sunny & snowy days

Several of you have asked over the last couple months about my kids running around in shorts and no shoes. Truth be told we’ve been known to wear shorts to the mailbox in the snow. Bare feet are better than shoes around here. The other thing is, Oklahoma has crazy weather.

70s one day.

Snow the next day.

Then maybe a thunderstorm will roll in.

We don’t have seasonal clothes and we never put up the flipflops.

And the trampoline is always in use.

This was a couple of days ago.

The Super Hero crew…totally overexposed her face, but I still love it.

A couple of days later…yesterday.

It was Little One’s first snow. She was pretty indifferent about it. That snowsuit has now made it through all 5 of my kids. Size 6-9 month boy snowsuit.

It is supposed to back in the 60s by Sunday. Which is totally fine with me and the flipflops waiting by the door for my feet!

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  • Loren - Oh my goodness! I cuteness overwhelms me! Babies in snow suits are my favorite things! You have a beautiful family, thanks for sharing.

  • Sarah Pratt - Just a few hours north of you, Derby, Kansas and we have 2-3 feet of snow. But I’m like you-flip flops are my shoe of choice!

  • Necole - I am so grateful it did not snow her in North Texas. We share your same crazy weather, and there are always flip flops. Right now it is dark and rainy. Very rainy.

  • Jody - This is such a random question…but tell me about your trampoline…your kids obviously love it!! We have 4 boys and they are begging for one – but I have always been concerned about knocking teeth out or the like!! My boys are 7 and 5 year old triplets. If you get a chance, I’d love to hear your viewpoint on this…

  • the.mrs - That’s it MN I’m leaving you for OK. ;)

  • Rebecca Alexis - I grew up in Denver where we have similar weather. My mom was from Oklahoma and we used to go there quite often when I was a child. Brings back memories. lovely pics as always. xo

  • Meagan B. - Virginia has the same weather! It was upper 60′s last Friday and then it snowed on Saturday! Although I can’t really complain since I grew up in Maine where there were only two seasons. Winter and mud season! P.s. your kids are beautiful, you have inspired me to learn more about photography, and your faith encourages me often! Thanks for letting us peek in to your life :)

  • Meg - Could you please do a tutorial on how you shoot kids in action like that- especially on a tramp!

  • Nicole - Little One looks like she is saying, “Why?” or maybe I am just projecting my feelings about snow. :)

  • danielle - We really enjoyed the snow! Such cute Pics! Your kids look like a lot of fun :)

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - See, I would never ask those questions. Because it’s the same way here in Texas. Yesterday we hopped in the car in shorts and t-shirts, and 30 minutes later it had dropped to 58 degrees. Madness!
    ps- love that shot of super man hovering over the trampoline! Awesome!

  • Alice H - I’m a flip-flop lover too! I actually went outside in the snow last night to take pics of my kids playing while wearing my flip-flops. Love the close-up pic of firecracker in the snow. My kids love the trampoline also!

  • jenny - Arkansas has equally crazy weather! Right there with ya! ;)
    And how cute is Little One all bundled up!!!! :)

  • bopha - Love the 2nd pic where H is about to take out B with a little leg swipe, totally busted!

  • Jenny - The superman shot is awesome sauce!

  • Amy @ Fig Milkshakes - Wow! Arizona is the same way! I love the thought that this was Little One’s first snow!

  • Melissa - I love your blog. The pictures are the best, and they inspire me. I want to take pictures of my little one like you do yours! I’m working on it.

    http://amtruncale.blogspot.com/2013/02/absence-does-makes-heart-grow-fonder.html#!/2013/02/absence-does-makes-heart-grow-fonder.html

  • Molly - We get weather extremes here in Iowa too. We have a saying….don’t like the weather just wait til tomorrow it will be different:) Adds some spice to life. I teach and we are getting out of school early today….I am like a little kid. I.love.it.

  • Charla Lane - I love our crazy mixed up weather… I am NOT a fan of the Snow SLOP that is left today though. It is a MUDDY MESS! UGH!

  • angie - is there a specific store you find all your great super hero clothes? I have a nephews birthday coming up that could use a restock in the hero department. :)

  • Cathy S - That photo of little one in her snow suit cracked me up. It reminds me so much of how a lot of the little ones in Chinese Orphanages are so bundled up to the point of not being able to bend anything. Kind of like in the Christmas Story movie too, ha.

  • giozi - They really had fun. :)

  • Amy @ Paint Wine Repeat - Whoa! That’s a little bit of fluctuation!!
    Glad you’re enjoying the days no matter what the weather brings!

