May 23, 2015

mornings with eleanor (and edwina)

Each morning is a little different around here.


All are early. Some are painfully early. Some start with coffee and Bible reading for a half hour before anyone else wakes up. Some start with nursing one baby in bed while another one is hollering at me from her room to come get her and, consequently, waking the third one up.


I favor the mornings that I am on the couch, reading my Bible, coffee in hand, and my sweet little girl wakes up in a happy mood and runs out to join me, flopping herself into my arms with her wild blond bedhead and her binky in her mouth.


I just adore getting time alone with her in the mornings.

I get her a snack (her first request) and then wrap her up in her fluffy pink robe. We sit on the couch (or at the table if the snack is messy) and read books.

 

One of our absolute favorite books is called "Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She was Extinct". It is silly, has opportunities to read in really funny voices, and talks about chocolate chip cookies... what more could a kid ask for? We still don't own it, but we borrow it from the library every chance we get. Once we even got a copy with the audio CD (hilarious) and listened to it on repeat for about a month every time we drove to preschool and back.


If you have kids, need a good laugh, or can read, do yourself a favor and go get this book. And then get yourself a snuggly toddler in a cozy robe to cuddle up with and read it in the early morning.

PS a year ago today: from shaggy to stylin' 

May 06, 2015

goals, activities, and outfits


This post is going to be very all-encompassing. Let's begin with the goals I set for myself last week. Actually, let's just blow through them because they are kind of boring: 

1. daily Word- Check.
2. post- Check.
3. master closet- I'd rather not discuss that right now.
4. workout- Check.
5. simple meals- pretty much. 
6. gosling pictures- see above. (There are only two left. Don't want to discuss that either.)
7. meal plan- Done.

Okay, now that that is over, here are a few highlights from last week...

We met up with my cousin and her two boys at the Zoo on Wednesday:


I think these may be the first pictures I have of myself with all three children! (No matter that Judah is mostly hidden, at least he is present.)


The kids and I spent Friday with my mom in Multnomah (the adorable area of SW Portland where I grew up).
We played at Gabriel Park:





And look! More pictures of me with all my children (Judah passed out again. He can only take so much excitement.)


my hat is from the three dollar bin at Target, fyi

We had lunch in "downtown" Gresham on Saturday. James and Elle are both super into accessorizing lately, and that day it was western theme, apparently:


Church outfit (still working on dressing better consistently):


That's all the rambling for now.

Happy Wednesday friends,
Ashley

PS one year ago: we still eat this at least twice a week!

May 01, 2015

may 2015 meal plan

The kids all slept (very rare for this to happen, James hardly ever naps any more) at the same time today, so I washed a mountain of dishes, then decided to sneak pictures of all of them...

My sweet girl:


My huge guy:


Whoops! Woke this one up...


It's okay, just mom behind the camera!


 ... then he was happy.

So I took a break from dishes and printed out my meal plan and taped it on the fridge, which is when I realized...


... I didn't finish it. 
Oops.

So, here is the unfinished meal plan for the month:



As always, if you want the word doc, or have any questions, you can leave them in the comments, or email me at fromcuptocup@gmail.com

Happy eating!
Ashley

PS one year ago was, well, last May's meal plan

April 29, 2015

a week of real pants

So this is kind of a strange post for me to do, since I am always taking pictures, but never in them, and all of a sudden I am posting a million pictures of myself. Let me explain. 

I was first inspired by this gal, who is adorable, has great style, and an amazing wardrobe. I decided that maybe I should start to actually attempt to put outfits together on a regular basis and not just a couple times a week (church and community group night, typically). Or at the very least, I should try to wear real pants everyday, rather than running or yoga pants. Also, I need to clean out my clothes closet so badly, but I am not sure of what to keep and what to toss.

Lately, I have made a lot of excuses for not truly getting dressed each day. Many of these excuses have to do with the weight from baby number three, which has been far more stubborn than the previous weight gains. Also, nursing makes many clothing options tricky, or flat out impossible. Then there is the issue of time. If there isn't enough time to do the dishes, should I really be spending time getting ready in the mornings? On top of all of this, I think I have always felt pretty incapable when it comes to fashion, make-up, hair, and all that other girly stuff that goes into appearance. But the truth is, I would like to be better at it. Maybe this could be a start. 

All that to say (and I could say more; this post has SO many disclaimers) here is my past week, in outfits:

Tuesday: It was overcast and a bit drizzly, so I opted for tights and layers. I ran errands (aka coffee shop and Costco) with Elle and Judah while James was at preschool, and later took the baby with me to meet a friend for happy hour at Edgefield. Pictures below are of me with my dinner date. In the first photo I am saying "What?! I am smiling! Take the picture!" to my poor husband who has been so patient to take a photo of me everyday. (He is good at many things, but I am generally the photographer in our family.)


