Sunday, August 31, 2008


I found this on another blog, and thought it was fun. Play along if you want!

***It's generally pretty quiet around the blogosphere on holidays. Just for fun, I thought I'd pull out this meme (chain letter) I found. In honor of Labor Day, it's about...well, labor. And not the kind you get a day off for, either.

How long were your labors?

Lily: Not really sure. I got to the hospital about 6 hrs. before she came, but I labored at my brothers house (long story) and at the mall, for a long time and was too stubborn to go to the hospital right away. I tend to do that with my babies.
Maggie: 2 hrs.

***Read my mom's comment (Julie Marler). She explains my labors with a lot more detail!!!!

How did you know you were in labor?

Lily: STRONG contractions and I was over-due. When I got to the hospital, I was 6cm.

Maggie: Little contractions and a lot of pressure. When I finally decided it was time, we went to the hospital, and I was already 8cm.

Where did you deliver?

With both of them, at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands. Where the drugs are.


See above. Goodnight nurse, YES!!!


Nope. They both came really quickly with only a couple of pushes.

Who delivered?

Well, my AMAZING nurse/ dear friend, Linda, was there with me through most of it. Then, my WONDERFUL doc, whom I love dearly, showed up just in time for the catch! He came even though he wasn't on call. I was so blessed to have them and my WHOLE family in the room with both deliveries. Need an OB, nurse, or an "adopted" family? :)

We'll see how Mr. Cash makes his appearance, come Dec.

***If you want to play along with this meme, just cut and paste the questions into your own blog and leave a comment so we can all read about your laborious day(s).

Just Another Lazy Sunday Afternoon

1. Do you like blue cheese? NO!!
2. Have you ever smoked heroin? Ummm...NO
3. Do you own a gun? Conn does
4. What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? Nothin'. Just good ole' Diet Coke
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Only if they are taking blood.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? Love them
7. Favorite Christmas movie? Christmas Vacation
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Diet Coke
9. Can you do push ups? Yes
10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? My wedding ring
11. Favorite hobby? traveling
12. Do you have A.D.D.? No
13. What's one trait you hate about yourself? Terrible at words of affirmation
14 Middle name? Markell
15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment? I love when it is nap time, what is Conn watching (the movie Rounders), looks interesting
16. Name 3 things you bought yesterday? Nap mat for Maggie, 2 matching outfits for the girls for winter, gas
17. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? Diet Coke, Tea, Water
18. Current worry? Will it rain on mine and Conn's trip
19. Current hate right now? my body (except for my belly)
20. Favorite place to be? on vacation
21. How did you bring in the New Year? I think it has been different every year
22. Where would you like to go? Anywhere
23. Name three people who will complete this? hmmmmmm........
24. Do you own slippers? Nope
25. What shirt are you wearing? Green tank top that is slowly creeping up my growing belly
26. What year would you go back in time to? First years of our marriage
27. Do you whistle? Yes
28. Favorite color? Black
29. Would you be a pirate? No, but Maggie would. :)
30. Favorite girl's name? Oh, that is hard. I've already used two of my favorites, though.
31. What songs do you sing in the shower? Whatever is stuck in my head at the time.
32. What's in your pocket right now? No pocket...pajama pants
33. Last thing or person that made you laugh? Conn
34. Worst injury you've ever had? Does giving birth count?
35. Do you love where you live? At the moment...yes!
36. How many TVs do you have in your house? 3
37. Who is your loudest friend? Most everyone is louder than I am. But, probably Sarah.
38. How many dogs do you have? NONE....NEVER!!!!!
39. Does someone have a crush on you? Conn
40. What is your favorite book(s)? I think the last book I read was in college.
41. Favorite candy? anything sour
42. Favorite Sports Team? Astros
43. What were you doing 12 AM last night? Watching a movie and browsing the computer
44. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? I LOVE that my girls sleep soooooo late...10:00a.m.
44. Do you have any odd habits? I iron EVERY piece of clothing the girls and I wear (Conn does his own, as well)
45. Who do you live with? Conn, Lily, Maggie, and Cash :)
46. Who was the last person you visited with? Conn
47. First thing you think of when you think of high school? DRAMA!
48. What would you do if you won a million dollars? tithe, buy Conn his dream truck, build a vacation home somewhere, travel, give some away, etc.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

24 Week Baby Bump

Well, I am almost 25 weeks (this Friday), but these updates and pics are from 24 weeks. Cash may still be little, BUT he is a big mover and kicker!

