Tyisms | Boogers


I was cleaning in the kitchen when Ty brought me a Kit-Kat bar to unwrap.

We've been playing and picking back and forth all morning, so as I unwrapped it I told him, "Santa must've known these were your favorite. I told him to bring you boogers and snot because that's what you eat all the time."

Ty took the candy bar from my hands and said, "Un uh! I eat boogers but I just lick snot."

Glad we cleared that up!
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

Justice at its finest


One of the more interesting points of working at a jail are the stories that you come into contact with.

There are the 'stupid criminal' stories of the brainless things people do to get themselves in trouble. The stories of people who grow and learn and turn from the lives they led that landed them where they are in the first place (my personal favorites). And then there are disturbing and disgusting stories of what goes on in the penitentiary.

The only stories of the latter sort that don't bother me are the ones that involve jailhouse justice.

The kind of justice reserved for the worst-of-the-worst: Child abusers, molesters, and killers.

The kind of man who, in my opinion, deserve far worse than I can imagine the pits of hell would offer.

The kind of man who would set up a pediatric practice...a "Netherland" of sorts and use the trust that his title of Doctor would earn him to lure his patients away from their parents with the allure of toys or candy where he would then video himself sexually abusing the children.


Maybe it's just the Mama Bear in me that's coming out but for this type of person, jailhouse justice is probably the fairest, most deserving type of justice.
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

Fa-La-La-La-La


Just wanted to say that I love my life.

I love my child.

No matter how poor his listening and obeying seems to be at times.

I love my family.

I love how close we are and how even watching an episode of Modern Marvels on Disneyworld just feels wonderful because there's that simple intimacy of just being there and being close to them.

I love Mystery Man.

Yep.

I used the L-word.

He is so good to me.

And most importantly, he's so good to my son.

And so is his family, who I also love.

A bit early, I suppose, but they are so sweet and welcoming and I'm so thankful for how they treat me and Ty, as well.

And I love this time of year.

Even though the weather is less-than-perfect and I'm so tired I might wake up with my keyboard imprinted on my forehead, I love that this time of year is filled with smiles and hugs and good food and warm drinks and prayers and Bible Stories and love and giving and peace.

I love my life.

And everyone in it.
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

Tis the Season


What is it about December that makes life take off at warp speed?

Where we have fives times as much stuff to do in a tenth of the time we normally have?

Presents to be bought and wrapped.

Desserts and foods and goodies to be made and devoured.

Hot chocolate to be sipped and enjoyed.

Movies to be watched. Because everyone has that one favorite holiday movie that defines the {Christmas Season}.

{Let me note here, I don't think I have ever be accused of being 100% politically correct and to keep with tradition, on this blog the Christmas Holidays will be referred to as such. In my book, the general term of "Holidays" is for encompassing Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, not for removing the sanctity of Christ from Christmas.}

There's something about December.

Throughout the month I will feel or experience almost every feeling I've ever felt before.

Joy.

Love.

Peace.

But also hurt, loss, and depression.

Because it's the time of year when we think about those we're blessed to have in our lives.

And those we're blessed to have in our memories.

And we give to those who remain.

We give gifts from stores, gifts from our kitchens, and gifts from our hearts.

We give and we give and we give.

Because we have been given so much.

I have been given so much.

My Savior, whose birth and life and death should be celebrated year round!

My family.

My health.

My son.



My sweet precious son.

And this man.



Because he makes me smile and laugh and love every little thing about my life.

Okay, so maybe I loved everything about my life before he came along.

But I notice myself doing it more often these days.

I have so much to be thankful for.

{Merry Christmas} to each and every one of you!
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

Tyisms: On bras...


After changing into my pajamas for the night, I was in the laundry room folding clothes when Ty came in and was talking to me.

He picked up one of my bras off the dryer and asked me if I took my boobs off.
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

By the way.....


My hair went from this:



To this:



And I love it.
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

It's official....


They say it's not official until it's "Facebook Official".



So, I guess if it wasn't official before, it is now.

{{grins}}

Speaking of "Facebook Official", thought I'd share a cute little video with you guys that I found a week or so ago.



Have a wonderful weekend!
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

Tyisms: Kissing Santa


Tonight, Ty told me that if he catches me kissing Santa Claus<span class="fullpost"> he's going to tell Mystery Man on me!</span>
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

Picture this


My sister took these pictures of me and Ty while taking pictures for our Christmas cards.








See more of her work at www.brookshirephotography.com
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

Counting Down


The hardest part about Christmas, for me, was always the wait.

When I was little I never quite knew exactly how long it was until Christmas....just that it couldn't get here fast enough.

So I wanted to do something for Ty so he could physically see how long was left until Christmas, and hopefully stifle the multi-times-daily question of "How many days till Christmas".

So this is what I did yesterday.

Almost too late. But not quite.

So I pulled up Fireworks (since I'm too poor for Photoshop!) and designed something similar to a C9 Christmas light bulb and numbered them in varying colors.

After printing twenty-five light bulbs it was time to start cutting.


And cutting and cutting and cutting.

