Sunday, December 4, 2016

Disney Baby: Will is Three Months Old + His Christening

Is it any surprise that this post is almost a month late? I mean, Will will be FOUR months in two weeks. I just don't find the time to post here often, at least I don't make it a priority. Which I really should seeing as it will act as a digital scrapbook of sorts, for us to be able to look back on as Will grows. Maybe if I view it as such, I'll post more. Thing is, those posts will be more mundane, day-to-day things which I feel veers away from the theme of this here blog. But we'll see. 

Anyway, Will is three (and a half) months. In his third month of life, he's done QUITE A BIT!!

- driven through ten states on our road trip to Connecticut
- rode the carousel in Central Park and visited New York City
- experienced his first Halloween and pumpkin patch
- become very chatty and smiling/sociable
- grown a few pounds and more hair
- had his first playdate
- met Donald Duck while he was dressed as Donald Duck
- took his first airplane ride 
- 'voted' in his first Presidential Election 
- attended the first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party of the season
- stayed with a babysitter for the first time (other than his Nana)

We had a dedication ceremony to commit his life to Jesus this past Saturday. It was a casual event, poolside in my parent's backyard. A family friend who has known my mom since they were in the 8th grade officiated. It was mellow, understated and perfect. We can't wait to see what God has in store for this little blessing, and we couldn't be more honored that He chose us to raise him. 

Hope you all had a nice weekend. Someone keep me accountable to post more often, ok? My niece used to be good about that. I work well under pressure. 

Thanks for reading! 

XO, Ashley

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Weekend Wear-Abouts: We're Back in Florida + LOTS of Disney

Will and I returned home to Florida after a two week getaway to Connecticut. We survived the flight home (boy, was I nervous about flying with him solo-- not about the flight at all, just how he would manage) and when John suggested we head to MK after landing, we jumped at the chance. This would be Will's first visit to that park! 

During an impromptu linner (late lunch, early dinner) at Liberty Tree Tavern, we discussed what Will's first attraction should be. We settled on it's a small world-- a classic, has a neat history behind it, and so appropriate. I may have had teary eyes as Will took all of it in. 

We also rode Haunted Mansion (he fell asleep!) and then headed out of the park for bath and bedtime.  It was a perfectly magical little jaunt to the park, and the Christmas decorations and music on Main Street made it all there magical. 

On Friday, I loaded the kid on the front pack, and our gear on the back pack, and headed to Epcot. My friend was doing a Tipsy World Showcase History Tour, so we met up for a few countries. 

That evening, we had a sitter. John and I met up with Amanda (@dixiedelights) and Marissa (@mousegrams) and their men for a cocktail at The Wave lounge. Amanda is a DVC member, so we also checked out Top of the World. 

Striped Boatneck Top (old J.Crew, but I'm LOVING this similar one)  // Shoes // Necklace

Saturday called for what else? More Disney! (Ok, I have a problem and I'm not afraid to admit it. Thing is, JOHN is now even suggesting visits, so it's not just me. We're really enjoying seeing the parks through Will's eyes). 

We again went to MK, and unbeknownst to us, a few players from the World Series Champ Chicago Cubs were there for a parade. The place was a zoo. BUT Casey's was offering a delicious special edition hot dog! 

We rode Dumbo, Jungle Cruise, and the train. On the way to the train station, we bumped into my friend Ashley (@ashley_yaco) and Ryan (@honorary_android), which was funny since Ashley was visiting from her home state of New York, and we'd tried to meet up a few times but it just never happened. She and I have been Insta-friends for a handful of years, and just now got to meet face to face. :)

Angie and Danny were there too; here's a pic of Danny waving to us as the train departed. 

Sunday was spent around the house, grocery shopping and meal prepping for the week ahead. 

Both John and the baby are fighting off a little cold; I joke with John that with him feeling under the weather, I now have TWO babies to care for. Fingers crossed this mama stays healthy so I can tend to my boys. 

Thanks for reading! XO, Ashley

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Beyond Disney: Will's First Trip to the Big Apple + Two Great SALES!

Will has been experiencing a lot of 'firsts' on this trip: his first road trip, first hotel stay, first pumpkin patch, first play date, and more. Guess that's the nature of things when you're two and a half months old!

I visited New York City for the first time when I was twelve years old. Will's first trip was on Saturday, lucky boy.

We drove into the city and parked near Columbus Circle to stroll through Central Park. We rode the Trump Carousel (make carousels great again!) and enjoyed a lite bite to eat at an outdoor cafe before walking by the Central Park Zoo. Along the way we stumbled upon Big Bird and Cookie Monster-- I would have never guessed that Will's first character meet n' greet would be beyond the gates of a Disney park! He slept through it all though, so does it count?

Lacoste Sweater (old, similar here) // Stella & Dot Scarf // Tunic Tee ($16!)  // Kendra Scott Bracelet 

After a few hours in the park, we grabbed a cab down to Grand Central Station. I don't know why I wanted him to experience it so badly-- I mean, it's one of my favorite Manhattan landmarks. The hustle and bustle, the history, the gilded splendor, I just love it. That, and I really wanted some oysters from the Grand Central Oyster Bar.

Anyway, this checked off Will's first taxi cab ride. I wasn't sure the protocol for cab rides-- do kids have to be in car seats? We didn't have the base to his seat to lock it into place, so I held him on my lap for a bit (a la Britney Spears) and had him in his seat for a bit. I guess because cabs can't really get going too fast in NYC traffic, it's not too much of a hazard? I don't know. Anyway, we all survived and enjoyed some delicious oysters.

We headed home and arrived only an hour or so after Will's scheduled bed time; he was such a trooper, a good boy, and I think had a wonderful first visit to the Big Apple.

On a side note, two of my favorite shops are having sales this weekend. Sales end at midnight on Monday, October 31st.

I love Pacifica products, specifically their Sandalwood body butter (which I use daily and always get compliments on) and soy candle. All candles are up to 50% off and make great gifts, if you're one of those uber organized people who get all their holiday shopping done months before Christmas.

J.Crew is offering 40% off their sale styles, plus and EXTRA 50% off sale items to their cardholders! One of my favorite tops, which I own in black, is on major sale for $22, originally $65! Thinking I'm going to get the grey version (below), too.

This cardigan would be the perfect weight to toss on in the parks as the weather starts to cool off. Easy to ball up and stash in a bag, or tie around your waist when not in use, too. Just $25, originally $70!

THIS top would be perfect for a casual Dapper Day look- think Annette Funicello, paired with some high waisted white cropped pants. Very 50's. Originally $70-- now $20. 
These boots are beautiful and were originally $348-- now $100! They also come in brown for $50 more. 
A closet staple, especially here in Florida where it's shorts weather almost year round. Originally $40- now $12.50. Crazy!
This top is a great basic and a nice lightweight linen. Originally $45-- now $10. 

We have three days left here in Connecticut and plan to fill them with fun, fun, FUN! Then we return home just in time for a busy November. Life is good!

Thanks for reading. XO, Ashley