UPDATE: GOOGLE READER IS NOT RELIABLE WITH MY BLOG…..don’t follow the updates it posts. Generally I post EVERY weekday.

Did your parent’s ever tell you that your face would “freeze like that”? Mine did. Well, if that could be true, there is a good chance her face might freeze like this. It is her new CONSTANT face. Kills me everytime. Goodness. And, yes, she is crawling through the excer-saucer. She doesn’t like standing in it, but crawling under it is a big hit.

Her first time to pull herself to a standing position. Funny thing is I was unloading the dishwasher and she started messing with the door. I grabbed the camera…to get another shot about how she is into everything. It wasn’t until I put the camera up that it dawned on me that she had never pulled up to standing before! I guess that is what 4 kids does to you!

Her big brothers were at the top trying to get her to climb to them. Oh the things she is already learning.

Littlest Brother taught her how to pull things out of the pantry. Thanks again brothers.

It’s hard to get frustrated with a face like this.

Well, little girl, I am not in any way bored. Thanks for making sure of that.

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  • Jaimie - She’s sooo precious! Evan used to do a similar face around that age, but it was more of a really goofy smile.

  • Jill R - Great pictures. She is so sweet and a little spunky. I just love her!

  • Shannon Phillips - OH man! I just want to squeeze her and I could just eat up those chunky little legs. Thanks for making me smile this morning baby B!

  • Erica - I love looking at pictures of your little girl! Maybe I like them so much, because I have 2 girls of my own, one being a little older than yours…She is just to precious and looks like a lot of fun!

  • SeaminglySarah - I just love that first picture. Her scrunched up face is unbelievable. I also love how you make sure to take pictures of what would seem mundane, but are records of our children that we want to always remember. I wish I had taken more videos of the sounds my daughter used to make as a newborn. Or how she mispronounces words now.

  • Ruth - Completely relate. I regularly say to the baby– “Thank you! I was afraid I wouldn’t have something to sweep up today!” :) I totally see your smile in these pics, Ashley!

  • Megan H - Too, too, too cute! Somehow she gets more adorable every time I see her.

  • dianereeves - those are great photos and look at those chub legs-cutie!

  • Erin - That face is priceless Ash! I love how you capture all those moments that seem small but are so cute and timeless..

  • Jodi - She is absolutely too cute for words! Those expressions are priceless and those photos are going to keep happy memories stored forever!!! God bless!

  • Lesley - She’s a doll! I absolutely LOVE the scrunchy face. Cute pictures all around and I really like the spacer you added between posts :)

  • ashlee - oh that face is hysterical! i love the picture of her feet when she is standing! such an interesting angle for a significant event:)

  • Shanalea - It is amazing how much one child can do. I am ok with waiting on my fourth one to get into things. I have a feeling though it will be sooner than I want.

  • Maureen - Hi Ashley – love your blog! Noticed Google Reader didn’t pick up this post today, just an fyi.

  • Sarah S - Great photos! And I’m with Maureen – Google liked you yesterday but not today. Not cool, Google!

  • amanda torres - People used to tell me that little girls were easier than boys when they are little, but in the teenage years it switches. Well, I really don’t want the teenage years because I already have a drama queen on my hands. I have NOOOOOO idea where she got that from…Anyway, I love seeing all the pics of your little lady because it looks like she could hold her own in any battle with the boys. All she has to do is throw one of those adorably chunky thighs across ‘em and they’ll be screaming, “MERCY!”

  • Teresa J - I LOVE her face in the first picture! Its oh so cute and very funny all in one.

  • Cate O'Malley - So stinkin’ cute! My now-two-year-old daughter used to climb in the dishwasher too. Her older brother never did that. Girls are definitely a wonder all to themselves.

  • Nicole - Just found your blog. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Your photography is so vivid. You have your hands full there with that one. Her expression is so intense in the first one. I agree with Jill R – Spunky!

  • Georgia Davis - Lyla is all about the dishwasher and pantry too. Great pics.

  • Lori Danelle - Oh so very cute!!! I wish mine were still that little!

    On completely unrelated news, Google Ready. . .Broken again? I don’t get it. It decided to find you for one day and then changed it’s mind? So crazy.

  • Bincy - She is just soo precious :)

  • emily anderson - cute. cute. cute.

  • Mary Craig - I am in the same boat! My youngest is 8 months and into EVERYTHING! With 6 and 4 yr olds as well, I am so worried to let her roam because they are not careful with the things they leave out on the floor. I’ve wondered how you deal with the lego pieces. Any tips? :)

  • maegan - too cute!

