My name is Ashley McLaughlin and this is my blog, Edible Perspective. To learn more about my journey head on over to my about + FAQ pages. I'm thrilled that you stopped by. Enjoy!

 

 


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Sunday
May082011

lovin’ on the little ones

I may not have gotten to spend Mother’s day with my own lovely mother + family, but I did get to spend it with one of my best friends + her family.  This Sunday was very different than the past few.  I didn’t do any housework!

I hit the gym this morning, then Whole Foods, Old Navy, and Target.  Since Melissa didn’t know what the sex of the baby was until Friday, I held off on buying gifts until the last minute.  I haven’t shopped for a baby girl in longer than I can remember.  And…it’s dangerous!  So many cute things, especially since summer is around the corner.  The little hot pink skirt, might be the cutest thing ever.  Melissa was beyond excited to open all of these girly gifts!!

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And a little something for Melissa on mother’s day.  I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate. 

Flowers + chocolate!!

Peonies are one of my favorite flowers.  I just love how fluffy they are after they bloom.

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I also had to get something for the Jakester.  He just turned 2 and I didn’t want him to be sad with a lot of the attention on Samantha.

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Melissa was looking beautiful.  She’s got the mom thing down.  So calm and happy.  She said she was absolutely shocked when her husband said “it’s a girl!!”  She thought he was joking.  Everyone was convinced it would be a boy.

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Look at this little peanut.  She is just precious.  I caught her with her eyes open for about 1 minute and whipped out the camera!

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Sweet little baby girl.  So far she barely makes a peep!

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I couldn’t get enough of her!!  It also made me even more excited about becoming an Aunt in July!!  It’s going to be a girl…better start shopping now!

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Looking right at me!

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Jake and “gamma” are best buds.  I’ve known Jakes Grandma [Melissa’s mom] for about 15yrs now!  It was so great to see her and she was just thrilled to be with her two grandchildren. 

He loved his new toys!

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Jake + I took his new toys outside to play on the deck.

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Photogenic much?

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After quite a busy weekend, this girl is ready for BED! 

More photos of the kiddos tomorrow!

Ashley 

Sunday
May082011

love to the moms

Can you see it?

Not the huge mess.

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Can you see it now?

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It’s a couch!!  We finally have a couch!!  It’s been in the storage shed for about a month now, waiting to be put together.  We’re getting ready to start moving things into the 3rd bedroom, so we decided it was time to get the couch out + ready.  We are both quite sick of using a double bed for a couch.  It’s been over 2 months!

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The bed is now leaning up against the wall and Kenna’s cage is floating in the middle of the living room, but that doesn’t matter.  We have a place to sit + lean back on!

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I put the couch together yesterday, while Chris ran some ultra-domestic errands.  I think one of the most “I’m an adult” purchases you can make is….

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A lawnmower!  And a weed whacker.  We lucked out and Sears was having a sidewalk sale with last year’s models.  We got the exact mower that we wanted, for $40 less!  We have a lawn to mow!  How strange.  Neither of us have had to mow a lawn since high school.

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The 3rd BR closet is coming along!!  My uncle build the dividing wall with shelves and laid in the tile floor.  The flooring in there was not the same wood throughout the house.  For whatever reason it was a hodge-podge of 5 different types of wood with stains + holes all over.  We used leftover kitchen tile and now have a nice, easily cleaned floor, for where the washer + dryer will be stacked.

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It was 80* yesterday!!!  The dogs chilled outside all day.  

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After another long house day, it was nice to get to put my feet up and lean back on a couch!  Never thought I could get so excited over a piece of furniture.

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We biked to Odell Brewing, for a second night out in a row!  Party animals. ;)

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I love order the sampler trays because of the fun variety.  If restaurants offered sample tray entree’s I would be all over that too!  This one tray is equal to just over 1 beer.  Perfect for me!

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Peter met us for some very intellectual discussion.

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And then Chris + I went to our favorite, Tasty Harmony, for dinner.  We demolished a gigantic plate of vegan nachos, with the best cashew cream sauce I’ve ever had and then continued to scarf down dinner.  Lovely evening!

In a little while I’m off to Colorado Springs to meet little Samantha Ann!!  Can’t wait! :)

And also…

 Happy Mother’s Day!!!! 

Everyday, I feel so lucky for the amazing relationship that my mom + I have.  We’re best of friends and even though there are a lot of miles between us, we don’t let that get in the way.  We talk on the phone daily about anything + everything.  We’ve shared so many amazing memories together and I can’t wait for more.  My mom will be visiting me in a few weeks, and I couldn’t be more excited!  LOVE YOU MOM!!

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And happy mother’s day to any and all of you that are moms, moms-to-be, new moms, or grandmas.  Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!

Ashley