I have incredible grandparents. This is my grandpa with my daughter. I don’t know too many Great Grandpas that get on the floor and kiss on baby toes. He and my grandma also read my blog (“Hi Grandpa & Grandma!”). I don’t know many grandparents that do that either. It’s pretty special. They are pretty special. These pictures are VERY SPECIAL.


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  • Jaimie - Oh Ashley, that little girl of yours is giving me baby fever, not that I didn’t have it already! You are right though, those pictures are very special. One day she will cherish them so much.

  • Alba - not much! My grandpa is still alive and hardly recognises my children. This pics are really special, you know it. Keep in your memory everything that can not be captured with a camera.

  • Courtney Connelly - These pictures are precious and are memories to treasure forever! What I would give to have pictures of Elliot with my grandfather, so special.

  • Jesse - What a BLESSING!

  • Jamie - Baby toes just kill me! These pics are so great. What lens were you using on the close-ups of the hands such as pic #2 and 4? I’m having trouble getting the hang of close-ups, I don’t know if it’s the lens or just me. Probably me!

  • anne c - wow those pictures are wonderful! how do you get your photos so clear! I always feel like I am there it is so clear. Wish one day to be half as great as you!

  • amanda torres - Love all of these precious memories.

  • AshleyAnn - Jamie: I was using my 24-70mm lens with a bounce flash. Anne: correct exposure, good lens, good camera

  • Ashley - Oh wow, how special and how moving, the juxtaposition of your grandpa’s hands and your baby’s feet. So priceless!

  • Kara - I love it! Her leggings are adorable!

  • Christina - Priceless pics and memories. I am tearing just looking at them. I lost my Grandpa & Grandma several years ago and OH, how I wish they were still here.

  • maegan - So sweet. After losing my grandfather just a few weeks ago, I realize just how precious these are.

  • Ashley - How wonderful! I was blessed to know my great-grandmother. She was an amazing strong woman, but very proper. I have a picture of me(age 2) and her sitting on the floor together. I am now almost 30 and my family still talks about the time I “talked” my “Nini” into sitting on the floor with me. It’s amazing how precious that bond between greats and little ones can be.

  • Natasha Perryman - If I had the power I would tell the Google Reader people to get it together because I miss you just popping up on my daily check of GR! The kids did wonderful today during their Christmas performance. I saw you had lots of family there- so sweet. I adore the pictures! I love love love my grandparents as well and these moments with them and our children are invaluable! Have a beautiful Christmas break.

  • Heather - Hi there! I love your blog and have got it added to my Google Follower list, but it’s only showing me posts from a month back. Any suggestions on how I can fix that? I just copy and pasted your blog url into my list, should I have done something else?? I heart your blog and don’t want to miss a beat, so please help if you can.

  • patti - such sweet photos!

  • Jenny L. - What a lucky girl to have him! I really love her in that outfit – so cute.

  • Joyce - Oh those grandpa hands…this is so touching…I’m a local that follows your inspiring blog:)Thought you might like to know I went into Southern Hospitality and showed the owner your post from my phone:)

  • Cate O'Malley - Great way to start the waterworks! Gorgeous pictures! I don’t have any grandparents or great grandparents, and my kids are down to just two grandparents of their own. It definitely makes me sad for them, but they are wonderful grandparents. I just wish there were more of them!

  • tara pollard pakosta - Precious beyond words!
    what a sweet sweet great grampa!!!

Do you like the new pictures in the slideshow header? The first one was Littlest Brother meeting Santa last year. I thought about writing post with all the reasons I hate winter and cold weather, but who needs a downer like that on a Monday morning? So, when you look at that picture you can just know his face expresses how I feel about winter. I agree with Kenny Chesney: “All I want for Christmas is a real nice tan.”

I’m running out of energy and creativity to pass the time inside with the boys…we spent way too long on my mac messing with PhotoBooth. Biggest brother got to laughing so hard he said, “Mommy, we have to stop. I can feel the throw up coming up!” That, my friend, is some good laughing!

Happy Monday!

12.09PhotoBoothMy kids always take turns and put eachother first. Always.


And just to embarass myself for your enjoyment, I found these old ones on the computer too. The top ones are how I entertain myself on road trips. I HATE ROAD TRIPS. I blame it on living in Hawaii where nothing was far from me…it ruined me. And the bottom pics, well they’re just funny.


UPDATE: “NO!” I am not driving in those. I didn’t know why it flipped them…thanks Martina!

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  • Aunt Sandy - The pics are way, way, way funny. I just have one question. The pics of how you feel on a road trip…………..Are you Driving???????? Oh my gosh…..sorry, oh my goodness (lol) look out Ashley’s on the road. Great shots.

