I’ve been slowly reading through a new magazine called Seeing the Everyday. I wish I could quote every page to you. It is beautifully written and photographed. It is not a typical magazine. Every article is about finding the beauty in the day to day. So much of it is similar to things I’ve written about here…only more beautifully written by them.

The sun is setting earlier in the day now here. We’ve been enjoying warm afternoons and fall sunlight. I know in the photos below you can’t really see any of my kid’s faces…that is okay with me. I like the feelings of simpicity and warmth that filling the picture with sunlight gives. A fall afternoon…seeing the everyday beauty of the before dinner breakdowns!

After knocking down branches with dirt balls the boys wanted to head out to the trampoline. This first picture I took of my oldest instructing the youngest two. It is very much reflective of their relationships. Biggest Brother, 6, wanted to take pictures of the rest of us. Here are a few of what he captured.

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  • Lindsay - Love that excerpt from the magazine. Thanks for sharing it – I’m definitely taking a look at that link!

  • allison - i too love those photos where the warm sun shines – i especially love to look at them in the cold winter!

  • Holly - He did a great job!

  • Yanet - I love the sunlight shots. Biggest Brother captured some great moments too. I’m too a BIG believer on capturing the everyday things. I’m going to have to look for the magazine. Sounds inspiring.

  • Gevay - I think he has inherited your eye for good photos. With a little more training you could have a mother and son photography business. Did you enjoy the CMA Awards last night? How was Gwyneth?

  • Meaghan - I love all the shots — especially the one of Firecracker. She’s so cute! The sunlight pictures are so nice to see, especially during this cold morning here in the Bluegrass.
    Is Seeing the Everyday a magazine available at Barnes and Noble?

  • Sadie - Can I just say that I truly adore your outlook on life. You inspire me more than you know. THanks so much for your amazing posts. I am now off to look at the link of the magazine. Big Bro did an amazing job!

  • anne c - wow what a great job biggest brother at capturing some amazing moments! I would hire you on the spot!

  • Jessica - O the simple everyday things… definitely brings smiles to faces. However, I do believe I have 2 favorites out of these pictures. The first one is the bottom left picture of one of your boys and it’s the one to the left of the one of your daughter. (Sorry I don’t know the nicknames of your children, except for “Firecracker”) That picture looks as though the Lord is shining down on your son on his back and he’s soaking all of it in that he can. It needs to be used as an advertisement for a church conference or something.
    the second favorite is the one where your oldest son is telling your daughter and her brother what to do. If you haven’t, please look at her face. It’s as though she’s thinking “brother, i may WILLINGLY do what you ask now, but remember, I’m truly the one in charge here and I know where you live!” Her face is extremely priceless. 🙂 Thanks for sharing these photos.

  • Anna - Love it! Beautiful pictures (as always) !

  • allison - Beautiful photos, and thanks for sharing that great thought for today 🙂

  • ashley jensen - Sunlight is a beautiful thing! I will defintely have to check out the magazine and way to go Biggest Brother on your mad photography skills!

  • Jill - OK, this has nothing to do with your post and I hope it doesn’t freak you out but I had a dream last night that we met and there were a million other random people there and they were all trying to do something illegal but you and I? We were making caramel corn! lol If this makes you crave caramel corn, I actually have a realy good recipe I can share with you.

  • Becka @ Life as an Artistpreneur - I’ve been trying to be more intentional with my documenting of our life. It’s always the most random photos that I end up treasuring the most.

  • Rachel C - Hi

  • ingrid blanchette - beautiful…thank you for sharing!

  • Philly - Biggest Brother took those pictures at the age of 6? Looks like you have a little photographer on your hands!

  • Courtney Henson - Thank you for sharing about this magazine! I just ordered a subscription for myself and for a friend’s birthday in a few weeks. It is so my friend and I’m so excited to give it to her! Thanks!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Ashley, this is beautiful. I am going to have to look into that magazine right away!

  • Ethel - Firecracker is going to be great on the trampoline. Can’t believe she has the balance to even stand on it at such a young age.
    Enjoy the blog and seeing your kiddos!