At one point I wanted to just chunk it because my fingers were falling off, but Ty was sitting there with this cute little look of anticipation on his face.

And pretending to snap pictures of me while I worked.


After cutting out the light bulbs, I wrote different things on the back of each bulb that we'll do on that day when we take the bulb off the string.

Such as:

Drink hot chocolate with marshmallows
Read the Christmas Story
Watch a movie together
Wear mittens and gloves (He loves wearing his winter-gear around the house)
Make Christmas Cards
Make popcorn garland for the birds
Make Christmas cookies
Paint, color, or draw together

Just fun little things that we can do together.

After that was done he handed me each bulb and we taped them to the string.




He was so proud and spent the rest of the evening counting all twenty-five light bulbs!
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

I fell in love


While shopping in Target with Mystery Man on Saturday I fell in love.

Or lust at the very least.

With these.....



Love the hat, too, but I've never been much of a hat wearer.



Such cuteness should not be allowed to exist.

Or it should exist within my budget.

Fortunately, my super-wonderful boyfriend was able to talk me off the ledge.

Oh wait, did I say that?

Well....Ty said Mystery Man was my boyfriend, and I'm told if Ty says it, it must be the truth.

{{wink}}
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

Tyisms: Baby


Ty told me this morning, "Mama, I want you to have a baby next year."

{{insert laughter here}}

I don't deny the boy much, but this wish will certainly be denied.
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

Stepping out


So....my baby is sick.

If you'll remember from this post, my Rebel has been under the weather.

I placed her into good hands to have her shipped off and nursed back to health.

But she'll be gone 6-8 weeks.

Six-to-eight-weeks.



My heart hurts.



She'll be gone for Christmas.

All alone in some cold camera hospital.

And the worst part?

The worst part is that....well, I can't wait on her to get back.

I can't lose the memories that will be made in her absence.

(Besides, I seriously need a picture of me and Mystery Man!)

So I'm looking for a temporary fix until she gets back.

A cheap temporary fix.

That's low, I know.

But maybe when she returns she'll consider an ultra-compact like a little brother or sister. Maybe she can be its mentor, because--after all--an ultra-compact will never be able to do for me (or my pictures) what my Rebel can.

There is no replacing her.

There is only getting-by-without-her.

But, still, I feel like a bad person.
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

That's how you know


Once upon a time....

The best stories always begin that way.

My favorite stories always begin that way.

Which is why it's perfect for this blog.

Because once upon a time there was a guy and a girl.

And they went Christmas shopping.

They ventured through Sams Club and Toys R Us, Target and eventually Walmart.

They went up and down aisles, smiling and laughing and picking out toys for a special little boy.

At every Nerf display the guy would admire the swords that the girl couldn't fathom paying $17-$19 for. Because we'd need two. One for the little kid and one for the big kid.

{{grins}}

And in Toys R Us he paused to admire and test out the Transformers 'laptop'.

And at every display for GI Joe or Transformers or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the guy would light up and reverted to a 5 year old version of himself.

He would hold the action figures with a look of awe and splendor and wanted it the same way he wanted it almost two decades ago.

And he'd put it back on the shelf and return to the girl with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face much like that of a child on Christmas morning.

And the girl knew she absolutely adored the guy because it thrilled her to see how cute he was and how excited he got over these things.

And, as it always is when they're together, their day was perfect.
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

Tyisms: Boys and Girls


Ty told Nana yesterday that boys and 'handsome' and 'cool' and <span class="fullpost">girls are 'beautiful' and 'exciting'.</span>
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

Tyisms: Santa


Ty told me yesterday, "If Santa brings me sticks and coal<span class="fullpost"> I'm not going to care for him anymore."</span>
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

Tyisms: Hottie


Ty told me that everyone was going to think I'm a hottie today<span class="fullpost"> in my batman shirt and yellow pony-tail holder.</span>
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

You might be OBSESSED if....


Okay, so once upon a time I read a book about a sparkly, well-mannered vampire who lives in this rainy town and falls in love with this clutzy, adoring girl that can think of nothing more than the beauty and divinity of said vampire.

And once upon a time I was all like, "Wow! Greatest book ever" because I think that young girls should have positive examples in romance and should set their sites on a man who will be respectful and treat them like a lady.

It was a good thing.

And I would have encouraged any guys to read the book to get an idea of how to be all sweet and old-fashioned good-guy with a girl.

It was a good thing.

But now......now it is not a good thing.

Some of these fans should be locked up for their own protection.

Seriously.

Straight-jackets have been handed out before for less insanity than these books and movies are causing!

Take a look at some of the items that fanatics can buy.

IT'S INSANE.

Let's start the day where you wake up, snuggled into your Robert Pattinson covered pillow and wrapped in your Edward duvet cover.


Keeps you pretty warm and snuggly for a dead guy, right?

You get out of bed and kiss your life-sized Edward wall decal.


Before getting into the shower, adorned with an Edward shower-curtain.


You get out and get dressed in your Edward T-shirt.


And don't forget your extremely disturbing Robert Pattinson panties.


Yes.

Panties.

I refuse to show you the VULGAR image on the inside of the panties.

