a weekend off

For the first time in a while we had a weekend without any plans. Those are usually my favorite weekends. I kicked off the party with the best lunch…the kind that I didn’t make, didn’t share and enjoyed completely alone on my front porch. I ate my cookie before my sandwich and didn’t go in the house and face the other 5 family members until my to-go box was clean. This is a rare event, one worth documenting to remember it actually did take place.

We visited the Habitat for Humanity ReStore…it is a 30 minute drive, which in my book is borderline ‘roadtrip’. Well I am now the proud owner of a Griffin PowerJolt Reserve…so had Chris’ iPhone batteries died again – I would have been set.

The ReStore was awesome….however going with 4 kids was not so awesome. FireCracker was in a carrier strapped to me, which made it difficult to rummage through all that stuff. Next time I’m going alone. Guess I won’t be back there for several years.

There were lots of toilets.

This picture makes me laugh. So very 6 year old boy.

Fake throwing up.

I really love being a mom to boys.

…I will be needing some of these…

She is getting curls. She’ll never have bangs…check out that hairline.

Her hair grows STRAIGHT BACK. It is crazy. The back grows forward, the front grows backwards…they meet in the middle. I have lots of pictures related to her turning one that I want to share this week, so for those of you that always ask for warnings before I do a bunch of baby posts. Here is your warning…this week will be a lot of baby pictures.

It was asked in the comment section if I ‘revealed’ the playroom. Nope. Just beginning to work on it. I had about an hour that all 4 kids were sleeping…I built a shelf, painted a hamper, and painted 3 pots while Chris was at Lowe’s. I am sure I am breaking all kinds of safety codes in these pictures – no need to point them out to me! At least I remembered the safety glasses in my race against naps. I also managed to eat a pint of ice cream by myself in that hour.

After I loaded these pictures on the computer I thought, “I am so odd. Why do I take pictures of myself while doing these kinds of things?” As odd as it is, I am glad I take them. I think my kids will like looking back at them. No doubt they will have plenty of memories of their mom covered in paint and making stuff. I think pictures like these will remind them of their childhood as much as pictures of them fake throwing up in random piles of toilets will.

It was hot outside. I didn’t want any to go to waste due to melting. You would have ate the whole pint too.

We had some crazy rain clouds over the weekend. I love HEAVY rain. It always amazes me how one area of the sky can be clear and blue and right next to it can be dark and pouring rain. You can’t really see the blue area, but on the other side of the car it was a blue, sunny summer day.

All that rain means the ditch in front of our house gets full of water.

Hot glue + Popsicle Sticks = Pirate Ships to float down the raging river

The ships did have sails, but they were destroyed in the waterfall that leads to the raging river.

While crossing the massive raging river his foot slipped on the treacherously steep banks. He was carrying FireCracker. He checked on the iPhone first…they were both fine.

Cleaning off all that raging river rainwater.

Happy Monday. Hope your weekend was great.

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  • Shannon - What a great post. Sometimes it’s fun to sit back and just enjoy family and life, and it looks like you were able. Can I also say I think it’s so amazing that you are all building stuff and painting stuff, very inspiring. I need to get my rear in gear (and buy my hubs some power tools for me to use) and start making!

  • christina larsen - I have been wanting to go to the restore. It looks awesome!!!

  • Elizabeth - I think I see a swing being constructed! For the playroom?????!!

  • laura - I just love the spur-of-the-moment stuff you come up with for you kids….its so inspiring to me as a mom:). thanks for sharing.

  • Jackie McCobb - That lunch looks amazing! I will fantasize about that for a very long time. Glad you had a moment of alone time. πŸ™‚

  • susie whyte - i love the restore. ours is across town…entirely too far away. yours looks a lot bigger than ours, though!!! my husband came home w that same yellow paint. would’ve been great except i asked for “buttercream yellow”. haha. the huck finn boats are great! how fun. how wet was firecracker?? glad the iphone survived. πŸ™‚

    on a personal note…my hubby is on whidbey island for 2 weeks for his annual navy training(just NW of seattle)and says it’s so cold there. um, hello! i told him he should have read your seattle post. he would’ve known it was cold!! πŸ™‚

  • mandi - hahaha! “he checked on the i-phone first” – that is soooooo my husband! love it!

    btw- you really know how to spend an hour! it made me think- the other day i called my husband asking how to work something. he said “just wait until i get home”. to which i replied “i don’t want to wait until you get home, i want to do it NOW!”. to which HE replied “***sigh***…this is why i wish you were just a trophy wife”. HAHA! to which i replied “my boobs are waaaaaay too small for that”.

    hmm… maybe that was inappropriate.

