Being a #GirlMom has it’s ups and downs, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Have you read Part 1 yet? Be sure to take a gander before reading Part 2 today! Continue reading “Ashley Does: Why I Love Being A Girl Mom (Part 2)”
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)”
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!)”
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”
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)”
I am just a mom.
Yes, I have an advanced degree, many marketable skills, and a strong work ethic.
But I chose a different path after my babies came.
And society isn’t so impressed by me. Continue reading “Ashley Does: Just A Mom”
A ragged, over-loved, no longer fuzzy stuffed moose named Moosey sits atop my daughter’s pile of clothes to pack for her first overnight trip with school.
He has been her constant companion for over 2 years now. They go everywhere together, he’s under her arm as she falls asleep at night, and she loves him fiercely.
This trip, however, is an uncertain one for Moosey. Continue reading “Ashley Does: The Moosey Dilemma – The Child Versus The Tween in My Daughter”