After you're dressed and ready, you grab your signature Twilight jewelery from your Twilight Jewelery box...



and you head out the door, grabbing your keys--on your Twilight keychain, of course. And don't forget your Robert Pattinson coin purse in case you find any Twilight paraphernalia that you obviously would be completely incapable of passing up.


But, uh oh, it's raining.

Just like in Forks.

Which of course makes you swoon because you feel closer to Edward on rainy days.

Because he protects you from the rain with your handy-dandy Twilight umbrella.


You return home later, smiling as you see your New Moon door hanger.


You go inside and sit down at your computer to check the latest information on Eclipse, which premieres in two-hundred-seventeen day, nine hours, thirty-four-minutes and twenty-three...twenty-two...twenty-one seconds.

You know because you have tickers everywhere.

And you counted just to make sure it was right.

Over your desk is your beautiful Robert Pattinson.


And on your computer.


And on your mousepad.


And when you get bored on your computer, you can still play your Twilight game or work on your Twilight jigsaw puzzle.


Afterwards, it's time for your nightly love-package to none other than Edward/Robert himself. In it you include a picture of the pumpkin you carved for Halloween.


Which you seal with New Moon packing tape.


Uh oh. You cut yourself on the blade of the tape dispenser.

Guess you'll have to get out your New Moon bandaids.


Afterwards, you kiss your life-size standup of Robert/Edward goodnight.....


Before curling up in your Twilight-clad bed and writing about your love for Edward/Robert in your Twilight journal.


You end the night by snuggling up with your Twilight action figures and going to sleep.


Of course you'll dream about Twilight, too.

Because your life revolves around Twilight.

The book that I once read and enjoyed.

About a sparkly, well-mannered vampire who lives in this rainy town and falls in love with this clutzy, adoring girl that can think of nothing more than the beauty and divinity of said vampire.

But not anymore.

Thanks for that.
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

Randomness abounds....


My job is like any other job.

There are days that I love and enjoy my job.

And there are days when 4:30 can't get here fast enough.

But it's my job and I'm surrounded by people I love.

And it's nothing if not entertaining.

Take this morning, for instance. Where else could you walk into the break room for your morning cup of coffee and be greeted by this?



I think I'll call him Orville.
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

My poor baby....


My camera is still sick.

I'm fairly confident it's not H1N1, but it's sick. And I'm sad.

Mostly for selfish reasons because I really, really, really want to snap a picture of me and Mystery Man so that I have it to swoon over on the days that 70 miles separates us.

But I'm also sad for my camera.

I've tried everything I can think of, but sometimes a Mama's Love just isn't enough.

So next Saturday, when Mystery Man and I go Christmas shopping (which I'm super excited about!), I'll take my camera to Bedford's in Little Rock and hand it over to Austin. And Austin will send it off and see to it that my little camera gets the care she needs to get rid of her Error 99 illness.

Because I've done everything I can think of. I've tried two different lenses, two different batteries, with the SD card, with a newly formatted SD card, without the SD card...

And Christmas is just around the corner.

And Ty's not getting any less animated or excited or cute.

So a Christmas without my camera isn't an option.

Especially not this Christmas.
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

Tyisms: Fall


After passing burning leaves, Ty says, "It smells good. That's what Fall smells like."
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

Tyisms: Justification


Ty's justification for wanting to wear play shoes to church: "Well, Kendyl thinks they look good!"
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

Baby steps....


Out with the old and in with the new.

It's a theme that starts coming to mind this time of year.

Us moms start making room in the toy-chest for all the new arrivals that will show up Christmas morning.

At work we start closing out the year and getting ready for a new one with new files and folders and clutter.

In our personal lives we start thinking in terms of resolutions.

What have I drug with me through this year that I don't want to carry into next year?

For me, I could do without 5-10 lbs that's cluttering up my waist line.

Oh shutup. Us skinny girls have our flaws, too.

You should be glad to know that instead of rolling your eyes at me.

Yes you.

I saw that.

Anyway.

So it's a thing that's crossing the mind of many people.

And it's been crossing mine.

Because I've been carrying something around that I've been more than ready to chunk out the window for the past three years.

We'll call it the Three Year Curse.

And I'm ready for it to go.

But it's one of those things that a girl can't shake on her own.

She needs a man.

With broad shoulders and legs for lifting.

Kisses and smiles help, too.

Which makes me think that this year could be the year that I shrug off this baggage and leave it behind me.

This year could be the year that I walk, hand-in-hand, into a new year with new and promising adventures. With Mystery Man on one side and my Little Man on the other.

My two favorite guys.

The process has begun.

With baby steps.

I finally feel safe enough to tiptoe out of our little bubble and begin opening up about him and me and us and the good things happening there.

But it's baby steps.

He had to remind me last night, "It's not like we're hiding anything."

And it's not. The hushness and the secrecy and the mystery aren't because anything's being hidden.

Just protected.

But as things grow, they get stronger, and we're no different.

So I'm feeling safer and more capable of facing whatever may face us in the world out there.

In the new year and the new adventures we'll face.

Together.

Me and my two favorite guys.
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.