16 Week Bumpdate + ASOS Swing Dress

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I am in LOVE with this dress. Honestly, I am in love with anything ASOS that arrives on my doorstep. It is so easy to dress up or dress down but my favorite way is with a pair of black leggings. We are in full swing getting ready for Christmas around here, and by that I mean basically nothing is done. I was on the ball with getting gifts this year and then, before I knew it Christmas was here! I should probably get gifts wrapped tomorrow ;) Any other procrastinator moms/dads out there? I cannot be the only one :) 

I am SO excited for Christmas but my hubby and I share the feeling of being bummed that's it's here already because we just don't want it to pass. Right now we are catching up on the most recent SNL, working a little bit and, obviously, blogging. I will not see you beautiful people again until after Christmas so have a very merry Christmas! 

Mornings and Despicable Me

Monday, December 22, 2014

Mornings at our house vary from day to day but, for the most part, 75% of our family are morning people. (Dad is obviously the 25%) Lo and Foster are always sweet to each other and play really well. However, Lo has been at her dads since Thursday and will be there until Christmas Eve. So now mornings consist of Foster waking up and immediately transforming into a puppy; complete with biting, licking and woofing, diaper change, "Na" (Snack) but then what? I could let him terrorize the house....it's still a mess from doing that yesterday...Or I could pop in Fosters current favorite movie Despicable Me and have at least 30 minutes to myself.

Now what I do with those 30 minutes is a whole other story. It typically doesn't consist of showering...when that does happen I can just throw him in with me anyways, today it will consist of getting dressed and getting the house picked up so I can start wrapping Christmas presents before Bryson gets home from work. 

We have watched Despicable Me probably 586 times in the past couple of months so in honor of that I wanted to go over some things  I love/hate about Gru and his bratty kids. 

Makeover With Aspen --> Aspen Kelty Marie

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Makeover With Aspen had a HUGE makeover! Not only a completely new design but a name change as well! It was time for a little organization and clean up. Everything is the same just a little neater :) There really isn't much to update on! Just wanted to share it's still the same blog, nothing is changing-besides the name and layout ;) and I'll still sporadically post about the same random things :) 

What I {Ate} Wednesday

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Yesterday all I managed to keep down was 1/4 cup of chicken noodle soup juice, two crackers and a piece of burnt-Bryson say's I can't call my toast "toast" anymore because I burn it, not toast it. In honor of feeling better, and it being Wednesday, I thought I would share some of my normal food picks from last month. I haven't been cooking because I have felt completely awful these past four months so food at our house has been boring. I am 15 weeks now and slowwwwllllyyyy starting to feel better, so I'm sure there will be more yummy meals and recipes in the future. 


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

(12 week ultrasound)
If you read yesterdays post  you saw that we were waiting on test results. They must've been trying to get as many done before Christmas as possible because we received them in 6 days instead of the usual 10-14. I'll start from the beginning so you can get all caught up on what has been going on these past couple of weeks. 

15 Week Bumpdate #2

Monday, December 15, 2014

This week has been a test of a lot of things. Faith, strength in Bryson and I's relationship and also my mental strength. As many probably know (or have guessed) we received news that something is wrong in this pregnancy. 
Either with my sweet little baby, or with me. 
We are waiting to disclose all information and really let everyone know what is happening because as of right now, we don't know. We are testing baby first and will be getting additional testing for me once we get the results back (hopefully before Christmas). After talking to our doctor I am hoping (maybe it's a false hope) that something is wrong with me and not with our little. There were many abnormalities in my blood work but only one indictor on the ultrasound itself that someone could be wrong with River. 
We are being transferred to a couple different specialists on top of our normal doctor and I have been very pleased with how everything has been handled thus far. My nurse and dr have made sure everything is done in a very timely manner and have been there to answer as many questions as Bryson and I have. The earliest we will get the results is this Saturday but my dr.'s office isn't open then so the soonest will most likely be monday and the latest being a day or two after Christmas. So hopefully it goes by faster than it has been! 

