Being a human shield against his sister for the protection of his puzzle. I can get out all the brightest, loudest toys…all she wants is what her brothers have.

I am so proud of all he is teaching his sister. Thanks Biggest Brother…as if she didn’t already stick everything in her mouth. Big Brother was not happy about this.

It is surprising her cheeks aren’t raw from the constant kissing I do on those big ole’ cute things. Littlest Brother thinks we have in indoor trampoline.

What happened to my daughter? My girl refuses to sit on her bottom. She ALWAYS throws herself backwards in defiance of sitting.

Oh, there she is.

Towers built solely for the purpose of crashing cars into them. We build so we can tear down. We build again. We tear down again. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Littlest Brother preferred knocking it down with his belly….Biggest Brother preferred Littlest Brother disappeared somewhere else.

The evening before Baby Sister was in her chair crying from teething pain. Littlest Brother was in the highchair crying because I wasn’t getting his food fast enough. Big Brother and Biggest Brother were in the living room crying because they crashed heads into eachother. I was sitting on the kitchen floor crying…because sometimes that’s all I can do. It’s nice when they are all in good moods.

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  • Christy - oh my those cheeks are so squeezable!! And that pouty bottom lip! Adorable

  • Sarah - oh my! what fun you all have!! my little man also has those big kissable cheeks; how can you not love ’em!! Ashley~ is that a chair baby sister is sitting on? it is fabulous!! where did it come from?

  • Erin - Love that belly shot…and the stylish layers he’s got goin on!

  • ASH - your kids are ADORABLE!!! 😀

  • Trinity - Oh my goodness, I hear you….it is SO nice when they are in good moods. When we have a fit-free morning getting ready for school, we just have to do the victory dance and scream in excitement….very exciting and victorious!

  • christina larsen - Everyone has good and bad days; especially kids. They are precious.

  • Jill - I can feel your pain with everyone (including myself) crying during a “moment”. Glad to hear everyone is in good moods now!

    And I LOVE you daughter’s cheeks!!!! Very kissable. :)

  • Kate - So cute… SOOO cute!!

  • Alba - I can recognise the feeling. just breathe a little bit. one day you will look back and miss these moments. take care. thanks God for the good moods moments.

  • Kara - Ur kids are adorable but trust me I know the feeling. Sometimes really all u can do is just cry—feels good once it is out! :)

  • Shanalea - I love it when they play together and then cry right along with them when they don’t.

  • bopha - never a dull moment in the Campbell household…i can’t wait!!

  • Megan - So cute!

  • Lori Danelle - I find myself in tears when just my two are crying! Don’t know how you do it with four!! God bless ya’! :)

  • Emily Lusk - What cute pics of how your day is sometimes! Sometimes all we can do is laugh or cry when that happens! I am sure one day you will look back and think how did I ever do that!!

  • mindy - I am so glad to hear that I’m not the only one crying on the kitchen floor!!

  • Rachel - My little baby’s cheeks are slowly getting smaller and smaller, what a sad day it will be when the baby chub is all gone :(

  • ashlee - sometimes all you can do is cry!! i certainly know that feeling!! little sister is so so cute! I love the pictures of biggest brother chewing the puzzle piece. thanks for sharing!!

  • Lesley - Ohh, i love that little lip!

  • Stephanie - Thanks for the last tidbit, it gave me a good chuckle as that is exactly my house, too!

  • Heather - sooo glad to know that i’m not the only one. today there have been many a tear shed by all three of us, but tomorrow is a new day and good moods are sure (i pray) to prevail.

  • Jesse - I really admire how well you are able to capture the everyday.

  • Jeannette Swan - You do such an awesome job of capturing all that goes on around you! Speaking of brothers teaching siblings stuff – Jordan was so proud when Corban was about 15 months old, Jordan taught him how to eat his snacks directly off the kitchen floor. Of course, Corban thought it was great fun and continued it for several months – why didn’t I take pictures of that???

  • Brooke - Well the pictures sure don’t look like a crying mess, they are adorable. But it’s good to know you’re human. You deal, like we all do, with life.
    Happy Thursday. Friday is here…

  • Yanet - Thanks for sharing. Makes me feel better about my sitting-in-the-kitchen-floor-crying moment(s). :)

  • Ruth - And, of course, I will let them know that your photos are copyrighted–and not to be used unless they contact you. :)

  • Lacey McKay - The pics of her throwing herself backwards are cracking me up! That was SO Madison! Still is. I need to capture it like that! She gets mad and doesn’t care what is behind her, she just throws herself backwards, even on the tile.

  • jessica hilliker - ALL I CAN DO IS LAUGH OUT LOUD HYSTERICALLY WITH TEARS IN MY EYES…I LOVE YOUR BLOG, ASHLEY ANN, I LOVE IT TO PIECES!!!

