazy person, preparing for that night’s party I was attending.  It was the party for my mom group and I was supposed to bring a couple of sangrias, a donation to a local animal shelter, and a Dirty Santa gift.  I had to wait for my payday though, which was Friday!  So as soon as I could get out of bed, I drove all over creation to get what I needed.

The party was totally worth it!  I had so much fun with my friends, as we always do!

We woke up to rain on Saturday, which is highly unusual for us.  I totally miss having rain a lot, but it is what it is.  We went out and ran errands in it, buying some groceries and things like that.

Sunday, I went out and started (yep, started) Christmas shopping.  I am always at my best at the last minute, so naturally I ended up with some great deals and made a lot of progress.  After dinner, we decorated a gingerbread village, one of our favorite traditions.

It was mostly an amazing week.  The downside was finding out that I would not be going to Mississippi for my birthday as planned.  It was absolutely devastating, because I was getting my hair done finally AND getting to spend time with Ashley.  Making the best of it though and moving on (after all the tears).

Are you having so much fun this holiday season?  What’s your favorite tradition?

Week In Review: Ashley & Rhonda

Hey y’all Hey! Welcome back to another Week In Review!! As we discussed last week – for the month of December we will be doing joint WIR posts – to ease up our hectic holiday schedules. So! Let’s see what the both of us were up to:

Ashley –

Alright, alright… let’s seeee. Man. This past week totally flew by, and I wholeheartedly expected it to be a slow week since we were coming off the Thanksgiving holidays. I was wrong. Oh well. It happens every so often. 😉

Things were back to business as usual. We had work and school and evening home stuff – then back to work and school again the next morning. Cooper is doing FANTASTIC at preschool. He breezes through dropoff like its NBD. On Wednesday, I even got a kiss and hug goodbye! Usually, I forgo that whole process cause I’m holding my breath waiting for him to break down. Cooper is pretty much a PreK 4 rockstar these days. His behavior is usually pretty much on point too. We DO need to work more on his sight words. But I mean. One thing at a time right? I was talking to another class mom on Wednesday and she suggested involving him in some after school activities  – so I think beginning in January we are going to look into that. It will give him a chance to have some more socialization with his peers. He did tell me one day that “He wanted to hurry up and get to school early so that he could have more time in the morning with his buddies.” Like. Who is this child?? Really though, I am OVERJOYED at his progress!

I got so much great mail this weekend…presents for the kids… and a lot of stuff for me. I kind of feel like I already went through Christmas for myself!

Saturday morning I had to wake up super early to go help set up the cafeteria for our school’s Breakfast With Santa event. My mom brought the kids up later when it started at eight am. Everything went really well – and Sophie and Cooper really enjoyed it. Sophie didn’t quite enjoy Santa – but as I’ve said…she doesn’t really need people – especially new and strange people.

Sunday – we spent a lazy morning getting ready for hours at home before we headed to my parent’s house for the afternoon where we lounged, ate, and watched an amazing Saint’s football game! That night I went to Walmart for Cooper’s weekly lunch box supplies and we ended the night with a lovely tantrum thrown by a certain four year old because he had to stop playing video games and take a bath… He’s got it rough. lol

Rhonda –

While Ashley happily snapped pictures all week, I was burning the candle at both ends.  While working my own business, I took on a role in a friend’s business and really kicked ass at that all week.  There are hardly any noteworthy things to share here, though.  Definitely go support Baths and Bliss, though. [Edit: reading this back, it sounded like I meant that Ashley was living a life of leisure while I did hard things.  That is SO not what I meant.  I just meant that I hate that I couldn’t take pictures or even remember anything cute my kids did this week.]

Saturday, we made a Sam’s Club trip, mostly just to get toilet paper.  It would be silly to pass up this huge ass box of bacon.  TEN POUNDS FOR THIRTY DOLLARS.  No brainer.

After that, we went to a small birthday gathering for one of my friends.  A lot of my friend group has small babies and I held one.  I know, no big deal to you . ME?  I’m not that person.  But she was cute and she made eye contact and I just had to.  Guess what?  I kinda liked it.

We played Cards Against Humanity and damn, that shit is fun.  If you’ve never played, it’s an absolute must.

Sunday we relaxed all day.  It was so nice to hang out on the patio with Christmas music and champagne and 73 degrees.  After dinner, we went on a moonlit Christmas lights walk in our neighborhood.  I can’t think of a better way to end a great week!

What was your week like?  Are you in full-on Christmas hustle mode yet?

 

Week In Review: Ashley & Rhonda

Hey y’all hey! It’s Monday which means we spill all the details on what has been going on in our lives over the past week. Usually we do separate WIR posts … but listen – we’ve got that holiday funk something serious. And well, we’re going to just switch things up for the rest of the year and do joint posts. – Cause we need some change.

