Thanks for your feedback on the Tea Collection photo…the big laugh and standing pictures were the top choices. I think I’ll just have to enter one and Lesley can enter the other!

I decided for a personal challenge over the weekend I would not pick up my dslr, but every photo I took had to be with my point & shoot on fully automatic mode (well with the flash turned off that is). That is very hard for me to do. I never like my point & shoot photos as much, but I do like the challenge.

Big Brother loves to swing, here is a different angle than I usually shoot. The point and shoot is great at capturing action and dealing with harsh sun – or shooting directly into the sun in the middle of the afternoon. He has the hairy, hairy legs for a 4 year old!

I convinced the boys to go on ‘an adventure’ with me. I told them they could bring their swords and we’d see a teepee, old houses and a little creek. I did not tell them that we were going to an old flea market village that is working on coming back to life with new vendors. Tulsa folk – Persimmon Hollow is on 71st just east of Garnett. There aren’t a lot of vendors out there yet, but it has great potential! I scored some vintage tins for $.25 each….you will be seeing those on a special post soon. Hmmmmm.

PHOTO TIP: The thing about automatic shooting with a point & shoot or a dslr is you are at the camera’s mercy. The camera is deciding what kind of picture you want instead of you telling the camera what you want. There are ways to ‘trick’ your camera on auto mode (whether it is a point & shoot or a dslr). For example, in the two photos below you will see a huge contrast in lighting. I wanted a pic of FireCracker so I just focused on her (pressed shutter button halfway down) and took the picture (pressed it all the way down). The camera took into consideration all the bright light in the background and set the exposure according to that light. When I saw how dark it was I re-shot the picture. On the second photo, I focused on the stroller wheel – pointing my camera down so the sky wasn’t in the screen. After I focused on the wheel I moved the camera up without releasing my finger. Once I had FireCracker in the frame I fully pressed the shutter button down. This time the camera set the exposure for the area the stroller was in, leaving the sky overexposed. You can’t see the blue sky in the 2nd photo, but you can see my cutie. I decided the cutie was more important than the sky, the camera had chosen the sky.

And just because….this mommy greeted me when taking out the trash. Mommy crawdads carrying their babies will never cease to creep me out.

My point & shoot takes great macro shots.

She is actually the size of my palm, I think this pic makes her look bigger. I told Chris not to run over her when he backed out…she was carrying her babies afterall. He asked if I’d feel the same way if it was a frog carrying her babies. I reminded him frogs don’t carry their babies…..

We don’t watch enough tv to make it worth spending money on cable, as a result I only know the shows that are on the main 5 networks. You all mentioned something about American Pickers on my Skeeters post last week. I had never heard of it. Chris and I found full versions online and stayed up way too late watching them. I emotionally connected with Frank and his love for old cans. Thanks for the letting me know about that show….now I have something new to watch online and a new dream job. I suppose American Pickers can replace my beloved LOST now…there is mystery and adventure in both.

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  • Misty - So the obvious question of the day – what type of point and shoot do you have? Been meaning to get one for those occasions when I don’t want to lug the beloved dslr, but am having trouble deciding.

  • Jacci - Great, great shots! Definitely proving that there is more to your photography than just your camera. Your editing is beautiful, too. Any chance we could see some of these point and shoot photos SOOC?

    Thanks for the tips!

    ~Jacci in Ohio

  • Gevay - I agree with you that momma crawdad is YUCKY! But isn’t God’s creativity AMAZING?

  • Sarah - American Pickers is great! They had a marathon on last week i think; what i wouldn’t give for that job!

  • Crystal - Great shots with your point and shoot!
    And yes, American Pickers is almost addicting!!! Love it…and Pawn Stars is another new show I found that I just can’t seem to walk away from πŸ˜‰

  • laura - i just heard of american pickers this week, too…from my good friend. she saw the guys eating at a restaurant here in town and FREAKED OUT. i’ll have to see if i can dig up those online episodes….

  • Sarah - I love the photo tips! When shooting outside in the SUN, how do I get the best picture? I either get glowing faces or dark faces. Help!


  • Lori K - Ashley – love those tins! I can’t believe the loot you got for the money! favor. of. God. I. must. say.
    OKay – that is weird, last night at community – my new friends told me I should be on American Pckrs, have a show just like it only funnier, and that I have to watch it. Then, I get texts telling me to watch it. hmmm, a sign from God???
    that is my dream. let’s talk.

