Life Lately

Hey hey! Every other Monday we spend a little time catching you guys up on what’s been going on in each of our lives.

Ashley –

Hey Hey! Gosh – I feel like we have done SO MUCH over the past two weeks. We’ve had holidays and birthdays and parties which were all filled with so much happiness and love – and then we had some grief and sadness in the form of some loved ones passing away. It’s just really been a whirl wind!

Me with my Pawpaw MANY years ago. Don’t I look just like my Sophie??

Let’s do the heavy stuff first though? My paternal grandfather, aka Pawpaw, passed away on March 29th. It was a very unexpected thing, and I expounded upon my thoughts here in this post.  His funeral was this past Friday, April 6. While we were riding to the VA Cemetery for his final services, my Mom got a call that her father, aka Papa, had passed away that morning. I mean. It was incredibly emotional. And just all so unexpected. Death is a part of life, but it’s never easy to see your loved ones leave.

Balancing at the park. 🙂

Some light things? We had a fabulous Easter that was filled with celebrations of life and family and multiple Easter Egg Hunts. Cooper even had an Easter Parade that his PreK 4 Class put on for the rest of the school. The kids each wore an ‘Easter Hat’ that their parents made. It was super cute. 🙂

Easter Parade!
Egg Hunt at Beauvoir in Biloxi, MS
Painting Easter Eggs for the Bunny

Coop was on Spring Break this last first week in April, and I stayed home with him Monday – Wednesday (well BOTH kids…lol). We had a lot of fun. We made several park trips. Cooper went to the doctor for his big boy 5 yr old check up that included shots 🙁 , we went to the beach on Tuesday, and Coop even had his first sleep over with Aunt Grace on Tuesday night.

Egg Hunt at Grammy and Ppop’s

Then along with my Pawpaw’s funeral being on Friday – we had a jam packed weekend. The following Saturday, I ran around all morning getting together last minute stuff together for Coop’s Bday party that Sunday. Saturday night we went to my Aunt’s engagement party. And then Sunday was Cooper’s Party at the Mullethop Trampoline Park.

Bed Head at the Beach 🙂

Then Sunday night it was back to reality with getting things together for the upcoming Monday filled with work and school. 🙂

 

Rhonda –

I can’t even adequately describe the insanity of the last couple of weeks.  God bless.  For starters, I have been sick the entire time.  So that’s awesome.  I got well for literally like 2 days then started feeling awful again.

Easter was a lot of fun though.  The day before was supposed to be Claudia’s fourth birthday party, but we were all too sick to have people over.  So we celebrated her with some cupcakes and a couple of gifts, then let the fun spill into Easter.  I made a huge feast and Stuart and I hid eggs for the kids.  I can’t believe how much fun we all even when things are just kept low-key.

I launched my boutique a week ago and that has kept me extremely busy, as you can imagine!

When we finally had her birthday party, we all had the best time.  We got to know some of our neighbors and hang out with our usual besties too.  I am so thankful for friends you never want to leave.

We watched a lot of sunsets and did a lot of porch front sitting.

Life Lately

Hey hey! Every other Monday we spend a little time catching you guys up on what’s been going on in each of our lives.

Ashley –

Hmm… I always have to look back through the pictures I’ve taken and take a glance at the calendar to remember exactly what I’ve spent the past two weeks doing. LOL

We celebrated two birthdays: my brother’s on the 12th and mine on the 21st. Shane turned 25, and I turned 33. I actually can’t believe he is only 25, because I feel like he’s got his life together in ways that far surpass most people of his age…or even most people older than him. I’m a pretty proud big sister. 🙂 I mean, can I just take a few moments to brag on him? This kid went to college after high school, then immediately got a full time job wherein he has been incredibly successful. He’s already bought a house, and he is an amazing uncle to my kids. He is thoughtful and generous and always willing to help when you ask him to.  We just think he’s the best. 🙂

As for me? I mean…I’m a work in progress – I feel really good about 33 though. 🙂

Let’s seee what else? Coop has been doing great at school. We’ve been seeing some fluctuation in behavior according to the color chart that gets sent home each day in his folder but that’s normal. He just started learning how to write his last name and we are super impressed by his progress. 🙂

Sophie also likes to talk about ‘what color she got for the day’ – even though she’s not actually getting colors. She’s gotta do whatever big brother is doing..of course.

A major thing that happened last Thursday morning..my dad scared the crap out of all of us when he got dizzy and fell and hit the back of his head – ending up in the ICU.  🙁  He’s getting better now which is a major relief.

Anddd I got to see Rhonda this past Friday night. She was down on the coast for a hair color update…so we did our usual and spent Friday night at the Chill Bar in the IP Casino. It was so much fun!

Rhonda –

Like Ashley, I find myself on Life Lately days staring at my camera roll and trying to figure out just where the last 2 weeks went.

I tell you though, for the most part I have been soaking up life.  The weather has been great and, with the time change, the sunset sometimes doesn’t occur until Stuart is home to enjoy it with us.  It’s been lovely to check it out from the front porch.

The relaxing on the porch hasn’t been without work, though.  During the day, I’ve been busting my ass so that I can launch my boutique a week from today!

I got to have time with some of my best girlfriends in the last couple of weeks.  I had a Girls Night Out with my local besties.  We went to the Stockyards on a very stormy night and had a freaking blast.

This past weekend, I went on a super quick trip to Mississippi to get my hair done.  I squeezed in a night out with Ashley before hitting the road extremely sick.