  • Jane - That scrunchie face is the best! She’s adorable!

  • Alba - well, well, well, it’s what live has, you have brothers, them teach you a lot of things, and you are young and tender and just learning everything ;-) take care of yourself

  • rachel denbow - I’m melting!
    It’s fun to imagine how Ruby will be doing these same things in a few months time. That face is the best.

  • katherinemarie - Too cute for words. :) Love those sweet cheeks!!!!!!!

  • Sarah - It’s never a dull moment in your home! Carter loves standing in the dishwasher too!! Great pics

  • Jolie - oh she is just the cutest little munchkin…I can see a decidedly mischievous twinkle in her eye too!!!

  • Kim - She is adorable, Ashley! simply the cutest little pudge around ;)

  • Heather - I know you probably hear this a hundred times a day, but she is so stinkin’ cute! All of your kids are. :)

  • annalea - yeah, i would be shocked if you had a chance to be bored. she is adorable. we used to call our daughter “all-terrain gia” when she would crawl through and over and on everything.

UPDATE: Google Reader likes me again???????? That’s the word. Thanks for letting me know it is working! Happy day to me.

This is how I feel this morning….

Why? Could it be a brain freeze from too much ice cream mixed with Girl Scout Cookie Thin Mints?

Or could I be tired from the sheer number of wounds (mainly facial) that are a part of my normal day?

Nope. I’m tired because I know this is a BUSY week. This is BIRTHDAY WEEK for oldest brother! (yes, we celebrate for a week around here)

That means my house is once again taken over by primary color decorations picked out (and usually made) by my son. I’ve grown an aversion to primary colors over the years. It’s his birthday week…not mine….so I give in and let ugly his killer design sense take over!

There’s a lot of projects to be made. Desserts to be eaten. And LEGO fun to be had. I’ll share all that next week….if I’m not sleeping. Oh yea – I never get to sleep.

I have some friends that aren’t sleeping too much lately either.

They have a beautiful girly reason not to sleep a full 8 hours. Goodness do they have a cute reason! Snuggled babies make me happy.

Tiny baby girl in her daddy’s big hands makes me even happier.

Tiny baby girl sleeping…well today that just makes me jealous!

Congratulations P’s on your sweet girl…she is a treasure!

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  • Alba - these eyes will make girls completely crazy in the future.

  • Jeannette Swan - Awesome pictures of that beautiful little girl – congratulations to Mommy and Daddy!

  • Lee - Gorgeous photos (and, happy day for ME!)

  • ashlee - what fun to celebrate for a week…maybe we will try that. Im sure it makes them feel soooo special:) PLEASE tell me how those pictures on your stair landing are framed or mounted. I love the grid of pictures!!

  • ari Morris - Yes!!! You’re back on Google Reader! That makes my day exta good today!
    ari

  • Greg - Ashley, the pictures are fantastic! I can’t wait to get the rest. Thanks a million…

  • Tessa - My son turns 10 this week! Can’t even believe it. I told him I am going to blink and then he will be graduating from high school. This year went so fast.

    I was excited to see you back on Google Reader! I had to laugh because the first slew of updates are all from your blog. It must have registered them as being published all on the same day. Anyway, it is awesome news!

    That baby girl is simply adorable. I want one! :)

  • ch - YAY!!!! You’re back in my reader!!! Hallelujah!

  • Shauna - Okay, so I’ll I have to do is move to Oklahoma, become your friend, have a baby, and you’ll take a picture (that might be worth it). I love how you capture moments, I only wish I could do the same. If only I was near to you, then I would for sure sign up for one of your classes.

  • christina larsen - Glad Google can read you again, YAY!!!

  • Crystal - YAY! So glad to see your blog show up in my Google Reader this am!! Yesterday was my birthday, & I’ve decided to celebrate all week!! Happy Birthday to your son!

  • ASH - happy birthday oldest brother! :) The baby girl is adorable. I love how tiny they!

  • Jaimie - Cute baby! Ashley, your home is so pretty even covered in primary colors! Happy Birthday to oldest brother!! 6!!

  • Cosa - I am SO EXCITED you are back on the reader. Finally!!

  • christina - uhm…you don’t know me…but I’m suddenly in love with the canvas above your fireplace!? Okay – so I don’t like primary colors so much either…so I was looking at the other things in the photo…and I think I love that. Can you take a picture of that to show us full on? I think I love that idea…are they boots/shoes from your family? What a great way to remember the stage of the camo muck boots and Dora crocks we have around here!

