Snow days. No morning rush. Sleeping in until 8:00am. Breakfast in bed. I am not a fan of winter, but snow days are always a fun break to the routine. I love the sounds of the boys playing together and trying to keep their sister from tearing apart their forts. In the picture below, his big brothers dressed him up as a shepherd. He is holding baby Jesus (also known as his dog) in the blanket. Goodness is he cute.

1.21.11-01Some of you ask when I find time to craft. Well, I do a lot while the little people in the house are eating lunch. It might mean skipping a meal or two…but any good craft project is worth it. And I can always eat during naps when no one will try to steal my food. Thanks for letting me cut up your book Kara!


I like this kid a lot. My youngest boy….he just makes me smile.


Eventually I summoned up the energy to begin the workout also known as getting everyone dressed to play in the snow. I’d rather dress them in swimsuits, but I’ll admit they sure look cute in the snow. FireCracker is a tough cookie. Two of her brothers cried due to being wet & cold. She only started to cry when I made her go back inside.




Playing in the snow always ends the same way. Someone gets snow in the face and it is all over. I don’t wish for the future, but I do look forward to snowball fights with teenagers and no crying.


Hot chocolate makes the tears go away…..


And then all that snow and hot chocolate makes the cute kids disappear to play in the warm house….leaving mommy alone to craft some more with her coffee. And if you are wondering if I lined up our boots before taking the picture. I did. I think about that stuff. Makes for a cuter picture.


Monday I will post about what I did to my bedroom floors for those interested.


I hope you all have a great weekend. Remember the giveaways are open until Saturday night.

I know you might be thinking “why enter when there are already so many?” Well a lot of someones are going to be winning…doesn’t hurt to enter!

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  • Susan - Can’t wait to see about your floors AND what you’re going to do with your hearts! Last year we did the crayon shaving hearts and hung them over our windows and it was super cute and cheery! Love your ideas!

  • Erin - Firecracker looks ready for business, don’t let the cuteness fool ya…i bet she could hold her own in a snowball fight!!

  • kelly - i do love snow days…but here in CT enough is enough we are on snow day #3 in a week…since last wed. my kids have only been to school 2 days!

  • candace - cute kids. cute socks.

  • amanda torres - I love that you shared about the boots being lined up just for the picture. If you hadn’t said something I would have thought nothing about it, but you are right. It does look better than them being scattered haphazardly like mine were.

  • Emily Lusk - I liked what you said when you described getting ready to go outside as a workout!! That is exactly what it feels like! :)

  • jacqueline - i love projects made from old book pages… can’t wait to see what you’ve got there!

  • giozi - Your chubby always fashion :) I love her hat,and you socks too, ha ha ha.
    I love your little boy in b&w
    Today me and my little boy are cold, both with fever :(

  • Gina - I can’t wait to hear about your bedroom floors!! A friend and I are going to something similar to plywood for the center aisle for her outdoor wedding in May. We need all the tips we can get!

  • jessica h - your post made me smile :) we have had weeks and weeks of snow days here in Asheville, and many mornings of reliving the Nativity story, too! I am a pro at being “Mary holding Baby Jesus with a cloth on my head!” oh, and I am lovin’ making heart garland this year as well…I think I will also try your wax paper hearts from a year or two ago with Josiah this time around–what a fun project!

  • ashley jensen - I think about making stuff look organized in the backgrounds of my pictures too.

  • Susanne - I don’t know how you do it bundling up four! I had to get ONE three year old ready to go out in the snow yesterday and I thought the process of layering would never end!

  • Mariah - Funny! We both have snow day blog posts today. Looks like a great day, so fun, let’s do it again today!

  • Jen Helbert - first of all, i love that they dressed your son up as baby jesus. second of all, i have always tried to figure out how you do all that you do: with four kids! i still think you have super mommy powers. and third of all, i love your striped socks. have a wonderful weekend!

  • Tammy - Can’t wait to see what fun project that turns in to! :)

  • Julie B - I’m pretty sure dressing kids to play in the snow should be an Olympic event! I thought to myself yesterday that 3 was a lot and then I remembered that next year I’d be dressing 4! Definitely need coffee after that!

  • Lori - that is so funny about the workout to get them dressed to go outside…I always say that’s why God lets me live here…just slip on a tank top and flips flops and go…well, when it’s warm. can’t wait to see the art project. love the socks, the cocoa moment and baby Jesus!

  • Jess - I’m so curious about what you are creating with the hearts! I’m also totally jealous of your snow day – we’ve been blessed with another day of 40 degrees and pouring rain… Bleh! Enjoy your weekend!

  • able mabel - I’ll be watching to see what happens on Monday…

  • Dena - Love outside in the snow pictures! Wish we could get by with rain boots here… it was minus 14 driving in today…. minus 25 with windchill…….and we still had school.

    PS. i also love your socks and that paper on the table is adorable!

  • Lacey McKay - I tried to write a post last night about how much I love snow days, but it sounded so corny! Your post sounds perfect! I should quit trying to write and just read your blog instead. We always seem to be thinking the same thing!

    I meant to tell you how much I love those floors and I would love to see a tutorial on them!

  • Brooke Leigh @ First Avenue - In the last picture, you can see firecracker (or at least, it think its her!) pointing at her boots. She must still want to go back outside & play some more! She really is a tough cookie!