  • giozi - In August in Jackie’s group I had to take sun pictures it was really difficult to me 🙂
    Your sun photos are amazing.
    I was looking your children the two smallest looks like very similar to each other.

  • gina - I love your photos (and yesterdays too) as they completely capture the waning warmth of fall.

  • Liz R. - This is why I LOVE, LOVE your blog! I went and subscribed today!

  • Rebekah Jean - Ashley!!! I know I haven’t commented in a million years, but I still absolutely read your blog every day as I have since it was a blogspot blog. 🙂 I usually read it on my phone which makes it hard to comment. I LOVE this post. Those are such lovely pictures that show how wonderful the simple things of life really are. Great quote too, love love it.

    p.s. I finally started a new blog 🙂

  • PJ - Never heard of Seeing the Everyday magazine, but now I’m going to check it out!

  • Stephanie - Love these shots. The light was beautiful!

  • kristiina - Thank you Ashley–I just ordered a subscription after clicking on the link and checking it out. I hope you never tire of this blog because you inspire me EVERY DAY!! xo

  • Leanne - cute. I should let my biggest take pictures too. thanks for the idea.

  • Laurie J - thanks for the reminder about the mundane moments of life. so many of those…gotta make em count!

  • Rachel - Checked out the magazine… I’ve got a new item for my Christmas wishlist… if I can hold out that long. Thanks for sharing it. Your images are wonderful.

  • Erica Buchanan - Ashely, These are my favs, love the essence they bring.

  • Susan Caing - yes…very true. thanks for reminding us, specially in this rat race world.

  • Carolyn - Love the photos taken by your son – good job! Also love that first photo you took…I love, little toddler hands 🙂

  • The Prairie Hen - Dear Savoring The Days,
    This has been my chorus lately… My favorite quote goes, “Everything changed the day she figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life.”

    Your blog is beautiful! I will be checking out that magazine.

    Tasting The Moments in NE

  • Michelle S - Thank you for posting about this magazine. I’ve never seen anything like it and subscribed right away. I think it will be great to read while spa music in the background! Thanks for sharing a little of your world with us!

  • Wendy - My skin is all prickly from the goosebumps! Your blog feels so positive and is obviously brimming with love. Thank you for sharing! I hope you don’t mind if I add you to my Blogroll.

  • Alina Koval - biggest brother is following mommys steps. going to be a great photographer one day. how exciting 🙂

  • Susan - Can I just say your pictures are total eye candy for me. And would you mind sharing how you captured the four photos on the top – I LOVE that look.

  • Jodified Photography + Design - […] THIS is always a great reminder and something I plan on doing tomorrow… capturing our everyday. […]

  • melissa w - I’m a big fan of your blog, ashley. I’ve been a faithful reader for the last few months. Anyway, this post, especially, caught my eye, b/c the editor of this magazine is friends with my sister in Boston. She raved and raved about it and then gave me a copy a few months ago and and fell in love with it too. Anyway, I am so glad it is getting circulated around the country! What powerful messages it has!

    Thanks for your lovely blog. I’m always left inspired to be better after reading.
    thanks again,
    melissa wood

  • What I’ve been bookmarking lately » amyj - […] am so busy lately that I am struggling with lots of the little everyday stuff this post talks about a new magazine looks at the everyday stuff and the photographs look neat too. Oh and if […]

  • hearttypat - Biggest Brother is talented! And he’s only 6! Love the photos he took!

  • Amy - I just wanted to say I love the attentiveness on Firecracker’s face in the first picture of the second collage. I love the photographs that show how the relationships between your kids are developing! They must make you so proud.

  • daily moments » Silverbox Creative Studio - […] ashleyannphotography.com via Nicole on Pinterest posted in: […]

This picture involves the following: setting sun, jean jacket, laying in the grass, bare feet, golden fields, laughing children, strong bonds, joy, simple life pleasures…and what do those things remind you of? Country Music, of course!

In case you didn’t know tonight is the Country Music Awards. I am quite excited about it. I am not too sure about Gwyenth Paltrow making her live country music debut. I think she is a great actress and I’ve heard she has a great voice, but I just don’t picture her sitting in a field eating fried chicken in the tailgate of a beat up truck. I could be wrong. We will see tonight.