Wednesday: stay-at-home day! I didn't leave my house until after seven at night to go for a run. For sure had slippers on the whole day, but at least real pants!


Thursday: Another busy day. Judah, Elle and I visited friends while James was at preschool, then we ended up hosting our community group in the evening. Our group took a break from our usual Bible study to work on projects for our church's upcoming VBS (in July). So it was basically a big pizza party while we did crafts and listened to records.



Friday: A friend and her baby came over for lunch. I stayed in slippers. 


Saturday: Lane went shooting in the morning, so I took the kids to run errands, to the park, and the library. I wore a messy bun with headband, jeans, t-shirt, and hoodie. Funny enough, I saw another mom at Target wearing basically the exact same outfit. Is this the errand-running-mom uniform?


Sunday: Church. I even wore a necklace.


Monday: A crazy-fun and busy day. I had a couple friends stop by, and ended up making mac'n'cheese for eight kiddos for lunch! Then we went to the park for the afternoon. When Lane came home we grilled and played bubbles after dinner. It was such a beautiful day!


Tuesday: Rain again. Grocery store and lots of playing at home.

 

... all in all, this was an interesting experiment for me. I realized a couple things about myself. The first is that I am so critical of my appearance. I am so quick to look at the pictures above and pick out every detail that is not perfect (and there are many). I also can see some styles that work, and some that just don't (I'm lookin' at you jean cut-offs, pink tank, and awkward thermal). Overall, I think that taking daily pictures could be really helpful, but I need to get a full length mirror so my poor husband doesn't have to keep taking them.

Thanks so much for reading and happy Wednesday friends!
Ashley

April 26, 2015

weekly goals : 1


One major goal I have is to blog more often, which may mean posting whatever is on my mind. Like this post, for example, in which I post my weekly goals...

Here is what I would like to get done (on top of the usual housework/ kid stuff)

1. Get in the Word everyday. I need to find a way, whether it is in the morning by myself or on my phone in the middle of the playroom. It must happen.

2. Post a post I have been working on for about a week now.

3. Organize our master bedroom closet. For goodness sake, I need to just get this done.

4. Workout and/or run at least two times this week. It feels so good, and I have been pretty consistent lately, but the bad weather and three little ones at home (and nursing around the clock) makes this tricky. But it is my only time to myself. Well, aside from the ten minute shower I get after the workout.

5. Enjoy cooking simple meals. I love to cook, but I tend to attempt elaborate dinners, and then I just get stressed out with a bunch of hungry little people needing me while I'm in the kitchen. Instead, I need to remind myself that this is just a phase of life, and I can always make quesadillas for dinner.

6. Take pictures of the goslings! ..and post them. We have a huge pond (technically a reservoir) behind our house with all sorts of wild life, and Mr and Mrs Goose just had their babies! There are six fuzzy little yellow goslings, and I need to go get their pictures because, as we all know, babies don't stay babies forever.
Here are pictures of the goslings last year.

7. I almost forgot this one! Make a May meal plan (preferably before May begins).

And just to reward you for reading (or skimming) this boring post:


Baby boys in overalls... gah!

Happy beginning of a new week!
Ashley

PS one year ago, apparently, no one blogged 

April 14, 2015

the good, the bad, and the itchy


Well, folks, it's been awhile. Let me fill you in via pictures in no particular order (but some with captions) and a run-down of the last month and a half, but only the weekends, just to make it exciting.

This guy is sitting up like it ain't no thing. 

Weekend #6 (this past weekend)- Lane was gone all Saturday (James with him part of the day) at a board game day held at a friend's church. Sunday we watched our friends' boys for most of the day; so we had five children age four and under. Four of them boys.

Easter mantel. The "Risen" sign was water-colored by the kids. The bunny was painted by Lane's grandma thirty years ago.

Weekend #5- Easter weekend (He is risen. Indeed. Amen.) We drove down to Corvallis Friday afternoon and were there until late Sunday.

 The adorable carriage house that we stayed in while in Moscow.

 Lane and Judah admiring a waterfall that we visited on our drive home.

Weekend #4- Lane and I (and Judah) road-tripped to Moscow, Idaho for a marraige conferene. Random. But wonderful.



Weekend #3- Lane was gone all weekend after being gone for most of the week. Ugh.



Weekend #2- I was in urgent care. Diagnosis: shingles. On my scalp. What the what?



Weekend #1- Lane took Elle to urgent care. Diagnosis: pneumonia. Boo.


 Best picture I could get of all three in their Easter best.

So what I'm sayin' is, we've been busy with the good, the bad, the itchy, and everything in between.


Happy late Tuesday night friends!