Life Lately.

A little bit of life lately for your Thursday.

Miss Madeley is all smiles.  She’s really into scootin’ around on this thing most days.

These two stole my phone while we were outside…and this is what I found on my camera roll. xo

Every class at Ashby’s school spends the month of March studying one particular country and then at the end of the month, the parents all come to tour “around the world”.  Well, this year, Ashby’s teachers selected China as their country and our sweet girl had a ball!  I brought up some items we brought back with us from our trips to China and Ashby shared, plus they even studied Xi’an specifically (the city where Ashby is from).  The day the parents came, they had Chinese food for everyone to taste and so many crafts the students had made about China.  Here Ashby is posing with the class’s Terra Cotta Warriors…remember those…

…we visited the real things when we went to Xi’an to get Ashby!

High heels, check.  Baby in a stroller, check.  The cutest little mommy around, check, check!

Some days, we stay in our pajamas and scoot around the driveway.

She LOVES to “ride” her bike!

Lunch outside with my lovely girls.

Samuel came to Ashby’s t-ball game on Friday night.  Here is what I think is going on in their heads.  Madeley: Samuel, we do not suck our thumb.

Madeley: Samuel, look at my mommy and smile for the camera.

Samuel: Please leave me alone.

Samuel: Thanks for rescuing me Aunt Shay.

Samuel: She’s back.

Samuel: Sigh.

After Ashby and Bowen’s t-ball game, we went to the new custard place in town to try it out.

Big group picture!  It wasn’t until later that I realized Nixon was not in the picture.  I swear he was there!  Where did he go?!

Chilly Saturday morning snuggles in the stands with my big and little watching Smith play baseball.

Smith totally had that coming. 😉

After the big kids’ game, the little kids had one…and sweet Nixon played with Madeley the whole time.  Here he is rolling a baseball back and forth to her.  They’re so sweet together!

On Saturday night, my parents hosted Andrew’s birthday party.  I felt extremely blessed to be there with my grandparents.  Love them all so much!

It was a fiesta theme!  The food was delish!

He makes 36 look so good!

Papa Jay with his two grandbabies!

She’s learned how to swing herself :).  The thing is, she can’t get up on the swing by herself (because that requires using two hands and she can’t put pressure on her right hand)…but, once she’s up there, she can swing high all day long.

It never gets old spending my days with this one.  (And pssssst: several people asked about my top, it’s from Loft 🙂 .

That’s a little life lately.


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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog April 6, 2017 at 4:49 am

    The giant bows are so cute! They remind me of Blossom from the Powerpuff Girls!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Jenn April 6, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Where is the neclace from in your last picture?? I love it!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 6, 2017 at 5:42 am

      Stella & Dot 🙂

  • Beth April 6, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Such a random question, but do you do anything special to keep your granite countertops so clean? I find mine sometimes streaking but am not sure what to use.

    • Mix and Match Mama April 6, 2017 at 5:41 am

      I use 409 for granite (it comes in a grey and black bottle). Until I found that, everything else made streaks too!

  • Courtney April 6, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Ahh – I love that top (Loft)! What size did you buy?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 6, 2017 at 5:41 am


  • Erika Slaughter April 6, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Your Madeley and Samuel dialogue was my favorite!! It appeared as though you were totally reading their minds. Too funny!

  • Bailey Bryant April 6, 2017 at 5:24 am

    So, Ashby looks about 12 in some of those pics. And Samuel is so stinkin’ cute!! He looks so much like Catherine, but has Sean’s features (blue eyes/blonde hair). Looks like he and Madeley will have a special bond, too.

  • Shelby Allen April 6, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Where are those wedges from? Too CUTE!!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 6, 2017 at 5:40 am

      I bought them last spring! They’re Steve Madden :).

  • Sarah April 6, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Awwww Madeley looks SO HAPPY!!!! Your kids are seriously adorable!!! Happy belated birthday to Andrew!


  • Narci Dreffs April 6, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Such a precious picture of you and Madeley! What a sweet week you’ be had, friend! The series of shots between Madeley and Samuel are so cute! Xoxo

  • Teresa April 6, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Where did you buy your black button down top from? I love a good black button down that won’t fade! And your grandma’s are so stylish!!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 6, 2017 at 6:07 am

      It’s from Nordstrom. The brand is NYDJ :).

  • Lauren April 6, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Love your cross necklace in the last picture. Where is it from??

    • Mix and Match Mama April 6, 2017 at 6:48 am

      Stella & Dot!

  • Carly M April 6, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Madeley and Samuel have made my day.
    She looks so at home and at ease with her people. Happy Thursday!

  • Mary Woods April 6, 2017 at 6:17 am

    What color lipstick are you wearing in the last picture? You look great!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 6, 2017 at 6:48 am

      Thank you! That’s Bobbi Brown’s Bikini Pink:)

  • Sheaffer Sims April 6, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Fun week for y’all! Loved M being a mommy in her heels with the stroller! Great last picture of you two! Oh, and where’s the new custard place in town?!?

