capture the flag

It is a sad day when you play Capture the Flag with your boys and your oldest tags you as you are trying to bolt with the flag. The teams got uneven, so I opted to take a few pictures. Really, I was just winded and feeling defeated that my 10 year can run faster than me. When did he get so fast? Or when did I get so slow? I clearly need to start running more if I want a chance of even remotely keeping up with these growing boys. I want to cheer them on from the sidelines and play along beside them too, but I also don’t particularly like running. Maybe I’ll invest in weighted vests and try to convince them to wear those when we play.

ISO 100, 1/800, f/2.8 200mm

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Upcoming Course Dates

Phone Course: April 13th, 2015 – May 2nd, 2015

DSLR Course: April 13th, 2015 – May 9th, 2015

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  • beth p. - First, let me say that you may be able to keep up for awhile, but like it or not, your boys will be faster than you one of these days. I’m the mom of a daughter and five sons, all grown now (oldest is 32, youngest is 20) and I’d love to share a little story with you. I spent a LOT of time on the sidelines as a wife and mom; marathons and other road races with my husband; horse shows and cross country races with my daughter; basketball, football, soccer, and track and field games with my guys. In September, 2012, I did my first triathlon. My husband was a great coach and together with my sons that live here, they cheered me from the sidelines. At one point, the three guys that were there were running along the side of the road shouting and cheering. It was incredible. After the race, one of my sons said, “Mommy, when is the last time we were on the sidelines cheering for you? You’ve been there for us so much.” We looked at each other, realizing in that moment that this was a first. It was a sweet moment as it hit him how much time over the years I’d spent cheering for my children and he expressed his gratitude for all my sideline hours. I thought in that moment that it wouldn’t have had it any other way, but I was glad for the opportunity to be the one in the race, at long last! After overcoming some health issues, I’ll be competing with my 24 year old son in my second triathlon in June!

    Thanks for sharing your life with us, Ashley. I always come away from this space glad.

  • Kate S. - If you got them weighted vests, imagine how fast they’d be when they weren’t wearing them?! That should be enough to dissuade you from that course.

    I am over here shaking my head and laughing at Firecracker out there playing flag football in her twirling dress: )

  • Lindsey McClennahan - HAHAHA weighted vests. Tell them you’re taller so you have a bigger wind resistance ; )

  • Natalie Anthony - One thing I’ve always admired about you is that you allow your little girls to wear dresses whenever they want…in this case even her new dress in a dirty field! I probably need to lighten up with stuff like that a little more.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - She is just so precious. Love all her poses!

  • AshleyAnn - Natalie – she grows so fast! I’d rather her get to wear it as much as possible while she loves it and it fits than only wear it a couple times before she outgrows it 🙂

  • Allison - the running shots are just so good!