Two years ago (when there were about 50 us that knew this blog existed) we played a game in honor of the CMAs. Well, country fans, I am bringing it back today. The game will take place in the comment section. Each comment will be lyrics from a country song, but it has to include one word from the previous comment. For example:


Comment 1: “….I can take you for a ride on my big green tractor. We can go slow or make it go faster…”

Comment 2: “I’d be on the tractor she’d be on my mind with that sun beatin’ down on this back of mine.”

Comment 3: “When the sun goes down, we’ll be groovin'”


You get the idea. There is no prize, it is just for fun and to get is in the mood for tonight. I will note, I can’t sit by my computer all day so I know some comments will get stuck needing approval. I apologize if your’s gets stuck. Some of you might comment at the same time and it will get out of order or look confusing…just go with it and use the last posted quote you see. For those of you that sadly do not like country music I am sure the comments will sound quite foreign…come back tomorrow 🙂

Feel free to come back and play along all day!

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  • Amy - “Oh, you can watch me walk if you want to, want to
    I bet you want me back now don’t you, don’t you…” (not my favorite song, but it has been stuck in my head since I heard it last night…) Game On!!!

  • Hollie - I pulled over by the curb
    I’ve been sittin’ here all night
    Wonderin’ what it was I did so wrong
    That he did so right
    I’ve thought of breakin’ down her door
    But there’s nothin’ left to say
    That chevy four-by-four
    Says it all sittin’ in my place

  • Lindsay - And he whispers don’t cry for ME, I’ll see you all someday.
    He looks up and says, “I can see God’s face.”

  • Stephanie - I’ll show you love like you’ve dreamed of, I’ve got so much to give, WATCH this….

  • Shannon{photos by shannon} - I cross my heart and promise to
    Give all I’ve got to give
    To make all your dreams come true
    In all the world you’ll never find
    A LOVE as true as mine

  • AshleyAnn - “That picture from our honeymoon,
    “That night in Frisco Bay:
    “Just GIVE it away.”

  • jessica - GIVE me a saturday night, my baby by my side, sweet home alabama and a six pack of light, an old dirt road and i’ll be alright…

  • Holly - GIVE me that girl with the hair in a mess
    sleepy little smile with her head on my chest

  • Mirys - I´m not quite sure a understand the game but LET´S PLAY IT!

    Big wheels keep on turning
    Carry ME home to see my kin
    Singing songs about the Southland
    I miss Alabamy once again
    And I think its a sin, yes

  • Mirys - I´m not quite sure I understante the game but LET´S PLAY IT!

    Big wheels keep on turning
    Carry ME home to see my kin
    Singing songs about the Southland
    I miss Alabamy once again
    And I think its a sin, yes

    Mirys – http://www.diariodos3mosqueteiros.blogspot.com

  • Mirys - IT´S NOT FAR!!!!!

    While i´m writing my coment, in Brazil, someone else has already posted another one in USA! I´ll never have the “rigth words”!!!!

    Let it be (ops! it´s a song! So let´s sing: let it be, let it be, let it be, oh let it beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, whispering words of wisdon, let it beeeeeeeee)

    Mirys – http://www.diariodos3mosqueteiros.blogspot.com

  • Mary Claire - Jesus take the WHEEL, Take it from my hands,
    Cause I can’t do this on my own….

  • Bobbi - Said her name was a hand me down name

    From the side of a family that long ago came

    Over here ON a boat from somewhere in Spain

    Sounded to me just a little bit strange, I guess.

    But I have to admit, it felt good on my lips.

  • Colleen C - So I’ll drive and I’ll THINK about my life and wonder why, I’ll slowly die inside
    Everytime I turn that truck around, right at the Georgia line and I count the days and the miles back home to you on that Highway 20 ride

  • Yanet - I got my toes in the water, ass in the
    Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
    LIFE is good today. Life is good today.