Getting Ready for Christmas

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Before I say anything I just have to say that I am 100% positive that I have the most adorable little munchkins in the entire universe. As of today the house is decorated - but not vacuumed, clothes are put away - but there is quite a few to clean and I am ready for every Christmas party except ours. I thought I would take a break from finals and get these adorable Christmas pictures up before it was New Years. 

11 Week Bumpdate #2

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

We are at week 11! When you have two kids and are constantly going, going, time just gets away from you! Lo started girl scouts this week and Foster has just been on the move. We are pretty sure he has two more teeth coming in. He's been chewing on everything and drooling a ton. Also fussy, which is really not like him. With Foster pregnancy flew by as well but I was still able to take an afternoon nap, there is definitely not that luxury this time around! Oh well, hopefully it just makes this part fly by. I am not a good pregnant person haha I definitely don't enjoy it. 

Surprise Announcement

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ok, Ok. We're just going to pretend like you have nooooo idea what's going on ;) Be sure to watch the video the totally feel free to continue down to the rest of this lengthy post :)

Do it. Press play. 

Forever 21 Finds

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Today is the last day of F21's 20% off sale. Use code F21FRIEND at checkout. 

If you are like me then you love sweaters. Who doesn't love a good sweater? Then you need to check out F21 right now. I am not completely in love with them, I feel like it's hit and miss. Sometimes I want everything on there and other times I have a hard time finding one thing that I actually like. Today was definitely a hit! 

While coping with the time change and being up at four in the morning I was editing pictures and doing a little online shopping. I found some finds that I am super excited about and thought I would share! 

Bountiful Baskets {Review}

Saturday, October 25, 2014

We finally have a Bountiful Baskets in my home town! I have been waiting for one to open up here and it's amazing! You can buy up to three baskets ($15 each for all of the food) but for the first time I just wanted to see what all was in it and the quality of the food. I was super pleased! The only downside is you don't get to pick what you get but I have ideas for pretty much everything! Except the radishes...do people really eat radishes? 

Everything we got is in good shape and some of it isn't ripe yet so it will last awhile. I will definitely get 3 baskets next time,  I would save over $90 that way! Win. Win. Win.

They come every two weeks and it's always different foods but is always 50% fruits and 50% veggies. I was hoping we would get some potatoes/carrots so I could make some soup but we still have a lot of different things and with the money that we save it's no problem picking a couple of things up from the store. 

So below I have the prices of what everything would have cost if I purchased it at the store. 

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

You know it's a good meal when your one year old takes a bite and then hi-fives you or when your husband says, "This is delicious!" and your 5 year old interjects with, "This is more than delicious, it's...DELICIOSO!" 

Lo Started Kindergarten

Sunday, October 12, 2014

This year my sweet girl started Kindergarten. She has been doing amazing and has made so many awesome friends. She has really grown from a toddler to a kid this year and it's still weird for me to look and not see a little baby. She has been such a huge help with Foster and loves her brother more than anything, and he loves her just as much. Whenever Bryson is at work they will both sleep in bed with me and normally when it's just Foster and I he will crawl over and give me lots of kisses, but when Lo is home he totally ignores me and loves on his sister.  When it is time to wake Lo up for school he runs into her room yelling "Sissy". 

Every year I give Lo a little mini interview and it's fun to see how her answers have changed over the years and what has stayed the same.

Tough Mudder 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

 Last week Bryson and I ran (and completed) our first Tough Mudder! 11 miles in Utah, we ran up and down probably a million ravines (ok, like 30), jumped in ice water (I will NEVER do that again), did monkey bars shaped like an upside down V, Climbed over 16 foot walls, ran up a 30 foot, greased half pipe, ran through electrical wires and of course, played in the mud. We finished in 3 hours and 10 minutes (average is 4 hours) and I am SO proud of us! Honestly, Bryson could've finished in 2ish hours but I am no runner and have NEVER ran over 6 miles. It was a blast and we will definitely be doing it again. It was the hardest thing I have ever done, including giving birth, and my heart rate had an average of 190 and not once did it go under 170. 3,000+ calories later and we were enjoying some Dos Equis and protein bars. 

