The boys have grown up around all my “projects” and usually want to be involved in the process. My parents always let my sister and I do ‘construction work’ and one of my fondest childhood memories is of playing on the floor in my grandpa’s workshop…I still love the smell of pine sawdust. Biggest Brother, especially, likes to help me…

Helping sand the paint on his sister’s floor (more pics of that later)

While Chris was gone I worked a bit on a bed for our daughter’s room. While I was sanding he said, “Mommy, that is hard work you should let me do it.” So I did and he used an electric palm sander by himself for the first time. Later in the week he helped my dad begin tearing out brick in their kitchen. One day his wife is going to be very grateful to me:)

Once the brick in my parent’s kitchen really started tumbling the boys sat on the floor to watch their pappy go to town on it.

Can you guess which son is our handful right now? Have I ever mentioned he is just like his Aunt Lesley?

I love Biggest Brother’s face in the last one…”no big deal, that’s normal”

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  • Christina Larsen - Wow, your sons’ wives’ will definitely appreciate you one day. Looks like it is non-stop adventure in your house. Fun Stuff, can’t wait to see the after pics.

  • Shanalea - Again, I can’t help but see the similarities between our boys. We are coming out this summer and definitely need to get them together. The last three are so my boys. Middle child buggin the younger. Older child saying “Oh brothers”

Last week One Pretty Thing featured my craft organizers. On the same day these Ruffle Bottom Onesies were featured. I had bought a couple packs of plain white onesies previously…which a couple of my friends gave me a hard time about (verses me buying girly onesies). At the time I figured I’d iron-on something to them like I had done for the boys. Well – look at my personal growth as I approach having a daughter! My mom and I sewed ruffles on the butts bottoms. I have to admit they are so cute it is a good thing I don’t have a serger at my house or I would probably be covering her room in ruffles. You can find directions for them HERE. We used the same technique to make a pillow for her room.

The pillow…the orange fabric will be curtains for her room too.

The onesies…one is out of Amy Butler fabric, the other is Heather Bailey fabric that I bleached for another project (to be posted later).

And on another note I finally got to do a little thrift store shopping. It doesn’t happen often since my boys DESPISE shopping. Here are my finds from the day: wooden movie seats from the 50s, a magazine rack (to be madeover), an enamel pan, a record box (also to be madeover – not so much a fan of the color or butterfly). I’ll post “after” pictures later. So technically speaking Chris and I can now say we have theatre seating in home:)

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  • melanie - Too cute!!

  • Serena - I love it!! Can’t wait to see the “after”!

  • Lisa - The onesies turned out so cute! I am a total newbie when it comes to sewing, but I really want to attempt this. I actually had to google “serger.” I had no idea what that was :-)

  • bopha - Those onesies are super cute. I wish I had a serger, you can do all kinds of fun things with those.

  • Emily Lusk - The onesies are really cute.. and I love the pillow! You could sell all kinds of those! Can’t wait to see your little girl in them! :) I also can’t wait to see what you do with all of your thrift store finds! I wonder if your girl will like shopping with you–I bet she will!!

  • Jeannette Swan - It amazes me that you can see something great in what I would look at as “junk”, I’m so jealous of your creativity and style!! You are awesome! And, hello…the onesies are amazing too!!

  • Christina Larsen - Those onesies are super cute. I love the thrift store finds. Like the other comments above, can’t wait to see the after, as well.

  • Char - VERY cute! I have a major crush on that Amy Butler fabric!

  • Jess - Love all the ruffles (on the onesies and pillows)! So dang cute!

  • Courtney Connelly - Ash, I see what you were referring to now about your girly project, I love them!

  • Michelle - I absolutely love this! I’m adding this to my handy’s page of must remember to do things. Am really admiring your photography too. I am an amateur photographer but post here

  • Jenn G. - Ash – those onesies are incredibly cute… look at you putting ruffles on things. You are definitely getting more use to this girl thing. Oh, and boy do I love old, dirty things.

  • Carissa - LOVE those onesies! Wish I would have had those when Emmy was a baby. They would be super cute if you embroidered her initial on the front too. If you need a name of someone who embroiders….I have a lady who does it for super cheap and does and amazing job! :)

  • rachel denbow - Love those theater seats! WOW! I think we’d have a lot of fun thrifting together. And I think you look beautiful in your ninth month. Someone told me during month six that it looked like any day now. I already feel huge at 19 weeks so I can appreciate your hesitation to take pregnancy pictures. But, really, you look fabulous!

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  • Jen - Tres cool… I want to learn how to sew… My husband can, and I got him a sewing machine… That would be a nice couples project for him to teach me how to sew…

  • jennicrack - I love the onesies! And I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the record box! I purchased one that I think belonged to my mom when I was a kid at the Salvation Army years after she donated hers. I makes me smile as I remember her puling out all sorts of important docs out of it as a kid!

  • Briana - Love the pillows! Where do you find your fabric?

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Chris got some really great pictures while he was in Egypt, so I thought I’d share a few here. I am guessing a lot of you reading this have not been to Egypt and there is a good chance you won’t be visiting anytime soon…so enjoy this glimpse.

Thought I’d start with my boy’s favorite picture

A cemetery…burial takes place above ground. For many places there are tombs downstairs and living quarters upstairs.

Hand-carved pews….incredible craftmanship

If I lived here, my balconey would be painted a bright color too!

