Wednesday, July 27, 2011

They come home TONIGHT! kdgbkrbvkbgohbsd!!!

I. Am. So. Excited.

Words can't describe. I can't wait to walk down the hall and ask my mom if my outfit looks okay. I can't wait to say MOM again! Ahhhhhhh! <3

The boys are finally here. They are going to sleep in their new beds tonight in their new jammies! This is beyond exciting. Like I said, I don't have words.

The kids are giggling with excitement. When I got home from work at 7 Charlie ran up to me and asked if we were going now lol. Their flight actually got delayed to it's going to be later than expected. We have a long night ahead. But it will be worth it! :) Can't wait.

You haven't really missed much...I worked all day today and a little bit yesterday so Emily has been doing her time. Now that she's home I'm trying to pick up on lost hours from last week. One week off work sure does some damage to your pay check. That's okay though..I'll just have to lay off the shopping for a little bit. As tough as that is for me....! I have a small problem. Some may say it's an addiction. I just like to have new things :) I'm a girl, I'm allowed to love shopping. So ha. I do need to save money however..I have to move out some day.....

Well folks....there's really not much else to say except I will no longer be the head hancho. Ladies and gentlemen, lil mama will be off duty in less than 5 hours. I repeat, fiiivveeee hours. It's bittersweet actually. I will miss the boys coming to me when they need something, calling my name instead of mom or dad, asking me if they can do this or do that. But, at the same time, I will not miss the boys coming to me when they need something, calling my name instead of mom or dad, and asking me if they can do this or that. So yeah. I think that sums it up......

Now....I know all of you faithful readers of mine are expecting me to keep this blog up even when my parents get back....and I am here to tell you that....I will! I am not sure what I will write about all the time..obviously at first it will be about our new life and how everyone is adjusting. But after that, I guess we will see where this takes me! It is kind of exciting to not have a plan for it but to just let it unfold itself. I am looking forward to it and I hope you are too. Thanks so much for all your prayers and support during this journey. Thank you to everyone who brought us dinner. And thank you to everyone else who has been a part of this adoption adventure in any way. You all mean so much to us <3 This is the end of the road for lil mama's mommy blog, but...every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end...:)

Ribbons and pearls, Ashley

Monday, July 25, 2011

Two More Sleeps!

As Charlie likes to say! Yay! This is the home stretch. Our parents and new brothers come home Wednesday night! The house is filling with excitement. And I am so ready for my Mom to come home and be the Mom! This was a great experience for me, I am fully prepared to be a mom...but I think I was already't worry though I won't be having kids for a long time. Time sure is flying though! I will be 20 in September and I can not wait!!! It's time to start buckling down on school and getting out of Delta! I have been thinking about where I want to transfer but I still don't know exactly what I want to's really hard to decide...=/

The kids have been pretty good. Garrett has turned into the sweetest, cutest, well behaved little boy! He is not a baby anymore. Not that he wasn't all of those things before, but he's really grown up. Charlie on the other hand has been acting up lately. I think he is just having a hard time...he's a daddy's boy and is very attached to him. I'm sure he will be just fine once mommy and daddy are back! Alright so here's a quick update:

The farmers market was an adventure. Ahhhhhh. Taking the two boys anywhere is hectic but I think they were trying to make this trip extra special if you know what I mean. Garrett never wants to stay in the stroller but I made him. Charlie doesn't like holding anyone's hand but he has to because there are way to many people for him to be walking alone. Then I got them a snow cone and Garrett spilled his everywhere and freaked out. And he dropped his spoon. Freaked out some more. By the end of the night I was more then ready for them to go to sleep! So that was the farmers market. Yesterday we got up early and went to church and after that we had lunch and I took the kids to Lodi Lake to play. The boys love playing at the park. They never want to leave but it was pretty hot so we only stayed for a little over an hour. That was pretty much it for yesterday. Today I worked so Em watched them and when I got home I took them swimming. We haven't swam for a while so they loved that! We will probably swim again tomorrow after I get off work. It's nice to be back at work makin some money!! :) Alright well I have baths to give and jammies to put on. Thanks for reading!

Giggles and Tickles, Ashley


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Time flies!