Week Twenty-Four
  • Bring on the bulk! Baby gains about 6 ounces this week. The weight is in muscle, bone mass and organs.
  • His body begins to fill out with his appearance increasingly becoming more like a newborn.
  • Taste buds begin to form. If mom drinks something strange or bitter, baby may be observed showing his distaste.
  • Little creases have appeared on his palms. The muscular coordination of his hands has improved as he sucks his thumb.
  • Over the next seven days the sweat glands will be forming in the skin.
  • His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" and cells that produce surfactant, a substance that helps the air sacs inflate easily.
  • This week your baby is officially considered viable.
  • Baby weighs 1.3 pound (600gm) and is 11.8 inches (30cm) long -- almost the length of a ruler!

24 weeks. Click for larger view. 24 week, 3d U/S. hands at 24 weeks

Monday, August 25, 2008

Two Post's In One

One Man's Trash...Another Man's Treasure

My mom and I (along with the girls) scored these finds at some garage sales a couple of weeks ago. We have always loved garage sales and have gone to them for as long as I can remember. Some are good, some are great, and some...well, you do the quick drive by. We have it down to an art!

I bought 29 pieces of clothing for Cash for just $12.25! Yes, I said 29 things!!!!! These weren't just any clothes, these were from Janie and Jack, Baby Gap, Children's Place, and Gymboree.

We then went to an Estate Sale and found some old record albums. We are decorating Cash's room in a vintage guitar/music theme. We are going to have a wall with a group of album covers hanging on it.

Our last stop was at a storage building where a man was cleaning out his storage unit. Crazy, I know. He just had a sign put up in front of the storage buildings. We weren't expecting to find much, but all of the items were beautiful pieces of antique furniture. Conn and I have been looking for two bed side tables for probably the whole 8 years we have been married. We never wanted to spend much, so when I came across these, I couldn't resist. I bought BOTH pieces for $125!

No, we didn't purchase these two girls. :) I figured since they were such troopers, I had to add them in on this post as well!

Just Chillin'

I walked in the living room the other day, and this is seriously how I found my Lily Belle watching T.V. It made me laugh. Describes her personality perfectly!

She caught me taking her picture. :)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Happy 9th Birthday, Cade Philip!

Our sweet nephew is 9 years old today! We love you, Cade! Thanks for loving your cousins like you do, and for making us laugh...HARD!!! Hope it is a great one!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Boys, Boys, Boys

Well, it is official! Toni, the final pregnant girl in our Small Group, found out today that she is having a boy. There are 3 of us that are pregnant and we are due in Oct, Dec, & Jan., with all boys! What is even more crazy, is that all of us ONLY have girls right now. So, these boys will be a first for us all! I can't wait until Cash, Weston, and Carter are all here together! Let the fun begin!

Stacy, Me, Amy (NOT pregnant), & Toni
Small Group Cruise '08

Monday, August 18, 2008

Did It Again

We're just so stinkin' popular! What can I say! Ha! :) I mentioned a while back how a Gulf Shores site used our photos for their web page. Well, looks like we made it on another one. Man, we should start charging for this stuff. :)

Copy and paste the link below and watch the slide show:

55 Things About Me

1. What time did you get up this morning? 9:30

2. Diamonds or pearls? diamonds

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Batman, The Dark Knight

4. What is your favorite TV show? Amazing Race

5. What do you usually have for breakfast: whatever the girls have left on their plates

6. What is your middle name? Markell

7. What food do you dislike? Cooked vegetables

8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? JB Barnett or Colbie Calliat

9. What kind of car do you drive? Tan Ford Expedition

10. Favorite sandwich? Grilled Chicken from Sonic

11. What characteristic do you despise? Wanna -be's (is that a real word?)

12.Favorite item of clothing? Jeans

13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Heck, if it is vacation, I'll go anywhere!

