snippets of our weekend

How was your weekend?

It was a good weekend around here. Chris returned from a trip – which makes everyone around here happy!

His return also meant I got to get away for some time by myself – which also makes everyone happy!

Happy mail arrived from – I tore it open.

I tend to order a bunch of stuff at one time instead of spacing it out. I need to space it out. I got an 11×14 print and gallery wrap canvas for my bedroom, a canvas and stand out print (I did the white edge) for the girls’ room and 4×4 prints from 2012 for our photo wall.

This is one of my very favorite pictures of the girls. It is probably a photo only a mom loves, but oh how I like it. It tells a beautiful story and captures so much that I want to always remember. This was just a few days after Little One came home. We could sit or lay her down and she wouldn’t move from that spot. That is not the case anymore. FireCracker couldn’t bare being away from her new little sister, so she would sit and just watch Little One sleep. In this photo, FireCracker is eating pretzels. My girls.

And after I downloaded those photos my camera battery died. My second battery was also dead and I can’t find my charger. So the rest of these photos were taken with my iPhone. During my ‘alone time’, I might have purchased a vintage metal dollhouse…or I might have bought a whole neighborhood. $10.00, no joke.

A sweet friend also let us stop by her home and enjoy her horses. I am confident I am meant to leave on a tropical island with a horse and a lot of acres. That is possible, right?

Little smoochy smoochy.

FireCracker took this picture. It is completely blurry, but I love that you can see how tight Little One hugs me. The best.

Happy Monday!

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  • Michelle H. - Beautiful pictures! All of the munchkins are sure growing! The pictures of Little One melt my heart. It’s amazing to see the resilience of the human mind and Little Ones growth. Beautiful! She could not ave been placed with a better family!
    On a totally different note……looking at your Kitchen Aid mixer, I ave to share a tip I saw on Pinterest. To shred chicken, put cooked chicken (without bones) in your mixer bowl and with paddle attachment and start out slow on a low speed. “Shred” to your liking. I made Chicken Tortilla Soup this weekend and it worked like a charm, PERFECT! AND took about 30 seconds! 😉

  • Suzana - These pictures melt my heart. Can Little One’s smile get any bigger?! So beautiful to see her blossoming in her new home. God bless you all!

  • Genelle - Beautiful photos! I love the canvas wrapped print of you and Chris. Very romantic and whimsical. Thank you so much for sharing! I’d love to see where you hang them in your gorgeous home!

  • Jessica R - Oh, the photos of a smiling LO make my heart happy. I could look at them all day. What a beautiful baby she is, and the smiles on her face SO CLEARLY SAY, “I know I am loved. I have a family.”

  • Kirsten - Oh, my mom has a dollhouse just like that! i used to play with it when i was little, and now my son uses it as a lego garage, haha. score for you, i love your neighborhood! and i looooooove the pic of you and little one. it is such a blessing to see how God has fit her right in to your family…and your arms. 🙂

  • Corey Moortgat - Oh, I adore the tin dollhouses up on your cabinets! I’d love to do that at my house, but I seriously don’t think my husband would allow me to!! I’m a little dollhouse crazy in my studio though! And all for $10- I’m jealous!!

  • emmybrown - aw, that is a very happy Monday! LOVE the tight hugs! Yay!

  • seriously sassy mama - I just bought a canvas of my girls and I am soooo excited.

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - I cannot believe your good fortune to get that whole doll house set! Amazing! And your island, with horses, totally doable!

  • Abigail C - No kidding! I was meant to live on an island with acres and horses too…

  • Jeni - The time I spend reading your blog posts is a special part of my day. Thanks you.

  • Natalie - Oh the dollhouses are amazing! What a terrific find! The pictures are perfect! The squeeze picture is beautiful and Little One in front of your “Joy” print… priceless!

  • Sarah Crosby - I love that your daughter has transitioned so well. or so it appears. My parents adopted my sister when she was 11 from Kazakhstan and she still has a hard time letting people hug her. I know it’s cause she was older. It feels amazing to have an embrace like that. Walls broken down. Safety. Pure Joy.

  • ingrid - love that hugging pic!

  • Tonya - Those kids are just too cute!!!! And the neighborhood isn’t bad either 🙂

  • Natalie, the Chickenblogger - Such a lovely post… I feel as though I’ve unwrapped some real good Christmas joy!

  • Linsey - Your daughters are exquisite. It can not be said often enough.

  • Jen - Beautiful pictures! And I cannot believe your got those dollhouses for $10. SCORE

  • Will @ Bright.Bazaar - Hello! Such a sweet set of pictures of your little ones with the horses – they look so gentle and kind. Hugs to you! x

  • Dora - Dear AShley,
    It is wonderful to see how Little One is smiling more and more on the pictures. It makes my heart melt. Her face is so calm, it shows how tremendously she is loved by her family. Be proud of yourself, you are doing one of the most incredible thing in the world…being a mom ( and dad as well) of 5 great kids. Merry Christmas to you all!
    Lots of Love from Hungary

  • Paige - I love that pic of the girls. Those “seasons” we have need to be saved! I have one sort of like that for me, with my little Ty and I think you may have just validated me spending the money on getting it canvased. It doesn’t show his face. Its him squatting down in the bleachers at his brothers baseball game with his little orange shorts on, his little gray converse with a toy just playing. All you can really see is arms, hands, legs and feet with the toy. I took it from under the bleachers and for some reason I just adore the picture. Thanks for helping me make that decision! Now where to hang it…

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Happy, happy Monday! And yes – totally possible. I could see tropical in your future 🙂

  • bethany - I love in the very last picture how the only word you can see is “Joy” behind that great big gorgeous grin.

  • Jami Nato - i adore that picture. those are my favorite kinds too.

  • Jacci in Ohio - All kinds of love. Big smiles.

    And when I saw that incredible dollhouse on Instagram, I *wondered* why we had never seen it on the blog! Nice find!!!

  • Taralynn - Good day 🙂 Total bozo question but would you share what size the gallery wrap canvas and the Stand Out Mount is? IT IS GORGEOUS!!!!

  • Sarah{Handbags*N*Pigtails} - What an awesome post-the MPix goodies, those metal houses(I have the same one on the left from when I was a kid), and the horses. By the way, you could always live on Assateague or Chincoteague Island-we went there for vacation this past summer. Wild horses everywhere:)

  • Jill - Beautiful family!! Happy Tuesday to you 🙂

  • Ellie - Hi Ashley,
    Do you remember where you got firecrackers fringe boots?
    thanks so much

  • AshleyAnn - Ellie – they were hand me downs from a friend. But they are Minnetonkas. I’ve also heard Kohl’s has some similar

  • Rachael - These are some beautiful, beautiful shots. But my favourite is the shaky one Firecracker took. She has your eye!

  • elizabeth H - that picture of your sweet girls is THE SWEETEST THING!!!
    i absolutely LOVE It!