There are a couple of guys that I will need to send a box of homeade cookies to if this goes through again. For those of you that have blog rolls on your actual blogs…is my blog updating there too?

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  • Anna Joy - Yes, I see your blog on my Google Reader!

  • Emily Laird - Yes, it works on my blog roll.

  • Kari - It’s coming up in my blog roll! Hooray!

  • Kristen - Oh my gosh, you are showing up in Google Reader!!! This is awesome!!

  • Lindsay Megahed - It’s finally updating on mine now!

  • Paige - YES! I nearly just fell off the chair when I saw it! Ha!

  • Miranda - Yep, comes up on mine!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jaime A. - lol… it’s showing up on my side bar (on my blog roll)…
    and I jumped right over…
    the title caught me off guard.

    and here I was thinking you were talking about a pregnancy test! lol… =)

  • Carla - oh good!

  • Mandy - I saw it was updated and had to come see why!!

  • Heather@CookieMondays - YES! YAY!

  • linkcreations - jipjip.
    lol to Jaime A! :) sweet.

  • cally - You’re on my roll! Amazing. Nice to see ya.

  • Sarah - Yay! It’s working!!

  • Brooke in WI - WAHOO!!! You are in my reader again. Hopefully you stay there! :)

  • candace - Yes! So, I excited to see it.

  • Kim - BOOYAH!!! You’re on my roll!!

  • hanna - yup – showing up for me too. I’m so excited as I love your blog – it’s one of my daily favorites.

  • Tammy Kay - it wasn’t working for me but I reentered it and now it is! :)

  • Katie - yes yes it’s working for me :)
    My blogroll was full of your posts this morning yay!

  • Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary - I just added your beautiful blog to my blog roll and I can see ya!

  • gina - thar she blows…right up on my google reader. yay!

  • Silvia - I don´t know when you posted it, but in my blogroll I can see this ”
    one more test…just to be sure
    Hace 1 hora.” Hace 1 hora means “An hour ago”.
    From Argentina, me, Silvia.

  • Silvia - Sorry, it is 9:29 pm

  • Kristin - Yay! Glad you’re showing up!

  • Lindsay - woohoo! welcome back!

  • Melissa - It sure is – hope those guys enjoy the cookies :)

  • tasha roe - it works! woo hoo

  • rebekah - Yes. But this is the first time- I’ve been keeping up with your blog for almost a year, and today is the first time it’s showed me when you posted something new. Hooray!

  • Yolanda - I use Safari as my feed reader. I’ve never had problems with your feed, though I’ve only been reading a couple of months.

  • Ashley - I am so excited they got this worked out!! Your blog however, is a permanent site on my iPhone, so I checked it everyday anyway. BUT, I’m glad it works now!

  • Katie - YAY! so happy its on google reader! woop!

  • Leslie - It’s on mine too! Yay! (And this is Leslie Poe, formerly Horn, from OBU! Not sure if I’ve ever commented before but LOVE reading!)

  • Gwen - Showing up on my blogspot blog roll! Yay!

  • tessa - I have followed for a while, but have always just had your page bookmarked and have a button on the top of my browser I click on when I check it everyday. I am trying to add you to my reader, but am having some difficulties. When I click ‘subscribe’ I am taken to a crazy page with a bunch of gibberish on it. Maybe I am doing this completely wrong…help! I want you on my reader!

  • Jennie - Yes! I’m excited!

  • Tessa - It is updating on Google … and on my blog! Yeah!

  • katie mize - Yay! You’re back on my blogroll! haven’t been there for months!

  • Linda - Yay! I see you!

  • Katie - Yay for the update!

  • Lacey McKay - It’s WORKING!!! Yay! Hurray!

  • Jill Curry - These itsy bitsy creations are scrumptious. My little girl needs a new dress!

  • Kristen - Yep yep yep!

  • Michelle Gray - yep it updated on my blog…yay!

  • Liene - yes, your link is refreshing itself now when a new post by your hand is published!

This is just a test to see if Google Reader is actually working on my blog again or if it is another freak one time thing. If it works…there will be happy dancing happening around here…

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  • Tricia - Came through on my Reader!!