So, we hope that you had a really amazing Thanksgiving week. We know we did. We both got to spend time with our families. Rhonda’s parents came to TX from MS, and Ashley got several days off from work to be with her local family!

At the beginning of Thanksgiving week a nasty stomach virus reared it’s head at Ashley’s house and poor Coop fell victim to it. 🙁 Also – Ashley has been struggling with a seemingly never ending cold.  Rhonda has some allergy issues that she can’t kick either. Someone want to volunteer to come take care of us??? 😉

We’re surviving though.

Then we both cooked, ate yummy food, and just spent a lot of time living in the moment.  Per usual, there were some stressful mom moments because : kids be cray. lol But overall it was really a lovely week.

After Thanksgiving we both put up our trees and started decorating the house with Christmas holiday cheer. 😉

So yeah, that’s the short and sweet of it… we compiled some pictures for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy and tell us what did YOU guys do over Thanksgiving?

Ashley –

Rhonda –

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: 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: Ashley

Haaaaay guys! So glad to have y’all here for another look into exactly what we’ve been getting into this past week. 🙂

I can’t remember exactly what day it was, but at some point early in the week I realized that I should probably go get Cooper’s Halloween costume from the store. I hadn’t yet bought it because he kept saying that he wanted to be there when it was purchased. Then, the time would come when we had an opportunity to go to the store and he’d rather just go home. So, while I’ve had Sophie’s costume for a while now  – here we were the week before Halloween and Coop was still costumeless.

SO ANYWAY – I took my butt to Walmart…and then Target…and left empty handed. He specifically asked to be a Red Power Ranger. Walmart only had black, and Target only had really small ones or really big ones. I mean. Can we just all simultaneously lift our emoji praise hands toward the Amazon Prime Gods. Cause seriously. How would I even get through life without them?? I have. no. clue. So yeah, Amazon Prime came through with the correctly sized red power ranger costume.  Oh. And also a HUGE shoutout to Grammy for adjusting the length of the pants on the costume…there’s not an option for ‘short’ when you are ordering Halloween costumes. The lesson here? You can always count on Amazon Prime and Grammy in a moment of costume crisis…ok, well ANY moment of crisis. 🙂 😉

Wednesday was my day off from work. We did the usual drill that day. Took Coop to school, got coffee, came home did some chores, and met up with Aunt Grace for a little retail therapy. We also knocked out one of our Fall/Winter Bucket List items – did a little decorating that included having the kids paint. Cooper was disinterested after about five minutes in and went back to his room. Sophie LOVED it. She loved it so much that there was paint every where. A bath was necessary for cleanup. Even I had to change clothes. Cause you know, if your kid has something on their hands they will inevitably touch you. That night was Wine Wednesday Live on our Facebook Page which was a blast, as always. We did stay on for a record breaking time of over three hours!!! Sooo it was way after 12 when I went to bed…I’m sure later for Rhonda who is much more of a night owl than me.  Allll the regret and coffee was had by both of us the next morning. lol It was worth it though. 🙂

This weekend was super chill. I slept a ton. I’m talking at least ten hours on Friday and Saturday night which was pretty dang glorious. Pre-motherhood I slept a lot. I’m not one of those people who can function well on just a few hours of sleep. Besides sleeping, I spent a lot of time with my family over at my parents’ house. Grace and I braved Party City on Saturday afternoon which was a complete cluster. We were saying that we can’t even imagine the craziness that will go down there on Monday and Tuesday (the last two days before Halloween). We also made a random stop at Barnes and Noble where we talked each other into finally getting a bullet journal. We’re really good at talking each other into things…or validating our decisions and/or seemingly frivolous purchases to each other. 😉

Sunday we were all back at my parents to watch the Saints play (and win!) and celebrate my Dad’s upcoming birthday. His actually birthday is on Halloween. I ended the night with a quick trip to Michael’s with my partner in bullet journal crime, Grace, for some bullet journaling markers and then a round of speed grocery shopping through Walmart.

What have you guys been up to? Are you prepared for Halloween?

 

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey hey! Great to see you guys back for yet another peak into our everyday lives. Hopefully you enjoy it more than I feel like writing about it sometimes. 😉 Anywaaaay, let’s see what we did!

So listen, I’m about to talk about Preschool drop off again. What can I say? This is a part of our everyday life. Anyhow, we had a great week! There was a little crying, but overall we saw significant and continued improvement. I also got some really encouraging news on Wednesday when I stayed behind a few minutes to talk to one of Cooper’s teachers. She said that he has even stopped asking them every five minutes (literally..he did that…) “what’s next? What are we going to do now? “ which is YUGE! As I’ve said a million times before this boy is cautious AF. He’s very leery of new situations and doesn’t easily trust people. SO…the fact that he’s no longer bagering his teachers for information on what’s about to happen means that he is trusting them. This also means he is feeling incredibly comfortable there!! If I were a hugger, I would have hugged her in that moment. However, I am not a hugger – so I just walked away awkwardly at the end of our amazing conversation while I jumped up and down on the inside with excitement! It was such a great way to start the day.

