Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for my blog in Apartment Therapy’s Homies Blog Awards. The 10 finalists were announced and I am honored to be among 9 tremendous blogs in the Best Kids Design Blog category. It is incredible just to be nominated, nonetheless be a finalist. Thank you! You should go check out the other 9 blogs – inspiration overload! Voting for your favorite blog among the 1o finalists goes until next Thursday (Feb. 3rd). You can vote here.

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  • anna - very cool! congrats!

  • shea - Yay! You have my vote! And you deserve it!

  • amy - YAY!! You so deserve it!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Ashley, I am so, so happy for you!

  • maryliz cawley - Tried to vote and cant … is it me? Will keep trying but wanted to give you a heads up quickly if it was the link. Good luck … you deserve this praise and more

  • BriBedell - Congratualtions! Where are those leggings from!!

  • ingrid - voted.
    such a big girl doing somersaults!

  • Katie - So awesome for you! There’s something to be said for a little bit of validation that what you do on a blog is meaningful to someone else, I think. This is a great indication of that. You truly do share so much that’s valuable. Wonderful pictures, wonderful crafts, and wonderful insights on raising such wonderful kids.

    And, on a completely unrelated note, can I just say how much I love that I can leave a comment on your blog without a box popping up or being redirected away from your homepage? Love that.

  • Lacey R - Congrats! Also, just need to say that Firecracker is killing me. I swear you can see her personality shining right through in all the photos you post of her. She has to be such a fun & entertaining baby girl!!

  • Libby - you’re definitely the best out of all of those. Your blog is my favorite!

  • April - Congrats Ashley….you definitely deserve this !!!

    best of luck
    have a happy day

  • Courtney Henson - I just voted for you! And I had never heard of any of the other blogs – I looked at all of them and you are still my favorite by far! They don’t hold a candle to you! Good luck! Oh, and it showed where everyone was at and you were leading! Yay!

  • heather - Congrats! πŸ™‚

    And now…questions for you! Where did you get those awesome leggings and the cute skirt? I must get them for my littlest girl! πŸ™‚

  • Amber - Congrats! I know it’s only a little peak, but I love what I can see of the quilt folded on your bed. Do you have a picture of the whole quilt somewhere?

  • Jess - Hooray! I’m going to vote for you right now.

  • Brooke Leigh @ First Avenue - !!!! a night post! That’s enough to make me want to flip =)
    Of course, going to vote – it’s either between you or you. Hm..

  • AshleyAnn - Thanks guys! The skirt was a sweet gift, I think it is from Crazy 8 (the branch store of Gymboree…not sure if that is the correct name). The leggings are from Baby Gap.

    The quilt my crazy talented Aunt Sandy made…I’ll try to post more of it soon.

  • Jenny B. - Congrats! I just visited all the other finalists. They had some interesting things to see, but yours is still my FAVE! πŸ˜€

  • kari - Yay for you! You’ve got my vote. XOXO

  • jaymee - congrats! Those are all great blogs to be nominated with but here’s a secret…you’re still #1 in my small and unimportant little world. : )

  • Stefanie - yes!!!!

  • Tess S - how exciting!

    i was wondering last night how many of your followers have also been on pins and needles waiting for your chicken wire expose. just me?

    congrats! so happy for you! a finalist!

  • Shayna - That is awesome news!!! Congratulations!!! πŸ™‚

  • Kimberly - VERY COOL! Good Luck=) LOVE the tutu and legging!

  • Katrina - Congrats! And those pictures are too cute.

  • Marie - You got my vote! πŸ™‚

  • Kelly - yippee!!! That’s great news! Off to vote! Kelly

  • Marykay - Woo Hoo! off to vote for you…

  • Joy Fisher - Congrats! I would have been a serious gafaw if you’d been left off the list, honestly.

    Unrelated to that, but related to your flippin’ cutie pie. Where do you find the black and white striped pants and I saw her with a shirt like it once to. I have the hardest time finding that basic black and white strip in clothing. Thanks!

  • Jamie - wow, Ashley…looks like you’re doing well over in the polls!
    Good luck~you got my vote! πŸ™‚

  • molly acord - I think your subfloors are wonderful πŸ™‚ My favorite thing about them is the subtle difference the make in the background of your pictures like the ones above with your cutie little girl!

