The fact that my aunt rented a dunk tank for a party with her friends tells you a lot about her…and about my uncle. They know how to have fun and welcome others into that fun. Not only did their friends get to take turns nominating each other to get dunked, they raised a ton of money for a local special needs school just because they could. Dunking your friends is even more fun when each dunk benefits kids. I love that.

We took advantage of their rental before it had to be returned. I’m thinking this would be such a fun option for a birthday party for the boys…or a stress reliever for me.


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Happy Monday!

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  • Amy Espinosa @the little farm diary - O.K……. never thought of this! LOVE IT! I’m so keeping this in mind for next summer! Love the pics!

  • Kelli Thompson - This is just one of the reasons we have loved D/S for years!

  • Jennifer - What fun!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I bet they had a blast!

  • Amy - We rented a dunk tank for my son’s 9th birthday party and it was a huge hit. I tried for several years to find a used on on craigslist or other places, but I’ve had no luck. My boys still talk about the “best party ever”!

  • Ashley - oh these made me smile. So much love these pictures share. How fun is that, totally taking this idea!!!

They are both constantly singing, dancing and twirling. Song requests come from sun up to sun down. We joke that my oldest daughter’s motto is “Why say it when you can sing it?”  Each night she asks us to pray that she will have dreams about singing and dancing with Jesus. I love that. I love to hear their little voices and the songs they make up. They’ve recently discovered the fun of headphones. Our iPhone ear buds never stayed in their ears, so this is a new adventure.

On the one hand they look so cute there together bopping to their tunes, reminding me of my 80s childhood. On the other hand, it feels like I’m getting a glimpse of them as teenagers and they are already growing too fast!

I still remember my first mauve walkman and Tiffany tape…cue the skating rink disco ball. Then there was the Debbi Gibson perfume, Electric Youth. And then one day things got really rad and I learned to make mixed tapes. These photos of the girls will make us laugh one day as we look back at the technology of an iPhone and headphones. One day they might remember creating their first playlists on mom & dad’s phones. I try to remind myself to take pictures with current technology fairly often. When you look back at old photos (decades, centuries) it is always fun to see the technology (or lack of).

*I originally got the headphones c/o Punchdrunk Panda to use with the boys for homeschool stuff. I think the boys might have to fight the girls to get the headphones back. They are a great fit on the kids.

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  • Mek - They’re so cute!!!

  • Amy G - Oh they are such cuties! And Debbie Gibson and Tiffany?? You’re speaking my language! Debbie Gibson was my first concert (2nd being New Kids on the Block of course) I remember BEGGING my mom to let me cut a whole at the knee of my jeans so I could draw a happy face on my jeans just like Debbie. It didn’t happen. But still fun memories!

  • Bird - seeing them together is such a wonderful pic… they are not only sister, they are best friends and partners in crime.. love the one, when fire cracker looks to her sister and is laughing about something she does on her i pod… so so lovely!

    Have a wonderful weekend with a lot of singing and dancing!

  • Jennifer - Thanks for the tip to remember to take these types of photos. They are just so cute! Oh yes, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, NKOTB… bringing back the memories.

  • Amy Espinosa - One of the reasons I love coming by for a visit {besides the obvious mind-blowing photos!} is because our baby girls are 11 and 13 now, and your girls allow for my memories of them as littles to just flow and flow! Your girls are in for MANY years of good times! Enjoy watching them bloom, Ashley!

  • Sharla Stockwell - Oh yeah, my first concert was NKOTB and I loved the container for Debbie Gibson’s perfume. :) The girls are too cute. I love to watch “My Best Friend’s Wedding” where she is holding the huge cell phone in one of the final screens :)

  • Susan - Precious girls. I love watching them grow, but it does seem they are growing at a rapid pace this summer.

  • Kimberly Oyler - okay these are the cutest.

  • Jenn - Debbie Gipson. tiffany, mixed tapes. love this post. your girls are so cute. love them jammin out.
    Wilson Phillips, vanilla fields (the 80s and early 90s) :)

  • Carrie Rowe - They are adorable and now I have Electric Youth stuck in my head, ha!

