A busy time ahead...

I hope you are all having a great weekend so far. I spent the morning taking photos for a wonderful family. It was fun to get out and take pictures for someone other than my own family. This was my first real "official" photo shoot and in editing the pictures this evening... I'm loving them. The rest of our weekend is going to be a busy one. Laundry, crafting, sewing, cleaning house, packing and doing some last minute shopping. I can't wait to share all of tips on traveling with a little one when we get back. For those of you who don't know, my sister Erica will be taking over the blog while we are on vacation. I have a couple of posts scheduled that I want to share with you all, but for the most part it will be all her. She's awesome. Looking after our house, feeding our cat and our Nemos (fish) and blogging for me. I'm excited to see what she has to say.

aren't these two adorable! They became such good friends while I was doing daycare
my handsome little buddy. It's gonna be so strange to not babysit him anymore
This past week was a bittersweet one. It was my last week watching the littles and I am going to miss them all so much. I am excited for life ahead as a not so busy stay at home mommy, but when you watch little kids for so long, and spend so many hours a day with them, they feel like become part of the family. I will be honest, being a daycare provider really isn't the easiest job. I think some people look at a daycare provider's job as playing, naps and more playing. It's actually much more than that. I plan to write a full post on my experience over the past two years. I felt so much love and appreciation as my last days grew near. From one family I received an awesome gift basket full of travel supplies (things to do on the plan and travel size items) and a Starbuck's giftcard. From another family I received a customized frame for our trip, flowers and a big photo album filled with pictures I had taken of all of the little kids. She took them off of my Facebook and had them printed. Their thoughtfulness brought tears to my eyes. Hopefully I can keep in touch with all of the families and continue to watch the kids grow up.

I feel like someone hit the fast forward button on our lives this week and time is sneaking away from me. This week Amelia and I had eye appointments, her first one ever. I went first because she was quite nervous. She was adamant about not wanting to wear glasses.

When the doctor said "so... I need to explain this to you because Amelia's eyes are not like most people's (insert long explanation)... so she will need to wear glasses all day every day". When he said that last part Amelia let out a totally bummed cry of "OHHHHHHHHHH, WHY????" Well, I'm happy to report that after trying on glasses and picking out the perfect pair (and realizing that Mommy, Grandma Grace, Grandma Tami, Auntie Erica and Auntie Grace all wear glasses so it must be cool), she's very excited. The eye doctor said the prescription will be really strong so the adjustment period won't be easy. I'm so glad we did this before school starts.
She is simply darling. 
I also got my hair done this week, cut and colored, but I haven't remembered to take a picture yet. I went really short, but I will probably grow it out from now on so I can do something with it when I'm in my sister's wedding. 

We're gearing up for our trip. I can't believe how soon we will be leaving. I'm starting to lay out clothes and figure out what colors of hair clips I need to make for Amelia (gotta match ya know). We're also trying to get our house as organized as possible because the second we get home I get to pack us up while Mark works. Have I mentioned lately how amazing my family is??? Well, they are. Our moving/future living arrangements changed quickly and we were really put in a tough and stressful spot of not knowing where we would be living. We should have known this would happen based on past history with the person we had made arrangements with. Thankfully my family offered up their spare bedrooms to us and we will be living with them for a few months until we figure out a new game plan. 
helping me clean... she's awesome!
Tomorrow Amelia and I are going to get pedicures!!! I love having mommy/daughter dates. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. Fingers crossed I will be able to hop on here again before we take off. 
Ashley Elizabeth


  1. Kids in glasses is probably one of the cutest things ever! :D

  2. Good luck with your busy schedule in the coming weeks. I'm glad that you were able to find some temporary housing arrangements with family to give you guys time to find the perfect place. Hope you have a wonderful road trip full of memories, good times and great food!!