Time is literally flying by. I think it's because my mom has given me a round about day that they might be home, hopefully next Wednesday or Thursday. I just didn't think it would come this fast! It's been easy so far..but I've been doing lots of laundry and dishes and cleaning! Emily...come home!! She was my cleaning lady that never went home. haha ;) They will be back sometime Saturday night. Then Tyler will go to my Nana's and Sarah is spending the night at her friend Samantha's house. Team Ashley and Emily will be back soon :) 

Yesterday we hung out at home, did some cleaning. The boys have been watching the Incredibles. Over, and over, and ovveerrrr. I don't understand how kids like watching something a million times! I told Charlie we have to pick a different movie today because I am getting sick of it! When I pick movies for them I usually try to find one they haven't watched in a long time. They prefer the one that just ended five minutes ago. Whatever floats your boat! We got to do some errands yesterday. I had to pick up my check from work and deposit it at my bank. Sarah stayed in the car with them and they just watched a movie. Waaay easier than getting them in and out of the car. Gotta love the built in dvd player. When we got home Leonda brought us some delicious De Vinci's for dinner. Nana wanted us to come over for dinner so we took it to her house and ate and played outside with Nana...
I used to walk around this when I was a little girl, it's a big flower bed in their front yard. Memories of playing outside were flooding my mind as I walked around it yesterday. I've gotten a little bigger...

 We stayed at Nana and Papa's house til about 9 and then we came home. The boys got pretty sweaty playing outside so I was planning on getting them right in the bath when we got home and then off to bed. They had a different plan however, before we reached the end of my n & p's street both of their heads were tilted down and eyes closed. I guess they were tired! Good thing for me :) Even though I hate putting them in bed without a bath, I did not want to wake them up. They're so precious when they're asleep. It was just about bedtime for me too! I was pretty tired! 

Today it's really nice out but it's already starting to get hot =/ It feels so nice in the morning, I wish it would stay like that all day and I could leave the windows open. I just gave the boys a bath and got them dressed for the day. Charlie is watching cat in the hat and Garrett is playing with Sarah. Tonight is the farmers market down town so I'll prob take them to that. Charlie likes jumping in the bounce house and they like snow cones. We'll see how it goes! I wont be taking the stroller however because I end up pushing Garrett's backpack instead of him. It might be hard to keep track of both of them though...hmmm..I guess we'll see what happens! I'll be sure to let you know how our evening out goes. Wish me luck? 

Bubble bath and baby lotion, Ash 

I already posted this blog, but as I'm cleaning up after lunch and still haven't showered yet & in my pj's, I wanted to add something:

Being a "mom" there's always...........
A dish to be washed, a dishwasher full of dishes to unload, rules to be made, a spill to be wiped up, crumbs to sweep, food to be made, clothes to fold, laundry to put in the washer, baths to be given, diapers to be changed, noses to be wiped, hands to wash, arguments to be settled, "no's" so say, teeth to be brushed, beds to be made, hair to brush, stories to read, tears to wipe away, band-aids to put on, giggles to listen to, messes to be cleaned, questions to be answered, and cheeks to kiss :)   

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

lil mama's back in business :)

Hey everyone! I know I haven't written a blog in forever. But, our parents are back in "U" and I'm in charge again! Emily and Tyler are in Orange County on a missions trip so it's just Sarah, the boys, and me! That doesn't mean the house is any less loud however. Charlie and Garrett can make enough noise to sound like there's 10 kids here!! I don't know why boys have to be so loud. They can't just sit and play barbies like girls..they have to slam cars together and make the trains fly off the table and run and scream. I'll never understand boy brains. They aren't much different when they get older either! Okay, enough about boys..