  • Alba - I was here last time, and I’ll try my best today.
    Guess I’ll learn to live with a different kind of pain
    Suffering from a sickness that I can not give a name
    It’s just a STRANGE sensation
    I never felt before
    Missing you has cut me to the core
    Where I use to have a heart
    Feels like a mile wide ditch
    Got a hole inside the doctor just can’t stitch
    Gone without a trace
    You left a hollow place
    There’s not a stone to mark
    Where I use to have a heart

  • AshleyAnn - But I’ll always remember the love in Daddy’s HANDs. Daddy’s hands were soft and kind when I was cryin’

  • Aimee - Be a best friend, tell the truth
    And overuse I love you
    Go to work, do your best
    Don’t outsmart your commonsense
    Never let your prayin’ knees get lazy
    And love like crazy

  • Julie A. - Remember when the sound of little feet
    was the music
    We danced to week to week
    Brought back the love, we found trust
    Vowed we’d never give it up
    Remember when

  • Anna Marie - I could pay off my tab, poor myself in a cab and be back to WORK before 2. At a moment like this I can’t help but wonder what would Jimmy Buffet do?

  • Holly T - From this MOMENT life has begun
    From this moment you are the one
    Right beside you is where I belong
    From this moment on

  • kassondra - But she covered her mouth and her face got red and she just looked so darn cute
    That I couldn’t even act like I was mad-
    Yeah I live for little MOMENTs like that

  • Kari - Let them be LITTLE, let them sleep in the middle…oh, just let them be little.

  • AshleyAnn - I’d start walking your way
    You’d start walking mine
    We’d meet in the MIDDLE
    Neath that old Georgia pine

  • Jessica - I’d start walking your way
    You’d start walking mine
    We’d meet in the middle
    Neath that OLD Georgia pine

  • Shellee - I go out WALKIN’ after midnight….

  • Cee - The devil went down to GEORGIA,
    he was looking for a soul to steal.
    He was in a bind,
    he was way behind,
    he was willing to make a deal.

  • amanda torres - We’re like two kids, baby, always tryin’ to live it up. Ooh, ooh. Oh,that’s our kind of LOVE.

  • Elizabeth - There’s bubble gum in the BABY’s hair
    Sweet potatoes in my lazy chair,
    Been crazy all day long and it’s only Monday
    Mr. Mom…

  • Danielle - You and Me going fishing IN THE dark lying on our backs and counting the stars where the cool grass grows….

  • Jacci in Ohio - I wanna sleep in the tall GRASS in the comfort fo your arms….

  • Jenny - And it’s a great DAY to be alive
    I know the sun’s still shinin when I close my eyes
    There’s some hard times in the neigborhood
    But why can’t every day be just this good?

  • stacey - i wanna live where the green grass grows, watch my corn pop up in rows, everynight be tucked in close to you…

  • Reidunn - Let them cry, let them giggle, let them SLEEP in the middle
    Oh just let them be little

  • Kenna S - “Oh I like you too and to tell you the truth that wasnt my CHAIR after all!”

  • Lesley - It’s a quarter after one, I’m all alone and I need YOU now.
    Said I wouldn’t come but I lost all control and I need you now.

  • Kari - Mama’s, don’t LET your babies grow up to be cowboys!

  • Kari - MAMA, don’t forget to pray for me.

  • erin - “When the sun goes down we’ll be feelin alright”

  • Rachel C - MAMA dabbed a little bit of perfume on my lips, then she kissed my cheek, and I saw the tears wellin’ up in her eyes as I started to speak.

    Yep, Ashley — a line from Fancy….priceless!!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this game almost as much as I LOVE country music!!! Wa Hoo!!!!

  • Amber - The preacher man said let us bow our heads and pray
    LORD please lift his soul and heal this hurt

  • Jenna - I may be a real bad boy, but baby I’m a real good MAN.

  • Stephanie - Wanna be free and feel the way I feel! MAN I feel like a woman!

  • Lesley - Ain’t no tellin’ where the wind might blow
    FREE and easy down the road I go

  • Amber - Country ROADs take me home, to the place where I belong

  • Holly T - Go HOME, into your blue jeans;
    Have some chicken an’ some baked beans.
    Pick a back yard football team,
    Not do much of anything:
    That’s what I love about Sunday.