  • Elisa @ What the Vita - Yep it works on mine too!

  • Nichole - Came through on my Google reader!

  • Allison Waken - Came through on mine too! Hope it works for you now

  • jen@odbt - It’s working…just got a whole bunch of posts show up in my reader. Happy dance!

  • tara - showed up on my blog page at the top of my sweet inspiration list!:)

  • Robin - Got it!

  • arlene - I got this one today! Usually, I get them sporadically, in increments of 10. Yay – crossing my fingers!

  • Jessica - Works here too!!

  • Paulina - Yeah!! It worked. I unsuscribed from the “old” feed and made sure to keep the “new” one.

  • April - Yep, I got a whole slew of posts today. I’m SO excited!

  • Jamin Garoutte - Google Reader hasn’t shown me any of your posts for an incredibly long time–there was one day a while back that it updated with a ton of posts, but then nothing again for months. Today I suddenly had about 10 or 15 posts show-up again! Hopefully they keep coming in ’cause I forget to look at your blog when they don’t (but don’t worry, my wife actually keeps up with your pictures & asks me all the time, “Did you see what Ashley posted today?!)

  • shelby - I got this post in my google reader :)

  • danielle - i got this on my google reader… i got several from you today, although dated back a while. :)

  • megan - woohoo. working for me. you have no idea how happy this makes me :)

  • libby - showing up on mine!! yippy! now I know when you have updates!

  • kristen - woot! woot!

Back in the day I was a gymnast. My little guy is in preschool where they do gymnastics an hour a day. It is awesome. I haven’t seen him so excited about something not related to his big brother or Legos in a long time. The hardest part about him going to preschool at a gym is it makes me want to get out on that tumbling tramp so bad. We are new there, so I am thinking I’ll spend the next few months trying to win over the owners so that maybe they will let me play on the equipment one day. Going to have to work on my plan for that.

It is odd having two boys gone and the younger two old enough to play and run around. I remember when the older boys were 1 & 3. It seemed impossible to run in and out of places. It was hard work. Funny how perspective changes. Now when I just have a 1 & 2 year old around I feel like I can do anything – even pop in and out of stores. It also means I now have a chunk of time to be alone during naps. It’s nice.

The first day of preschool it rained. I sat on the front porch and enjoyed myself during naptime. The Craft Hope book recently came out. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. It is even better than I expected (and I had high expectations). So many ideas. So many resources. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.

I also transferred everything from my 2010 MomAgenda to my new 2011 one. Littlest Brother decided to draw throughout my 2010 one, so that was annoying. MomAgendas go from August to Decemeber of the following year. There is a daily section for each kid and a spot on each day to record your dinner menu. I’ve been using them for a couple of years now. I like actually writing in something verses everything digital.

FireCracker woke up, but entertained herself while I took a pencil to my living room walls.

While I was drawing I thought she was playing with a toy. I looked down to find this. It cracked me up.

She loves pulling out all my magazines, but this time she made herself comfortable on pillows left out by her brothers.

Like throwing magazines, she enjoys tossing her cup. I don’t enjoy that game.

Littlest Brother is an independent guy. I almost have to force him to play with my when his brothers are gone.

I like him. A lot.

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  • Nicole - I’ve been looking into the momagendas, but find their website to be lacking – I want to SEE more of the product so I know what I’m getting into! In your opinion, are they more helpful than regular day planners? Wondreing if I should trade in my Franklin Covey? Need something small but want it to function for both work and home. Too much?? :)

  • annie - I prefer writing to digital – there is just something about crossing something off or writing it down that makes it real and important for me. So nice to see some other non-digital ladies out there.

  • laura - How sweet:). You always make motherhood very attractive…thanks for (realistically, of course) revealing your joy and love for your kids!!

  • Jamie - I am loving your pencil-mark frames! The tape on the pic is just so cute. I like to have a written calendar too bc I think it’s fun to go back and know exactly what I did a year or more ago; plus, I don’t have to worry about it crashing.

  • Giovanna - Your baby girl “reading” is adorable.
    And your boy so handsome.
    The frame was fabulous ha ha ha.