  • gina - Thanks for those tips. I’ve yet to figure out how to out smart my camera…

  • Meagan - That’s funny, Ashley, because my husband Brandon was talking about Persimmon Hollow this weekend. He thought he had seen something about them reopening. I guess he was right! Fun! Hope it really takes off!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Crawdads… Yuck! πŸ™‚ I wish Brian’s grandmother was still living! I miss Tulsa so much sometimes. Merritt’s Bakery, a hot dog from Joe’s only on Sunday… And that flea market sounds amazing.

    I agree with Crystal – Pawn Stars is awesome!

    Have a wonderful day!

  • Heather - i love american pickers! and that crawdad is very gross. yuck!

  • susie whyte - crawdad…wow. that is an amazing and gross shot, all at the same time. πŸ™‚
    american pickers is on tonight! πŸ™‚ be still my heart.
    i think i’ve been away from tulsa too long. i can’t even think of which way garnett is from 71st and mingo…is it close to the i-high?? the i-high is on garnett, right?? good grief.

  • ashley jensen - I must go visit Persimmon Hollow this week! I did not know it existed! I LOVE the thermos! I am a sucker for plaid.

  • giozi - Thanks for the tip, yes sky is always a problem for me.

    I love your picture where your baby is close her face with her handas. πŸ˜‰

    Let us know about the tea collection contest

  • Kelly - Ha ha as soon I saw those top pictures I thought of American Pickers. We don’t have cable either but full seasons are on Netflix Instant and we can stream them with our Wii. I LOVE that show! I just finished the first season Friday & will most likely start season 2 during naptime today. πŸ™‚

  • Debbie - Glad you got to see the show, American Pickers. When I find something I really like, I LOVE to pass it along. Enjoy!
    Your show could be “Ashleys Awesomeness”

  • meg duerksen - my barn guy….from last year’s craft fair…he was on american pickers this year. πŸ™‚

  • purejoy - i agree… WHAT KIND OF POINT N SHOOT DO YOU HAVE?? mine sucks with a capital HOOVER. but sometimes it’s just not practial/possible to drag the huge dslr along.

    awesome photos. mommy crawdad… WHO KNEW!!? thanks for the discovery network worthy education.

  • Jill E - great tips. its really cool to see a pro shoot with a point and shoot and here about what you do. as always awesome photos.

  • emily anderson - american pickers! yes, that’s keith and i’s favorite show πŸ™‚

  • Anna Marie - I never knew that about crawdads. My skin is crawling and I am so grossed out by that picture but it is very interesting.

  • Leanne - I love the picture with all 4 kids in it, and Firecracker is covering her eyes! so cute.

  • Mandy B - Just sitting here enjoying my kids and your blog for the afternoon…Eli would like to know which one of your boys is under that “big party hat” (aka a tee-pee)?

  • OrangeFarmhouse - Maike - Thanks again for yet an other great tip! Hope my pictures will look half as good as yours in the future…

  • Linda - Which point and shoot do you use, Ashley? Trying to get better with mine before a big trip in October. Just don’t want the hassle of the big camera while traveling. So enjoy your site. Thanks for all the inspiration you provide!

  • Lauren - Great shots! What actions did you use on the photos? I really like the outcome!!
    Thanks in advance

  • Cassie - That picture of Firecracker with her hands over her face is to DIE for. So adorable.

    The crawdad? Not so much.

  • katrina - thanks for these awesome tips. πŸ™‚

  • Kara P - I REALLY like the vintage look of these photos!

  • Jessika Wan - I love how you don’t LOVE (ie. majorly dislike) or may I use “hate” FROG? sAME HERE … I am frogphobia!!!! Gives me goose bumps thinking about it. But don’t you find more you are aloof of this gross creature, more it is always on your face? ON Tv commercial, highway ads, your kid’s books, or a real one leaping on the road while you are driving?

  • amanda torres - That is one smokin’ hot kitchen!

  • Andrea Cherie - Hi!

    We don’t have a TV…so I’m never “in” on any shows – today at quilt group (which consists of my mom and about 5 other ladies her age- I’m by far the youngin at 26!) the show American Pickers came up. I’m going to HAVE to watch it online, cause they all LOVE it!

    And, I’m from Tulsa too. I’ve never heard of Persimmon Hollow…I’ll have to check it out!

