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.”

When I am buried under never ending piles of laundry or sweeping crumbs off the floor for the 15th time in a day it can be easy to forget how being a mom is one of the greatest adventures of my life. I have hard, yuck days at home with the kids just like everyone else. I have days when I am counting the hours until bedtime and days I would rather cry than intervene in one more sword fight. Those are days and moments I try to get through and move on. Sometimes I snatch a photo to remind myelf of those days, but usually I don’t. The mind is a battlefield and I don’t want to waste time and energy dwelling on the yuck in life….so you don’t see much of that on this blog.

Thankfully, the yuck is far outweighed by the simple goodness of being a mom. Not much compares. I love that I get a front row seat to watch as 4 babies grow into the people that God created them to be. It is amazing when you really think about it. Talk about creativity at the ultimate level. My favorite times are usually found in the mundane. The thing about the mundane is if you are too busy with everything else in life you miss out on it.

For me being too busy for the mundane can mean missing out on the pride my son has for his ability to contort his body. Simple. Memorable.

Or how decked out in her girly Baby Gap dress my daughter can hold her own in a wrestling match with her big brother.

It is mundane – 4 legs on a trampoline….but it is a reflection of God’s creativity in my life…a tough little girl majorly loved by 3 big brothers.

When I am too busy I can easily notice the fighting among my kids…and not notice developing friendships.

Missing out on the mundane can mean overlooking how rough it is for a boy to actually lose his tooth at school….and I mean LOSE as in it is somewhere on the playground as a result of wrestling too hard with his dad & friends during recess. (on a side note can I say I have never been so happy one of my kids lost something!)

The mundane, day-to-day life….just killing time in the backyard. There is a song out now with the lyrics, “she grew up good, she grew up slow.” I want my kids to grow up good and grow up slow (yes it is a country song…of course!). Life is too fast paced, I want childhood to be slow. I want to celebrate the mundane and recognize that most of life is made up in the mundane.

I love being a mom. I love watching my kids interact and forge deep bonds with eachother. Sometimes those bonds are forged doing things together that I may or may not like…if it isn’t a moral issue then at times I look away. Some of my greatest memories from childhood had major flesh wounds and broken bones as a result, but the risk and pride of accomplishment was worth every doctor visit. (my parents may disagree with that). Adventure in the mundane.

I want to soak in the mundane because I am not guaranteed tomorrow with any of them. They are not guaranteed tomorrow with me.

I want to be in the little moments with my kids maybe even more than I want to be in the big moments.

When I slow down and walk along side them in the mundane I recognize things I might not otherwise. Things like how my 2 year old puts stickers on his legs upside down to the world, but right side up from his perspective.Β  Celebrating the day to day can often seem upside down for our culture, but it seems right side up to me.

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  • Jo - Thanks for saying that. Its the hardes but the best job in the whole wide world and I wouldn’t do anything else!

  • andy - love this post
    i needed to hear this early this morning as i am starting a new day and hopeing that it is better than yesterday and if not then i will take it in stride and go πŸ™‚

  • Alba - how easy is to forget being a mum under piles of laundry? or cleaning bathrooms? thanks for remind me I am still a mum. thanks for the blog, for your everyday posts,…

  • Beth - i had an evening like this with my 4 littles yesterday. bliss.

  • Misty - THANK YOU!

    Thought I would share a quote that inspires and challenges me:

    β€œHow we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is the net for catching days.”

    – Annie Dillard in The Writing Life

    Here is to “catching the days” of our children’s lives instead of letting them pass by in a sea of monotony and busyness…..

  • Jaime Vines - beautiful post and a nice reminder just to slow down and enjoy the mundane.

  • Terri Lynne Barrington - Thank you Mrs. Ashley Ann. It’s nice to step back from the hustle and bustle and read such a touching and personal post. Makes me take a deep breath, and call my kids for no reason other than to simply say “I love you by the way.” You are an incredible mother and an inspiting web friend.

  • Christine - well said….great post πŸ™‚

  • Yanet - I love this post. I did a similar post once that I bookmarked and go back to on my yuck days. It’s probably one of my favorites.

    Btw, love the two teethers on Firecracker!

  • laura - beautiful post. thanks for the reminder…

  • Making Stuff for Beauty’s Sake | Gina G. Smith - […] a family. You are shaping lives, even in the midst of what is often seemingly mundane. (Check out Ashley’s gorgeous post about this very […]

  • gina - Beautiful. I’m linking today.

  • Jess - Wow. Beautifully written. Thank you for that reminder!