  • sheridan - I LOVED this post! LOVED biggest bro laughing so hard, what great memories. Loved the silly pictures and I especially loved seeing that your children always share like mine:)

  • amanda torres - There are so many funny things about this post, but my absolute favorite is the shot of you in the car and you can see Chris just driving like nothing unusual is going on. Too funny!

  • Christina - Oh my goodness, thanks for the laughs. That was a seriously funny way to start my Monday. I appreciate it.

  • ashlee - thanks for perking up my monday!!!

  • Kari Sanchez - This has to the best post ever! Thank you for making my Monday! I will have a smile on my face all day because of those pictures! Love it!

  • meg duerksen - so funny.
    there are probably 3000 pictures like this in our mac of kids with goofy heads and/or fighting. :)

  • Kara - you all seem to have the best time together! A friend and I made your cake stands this weekend. They turned out wonderful! Thanks for the idea!

  • Jennifer Campo - And this is why I read your blog every day.

  • Martina - I love the new header pictures. The one of littlest brother is too funny! Photo Booth shots are great too. I’m assuming the last ones in the car are mirrored … you weren’t taking those while you were driving, right?? Heehee. You can set Photo Booth pictures to Auto Flip under Edit in case you didn’t already know that.

  • Jill J - Bwa Ha Ha! “Mommy, we have to stop. I can feel the throw up coming up!” Now that IS funny!

    I firmly believe that there are 2 types of road trippers, those who love them and those who hate them. I came from Missouri. Missouri isn’t near anything, and I HATE to drive.

  • Sarah - Love it… thanks for another post that brightened my Monday. I totally agree about winter, by the way. Hawaii ruined me forever as well. :)

  • Kate - Hilarious!!! :)

  • maegan - Love the pics. So glad to know we are not the only ones to pass time with photobooth. I agree with the road trips and winter. I get car sick, and I am NOT a cold weather person- trying to enjoy this winter. Oh, and how long and why did you live in Hawaii? That sounds so fun! I almost went to school there until I met my now husband- didn’t want to be that far from him!

  • the inadvertent farmer - ROFL…I am soooooo glad you weren’t actually driving! Glad to see the baby win once in a while for computer time, kim

  • Alba - I love the xmas header and the pics about the turns. I didn’t know about photobooth, but I take note for rainy days

  • AshleyAnn - Maegan: We lived in Hawaii for a year working with international students at The University of Hawaii. I miss it.

  • Meagan - Oh my goodness!!! You are too funny…

  • Jeannette Swan - Love all the pics on the header! Only you could turn those crazy ornament candle things into a beautiful picture!

  • alli magee - and you said you couldn’t rock a headband!!!

  • amber - oh my GOSH! these are hilarious! thanks for the laughs!

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Wahoo…I just spent a few hours at the hospital capturing dear friends welcome their daughter into the world. AMAZING.

The big boys went to the grocery store with their dad for a few essential things…like fruit, bread, eggs. They came home with this too. Needless to say they like shopping with dad more than with mom. Chris worked for BlueBell Ice Cream for several years and as a result we are ice cream snobs. We actually respond in shock when we taste other brands that are good too….”Wow babe, this is actually good. It is so creamy…hmmm.” My favorite ice cream is Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie. I also love BlueBell Coffee ice cream with smashed Oreos mixed in. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!

I’ll be sad when he decides to stop wearing the cheap ugly cowboy hat every waking minute. I’ll be sad.


And my Friday Etsy finds…this one is all about Numbers & Letters:


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  • Kelly - Oh how exciting. I hope you can share the birth images, it is such an amazing experience to witness a new life coming into the world.

  • meg duerksen - LOVE the etsy finds!!!

  • Christina - Fun Finds!! My husband has a way of picking up “essentials” as well when he goes the grocery store.

  • Dana - Holy cow, that’s MY favorite ice cream too! Every single time I tell someone that they look at me like I have two heads. They’ve never even heard of it. It’s astonishing how few people know the joy of that ice cream! Ok… I have to go to the store now.

  • Christy - Sounds like my husband’s shopping list. His top 3 are Ice cream,frozen pizza and Beer.

    OOh love the etsy finds!!

  • Holly - Wow, if my husband saw the picture of all that Blue Bell ice cream, he would be green with envy. He lived in TX when he was young, and has always held blue bell ice cream close to his heart!

  • Christina - You have no idea how comforting it is to find another Blue Bell snob. =)

  • pamela - i love your taste!! in ice cream AND etsy finds… i actually own a few of those that you mentioned : )

  • pamela - ps… the picture of your youngest boy and santa… PRICELESS!

  • maegan - Ahh, I haven’t seen Blue Bell since we left Texas. We did however discover Graeter’s, and it is AMAZING. If you’ve never had it it is worth searching for. As far as I know it is only at its own store. We have one just a few blocks from us, and we are hooked.

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