  • Crystal Hogue - I know they say you can’t go HOME again
    I just had to come back one last time

  • Danielle - I set out on a narrow way many YEARS ago
    Hoping I would find true love along the broken road

  • Jacqueline Burvill - Let me make it clear
    To you my dear
    If you’re not in it for LOVE
    I’m outta here!

  • Jessica - there’s a tear in my beer,
    cause i’m cryin for ya DEAR…
    you are on my lonely mind.

  • Erika C. - “And I said, God is great, BEER is good, and people are crazy…” Don’t think I saw this one yet!! 🙂

  • Corrie - maybe I didn’t treat you quite as good as I should have. If I made you feel second best, girl I’m sorry I was blind…You were always on my MIND, you were always on my MIND.

  • Megan H - (I’m sorry) I’m sorry
    (So sorry) So sorry
    Please accept my apology
    But love is BLIND
    And I was to blind to see

  • Kelly - Take Jimmy Johnson
    Take Tommy Tompson
    Take my best friend, Bo
    Take anybody that you want as
    long as she don’t go
    Take any boy in the world
    Daddy, PLEASE, don’t take the girl.

  • Jessica - I don’t know where I’d be
    Without you here with me
    Life with you makes perfect sense
    You’re my best FRIEND

  • Sami Jo Melton - How do I
    Get through one night without you
    If I had to live without you
    What kind of life would that be?
    Oh I need you in my arms
    Need you to hold
    Your my world my heart my soul
    If you ever leave
    Baby you’d take away everything good in my Life.

    And tell me now
    How do I live without you…. (Trisha Yearwood)

    Great idea, girlfriend. ~ Sami Jo

  • Amanda - I’m moving on,
    at last I can see,
    LIFE has been
    patiently waiting for me,
    and I know,
    there’s no guarantee,
    but I’m not alone.

    Love Rascal Flats!

  • Candace - Now you’re my whole LIFE now you’re my whole world
    I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
    Like a river meets the sea
    Stronger than it’s ever been
    We’ve come so far since that day
    And I thought I loved you then.

    I LOVE Brad!

  • Michelle Monk - I hear you’ve been askin’ about me
    From some of my friends
    Well, you’d better believe
    I’M not goin’ through that again
    You’re the kind of man
    A woman thinks she can change
    Oh, but the only thing changin’
    Is my way of thinkin’
    And I’M thinkin’ that maybe someday

  • AshleyAnn - I know what I was feelin’,
    But what was I thinkin’?
    What was I THINKIN’?

  • Lauren - I’ve never been the kind to ever let my FELLINGS show
    And I thought that bein’ strong meant never losin’ your self-control
    But I’m just drunk enough to let go of my pain
    To hell with my pride, let it fall like rain
    From my eyes
    Tonight I wanna cry

  • Rachel C - So, if you’re FEELING kind of lonely, I’ll tell you where to go
    Turn on your radio.

  • Lindsay - Nothing on but the RADIO, feel the music playing soft and slow

  • Sydney - THE way you walk, way you talk, way you say my name. It’s beautiful, wonderful, don’t you ever change. Hey Stephen, why are people always leavin’? I think you and I should stay the same.

  • monique - living in your RADIO. How do you like me NOW?

  • AshleyAnn - I LIKE it, I love it, I want some more of it

  • Ashley - It’s your LOVE it just does something to me, it sends a shock right through me

  • Debbie - What’s LOVE got to do with it?

  • Rebekah Jean - Let the angels gather, let the music play,
    Let the preacher get to preachin’ all the do-you-takes
    LOVE is a beautiful thing

  • lauren - It was 1970-SOMETHING
    In the world that I grew up in
    Farrah Faucett hair-do days
    Bell bottoms and 8-track tapes
    Lookin’ back now I can see me
    And oh, man did I look cheesy
    But I wouldn’t trade those days for nothin’
    It was 1970-SOMETHING

  • AshleyAnn - she grew up good she GREW UP slow like American Honey

  • Holly - When the rain is blowing in your face
    And the whole WORLD is on your case
    I would offer you a warm embrace
    To make you feel my love

  • Jaime Brochu - Rock my WORLD, take me out on the floor, dance with me till I can;t dance anymore…

  • Shannon J - … and when you get the choice to sit it out or DANCE, I hope you DANCE…

  • Kristin - That is THE CUTEST picture!! your kids are so adorable

  • Jenny B. - Well… I don’t know many country songs, but I did want to say that I really like Gwyneth Paltrow. I may have to watch the awards just to see her sing. She sang “Cruisin'” with Huey Lewis in the movie Duets. I didn’t love the movie, but I love that song, and she did a great job! 🙂

  • Heather - and i dont know how i can do without i JUST need you know..