  • Jenny B. - YAY! You answered my question about whether or not you have TV/cable! πŸ™‚ I have been seriously considering getting rid of it lately. Too many teeny-bopper shows on Disney have turned my sweet 5-year-old into a smart mouthed punk. Ok, I sound like an old grandma lady… Anyway, thanks for sharing that tidbit about your life! I am starting to wonder what flea markets are around here (NW Ark.) that I’ve driven past but never even noticed. I am so not a flea market girl, but you make it look like lots of fun! New question… Do you have some sort of storage shed for all your finds that you don’t have a use for right away? Love the macro of the mama crawdad – very very creepy. I miss the macro I had on my old p & s (my dSLR doesn’t really do the macro mode justice). OK, really long comment! Sorry! Love your blog – it’s my favorite!! πŸ™‚

  • Sharon Franklin - Your photos are great and I love that you dig chairs also. I don’t think than anyone can ever have enough and my personal philosophy is they should all be different, even in some small minute way that I alone know about. Good stuff.

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Thanks to a wonderful reader, Philly, I have been informed that the Tea Collection has a facebook page and photo contest. Why does that matter? Well the outfits that the girls wore in yesterday’s post are from the Tea Collection….so we are eligible to enter to win $200.00 for some serious shopping if we win the contest. Here is the dilemma Lesley and I have….WE CANNOT decide on a photo to submit. We like them all and are a bit partial. So I thought I’d throw it out to you all and see which one you think we should enter?

And just because I want to know…Is it possible to have a facebook page for a business/blog and not a personal facebook page?

Thanks for your feedback!

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  • Jay - yep!!! πŸ™‚ I would so love for you to have a facebook page!!!!! Although I have you bookmarked, having you at the tip of facebook page would make you even more visible to me and all of my friends πŸ™‚

    have a happyyyyyy day!! πŸ™‚

  • katie - yes, it’s called a FB “fan page”. people can become your “fans” instead of your “friends”…
    my daughter has on a tea collection dress right now, actually. good luck with the contest!

  • Emily B - Hello! I think it is possible to just have a business page! When you go to the main website, there is a spot on the bottom of the home page to sign up for a business. Good Luck!!

  • Trudy - You have to submit the one with your daughter laughing with her mouth open wide. Adorable!

  • mrs.magoo - Yes, you can have a fan page for your website/blog

  • Maike - I like the photo where Firecracker is standing the most. And to answer your second question: yes you can! and please let us know so we can become fans of the first moment on…

  • Karla - I think the first photo shows off the dresses the most, if that’s helpful. πŸ™‚

  • Katy - My favorite is Firecracker laughing after kissing Sweet P. Too adorable!!

  • Sarah M - second to last…the BW one where Firecracker is eating Sweet P’s fingers…tooo cute!
    Sarah M

  • sarah k - I really love the black and white one of your daughter standing and looking down at her cousin. But I also love the big laugh. πŸ™‚

  • sarah k - I really love the black and white one of your daughter standing and looking down at her cousin. But I also love the big laugh! πŸ™‚

  • sarah k - oops, sorry about the double comment above.

  • Savannah - I love the second one where Firecracker is laughing. It is a unique picture and it really captures her mood and happiness.
    The others are adorable, but I think that one would be the most different than pictures other people submit.

  • Sharon - Mmm…can you make the one of Firecracker standing up over Sweet P into a color shot? If so, I think I would go for that one because it shows more of the outfits. However LOVE the first two shots as well. I’m not much help!

  • Jodi - We LOVE tea collection. Just stocked up for back to school!

    My 2 cents. The photo of Firecracker standing over Sweet P with her little smirk but in COLOR! Best picture of both girls and their personalities as well as really showcasing the adorable outfits.

    Facebook–Yes you can have a FB fan page but it HAS to be linked to a personal page. The way around that? You setup a personal page with very, very limited information and locked down completely (no access from anyone or anything, no pictures etc. You put ONE post on the front of that page that links directly to your Fanpage. Then you promote the Fanpage like crazy. Run all of your posts from your Fanpage! You also link your fanpage to twitter and it will automatically tweet. No extra work necessary.

    Good luck in the contest!

  • Kirsten - very first pic is my fave. good luck! πŸ™‚

  • Jessica - The picture of the big laugh. So much joy, which is what life is all about!

  • giozi - You are bad, I’m in a dilemma for you, ha ha ha. Yes is really difficult.
    I love two. The one where your girl is shouting, and the oher one where which seems she is biting you niece, but perhaps should be in color because they also want to show off their dresses.

    About face. You can have 2 accounts, a lot of persons have an account for your blogs, o businnes.
    Do you have twitter? I don’t understand it very well yet.

    Good Luck !!

