Life lately.

It’s life lately!

Okay, anyone else feeling a little frazzled right now?!

Me oh my oh!

I am so excited about the end of school…but gee whiz, things get CRAZY!  I feel like the kiddos all have a ton of events this time of year (kinder round up, Mother’s Day breakfasts, Field Day, splash day, end of the year parties, teacher appreciation week, recital costume week, volleyball end of season party, and on and on and on!).  All super fun stuff…it’s just all happening in one month (and then some!).  I’m not complaining, just confessing that at this very moment, I’m in my gym clothes, very dirty (because who has time to shower?!) wondering how on earth I’m going to get all my stuff done today.  Anyone else?  Sometimes, it’s just good to know that there are other dirty moms out there hustling to get their stuff done too 🙂 .

So, before I dash off to you know…do stuff…here’s a little look at life lately.  Spoiler alert: loads of outside stuff!

We were in the eye doctor waiting room when Ashby found this very old magazine and told me that guy looked like Uncle Seanie.  Hahahahahaha!  #becauseitis

A girl and her dog.

Friends, best thing we ever did was get two dogs.  Frenchie has brought out this new life in Poppy (our older dog!).  It has been so much more fun than I ever imagined!

My loves.  We were outside about to grill dinner.  I couldn’t love these people more.  And side note, Poppy was too busy walking around the pool to take a family pic.

We were making a pie together.  In our pjs.

This is our Ashby.  So full of spunk!!!

We are enjoying our Saturdays this May!  In between volleyball and baseball, we’ve been in the pool!

These two love their bubble baths!

Monday evening view.

I was sitting outside with the dogs the other morning and we tried to take a selfie.  They just wanted to kiss me instead.

On Tuesday night, we had kindergarten roundup.  I mean…when did she get this big?????

Ashby and Bowen were so excited to go to “the big kids” school and totally fit right on in 🙂 .

I cannot believe this girl is about to be in kindergarten.

That’s life lately. xo

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog May 10, 2018 at 4:39 am

    So many fun outdoor activities! Good to see the whole family’s enjoying the warmer weather. 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • polly peterson May 10, 2018 at 4:47 am

    The pool that you show must be really close by. So lucky to have such a nice one so close that you can go to so easily!

    • Melissa May 10, 2018 at 9:43 am

      She has a pool at home…

    • Dani May 10, 2018 at 10:13 am

      It’s their own pool–in their backyard. So pretty, isn’t it?

    • Samantha May 10, 2018 at 10:34 am

      that’s her backyard! 😍

  • Elspeth Mizner May 10, 2018 at 5:30 am

    The end of the year is always so crazy but so much fun!! Good Lucia Ish these last few weeks!

  • Mary May 10, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Ashby has grown so tall and looks ready for kindergarten! How many more surgeries will she need to have, is there an end point in sight? My heart breaks just thinking about anyone saying anything ugly to her. Children can be so cruel to other children, so can adults for that matter. You have a beautiful, beautiful family, enjoy all the full and crazy days, they fly by in such a flash!

    • Mix and Match Mama May 10, 2018 at 5:49 am

      Unfortunately, there is no end in sight. There might be a stopping point (so that her veins can recover from the trauma), but not really an actual end (at this point). Thank you for your prayers and love. xo

      • Mother Henn May 10, 2018 at 7:09 am

        Oh, wow….I imagine that’s a hard thing to grasp when it comes to your child. You all have continued prayers from our hearts too.

      • Ksenija Zver May 10, 2018 at 9:03 am

        Such brave girl who is loved by so many people.

  • Lesley McFarland May 10, 2018 at 5:44 am

    Bring on summer!! It cannot get here fast enough

  • Erika Slaughter May 10, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Me!!!! I’m waving my white mom flag over here!! Hahahaha!!! And you might have been able to talk me into one dog but two?!

  • Sheaffer Sims May 10, 2018 at 5:50 am

    That last picture of Ashby absolutely melts my heart!!!!

  • Narci Dreffs May 10, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Yep! It’s crazytown over here also! That picture of you and the kids outside is so cute!!

  • Tina M May 10, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Cracking up at your dirty moms comment. Truth.

    • Mix and Match Mama May 10, 2018 at 6:58 am

      Like, I’ve been dirty all week. Hahahaha!

  • Erica May 10, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Shay, I’m blown away by how much Ashby’s arm and hand is improving!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama May 10, 2018 at 6:58 am

      Thank you 🙂

  • Anna B May 10, 2018 at 6:58 am

    On the search for a new bathrobe – where did you find your cute and cozy one??

    • Mix and Match Mama May 10, 2018 at 7:01 am

      It’s barefoot dreams!!

  • Ashley W May 10, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Hi Shay! I have on my menu for the week to make “Shredded Chicken over mashed veggies” but I can’t find it on your site again… eek! I’m sure it’s super easy because we have loved your recipes!