I originally thought I was hungover, except I was hit with a fever, body aches, and extreme chest pain and congestion.  That made for a fun ride home!

What have y’all 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!

What We Wore (and Did) Wednesday

Hey hey! With Ashley being ill and Rhonda being, well, Rhonda, we totally spaced on our Week in Review.  And to be honest, they have become a monotonous chore and we are certain it probably reads that way on your end.  We will be making changes to this feature in the new year.  For now, here’s a peek into what we did this week and what we were wearing.

Rhonda –

Most of the week, I did the thing I do – being a boss babe and a mom.  I ran errands and did something very unusual for me – I wore athleisure.  I still don’t like it.  It was just really cold and I didn’t feel well.

Hoodie: Target last year. Leggings: LLR. Shoes: Old ass Nike. Jacket: Target, no longer available.

Another thing I rarely do?  Anything with Stuart on a weekday.  However, Grapevine, “The Christmas Capital of Texas,” was having their Christmas parade and he took off early on Thursday to take us.  Only Harper and Claudia wanted to go and let me tell you, it was viciously cold.  We even had to go to Target beforehand to get more cold weather gear.

I dressed nice and festive and did my lips to match…not that it mattered because it all got covered up with a jacket and scarf.

Shirt: Amazon. Jeans: Old Navy. Boots: Amazon.

We survived, though I’m not sure I would go again with temps that cold.  We went to Whataburger after and in all, it was a lovely evening.

Saturday, we forced ALL of the kids out of the house and went to Frisco to eat at Mash’d and see the lights set to music in their town square.  I am not sure I would drive to Frisco again just for the light show, as it wasn’t THAT amazing.  I loved it though and it was magical when the fake snow started blowing.

Sunday was spent with a trip to Sam’s club after mimosas.  We wrapped up the evening by decorating the outside of the house and grilling steaks.

I couldn’t have asked for a better week, but I am definitely getting anxious about Christmas.  I still haven’t done any shopping and I have a party Friday night that I haven’t prepped for.  This time of year is so bad for my anxiety!

Ashley –

Well Lord. As Rhonda mentioned – I have been sick. Like kick my butt sick. The Flu invaded our household and has been kicking butt and taking names around here. 🙁 I currently feel a TINY bit better – but no where near one hundred percent. Just. Over it. But anyway – to the outfits and what we did last week.

This past weekend I took Cooper to a classmate’s birthday party at Margaritaville in Biloxi. It was a lot of fun! We hung out in the party room for a while for food and cake and ice cream before the kids were unleashed to the arcade area which was what Cooper had been looking forward to.

We also spent some time over at Grammy and Ppop’s house. You know. Just relaxing… chasing the kids around the backyard. 🙂

And gosh – the rest of the week prior? Just the usual man. This flu invasion has seriously got my mind in a fog. So – I’ll just leave it at that. 🙂 Hope y’all are having a great holiday season so far!

Week In Review: Rhonda

Hey hey, and welcome back to a glimpse into my week.  Life has been a doozy lately with Claudia going through a phase of wanting all my attention, all the time.  I have tried to just embrace this phase of life and be thankful that I have the opportunity to watch her grow and learn and become a little lady.  Shit, it’s a challenge though.

She has been wild, dabbing and ridding her tricycle and playing Little Mama.

We did a lot of fun school lessons this week, learning about Arizona.  The kids love this state project we are working on.  Previously, they couldn’t really see past Texas or Mississippi.

Harper is absolutely obsessed with cooking and baking, so I have started to let go of a little control and let him in my beloved kitchen, mostly with free reign.  He decided to do cupcakes this week and they were delicious!  The cleanup wasn’t so fun though.

Quentin and Claudia helped me make my first roasted chicken (come back tomorrow for more about that experience) on Friday.  Then Saturday, we went to tour a possible wedding venue (now marked off the list).  In the evening, our friends came over to have drinks and dinner with us.  We had so much fun.  Lots of laughter.

On Sunday, the weather was sunny and perfect and Claudia wanted to play outside.  So we played in the driveway and ended up rolling out mats to lie down and soak up the sun.  After nap time, we went to a holiday parade.  We were so freaking late and parked a couple of miles away.  We were too late to get a good spot for viewing.  Quentin and Claudia took turns on Stuart’s shoulders.  I held Claudia on mine a little, but it was hurting with her dancing on my shoulders.  She’s a mess.  We enjoyed getting into the spirit of the season for sure!

Now onto Thanksgiving!  I can’t wait to have a good and hearty meal on Thursday and enjoy a long weekend together as a family.  AND PUT UP MY TREEEEEES!

How was your week?  Are you in total holiday mode 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: Rhonda

Another crazy-ass week in my life.  I guess this is just the norm now.

Tuesday was Halloween and we donned our costumes again and traipsed around the neighborhood.  My daughter has been continually cracked out on candy for over a week now.

Wednesday was Stuart’s birthday and even though we were saving the celebration for Saturday’s party, we did make him cards during our school time.

After a couple of days of party planning, schooling, and working my ass off on my business, it was party day!  I helped pull off an amazing surprise by keeping my mouth shut and not telling Stuart that his sister was driving from Mississippi for the party.

Quentin and Stuart shared a party and they wouldn’t have had it any other way.  It was a YouTube theme, per Quentin’s request.  We kept it simple and it was perfect.

Sunday, we recuperated from another crazy party and just spent a lot of time as a family.

What’s been going on in your life?

 

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?