  • giozi - OH is laughling, no shouting, ha ha ha. It seems to be the one with the most votes

  • tessa - I like either the one where firecracker is standing above her cousin(this one shows the dress well) or one of the ones of firecracker biting/kissing her cousins face. I really like the first one in the post and the second in the series of her biting/kissing. I also recommend doing color to show off the outfits better since it is a contest for the Tea Collection. Good luck and let us know if it is a voting contest so we can vote for you!

  • Sarah - Love the one with firecracker laughing (second one)

  • Christy - I agree with Trudy. Has to be the second pic. Best of them and of the dresses. Too stinkin’ cute!

  • joy - what about the one from a couple of posts ago – where firecracker is on the slide?

  • Melanie - The top right one for sure! I love her face when she laughs! So cute!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I really like the first 2… I think they show off the dresses the best πŸ™‚

  • Brenda English - I think the second photo with Firecracker laughing is adorable and “different”. Not the usual, expected pose!

  • Amanda Ciskowski Madl - I like one of the first two – the second one is my favorite with “Firecracker” laughing. They are ADORABLE. Good luck – I LOVE the Tea Collection stuff – it is sooo cute.

  • cassie - I love the one of Firecracker laughing so hard you can see her teeth.

  • Amy - The big laugh!

  • Jodi - ps…just saw your “my lovelies”! That Nicey Jane fabric is in my craftroom! I could hang it all over my house. It’s gorgeous. I will post pix soon!

  • Jennifer - My favorite was the black/white one with Firecracker standing over Sweet P!:)

  • Michelle Z. - The vampire toddler photo (#2, where she has her mouth open and her head thrown back).

  • Megan - i think the b & w photos are the best!

  • Jackie - Her standing over her cousin shows the dresses best, but I do love that big laugh.

  • Nancy - I like the bw one of Firecracker standing and looking down at Sweet P but for the contest change it to colour so the dresses stand out.

  • Jenny - Definitely the “big laugh”
    Of course they all are adorable!

  • Ashley - you CAN have a “fan page” but it HAS to be “administered” by a REAL person…aka: a personal page. the only to way to create it or admin it is thru a personal page! its an odd ODD system – hope that helps πŸ™‚
    i like the hand-on-baby’s-face one…smack dab in the middle of the face!

  • Kara - I agree with others–the big laugh! Too cute!

  • Carolyn - Either number one or two. I like the first picture because it’s sweet…but then again, I love the second picture because it has so much personality. Good luck to you!

  • Monique - Definitely the big laugh!

  • Kristin - Yes it’s a facebook fan page. I have one for a pet project I am working on. It’s a page where I have people nominate someone each month and then I draw a name and make a handmade gift and send it to the nominee. It’s called From:Me To:You if you want to check it out. πŸ™‚ (Shameless plug) but really my intention is to spread love just because!

  • Kat - Definitely the one where FireCracker is laughing. Good luck, I hope you win the dough!

  • karen davis - I think for a photo contest, especially for the outfits, that the picture of Firecracker starting down at Sweat P is the cutest!

  • Veronica - The black and white one where firecracker standing behind sweet p with her sweet smile is adorable!

  • Amanda - The 2nd pic with firecracker laughing, for sure!

  • Andrea Jett - Definitely the second pictures with the big laugh! Nothing but uninhibited joy!

  • tammy - My favorite photo is the one where Firecracker is standing. Good luck!

  • SamiRose - my favorite is the first “out take” with firecracker getting ready to eat sweet p’s face!

  • andy - oh to many cute ones
    the first on the left
    fourth on the left
    or the last
    sorry i know that’s a lot but they are my faves

  • Mary - Oh! What a dilemma! Gorgeous photos, it’s hard to choose. I agree with some of the OP about using the one of Firecracker embracing Sweet Pea but possibly keeping it in color. It shows off both dresses so beautifully and it’s a sweet photo! Also, the second one of firecracker giggling while Sweet Pea is in her lap is just as adorable! Decisions! Can’t wait to see what you choose!

    With facebook, I think you could easily set up a business fb and facebook page w/o it having to do with your personal facebook. Only remembering to keep the updates about the contests and blog, and more open to everyone in the public instead of just intimate family and friends.

    I absolutely love your blog and this is probably the first time I’ve ever stepped out of “lurking/stalking” to post. You make me feel welcome every time I read your posts. I share your stories with a variety of my friends and they fall in love with the family under the sycamore too. πŸ™‚

  • Gevay - The big laugh or the one where she is kissing her! Too cute all of them!