The view from our friends’ apartment at 1:00am…

Nut shop (they sell nuts). Evidently at first these guys weren’t too happy with Chris photographing them, but you can tell they warmed up to him.

You know me…a sucker for a group shot of cute little boys. Chris made their day by getting them a new soccer ball.

Garbage City. For many of the country’s poorest they make a livelihood by collecting and sorting trash.

Another view of the garbage city. In recent years many Christians have begun work to build homes in the area

to help move those living in the area out of the trash and poverty.

This is inside the garbage city. The women are taking old clothing that has been discarded and transforming them into blankets to sell.

How fun does this look?

Closer view of garbage city…at one time many lived in these areas, some still might but most are used for sorting different waste.

This cracks me up. It makes me think of what my daughter might be like. A princess dress in the middle of dirt.

My guy. Have I mentioned how jealous I am that he got to go without me? Next time we’re all going.

We took Biggest Brother to China when he was 18 months old, he has the cutest passport picture.

Chris’ friends riding ahead of him

Sunset on the Nile. They were on a sailboat on this evening and his friends convinced him to call me – thinking I would think it is romantic that he was thinking of me while on the Nile. I missed the call, but listened to the message when I was driving home with a car full of tired, fussy boys. It was not romantic. Had the opposite effect at the time, but I am over it now:)Like I said, next time I am going too.

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  • Allison Yokum - Kuddos to Chris! Great pictures! It looked like an amazing trip.

  • lesley - wow! these are all so good, great job Chris. I love the dresses in the dirt…vision of things to come.

  • Jesse - Those are amazing!

  • Rachel - What a great reminder of the big world. Glad I could step outside my little world this morning…..I love the picture of the smiling boys….what a great moment.

  • Shanalea - I would have been jealous too. We took our family to Cambodia when Avery was 5 and Aiden was almost 2. It was a fun family adventure. I wanted to go again this summer to some place different and visit a family from out church, but other plans came up:). Maybe next summer.

  • Lisa - Incredible!

  • Valerie - Hi Ashley — you don’t know me, but I am a fellow OBU alum, and I just found your blog a couple of weeks ago. LOVE it. Wow, the talent just oozes out!!! Anyway, it didn’t dawn on me until this post and seeing the pic of your husband that I knew him from our University Chorale days. If you wouldn’t mind passing on a “Hey, how ya’ doin’?” for me, I’d appreciate it. Just tell him the Chorale pianist said hi — Valerie (Norman).

    And seriously, your blog is one of my FAVORITES now. I love all the inspiration. :)

  • Christina Larsen - Amazing pictures. I love the one of the pyramid and sphynx (spelling)? My son, Ian, was looking at them this morning he thought they were cool. He said, “are they made out of gold?” Someday, maybe I can take my family there, too.

  • Courtney Hoffman - Chris – you took some amazing shots! My husband is very jealous. I think Egypt ranks #1 on his places to visit before he dies, but is hesitant to go with the current conditions. Maybe his dream can become a reality someday, but until then he can live vicariously through you!

  • Melissa Shepard - Thanks for sharing, it helps to see where Liz is living, I’m gonna show the boys tonight.

  • bopha - What amazing pictures and what a great perspective to give the rest of us. I am amazed by all the bright colors that they use. He looks like he had a great time.

  • Amanda - I love how stunning these are! Your hubbie looks like he really liked the trip. Make sure to tell him thanks for capturing these shots…we all appreciate it:)

  • amy stamm - WOW! Awesome pictures– it was if they came alive when I was looking at them!!! TFS!!!

  • Mandy B - Awesome pictures!! Hannah said she really enjoyed getting to talk to Chris; sounds like they had an incredible trip!

  • Ruthann Wells - Thanks, Ashley. They are great pictures! We love to see anything from Egypt!

  • Jeannette Swan - Way to go Chris!! The pics are amazing!!

  • Kristi - i love this place. he did a great job capturing a lot of it!

  • melanie - Great pictures! Can’t wait to hear about it!

  • Hannah Cooper - There are tears building up in my eyes as I look at these pictures. This IS Egypt. These pictures are great and don’t serve my little (Huge) home justice. Chris! We miss you. Ashley – hurry up and come! (very realistic, I know) ;)

  • Jenn G. - Chris – I am glad you are home and had a great time. These pictures are truly amazing… I can look at them over and over. You did an incredible job of capturing the culture and feel of Egypt. You so should work for National Geographic.

  • Suzanne Newcomb - Wow! Wow! Wow! I have 5 very important reasons why getting to see Cairo from every angle possible is so important to me. I can’t tell you how many times I have studied every one of these pictures over and over again. I loved seeing a glimpse of the everyday life in Cairo. I even got a glimpse of “my baby” in one of them! Thank you Chris for sharing with us.

  • Pamela-Marie - I spent one year in India with my children when they were aged 9,14,4 and 2.We helped work with the Deaf and it was a great experience.The older 2 have great memories, Thank God for the invention of the camera I say!

  • Leila Marie Lawler - This is beautiful. I am an Egyptian-American and I’m always amazed at how squalor and beauty co-exist in Egypt. The dirt is dirtier and the craftsmanship is higher than anywhere else I know. I would rather have Egyptian jewelry than Tiffany’s. But can you imagine the garbage city? Upper class people throw their garbage out their windows. But even the camels have gorgeous muzzles.
    I have been sailing on the Nile also, eating pigeon…but you can’t drink the water…