  • Heather - *now

  • LeAnne - Gimme that girl with her hair in a mess
    Sleepy little smile with her head on my chest
    That’s the YOU that I like best
    Gimme that girl

  • jennie K - She used to tie her hair up in ribbons and bows, sign her letters with X’s and O’s.
    Gotta picture of her mama in heels and pearls. She’s gonna make it in her daddy’s world. She’s an American GIRL. An American Girl!

  • Amber - i guess I was wrong, i just don’t belong
    but then i’ve been there before
    everything’s all right i’ll just say goodnight
    and i’ll show myself to the door

  • McKenzie C. - Our song is a slammin screen DOOR,
    sneakin out late, tappin on your window,
    when you’re on the phone and you talk real SLOW,
    cause its late and your mama don’t know.

  • Lesley - I know there’s nothing stopping you now
    but I’d settle for a SLOW down

  • Jacqui - Aint going DOWN till the sun comes up!

  • Tara Liddicoat - Well this old familiar conversation, we’ve just ’bout worn it out. I keep tryin’ to change the subject but you won’t let it *DOWN*… And this broken stretch of highway we’ve been drivin’ on won’t be gettin’ any better if we can’t smooth things out… till you get done hurtin’ me back.

  • Kristin S - If it wasn’t for guys like you there wouldn’t be songs like THIS!

    (just had to put it since the show started)

  • Christina G - May have lost THIS battle, live to fight another day
    Now I’m falling in love as she’s walking away

  • Christene {WhipperBerry} - Roll this stone away, let the guilty pay, it’s Independence DAY.

  • Jessica - The judge said GUILTY in a make believe trial
    Slapped the sherrif on the back with a smile and said
    Suppers waiting at home and I got to get to it

  • jill tracy - You make me SMILE like the sun, fall out of bed,
    sing like a bird, dizzy in my head, spin like a record…

  • jessica - give YOU all i have to give, when we get high up on the ridge

  • Megan - And my whole world, It begins and ends with you on that HIGHWAY 20 ride….

  • jamie - Walk through this WORLD with me; go where I go. Share all my dreams with me…

  • Lisa Johnson - I’ll start WALKing your way. You start WALking mine. We’ll meet in the middle, ‘neath that old Georgia pine

  • EmRuss - …running THROUGH the sprinklers with a big popsicle grin, dancin’ with her daddy, lookin’ up at him…

  • Amber - LOOKINg at you looking at me is the only thing that matters, come a little closer baby…

  • Renae H - .. the view I love the most is my front porch LOOKING in.

  • Crystal - Bye bye love, I’ll catch you later
    Got a lead foot down on my accelerator and the rear VIEW mirror torn off
    ‘Cause I ain’t never lookin’ back, and that’s a fact.

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My grandparents read my blog (“Hi” Grandma & Grandpa). They recently told me they really enjoy my blog, but sure wish there were more pictures of their great grandkids. So this post is really for them…

We got to babysit again….it was only for a couple of hours, but it was fun. Of course, I had to snap a few pics of Sweet P. I had two little people that wouldn’t get out of my way wanted to be big helpers. When we watch my sister’s dog, Duncan, he CRASHES upon returning home after being at our house. Lesley said Sweet P sleeps really well after coming over too. So if you need your dog or kid to take a good nap let them come over to my place for a bit….it will wear them out.

I put Sweet P in FireCracker’s crib for her own protection while I was opening up curtains to take a few pictures. FireCracker thought it was so funny that her cousin was in her crib.

Littlest Brother was adamant that I take his picture laying down like Sweet P.

