Originally posted 09.17.09

We have lots of crawdads in our yard. They are usually near creeks, but we are pretty confident there are some underground streams in our yard. I have never seen a live one at our house, only their shells. Chris and the boys catch them all the time. I came home the other night and Chris got out the camera to show me a few pictures he had taken. Here’s the first one. He asked me why the crawdad was so angry.

Could it be the two boys messing with her?

Maybe it was the boys. Or maybe it was the boys messing with her while she was so ‘pregnant’, he said. What!? I asked….

A closer look…

Yep, that grossed me out too. I think I might have screamed actually. No wonder she was up in arms. Who wants to be carrying that many babies and picked on by two boys! She should have got them with those claws, I would have understood.

For my friend who read the blog and learned that Sunflower seeds come from Sunflowers…this can be another science lesson. Crawdads come from Crawdads.:)

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  • christina larsen - I posted a comment on the original, and can’t remember verbatim what I wrote, but I think it had something to do with; GROSS, I didn’t know that’s where a crawdad carries their babies.

  • Amber - I’m pretty sure that last picture will give me nightmares tonight. It’s like one of those really bad sci-fi movies. “Attack of the Pregnant Crawdad”…yep, definitely nightmares.

  • Kara - I agree with Amber…nightmares tonight!

  • Aunt Sandy - I love these pics. David would give anything to have these in our back yard. He’s talked about doing a small pond in the back to grow them, so, if you ever need to get rid of a FEW, let him know. The pic of the boys in the background is “so boys”.

  • Lauren Roberts - Oh, brings back childhood memories of my brothers and I.

  • Dulcy White - What wonderful photos of the “mad mom”. I grew up in South Louisiana eating crawfish at every possible chance and have never seen a mother crawfish carrying her babies like this.

    Your blog was recommended to me by Tracey Blyth Briggs. My daughters and I enjoy each post. Don’t worry, we will be patient and wait on your host company!

    Blessings to you and your beautiful family!

  • bopha - pretty sure my original comment was “eeewwwww” and it all came back when i looked at again.

  • Shanalea - I have to say that this is pretty disgusting.

  • Lesley - oh wow, that’s really gross, but really cool shot!

  • Georgia Davis - try not to think about her getting into your house and then having all of those babies…oh my

  • meg duerksen - i think i said “what?! huh? what is going on in that shot?” how are baby crawdads produced? how are they born? are those born and she is holding them or is there some clear sack or something holding them in? i mean seriously what is going on?!!!

Originally posted 09.16.09

For those of you that read this blog and do not have kids…”tummy time” is a period during the day that you encourage a babies to spend time on their tummies to help with muscle development and so on. Some babies love tummy time. Some hate it. Some love it and then hate it – like my daughter for instance. We were in her room and I got out the boppy (a C-shaped) pillow for a little “tummy time”….

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  • Melissa - I love it! She is so incredibly cute. :)

  • Serena Lowe - I love it! She is the cutest!!

  • Goubeau chantal - Ces photos de bébé sont magnifiques. L’expression qui en ressort est vivante et naturelle. Bravo. Merci. CHANTAL

  • Credit Scores Government - In the grand design of things you’ll get an A+ just for hard work. Exactly where you confused everybody ended up being in your facts. You know, it is said, the devil is in the details… And it couldn’t be more accurate in this article. Having said that, allow me say to you exactly what did do the job. The text is certainly very engaging and this is probably the reason why I am taking the effort to comment. I do not make it a regular habit of doing that. Second, while I can easily see a leaps in logic you come up with, I am not sure of how you seem to connect the ideas which produce the actual conclusion. For the moment I shall yield to your point however wish in the foreseeable future you actually link the dots better.

Originally posted 09.15.09

I don’t have much time to wander around Blogland, but I did the other night and came across a super fun blog: a LEGO a day. The writer/photographer challenged himself to take a picture with LEGOs everyday for a year. You might have to be a mom that avoids stepping on LEGOs all day to really appreciate this, but then again I think browsing his blog would lighten up anyone’s day. I also share for the photography aspect…what a fun way to spark creativity and challenge yourself as a photographer. Enjoy…and go see the other pictures at a LEGO a day.

My boys loved looking at the pictures, here are a few of our favorites:

And my boy’s favorite. I have sternly warned them not to recreate this in their bathroom. Do you see the life preservers? How funny!

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  • abbey - Ok, so I read this the other day and shared it with my hubby. He is an occasional blogger for GeekDad on wired.com. He apparently then did a post about it which led to a lot of page views for the site and a post by the site owner about how he loves wired and all the traffic. Small world, no?

  • Leigh Ann Hasley - Ashley, you are so creative even at finding the most creative blogs! My boys and I laughed out loud at the lego shots. Perfect idea. Something so simple but very ingenious!

  • Dan - Ashley, Thanks for the feature on your site :) And thank you Abbey for showing your husband!
    The project was a lot of fun. I miss it sometimes, actually. hehe.
    Thanks again!

  • Sharon - I love this and your boy’s birthday party! I was searching for ideas for our own son (we’ll call him Middle Brother : )) and found your blog. So cute. thank you for sharing!

  • Mirys from Brazil - So creative!!!!
    So cool!!!!
    So awesome!!!!!

    When I get older I wanna be like you!

    Kisses and blessings.
    from Brazil