  • anne c - thank you..this made me cry…it is exactly how I feel but I am just not as good as you on expressing my feelings. you always spark something in me. enjoy THIS day, for it is a blessing from God!

  • A. Jarrett - Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post!

    Just what I needed to be reminded of today.

    *Love* your space here!

  • Robyn Lee - What an awesome post! When I have kids, I hope I’m a cool mom like you. πŸ™‚ And I hope I don’t forget to remember the everyday things.

  • Shannon - Lovely!

  • Kerri - Like American Honey…
    Oh so sweet.

  • Bailey Hanrhan - After recently suffering the loss of a young life in my family, it is so important to remember what you said. Nothing is guarenteed and each day needs to be appreciated. I want to hold on to that thought forever because even though it was so hard to say goodbye, it was an amazing eye-opener for my family and I. We need to stop getting lost in our everyday lives and be aware of life’s simple pleasures. We need to value eachother and tell people how we feel regularly : )

  • Jaymee - Thank you.. I needed that!!

  • Stephanie - First, I just want to say I love your blog. It’s inspirational and helps remind me to adore the beautiful little things in life. Your children and adorable. When I read your posts, it’s like i’m reading about my boys. Thanks for such a refreshing blog to read!

  • Sarah - Well said and something I needed right now!

  • colleen - amen sistah! Just had the thought, wonder if Jesus ever thought life was mundane… I think He must have had the ability to see all of life as infused with deliberate, creative, God imprinted purpose. Certainly, that view would keep us from being bored! Today I am asking Him to open my eyes to see my life, my kids and my husband just that way. I think it will be a fun day.

  • jo - thank you. this was a beautiful way to start the day.

  • Jenna - Excellent, excellent post! Thank you for the poignant reminder to ENJOY the little moments with my sweet (crazy, rambunctious) children everyday.

  • ashlee - beautifully written and so so true. this post is perfect for me today. thank you:)

  • Lindsay - Wow…I love this post! I don’t have kids yet, but your post really applies to everyone…kids or not. I’ve been feeling lately like I’m wasting away my life because I go to work, go home, sit on my butt and watch tv, go to bed and start all over the next day. I need to appreciate LIFE! Thank you for this reminder. Sad I needed to be reminded! And your kids are ABSOLUTELY to die for cute. Holy cow.

  • Becca - LOVE this post!!!!!

  • Kimberlee J. - I have heard that Lady A. song many times and have never gleaned the lesson of those few words before. Thank you for this post…it went well with my Starbucks this morning.

  • Lori K - Well, I am crying big tears. Between moving boxes, laundry, fixing supper and my day to day busy errands…I truly believe we are kindred spirits. Just last night, instead of packing more…I held baby girl and brother and just sang silly songs to them. I thought, packing smacking…i’m doing this. Maybe, it’s because I had gone through baby girls’ old clothes from when she was born and they were itty bitty. They grow up so fast and I get to watch and revel in the glory of it all. If my life is mundane…then I must like it. I love my life. Thanks God for the daily mundane of it all. Thank you that I am a mother…

  • Jen - Thanks so much for the reminder! We all could use it once in a while…

  • Jane - I couldn’t agree more. The mundane stuff is what forms the best memories.

  • Nicole - it’s so hard for me to slow down, i always have to make a pointed effort. best post ever. thank you!

  • Lisa Johnson - I love everything about this post

  • Kirsten - love. this. post. Thanks for sharing.

  • Bron @ Baby Space - THAT is the BEST quote of the day – maybe of the YEAR. Maybe of my LIFE. Seriously – I love it. And your pics are gorgeous as always πŸ™‚

  • emily - this is beautiful.
    and inspiring.
    thank you.
    seriously. thank you.

  • rachel denbow - Sometimes I feel like I need permission to slow down and embrace this more fully than I do. It’s like a call to the best version of something.

  • giozi - You right. I feel the same. This days was feeling a little bad.
    See your pictures today it was a gift to me. You make me smile, as always. Thankkkkkkkkkkkkkks.

  • Sarah W. - Another wonderful post, and an excellent reminder to take it all in, ever bit of it.
    Love the quote &
    I love country music.

  • Lanny Stanard - Have I ever told you… You have the cutest kids ever πŸ™‚

  • Elle - If you don’t participate in The Pioneer Woman’s photo contests you TOTALLY should! You take some of the greatest pictures. I’ve got to get in on a Snap Shots class sometime.

