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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  • Clorinda Meridith - Aw, this was a very nice post. In thought I would like to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and precise effort to make a very good article… however what can I say… I procrastinate alot and in no way seem to get one thing done.|

I was sitting on the couch after a long day and suddenly my oldest came running with a big grin and one very missing tooth. Yep, my oldest lost his first tooth. Milestone. Happy, yet sad mommy. Really…is he old enough to start getting his adult teeth? His Nana told him about the Tooth Fairy and that the Tooth Fairy pays more money at her house than at his. He wanted to put his tooth under his pillow with a note asking that the tooth to be left behind so he could take it to his Nana’s. “Sure.” I said. Bummer for him though I made him wait a night until I could make a cute little Tooth Bag:)One day he can tell his friends how his mom always made him wait until she could make something cute for whatever it was he was waiting on.

Don’t look too closely at the sewing…I only spent about 10 minutes on it and winged it as I went.12.09tooth-1

Can’t tell the tooth is gone in this one, but I just like it.12.09tooth-212.09tooth-312.09tooth-4

Again…everything becomes a wrestling match…even “I pulled my first tooth” photoshoots. I think if I took everything out of their room and just padded it floor to ceiling they’d be in heaven. Sure would make for easy clean-up…just throw a blanket on them at night and we’d be golden.12.09tooth-5

I think everyone needs friends who don’t take them too seriously. I know I do. I am so grateful my close friends are supportive, encouraging, inspiring, and fun. BUT I am equally as grateful that they feel the freedom to poke fun at me – which they do:)I attempted my hand at making baby shoes recently and was called both “Geppetto” and “Cobbler” – thanks Erin. Well evidently all my friends were at a Christmas party that I had to miss due to a sick little boy. Chris stopped by at the end of the party and I am not sure how it all unfolded, but they gave him the Dirty Santa gift no one wanted and joked that he should take it home to me “so Ashley can repurpose it”.

So…I took that challenge.

Here’s what he brought home:framechallenge-01

and here is what was inside:

framechallenge-02I believe someone told the person that won this that she should make a bow out of it for her baby’s hair, so I had to attempt that.

Here is what I madeframechallenge-03

framechallenge-05I’m not super crazy about the bow thing, but I do like my new frame!

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  • Sarah GM - I LOVE the bow! It makes me think of a wedding though, not a baby. Great ideas.

  • Rachel - Now, that, my friend, is impressive. What an extreme frame makeover…you could have your own show. I love, love, love the tooth pouch. Great idea! Can you make me an umbilical cord pouch? I’m sure you could figure out how to cut an umbilical cord out of white felt — like the tooth. :) Congratulations, C, on losing your first tooth! You are such a sweet young man. BTW, the umbilical cord thing was a joke — just so people don’t think I’m creepy.

  • Lesley - So, I cannot believe he lost a tooth – that’s crazy! He doesn’t seem old enough. Whoa, I’m a little sad now. Great job on the frame makeover, I saw that and thought, no way. And then you pulled an Ashley and made TWO really cute things out of it.

  • Christina - I can’t believe that you did that pouch in 10 minutes. AMAZING!!! The frame makeover was awesome.

  • Erin - Haha, Yes! You are a “cobbler”. And I love how the frame turned out who would have thought?!

  • Merideth A - you are amazing. so cute.. the hat and the frame.

  • Jill R - All I can say is wow. I love the tooth pouch. But I think the pouch should only be used for teeth. Sorry Rachel. 😉 On a different note, has anyone seen the globes in the January issue of Better Homes & Gardens? Ashley, you are such a trend setter!

  • Mara - I just love your creative sweet baby projects! I’d say that was a successful recycling job!

  • Jaimie - you’re amazing. that is all.

  • Jo - Ashley,

    It’s unreal the stuff you make. I mean… UNREAL! If I saw that picture frame I totally would of given it away. It’s not stylish. YOU made it work out perfectly. :) Thanks for all your creative ideas!!!!!

  • Lisa Johnson - that tooth-bag is so much cuter than the ziploc baggies I’ve been using for years =)

  • Liz - I can’t believe they sent you that gift! But you certainly were the one to make it useful. I like the bow for Breese – cute!

  • Jeannette Swan - I would have dropped that gift in the trash – you are awesome! It is such a milestone when you first child looses their first tooth – I think I shed a little tear when it happened at our house. I can’t believe the adorable tooth bag you made!

  • Katie - I think the baby hat is beautiful, but maybe it’s more of a photo shoot thing…. :) Thanks so much for sharing, I’m really inspired by all your posts!

  • rachel denbow - I’m impressed every single time!

  • Alba - the hat is fantastic, and she really looks so cute. The frame transformation is incredible. Gosh, I am not a crafty girl, at all, but after all your directions and exemples, I have tried a couple of things (the pinclothes and the magnets), and I will give them to my friends on our annual xmas dinner.

  • Mandi Smith - Awesome job on recycling:) Where do you order your little girl’s beanie hats from?

  • pamela - i second rachel’s comment!

  • maegan - I love the bowl and the frame. Great job!