Weekends With Babies

Anyone else hunkering down?! I hear the snow is still bad everywhere BUT here. And we’re hunkering down to avoid the sickness that is going around this town. Call me paranoid but I don’t ever want a stomach bug like I had or the cold that lasts eternities. We did get out this weekend though and visited with my brother and sister-in-law!! I finally got to meet my adorable niece!

We were suppose to have more family come to town but plans changed last minute. Since all the babies were going to be in town my Mom scheduled family pictures. If you saw my insta stories, we ran around all week trying to find our outfits. They turned out SO PERFECT. The whole time we were getting them done I kept thinking “Rylee is a hot mess this is going to be interesting”.

Everyone didn’t get in until late so our Friday night plans included a basketball game. Basketball games are Rylee’s favorite. She is obsessed with the flags that come down. This school didn’t have one so she was pretty bummed. Grandpa won though and she got to climb the bleachers all by herself so that lifted her spirits. Baby Hayley even loves watching. She’s starting to follow the team up and down the court. I’m not sure if she can see exactly what is moving back and forth but she’s paying attention.

Saturday morning we just hung out and then after pictures we went to Chick-Fil-A and got some amazing cinnamon rolls. I had another parking snafu…this has probably moved to my number one pet peeve. Luckily MMR was with us and it wasn’t as bad as the first one BUT we still had to move the car to get Hayley in. AND this was seriously the last spot in the row, and there were SO MANY open spots.

Why?! Just why…OKAY rant over. We had a quiet rest of the day just hanging out. Sophie and Hayley played on the floor. At one point Hayley had reached over and grabbed Sophie’s hand and started putting it in her mouth. It was so funny and cute!

Then Rylee took over and took us on the craziest adventure. Her pretend game is on point. She grabbed an airplane out of the sky and I sat on it and broke it (oops). Daddy had a tool to fix it. Then we all had to sit on the couch and buckle up for safety. I have no idea where she comes up with this stuff. I love it.

Sunday we did the exact same thing! It’s so crazy how fast your babies grow. I am mind blown every time I think about it. The girls are just about two months apart and Hayley is so much bigger! It was so precious to snuggle baby Sophie.

I am trying to plan a trip to visit next month. We need a change of scenery. Last year we went in February and we drove through a huge snow storm. I had so much fun hanging out with everyone!

 

Our Homespun Life Is Here

Happy New Year! Today has been the perfect amount of reset and relaxation. I’ve done some meal prepping, some laundry and now I get do some writing. Actually what you should really know is that I’m procrastinating putting away Christmas. It really is one of the worse things you have to do.

I had mentioned in yesterday’s post that we were going to be re-branding into Our Homespun Life. I am so excited to finally have that out in the open. 2018 is going to be a year full of amazing things over here. SO to kick things off….

WELCOME!!!

I am Ally the blogger behind Our Homespun Life, formerly known as Homespun Runner. I am a stay at home mom boss with my beautiful daughters Rylee (2.75 years old) and Hayley (4 months). My husband is Ryan, AKA MMR (Mountain Man Ryan) and he sports a mean beard that he can grow in approximately 6 days. We are the Turner’s and this is Our Homespun Life.

I use to blog about running and while I still love running it is no longer a sole focus of mine. In fact running has taken a back seat to some pregnancies and some injuries. It’s on the list of things I want to get back into this year so we will just have to see. What can you expect in this new little space of mine? More frequent posts. I had a pretty good schedule going then we welcomed Baby Hayley to the world and things got a little crazy.

I’m trying to mainstream some things over here and that means I’m going to have some more routine posts. Don’t worry I’ll still share most of the day to day but you can also find posts on motherhood, my babies, health/fitness, and now beauty/skincare. I wanted to highlight all aspects of my life that I love, and that you love too.

To follow me on a more day-to-day/in the moment I have the same Instagram – allysonmarie. My Facebook Page will change to the new name – I’ll provide a link when Facebook approves it. In the meantime I also wanted to share my 2018 Mantra…

I’m doing things differently this year! No more lists of things I want to change, or work on. I end up spending more time listing and less time doing. SO this year we are going with a word. ONE word to guide all aspects of my life. This year it’s all about…

Looking back at 2017 everything was done in a rush. Every single time I left the house it was with a million different bags, million different cups. I was living out of my laundry room and car. This also left constant dishes and just chaos EVERYWHERE. I could hang with Rylee and I but once we added Baby Hayley, I just can’t deal with it anymore.

So each month I’m going to tackle different areas of my life so that by December next year I am truly living that simple life. January is all about getting back to basics. The basics of cooking/eating at home and cleaning. When we lived in Moscow I cooked dinner at least four nights a week and now it’s closer to one. Then on Saturday mornings MMR and I would clean the house and head out for our plans for the day.

When it comes to cooking each week I’m going to buy something to stock the freezer/pantry and then something to make the planless dinner night go smoother. This week I am making some spaghetti sauce – that’s the number one thing I always go to and never have. AND I’m going to get bananas at Costco and freeze them for smoothies. I am always out of bananas when I want a smoothie.

