Ashley Does: When You Give A Mom Some Kids…

The following story is based on actual events.

Ashley & Girls

When you give a Mom some kids, her house is going to be dirty.

When her house is dirty, there will come a point that she will want to clean it.

So she will need to get the cleaning supplies from her bathroom.

While in her bathroom, she will notice that she is low on toilet paper.

So she will sit down to make a grocery list.

She will look in the fridge to see what her family needs, and her preschooler will ask for some milk.

She will pour the milk for the preschooler, and while it is warming up in the microwave (she will never understand why the preschooler likes it warm), she will spray the sticky counters.

When the microwave beeps, she will give the milk to the preschooler.

The preschooler will ask for a movie and her blanket on the couch.

So mom will turn on a movie and get her a blanket.

Then, she will sit down to take a peek at her phone…only to realize it’s dead.

She will head to her bedroom to grab a charger.

And while she is there, she will notice that the bed is unmade and there are clothes on the floor.

She will make the bed and put away the clothes, and actually remember the charger!

But when she gets back to the dining room, she will remember that she sprayed the counter tops and they are now sticky again.

So she will put her charger on the dining room table next to her computer – where she had started a chat with customer support before she went to her bathroom for cleaning supplies. She forgot about the chat and customer support has abandoned their conversation.

She will restart the customer support conversation and wait.

When she sits down, her preschooler will spill the milk and she will have to get back up again.

The counters will remain un-wiped. The customer support conversation will be abandoned again. The house will remain messy. And her phone will not get charged.

But, everyone will end up snuggling on the couch, watching that movie under a blanket, and everything will be OK in the end.

Because,

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
– Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

When You Give A Mom Some Kids (2)

Until next time,
Ashley

 

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Ashley Does: My Favorite Books To Read By The Pool This Summer (So Far!)

Something you may or may not know about me: I am a book nerd.

I was an English Major at The University Of Colorado and have done my share of reading heavy, complex pieces of literature.

Ever since I graduated, I have gravitated toward lighter reading. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Tess Of The d’Urbervilles and The Bell Jar, but after years and years of analyzing English literature, mama was in need of something a bit less intense! Continue reading “Ashley Does: My Favorite Books To Read By The Pool This Summer (So Far!)”

Ashley Does: Why I Love Being A Girl Mom (Part 1)

When I was growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a mom.

I had it all figured out: I would have three sons and then a daughter.

We would have lots of loud weekends full of sports games, the house would always be full of hungry boys, and I would get to be that mom who was beloved and spoiled by the men in her home.

Then, while I was busy making plans and God was giggling, I found out I was having a baby girl in the winter of 2007.

Well, wasn’t that a monkey wrench in my perfect plan? Continue reading “Ashley Does: Why I Love Being A Girl Mom (Part 1)”

Ashley Does: What Is Beauty, Really?

What is beauty, to you?

I presented this question to my friends and family and got some pretty amazing answers.

Do you know what not a single person mentioned?

Outward appearance.

No one mentioned a dress size or perfect makeup or fashionable clothes.

Beauty, it turns out, is a mindset. It is an attitude. It is a verb. (It is food trucks, according to my friend Kevin.) Continue reading “Ashley Does: What Is Beauty, Really?”

Ashley Does: Six Steps to Summer Skin Care in a “Dry Heat” Climate With Perfectly Posh

I live in Colorado, which means we hear the phrase “dry heat” an awful lot.

It gets hot here, but since we have next to no humidity, it’s much easier to bear than the summers in, say, Louisiana, where my soon to be sister-in-law (Joey) lives.

She’s coming to Colorado this summer and her impending visit got me thinking about ways to help her care for her skin while she is here.  Continue reading “Ashley Does: Six Steps to Summer Skin Care in a “Dry Heat” Climate With Perfectly Posh”

Ashley Does: What I’ve Learned During Our Low-Tech Summer (& A Printable!)

In the past few weeks, I have learned a lot about my children.

Summer has begun, and aside from Vacation Bible School, we haven’t really had anything planned.

No lessons. No camps. No scheduled anything besides play dates and chores. And we have scaled way back on how much tech time the girls get, too.

It’s been a boring, low-tech summer, and it’s been incredibly eye-opening to me as their mother.
Continue reading “Ashley Does: What I’ve Learned During Our Low-Tech Summer (& A Printable!)”

Ashley Does: Choosing Adventure Over Stuff Part II

As a family, we have chosen adventure over stuff, and it’s turning into an amazing decision!

Our birthday adventure in Maintou Springs was a fun alternative to having another birthday party with tons more presents the kids would never really use again.

Don’t quite know what I’m talking about? Be sure to check out Part I here first! Continue reading “Ashley Does: Choosing Adventure Over Stuff Part II”

Ashley Does: Choosing Adventure Over Stuff – A Birthday Weekend In Manitou Springs, Colorado (Part 1)

I loathe birthday parties.

It’s no secret. I don’t like having a bunch of other people’s kids in my house. I don’t like the chaos or the mess or the expense. I tend towards introvertedness (yep, that’s a word now!) and entertaining strangers and their children is just not how I want to spend a Saturday afternoon.

This year, we made the decision as a family to stop with the birthday parties and start a new tradition: Birthday weekend trips as a family!

The cost is about the same as that huge birthday party with friends and favors and rentals, but it’s fun you guys. It’s a blast. And we are building memories instead of accumulating more junk in the form of birthday presents (can I get an amen?!).

The kids have loved it, and now that we have been through all the birthdays in our family, I can look back and reflect on how this decision has enhanced our lives.  Continue reading “Ashley Does: Choosing Adventure Over Stuff – A Birthday Weekend In Manitou Springs, Colorado (Part 1)”