    • Mix and Match Mama May 10, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Oh gosh…I’m trying to think??? Email me! Let’s figure it out together!

  • Taylor May 10, 2018 at 7:19 am

    I can totally relate to the no shower comment and I don’t even have kids! lol. May is such a busy month for my family too but it’s also my favorite month so I’m trying to soak it all in before it’s over. So many weddings, birthdays, Mother’s Day, graduation parties..etc.

  • Sandra May 10, 2018 at 7:21 am

    That last picture is a framer! So precious….

  • Rachel May 10, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Love these pictures of your sweet Ashby 🙂 Yes! May is crazy for us! One in baseball, two are playing softball, end of the year award ceremonies & banquets and remembering all. the. stuff. (green shirt on friday, red shirt on monday, water bottle, etc.) Bring on summer!

  • Chasity May 10, 2018 at 8:00 am

    This is our first year with recital, end of school year activities, etc and it’s been craaazzzyy! I’m so not used to this yet, but it’s been fun so far!!

  • Alexandra C May 10, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Hi Shay! I saw your post on Insta the other day about the girls asking about Ashby’s arm and I don’t want to be crossing a line so feel free not to clear this comment, but what specific prayers does she need? Pain? Procedures to be less frequent? Her spirit? The battle your girl is fighting just breaks my heart.

    • Mix and Match Mama May 10, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Well, thank you so much!! Specific things we are praying about are: that she can be in as little pain as possible, wisdom for her doctors as they make decisions moving forward, her spirit and mental strength (this is getting harder!), and advances in technology/medicine. Thank you so much, Alexandra.

      • Liz THORSON May 10, 2018 at 2:28 pm

        Shay, your reply to Alexandra C., just breaks my mama heart for you , Ashby and your family. As mamas, we just want to take away our childrens’ struggles of any kind–physical, emotional, mental or psychological. We want them to be happy, accepted, loved, successful and fulfilled, everyday of their lives. I am so happy Ashby is you and Andrew’s daughter. I know you two will forever be seeking the best care and treatment for her. She is so precious to all of us who have come to love her through your blog. I adore Kensington, Smith and Madeley, too, but Ashby holds a special place of her own in my heart.❤️

      • Alexandra C May 10, 2018 at 3:04 pm

        Absolutely. Will add her to my daily journaling.

  • Sara May 10, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Our private school gets out for the summer TODAY!!!! Whoop!!!!! Which means we have lots of downtime in May while our public school friends are still in school, but we make our bucket list for May and try to go to lots of places that are open yet won’t be as crowded as they will be in June-August.

    And! Post suggestion – bathing suits for our kiddos! I have trouble finding suits for my 10 and 8 year old that are modest but allow for easy bathroom access, if you know what I mean =) Affordable but don’t wear out by the second month of summer. What are your kid summer swim suit tips?

  • Lynn Winter May 10, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Summer in Texas is wonderful, right? I know I will die when mine goes to kindergarten, but she looks so excited.

  • Melanie May 10, 2018 at 8:44 am

    I want to thank you for doing the #photoadayinmay2018 on Instagram. My daughter and I have both been doing it and it’s been fun. Sometimes, we even ask each other about a picture before we post it, LOL. It’s not a big deal, but, hey….we are women! Anyway, it’s been a fun mother/daughter activity.

    • Mix and Match Mama May 10, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      I love this, Melanie!! That is too fun!

  • heather May 10, 2018 at 9:05 am

    I just love that duck floaty. My kids would go crazy over that!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick May 10, 2018 at 9:22 am

    I can’t believe Ashby and Bowen will be in kindergarten next year!! I don’t want my kids to get older but I don’t want y’all’s to either!! haha. They are going to love school though!
    That Inspired Chick

  • Kristin Tate May 10, 2018 at 9:28 am

    I’m sure all moms everywhere snickered at the “dirty moms out there hustling to get their stuff done too” comment, I know I did! We are running on 3 day dirty hair, scuffed up nail polish, and caffeine!

    • Mix and Match Mama May 10, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      All the caffeine!

  • Ella May 10, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Ashby and Bowen going to kindergarten is just the cutest thing. She looks so excited.
    Your pool looks amazing along with the Texas sunshine!

  • Darcy May 10, 2018 at 10:08 am

    So fun! And your first picture/comment cracked me up! It’s like when you realize your teachers don’t live at school…..and when you realize your Uncle is a little famous. 😉

  • Janet May 10, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Such precious dogs! What breeder did you get them from?

    • Mix and Match Mama May 10, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      One in California! I’d be happy to connect you! email me!