As far as cleaning goes cleaning once a week is not feasible. So found a weekly schedule I am going to give a go. The beauty of simplifying the basics is I have four weeks to test and figure out what works and what doesn’t.

PPS – For now keep coming to Homespun Runner dot com, I have some more things in the back end here before I can switch over the actual website. Thanks for sticking around this fun new transition!!

What New Year Goals/Resolutions/Words do you have?!

What do you think of the new logo?! 

Anything in particular you want me to cover?!

 

Happy New Year!!! Reflecting on 2017

Happy New Year!!

We had an amazing Christmas/Holiday. I just loved having MMR home with us. Things haven’t really slowed down at all for us since this time last year. By October I wondered why I was feeling so exhausted. Like just mentally, physically and emotionally ready for a vacation. Thinking about how I wanted to welcome the new year here it dawned on me that we have been non-stop for a full year! It was an amazing one and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. SO let’s take a little rewind…

December 2017 –

I start here because it was such an amazing trip to Montana. I loved spending the Holidays with family that we see only once every few years. PLUS my brother and sister got married!! This year I struggled to put plans together. I kept thinking what did I do last year?! OH YEAH – So Stephen & Amanda, have a wedding every year mmkay?!

January 2017 –

We spent most of January down here in Boise trying to figure out where we were going to live. This was mentally and emotionally exhausting. Trying to rent anywhere was turning into a nightmare. The snow was piling up and we ultimately lost our window to go home which resulted in our extended stay. I had that little baby scare. Spent a few weeks on modified bed rest just dying to get home. I could pick a month to do over it would definitely be this one.

February 2017 –

The month we moved. And moved. And moved. MMR got amazing news that he was going to get the job he wanted. So we packed up the necessities in one day, rented a uhaul and Rylee and I said goodbye to Moscow. I’m actually really sad writing that. I would love for Hayley to get a glimpse into what life was like. Moscow will always hold a special place in our heart. BEFORE we even made it to Boise MMR’s truck broke down carrying the uHaul. It was about 10:30 at night and we were still 90ish minutes from my parents. After we unloaded everything at my parents MMR made two more trips to get everything down. PPS – there are still boxes in my garage. OH And we anounced that we were expecting Baby #2.

March 2017 –

This month was all about Rylee’s birthday and trying to settle into a new routine. We are so thankful that our parents took us in. But moving your entire family AND house into someone else’s house is no walk in the park. We officially entered the terrible two’s and the SNOW finally melted. I was a little nervous that I would have to figure out how to get a bounce house staked down in snow. And yes, the fact that I got my toddler a bounce house…enough said ; ).

April 2017 –

Bring on all the parties. I was on some party planning high because I spent a couple weeks planning my own gender reveal. This was the highlight of this month, hands down. I was completely shocked. When the tech told us, I blurted out we’re having a what?! I was 100% convinced that it was a boy. MMR had his 29th birthday which really hit home for us that this. is. life. And we are not mad about it.

May 2017 –

Two big things…Mother’s Day. I had breakfast ready for my mother-in-law when they got home from church. It included donuts, pancakes and strawberry cake pancakes. YUM. It also really hit me that I am going to be a mom of two…two daughters. THEN to be an even more adult, we applied for a home loan. SCARIEST wait of my life. Waiting to hear if you are approved of a home loan is probably the most self-conscious I have ever been. We got approved and we started the process of finding a home is the most common price range ever. This was the most total body exhausted I had felt. I was a total overwhelmed pregnant mess.

**I’m working on a gallery wall for the living room and this is one of the prints I’m having done. MMR did such a good job capturing this moment. PS How was Rylee that little?! It seems so long ago.

June 2017 –

Continue pregnant hormonal mess BUT this time it’s because we closed on our house. I imagined this HGTVesque adventure and it was actually my personal nightmare. From start to finish I think it was 6ish weeks that we started to look and closed on a house. We moved in right away and then spent another six weeks painting, re-arranging and crafting. TO THIS DAY – Rylee’s room is the only room I have revealed in the whole house. As each day in 2018 ticks by I like to think I am that much closer to the next room…the Nursery Hayley’s Room.

I’m beginning to think pregnancy is the theme of the year because my brother and sister-in-law, you know the Montanian’s…they were expecting too. Insert heart emoji’s. They had a gender reveal ultrasound scheduled during their visit and it was amazing to be there for that!! 2017 welcomed all the baby girls. My parents are Grandparents to three GIRLS under THREE. Goodness. It really is a blessing to share a pregnancy with a family member. I’ve been able to share both of mine with sister-in-laws.

July 2017 –

This is when I start to get festive. I mean the Fourth of July is like the peak of summer and one of my favorite holiday’s. I love a good summer BBQ and the Fourth never fails to deliver. This year MMR went out and bought a ton of fireworks for Rylee. She was both excited and terrified. It was the funniest.

**This one too. This pretty much sums up our summer life. And this tank is everything. Hands down my favorite Gray Anchor thank I own.