  • elizabeth - wow. that is quite the contrast! i thought we had it bad/good here in north carolina. getting all 4 seasons within a week is the norm but not this extreme.

    i love fire crackers leggings under her skirt and their matching shirts!

  • Marsha in OK - I was hoping you were able to get some photos while the snow fell yesterday! <3 Love them!

  • Emily - Dallas has the same schizophrenic weather and I MISS it. San jose (south bay in general) is so mild and predictable year round that when there’s hail (we had 5 minutes of pea-sized hail two days ago) everyone flips out about the “storm.” Californians are soft ;-)

  • Cheryl - We have the same crazy weather here in Virginia. We’ll be in coats, scarves and gloves one day, and in shorts the next. It’s insane. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I’ve never really adjusted to the weird weather here.

    LOVE the trampoline photos of your kids! Cutest super heroes ever!

  • Julie - Texas has the crazy weather, too. And I love that she’s wearing the same snowsuit as her older siblings.

  • Monica - I love Little One, she is like “mommy help me. I am stock” :)

  • Kristin Jordan - What are your camera settings for the snow pics.

  • Paige C. Decknick - Miss Ashley, I would love to know the size and maker of your family’s trampoline! It looks like it would be the perfect size for my siblings and I to share. =)

  • Mandy Jones - I am so glad to know I’m not the only one who keeps her full wardrobe ready and waiting year roung. No packing things away for this girl either. Living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, we experience very similar strange weather. This week alone we have experienced 60 degree weather, a snow day, back to the 50′s and now we are getting ice. You just never know what you’re going to get. And yes, we walk to the mail box wearing shorts and flip flops in the snow too. ;)

  • Jill - ok, ok, sorry I said I didn’t like you the other day for having sun shining pictures of kids in shorts. Now
    i think i need to move to OK. I would greatly enjoy those weather swings. what I wouldn’t give for one 60 degree day right about now!
    Little One in the snow suit – so hilarious!

  • Maize - Little One appears to be in a state of wonderment – standing there in her own personal snow globe– powder sugar falling every where. I’m jealous of her hat. I want one in Big One size. ;)

  • Susannah - Lucky you, getting changing weather and enjoying it all in a week! :-) Here we get rain, rain, more rain, about two months of sun, then back to rain. It gets a little old. ;-)

  • Victoria / Justice Pirate - This is why Oklahoma has always been my favorite state (never lived there, but I did a report on it when I was in 3rd grade and wrote letters to a woman who worked at the chamber of commerce there for a year). That just looks so awesome to me that you can have a summery day and then some wintery days mixed in. Here our winters last about 5 months long without any spring or summer until they are actual spring or summery days.
    Barefooting it is grand.

  • elizabeth H - YUP. Nashville has the same craziness … though it hasn’t reached the 70′s, only topping around the low 60′s. flip flops in 40 degree weather is what i’m known for :}
    LOVE that little superman guy of yours!!

  • Janine - I was doing some online shopping when I saw this print and I thought of your blog and you and your family. Your recent post about the boys liking birds is what made me think of it. 7 birds – 5 on one side 2 on the other and it says family. Also it’s only $14! http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1234450/-the-usual-suspects-panel-iii-canvas-wall-art-by-avery-tillmon.jsp (I have no affiliation with Kohls other than I shop there often and love their sales!)

  • Eva - These photos are so fun! And what wild weather you have had indeed.

    We’re like ya’ll…we keep flip flops on all year. Shorts and sundresses too. My kids have gone swimming already, and it’s only February.

  • Amity - Wow these are the coolest photos! Love them! We are in CA and my four kids have never experienced snow. They would love it. These photos make snow look like so much fun, and trampolines too! :)

  • Courtney - oh my goodness. these are perfect pictures. i love every one. you have a beautiful family!

  • Molly Ann Quigley - Dear Ashely Ann,

    I just recently found your blog…about 3 weeks ago, and I cannot tell you what a treasure it is! It has been a long search for me to find someone who has the same sense of decorating style and just has fun being who they are! This weekend, I am going to try your ruler bordered chalkboard. I’ll send you a picture when complete.

    And good for you for putting all these things about your kids, God, charities…I mean after all, you only have to be true to yourself and it is your blog!

    Best,
    Molly Q from Houston

  • leaves of my tree - This is incredible! Right now, I’d love an extreme. It is always gloomy and drizzly here. I need warm, spring weather, or a snow storm! I’d be happy with a snow storm!

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