Sorry for those of you that don’t enjoy personal posts…but here is another one! Biggest Brother had “Crazy Hair Day” at preschool last week. He wanted green on one side and blue on the other “like a snowcone mommy.” Big Brother naturally wanted his hair crazy too. His lucky Nana got him for the day and all that hair. The boys showed off their hair later that night at church. They pretty much thought they were rockstars…here they are playing their air guitars

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  • Jamie - Corbett’s hair really is like a snowcone! I would have never thought of that…leave it to a kid :) Very cute!

  • Shannon Phillips - I have been waiting for this post. So awesome, I think that they look rad! I bet your Mom got a few strange looks in public.

  • Melissa - I love crazy hair day! You have two adorable little rockstars!!

  • bopha - that is awesome, rock on little guys!

  • Lesley - Corbett really looks like a rockstar! Hudson on the other hand, more like a fraggle rock!

  • meg duerksen - who doesn’t like personal posts?! this is YOUR blog. i like personal posts!
    my kids would love doing this! how fun….many many mommies wouldn’t go for that.
    good job!

  • Shanalea - It must be something about boys. Avery would love it if I would let him have a mohawk and die it pink. Why pink? I don’t know. They get the same look too when they are rocking out on their guitars.

  • sheridan - I love personal posts! I love all your posts so ROCK ON! Love the hair!

  • Courtney Connelly - Love it as their different personalities are so evident in the pictures! I think they are super cool….

  • Rebekah Jean - I love ALL yours posts! Especially the personal ones! Your little boys are amazing…!

Littlest Brother is a great sleeper…wonderful sleeper…he is also a fan of using a pacifier to go to sleep. This was the week we said “goodbye” to the pacifier. The night we took it away he cried and cried and cried…my heart broke for him. He is too young understand the reason it is gone or why I would take it away. For him all he knows is that someone he loves and trusted took away something that he loves and something that provides him great comfort. As I sat downstairs listening to his cries and each time I went in to kiss and comfort his tear stained cheeks, my heart just broke. After about an hour the room was silent and he was peacefully sleeping. It made me think of all the times in my own life that I don’t have answers for the “why’s?”. I am so grateful that despite my tears and my crying out in the midst of not understanding circumstances around me that I can rest peacefully knowing I have a Heavenly Father that knows the answers to my “why’s?” and He loves me – more than my mind could ever comprehend – He loves me.

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  • sheridan - Oh no fun no fun no fun!!! Those 60 minutes I’m sure couldn’t go fast enough. Hopefully tonight will be better.

  • Lauren Roberts - I’m so glad we’ve passed those days days. Stay strong Mommy!

  • carrie - Motherhood isn’t easy!!!

  • Sarah (CJ's Mom) - All that understanding from a pacifier…The way God provides understanding blows my mind. Whys? Never easy.. I just know that God is good. All the time.. Hang in there Momma you’re going great!

  • Shannon Phillips - It is so amazing how the Lord teaches us through our children. Your story reminds me of a song that I love so much called “How he loves us.”

  • bopha - i think it’s even more heartbreaking when you know that if you just gave it back he would stop crying. stay strong (i never did), we kept ours until just a few months ago.

  • Beth - I love this post! You said it so right!! I fortunetly didn’t have to do the pacifier thing! Hang in there!

  • amanda - I’m not sure if your writing moved me more or the pacifiers laying on that specific page of the book. The words…”and this to shall pass” come to mind. Stay strong mama!

  • Natasha Perryman - Ashley,
    I so enjoy checking in on you and your beautiful family!
    Thank you for sharing this story as my prayer this morning was to understand how much God loves me. He does know the answers to our whys and does love us so much- what a great illustration of that.
    Avi Joy was up to 4 hours the first night w/o passy, so I do understand, but within 3 days she was perfectly fine without it.
    Blessings and congrat’s on baby girl,
    Natasha

  • Jeannette Swan - What a great analogy. I know the pain of taking away a paci – not a fun parenting time! Now I have to figure out how to take away a thumb!

The boys enjoyed the snow for about 5 minutes, but it was a good 5 minutes! As much as I like these pictures, I am still wishing for warm weather.

This better be the end of the cold (though a maternity swimsuit doesn’t make me long for the pool).

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Photo Tip: Shooting in overcast snow is very similar to shooting in daylight…lots of light reflected from EVERYWHERE

Manual Shooters: these were all shot at 85mm, f/2.5, ISO 100, 1/500

Automatic Shooters: try the “P” mode and dial the ISO number down to 100…give it a try

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  • Jeannette Swan - My pictures look nothing like this!! These are awesome as usual.

  • Lesley - These are so good Ashley, thanks for the tips!

  • Erin Jones - Thank you for including your camera settings! I love being able to see the settings you use vs the ones I have chosen! Your pictures turned out great!

  • bopha - thanks for the settings, i took some and they were blindingly white and i couldn’t see snowflakes well.

  • Melissa - Look at those colors popping… awesome!

  • Mirys - Can I just say… THESE PHOTOS ARE SPETACULAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Congrats!
    Best snow photos ever!!!

    Mirys

    PS: girl, you are definetilly an inspiration. I HAVE TO get back to my photografer experiences with my friends and family… Thank you so much! I didnt take any picture after my husband died… I just couldnt do it! I didnt see reasons for keep on clicking. Now I see! Thanks!!!