Friday, July 30, 2010

And she's off!

Ashlyn officially started CRAWLING on Tuesday. No more of the "army man, slide around her belly" to get to where she wants to go. She was up on her hands and knees. And how funny that the same night she started doing that, she also started "cruising" around by holding onto furniture and walking. So technically, I guess that is 2 milestones in one day! She also loves to give us "kisses". Big wet ones all over our faces...seriously may be the sweetest thing ever.

We are off to Tennessee for my 10 year high school reunion this weekend. I guess I should start feeling old now, but I have been too busy to think about it. Honestly, I think I am subconsciously repressing the realization that I have now officially been out of high school for 10 YEARS! It will probably be lots of fun. And kind of weird too, don't you think?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

9 months old!

Ash turned 9 months old on Monday. She weighed 18 lbs at her doctors appt. Still not eating any food...but we are now trying 3 times a day. I have virtually given up on baby food. We give her whatever fruits and veggies we have at the house and let her "feed" herself. She usually puts a couple of pieces in her mouth, and then proceeds to spit them back out. Honestly, it is kind of frustrating. But then I wonder how in the world I can be frustrated when I look at this sweet face. Her likes right now: clapping her hands, waving "bye-bye", books, bubbles, baths, and of course, her bottles. I mean, how else could she pack on 18 lbs? Favorite toys - hands down - my cell phone and the computer cords under my desk. Because they are the most fun and colorful things that she has to play with.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"bubble" bath

Dad blowing bubbles and playing in the bathtub. Can life get any better? I don't think so...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Aunt Julia & Uncle Gene!

We had a great weekend in Atlanta with my sister and brother in law. Ashlyn loved spending time with her aunt and uncle. We spent some time in the pool, went out to eat, and then went to a Braves game!

We gave Ashlyn a bite of a strawberry cupcake at the restaurant (ok, I know she is not quite old enough for cupcakes yet but we had to try...) AND look at her face! She hated it! hahaha!

This is Gene's mom. We like to call her "G3" (Grandmom #3). She loves Ash like her own granddaughter! Thanks for the new toy, G3...And for babysitting so we could go to the baseball game!

Christopher's favorite part of the weekend...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The past few days...

Ashlyn has been busy the past few days! She has been in Tennessee with my parents since Thursday and came back home early this morning. Our house seems so quiet when she is not here. Her two top teeth are really coming in! And she also started waving this weekend! My mom and dad LOVED that they got to see her really wave "bye-bye" for the first time. I have loved watching that chubby little hand wave to us all day today!

We spent a couple hours on the lake this afternoon with Christopher's parents. She loves riding on the boat!

Monday, July 5, 2010

4th of July Beach Weekend!

Ashlyn's first 4th of July! We spent a great weekend at Christopher's family's beach house. I learned early on in our relationship that when the Newman family goes to the beach, they really go to the beach. And stay ALL day. Ashlyn was such a trooper. She spent about 8-9 hours on the beach each day we were there! She is definitely a Newman beach loving girl!

Getting ready for her pre-nap walk with dad!

Here is her own little baby tent where she slept during the day.

The first wave scared her but after that, she LOVED the water!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fabric Lined Bookshelves

I must make a confession. I am in love with brown. I am always drawn to it. Almost every piece of furniture I have ever purchased is brown. I love the richness and warmth...yet sometimes I feel like it is consuming me because it is EVERYWHERE in my house. For this latest venture, we decided to paint our bookshelves white...more specifically, "Antique White" by Glidden. I almost had a panic attack thinking that they would not match the rest of the house. Really. I had to tell myself to get over it.

Here is the before. No surprise that I had 4 dark brown pieces of furniture on the back wall around the archway (ok, you can only see 3 here but you get the idea). The wall of brown.

Outline for our new and improved bookshelves.
Shelves constructed.  They took one coat of primer and two coats of paint.
Found this super cute fabric to use as the background.
After a debate on how to actually secure the fabric, we decided to use the ever faithful staple gun. We just stapled the fabric on to the back frame of the shelves.
Christopher even made little cut-outs so we can still have access to our outlets.
And here they are all finished.

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