Our vacation pt.1 {Avoiding ‘say cheese’…and faces}


The photo above is my favorite one out all of all the 100s I took on our vacation. It sums up Littlest Brother and our vacation to me.  His sole objective in life right now is to play with his brothers and do what they do.  If it is playing ping pong he doesn’t let a little thing like being shorter than the table stop him.

As I thought about this picture and how much I love it, I also thought how often we miss pictures like this because we get so focused on faces. So, I thought I’d do a post about our vacation from that perspective. I have other pics with faces I’ll share later.

A sans-face version of the story of our vacation:


She basically lives in this wrap, so why not hike in the cold rain in it too?


That is an entire Indiana Jones story board…no he hasn’t seen the movie, only the LEGO wii version.


If I only look at this picture I can dream we were back living in Hawaii…instead of a sandy Oklahoma lake beach…


I wonder at what age my boy’s feet will stop being so cute to me? Probably when they get hairy toes.


That is a real caterpillar crawling on the LEGO man, not a LEGO size coon-skin hat.


Do you think my daughter will have an obsession with all things creepy and crawly too? I hope not, I need someone on my team.


Look closely and you will see Indiana Jones running through the Temple of Doom


Best Friends


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  • Jeannette Swan - What a great story these pictures tell! Love it!

  • keely steger - Great pictures! I always get flack from my family when I take “artsy” photos and cut off my boys’ heads or focus on something else- so I’ll send them your way and you can explain the reasoning! 😉

  • Susan - Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

  • Kari - These photographs are so neat!

  • Lacy - I love this! So beautiful!

  • christina larsen - great pics.

  • Trinity - I LOVE these pictures! Of course I love face shots too, but these kinds of pictures tell the details of the story we often miss……LOVE IT! I just love the picture of the two boys….best friends….it makes me happy to think my girls are best friends too!

  • bopha - those are my favorite kind of pics, your pictures are awesome as always!

  • Becca - What an adorable/great post and idea! I love everything about it!

  • Amy - I love your wrap!!! Is it a woven? (I loved my moby but once E hit about 15 pounds, it was just too stretchy and we were delegated to the mei tai only.) Where did you get it? I must know for whenever I get pregnant again! 🙂

  • Rachel - I love that ping pong picture. Looks like a great vacation….creepy crawlies, legos, temple of doom…..a little (and big) boy paradise. Let me know when little sister is ready to go to the spa….I’m totally in on that vacation! 🙂

  • grace - hi ashley!

    i’m trying to contact you about featuring your before & after project in a book i’m working on. could you drop me a line when you get a chance? i tried your email but it bounced back…



  • andy - love all the pics
    they are so great
    you take really good pics
    i love the one of you little boy standing on the platform with one shoe off and one shoe on

  • amanda torres - How fun! Love Biggest Bro running through the Temple of Doom. Sooooooooo brave!

  • Susan - I tried to email you back… Let me know if you didn’t get it. thanks.

  • brittany - I loved this post – I got a little teary… the fact that mine are getting bigger has been hitting me hard lately. You do good work girl!

  • lesley - There are so many things I love about this post, the first pick of Rhett, the coonskin lego hat and temple of doom…how fun!

  • Jennifer Campo - I love the last one! You should get a poster size canvas of it and hang it in their room!

  • elisa - I mean really….how do you come up with such a creative way to take pictures? Love your blog. Have a great day.