  • Karla (LaPine) Swalve - This is why I love this blog-I’m so glad I was introduced to it. You are just REAL in a way that is refreshing. You do so many things well, I think you are supermom πŸ™‚ but its encouraging to think that you have the mundane just like everyone else-you’ve just chosen to be joyful even in the yuck and that makes all the difference πŸ™‚ I needed to be introduced to this blog at this time in my life-3 months until our first baby and I’m learning so much from you!

  • CharlaL - Love this….Thank you!

  • amber - I love this.

  • Jenna - Beautifully said.

  • tash - Yes if you just stop for a moment and step back and watch them play you see some wonderful things are being achieved and it ain’t such a boring day. Thanks for always being inspirational- Tash

  • shawna - thank you. thank you. thank you. I am about to take the same leap you did, and stop booking sessions/fill my blog with creativity & just shots of my babe. you are very inspirational. a reminder that it is ok. nothing is more important than the babes.

  • Jill R - Love. Add this to my list of favorite posts.

  • Fiona - Beautiful– actually brought a tear to my eye.

  • jenny - great post and much needed reminder! thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Laura - Love this post! A great little reality check.

  • Heather - it’s my happy place, too. so much real goodness comes out in the mundane and normal parts of life. i feel like it’s a gift to see that and wish others could to.

  • Brittaney - Oh my, how this post makes me want to be a mommy!

  • SeaminglySarah - Amen! Thank you for the reminder.

  • Mallory - I loved this post, Ashley! I’m not a mom yet, but I will definintely remember this once I do have kids. I think so many people try to “grow up” their kids so fast nowadays, and it really is a shame. Childhood is such a gift.

  • cally - oh thankyou.

  • Kacy - Thank you for this post, and for the one a while back about why you’re not going back into business any time soon. Both are great for me to read, a mom of 3 with a photography business that has been on “extended” maternity leave for about 18 months.

  • Stoich91 - oh me gorsh! First blog post I’ve read in a long time that almost brought me to tears. For serious. How do you even take these fantastic pictures and keep their clothes so clean (and for serious, how are they always dressed so freakn’ cute?!) and why is their hair always perfect and by the way: How are they all so totally adorable, all the time, even when they’re not smiling? How do you break up fights and then turn around to snap quality pix? Also, questions like:

    What kind of angle do you have to be at to tote a $1000+ SLR on a trampoline with a young child upsidedown to capture that angle of a photo shot? Eh? Any pointers? jk

    I love, love love it!


  • Mary - Best post you’ve ever done!!! Thank you. I’m envious that my job took me away from many of those mundane moments and days.

  • Katie Daniel - I love your blog and your pictures are amazing! I am hosting a photo contest on my blog,, and you should definitely enter!

  • lifeologia - Beauty in the mundane – Awesome.
    It helps if you’re a great photographer to capture these little moments.

    I am also thinking of a quote…by John Lennon

    “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

  • Candace - Thanks! My three year old princess is becoming my 14 year old rebel. I needed this today to appreciate her in all her glory. =)

  • Lori - thank you for this post – love it. and your pictures – i love how you capture the everyday life so well!

  • Jill - LOVED this post Ashley! Thanks for reminding me that I need to slow down and enjoy my kids!

  • Rachael Schepemaker - your family is goreous! Can you tell me what type of lens you are using to capture these beautiful shots?

  • Kristin Eldridge - Thanks for the encouragment!

  • Mariah - Love this, Ashley. Mommyness. Bliss. Sometimes. Thanks for the reminder to find the beauty in the not-so-blissful- sometimes. Nice to know I’m not alone in the world!

  • Leanne - I Love that!! great post!

  • Tessa - Amen! I yearned so badly for the mundane when I was separated from my husband for almost 4 years. He was struggling with a lot of stuff, and a day doesn’t go by that I don’t stop and appreciate God giving him back to me. During that time, I yearned to fold his laundry! So, when I am folding laundry, I am reminded to appreciate all that I have been given. I am so thankful for my incredible SIMPLE life and the perspective that God has given me through my trials.

  • Kellie Ann - I am so touched (to tears) by the sincerity of your post. I can’t wait to be a mom! Thank you for sharing your family with us.

  • Brianne Pitts - Thank you for a great reminder. I have two little bitties and sometimes I get wrapped up in the big stuff and don’t enjoy the little things. They really do matter.

  • Colleen - Great post! You’ve made me smile. πŸ™‚

  • Kingsley Moore - I have NEVER commented on a blog before. I was moved(almost to tears) with your honest and touching thoughts. I had to say “Thank you,” for sharing, for inspiring me with many a photo, word, & project. God Bless.