  • KimW April 6, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Wow – look at the difference in Ashby’s facial expression now and then when you are in the picture with the terra cotta soldiers!! Adoption IS amazing and God is so good !! Such happiness on her face now!!! I love seeing that! And Madeley is just the cutest!

  • Megan April 6, 2017 at 6:39 am

    I love that Ashby’s class chose to learn about China! I wish we were able to see the terra-cotta warriors on one of our trips but both of our girls are from Zhengzhou. So much fun!

  • Jordan April 6, 2017 at 6:41 am

    In the first picture of cute Madeley scooting around, where is your rug from that is barely peeking out? I’ve been looking for a new one in what I think looks like that color scheme! Any chance you have a picture of it?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

      It’s online from Chip & Joanna Gaines collection.

  • Mary Beth April 6, 2017 at 6:51 am

    where are your jeans from in the picture with your grandparents? I just love the color?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 6, 2017 at 7:02 am

      J Crew toothpick jeans are my FAVORITE!!

  • Alexis deZayas April 6, 2017 at 7:12 am

    That picture of you + Sean and your grandparents is a framer!

  • Laci April 6, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Looking at that picture of when you first got Ashby does not even resemble the smiley girl she is now! Wow-so good! Love those Madeley and Samuel pics, lol. They are too cute!!

  • Jenny April 6, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Such a beautiful collage of your week! I love the paint color on your Island in the picture of Madeley. Do you by chance remember the paint color name? I’ve been on a hunt for a color like that. My husband built me a barn door in front of my laundry room/pantry That color would be perfect for the door and my island.

    • Mix and Match Mama April 6, 2017 at 8:22 am

      It’s a blend. Boo. Sorry! It’s finished with black though when they antiqued it.

  • Nicole April 6, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Samuel & Madely look so much alike in those close up pictures of them together!! So sweet!

  • Jessica April 6, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Are you earrings in the last pic Stella & Dot too? Love ’em! Happy to see you’ve had such a sweet week!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 6, 2017 at 8:22 am

      They’re Kendra Scott 🙂

  • Erin Port April 6, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Love seeing your sweet family! Your grandparents are darling! Aren’t grandparents the best? We have 3 living grandparents between my husband and I. His Grandma just turned 97! What a treasure she is and the best stories from farm life in the great depression! Have a great day! xoxo ERIN

  • Kelly April 6, 2017 at 8:13 am

    It’s a wonderful life, lately:)

  • Whitney Pegram April 6, 2017 at 8:17 am

    The picture of you & Madeley is a framer for sure!!

  • Laura @ Laura Likes Design April 6, 2017 at 8:19 am

    The dialogue between miss Madeley and little Samuel was just so cute!!

  • Lynn April 6, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Shay! I love waking up to your blog, it truly inspires me! Thank you for that! Do you know the wash of the toothpick jeans? I love them and of course probably need them! haha

    • Mix and Match Mama April 6, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Ugg. I don’t! I wish I could remember. Parker maybe???

  • Nicole D. April 6, 2017 at 9:06 am

    The commentary on the Samuel pictures had me laughing out loud!

  • Jenna April 6, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Time with family and grandparents is the best. Love all the pictures of your family and life lately. It looks a lot like ours too, all the sports and lots of family time. Have a great day Shay!

  • Angela Ellingson April 6, 2017 at 9:13 am

    So much cuteness!! Samuel in that baseball cap is beyond adorable! And I LOVE how your family celebrates everyone’s birthday!

  • Lea April 6, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Shay- what size are you wearing in the black button down with your grand parents? Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 6, 2017 at 10:41 am


  • Kerry April 6, 2017 at 9:23 am

    The very first picture of the two girls should totally be blown up for the wall in your house with the candid photos. Their smiles are precious. I’m smitten! Love candid photos!

  • Ariadna April 6, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I love finding random pictures on my phone, specially sweet selfies of my little one! So cute!!

  • Corbie April 6, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Agreed! The commentary on the pictures made me laugh out loud this morning! Funny!!

  • Amanda April 6, 2017 at 10:08 am

    You are so precious. As are all of your darling children. This is a bright spot to come on the internet. Thanks for that.

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World April 6, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Sweet Samuel! I could just eat that little chunk up! He is so stinking cute and he is the perfect cross between Sean and Catherine!

  • Shannon Leyerle April 6, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Just have to say that the people in your family age very well! Your grandparents look so young and healthy.

  • Jeanie April 6, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Little Samuel is so cute! I chuckled out loud looking at his pictures.

  • Jessica April 6, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Each one of these photos is cuter than the next! You have a lovely family for sure!

  • Cynthia Brewer April 6, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Shay – I had to share this with you: – 10 wardrobe essentials for French style by
    Justine Leconte officiel – I just stumbled upon this fashion designer on youtube – a fascinating young french lady with lots of fun fashion advice. As a fellow ‘francophile’ I thought of you immediately – (maybe someday my three years of high school French will be of use, lol). Bless you and your sweet family. (Enjoyed your happy hour talk with Jamie Ivey btw.) A Fort Worth friend. 🙂

  • Heather April 7, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I would love to see a post about what you wear to all those littles baseball games!!!