  • Kristin - Congratulations! That is so awesome. πŸ™‚ I just love your little girls leggings and tutu! She cracks me up in the above photos.

  • bettijo - Congratulations! I’m dying to know where you got those adorable leggings??

  • Neva - Hey… you’re winning so far πŸ˜‰

  • Heather - yay!! so happy you’re being recognized for your amazing style! i just voted…i hope YOU win! πŸ™‚

  • hearttypat - Hands down, you’re my favourite one! Of course I’m voting for you!

  • Jodi - You’re gonna win…YOU’RE GONNA WIN!!!!! I just checked out the results thus far, and…..YOU’RE GONNA WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Helen + Bill + Mirys from Brazil - Hi Ashley!

    IΒ΄ve just returned from my trip to Europe and IΒ΄s trying to up date myself with your blog when I found this. WHAT WONDERFULL NEWS!!!!!

    Today is the last day for votes and your blog have a third of all votes!!!! Congrats!!!! You so deserve it!

    When my blog have 1 1/2 month (!!!! How great is this???) weΒ΄ve been nomenated for something similar, too, in Brazil. Unfourtunatelly, we didnΒ΄t win… but being one of the top 10 made my day!!!! For days!!!!

    See you!


Sometimes all you need is a few pictures to tell a story.

I love that one day she will be able to look back at these and get a pretty good idea of herself at 18 months.

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  • kat - Oh my gosh, how precious is she! I think it’s hilarious that she just walked in there and grabbed what she wanted. It’s even funnier that they ran away.

  • Liene - Funny to see one of the boys (in the background) escaping via the stairs!

  • Lacey R - What an adorable story!! Love these! My favorite is the back view of Firecracker pondering her next move! I also love her nonchalant expressions in response to their annoyance or displeasure! She’s a doll!

  • Hoosier at Heart - Not only are your kids just too cute but your floor is really clean. I noticed. I look at stuff like that. I already have the cute kid thing but someday I shall have a clean floor also. Maybe.

  • wonderland - I love the story!

  • amy - You go girlfriend πŸ™‚

  • Sadie - Um, yeah…your floors are TOO clean! LOL! LOVE these photos. Seriously, they are perfect for the story. You didn’t even have to add words, their faces tell it all!

  • heidi - Cracked. me. up. πŸ™‚

  • amanda torres - The picture of her that is the closest on her face looks like you! I’ve always just seen a major resemblance to Big Bro, who I think looks like Chris, but not in that pic! She is too cute, and ornery. A good combination for a girl.

  • Seamingly Sarah - I love the one where she is lying down on his legs. Sometimes it feels like my daughter is always doing that, basically leaching off of someone (usually me). I can’t wait to see how her future younger sibling treats her and visa versa!

  • the whyte house - little brothers face is perfect! my brother still makes that face at me and he’s 33. haha.

  • CharlaL - I just love her! feisty!

  • Jill - So stinkin cute! I just love your posts! Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with all of us and making me have a good laugh! : )

  • Taryn Smith - I cannot tell you how much I enjoying watching your children! My youngest is now 21, it really is true what they say, the time goes by so fast. They are so so cute!

  • Mariah - ahhh… gotta love it. And, Ashley. seriously. Your floors are really clean. Stop making the rest of us look so bad, will ya? πŸ™‚

  • ashley jensen - That is too funny. First they are in the living room, then the kitchen, and ended up going upstairs! It won’t be too long before she is old enough to role play right along side of them with their cars.

  • Julie B - Hmm I think I need to go mop the kitchen floor again. I love that at that moment she didn’t care they had gone to hide from her, she was just happy she got their stuff!

  • Melissa - Love it!

  • able mabel - That’s how it works in this house too! It’s all fun and games until the little sibling comes and “ruins” it. Love it!

  • Tess S - i love that she’s awesome. pure awesome!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Love that one with ‘booty as pillow’! My son still (at 4) wants to use his sister’s booty as a pillow!

  • Tracie - I love the look of disgust on littlest brother’s face when she sat on him. I have seen that same look on my daughter’s face when her little brother interrupts her play. Awesome!

  • ali - Oh my! I just love this! She is the cutest! Oh, Firecracker!

  • Sandy - Best silent movie ever, their faces tell it all. She is living up to her name “Firecracker”.

