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: 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 – 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: The Moosey Dilemma – The Child Versus The Tween in My Daughter

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”

Ashley Does: Four-Year-Olds Never Stop Talking Ever No Matter What And You Can’t Make Them. So Here’s What I Do Instead.

It’s 2:30 in the afternoon and my house is the quietest it has been since 6:00 this morning.

That is when our four-year-old barged into our room, whimpering that she had lost a specific stuffed animal and that she would not be able to go back to sleep without it.

Since we are such great parents, we waved a hand in her general direction, mumbled that she was fine, and sent her back to bed.  Continue reading “Ashley Does: Four-Year-Olds Never Stop Talking Ever No Matter What And You Can’t Make Them. So Here’s What I Do Instead.”

Ashley Does: My Marriage Comes Before My Kids – And Yours Should, Too

Marriage is a union of two people who have promised to stick together through anything life may throw at them.

It’s sacred. It’s hard work. It’s rewarding. It’s exhausting.

Besides the relationship I have with God, my marriage is the most important relationship in my life.

It’s so important that I place it above all others – including my kids.  Continue reading “Ashley Does: My Marriage Comes Before My Kids – And Yours Should, Too”

Ashley Does: Mama Meltdown

I had a bit of a panic attack last night.

I am returning to work full time, after being a stay at home mom (and work from home mom) for seven years.

SEVEN. YEARS.

I thought I was fine. I have a goal in mind. Working outside the home is required for this goal. My girls are older now, I won’t be missing any firsts while they are in school or daycare. I’ve got this. Right?

So. Very. Wrong.  Continue reading “Ashley Does: Mama Meltdown”

Ashley Does: A Day In The Life Of A Work From Home Mom

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”

Ashley Does: Playroom Clean-Up

Last week, Caroline and I spent a few hours getting the kids’ playroom organized, cleaning up, taking out trash, and sorting through toys.

Luckily she’s three, so I could entertain her with something while I quickly stuffed unused toys into a large bag to take to Goodwill.

After reading Shonda Rhimes’ The Year of Yes, I was inspired to get rid of things in my house that don’t bring me immediate happiness or that clutter it up – when the house is cluttered, my brain is cluttered and I’m not a very effective wife, mom, or human being.

Kids don’t quite understand this concept – if you hold any toy up in front of one of my girls, immediately they have special memories and a million reasons they need to keep every single one. Therefore, Mama cleans and declutters the playroom when the older kids are at school! Continue reading “Ashley Does: Playroom Clean-Up”