  • the whyte house - so glad the snow stayed in oklahoma. wichita was dusted. i’d be happy to never have snow and ice again. ever. lol. hope chris does a good job driving to work in the snow! :)

  • Kim - Told you snow makes a cold day better! :)

  • Amy - I saw this link and thought of you and your kids. They are hard to find, but I imagine with your creativity you could think up a way of doing it without the punch.

  • Melanie Alsdorf - I love snow days too, but found that snowball fights in my 20’s still ended up with someone crying after a snowball to the face :)

  • Quincie cotrill - Snow days fun days! We had a blast as well! My two little ones loved sledding down our driveway the best! I found them being extra cuddly and sweet to me after getting to spend the whole day by my side! So blessed:)!

  • Kelly - I have discovered crafting during lunch too! I love it! My little guy takes a LONG time to eat and I sit at the table with him and craft or scrapbook. It’s lovely! Kelly

  • Carissa Miller - When my kids started crying about being cold I told them they had to stay outside AT LEAST as long as it took me to get them all dressed, which was 45 minutes. Seriously. I agree, swimsuits are easier. SHEESH! Let’s being a countdown til summer!

  • Kelli - LOVE the flowered paper you’re using to craft with in this post. Who makes it and/or where did you buy it?

  • Lila - I am a little envious of snow days… although there is a lot about snow that I do not envy. Regardless kids + snow = fun (and great photos!) Looks like a wonderful day!

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So I was visiting some of my favorite websites and happened onto Ohdeedoh. There was an announcement that the 2011 Homies have begun. I told Chris and said, “wouldn’t it be fun if someone has nominated my blog?” And surprisingly….thank you kbrown for nominating my blog in the Kids at Home section! If you have a favorite blog or a bunch of favorite blogs you should go nominate them. You can nominate as many as you want and they will be narrowed down…and then voted on. To nominate a blog you go to this post on Apartment Therapy and leave a comment with the blog name and url.

If you like my blog and think it is worth your vote you’d leave this on the Apartment Therapy post:

Name: Under the Sycamore


I’m off to vote for my favorites!

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  • Sherly - Done. I hope you win this year Ashley!

  • Tonia - Done! Your’e gonna get this one!

  • amanda torres - You do have one amazing blog! Congratulations on the recognition. You have creative ideas and really remind us readers to be family centered.

  • Lesley - Ohhhh, I hope you win!

  • Jessica P - Just voted! I love this blog and hope it wins.

  • giozi - I did it :)

  • karen brown - kbrown is my alter ego! Love you blog…it’s my first read in the morning. You are truly amazing & inspiring!

    Hope you win (you were my only nomination!)

  • tiffani - I didn’t know that had this! Good luck:) Your blog is more than deserving and eligable!

  • meg duerksen - you HAVE to win.
    you deserve it girl!

  • beth - just voted. good luck!

  • jessica h - my vote is yours! you have added so much to my mind & family & home….thanks :)

  • Jenny Joy - Done and done! I adore your blog. For reals and for true. I would love to see you win!

  • shea - You have my vote! I would love to see you win.

  • wanderluster - Nominated you in both the Home Design and Kids Design categories! Hope you win!

  • dawn - nominated you in two spots.
    hope you get it, chica.

  • twirling betty - Not only for your wonderful and inspiring creativity, but you get my vote for serving as a continual reminder to also remember to find the beauty in the mundane. A great gift. And I only have to think of your blog to be reminded. Hope you win.

  • Leigh - Just voted Ashley. I’ve never seen a more amazing blog!!! Good Luck!

  • Liz - check…where do you vote for the best blog EVER?


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  • Lisa Valencia - Crossing my fingers!

  • christina larsen - I tried to scroll the links, but don’t have a yahoo id. So not sure what is up for the giveaway, but you have great taste and I’m sure it will be great.

  • Jen - Wondering why you need a yahoo id for this? Confused.

  • Joy Frameworks - Count me in!

  • Carrie - Amazing giveaways!! I’m holding onto my four leaf clover from now to Saturday!

  • Allie H - Yay for giveaway day!!!

  • Ang - Hooray for giveaways!

  • Leanne - Sweet!! I’m in!

  • Deb Siemens - I visited Jane Says and love the scratch and sniff tags for kids!

  • chelsea - thanks for the chance!!

  • Deborah - Giveaways…absolutely!!! :)

  • Cassie Blake - pick me!!

  • Micah Smith - how to sign up for the give away drawings?

  • heidi - hooray for giveaway day. :)

  • sally - lemon meadow pillowcase!

  • Lisa O - what an awesome giveaway, ofcourse i want to enter!

  • Korby - I am new to your blog and excited to see how this giveaway works!

  • channing - OH I would LOVE to win…IF i win, then I will give something away also! I love give and take…

  • Fabiana - amazin :-)

  • HannahM - I cannot wait to hear about your beautiful floors! ps. I hear ya. Snow play ends the same way at my house: snow + toddler face= frozen tears!

  • kathy boyer - I would love love love to win. More than I want the Bears to win!

  • Kate - Count me in! Never won a thing before, but anything can happen. :)

  • Jill - Count me in! Thanks

  • Cyndi B - OMG, love the adorable giveaways!!!

  • mandi - Sweet sassy molassy!

  • melissa lee - oh me! me! me! pick me!!

  • Liz - you have great sponsors…would be so happy to win any of their offers! Thanks to you and to each of them!

  • Liz - Thanks for great giveaways, Ashley! Thanks to your sponsors!

  • Ashley Aylsworth - Cant figure out how to get this to work. Any suggestions?