Sunday, May 27, 2012

Nothing Better To Do

I've been lacking on my blogging duties lately. There isn't any good reason why. I just have. A little over a week ago, I left my full time job. Between looking for a new job and entertaining a toddler, I've been really busy. Ridiculous busy.

Who wouldn't want to spend all of their free time with this guy?
Cullen is really becoming accustomed to baked goods being in the house. He knows that he usually gets to see them shortly before they leave, and we don't eat a whole lot of them. Sometimes, he gets upset that the cookies aren't for him, and other times, he embraces the opportunity to eat the leftover icing. He loves choc-o-laut.
Last Saturday, we headed over to the Bacot's house for play time and dinner. Next time we're there, I'm definitely going to swim. The boys had a great time playing, swimming, and jumping on the trampoline, and the grown ups had fun visiting. Cullen keeps talking about Brady and all of Brady's cars. It's the little things in life.
Cullen has always showed a musical inclination. He loves to sing, and he'll try any musical instrument he can get his hands on. He really likes playing with James' guitar, so we decided to bring out the ukulele for him. Cullen had so much fun plucking the strings and singing songs. So cute.
During my "sabbatical," my college roommate, Laura, came for a visit. She is incredibly busy, so I can't be any more grateful that she made the trip down. It has literally been years since we've seen each other, so it was great to catch up and absolutely amazing for her to finally meet Cullen. He is in LOVE with Laura.

While she was in town, we managed shopping, dinners out, and lots of baking. One thing that Laura and I will never completely "get" about each other is our height difference. I've spent my entire life wishing I was a few inches taller. That may or may not have a lot to do with why I always wear heels. Laura is already tall. She isn't as big a fan of heels as I am. Here she is on the floor at Dillard's comparing heel heights between two shoes. I convinced her to go with the taller ones.
While I'm taking some time off, I'm hoping to get several projects off of my to-do list. I've been meaning to digitize over one hundred years of family photos. I've been meaning to make a spare set of sheets for Cullen's bed. I've been meaning to clean out the pantry. The list goes on and on. Oh my goodness, does it go on. At this point, I haven't done a whole lot, but it will get done.

Last week, I finally got around to properly disposing of the sharps containers we had in the house. For medical reasons, we have had one or more sharps containers in our home for years. When we lived in Austin, our doctor took the containers. Here, it is our responsibility. With the recommendations from a hospital and one of our favorite personal nurses, I found a way to get all of it out of the house. It only took an hour, but I had been pushing the idea off for a while. I'm so happy to have that one item checked off of the list.
In between interviews and meetings, I've been trying to squeeze in play times for Cullen. Last week, we made it over to play with Hadley. In an effort to impress the ladies, Cullen put on a tutu and ribbon halo of sorts. As soon as I started taking pictures, he took the clothes off. I can't help but laugh looking at this one, because he reminds me of Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura.
I'm not sure if Cullen actually appreciates it, but he has recently gotten to accompany me on several of my errands. He's a great little helper at the grocery store, and he loves trying samples. This is really helping as we branch out into new foods. In the past week, I've seen him eat chicken, beef, and carrots, just to name a few. I love that he is trying new things, and I hope it doesn't stop anytime soon.
With fewer office hours, I'm getting plenty of time to bake. This is a lemon meringue pie for an order. The meringue looked significantly more impressive after the pie had been cut into.

 A couple of nights ago, James let Cullen pick out his own pajamas. When he picks out his own clothes, he usually selects a Baylor polo, so imagine my surprise when Cullen showed up downstairs dressed like this. So well dressed.
 On Friday, Cullen and I met Megan for lunch and then came home for a quick nap before a job interview. Cullen requested nap time in Mommy's bed. How could you refuse when you know the outcome will be so cute?
I'm hoping this week will be even more productive with more job searching, more work done around the house, and more time hugging my kiddo. He's cute, and I need to soak it up while I can!

xoxo ashley

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bubbles For Ainsley & Evelyn

This past Saturday, a friend's baby passed away. I only know Jennifer Knepper through the blog world, but I've been following her blog for almost three years now. She has a beautiful little three year old, twin girls now in heaven, and another baby girl on the way. Her level of humor through infertility, pregnancy, and parenting amazes me on a regular basis.

Tonight was a memorial service in Ohio for Jenn's sweet baby, Ainsley. For all of us that couldn't be there, we spent the evening trying to make the most of the family time we so often neglect. We blew bubbles for Ainsley and Evelyn to help carry their sweet souls to heaven.
Cullen had a great time blowing bubbles, and I had a great time watching him. Sad times shouldn't be what remind us of how lucky we are, but they often do. Tonight I'm thankful for my healthy, happy little boy. What a beautiful blessing.

xoxo ashley

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Being a momma is about giving your all. It isn't always the best. It isn't always perfect. It is about love.

I love this little chocolate eating monster.
I love his little chocolate beard.
I love the flowers he sent me at work on Friday.
I love the bouncy light up worm he got me for Mother's Day for him to play with. 
And I love watching my boys play together. 
I'm a very lucky momma and a very blessed girl.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mommas, mommas-to-be, and mommas-in-waiting.

Motherhood is dirty, busy, sleepless, and amazing. Soak up every minute!

xoxo Ashley

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The past week and a half has been just as busy as usual. The days are getting longer, so we're trying to squeeze in more outdoor time Cullen is loving riding his bike, "mowing" the lawn, and playing soccer. He doesn't really have the finer points of the sport down yet, but he does get that the ball is supposed to go into the net. We're working on the whole no hands thing. 

 During one of my lunches out last week, I sat down at a table next to a larger group of people. It turned out the person I sat right next to was James' old boss. Tony is funny guy, so it was pretty entertaining to run into him. 
On Saturday morning, I got up early to meet my favorite running buddy for the Sprint for Life 5K in the med center. At moments like that, I really enjoy being in Houston. It was so nice to hobble my way through the race with Courtney at my side and then head out for brunch. I think the highlight of the race was Courtney talking me into a mini-triathlon in the fall. The only way I'll survive it is by being in better shape, so it sounds like great incentive for me in so many ways.  
 After the 5K, I came home to barbecue. Lots of barbecue. Yum. 
 Megan and I pulled twenty pounds of pork, and I am still eating it. It was so nice to see Megan outside of boot camp. It's so much easier to chat when we're lounging across chairs.
 The highlight of Cullen's Saturday was trying Megan's coke. A Route 44 is about as big as he is, and he tried to drink about as much as he could get. He had never had coke before. It received rave reviews.
We spent most of Sunday being lazy. Cullen, James and Scout took long naps while I got caught up on work. At dinner time, we decided to venture out to La Madeleine. Cullen went through a honey sandwich, an entire personal pizza and a cookie. He had the cutest little pot belly.  
 What's not to love about this kid?

 When we got home, Cullen helped us carry in the coolers from the driveway. It's crazy how big he's getting.
 This morning while dropping Cullen off, the director of his preschool took this picture of Cullen signing himself in. He holds the pen perfectly and scribbles on the next available line. When he's done, I sign him in in a slightly more legible manner. He seems pretty sold on the idea of being a grown up.

Cullen's two and a half year checkup was today. After displaying his incredible fine motor skills, physical abilities and verbal skills, we were allowed to leave the doctor's office with him. As unfounded as the fear might be, I always worry that the doctor is going to tell me we aren't doing a good enough job. In my worst nightmares, she decides to keep Cullen for herself. Irrational? Me?

This weekend is Mother's Day. James, if you're reading this, here's your reminder. It's Sunday. I'm not asking for anything big, but it's nice to be remembered. Loooooooooooooooooove you.

xoxo Ashley