Thank you honey for always pushing me and for staying by mysids the whole time. I never could've done it without you! 

Be prepared for picture overload!

Family Pictures {2014}

Friday, September 5, 2014

This past week we had our family pictures done and I am in love with them! It was perfect timing to get them done, so much in our life has changed recently! Lo is turning 5 in a couple of weeks and just started kindergarten! She's been sent to the principals office once....but that's another story for another day, but remind me to tell you because it really is great. Foster just turned one  and has been changing SO much, he even got a haircut, (not mammas choice, but daddy wanted it to grow more even). Bryson and I are also celebrating our two year anniversary this month! Where has the time gone? We started dating when he was a handsome 22 year old and now he is a studly 26 year old.

To the Momma Who's Not Going to Miss These Moments

Friday, August 29, 2014

He can totally get out of this. I have zero idea how.

My son is crying at my feet and my daughter needs more attentions than I can mentally give her. 

But you're going to miss these moments. 

The house is a mess, the dishes aren't done, the laundry smells like mildew and the vacuum may actually need to be dusted.

But you're going to miss these moments. 

Between the feedings, the diaper changes, the baths and the "No! Don't put that in your mouth!" there is no time for sleep let alone your weekly shower.

But you're going to miss these moments. 

OOTD: White Blazer

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Currently I am OBSESSED with my new blazer. I would wear this every, single day if it I wasn't stressed beyond belief that it would get dirty. It falls perfectly which is kind of hard to see in the picture but it like folds over all awesome like on the bottom. It is a really great cut and the cuffs are perfect.

I'm still all about comfort so I threw on a quick tank and some jeans with it and called it good. Can we talk about these jeans for a sec? I recently went shopping at Express and have fallen in love with their jeans. They feel worn and are like wearing leggings but they're totally not jeggings....so there's that. 

I have been so busy lately and I love it. I am 100% more productive/organized/happier when my days are all scheduled perfectly. I am loving my planner that I got from Target but am needing a bigger one....like a thicker one that is still small. So if anyone has any planners that they just can't live without, help a momma out! 

Farmers Market/Grocery Store Haul $100

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Today I FINALLY made it over to our local Farmers Market and picked up some local, organic fruit and veggies. It smelt AMAZING. If you are from New Mexico you know there are few smells better than roasting green chile. So with $100 in my pocket, two kids in my stroller and a large Natural Grocers bag on my arm we got there early, fought the crowds and left with an amazing haul. 

Bryson and I decided the days he wasn't working we would try to go to the Farmers Market every saturday. We have a basic list that we get every time we go shopping and it was great to be able to get some of it local. 

Everything from the eggs left is from the Farmers Market and from the granola right is from the grocery store. 

Foster's 1st Birthday

Monday, July 28, 2014

Well, he's one! This year has flown by, I actually feel like every year goes by faster and faster. Like his sister, he is very advanced for his age. He's walking (running), can say a lot of words, he's getting out of his crib and jumping over the couch. He's also getting quite the little attitude! His birthday party was a blast! We were so thankful for everyone that was able to come and celebrate our little man. 

He had a monster themed party and we just kept it simple. I always go all out on birthday parties and get crazy stressed and turn into a monster myself. This party was so fun! We swam and just hung out, Foster loved swimming! He didn't want out of the pool! He was not interested in presents...or cake really for that matter. He just wanted to swim and play with his plastic fork ;) It was SO hot out that a pool party was the perfect way to spend the day. His cake pops and cake started melting immediately but we didn't mind! 

This past year with him has been amazing. I love his personality, and the way he tackles his sister when she comes home. I love how he tries to make a break for the door every time it's open because he wants to see the puppies. I'm sooooo excited for this next year watching him grow! 