For those of you that love inspiring home tours….here is my first home tour. I had the chance to visit the incredibly creative home of Facet Five Design geniuses Kara & Tim. Their house is incredible…so many cool details everywhere. It made me feel like I have a very boring home:)Kara has been featured on Apartment Therapy, Today’s Creative Blog and Domestic Ease. Hope you enjoy this beautiful tour. You can visit Kara’s website or blog for more design beauty.

Tim & Kara basically renovated every inch of their cottage home…and made just about everything you see here.

You can find tutorials for a lot of it by doing a little search on her blog

Kara, when you grow tired of this awesome light fixture feel free to pass it my way!

And in other design related news, my friend Jesse writes the blog Good Girl Gone Glad. She has majorly classy taste in home decor…something I could never achieve. She posts some of the most beautiful home decor finds and she pulls a lot of it off in her own home….with 3 little ones running around. A little while back she tagged me for a little online pass along.

To take part I am supposed to list 10 things that make me happy, then pass it on to 10 other blogs.

So here you go (I am not listing people on this…obviously they make me very happy):

1. Iced Caramel Macchiato

2. Peonies

3. Mod Podge

4. Flea Markets

5. My daughter’s first swimsuit

6. Craftivism

7. SUNSHINE

8. Sun tanned toes tickling the sand (aka country music about sunshine)

9. Vintage Tablecloths

10. Newly sharpened pencils

And to nominate 10 blogs I am picking the last 10 comments (according to the time I am writing this) that have blog links:

Yes! Mom

The Good Flea

A Time to Eat

The Farmer Family

Daniel Family

Let My Lifesong Sing

Penny Pickles

Amber Fischer Photography

Balancing Everything

The Rogers

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  • christina larsen - Kara’s house is amazing. I have been checking out her blog, but haven’t fully seen every room. She is super talented.

  • ashlee - this house is absolutly amazing!! I love the yellow and grey bedroom:) thanks for sharing it!

  • keely - Beautiful home!
    And thanks for tagging me. It’s been a crummy day so far, so coming up with 10 things that make me happy will be good medicine! :)

  • Casey - Gorgeous home! I am jealous of every inch of that place!

  • Kara - I LOVE the jam jar chandelier! I dream of being that creative someday!

  • Robyn Farmer - Love the mason jar fixture…I might try to make one for our patio. Thank you for tagging me, it made me feel very special.

  • Christy - I love this house, I could move right in!

  • Jill R - Really cool. The kitchen is my favorite. Also – PLEASE post pictures of baby sister is her swimsuit. I know she will be off the chart adorable!

  • dianereeves - There are so many fun elements in their home. I especially like the fireplace with the painted white and wood stained finishes. It is a nice combination.

  • ASH - love the tour, especially the jar fixtures. i saw them a couple days ago on Brookly Limestone and was really intrigued. then i saw them here and i thought to myself “wow, lots of people are doing the jar fixture!” .. and of course realized a few seconds later that it was the same house :)

  • Alison R - Thanks for the beautiful tour! So many beautiful things! I adore the jar light fixture, how amazing! Have a great day!

  • Yanet - Ok, I normally read your blog on my iPhone (in the bathroom when I can escape my three little boys) but today I HAD to come at check out the pics in your blog on my iMac (BIG screen). I love all the details in their home. From the hardwood on the ceiling to, of course, the mason jar chandelier.

  • maegan - Thanks for the tour! Stunning design- I loved it. And of course, just like everybody else, I love the jar fixture.

  • Yanet - Ashley! I just went to check out Kara’s blog and read about the concrete table coming your way. Can’t wait to see it!!!

  • Heather - that galvanized metal headboard is amazing, but then again so is the whole beautiful house! Loved the tour!!

  • JenMc - Great Pics! I love your creativity!! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring us all. You are very talented!!

  • Jesse - Her home is fabulous! Love that corrugated metal headboard! I always love home tours.

  • julie - obsessing over the mason jar chandy.
    not good.
    I will not sleep tonight trying to figure it out.
    need. need. need.

  • D - Thanks to Kara for directing me to your blog. Looks like my daily reading list just got longer!

    D

  • Kyla - I love the daybed with all the cushions and maps…what a beautiful home!

  • Jeannette Swan - I love checking out Kara’s blog to see all the amazing things she creates! Their house is beautiful and you took beautiful pictures. And, your house is not boring…that would be mine!

  • Sandy - This house is amazing, stunning! I want to use yellow, grey, white and browns for my basement and I am going to model it off this bedroom, LOVE IT!! Seriously, I am in awww right now!

  • Tess S. - http://www.potterybarn.com/products/exeter-pendant/?pkey=ckirkwood-seagrass-chairs

    i’ve seen so many bloggers home decorating ideas in the pottery barn catalougs. incredible!