After school drop off on Wednesday, Soso and I headed home to do some chores and hang out. We met up with Aunt Grace around lunchtime for a Target and Chick-Fil-A trip. 🙂 And then that night was Wine Wednesday Live on our Facebook Page! Overall, I have to say that Wednesday was pretty fantastic.

Thursday evening I went to my sister’s house to practice some makeup techniques on a friend of hers that was getting married the coming weekend. She needed someone to do her makeup, and I’ve been dying to try my newly developed skills on another person…so it was like a match made in meant to be heaven. 😉 Anyhow, we had wine, did some makeup, and had really great conversations.

And then it was Friday. Man I love Friday. I had work that day, per the usual – but at five the weekend had officially begun! The kids went to my parents, and I had a kid free night ahead of me. 🙂 When Shaun got off work, he and I had dinner at Outback. And then we watched Mindhunter on Netflix. Listen, if you are looking for your next Netflix binge worthy show, Mindhunter is perfect. I may or may not have breezed through 10 episodes in one week. [insert monkey emoji with his hands over his mouth]

Saturday morning, I slept in before heading out to hang at my parent’s house. That evening Cooper stayed for another night of fun at Grammy and Ppop’s while Sophie and I went to Sal and Mookies in Biloxi for Lauren’s (her cousin) birthday dinner. That was my first time going there, and it was really nice. The food was delicious – even Sophie filled up which is totally out of the ordinary. She usually lives on milk…and apple sauce…and cheese. Turns out my sister was there that night (for the wedding rehearsal dinner) and we didn’t even realize! I’d parked next to her, but totally thought it was just some random person who had a car like hers…serious small town life moment. Lol

Sunday it stormed like cahrazy. The wedding (that Grace was in and I was doing the bride’s makeup) was in Long Beach, MS – and I swear most of that town was under water! So despite all of us braving torrential downpours, we had a great time preparing and getting ready for the wedding! Once I finished my makeup application duties I went back to Gulfport to scoop up my babies so that we could get home and start preparing for the upcoming week.

And there you have it! Our week in review…what were you guys up to? Any special events…pre Halloween celebrations?? Fall activities?? Drop us a comment and let us know!

Week In Review: Ashley

Oh my gosh you guys…happy Monday! We didn’t do our WIR post last week – So, I feel like I have TONS to share. I feel like SO much has happened in the span of two weeks. However, I also feel like I am overwhelmed by how much I have to share that this may end up being short and sweet. ha!

Sharing pictures in no particular order…

Alright alright…where to begin? Let’s see, so why didn’t we do our WIR post last week? Well, the shooting tragedy that happened Sunday night  in Las Vegas was on our minds. We had to address that, and it just felt like carrying on with life as usual on the blog that day was not right.

What did I do that weekend? I got to spend Saturday night and all day Sunday with my family in a cabin that my parents rented. We did lots of outdoor activities including spending some time floating around on a pontoon boat. It was a blast…well except the no cell phone signal part – I survived though. 🙂 😉

Then, we (those of us on the gulf coast) started preparing for the possibility of being hit by a hurricane. Yup. You heard right .. ANOTHER hurricane.

Really that whole week was a whirlwind…and went by SO quickly. Cooper was on Fall Break from school on Thursday and Friday. Cruising the coast was also happening along the coast…so traffic was insane. What’s cruising the coast? It’s an annual week-long car show that happens down here. Thousands of people hop in their fancy vintage cars and head to the MS Coast. There are different events hosted, but mostly people literally park and/or cruise along – showing off their hard work. 🙂 This year’s Crusin’ was rudely and abruptly interrupted by a very fast-moving Hurricane Nate. We were originally expecting to be hit early Sunday morning. However, on Saturday morning Nate decided he was ready to make landfall and started moving with unprecedented speed toward us. I’d gone Thursday night to buy essentials and prepare, but Saturday morning I woke up in a panic when I realized I’d forgotten the ICE! I did a whole story time about it on our Snapchat (RAtheMOMachine)…and I posted a little clip on our IG (rageagainstthemomachine)… so go check that out when you get a chance. 😉

After we got our ice…we spent all Saturday morning enjoying the sunshine before Nate made landfall. Once we got home around one, I turned on the weather channel and we hunkered down for the day. Cooper was all wrapped up in the Hurricane Nate Watch.

I am incredibly thankful that this storm was only a Category 1, and that we didn’t suffer much damage – the real only inconvenience was that we seemed to be some of the very last people to get power back late Sunday night. 🙁

Anddd that’s what has been going on…what were you guys up to???