What I {Wore} Wednesday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

So many of you know that I am from New Mexico and this summer has been extremely hot, so there is nothing more I love than a crazy cute tank top that also happens to be from a brand new company created by a girl that I grew up with and her boyfriend. I am absolutely obsessed with their company! Not to mention it fits my hubby's style to a t.

11 month PP Update

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Well, I wasn't wanting to do this until I was happy with how I look but this is me! I told myself I'd be looking fan-freaking-tastic by the time foster was one and at 6 months I was telling myself I had time but now, with only a couple of weeks left, I'm realizing that I obviously wasn't focusing on how I looked enough to  reach my "goal" and I'm totally ok with that. I have been roasting s'mores over the campfire and making pancakes in the morning when Lo asks. We are totally just loving summer. 

Kids & Chores

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Growing up I always had chores. We didn't sleep in, were expected to play sports and to take home the best grades to our ability. We weren't overloaded with chores but I definitely had more chores than all of my friends...probably more than my friends combined. 

With that being said, I am definitely not complaining now...even though I'm sure back then I had a few choice words to say. Well, that's not entirely true. I'm sure there was a sigh here and a complaint there but for the most part we just did them, it was just our way of life. I remember going to friends houses and their parents would ask them to clean their rooms and they would go off the freaking wall. #Awkward #That'sANiceLamp 

Teaching your kids chores is so important. It teaches perseverance, self motivation, patience and just what living in a household and holding a job means. Lo has always been great about certain chores...actually, pretty much all chores. She is OCD and keeps her room clean, as soon as she turned three she started putting away her own clothes/dusting where she can reach and this year she helps fold clothes, sets the table and today she started vacuuming! 


Sunday, July 6, 2014

This year was Fosters FIRST fourth of July and we had so much fun! Our town does fireworks on the third because there is a big farm that does them on the fourth so on the third we went to my cousins house and had an awesome time hanging out with cousins, eating, playing with sparklers and watching fireworks. Foster is absolutely in love with the fireworks and Lo had a blast with the sparklers (until she caught one in between her fingers, but we don't need to relive that ordeal).

Bryson recently was hired as a bartender for a second job and he was able to take the day shift so he was able to be apart of all the fun, family festivities. I am absolutely in love with these people and we had such am amazing time.

I hope everyone had a fun and event-filled holiday weekend and don't forget to thank a man or women in service for giving us the opportunity to be able to celebrate our freedom!

Back To Normal

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My sweet girl is finally home! These past 5 weeks have dragged. I remember when she was two and I only had to share her for two weeks and it felt like an eternity. 

Last night we stayed up late and waited for dad to get home and she had a million and one stories to tell us about her trip with her dad. Foster missed her more that words can say, he was sleeping when I picked her up and she was whispering to me and immediately those little eyes popped open and he yelled, "SISSY!!!" 

I get in a very down mood whenever Lo goes away for so long and Foster has been sooooo naughty so it really didn't help anything that anytime we were alone together he was screaming at the top of his lungs (whether I was holding him or not). I thought when Lo got back that he would quit that...I was wrong. He is still being very fussy but hopefully in a couple of days everything really is 

back to normal.

So You Wanna Start a Juice Fast...

Monday, June 16, 2014

Juicing is obviously huge right now and there are a lot of reasons why so many people have jumped on board the juice train (if you've been following me for awhile swap juice train with The Juice Bus ;) ) Juicing gives your body a much needed break from using energy to break down food and send that energy straight to you to use. I also have to say I absolutely loathe the word fast. In our house we  call it a juice cleanse but it is commonly referred to as a juice feast because, if you are fasting properly, you should never feel a hungry sensation. 

Here are some of the main reasons why I, personally, juice feast:

* To give my digestive system a break
* Allow the body to cleanse waste and toxins a greatly accelerated speed
* To learn that missing a meal isn't the worst thing in the world 
* To experience how energizing nourishing foods are - rather than filling foods
* To reestablish your gratitude for food
* Save money and time from prepping 
* To gain control over food, rather than food controlling you
* Weight-loss

What I {ATE} Wednesday

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I've been deciding whether or not to start this new post series call What I Wednesday. I'll post what I {LOVE} {ATE} {WORE} and who knows what else! I thought first I'd just go over a quick day of what I normally eat. 