Yesterday was a very lazy day. We watched movies and just hung out at home all day. Today I decided we should actually do something so I got up and got ready and then we got a surprise visit from Uncle Mark and all our cousins! They brought us pizza and hung out with us for a little bit. It was so good to spend some time with them! :) Then we packed up some snacks and waters and went to Lodi Lake. We stayed there for almost 2 hours and they still didn't want to leave! There was only one other kid there besides Char and Garrett so they had the park to themselves but Charlie kept complaining that there weren't any kids to play with. One kid would leave, then another one would come. But it was a very quiet day at the park! It was really nice too! Not too hot, cool in the shade. However, the boys still managed to get as sweaty as possible. Those too sweat more than any other kid I've seen. After they played and got tired out ;) we went to Target to get Icee's and water bottles. I have a really annoying cough that wont go away and I get intense cough attacks throughout the day where I literally have to drink an entire bottle of water. I drink a lot of water every day, I suppose it's a good thing but we run out so fast! I've been taking nyquil at night so I can sleep but I still wake up coughing and have to sleep slightly sitting up. It's a pain!!! Hopefully it goes away soon and no one else gets it! 

Today I found out my parents might be home as soon as next Wednesday! Woo hoo!! That would be soo awesome. We all miss them already!! Also we are getting very excited to meet Carson and John!! :) Hurrrrry up passports! That is pretty much the only thing that could keep them there longer. I am ready to get back on our normal schedule and adjust to having two more brothers. 

Alrighty well I hope everyone had a lovely day, and I'll be blogging again soon! :)


Summer time & Sunshine, Ashley

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I am so happy our parents are home!

But they have to go back soon ;( Hopefully they will only be there for 2 more weeks and then home for good! With Carson and John! Yay! I can't wait. We sure have been enjoying this time that they've been home. I am attached to my mom <3 I missed her so much and it was only three weeks! Our nana and papa took us too Aptos yesterday, it was a lot of fun! Lots of driving though and it wasn't a very smooth ride! They just bought a motorhome so we took that even though we just went for the day. It was an adventure! :) 

 Today we went all went to lunch at a mexican restaurant called miguels mmmmm delish. Then we went to target and walmart and we were like a parade through the store. Everyone was talking, the boys were whining or asking for something and it was a little hectic. But that's the way we like it isn't it mom ;) hehe..she was trying to tell me something and I couldn't hear her and she was just like never mind I'll tell you tonight when they're all asleep!!! haha....the glorious bedtime. Since my parents have been home I've been able to go off and do my own thing with friends since I don't have to watch the kids, but I've really just wanted to stay home! Even if I'm not in the same room with my mom, just knowing she's around here somewhere..I don't want to leave. lol I am kind of a baby aren't I? Oh well! She's great. However I have been shopping a couple times and it feels so great! I love shopping and kind of have a problem...I like to spend $$$...yikes! But new clothes are so much fun :)

Soooo I feel like I don't have much to blog about since they're here..My blogs will get more interesting once they go back and I'm mom again!

beach days & lemonade, Ashley

Friday, July 8, 2011

Day 19: Getting used to this, but kinda ready for it to be over....

Hey! Sorry I haven't been blogging every night...I am lazy lol. In fact, I wasn't even planning on blogging tonight but I was on facebook and a junior higher (I help out with the jr high kids at my church) messaged me and said, "Blog???" So I was like wow okay I guess I need to do one! She told me she reads all my blog posts and had been praying for my family. Thanks Hannah :) You're so sweet!! I have so many different people reading my blog of all ages and all over the world, I need to make sure I'm keeping you updated!

I have some exciting news: My parents are coming home tomorrow night for 10 days!!! They have a 10 day wait period so they are going to come back for that and then go back and get the boys! When they go back they should only be there for about a week. Phew. We are really getting down to the wire!!! The boys definitely miss them, a lot. But so do we!! Emily and I were just talking about it last night. I was like, Em, "I miss mom. I cried." And she was like, "I cried the other day too!" ;( I'm usually the baby out of the two of us. How am I ever going to move out..............hmmmm...guess I'll be visiting a lot?

The kids have been really good but Charlie has this not listening thing going on. He asked  me if he could jump into the spa today and I said no it's too shallow. So he did it. I was like, um, hello? Did I say no I made him get out. He cried and crieeddddd. I talked to him a little bit about listening and about what no means...then I let him get back in. I'm not sure why he thinks even when I say no he can still do it. He knows he's going to get in trouble so is it worth it? I guess he'll learn. Garrett is good but he has an eating problem. He eats yogurt, peaches, yogurt, peaches, mac and cheese (on a good day), and yogurt. Oh and he eats peaches too. And sometimes yogurt. Soooo yeah. I offer other things. We had pizza brought to us tonight, thanks Marian! We all ate it and it was yummy! But Garrett wouldn't. So idk..I'll keep trying. I think he's going on strike. No parents, no food. haha maybe not....