Crazy bed hair, pajama top and undies…great photo attire. (this photo was taken at 12:15pm, not in the morning)

Since I have learned you all like to see photo mistakes, I am sharing one below. You have too look closely at Sweet P’s eyes. You can tell that one eye is more in focus. I had my aperture set at f/2.8. I was too close to Sweet P and her eyes weren’t both the same distance from my camera. If her eyes had been on the same plane (same distance from the camera) they would have both been in focus. This could have been fixed by changing my aperture (increasing the f-stop number) or backing up a bit.

P in a bucket.

Of course he wanted his photo in the bucket too. He said babies don’t wear underwear so he stripped his off before climbing into the bucket. Kids are so funny. I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of hearing their random thought processes.


The Creative Mama blog emailed me a while back asking to do a mini tour of my “Creative Space”. In the email were links to two different photographer’s gorgeous studios. I emailed back and asked if they realized that I don’t have a ‘studio’, but that my Creative Space is my kitchen/living room. The response was, “that is all the more reason!  It just shows that people can be creative anywhere!” I liked that response. It is true, you can be creative anywhere. You can see the little tour here:

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  • laura - great pics of sweet P. she’s lucky to have you:).

  • amanda torres - Love the undies shot. Too funny! I also love that your kid still has bed head in the afternoon. We rarely fix hair in the morning. More like, “Daddy will be home soon, let’s comb your hair.”

  • Michelle - Is that white blanket from Ikea (the crinkly one)? I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy one. Also, I’ve been looking for an excuse to have another baby. Perhaps this is a sign…:)

  • Lexie - I am in love! What gorgeous photos! I love the one of Firecracker holding Sweet P’s hand in the crib.

  • RachelC - Pea in a bucket. So cute!

  • Carol - The bucket pics remind me of all the pics we have of Sweet P’s momma in a bucket.

  • Jen - Littlest Brother reminds me so much of my baby (he’s 2). Too funny that he insisted on taking his undies off!

  • kassondra - Ashley i absolutely love your blog and i was wondering what do you use as backdrops when you took some of the pictures of sweet p in the bucket.

  • Holly - You are amazing! My turn! Will you take my picture in the bucket! I’ll leave my undies on, thank you very much.

  • allison - beautiful photos – even the out of focus eye one! that headband is too cute!

  • Sadie - LOVE the photos! I think it’s awesome that your grandparents read your blog and you are able to update them with photos all the time!

  • MGF - I love that he trying to pose like her it cracks me.
    happy tuesday……………..

  • Amy - as usual, i love this post. my ‘creative space’ is very similar to yours, only the lighting is not as fantastic, but it is true that creativeness can grow anywhere!

  • susie whyte - i just did my own eye mistake this weekend on a senior shoot. made me feel awesome. 🙂
    p is growing like a weed! so cute!!!
    i love that you got littlest brother AND his underwear on the floor all in the same shot. hahahaha. those kids are so fun.

  • Jaimie - As always, amazing pictures. I’m laughing my butt off at the undies on the floor. Wondering if you can reveal where the headband came from?

  • colleen - Okay, that picture of littlest brother owned me… i laughed audibly and there is not a soul in my house right now but me! He reminds me so much of my boy who is now 8 and still processes much of life verbally. What a treasure those stinkers are!

  • Lindsay McDaniel - Oh my gosh, I am laughing out loud. Your boy is hilarious! And sweet P is so gorgeous, I can’t wait to be an aunt and spoil them rotten.

  • Tricia - So much cuteness in one post! It’s ridiculous!!


  • Brooke Whitis - Sweet P is getting so big!! And I love that sweet Firecracker was really wanting to hold her hand in the crib 🙂

    Little Brother is so fun…he really wanted to be posing..that isn’t always the case with all kids…so maybe it is something to be appreciated…that he wanted to be in the pictures! So sweet. And your space is always so inspiring.

  • Grandpa - Thanks – As always you do a fantastic job. With such beautiful
    subjects you can’t go wrong. Sweet Pea is so sweet and we are proud
    to be her Great Grandparents. Message to Firecracker. You have to wait when momy is not looking, then pull out the drawers.

  • giozi - Lovely photos how always ;).