Thanks for all your sweet comments on yesterday’s post. He is a pretty special little guy and I am pretty proud of him. Well I thought I’d change it up a bit and share some pictures of a baby that isn’t mine! My sweet friend just had her first baby – Hank. He is scrumptious and I had the pleasure of sneaking away from my boys to meet him and hang out with my friend for a bit. Goodness is he cute….it is impossible for me to be around a baby, without my kids and not take a few pictures. Enjoy!

I told his mom not think I am crazy when I took this one. I also told her to take his picture with this monkey again as he grows.

It cracked me up that the monkey’s head is bigger…it is not a big monkey.

The next two are very similar, I just can’t decide which one I like more. They are both so sweet, very much the same, but very different too.

Right before I left his cousin stopped by (whose mom is my college roomie and a bridesmaid in my wedding). A few brother-cousin shots.

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  • Jill R - Congratulations!! Such a handsome little guy. Great pictures.

  • Meredith - Oh Ashley! There are no words for me to use to say thank-you enough. These pictures are wonderful and I am crying as I look at my precious baby. You are truly an artist and I so appreciate you sharing your talent with Hank and me! All my love – Meredith

  • Courtney Connelly - Truly wonderful pictures and so very special! ‘Thank you’ just is not adequate, but THANK YOU a million times over.

  • annie - The bw of mom kissing hank is priceless – I have one like that of each of my babies and I cherish it now that their bigger. What a lucky friend!

  • ashlee - Oh my word that baby is precious! So the decor in that room is amazing! I love, love that Joel Dewberry fabric with the sparrows. You are such a talented photographer!!

  • Rachel - Meredith — I love the ones with the two of you. They tell such a story of your love. I also love the one of cousin looking over the bed at little Hank. Beautiful family. Beautiful pictures.

  • Jenna - LOVE these and LOVE his nursery! Maybe Hank’s mommy could provide a little DIY for the piece hanging on the wall with his initials! :)

  • christina larsen - Babies are wonderful. He is beautiful!

  • Robyn Farmer - I like the shot where she is kissing him. So sweet.

  • keely - Meredith was my roomie in college! :)
    These are beautiful! What a handsome fella.

  • anne c - I am sure it helps for the babies to be absolutely adorable when taking pictures, but I think you could take a picture of something not so cute…say a dirty trash can…and I would still like it. hahahaha

  • Erin - Such a sweet boy. Can’t wait to see him in person! Love that cousin is there too

  • Carrie - You are so talented!!!!

  • Flea - He’s the most adorable baby ever. And I like the first of the two mommy kissing baby photos.

    Thanks so much for the woodburning lesson at the Christmas event. I just stepped up to the next level with a cup and detachable pens. Woodburning ROCKS.

  • Margie - These pictures are making me want to have another baby! So adorable! I just read your post ‘Meet Baby Sister’ (which also made me want to have another baby) and saw her name, so beautiful and such a coincidence…..my son’s name is Finley Daniel. LOVE IT!

  • Jenn G. - Meredith – He is so beautiful, and the pics are amazing… Congratulations!!!

  • Melissa - When I saw these precious pics, I wanted to take the opportunity to show Lily & talk about her upcoming baby brother. She actually leaned forward and kissed my computer screen when she saw the sweet pic of his mommy kissing him! Then when I went to post this comment, she did her “baby” sign and “more” sign because she wanted to see them again! Amazing job Ashley!

  • Tammi Ledbetter - Fabulous photographs. Talented photographer. Proud mama. I recognize the “Fields” in the cute young cousin and anticipate hearing a high pitched squeal that will remind me of another Fields baby.

  • Shauna - After reading the Haiti post about the hat, and then looking at these beautiful pictures, I need to go find the kleenex! Thank you for sharing.

  • Lydia Miller - These are absolutely wonderful!!!!! Meredith, you are such a beautiful mother. Hank is the perfect little bundle!!!!! Makes me want mine to get here soon!! 😉 I love these!!! Ashley, you did an awesome job! I especially love the ones with Elliot too!

  • Betsy - So very special to see pictures of Meredith and Hank! They are wonderful!!!

  • whitney freeman - so beautiful! I can’t wait to meet this little guy! I love how you capture these amazing moments!

  • Jaimie - so, sooooooooooo precious. need another baby. now. : )

  • Michelle - Beautiful pics! Meredith – those are so precious of you and Hank! Congrats on your precious baby!!!

  • Jeannette Swan - You forgot the flashing red warning to try to keep me from looking…remember makes me want a baby!! The pictures are absolutely precious!

  • Jesse - What a beautiful baby.

  • Alba - when I see the skin, the mouth, these features, I want to have another one. Normally I think that I’m done, but whenever I see or touch a tinny little baby my hormones start to shake once again.

  • Brooke - Love the funky wood painting/art. Really fun pictures. Do babies bottoms ever get old? so cute!!

  • Crystal - Those last 2 are precious!

  • Marsue - Thank you so much for taking these pictures. They are beautiful and will be treasured always. Those two boys are precious and I am very blessed to be their grandmother!!