  • Bron @ Baby Space - Aww, so, so cute – all of you! That book looks great and if recommended by you MUST be good. Will have to put it on the list :)

  • Yuliana - They are so adorable. Cute baby girl you got!!!!

  • Stacey - Oh my… I love the rain and that picture is just beautiful. As a new(er) mom I have really grown to appreciate that prized alone time during the day. When Lillie is taking a nap and I can just kick back and get a few things done. So nice!

    I will have to check out that book and I am the keeping of a handwritten agenda also. Always will be! :)

  • Lisa Johnson - That teaser picture of your new living room has me completely hooked. Can’t wait to see what you’ve done! That Firecracker is such a sweetie. She’ll be doing her own creative projects before you know it :)

  • colleen - Thanks for the rec. on Craft Hope. Am going to take a look next time i am at B&N. What on earth are you drawing on your walls? frames? We live in a 1920’s house with plaster walls which makes everything (especially hanging pictures) a little more challenging. So drawing a frame would definitely be easire and not require the patience of Job(: Noticed your walls are textured. What is that?

  • colleen - Love a little free time! Are you drawing frames?

  • summer - Okay, Firecracker and the magazines is hysterical, love it! And I’m jonesin for some of your hand-drawn frames on my walls- when will you be in Idaho next? 😉

  • Robyn Farmer - I love it when you post pics of yourself. Just love it!

  • Lisa Tullett - Love that mom agenda…where could I get one?

    Thanks for such a great blog!

  • Seamingly Sarah - This makes me look forward to expanding from 1 to 2 kids at home. Wish me luck.

  • Liene - Something went wrong…. I do not know what. This is wat I wrote “So time left over? More diy project? Can’t wait to read about it!”

  • lifeologia - So cute. Firecracker really takes after her mother 😉

  • Heather - i like this little peak into your day. and that wall looks pretty awesome. can’t wait to see more.

  • Tammy Kay - I just covered a cork board with that exact AB fabric! My frame is black though. I love the way the room is looking. Have you seen the new lines? Oh my goodness!

  • Joy Andrews - I am right here with ya Ashley-have 2 boys in school and two at home 2 & 1 too. My bummer is 2 yr old is transitioning from 2 naps to one-big BUMMERRRR I enjoyed 2 free times in the day. But its all about growing up and I do looove the stages. I will survive!
    have a great day!

  • Erin - Cute post. I love how Firecracker is lounging with her magazines, all she needs is her own Starbucks drink 😉

  • Lacey McKay - Whoa! Your blog just showed back up in my google reader all of a sudden! Yay!

  • ria - I loooove the pencil frames. Way cute.
    I prefer pen to paper over all digital too. There is something about blank lines on paper that just beg to be written on.

  • tasha roe - such a tease! great sneak peak of the living room!

    love that little one loungin’ with the magazines. that’s my kind of girl!

  • Jordan - About the throwing the cup thing- don’t know if you will find this helpful but we sure have! it’s called a clingy cord- my son is just now starting the throwing stage, I especially love this when we are out and about.. at restaurants and such! :)

  • rebekah - omGoodness, ashley! i didn’t know you were a former gymnast! awesome! besides my photography biz and CIMM, my sister & i own a gymnastics center. you should totally come down and play sometime. :)

  • Lisa S. - Great post! I noticed you have texturized walls like we do! Have you ever tried a vinyl on them? I want to put one up in the nursery but wondered if it would actually work or if I would just be wasting my money? What do you think?

  • heather - oooh the momagenda that looks rad! what size did you get?

  • emily anderson - my friend was just telling me about momagenda…she has one and was showing me all the fabulous things about it.
    i’ve used the same planner for years now…but have been thinking about switching. so, you really like your momagenda?

    and a hoo-rah for google reader finally working again!

  • Jodi - I love the mom agenda. You should add a link to your blog. I think they offer 10% incentive programs for linking up. YOu can earn some points towards your 2012 agenda!!

    Firecracker will be as creative as her mama!

  • jennie K - I LOVE the idea of drawing the frames on the wall! That is SO CUTE! Where did you find the inspiration for that? I am in a rental so I would have to draw it on paper but I still love love LOVE the idea!!