  • Sarah - Love the pictures! Question: Did you know Sweet P’s eyes were out of focus by looking at your camera? I think things look good then when I get on my computer I can see the flaws. It is frustrating when you are not at home (or kids are out of the mood by the time you check).

  • ashlee - this post made me laugh several times…mostly at your boy, he is such a doll! but also at your grandpas comment! too funny!

  • ria - love love love your blog. it is my very first stop of the day. i love reading about real moms. it’s good to know my girls aren’t the only kids in the world that sometimes still have their p.j.’s
    on a little later in the day. thanks so much for sharing.

  • Nicole - So funny – that’s how we roll many days – bed hair, jams & undies. Laughing out loud (literally) at “P in a bucket” and the photo with the undies on the floor. I can hear my 2 year old giving that same logic – hilarious.

  • Ruth - Maybe the answer is in the fact that Firecracker isn’t really featured in this post, but this is a question that I’ve been wondering for some time now….how the heck do you get her to be still long enough to take her picture? My 18 month old little ball of Trouble is almost impossible to photograph and it drives me nuts! (And related to yesterday’s post, how do you keep her out of your lovely craft drawers?) It also makes me feel a little better to know that I’m not the only crazy blogging mommy whose kids stay in their pjs all day sometimes.

  • ashley jensen - We stay in our pj’s as long as we can on the weekend. My 3 year old daughter likes to strip down and be a “naked girl” while playing inside. Only problem is she also likes to do that while playing in our backyard too. Luckily we have a privacy fence! And we try to stay in our pj’s as long as possible at home.

  • Anna - Your niece is the cutest little baby ever!
    I really enjoyed reading about your creative space!!! I get bummed out sometimes that I don’t have my own space dedicated to me but you reminded me that that is ok! 🙂

  • Leanne - Your sister is so lucky that you have mad photography skills…I wish my kids could come to your house for a few hours too!!

  • Jess - Hi Ashley! I found your blog recently, and it’s hands-down my new favorite place on the internet! Thanks for sharing your adorable family, great photography tips, and your overall amazing creativity. 🙂

  • s h e r r y - Oh my. They are SO cute.

  • Kimberly - WOW~what BEAUTIFUL photos of Sweet P!!! Littlest Brother is just to CUTE too=)

  • Carolyn - Ah, so funny! You’ll have to keep those photos to show your son’s future girlfriend/wife! Kids have the funniest thought processes 🙂 Love sweet pea in the bucket too. She is so precious!

  • christy mandin - I. LOVE. THIS. BLOG! And, P.S.: Can you tell me the name of your kitchen wall color? I love it, but I know if I go out and try to recreate it it’ll end up some icky color that looks nothing like that.

  • Krista Lund - hee hee! love that he took off his undies! LOL

  • Brianne Pitts - I totally commented yesterday but I will admit I check your blog daily. One question though, how do you stick your plates to the wall. I have been collecting for a while now and want to do a display with plates but am looking for a no-fuss way to hang them? Keep up the great work!

  • bopha - she is so stinkin cute, i can’t believe how well she can practically sit up. fun pics.

  • ella - Beautiful photos as always but it must be so fun to have another little girl in the family.
    Soon Sweet P and Firecracker will have loads of fun together 😉

  • Lesley - Thanks again for the awesome pictures! I love watching your kids with my girl. It will be so much fun to see P grow up with FireCracker and Littlest Brother. Too cute.

  • Julie B - Sweet P has an admirer here. Jack (almost 5 months) stopped nursing and turned to my notebook and wouldn’t take his eyes off her! He cooed and smiled and “talked” to her. So sweet!!!

  • Kristen - What awesome photos you took of Sweet P!! They are gorgeous. And I kept cracking up at the pictures of Littlest Brother. He took his underwear off before getting into the bucket, lol! Too cute.

  • Kelly Vaisey - I’m still fairly newish here;) I absolutely adore your space. It has such a great sense of family feel to it. Bright and colorful, clean and well designed.
    Thanks for sharing. That niece of yours is edible.

  • Megan - They are so precious! where did you get the white crib “bumper” in firecracker’s crib? I love it because it is just an edge, not huge.