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”
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”
The life of a work from home mom is not exactly what I would call glamorous.
It’s fulfilling, and crazy, and busy, and sometimes boring. It’s also a lifestyle that is often misinterpreted and highly debated (just ask the internet).
I took a day in my life as a work from home mom and took a picture every hour to explore some of those emotions and intricacies.
It ended up being an introspective exercise that took a lot longer than I had anticipated to write about. While it sounds like a perfect solution to the “to work or not to work” debate…working from home definitely has its high and low points. Continue reading “Ashley Does: A Day In The Life Of A Work From Home Mom”
Last year at Christmastime, we were poor.
I’m being super honest with you right now. POOR. Like, there was no money at all.
We decided to have a minimalist Christmas and explained to the girls what that meant:
Santa would come, of course. Stockings would be filled. But other than that, there would be no other presents.
When they asked why, we did what all good parents would do: we
lied to them stretched the truth a bit.
We told them we were saving all our Christmas money for a special trip to Disneyland.
That is partially true. We do plan on a special trip to Disneyland at some point in the future. So it wasn’t exactly lying to them.
That’s not exactly the point here though so moving right along… Continue reading “Ashley Does: The Four Gift Holiday Rule”
There are moments in parenting that make you want to pat yourself on the back for your brilliance…and there are moments that make you want to question everything you’ve ever done as a parent.
Today, my 8 and 6 year old daughters spontaneously gave me their Christmas lists on the way to school. It quickly turned into one of those “question everything” moments.
These lists included the usual: bikes, walkie talkies, toys inspired by their favorite movies and TV shows.
But then, my 8-year-old dropped a bomb on me: “Mommy, for Christmas I want an iPod, with a case. The kind that plays music and has games and apps and can text.”
Continue reading “Ashley Does: The Technology Struggle”
We were at the park. There was a playground, a large field, basketball courts, and a skate park.
The girls should have been running around, playing, and laughing right?
My girls were sitting in the shade of a tree, feet from me, pretending to watch TV.
Pretending. To watch. TV.
Let that sink in for a minute. Continue reading “Ashley Does: The Lost Art Of Play”