This is what happens when your dad’s inbox is too full and your brother (who is only 15 months older) wants to help dress you…


Just curious…for those of you who Google Reader stopped working on your blogs…did it eventually just start working again?

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  • Melissa - Too cute… and no it hasnt started working yet for me!

  • Meagan - Mine still isn’t working, Ashley. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

  • Erin - My Google reader isn’t working either, but I’m just so relieved to find out you’re still posting- I have lots to catch up on!

  • ari Morris - nope, no google reader yet.

  • Jill R - So sweet! We also have a little “helper” at our house who likes to “help” with his younger brother. This picture captures that perfectly.

  • ElleBows - No, it’s still not working :-)

  • Cindy Scorsone - Mine is not working either!

  • Chelsea Strong - This is so sweet. Our munchkin is due in few days, and somehow, I see this in our future. Comfortable husband, baby, pile of laundry. And nobody seemingly bothered by the pile up :)

    Love your blog, just found it this weekend. Your photography is amazing! (As I’m sure you know.) I’ve used your ISO tutorial this weekend to counteract my crappy point and shoot, and it’s definitely done the trick. Thanks!

  • Cheree - My google reader still isn’t importing. Love how your son “helped” dress your baby girl.

  • ElleBows - Oh, that was supposed to be a sad face and not a happy face that I put after working! oops!

  • Lacy - I just love your blog and your family.

    And I miss that your blog has stopped showing up in my Reader!

    Still not working for me, either. :(

  • Jenny Lynn - I just realized today that my Google Reader had stopped! I had wondered why you hadn’t updated for awhile but I hadn’t looked at your blog because I knew you were in my reader. Then, when I was looking at Daily DIY today I saw your tutorial for the canvas bag. Then realized I’ve been missing a lot of posts!! I’ve got some catching up to do :)


A month or so ago I went with my sister to see So You Think You Can Dance? It was a great show…my sister shaked her booty the whole time, but mine can’t find a beat if someone tried shaking it for me! Lesley was excited each time a new dancer came on stage and performed – I felt a bit left out to an extent b/c I had never seen the show. NO WORRIES I have found my replacement…….So You Think You’re Crafty?! It is an online challenge “10 Weeks – 10 Crafters – 10 Challenges! Who’s the craftiest? You decide!” Yep, an online craft challenge. It’s fun to see what they come up with each theme…crafters aren’t revealed until after you vote, so you are never sure who you are voting for. I just think it would be so much fun to be a crafter on it! Here are some of my favorite projects so far:

sytyc-leavessytyc-bagssytyc-headbandThis week’s challenge is based on this:


Each week a tutorial is posted of the winning craft. This week I am hoping this skirt wins because I really want to try my hand at making it!


I won’t be posting again until Monday (at least that is the plan)…enjoy your Thanksgiving!!

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  • christina larsen - Neat idea!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Mique - Hi Ashley-
    Thank you for the email. I added you to Bloglines- so it’s a OK there. Still getting your feeds. :) I’ve had that happen with 30days a few times and it’s so frustrating. Not sure why it happens.
    And my turn to thank you- that little leaf headband was mine. Thanks for posting it here. Still in the competition and loving it!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Crystal - Fun…love a contest!! Great crafts but leaning towards the skirt myself-so cute!

  • Ashley - Ashley – Just saw your doilie bag on design*sponge – CONGRATS! And I love that skirt too. I hope it can be made in grown-up girl sizes. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Allison - Just saw your tote on Design Sponge too! Congrats. Thanks for the link can’t wait to vote!

  • Nikki - I was looking for the crafts from the womans gathering and I cant find them.. Is there a way you could direct me.

  • Lesley - Ha! You crack me up :) So you think you can craft, craft, craft…I’m singing that to the beat of the intro song! Happy pre-turkey day!

  • Meagan - Yes, I agree. I voted for the cute skirt too!

  • maegan - I’ve been loving so you think you’re crafty. I think it’s a terrific idea, and I do love that skirt too. Want to make one for me and my little girl.

  • Kate - Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Maria - Hi!

    Love the things you do! I will be visiting soon again.

    Maria from Sweden

First, let me say Happy Birthday to my mom…one Nana that can take on her grandsons in the leaves…


This has been the norm in my house for many years…(just fyi wrestling is more fun if you pull your shirt over your head too)

And now we have this cute little thing in the house…I kind of have a feeling she’s going to hold her own in the wrestling matches.

She’s got the best cheeks and rolls for kissing….oh I love them!

(Thank you Chris for agreeing to tear out carpet and put in painted wood floors…whenever you are ready to do it to the rest of the upstairs let me know!)1109floor-021109floor-031109floor-04

Basically the most impossible thing in my life right now is getting a picture of her smiling and looking at the camera. She smiles AT ME all the time, but not so much when I put a camera in front of my face…1109floor-05

On a random note…I got our 2009 Christmas ornament in the mail from Lisa Leonard. I love everything about it and it turned out better than I hoped. I wasn’t sure if she’d be able to fit all that I wanted on it, but she did.1109floor-06

I will share pics of it later…when we first got married I had the great idea of making a special ornament each year and for each kid. That last until our second son was 6 months old…haven’t made one since.

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  • Sarah - Ashley, I just have to say that you and Chris have the most beautiful babies! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

  • anne c - beautiful little girl! and handsome! do tell how he did the floors :) maybe I can talk my husband into doing the same!!

  • Allison - Such CUTE kids and they are so lucky to have a great Nana!

  • Kate - Oh cute smile! Congratulations on everything!

  • Lesley - Happy birthday mom!

  • ElleBows - What a great nana!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Marissa - oh my gosh she is so adorable I’m in love

  • Lady Steed - I have the exact same problem with my 3 month old baby. He has such a wonderful smile, but I have yet to capture it on film! As soon as I put the camera up to my face, away goes the smile.