  • giozi - Your right, and nice story.
    My daughter always took away the toys for my child, and he came to me crying, or many times she hit him, (she is the greatest, you remember) and he came crying to me, but for two weeks, he has begun to take off her bunny rabbit, just to annoy her, and sometime if she hits him, he also hits her.

  • Melissa W. - Firecracker and my youngest, Rae, would get along wonderfully. πŸ™‚ She LOVES “joining in” on the fun when brother’s playing cars or sister’s playing dolls… followed by the other sibling hiding! πŸ™‚ Love the storytelling. πŸ™‚ And the sweet photos too!

  • VΓ©nusia - Your kids are so cute !!!!

  • Angeline - Love the story! I’m hoping I can learn to photograph half this well by the time I have kids–what a great visual memento for them (and their kids and grandkids) to be able to look back on in the future.

  • Amanda D - I love ALL of your posts, but this is one of my favorites. I have 6 year old twins and a 19 month old (all boys) and you inspire me to take more pictures of their everyday life. Watching your “stories” that you share remind me a lot of my own “stories” around here!

  • Alice H - Poor Firecracker πŸ™ they kept leaving her out and all she wanted to do was play with them. I’m sure that is the only reason she took their things, it wasn’t to be onery, but to be included. LOL! Your kids are too cute. I want your daughter to marry my youngest son (11.5 months). And yes please come clean my house…your floors are way too clean!

  • Stefanie - totally reminds me of my youngest with my older two. She follows behind them, ‘stealing’ toys as she goes, copying everything they say. I love when they get tired of her doing that and they say “Kara! lets play hide-n-go-seek! You go hide and we’ll find you.” – with no intention of actually finding her, just wanting her to get lost. I remember doing that when I was little πŸ™‚

  • Brooke Leigh @ First Avenue - She is awesome! I dearly hope my daughter grows up to be strong against her brother like Firecracker is!

  • Leanne - super cute. my daughter is constantly doing this sort of thing to her brothers too. πŸ™‚

  • Linda - I am the only sister with 3 older brothers, too. I’m guessing that if we’d had the technology, my mother could have snapped a similar story about me! πŸ™‚

  • Alix - Oh your site is lovely lady….just found you via the Homies (i’m a fellow nominee). Congratulations!

  • gina - too cute!

  • Amy - attah girl!! she is too just too funny

  • victoria - adorable. and her little foot poking out n the one pic is so cute!

  • victoria - oops, that’s not her foot – it’s her brother’s…hahah. in pic #6 i thought her foot was out of her jamas but it’s just the angle…

  • DebZorn - When I look at these pictures, all I can say is: You go girl! She is so cute and so are your boys. She will be a strong and resourceful women!

  • Katie - Hahahahaha! Gotta love the story there. And that little pajama bum. πŸ™‚

  • Abby - What a great post…. I am having little moments like this …with my girl only 9.5 months can you believe it’s happening ALREADY! We already have the crawling up and randomly lying on a brother and the stolen car or lego man… kinda grosses the brothers out when they find it in her mouth…. but then she wins the toy πŸ™‚

  • Yuliana - She is an adorable little girl. I want kiss those cheecks!!!!!!!

  • Love and Lollipops - I just now found you! I really love this…you have “told” the story perfectly!


  • angie - Love your blog! I had no idea when I found it that we had so much in common. I also have 3 boys(10, 6, 4) and a little girl who is now 4 months! We love Legos & playing outside too! Will definitely be checking back in!

  • erica - ha! same thing goes on here daily with my 18 mo old…poor thing, they always run away and hide from her, too!

  • Darcie - Love it! The girls always win, don’t they? We have a 2 1/2 year old girl and are expecting our first boy. He’ll be owned by his bossy sister for sure. πŸ™‚

Yesterday I shared the Crush Valentine’s I made for oldest son. I knew the quote I wanted for it, but wasn’t sure how to get him to make a face that would work. I told him to make a face that says, “The best Valentine Crush is the kind you can drink.” Yep, that didn’t work. So I resorted to just having him make whatever faces he wanted to – hoping one would work for what I needed. Since he doesn’t appear on this blog too often I thought I’d share some of his faces. When I was editing the pics, he and his 4 year old brother started telling me what I should write on the pictures. I guess they think those thought bubbles go on all their pictures now.

I did not have anything to do with the quotes on these pictures. They are the product of a 4 year old and 6 year old. Cracks me up.

