Monday, January 31, 2011

Officially a Proud Navy Family until 31 January 2015.
Chris reenlisted today! (Waiting for pics from command)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I have to say, this weekend went pretty good. It is OBVIOUS that the breathing treatments have Ellie feeling much better. She was happy- happier than she has been in two months. My girlfriend Mari accompanied us to the Wild Animal Park, and we spent the whole day. The weather was perfect, the kids enjoyed, and so did I.
At the end of the day I kept thinking "it was a really good day to be their mama..." ***sigh***

Thursday, January 27, 2011

All true learning is experience. Everything else is just information. -Albert Einstein

Carter's Big News

Guess who is starting Preschool!!??? Yep that is right. I am so happy for him, because I know he is going to love it.
He missed the cut off for most preschools by two months, but, I found one run by the local elementary school that is for "early learners." (They take 2-5 instead of three, as long as they are potty trained.)
Normally I wouldn't think he would have to start early, but with Daddy gone and no family around he doesn't get much variety in teaching styles. For instance, I do letters with him. We have bathtub letters, a couple letter games, books that he traces- but he just seems bored with me. Maybe if we lived by Grandma she would have different ideas, or Daddy would play different than Mommy- but he gets what he gets. When I was discussing this with the teacher she told me of all these different crafts that they do to practice letters and I KNEW this is what he needs.
If nothing else, he could really use the "big boy" play time.
So, two days a week, three hours a day he gets to go to school.
Pics to come (like you didn't know that...) ;)

My Silly Man

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dear Lord give me patience and strength, Dear Lord give me patience and strength, Dear Lord give me patience and strength, Dear Lord give me patience and strength, Dear Lord give me patience and strength, Dear Lord give me patience and strength, Dear Lord give me patience and strength, Dear Lord give me patience and strength, Dear Lord give me patience and strength, Dear Lord give me patience and strength, Dear Lord give me patience and strength, Dear Lord give me patience and strength, Dear Lord give me patience and strength, Dear Lord give me patience and strength, Dear Lord give me patience and strength, Dear Lord give me patience and strength, Dear Lord give me patience and strength,

Just when you thought it was over...

After yet another trip to the ER on Sunday, Ellie has now been diagnosed with pneumonia and asthma. The steroids are killing her belly, and she is all around unhappy. I feel so awful for my poor baby, and I have to say- my stress levels are really starting to hit the red zone...

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 14

Day 14 -  Someone You could never Imagine Your Life without

At the risk of sounding obvious and repetitive, I have to be, well, obvious and repetitive. These two changed my whole world. Ashley BC (before children) isn't the same person I am now. And I am thankful for that.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Fill In

What do you usually want to know about someone when meeting them for the first time. "Do they seem nice?" I am on the fence about first impressions, it would be a rare thing if I decided I didn't like someone after only meeting them once.
Would you rather know everything about your spouse, or be regularly surprised? I like to know all the big stuff but learning little things along the way is fun. I have known Chris for more than half my life, so there are no big surprises.
If you could live in one city for the rest of your life, where would you live? Don't hold me to this, but I think North Chicago. The climate is just like Cleveland, which I think is fun. It is close enough to home that I can frequently visit, but far enough away too. And when I visited there with Chris during his A-School, we just had so much fun. That is where we got married, why not, right?
When you go out of town, what one material thing do you ALWAYS take? My camera, HELLO!
Using no more than 10 nouns, and ONLY nouns, describe yourself. Mom, Wife, Lover, Photographer, Tree-Hugger, Teacher, Student, Friend, Homefront Coordinator, and Laborer.
Me: Carter I'm gonna get you some medicine. It's the kind you don't like but I need you to take it like a big boy.
Carter: No mama please don't give me more medicine.
Me: But Carter, I need to make you feel better.
Carter: It's yucky mama. How about a daddy kiss- those make me feel better.

Sent from my iPhone

"Say Mama"

Ellie's Trim



Baby Girl got a little haircut yesterday. I love it.
Notice in the pics from Wednesday how the front of her hair is so fried. It breaks my heart to cut it, because he baby hair is RED and straight. So trimming the baby hair means "goodbye red, hello curls."
I don't want to be the mama whose child's hair is a hot mess because she doesn't want to cut the baby fine tendrils, but :(
But I have to say, I didn't do too bad. She does look gorgeous.
SN- It is not as short as it looks in these pics, she just had it behind her ears.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

My Big Boy

Carter's cupboard is taking on a new (impressive to me) trend. One wall is just plastered in stickers, but after crawling in with him today I realized- he is making patterns on the other walls. Good job, Buddy!

My Ellie

Maybe it is the mama in me, but I just don't think I have ever seen anything so beautiful.

what, what, what!?

Just when I thought the kiddies were getting better-
Carter has been complaining about his ear, but he hasn't had a fever. I have heard COUNTLESS times the past couple of days "Mommy, I feel tired."

