the boys got their fort

After the girls enjoyed their fort, I told the boys I would help them make one in their room. It wasn’t nearly as pretty, but it was just perfect for them…which is what matters the most. My oldest likes to disappear to quiet places to read. I cherish that he is a reader. The way he contorts himself to read – like holding a book with two hands and a foot – always makes me smile. I also am just noticing that he hung his recent bow & arrow creation from the curtain rod. Nice.

I am thankful for the front row seat I get to watch him become a man.

And while my firstborn enjoyed his top bunk serenity, his younger brother had different plans.


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  • Jamie - Love this post. I too hope my 3yr. old daughter has the same love for reading as your oldest.
    Photo question: I am still struggling with low light/indoor situations using my manual mode on my Canon 7D…. I would love an upcoming post with some suggestions! {after admiring your photo’s from this post}
    I will review some of my online snapshots notes!

  • Tonya - I suddenly have the urge to buy myself a bunkbed!

  • Renee - I wish I could make an adult fort! Love this! His foot holding the book is precious and my first thought of his brother was Spiderman!

  • Melanie - Goodness our boys are alike!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Great pictures! Isn’t it amazing how differently little ones turn out – with different loves and different plans? Amazing. We are all put together so perfectly.

  • Paige - These pictures and the ones of the girls just make me smile. I love seeing kids just being kids. And I love that they are so used to their Mama with the camera that they don’t stop what they are doing! My little one always stops and makes some kind of face. I have lots of those pics. πŸ™‚ I love the bond these little girls are are making. It will last a lifetime and more.

  • patricia - He’s so sweet looking. I saw that book in the Pediatrician’s office yesterday, I even picked it up, and thought with a title like that it must be interesting. Happy REading to your oldest!

  • Juli - My 9 yr old son loves the old Hardy Boys, too. My Mom just found a whol slew of them at an Estate Sale! SCORE! They are musty but good reading!

  • angie webb - I love it when children enjoy reading. It’s so wonderful to see them use that gift when so many in the world are unable to read. Also, there’s not a lot os Star Wars love going on at my house with one daughter but I must say, those are some of the coolest Star Wars sheets I’ve ever seen! πŸ™‚

  • Molly - i bet you didn’t realize you were buying a jungle gym when you bought those bunkbeds! that is just awesome!

  • Amy at Fig Milkshakes - Ha! I remember at one point in my life, I was most comfortable if I was upside down. This reminds me of what it felt like to have my blood comfortably rushing to my head again…and wish I could still do it without the incidental of a post chiropractic visit. πŸ™‚

  • Rachel - Just found your blog! So great to read about someone who’s just adopted from China! We adopted our Hanna 10 yrs ago from China. Her sisters adored her just like your Firecracker does your newest little one. Hanna is #3 in a family of 8 kids now!! πŸ™‚
    My question is, how do I subscribe to your blog by email? Can’t find the link/button/etc on your site.

  • Victoria / Justice Pirate - You have a little acrobat there!! Cute fort. I had that Hardy Boys book once upon a time (yes, instead of Nancy Drew, I read Hardy Boys). Does your son like it?

  • Jacci in Ohio - I am SUPER impressed with Little Brother’s hanging skills!!! We have that same bunk bed (thanks to you!) – I’ll have to show my son these moves. He’ll be inspired πŸ™‚

    I know it’s not like you need more Star Wars in that room… does anyone ever NEED more Star Wars? But, just in case. I thought I’d share this Etsy seller –

    I don’t have any connections with the shop, I just bought our SW fabric from there when I covered the bottom of the top mattress. I used her fabric to cover the bottom of the top mattress. That’s always such an annoying part of bunkbeds, isn’t it?

    LOVE the tents. LOVE the boys πŸ™‚

  • Susan - Love it! Do you read aloud the Hardy Boy books sometimes? Great memories were made at our house reading those books aloud. My kids, girls and boy, loved them.
    And what can I say about #2? Please watch that he does not string a flying trapeze anywhere!

  • Nicole - These pictures totally made me crack up! We have a another boy on the way (due and day now!) and I can’t wait for this!

  • Amanda - Hi! Its me again! πŸ™‚ also where did you get that star wars poster? it is great!

  • Kiki - For some reason, I love seeing photos of your boys (not in a creepy way, I promise!). I love seeing how much they’ve grown and changed over the years on this blog. And I love that your oldest is reading the Hardy Boys, such a great series! I can remember reading that exact book.

    Those lower bunk photos are also adorable. Your kids are all too cute!

  • Kellyt - Ashley, are the curtains in the boys room from west Elm? Love them. They look like the West Elm shower curtains

  • Darcie - I LOVED the Hardy Boys when I was growing up. Can’t wait til my kids are old enough to read them. One of the things that my mom owns that I’ll fight my siblings for – the books!

  • Tracy A - Oh the difference between numbers 1 & 2. My boys could have taken exact photos in a few years. Love it!

  • katie - hi ashley. i’ve been reading your blog for probably 3 years but i probably have only commented like 4 times. i can’t hold out any longer. πŸ™‚ your posts are always like a piece of candy to my eyes and heart. this sounds seriously stalker-ish, but i have to remind myself all the time that we’re not friends in real life (you are begging for a fake friend when you’re so honest AND your images are amazing). your obvious love for the Lord and your genuine, grateful attitude toward your family is inspiring. the attitude your posts convey about parenting and, honestly, life in general are so encouraging to me in this season of chaos when it would be so easy to be overwhelmed by the work and the stress and the negative. MUCH love from a sister in Florida!! [ i promise i’m not a weirdo. πŸ™‚ ]

  • AshleyAnn - Kelly – the curtains are duvet covers from Target. I cut them up, did a little wonky sewing on the edges and hung them. MUCH cheaper than West Elm!

  • AshleyAnn - Amanda – my sister made it for the boys (…she is super talented and hand drew all the characters. I need to move it because now the bed is covering it. On the ‘to do’ list….

  • amy - does your sister sell that poster? or is it one of a kind! i must have it! my boys would love it!

  • Elisha from Australia - This post makes me smile and laugh! It’s exactly like my two boys … the older (10) a studious bookaholic and the younger (3) a rough-n-tumble full of life fun bag!! Love the pics of your youngest hanging upside down under the bunk bed! You have captured beautiful times and beautiful snippets of who they are … thanks for sharing Ashley!

  • AshleyAnn - Amy – It is one of a kind, but I am not sure if she sells customized versions now. The letter “F” is for The Force and has a picture of my boys ‘using the force.’ You can contact her via her etsy shop to ask if she sells them….sorry I am not much help!

  • ashley - lovely photos as always! two questions — 1) what type of rope works best? (I know. I really did just ask that), and 2) How long did you oldest let you hang around to take those photos? πŸ™‚

  • Kathy Whitworth - I love the acrobats on the bed supports. Exercise is a natural follow-up to reading.

  • Nicole L. - I love these! The one where your little one is hanging from the bunk cracked me up!

  • Emily - Laughed out loud at the contrast of the little one climbing all around the bunk! Hilarious!

  • elizabeth H - okay, that firstborn of yours…I’ve got his clone right over here in my house. Just a few yrs older πŸ™‚
    He sold off his collection of Hardy Boys books when he began reading The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings. I can’t keep up w. the supply & demand of his reading habit πŸ™‚
    Now to photograph it more. sigh.

  • maggie - he’s you …..the gymnast doing ticks under the bunk. How cute older bro upstairs involved in his Hardy Boys Mystery πŸ™‚ pure joy!

  • Meredith - May I ask where you bought those awesome bunkbeds?

  • Meredith - May I ask where you got those awesome bunkbeds?

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