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”

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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)”

Ashley Does: Family Road Trip

Have you ever had the crazy idea to take your small children on a road trip?

Because really what could go wrong with tiny humans locked in a car for an extended period of time?

We have always been a family who travels via car so when the opportunity came up to attend Perfectly Posh’s Ultimate Day Away we decided to make it a family affair.

As such, all five of us took a road trip to Salt Lake City this past weekend.

Seven and a half tiny hours in the van with three kids. Each way.

We survived – and came out of it with some tips and tricks to make your next family road trip a success! Continue reading “Ashley Does: Family Road Trip”

Ashley Does: The Donut Floatie

You guys I totally started writing this post last summer and completely forgot about it! It still rings true today so I finished it, and am posting it here. Finally!

There are days that being a mom to three girls is more trying than others.

This day last summer was not one of those days.

One of my beloved friends called us to invite us to the pool. My first reaction was “HECK NO!” I have three children, the smallest of which is 2 1/2 and very independent. I could not imagine trying to keep track of all of them in what is basically a giant, crowded death trap.

Then I got to thinking. What kind of an example is that setting for them? Do I want them to spend their entire summer locked up in the house just so we don’t have to take any risks?

Of course not.

So we went. Continue reading “Ashley Does: The Donut Floatie”

Ashley Does: Family Weekend

Let me just start with this statement: We are a fivesome of weirdos. We know it, we own it. We relish in it.

On Saturday morning, Joe and I were lying in bed talking about what to do with the day (while the girls made a mess of the kitchen and watched cartoons, of course).

The conversation went like this:
“What do you have planned today?”
“I have to go to the post office and be at church at 4:45 for nursery duty, but other than that we have no plans.”
“Cool! Want to go for a walk?”
“Yes!

So obviously we ended up taking a road trip to Laramie, Wyoming.
Continue reading “Ashley Does: Family Weekend”