Tyler has been with N & P and Sarah is at a friends house so it's just been Em and I. Pretty quiet for the most part, Garrett also hasa screaming thing going on. So annoying! But I'm sure he'll stop...eventually..
Sarah comes home tomorrow morning sometime and I'm sure my Nana will bring Ty sometime tomorrow afternoon. Our parents get home at like midnight tomorrow so everyone will be asleep. Em and I will probably stay up though! We are really excited.

Alrighty well I just had to get a quick blog in tonight. I'll write more later.

There you go Hannah :) Love you girly!!

X's and O's, Ash

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Day 17: New Friends

Alright, I need to get back on track with my blogging! I did so good in the beginning! I've been kinda slacking lately, sorry guys! Thanks for continuing to read my blog, even if it does take me a couple days to write! 

Yesterday was fun! I was off work so I went to lunch with my friend Emily, we've been good friends since 7th grade and now she lives in SF. It was soo good to see her and hang out again! We went to lunch and then did some running around. Then we came home and went swimming with the kids. That night she took her little sister and her friend to see transformers in 3D and I went with them. It was really nice to get away for a little bit! Also Emily got the boys all ready for bed, and put them to bed. So I was literally "off" yesterday! Thanks Sis :) Today I had to work 10-4 so Emily was on again. Sarah is a good helper though and she likes to play with the boys so they enjoy that. Garrett cries. A LOT. He woke up and played with Charlie and then all of a sudden he started crying and just wouldn't stop. I was getting ready for work so Em had to take care of him. It's hard to not get frustrated with him! But after he goes on and on and on and just doesn't stop..I mean enough is enough! We were loving on him and hugging me, the boys get plenty of love! They are so cute we can't help but kiss them or hug them every time we walk by them! He is just having a hard time. Charlie is doing great though!! He's really a good big brother. Char takes care of his little brother. When I got home from work it was super hot so we all went swimming and some kids that leave around here came over too. All the kids around here are really nice! There were 9 kids total but that's including Em, Sarah, Char, and Garrett. They are like 12-16 so they are good and they play with the boys too. It's nice having new friends and the kids really enjoy having other kids to hang out with. We are really blessed with the neighborhood we moved into :) Once they left we ate and it was time for the boys to get baths and head to bed. I threw a towel in the dryer for Charlie (every night...) and put Garrett in. He usually puts up a fight....this time he was alright but when it came time to wash his hair..he wasn't havin it. I don't get it. I've tried going about it different works! So whatever I just let him cry and get him out, lotioned up, and into bed. He literally fell asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow! phew. Char is always good about baths, teeth, and bed. Man..I am tired!! Work was pretty busy today and then I come home and be a mommy which as most of my readers know can be tiring! By the end of the night I'm tired of answering questions that most of the time I don't even have an answer for and I'm tired of picking up toys/clothes/swim toys or asking them to put them away. What is really irritating is when I have to ask someone more than once to put something away or do something. Twice is alight....but five times? Really? What is even more irritating is when I ask they say "I knooooow!" And then, guess what?!? They don't do it. So I ask again. Um, I thought you knew? Ha..guess not! So you do need me to tell you what to do after all! :) Right now the house is pretty clean, the little ones are asleep, and Em and Sarah are getting ready to watch a movie. I'm going to go watch the bachelorette when I'm done, yay! Emily finally went through the pics on my computer and deleted a bunch of hers so I uploaded a bunch, like I said I would! Enjoy! :) 

Ouchies and boogies, Ashley!

 Team Huddle!
 Char and his friend John

Garrett being patient waiting for brother!
 fam :)

best nana <3

 everyone on the 4th!

yes I have to plug my nose.................

 I just love this picture because Charlie's face is too cute and it displays Garrett's love for cake so well...