I eat anywhere from 800-1500 calls a day and some days are freakin killer and others could use some work but I enjoy food and I'd rather eat good food and be happy than dry salad and be that person. 
You can't even pretend to like dry salad.
It's gross. 

I always start off my morning with some type of juice. It's normally very green but sometimes I like to mix it up with a little more fruit. 

The Problems with Blogging {A Little Life Lately}

Monday, June 9, 2014

As of late I have been MIA because of a major computer malfunction. Long story short I thought I lost all of my pictures (and all of my clients pictures) and I thought my new computer was fried. Thankfully it was able to get restored and my cousin was able to get all 221 GB of data off of my computer. So let's get to the problems with blogging. 

Foster Brady: 10 Month Update

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hello all! I'm sorry I have been so distant lately but my computer is in the shop and I have been stressed beyond belief lately. But it's looking like it'll be fixed soon so here's another phone post :) 

Age: 10 Months 
Height: 27.5 inches
Weight: 22.6 lbs 
Milestones: He's still working on walking and this month he's gotten even more active (I didn't know it was possible. He absolutely loves going outside and he'll crawl/run to the back door and yell, "PUPPY!!!" Until we go outside. 
Best Moment:  He does this thing we call Sweet Baby where he lays his head on you and cuddles. It normally means that he did something naughty or he's going to do something naughty. 
Health: Perfect :) it's crazy to me that it's time to start planning his first birthday! 
Eating: We are still trucking on with breast feeding, with no signs of quitting in the neat future. When he's with other people he will hardly drink from a bottle so he eats really well but when I'm home hrs constantly latched on. 
Teeth: 7 teeth for this big boy. 3 on top and 4 on the bottom. 
Extra Comments: He's getting so big and he has been a blast. He is sooooo different from Lo and I love his naughty little personality. He's been a big mommas boy lately and I can't say that I mind :) 

Foster Brady: 9 month update

Thursday, May 15, 2014

So this post is a little late but we've had so many incredible memories this month that I figured late was better than never. Foster had a doctors appointment the day before his nine month birthday so I'll go ahead and use all of those measurements :) 

Age: 9 Months 
Height: 29 inches 75%
Weight: 19 lbs 8 oz 50%
Milestones: He can say a lot of words like momma, dada, papa, puppy, sis and it's up in the air if he said dacy (his aunt). He also has teeth galore, can skoot on a skateboard, WALKED 5 steps and can stand forever. This month his personality is really showing. He loves being a trickster and will hide and scare you. He is also showing me that he is trouble! This is only one of his recent escapades but he flips over his toy basket, pushes it to the couch and climbs up. The only problem is he hasn't quite been able to figure out how to get down so he just rolls off. This boy is crazy! He is always bruised! 
Best Moment:  So many great moments but a couple of my favorites are him wrestling with sister, it is absolutely hilarious and riding bikes with this adventurous boy. He loves riding bikes whether it's in the trailer or on his own bike. He also does this bratty thing where he'll do something naughty and then smile really big and claps. Oh! And he's biting- definitely NOT a best moment. 
Health: Great! He's growing so big and it's crazy how much he's changed this month! 
Eating: We are still exclusively breast feeding! He can eat regular food but he really prefers milk. We'll give him anything we eat for dinner but normally it end up on the ground. One thing he loves is drinking out of cups! 
Teeth: 5 teeth! Two on top and three on the bottom. They are so funny and spread out. I love it :) 
Extra Comments: The another month has came and gone and I can't believe how big he is! (This post is so late he's almost 10 months!) He is so wild and rough! I can't believe it's time to start planning his first birthday! (I promise I won't cry) ((I totally will)) 

Seriously, there is nothing funnier than them wrestling 

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