  • Kim@Living with Little People - When I feel myself getting frustrated with all the little delays a toddler brings I often think of you and your posts. They help me be a better, more patient Mum. Thank you.

  • Caroline - thank you for this reminder!! motherhood is such a blessing!

  • Ryan - I really loved this post, Ashley! This is why I fell in love with your blog and why I come back daily. πŸ™‚

  • June P - its hard to find something interesting about the everyday, but everyting to be thankful for. i struggle to see the bright side of laundry and cleaning up and having to raise my voice for my kids to hear, but i know too that when i don’t have to do these anymore, it means my kids have grown up. “grow good, and grow slow”. yes, that’s the way. the laundry will be there tomorrow.

  • Jen - Oh Ashley. (I hope it’s OK we’re on a first name basis.) The whole world (or at least all of Oklahoma) knows you are a gifted photographer. But I want you to know you are just as talented with words.

    And we are all so blessed that you choose to share both those gifts (and many many more) with the world through this blog, as a means of glorifying our God.

    Thanks for reminding us to enjoy the simple things. And to thank God for them, as well.

  • lisa - LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!! Could not agree more I love watching my children grow and spending time with them when they are so young, I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

  • Kristi - That is so true abou the you are not guaranteed tomorrow with any of them! tim came home tonight and told me that one of his employees while we lived in Memphis was on a tractor and his one year old little boy was behind the tractor (and he obviously didn’t know it) and just ran right over him. He passed away either last night or this morning! So, hug and kiss your babies every day and be thankful God chose you to be a Mom! If you do read this, please pray for this family! The hurt this Dad/family is going through just isn’t imaginable! Thanks guys!

  • Jill - What you have put into words is so true. What a great post. This is my first visit to your blog and it certainly was inspirational. I’m often reminded that as a mother the days are long, but the years are short.
    We all need to step back and enjoy the mundane a bit more.
    Thank you for the reminder.

  • jessica - Awesomeness – I love this perspective. Made me think of this amazing viewpoint:

  • kelly - Wow. Beautiful everything. So glad I found your site! And thanks for the much needed perspective.

  • Stephanie - Love this. Thank you for sharing!

  • Nicole - I love this post. Beautifully said!

  • Katie - This was such an awesome post.

    My boys do the same thing with their stickers.

    p.s. Have you seen this magazine? (ad-free, awesome design, celebrates the “mundane” moments that make life beautiful.)

  • Rachel - what a beautiful and happy post!! being a stay-at-home mom of three, these words will definitly creep in my head and give me a new perspective on those “moments”. thanks!

  • Abby - thank you ….. our mundane is pretty wonderful as well πŸ™‚ Your photos are stunning as always πŸ™‚

  • Maike - absolutely true!

  • Mara - Wonderful post. Great reminder about what is important – the extraordinary of an ordinary day πŸ™‚

  • Kristen - Beautiful post.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh Ashley, I love it. You are so right. We just need some rest and encouragement to keep going.

    I am praying for you today. Praying for a little rest and a sweet soul to encourage you.

  • Stephanie - Thank you…much needed in this mondane day.

  • EmRuss - Love this post. I’ve been blogstalking you for a while because I love your pictures, love your crafty cute stuff, and love the stuff you post. This post was great and I decided I finally needed to comment!! Thanks for a great reminder!!

  • Jessica P - Your photography really captures the beauty of everyday life perfectly. You are so talented.

  • Joy - Ashley
    Thanks so much for this post! I am in CA visiting my family and have been frustrated at all, all of the stuff they are getting into that is not age appropriate of course to be getting into. This was encouraging to relax and enjoy my 1 and 2 year old where they are even at grammas knickknacky filled house πŸ™‚
    thanks! joy

  • Tami - What a beautiful post. Thanks for the reminder to enjoy each moment. The photography you took is amazing.

  • Philly - Beautiful. I’m only 22, and when I do become a mother, I want to love them and enjoy them just the way you do. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Chrissy - thanks for the reminder! so true… love it!

  • tamara - Thank you for this.
    So simple and perfect

  • Patricia Teo - I love love love LOVE this post!

  • Sherly - What a beautiful, beautiful post!!! Thank u so much for the encouragement.. =) Mommyhood rocks!

  • pamela - this is so beautiful. it makes me a little sad though, because i feel so often i am missing those ‘mundane’ things and wish so badly that i could be home with my little girl witnessing them. when i get off work i can’t wait to see her and try to soak it all in while i can! thankfully, i’m a teacher, so i get to spend summers off with her. if i didn’t have that i don’t know what i’d do!

    you are a great mom!

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