  • stacey - laughing pic, hands down! it’s such a great visual, i can almost hear her laughing πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ i do love the last image as well though because of the juxtaposition…the giggling upright vs. the not-so-happy upside downer πŸ™‚

  • Harriet - I think the first one or the big laugh! I just love the big laugh photo.

  • Ryan - You have to use the one where Firecracker is laughing! I die laughing everytime I see that!

  • Sandy - I love the whimsy of the last photo. FireCracker laughing; Sweet P crying and both of their caregivers reaching into the picture. I can just imagine how “interesting” this photo shoot must have been. πŸ™‚

  • j cole - I like when Firecracker is laughing after she has kissed Sweet P. But your comments made the pictures triple hilarious!

  • Kate - In the first two photos, the one on the right. I prefer the third photo really, so if it looks as good in color as it does in B&W, I would go with that one. Just figured they would prefer non-B&W.

  • kristiina - 1. 5th one down where sw p is laying in fc’s lap and fc is going down to take a bite
    2. 8th one down where fc is standing over sw p while she peacefully sleeps

    good luck! πŸ™‚

  • Jane - My vote is for pic #2 where Firecracker is doing the big laugh. So adorable!

  • Philly - It’s so good to hear you are entering the contest! I will be sure to “like” your status. And yes, please, on making a Facebook page for your work!!

Thanks for all your sweet comments yesterday.Β  Just fyi…Chris had to do bedtime routines by himself last night because I was DONE…didn’t so much celebrate that mundane! Lesley (my sister) got the girls matching outfits. We attempted to get a few pics of them while we were at my grandpa’s house. FireCracker doesn’t exactly pose for pictures. She did, however, find it HILARIOUSΒ  that she got to hold and kiss her cousin on the head. It was pretty funny to watch.

And those are basically the best cooperative shots I got. Reality is Lesley and I both like the “outtakes” just as much.

“Hello cousin. I am going to eat you now.”

“Now I am going to stick my fingers in all the little holes on your head…then I will think about what to do to you next.”

There were no 5 week old babies hurt in the making of this post…despite how it looks her aunt got the hand before the hit.

FireCracker and Sweet P….their nicknames suit them well.




And the Sweet Pea Hats winner is:

The horrible hairstyle comments you left for that giveaway were HILARIOUS. Thanks for sharing!


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  • Shannon - hooo boy! Glad I checked before taking my biggest to school! What a sweet way to start my day. Those girls are precious! FireCracker gets me every time, cutest baby on the internets!

  • Nicole - these photos are great – they will laugh hysterically over them when they get older (even more so if you keep the captions!)… Too cute.

  • Libby - This is the cutest and funniest post!! I loved it! Thanks for the laughs

  • Shannon{photos by shannon} - Too cute! I can’t wait to see my 2 year old daughter with her new cousin Natalie when she arrives. Evelyn can’t wait either! She named a baby doll after her and thinks she has a Natalie in her belly too! Love the pictures!

  • giozi - I think this is one of the best shoots that you ever do :). Love it.

  • MGF - I think the outtakes are much better for the laughs. Such cute little matching outfits.

  • Sarah - Little girl cousins are so great.
    I love them all, made me smile and laugh.

  • Cate O'Malley - omgosh, too cute for words!

  • allison - those outtakes are awesome. too funny!

  • miss r - They are so precious!

  • Jill R - I love the first two pictures. So sweet and then the laugh/roar face. Hilarious!

  • Heather - your commentary cracks me up! such a fun thing to read first thing in the morning. have a happy weekend!

  • Anna - I love these pictures! The outtakes are pretty much my favorite too. The girls will love them when they are older! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Lindsay - Ashley, that is absolutely hilarious, and I totally agree, the outtakes are better! They are so cute.

  • Bopha - Those are hilarious and remind so much of madden & harper. He pretty much thinks that his fingers belong in all her face holes.

  • caro - love you blog and your pictures are great!!!!

  • CharlaL - I am a sucker for matching outfits. Of course the pics are ADORABLE. Thank you for the transparent post yesterday. I needed to hear you weren’t perfect! LOL πŸ™‚

  • Amy - Love them!!! Your comments add so much to the pictures, makes it very fun to think about!

  • MelissaM - Thank you for the perspective in yesterday’s post. Thank you also the honesty of “being done” in today’s post. I needed to hear both today. I love the Sweet P and Firecracker pics today. I am trying to do the same with my 2 year old and 3 months old this weekend! Great posing ideas. πŸ™‚

  • Maike - oh my, aren’t they lovely together!