August 2017 –

BABY MONTH. I spent the entire month wondering when the baby would come. I know, I know I tried to be patient, but ultimately scheduled an induction day for August 24th. Sweet Baby Hayley was born 8/24/2017 at 6:22 PM. You can read her birth story here. MMR had a week off to spend time with us which was so overdue! All summer he worked two jobs and so to have him spend all day with us was a true blessing.

**And these two…man this wall is filling up fast.

September 2017 –

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year. No matter what happens it’s fall and that makes everything better. I planned our fall bucket list and we got to work. We also got to travel to Montana to celebrate Amanda and Baby Sophie. Hayley got to stay in her first hotel and Rylee got to see some early snow. It was so much fun!

October 2017 –

Happy Halloween! Halloween is definitely Rylee’s favorite holiday. She still asks if it’s Halloween yet? And can I go trick or treating? The only way we kept her from getting sad about Halloween was to remind her about Christmas. Rylee wanted to be Moana. I asked my mom if she could  make a costume and she delivered the cutest costume. Trick or treating was the highlight of Rylee’s month and Baby Hayley even made the trek down the street.

November 2017 –

The month of sickness. I kid, kind of. Every winter we get hit hard. It’s something I’m learning to cope with. We survived our very first bout of pink eye. In fact I honestly can say it’s probably been 20ish years since I’ve had it. I managed to keep it contained to JUST Rylee but oh man was that an over-time job. We had an amazing Thanksgiving. It was the perfect kick of to a great Christmas season.

December 2017 –

This last month flew by. I can;t even believe it’s over. I was laying down with Rylee before her nap this afternoon and told her we had to say goodbye to the Christmas tree tomorrow. She. Was. So. Sad. Trust me girl, I wish it could last forever. There were things I for sure want to try next year as far as traditions go. AND I am going to pat myself on the back…I finished shopping early, and I only had to wrap one thing Christmas Eve. The happiest moment of this month was seeing Rylee really grasps the story of Jesus.

When she woke up from her nap I told her that we would have to pack Baby Jesus away until next year but that if she wanted to keep her calendar Baby Jesus she could. Side note – I scored the coolest Advent Calendar at Target, it built a card board manger scene. Each day we would add a figure so we taught Rylee the store with each piece. That and my  real manger were her favorite toys leading up to Christmas.

Writing that out just gave me all the feels! Seriously what a wonderfully busy year. It also got my brain turning on how to make more wonderful memories this coming year. Speaking of new memories…there are going to be some fun amazing changes going on around here. Starting tomorrow we are getting a face lift! During nap time I’m going to be working behind the scenes to switch things over to Our Homespun Life.

Don’t worry, you’ll get the same great company, we’re just going to look a little different. I’ll also be back with a reflection on the Resolutions from last year!

Happy New Year – XoXo OHL

May Your Day Be Merry & Bright – Happy Christmas Eve

Good morning! It’s nice and quiet over here. I’m taking it all in before the craziness of the next few days. Plus this view doesn’t disappoint. The day we have to take this tree down I am going to be pretty sad. This is pretty much the only decorating I’ve done since we moved in.

It’s been a hot minute over here since I blogged and I’m kind of okay with that. For the last few months I’ve been thinking about giving this blog it’s more permanent face lift. So amongst life I’ve been working behind the scenes to have an amazing 2018.

With that being said I’m taking today and tomorrow to soak it all in. This Holiday Season I’ve had a heavy heart. But when you ask me what’s wrong I just can’t pin point it to one thing. There was this overwhelming need to keep up with everyone else. I would see gift guide after gift guide and feel pressure to buy at least one thing. There was some serious FOMO with all the things too. This unsettling feeling I had consumed some days making me look back wanting to do it all over again.

This week Rylee has had some sort of stomach bug. Friday and Saturday were brutal. They resulted in impromptu baths and we lost a pair of PJs. Winter time brings out a new obsession in me. Keeping all the germs away, from everyone. Combine this with my other anxiety and I was stressin’ to the max. My Mom’s words of wisdom yet again saved the day…”You can’t miss out because your affraid to get sick.” Now if you know my Mom, that is HUGE coming from her. She has sanitizer running through her veins.

So that’s exactly what I’m doing. Not missing out…I’m finishing this post now that everyone is awake and Rylee left us a messy early Christmas present. Morning shower: 2 – Poor Rylee: 0. BUT we are not going to let that ruin our plans today. I’m not going to let anything ruin our plans for the next two days.

Merry Christmas Eve! I hope you all have an amazing day. If the Holiday’s are hard for you, or you’ve been having a hard time, try not to fret and hang in there. Rylee is so excited to see what Santa brings. BUT what makes me the happiest is how excited she is for Baby Jesus tonight at church.

Seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child is truly the most magical thing you can witness. It makes all the stress and worry just fall away. Tonight after church we are going to get in our Christmas PJs (if you wake up with them ruined tomorrow Rylee, I won’t even be mad!) and watch a movie.