  • Yley Allen May 10, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Oh man- I can definitely relate to you May “crazies”!! I only have 1 kid and my schedule this month is CRAZY- plus it’s my busiest month for work. I’m also having a tough time fitting it all in. Baseball games, end of season party, Kinder Carnival, Kinder Graduation(EEEKK!! Already?), Graduation party, birthday parties, teacher appreciation week, one last field trip,the list goes on… I’m looking forward to relaxing on vacation next month! I’m earning it this month for sure!

  • Missy May 10, 2018 at 11:29 am

    The countdown is on! My baby boy is graduating high school in a short 15 days. I cry on a regular basis these days and expect to be a basket case by the time graduation arrives. I swear I didn’t blink. Our babies grow up entirely too fast!!

  • Meg May 10, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Where are K’s cute pineapple shoes from? My daughter would love those!

    • Mix and Match Mama May 10, 2018 at 1:23 pm


  • Liz May 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Amen and I don’t have little ones. But if you could convince my 19 yr old to get off his bootie and get his license that would be great (who has to convince a teenager!!?? Thankfully Grace is taking hers next week. Whew…

    Anywho….glad y’all are having so much fun outside. Good luck with all the activities!!

  • Angela Ellingson May 10, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I’m totally right there with you!! Can hardly keep up!

  • Kat May 10, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    I absolutely love reading your Life Lately posts! Ashby is growing up so beautifully. Random question but wanted to ask which flea control you use for your dogs since they are outside often. You always share beauty and fashion finds so was also curious which pet products you prefer on your fur babies! Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama May 11, 2018 at 4:44 am

      That falls under “Andrew”…kid medicine, would be a Shay question, flea and tick medicine, is an Andrew question. I know he gives them some sort of monthly heart-worm pill that also prevents fleas and ticks plus, we have our yard sprayed as well.

  • Erin Port May 10, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Nothing better than spending time by the pool as a family! My parents have that duck floaty and we all took turns, it was a hit! xoxo ERIN

  • Ashley May 10, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Shay! I’m a reader from AZ! So I’m wondering why Smith is throwing up a pitchfork (the hand signal for Arizona State University) in your outdoor family selfie?!

    • Mix and Match Mama May 11, 2018 at 4:43 am

      I think he’s just being a crazy 8 year old. Hahahaha!

  • suzy May 10, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    I love the family picture on the porch….look at yours and smith’s eyes…..then look at Kensington and Andrew’s eyes. So adorable! Ashby looks precious sitting at her kindergarten desk….so big and beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Dennae May 10, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    I always love reading your posts. Have you done a post on where you buy you bathing suits? If not I would love some suggestions. 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama May 11, 2018 at 4:43 am

      Almost all of them (seriously, like 99%) come from Athleta!

  • Bridget May 10, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Yes…end of year is always crazy… our school year in Australia finishes in December. Last year it was December 22nd… Xmas shopping/kids events/ extreme heat….takes it to a whole new crazy level!!

  • JJ Cush May 10, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    What a cute pool floatie! We just moved to a new house with a pool and I have no idea how to store pool toys. What do you do with them? Am I supposed to dry them before I put them away? Help!

    • Mix and Match Mama May 11, 2018 at 4:42 am

      We just leave them in our pool all the time. At the end of the summer, when we put them away, we just deflate them and they fold right up.

  • Grace May 11, 2018 at 1:27 am

    Hi Shay! When you got each of your dogs, did you purposely choose girls vs. boy dogs? Did your breeder steer you that way or was it a family choice? Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama May 11, 2018 at 4:42 am

      Growing up, both mine and Andrew’s parents always had girl dogs…so, we’ve kept the tradition alive in our family too.

  • Kelli Crough May 11, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Hi Shay-I live in Cali and would love the name of the dog breeder you got Frenchie from. And enjoy every second with your kiddos, even the end of school crazy ones because you blink and they’re 18, said the mom of six whose youngest is now 21.

    • Mix and Match Mama May 11, 2018 at 9:40 am

      My Snowy River Coton!! They’re the sweetest!!!

  • Jess Murphy May 11, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    We have all the end of the year things… and we leave in 3 weeks to bring home #4 from China!!!!!!!! It’s a crazy crazy time!!! Love your family!!

    • Mix and Match Mama May 12, 2018 at 6:19 am

      No way?! That’s amazing!!!!!!!! Please send me a pic when you’re home!!

  • Nikki May 11, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Speaking of dogs, your mention of a Coton puppy (around the time you got Frenchie) and how sweet they are inspired us to get one for us. 🙂 🙂 I was not aware of this breed and the links that you provided help me find an ethical breeder in our area. Our “Jimbo” has been a pure delight in our house and has brought so much joy in to our lives. Thank you so much!!

    • Mix and Match Mama May 12, 2018 at 6:19 am

      Ahhhhhh! This makes me so happy, Nikki!!

  • Kelly May 16, 2018 at 7:57 am

    I always enjoy your life lately posts and this one is no exception. That last picture of Ashby is just beautiful!!