Finally yesterday his cough (that was supposed to be going away) got worse. He was literally doubled over coughing. So I called the doctor and got him in today.
Last night he woke up throwing up. <--My first experience with this as a mama. Pitiful.

Poor buddy has an ear infection, and are you ready for this?- Whooping cough.
I thought is was just croup, but the doctor said it sounds like Pertusis. WTF?! They did a culture and we won't get it back until next week- but he needed the antibiotics anyways so...

This never-ending sickness has been CONSTANT since early December. I just feel so bad for them. Is this just the way it is with two babies, one gets better the other gets sick?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 08:

Day 08 - A Picture that makes you Laugh

Can't. Pick. Just one.


Carter taking his self so seriously- he is talking into his wrist saying "come in star command."

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 06:

Day 06 - A Picture of a Person You'd Love to Trade places with for a day

Add Image
I thought, "easy, superwoman can fly." But the more I thought about it,
April 2010
Chris would probably kill to be me for a day. My child-rearing complaints probably sound like heaven to him. So I will trade with him for a day.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

30 Day Challenge: Day 05

Day 05- A picture of your favorite memory:

This is it. This was the beginning of the rest of my life for me. This was February 17th, 2007. Great Lakes, IL. - Red Roof Hotel (room 19) <--- Hopefully I never forget a single detail. I guess it is time to tell the story of Chris and me.- I met Chris in the sixth grade. He was my buddy. We were friendly all through school. When we were twenty we became even closer, we were together everyday. Every. Single. Day. Fast forward a couple of years. Chris and I started to talk about joining the Navy together. We never dated, but talked about getting married so we could be stationed together and live together. (Why didn't we just admit it was love?)

Long story short, Chris got in, I did not. He already signed the papers and I was SO mad at him for leaving me behind. We didn't talk for two months. The saddest two months of my life. The night before he left for bootcamp he left me a message saying, "don't worry, I will write," but I of course couldn't wait for that. I stalked out his address and sent him a letter telling him how much I missed him in my life and that I loved him. December 27th 2006, I received his response asking me to marry him. I hit my knees. Like literally. hit. my. knees.
As soon as he graduated bootcamp I drove to Chicago, rented a room and waited for a knock on the door- hoping he would really want all the things he said in the letter.
We took this picture that weekend.
March 17th, 2007. I returned to Chicago and we picked out our rings together.
March 24th, 2007 (my 24th birthday) I drove back again and we eloped at Cook County Courthouse. We never dated. We were just best friends who couldn't live without each other. This picture was the beginning of us.
Colby 11

and Carter:

and Ellie:

The Loves of my Life

This is my old coat and my brother's old suit. I wanted to dress them up and take pics for fun. And it was fun. :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Wild Animal Park-take 20

I am super excited about my pics from today, I got my "fix" for the day.
Wild Animal Park 1/15/2010
My Little Cuties

Wild Animal Park 1/15/2010

Wild Animal Park 1/15/2010
I love how you can see the safari in her eyes.

Wild Animal Park 1/15/2010

Wild Animal Park 1/15/2010

Wild Animal Park 1/15/2010
They make my heart happy.

Wild Animal Park 1/15/2010
I LOVE giraffes, they are so cute!

My own personal Wild Animal.

One of the reasons we LOVE the Wild Animal Park so much (beside the obvious reasons) is we always learn something new. We will see an animal we didn't notice before, or learn a new fact. Seriously, I have blogged about it more than a few times (and visited at LEAST 20.)
Which leads me to my Tree Huggin' preachy moment: (I don't normally preach so give me a freebie.)

Today we learned about the Northern White Rhino. They are the worlds most endangered species. There is LITERALLY 7 left in the whole world. 7! All of which are in captivity. How weird is that?
It makes me think of Ice Age, and poor Manny the Mammoth has no family. Only this is real life, and this 2010, not the Ice Age- we know better.
Please live responsibly. I am not saying be extreme, just responsible. And teach your kids to be responsible.

She really was looking at the Rhino here. I hope that someday I don't have to show her this picture to prove that she saw a (now extinct) animal in person.
***end rant***

So all in all it was a successful day. We had fun, sun, and learning. But I am left asking myself one question...
Wild Animal Park 1/15/2010
Was it really worth skipping nap time?!

Red Rag Top

Carter has hair that most woman dream of (and eyelashes too!) I have given him COUNTLESS haircuts since he was three months old, his hair just grows so fast!
By popular demand of friends and grandparents, we had been growing it out for a while now- but I couldn't take it anymore. He would look like I don't brush his hair or take care of him.
Last night I showed him a couple pics if himself getting his haircut and offered him different options: Do you want a fade, a mowhawk?
His request, "I want it round like a moon- just like Daddy!"

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Fill-In

1. What are you looking forward to most in 2011?
Our next move! I can't wait to find out where we are going to be, make plans, and day-dream about SHORE DUTY!