    ; )

  • ashlee - most of the time i have to take the kids with me to the restore, aka the junk store, but this last trip was worth it because they found an old working typewriter for $5!! Its certainly more enjoyable without them though!

  • shelly@familyblt - Looks like a super fun weekend! Your restore is so nice, ours is much smaller with an inventory to match. Love all the pics!

  • Martina - First: I love the picture of you and firecracker. So sweet! Second: I think you’re the coolest mom ever and an inspiration. Third: Love the last photo in the bathtub. Baby in the tub shots are so common but this one is so beautiful. I love all the white. I love how she’s looking down, playing. Your blog is such a treat every morning!

  • Yanet - Remember the post you did a while back titled “I a am Superwoman”? Or was it Wonderwoman? Anyway, that’s a title for this post too on the part of taking the kids to the ReStore. I was in the one in our area recently (I found some old-time electrical fuses I turned into kitchen cabinet knobs) and I would NEVER think of taking my kids with me if I wanted to stay sane. Imagine a Firecracker that can walk! And my final comment, I have 3 boys so I can totally relate to the toilet pic!!! πŸ™‚

  • Kara - Those pics of the boys with the toilets are hillarious! Boys! I have been wanting to go to that ReStore…afraid I would just get overwhelmed though! Ha

  • Shannon Phillips - So glad you were able to enjoy your weekend! I enjoyed mine too! Mine also involved rustoleum sunburst yellow spray paint.

  • the inadvertent farmer - I’ve been going to our local reStore in hopes of finding a cool old bathtub…for our ducks!

    Thanks for the warning on the baby pics…I’ll have to visit 2x a say now, lol! Kim

  • Sarah - If I put your daughters hair and my daughters hair together we would have a one year old girl with great hair (she grows a mohawk and just turned one a month ago).

  • Amanda - My little ones hair grows exactly like Firecrackers. He is 4 years old and blonde. Everyone we meet comments on his major cowlick. It’s just too cute!

  • Kimber - I just LOVE this post! like always, INCREDIBLLY beautiful pictures of normal not so incredible things. you inspire me ashley! you really do πŸ™‚

  • Heather - love the toilet pictures and that shot of firecracker in the tub, but mostly i just loved this whole post. what a fun look into your weekend and i love that you share real life things with us.
    that’s why you’re one of my faves. happy monday!!

  • Dick - Great pictures as always. I like the safety shoes you’re wearing while using the mitersaw.

  • Jill E - what a fun weekend. i am glad you take photos to show all the hard work you do its very inspirational and awesome.

  • LauraT - I wish, i wish, i wish…i had one once of your creativity! Your my mom role model!!!

  • Jeannette Swan - I went to Restore once after Clean Slate. I made a tray from a cabinet door ($.25) with handles ($1.00). I also got a great piece of crown (5ft for $2.50) that I made into something to hang pictures from. I have been wanting to go back really bad – I just don’t know how to get a trip there without kids! Love the pics.

  • Ryan - Know what I love about the last few posts? You’re actually in the pictures too. πŸ™‚ It’s nice to see you popping up in photos now and again!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh dear… be still my heart. Window frames… Lovely, lovely.

  • Mary Lou - I love your post and your blog. Every detail.

  • Nikki - I would love a DYI on how you get your camera to have good focus while you doing a self timer getting shots for you doing projects. May sound geeky, but I have a Canon 5d, three boys and am not able to master mind the autofocus with the self timer while I am doing things around the house.

  • nori - your son’s face is priceless with the pirate ships… pure enjoyment! :o)

    i have to ask… how do you take the photos of yourself? i just bought a dslr and it has a timer, but when i take a pic of myself it comes out fuzzy because it focuses on other things and not me since i’m running back and forth pressing the button. LOL

  • Lisa Johnson - Love this post! I can’t wait to see what you are doing in the playroom!

  • libby - love your blog so much! i really enjoy reading. you are a very talented photographer.


  • Amy - Where is the HFH Restore in the Tulsa area?

  • Jodi - I love your DIY ability, I love the shot of your son and the boat in the water, and I love this HRH store! I have to find one near me! Thanks for another great inspired post.

  • Nicky - We have a salvage place out here in CA that my friends and I like to call “House Heaven”β€”where houses go when they die! πŸ™‚ Oh and what I would do to have even a smidge of extra space for all the DIY projects hiding in my heart! You can come help create a “playroom” for me!

  • Irene - I LOVE your power tools – what I would not give to help you with all that cutting, sawing and stapling πŸ™‚

  • tamara - loving reading your posts and that you include yourself in all the great in action shots with your projects!!