14. Favorite brand of clothing? ??? If it fits and looks cute, I'll buy it.

15. Where would you retire? Do pastor's and their wives ever retire? Hmmm.... :) Well, if they do, we probably wouldn't retire to just one place. We would just travel non-stop and live it up in glorious hotels!

16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? Haven't really had one. Maybe the Big 3-0 will do the trick and Keith Urban will show up at my party!

17.Favorite sport to watch? Gymnastics or Baseball

18. Farthermost places you are sending this? Whoever reads this blog that lives the farthest away (please leave a comment if it is you) :)

19.Person you expect to send it back first? Who knows.

20.When is your birthday? January 19, 1979

22.What is your shoe size? ??? 9

23.Pets? NONE!!!!

24.Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? I think we have shared most of it. We're not secret keepers. Ask, we'll tell.

25. What did you want to be when you were little? A mom and a teacher

26. How are you today? Laid back and on the go as usual.

27. What is your favorite candy? Anything! I love it all!

28. What is your favorite flower? Lilies, of course! :)

29. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? Sept 15-21 when Conn and I get away, by ourselves, for 7 days! And of course, somewhere around December 12!

30. What is your full name? Ashley Markell McWhorter

31. What are you listening to right now? silence and the hum of the refrigerator

32. What was the last thing you ate? a cupcake from my nephews birthday party

33. Do you wish on stars? no.

34. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? black.

35 How is the weather right now? hot & humid

36 Favorite Restaurants: Any. I LOVE to eat out!

37. Favorite soft drink: Diet Coke…LOVE it!

39. Real hair color? ??? Dirty blonde

40. What was your favorite toy as a child? Babies and School Supplies/Teacher Stuff

41. Summer or winter? Summer - b/c of the weather Winter- b/c of the clothes

42. Hugs or kisses? depends on the day

43. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

44. Coffee or tea? Tea

45. Do you want your friends to email you back? Of course.

46. When was the last time you cried? Tonight at church

47. What is under your bed? Luggage, pack-n-play, Lily's travel blow-up mattress

48. What did you do last night? Drove home from the beach, ate dinner at Sonic, put the girls to bed at 7:30, watched the Olympics, blogged

49. What are you afraid of? Having blood drawn

50. Salty or sweet? bitter or hot? Sweet and Bitter

51. How many keys on your key ring? One

52. How many years at your current job? 4

53. Favorite day of the week? Friday

54. How many towns have you lived? A TON: Shreveport, LA - Breckenridge, CO - Waller, TX - Cypress, TX - Rosehill, TX - College Station, TX - Nashville, TN - Montgomery, TX - The Woodlands, TX

55. Do you make friends easily? sure

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Home Again, Home Again...

We just returned from a 6 day trip to the beach with our friends and their sweet families, the Young's and the Jett's. The mommies went up with the kiddos last Monday, and then the daddies joined us Thursday night. We had a great, crazy, and LOUD, fun time!! The beach house was perfect, but a little tight for our forever growing families - maybe 900 sq. ft. It just brought us all so much closer. :) We played on the beach all day, chased around kids, raced golf carts, watched numerous dress-up and talent shows, and PRAYED for bed time to come soon. Then, when it was nice and quiet, the adults stayed up late watching the Olympics, rockin' it out on the Wii, telling funny stories, and just living life. Thanks Amy, for putting all of this together. It was perfect. Can't wait until next summer with one...maybe two...well, maybe three other little loves joining us on our trips?! HA! :)

Amy's parents (Nanny and Pops) joined us for a day

This is what happens when you're surrounded by girls!