2. What is something random you do on a boring night when your significant other is away?
Scrapbooking, Blogging, Cleaning, Uploading Pics, watching TV- hopefully I get in the groove of doing Yoga before bed.

3. What has been your greatest adventure as a MilSpouse?
A move from Coast to Coast with a deployed husband, a two year old, a newborn and a Uhaul. It was an adventure alright. Thank God my dad came along for the ride!

4. What is the ugliest fashion trend you ever bought into?

I am not really fashion forward, so I guess something from my childhood. Big bangs, maybe?

5. What was the high point of last month? ELLIE'S FIRST BIRTHDAY! Definetley, I am such a proud mama!

Drop it Low, Girl!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Congratulations Dad!

Today, is probably (one of) the biggest days in my father's life. Today is the culmination of 39 years of work, and the end to a VERY successful career. (And if I know him at all, probably the beginning of another.)

I am heartbroken to be missing it, but am beyond proud of him. Dad, I hope you know how much I wish I could be there to celebrate with you.


Wordless Wednesday Thursday

I haven't even so much as picked my camera up since New Years Eve. Fresh air, happy kids, good friends, and photos.
Life IS good.


You can see she looks MUCH better. Well, not her norm, but she is playing, being silly, eating, we even got out for fresh air today (at a park where there were no other kids.) I think she is on her way to healthy, and this makes me SO happy.

Day 02-A Picture of You and the Person You have been Closest with the Longest.

Let's be honest, my mom was my first friend. And that is just the way it should be.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 01

Day 01 - A Picture of Yourself and Fifteen Facts.

1. I am the happiest Mama ever.
2. I don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I am thinking somewhere in between a photographer/aerobic instructor/dental hygenist. No seriously.
3. I am a total "glass half-full" girl.
4. I am afraid of the dark.
5. I love vegi subs and mexican food.
6. I sleep better with a clean house.
7. I spell cuss words instead of actually cussing. I even spell H-A-T-E, and I-C-E-R-E-A-M. This will have to come to an end pretty soon.
8. I want a dog. I want him to go for jogs with me in the morning before the kids wake up. There are a bunch of wholes in that plan that I won't even get into.
9. I am 27 and I already have arthritis in my hips. I am convinced that yoga will help me. If not, who needs to sit in one place for more than fifteen minutes anyways?
10. I find it really hard to come up with 15 facts about myself.
11. I think California is GEORGEOUS, but I really prefer the east coast and the four seasons.
13. I want to be one of those smart people who live without debt.
14. I feel most pretty when I am in a hoodie and jeans.
15. I want to live on a farm someday.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

RSV has officially hit the entire household. I feel like I have been punched in the face.

Sent from my iPhone

Monday, January 10, 2011

RSV and Ellie

This Virus has landed Ellie in one Urgent Care, three doctor appointments, two visits to an ER, an ambulance ride, and a two day stint at the fantabulous Balboa Hospital- all since the December 31st.
I will keep the griping to a minimal and just say that this has been a VERY stressful and heartbreaking start to a new year.
Ladybuggy is doing good today, and I think in a week or two should be on top of her game. We are hoping this doesn't lead to asthma. Carter has a nasty cold, but ***fingers crossed*** should be fine in a couple days.

On a happier note, I have met some wonderful girls in CA. After fours years of the Navy Wife Life, I am starting to realize what people mean about our friendships.

Four different women (Andrea, Fatima, Mari, and Courtney) stepped in this week and cared for Carter when I couldn't. Two of them stayed at my house for two days straight, on a moments notice- and took care of my other sick child while I was at the hospital with Ellie. They wiped his nose, cleaned his poop, and even did the dishes and laundry while they were at it.

Courtney and Mari, I literally do not know what I would have done with out you this weekend. I can not tell you all enough how grateful I am for you!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Quick update.

The never ending sickness that hit on Elle's birthday has a name: RSV and Bronchiolitis.
Four doctors apptointments, a trip to an ER, and eight long days of fever- I still have a very sick baby and a very antsy toddler.
I have stooped as low as paying a babysitter to take him to the park.
I miss my husband.
***currently trying to avoid dehydration***
Sent from my iPhone

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


I FINALLY figured out how to get my videos off of my new camera. So there is a video overload. Also, I posted some on the actual dates, so if you are my dad, aunt or mother-in-law, you need to scroll all the way back to 12/18 to see all the current videos. Or just head over to my Flickr (click here Dad) and see them for yourself. :P


Baby Brother

Carter's messages to Daddy

Monday, January 3, 2011

I can’t remember all the times I tried to tell myself
To hold on to these moments as they pass

NYE SlumberJam

I hope this is one of those nights that sticks in their memories. Can you imagine how cute it was to find them playing together over a flashlight.

My Babies CAN Read

We received this box set as a gift from the MIL. It has only been about two weeks, and I haven't been consistent- but my kids are already recognizing words. SO exciting!