Hi I'm cute.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Day 15: Happy 4th of July! :)

Hey Guys! Wow it's been too long! I haven't been feeling well and I've also just been busy. Let's see....I have a lot to catch you up on! We've been taking lot of pics, especially today but my computers memory is full so I have to fix that before I can upload them. I hope everyone had a fun 4th!! We hung out at home today and Nana and Papa came over. Emily, Garrett and I went to the store this afternoon to get some snacks for today. Charlie and Sarah stayed the night at N's and P's last night and Sarah went again tonight. So we went to Raley's and bought a bunch of yummy food! Then we came home and cleaned the house and got all the snacks ready. Once they got here we all went swimming and the kids across the street came over and swam too. We played games in the pool and then they left and we ate. Yum! We had the yummiest cake ever. Chocolate pudding cake from Podesto's. Delish. I took a pic but I can't upload it to show you ! grrr makes me so mad! Wow...I'm going to hear fireworks alllll night huh! Okay..anyways..after dinner the kids swam til it got dark and then we did the sparklers. We realized we couldn't see the fireworks from our backyard like we thought we'd be able to so we rode out bikes down the street so we could see them. It wasn't as good as being at Lodi Lake but it was still awesome and so pretty. People all arounf our neighborhood had their own fireworks so after the big sky show we rode around and watched other people's. It was actually pretty cool! That's pretty much it for today..

The past couple days I've had a cold so I really didn't do much of anything. On saturday Charlie had his last T-Ball game so we went to that and he got a trophy. So cute. Pics will hopefully be up soon. Then I took the boys to Target to pick a toy. The night before they were having a hard time, missing mommy and daddy. Mostly's usually Garrett but this time Char was workin up the tears. It makes me sad and also wish that this process didn't take so long. They both picked out a car from the new movie Cars 2 (of course) and they repeated asked me to buy it. It just came out so it's gonna be a while before it come out on dvd but they don't get that. Garrett saw the wii game and was like, "cars dvd!!!" he's so funny. They had fun looking at all the toys at Target. Garrett calls it Targ. I love it!! I'm starting to call it that too :) Soo we came home and the boys played and then we took them outside to swim. I only had like 45 min before work so I swam a little and then laid in the sun for a while. When I came in to get ready for work I started not feeling well. That's when it all started. I must have sneezed like 238 times at work. No joke. It was so annoying, annnd I had to close so by the end of the night I was just miserable and came straight home, took a shower, took an allergy pill, ate my juice plus, and went to bed. I felt so much better the next morning! But we still skipped church which I was mad about because I really wanted some Jesus time! And worship time! I want to go to a concert soooon. Jesus Culture to be exact! :) Someday. I lazed around allll day Sunday. The kids swam outside so it was nice and quiet in the house! That was great. Im so thankful to have such a wonderful sister that helps me so much. Words can't describe how amazing she is or how much I adore her. She is my best friend. She's my everything! I would be lost with out her. I am sooo blessed to have her in my life. Alright, so, the kids came in after a while and I went to bible study with Kelly. I'm soo glad I have that to go to! I really need that in my life because I'm not in the bible like I need to be but it's something I am working on. I always feel good after my bible sesh with Kelly annnnd get this, no matter what kind of music I listen to on the way there, I ALWAYS listen to christian music on the way home. Every single time. But I need to be doing that anyways and not just because I had bible study so I'm on a Jesus high! I need to live my life for Him always and not just when it's convenient for me because I'll be honest with you, that's what I do. When it's convenient for me,I'll read in my bible. When I feel like it I will turn it to a Christian radio station. When I need something I'll pray or when I have some quiet time. But, being a Christ Follower isn't about me at all!!! It's all about Him. Alllll about bringing glory to God and honoring Him in allll we do! In the music we listen to and the words we speak and the things we watch and wear......everything.....funny thing is I know all of this. I just have a hard time doing it. I'll be right on for a few days..maybe even a week, praying every day/night, talking to God, reading His word. Then I'll slack off. So this is something I really need and want to work on! If you'd like to pray for me about this, please do! I know I kind of went off on a trail here but I'm glad I did and I just want to be transparent with you guys and tell you what's really on my mind and my heart. So here it is! Here I am. Take it or leave it. :) 

Love you all.

Fireworks & sparklers, Ash