  • MelissaM - Thank you for the perspective in yesterday’s post. Thank you also for the honesty of “being done” in today’s post. I really needed to hear both today. I love the Sweet P & Firecrackers pics. I will be trying that with my 2 year old and 3 month old this weekend. Great posing ideas!

  • Jolie - oh I am laughing and tearing up over here with these pics! you perfectly captured that fabulous reaction little wee kids (just barely past tiny baby stage themselves) view tinier babies – the mix of awe and excitement, and without any concept that said tiny baby may not be quite up to the rough and tumble of older siblings. Gorgeous! (and hooray for mundane – thank you as always for reminding me to cherish the little bits!)

  • Andrea - these are so cute!

  • Yuliana - too cute!!!

  • Jill E - these are awesome. i love how firecracker is “ruining” the ideal baby shoot. sweet pea is just adorable. she is one great cousin.

  • Punctuation Mark - Adorable little ones… will add this post to my friday links… have a nice one!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh ~ Adorable! Go Firecracker!

  • Bicocacolors - A D O R A B L E S !!!!

  • Lesley - LOVE these! Thanks for getting some pics of our girls!! And yep, I love the outtakes, especially the “eat me” one πŸ™‚

  • Erin Tagle - I absolutely LOVE your blog! I just found it last week and I’ve enjoyed looking through all of your creative posts and photographs! Your family is ADORABLE!!!!!


  • susie whyte - hmmm…sounds like firecracker should learn the dr. evil pinkie to the mouth pose. hahaha. so funny.

  • katrina - these photos melt my heart — precious!

  • Harriet - Cousins are just so precious. They are really like extra siblings! The photos are lovely.

  • Colleen - Oh my! Those pictures are so funny! I love the out takes better! Those are the memories you want to keep forever. Bless you for trying to take pictures of littles at this age. Too awesome!

  • Jessica P - Haha. That Firecracker is too much! Her pictures always make me smile.

  • crystal - these pictures are adorable! i find that i have the same kind of “photo shoots” with my daughter(18months) and son(3 months). the memories caught in the outtakes are precious.

  • Carrie Sowell - Alright, it can’t get better than that! i think you need to post a pic of you and Lesley when she was born….just so we can compare!! πŸ˜‰

  • Kat - I am a fairly new reader, but just had to say I LOVE your blog! Your pictures are amazing! Would you ever consider posting about some basic photography tutorials for newbies like me?

  • Kenna S - These are adorable pics that you and your sis will treasure forever. I love their outfits!

  • Jeannette - I think you got some wonderful shots!

  • Stephanie - Love them!!!

  • jessica h - CUTE!! thanks for a good laugh–the outtakes were fabulous πŸ™‚

  • Michelle Z. - Haha! She looks like a vampire baby in the second photo. Are you sure she’s not auditioning for the role of Bella and Edward’s child in the next Twilight film?

  • Philly - Ashley, I absolutely love your blog! I check it every day for your amazing photos of your kids and the inspiration of your craft. Being in the baby clothing business, I love seeing what your kids are wearing and when I saw this, I just had to tell you! Tea Collection (the outfits on the girls) has a Facebook contest every month. The most liked picture and staff picks get a $200 gift certificate. Here is their page:!/teacollection. This month is actually submit a picture of your baby in Tea. Perfect! Have a great weekend.

  • Allie - Very Three Stooges!

  • Jacque - Just to throw a curveball, I think the 9/9 slide picture with FireCracker is beautiful and shows off the dress well!

  • Daniela - how sweeeeeet πŸ˜‰

  • Alina - such a cute little photoshoot.
    i love the second photo where firecracker looks like shes about to bite sweat p.

  • Lorena Mair - HI there,

    what camera and lens did you use for this shoot?


  • stylefyles - hahha soooooo cute! My fave is Firecracker looming over Sweet P……dun dun dun!

    Love the matching outfits!! =)

  • Susan Young - Those pictures are so precious! It looks to me like little “Firecracker” knows (in a general way) how to love on a baby, but just needs to refine her technique a little bit!

  • Jeanna - In your post “On Being Mom in the Mundane” there is a really cute picture of your daughter at the bottom of a slide. Isn’t that a Tea dress.

    I like that picture very very much….well honestly I like all of them. I entered that Tea contest last week but now that I know you are gonna enter I don’t stand a chance. πŸ™‚

  • M for Short - The one of Firecracker ‘taking a bite’ reminds me of Mike Meyers’ line in Austin Powers: “Baby, the other other white meat.”