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  • Anna Marie - Very cute! I especially love the “underwear” thoughts…haha. I remember you saying how funny that word is to them. Lol!

  • Alba - what happens with kids and underwear? πŸ˜‰ they love to say the word. I love the pictures and the comments.

  • Amanda - Too Damn funny… I so totally look forward to reading your blog! LOL!

  • Pleasant Vonnoh - So cute….boys are so much fun!

  • Sadie - This is great! I love their quotes! Very creative!

  • Jenny Joy - You know, the word “underwear” really IS fun to say, isn’t it?

    I love these photos. A. Dor. Able.

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Ha! Very funny!
    All the underwear references- classic! My kids die laughing at underwear too. The other day I asked my son why he was wearing his sister’s red pants. They both cracked up and said “RED PANTS!!! HAHAHHA!!!” Umm, what?

  • Seamingly Sarah - Very fun! Although I do not have sons, my daughter’s rough house nature comes out when Daddy is around. I love to see those two wrestle, tumble and love on each other. Little girls so need a daddy to play with them. =)

  • ashley jensen - My daughter makes some hilarous faces all on her own and she gets that from me. LOVE the “my dad will tackle me” face.

  • Lesley - Ha! Not surprised to see underwear pop up in those!

  • amanda torres - Forget Snapshots. I need an AshleyAnn Creative Bootcamp. Maybe you could slap some creative craftiness into me.

  • anne c - your kids are great! and as always I enjoy reading your blog everyday πŸ™‚

  • giozi - Cute. Lovely all of them

  • Lacy M. - I love it!! My kids LOVE to make faces in the camera. A couple of times I’ve found random pictures taken by Riley (my 4 year old daughter) of Riley making different faces…priceless!!

  • Laurie J - the word “underwear” and little boys go together like peanut butter and jelly! πŸ™‚ haha, glad to know my boys are normal!!

  • Kelly - hilarious! Kelly

  • Samantha Bender - Ashley – This is adorable! I have three boys and I think they would love to do this. Where did you find the super cute thought bubbles? Thanks!

  • Whitney Benson - Can you tell me where you found the Strawberry Crush? I’m having trouble locating it…Sam’s, WalMart, Target, K-Mart….nada!

  • erica - love the bubble quotes, too cute!

  • Brooke Leigh @ First Avenue - Whitney – they have strawberry crush at our local Pick ‘n Save, try there if you have one in your area! Otherwise, maybe Ashley knows some other places!

    These pictures made me smile. Thank you! After a long night of staying awake with baby girl I’m thrilled to have a little giggle with my morning coffee.

  • Katie - Totally laughing about “He stole my underwear!” Funny boys. πŸ™‚

  • AshleyAnn - Whitney, I got it at Walmart.

  • AshleyAnn - Samantha – the thought bubbles are called “Free Speech Quote Bubbles” from Design Aglow

  • shanalea - I love this. What is it with boys and underwear. My oldest will call his underpants which we think is hilarious. And of course no day can go without wrestling. I am surprised they have their shirts on. Our nickname for our boys is the shirtless wonders.

  • the whyte house - LOL. does chris tackle him often?? πŸ™‚

  • Lauren Klouda - “Ahhh. My brother is stealing my underwear!” – The face is priceless and the comment even better. Little boy humor is wonderful.

    Thanks for sharing the bigger boys. πŸ™‚

  • Kim - Too funny, and sooo adorable!

  • caro - jajaja, he has your eyes and put same faces.

  • Stefanie - my 6 year old son loved this. LOVED it πŸ™‚

  • CharlaL - love it..our boys look like they are close in age and have the same hobby! lol

  • Erin - This cracks me up!

  • Shelly Coulter - These are so cute!

    are they for family or for them to give out at school?

  • Kim @ It's a Crafty Life - Just found your blog…your pictures are absolutely beautiful! And funny—you gotta love that! πŸ™‚

  • Caitlin - Your boys are hilarious – the faces are so funny, but even better are their captions! Nice work boys!!

  • mandy - So cute! How did you make those adorable thought bubbles???

  • giozi - I love his faces. Is so funny.

  • Putting words in her mouth… - […] Ashley Ann (who is totally fab, btw) gave me the idea to use thought bubbles. So much fun. I may have to incorporate these into a cute storyboard image for a client one day. In the meantime, I’m just going to put words into my baby’s mouth. […]