She’s almost one….we celebrated her birthday while we celebrated Independence Day. I girlied up the red, white & blue to make it work for both celebrations. Here is a peek at our party, I’ll post some tutorials for some of the decor tomorrow….

I made lots of decorations to put outside and then we were hit with WIND.

The rain held off, but the wind forced me to decorate inside…which most of the guests never saw. Oh well.

Look at all that dark hair…that is a first in our family.

My dad is a master at homeade ice cream. Somehow I convinced him to make vanilla to let guests add their toppings too. He makes all kinds of killer flavors. We had a lot of great food (dad also made pull pork), but I was too busy getting all my kids plates made to get any pictures of it!

Biggest Brother made a “dragon” with his ice cream.

Since I yelled at my grandpa at the last birthday party for trying to give FireCracker ice cream, it only seemed right to let her first taste come from him.

Me & my girl.

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  • Jodi - I love waking up to these posts. Firecracker’s party looks amazing! I can’t wait to see the DIY’s. I love 4th of July and summertime get togethers. The memories you have captured are priceless!

  • Shannon - Alright. My cuteness meter is full for the day! What a great celebration, the decorations look terrific! And your family is gorgeous! I adore that picture of you and FireCracker. I don’t know if it’s the baby hungry in me, but I just can’t get enough of her sweet little face! She is absolutely precious beyond belief!

    LOVE the one with her staring up at great granpa with the spoon in her mouth! and eating the cupcake πŸ˜‰

  • the inadvertent farmer - This brought tears…I’m a sucker for 1st birthdays. Happy birthday little one. May God grant you many, many more happy birthdays with your sweet family! And may your mama always have her camera.

    Thanks Ashley…I look forward so much to visiting each day. Kim

  • Sarah - Happy Birthday Firecracker! what a great way to celebrate a 1st birthday!

  • laura - looks so fun!

  • Esther Nelson - Looks like fun. We had pulled pork and homemade ice cream for the 4th too. Unfortunately in Florida it rained all day so the fireworks were small this year. Happy 4th and Happy Birthday to firecracker!

  • amanda torres - very very cute! your kids, the decorations, your family…all cute. now your sister, even cuter. i love preggo bellies!

  • Anna Joy - I can’t believe she’s one! Happy Birthday Firecracker! It looks like yall had a great 4th!!! Can’t wait for the DIY post tomorrow!! :)

  • Megan H - Happy Birthday to Firecracker!! I was thinking of you guys on the 4th, wondering if you would celebrate…we celebrated little H’s birthday then too! Great decorations!

  • shelly@familyblt - That belly pic is sososo funny! Happy big number 1 to firecracker! Looks like a fun party :)

  • Kelly - My oldest boy’s birthday is on the 4th of July so our celebrations are always extra special. Such a fun day to have a birthday isn’t it? Your party looked wonderful!

  • Cate O'Malley - so many awesome pics!

  • D'On - What cute decorations! Love the pictures. You are a wonderful photographer. I love, love, LOVE to look at your website.

  • Liene - What a cute pictures!

  • Brenda Hillhouse - Love the decorations! I would be happy to have at least 1/4th of your creativity!

  • patti - i’m in love with the color palette. it’s my favorite! such cute decorations.

  • meg duerksen - how can she be one already?!!!
    great party.
    so nice.
    we were rained out this fourth. totally rained out.
    (i was ok with that!)

  • Mara - you simply amaze me. i can’t believe all that you can create, craft, bake and decorate with 4 little ones. total inspiration! love the color story.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh Ashley! Your decorations are beautiful and so happy! Firecracker is so beautiful, just like her mamma!

  • Heather - happy birthday to your little firecracker!! i love the way you girlied up the patriotic colors. so cute!!!

  • a pocket full of posies - SOOOOO absolutely perfect-in-every-way!!! What an adorable first birthday for a precious little “fire-cracker”!

  • jennie sanders - I’ve never posted before but i love to read your blog! I remember you from church and college and am so inspired to read about your and your family each day! Thanks for sharing:)

  • Jackie McCobb - So beautiful! i just love the pale blue and red. Looks like Firecracker had a lot of fun.

  • Lesley - Um, booo. While I LOVE all the other photos, that belly shot is not my fave. Funny, yes. Flattering, no. You may be punished in limited niece time. j/k

  • Flier Judit - Happy Birthday Little Sister! She is so cute! And your decorations are so wonderful, love all of them.

  • amber - Happy bday to little miss firecracker:)! And thanks for sharing the grandpa picture. I love a sweet grandpa. Love that he gave her the 1st bite of ice cream….from another mom crazy about what her kids eat. So great…

  • Stacey - She is such a doll. I love the simplicity and creativity you used! Looks like you all had a glorious day!

    Happy Birthday Little One!

  • Meagan - What an adorable party, Ashley! Breese looks so big and beautiful! Is she walking now? I can’t believe she and Evelyn will be 1 tomorrow! This year has sure flown by! We are doing Evy’s butterfly garden party next Saturday. I sure hope the weather cooperates! Happy Birthday, girls!

  • lifeologia - So cool to mix the two.
    You’ve called baby sister many times a ‘firecracker’ πŸ˜‰

  • lifeologia - oh. and Happy Birthday to the Big Girl πŸ˜‰
    Lovely decorations πŸ˜‰

  • Trina - I would love to know about the colourful table & Chairs the kids are sitting on near the end of your post. Where did you get it and what brand is it. Would you recommend? Great looking party!

  • bopha - i love the decorations. it looked like so much fun, i’m sorry that we missed out.

  • Kim - Happy Birthday little firecracker! You’re such a lucky girl to have a wonderful Mom. Can’t get enough of that photo with the spoon in her mouth G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!

  • Victoria - Oh wow, the party was beautiful! Love it all.

  • Deanna - Just gorgeous! All of it! :) Fantastic party. What an inspiration!

  • Angela - First of all.. Happy Birthday Firecracker!
    The spoon in the mouth picture, and the big cupcake bite picture may be the best pictures I’ve ever seen. I LOVE them!

  • Nicole - LOVE the pics, looks like a great party. Where do you typically find your paper lanterns? also – where did you find the cute swimsuit Firecracker has on – would love to pick one up for our lil one!

  • Jolie - Oh wow – what a fabulous party!
    (and oh man, your kids make me so clucky I think I just laid an egg!!!)

  • Julia - Your kids are freakin lucky.

I’ve been too busy celebrating and eating to write a post for today…so here is little something until tomorrow…

Beth at Domestic Ease contacted me a little while back. Hmmmmm………come visit Domestic Ease to find out more.

Last week’s giveaway ends tonight..scroll down a few posts to enter.

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  • Shannon - What a great top 12. I love the idea of a Mommy Planner, I normally just craft when I can, but I don’t get as much done that way! Isn’t Hobby Lobby the best?

  • Allison - the photo of you is just gorgeous! You look amazing.

  • the inadvertent farmer - Very cool top 12! Kim

  • lifeologia - Ashley, you were probably asked this 100 times…
    What is your favourite lens to use on your Canon?
    I use a 50 mm on a 5D but I wonder if you have a better preference.
    Thanks. Ella.

  • amy - i loved this…always fun to get a peek at other’s inspiration/favorite things and oh, my! love me some amy butler scrapbook paper, too! :)

  • maria - I just love everything in this post. your pictures are as usual stunning and the creativity and care that went into your party is just gorgeous, love it all