Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Photo Dump Wednesday: Now, that's a first!

The last 2 weeks have been rather busy. I have been focused on my family, my day job and AyoBE Boutique. It has been a busy but rewarding time as well and I am excited for the holiday season. 

We had a couple of firsts in the last 2-weeks. 

JAE had her 18-month wellness check and she did GREAT! She is very smart and even though she keeps us on our toes, her pediatrician says she is progressing well.

An awesome first is that she started trying to talk more as opposed to just pointing for stuff. In addition, she enjoys playing on her own or watching the iPAD and can select her own shows (Disney Jr. and Amazon prime shows). I know not all moms agree with letting their kids play with the iPAD at such a young age. However, I feel like she is learning a lot from it and I credit it with teaching JOE her vocabulary :-).

We are prepping for JOE's birthday in less than 2 weeks. I can't believe how quickly these 4 years have gone by. It is like I blinked and she is turning 4!
Anyways, here's a picture of her cake. She picked it out from the options I gave her. It won't include the towers on top. Just the single layer. 

So if you've been following my blog, you know that doing JOE's hair can be a chore for me. Well, a couple of weekends ago, J went to get his monthly hair cut and I figured I'd ask if they can do JOE's hair as well. 

Queue in JOE's first visit to a hair stylist. 

They were able to squeeze her in and JOE loved every minute of it! And did not complain, even once. I mean, I watched the lady very keenly and with the exception of the products used, she did the same thing I do. So why does JOE complain and fuss so much when I am doing her hair? I don't know but it was a welcomed relief to have someone else do her hair. 
J and I have decided to take JOE there once a month to give me a bit of a break. WOOHOO!!!

She also got her first trim. You should have seen her. She got so scared that we were going to cut her hair. So much so that she started crying. The hair stylist was sympathetic and made sure she showed JOE just how much she took off. She took off about an inch. It wasn't much but by JOE's reaction, you'd think she took off 6 inches.

She was happy again after the stylist put down her scissors.

Her hair was braided. 

And we're good to go. Start to finish was about 35-minutes. So why does it take 90 when I do it?

The next morning, we went out for breakfast. I love our mommy/daughter selfies.

That afternoon, I finished a tee for AyoBE Boutique. Well, JOE was all too happy to model it for me.

We began the process of painting our pumpkins 3-weeks ago. We had to paint it and got so busy we put off the actual decorating for a week. 
Well, the Monday before last, we finally were able to finish our pumpkins. 

J is "humpty", JOE is the pretty pink and purple, JAE is the green and pink (she likes pink and purple too but I wanted her to have her own unique pumpkin. And I am the golden pumpkin that says "Happy Fall".

We have another couple of busy weeks ahead. I often post AyoBE Boutique brand updates and quick person updates on my Instagram accounts daily so if you're not already doing so, be sure to follow me. 

Have a fabulous week and remember to be kind to strangers!


  1. She looks so happy getting her hair done. 35 min is more like it. I am excited for getting to do Emilia's hair someday.

    1. She sure was. And already talks about going back with her dad. The one thing I know I'll do next time though is send them there with the products for her hair because her hair started to unravel within minutes after those pictures were taken.

      You'll be doing Emilia's hair before you know it :-).

  2. It's because you're her mom and she knows that you'll love her even if she gives you a hard time while doing her hair, lol. But she def. looked relaxed. The way she loves her hair is pretty amazing too!

    Cute pumpkins! :)

    1. You're definitely right. She even acts good with our neighbor when she does her hair. SMH. They take advantage.
      She definitely LOVES her hair :-). LOL.

      Thank you! I could have done more but was getting bitten by mosquitoes outside and this African girl was NOT in the mood for malaria :-). I know it is rare her but I still fear it.

  3. I love those pumpkins! And that cake is so fun!


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