  • Diana - Love this! And totally agree on the pictures of technology. And cars too. When bringing our son home from the hospital I have a picture of my husband carrying him in with our car behind him. Someday that will be fun to look back on.

  • jenny newell - how adorable :) i have some music loving little girls. we got them a karaoke machine and a frozen disc…. oh my goodness they love it so much… and it is so sweet watching them sing. i really like the idea of the headphones though… that equals happy girls… and also peace and quiet :)

  • Avenlea - Aww! Can you post a video of them singing? I would love to hear their sweet voices :)

  • Angela - What kind of stuff do they listen to? I’m asking out of curiosity because I teach preschool and sometimes run out of stuff to play for them, outside the normal (aka the Frozen soundtrack).

  • Ashley - Ashley, how do you get such great white balance? I have the same camera as you, the 6D, and I’ve taken your class a few years ago. I just can’t seem to figure out a good white balance for indoors.

Take a picture. It will last longer.

This I find to be true with just about any and all pretty organization I accomplish in my home.

We start back in our regular school routine next week, which means I got to stock up on new school supplies. Organizing school supplies makes me really happy, even if the pretty doesn’t last long.  A couple of years ago I bought an old bread baking tin (pretty sure that is not the correct name, but you get the picture). I spray painted it white and put art supplies in it. I decided to give it a another facelift and add some buckets for more order.



The buckets are from IKEA. I wish I had I bought 4 more. Next visit. A little spray paint and I was done. Yay for spray paint.8.14supplies-028.14supplies-038.14supplies-058.14supplies-06

I like being able to move all the supplies to the table at one time or just a bucket. Anything to bring more order and simplicity to our days is welcomed by me!

I took a picture. It will last longer.

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  • Lisa | Winter Heights - Haha, I so love this. Happy new school year!

  • the inadvertent farmer - We start next week too! Organizing is not my thing but I have also learned after years and years of homeschooling that a neat well organized school space is key to my sanity! Now the rest of the house all bet are off… Kim

  • Amanda - It’s called a strap loaf pan, and I can’t resist well organized art supplies. cute idea!

  • christina larsen - I Love organization!!! It makes me smile. I also love the buckets. I may have to add them to my Ikea list. Hoping to go sometime in Oct. Good luck with school. We started Challenge this week. 1st seminar is today, hoping my little man does well.

  • Emily - Oh, I do love a good organization project. That’s so pretty!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I completely agree! There is not much better than a freshly sharpened pencil.

  • carrie - Ha Ha! I have never heard that before; but truly, taking a picture will last longer! Have fun with homeschooling – what a joy and privilege it is to our family.

  • Shannon - Your supplies and school area make me want to homeschool my kid! :-)

  • jenny - excellent idea! i love it when you share ideas like this :) organizing school supplies makes me happy too. there is nothing like a bunch of brand new crayons next to freshly sharpened pencils ;)

  • elizabeth H - OH this makes me ALL KINDS OF HAPPY!!!

  • Brittany Fry - This is so cute and I love the color you chose!!! I love organized craft supplies!!!

  • danielle - That is so cute! Hobby Lobby has a lot of buckets and stuff usually. That is where I get mine.

  • Carrie Rowe - I want to live in this room.

  • Danielle - Your blog is such a happy place to come! Thank you so much for sharing! My husband and I don’t have kids yet, but I often find myself racing with my laptop to show him your blog and pictures. Your blog always serves as a reminder to be grateful for our present and to be excited about what is to come. Thanks, Ashley! You inspire me to keep blogging our story.

  • SedaSD - It looks very pretty. But do you need those many pens and pencils even for 5 kids? I find that the fewer we have of anything and everything around the house, the tidier and much organized are we.

    I also find that when we have too many supplies and stuff around, it’s harder for the kids to concentrate on something. But again, it sure looks very pretty!

  • Rebecca - I love this! I just did something similar. I had a wire holder that used to hold tempura paint. I busted out the spray paint and covered some tin cans in scrap book paper. Eight little spots to hold pencils, scissors crayons, etc.!