Thursday, December 29, 2011

"Mom Yesterday I wanted it to be Tomorrow but I woke up and it's still Today. So when's it going to be Tomorrow?"

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ellie 2nd Bday

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December 2011

My kids were being EXTREMELY facetious, and I didn't get a single pretty girl second birthday shot.  It went like this: went to Balboa, lost kids inside museums, fed our picnic to seagulls, took pics of wild animals as they were running away, licked the frosting off the tops of ice-cream-cone-cupcakes that I baked at 6am.
So, these pics will have to suffice.  It has been a rough one.
Still, those Wild Things sure are cute.
No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you, after all you are the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside.- Unknown


Having a baby is like meeting yourself for the first time.  In an instant you are changed.  Your life becomes split.  Ashley-before-Carter. Ashley-after-Carter, Ashley-as-a-mother-of-two.  I don't even know who those other Ashley's are anymore.  


Sometimes I am just in awe as I watch that tiny firecracker run through life- nothing can stop her.  Taking care of Ellie is like having a tiny piece of God.  I knew her before she was even born.  From day one I knew she was a girl- no ultrasound needed. I picked the name specifically because I was certain she would be a feisty, curly haired, red-head.

Today is exactly two years since the birth of my baby girl.  Two years since the birth of the best version of myself.  At 11:40 AM they handed her to me.  There she was, and there I was.

Two Year Check-up

Miss Ellie Mahoney
33 inches 40%
22 pounds 5%

My tiny, tiny, baby.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Ellie

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No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you, after all you are the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside.- Unknown

Having a baby is like meeting yourself for the first time.  In an instant you are changed.  Your life becomes split.  Ashley-before-Carter. Ashley-after-Carter, Ashley-as-a-mother-of-two.  I don't even know who those other Ashley's are anymore.  

Sometimes I am just in awe as I watch that tiny firecracker run through life- nothing can stop her.  Taking care of Ellie is like having a tiny piece of God.  I knew her before she was even born.  From day one I knew she was a girl- no ultrasound needed. I picked the name specifically because I was certain she would be a feisty, curly haired, red-head.

Today is exactly two years since the birth of my baby girl.  Two years since the birth of the best version of myself.  At 11:40 AM they handed her to me.  There she was, and there I was.



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Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.- Ricard L. Evans

Today Carter thanked me for a day he spent with me and Chris over a year ago.  He remember tons of little details- he was 2 1/2!  It was just a regular day- not too out of the ordinary, but something about it was special enough that he thanked me for it, out of the blue, while we were driving home from the YMCA.


Fills my heart. 




WE DIDN'T KNOW WE WERE MAKING MEMORIES, WE JUST KNEW WE WERE HAVING FUN.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Party




Today my kids had the most belly laughs ever. Just another reason to love Christmas.


carter licked so much frosting he dry heaved, and ellie shoveled candy in her mouth like nothing i have ever seen.
gingerbread house=success

Monday, December 5, 2011

Building a Portfolio

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I love my Fatima!

Carter's Letter to Daddy.

Carter just said, "Mommy, can you type a letter to Daddy for me?"  So
this is what he said.  Word for word.
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Daddy, I am going to spank your butt when you get home. You better get
ready for me to spank your butt.
Daddy, at Sea World I saw dolphins and whales without you, HAHAHAHA **he
is teasing you**
Daddy, I want you to come get yogurt barn "wiss" us.  Do you promise
that you will get yogurt barn as soon as you will come home?
UUUUUhhhh ***thinking***  Daddy, you must let me spank your butt for ever and ever and
ever. HA!
Daddy, I miss you for longer and longer and longer to the ends.  So you
must come home.  That is where the exit is T-O-S.  And you can take a
test to be my second mommy, mine and sissy's Mommy.  Will you love my
Mommy forever to the ends?  T-B-S to the exit and come love her.

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Me: what is TBS to the Exit?
Carter:  That is directions for how Dad gets to it to come home.
*I think he is talking about using the GPS.

PS- Spanking your butt, is Carter threatening to wrestle.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Deployment 2011-take 2.

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Same day, one year later- saying good-bye to the Chucky V again.  But, my Lover will be home in no time.  Well, any time gone is too long, but Sea Duty is coming to an end for us (THANK GOD.)  The sad part for me is watching my Vinson family scatter across the United States.  I am really going to miss the friends I have made here. ♥

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I am THANKFUL.

‎No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.--Saint Ambrose. 


I am thankful for little giggles.
And thankful for the alarm clock  patter of little feet that I hear running across the hallway everyday at 0530.
I am thankful for the patience God gave my husband.  How does he put up with me?<
I am thankful for the internet that keeps me in touch with my siblings.  I miss the closeness and automatic friends that I had in them.  I miss the life we had before life got between us.  Before states, time, marriages, and children put space between us.  But I am so thankful that the effort is there, and we remain friends.  I can't wait to see them all online in a couple of hours and laugh as if we are sitting right next to each other on the same family room.
I am thankful to my parents and mother-in-law who keep urging me to fly out for a visit.  I probably will before the big move.
I am thankful to the Navy for providing us with a good life.  A (sometimes) hard life, but GOOD nonetheless.
I am thankful for my camera and my teachers.  I have so much fun with that little box that collects light.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Ellie




See that little thing she does with her hands?  She rolls her skin.  She has done it since she was born.  For the entire first year, 8-12 times I day, I would sit down and nurse her, and watch her roll skin, hers or mine.  "We are still one, me and babe. We are still occupying the same space and breath." The best of my life is wrapped up in that little girl- little fleeting moments.   And wonder as I watch her carve out their own little piece of space and breath. 

Carter

I tried to talk to Carter about Thanksgiving today, in three year old terms at least.  After dinner he said, "Mom, I am thankful that you made that for me..."
Coolest. Kid. Ever.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hello November


 We have one more month of fun before another deployment.  Bring it on!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Anniversary

Soccer

During practice and pregame, Carter does great.
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And then the game starts and Carter
Spiderman starts to strategize and play defense.
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Things you never thought you would shout in public: "Carter, Spiderman does NOT play soccer!"

Right around halftime a meltdown hits.
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And when the game is over he finally accomplishes what he was there for, and hangs with his best girl, Brooke.
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Today I skipped the gym and spent hours on the couch drinking coffee with my bestie.  I don't feel one bit guilty.  

Sea World

I have been wanting to go to Sea World since I was a kid, and I finally got to go- to take my babies. They loved it. I love watching them have fun.

I left the camera at home so I could just play with the fam, but I snapped a few camera phone pics. :)

Sea World 10/27/11