  • Kara - Google reader must enjoy the new back ground–thats why they wanted to be friends again :)

  • abbey - So excited to see you back on my reader! Love the posts.

  • betsy - YAY!!!! Google reader picked up your blog again!!! I still love coming to the site more though. All the pretty colors. :)

  • Dick - Happy Birthday to the big boy. Really enjoy the pics.

  • Jane - Happy birthday Oldest Brother!!!

  • Jesse - Gosh Ashley, hard to believe your boy is getting so big. It is hard for me to see mine grow up. And yay your in my reader!

  • maegan - Beautiful pictures. We’re having birthday week here too! Not for a kid though, so not quite as much fun, but still fun. My husband’s birthday is on Saturday.

  • Nancy - Awesome pics!
    I would love it if you would share a larger picture of what looks like your landing in picture #5 of this post. I’d love to see that display up close because it looks awesome!
    Thanks :)

  • jessica hilliker - Baby P is precious! We rejoice with them…love the shots you got of them!

I won my first ever blog award….well you won my first ever blog award for me that is! Thank you to all 120 of you that took the time to go to the site, search for my listing and leave a comment to vote for me.  Chris randomly mentioned to me the other day that he visited The Lovelies site and read through the comments you left about why you like this blog…I think it surprised him in a really great way. Surprised me in a really great way too. So thank you! I have a blog award. Whoop! Whoop!

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  • Jill R - Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! But I knew you would win…..no surprise for me.

  • Trinity - I was hoping you would win…yay! You so deserve this!

  • Johanna - I can’t believe it’s your first award! Your blog is awesome!! Congrats!

  • Alba - congratulations!
    I really like the changes on the blog, even this kind of pattern are not my thing.

  • Simies - Congratulations! Iam new here, but I love your blog!
    My google reader just pick up your posts, so it´s maybe fixed!

  • Kirsten - Congratulations! I didn’t vote, but would have if I had known about it. Your blog is my fave in all of cyberspace. And, NEWS BULLETIN: Google Reader is picking up your blog!!!! W00t!

  • Jamin - Congrats! Imagine my surprise to suddenly find your posts in Google Reader this morning! It was killing my wife and I that we were missing out–we’d try to click & visit, but we just forget so easily when it doesn’t show up in the feed. (Tell your husband I said hey!)

  • Lindsay - CONGRATS!! I got online this morning and freaked out a little that I didn’t see your blog on my blog list! Normally it just sits at the bottom! I always knew where to go find your blog :) Yay for Google Reader working!

  • Alison R - Congratulations! Well deserved, no doubt!

  • Christy - Congrats! Yay! you showed up on my blog list today!!

  • Margie - Yay for you! Congrats!

  • Jen - YOU’RE ON MY GOOGLE READER!!! I’m so glad! I think that Google has finally recognized there vast error and found you!

    I am so PLEASED! And you have a very pretty new background.

  • sarah - Hey, my Google ready picked up this post! Yay!

    And congratulations!

  • Martina - Hey! Your blog miraculously re-appearred in my Google reader today! Yay!

  • Kara P - It’s about time!!!!

  • rachel denbow - Ashley! I’ve been blown away in the last few weeks with how your blog is looking and how great all of your posts are and now I’m so happy that you’ve won this award! Well deserved, Mama. You are a hard worker and have SO MUCH talent. And HOORAY for a birthday week!

  • Lesley - Congratulations!! A lovely award for a rockin’ blog.

  • Dick - Congratulations!! I’m sure it is the first of many awards.
    You certainly deserve it.

  • Raechel - CONGRATS!!!

  • Jodi - You definitely deserve it!! Congrats!!!!

  • Jamie ~ Alabama - Congrats on the blog award and for the fun “new” look on your site. I really like it. I have been a lurker for a little while and I just wanted to let you know that it looks like Google Reader is now picking you up. Yeah!!

    One more thing… I am a mom with 3 (very soon to be 4) little ones all 4 and under. I read recently where you talked about keeping to a schedule and how that really helps keep you day/week on track. Just wondering if you could share that with us? Thanks!

  • Robyn Lee - YAY!!! Congrats! You definitely deserve it!

  • Yanet - Congratulations! So glad I voted! BTW, I really like the new DIY tab. thank you.

  • Jolie - Hooray! I’m thrilled you won. Not surprised mind you – it’s very well deserved, but thrilled for you nonetheless!!!