A Vintage Valentines

February 21, 2012 § Leave a comment


Dear friend,


I call this vintage valentines because the only way to get the pictures to look okay considering the lack of light that morning was to go seventies with them.  Our day began with a yummy breakfast of whole wheat heart pancakes with strawberries and fresh squeezed OJ.  Then McGilly got her valentines trinket and who would have thought that 8.00 could make her so happy.  It is a week later and she is still insisting it climb the stairs with us, go into the bathroom when she baths and for a little while it sat on her bed as she slept-it’s been on a wagon ride and has made 3 trips down the canyon to visit family.  It is official she loves her baby stroller.


And I love this little girl!


xo Ash


Let’s go fishing!

February 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Dear friend,

Here is one of McGilly’s favorite snacks, it’s yummy, it works on fine motor skills, and it’s fun-what more could you ask for.  Go organic on the packaged snacks and 100% almond butter on the dip and it’s healthy too.  Can’t get enough of those chubby cheeks and those Michelin wrists, love her.

xo Ash

Valentine Velocity: A Tutorial in Photo

February 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

A salad spinner + a construction paper heart +kid chosen paint globs on top + SPIN and count to 10 + drying + washing = Velocity Valentines!

With love,


Our Winter Easel

February 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Dear friends,

Yesterday we had a few friends over to play and I noticed something the favorite toys, were of course the kitchen and the easel–the kids just kept coming back and back for more.  So, this morning when McGilly started painting as soon as breakfast was over I thought I should share this popular activity at our house.  It all began as the weather got too cold to paint outside, McGilly’s paintbrushes were still in the easel tray but she just pushed around the chalk powder with them.  Then silly me I realized–I could give her water to paint with.  This is her usual routine-she draws on the board as in the picture above, then the next time she visits…

she adds some water painting and once the water is on there…


she has learned that if she dips her chalk in the water bowl the chalk works better, so she then draws on the water.  This can almost turn into a chalk finger paint and sometimes that board is covered from top to bottom with it.  Periodically I will wipe it off with a baby wipe and she starts again.  She loves it, her friends love it and it’s easy to clean up–I even like playing with it sometimes, it’s quite relaxing.  It gets used so much we are almost through our second box of chalk in 3 months.

Here are our supplies:

1 IKEA easel

1 box of colored chalk

1 holder of different sized paintbrushes

1 bowl of water


So easy and so much fun!

xo Ash


School Pictures

September 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear friend,

School pictures came in yesterday!  You know that I am a teacher and when I was teaching school before McGilly was born I taught at a school that my Mother-in-law was the secretary.  So, even though I am a Full-time Mom right now I still have an in with the picture people.  They let children and siblings come in during lunch and get their picture taken.  We had McGilly’s first school picture taken when she was five months and then just a few weeks ago we had her seventeen month old pictures taken.  I think they are just so sweet, she looks so big.  In the first picture we had to hold her up because she couldn’t quite sit up on her own.  What a beautiful girl!

xo Ash

McGilly is Silly

September 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear friend,

This is a quick post today-McGilly has a game and this game entails finding my keys, pressing the red button on the keys, when the alarm sounds getting a concerned look on her face and running to bring me the keys to turn it off then she smiles and folds her hands.  This is is the picture I got of it this morning.

I can’t get enough, she makes me laugh so hard and so with that said I do apologize to my neighbors for the 5 false alarms this afternoon.

Happy Wednesday,


Oh, yes and this was taken with the Pudding Camera download on my phone.

Dear McGilly…

August 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

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Sweet girl, this week was a blast!  We have so many wonderful people we are related to.  Besides having some of the best grandpa’s and grandma’s and aunts and uncles, you have some of the best extended family ever.  This week we got to spend time at the 1st annual Zamora Chili Cook-off with our Zamora family.   They are so fun, down-to-earth and funny.  I think we all left full of good food and fun memories.  You got your very favorite toy every this week from your Great Grandma Lee–a radio flyer wagon.  I have a feeling you would live in it if you could.

But my very favorite thing this week is how much we giggled, you are such a giggly girl and I can’t get enough.  I absolutely love everything about you!  You do sometimes drive me a little crazy — you can mess up a room quicker than I can clean it and you always want to be right in the middle of it–meaning right in my arms, but, I am so grateful for this time I have with you.  I remind myself that the time will come when I can’t pick you up off the floor and hold you in my arms– there will also come a time when you won’t want to spend every waking moment following me around–so I am going to soak it all in while I can.  That sometimes {most of the time} means everything isn’t always going to be tidy, that all of my projects will probably never be done, and that this blog will usually be missing a few entries a week but when I look back at my life I won’t remember any of that.   I will only remember the love and the moments I shared with the ones I loved-the joy shared-and the giggles had.

Make sure you remember always sweet girl, that no matter how old you get I can still hold you in my arms and tell you everything is going to be alright.  I will always be here to listen, to offer a shoulder, to celebrate your triumphs and to love you through all the ups and the downs that life will provide.  I am here for you always, to understand and help.   And anytime you want to follow me around and be wrapped in a hug I will always drop anything for you.

I absolutely adore you my child, you are beautiful beyond words…

Love you,


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