I'm a Believer!


So I'm trying to get back to writing with more regularity.

I'm failing miserably, but I'm trying.

Mostly because my mind blanks on topics to write about.

I could write about the stack of bills in the bedroom that occupy a great portion of my mind or I could write about mountain of boxes that occupy my garage.

Or I could write about all the things that change when you take three people from two different households and put them into one.  And to top that, how to do so in a way that sets a good example for an impressionable little one.

But all of that has really been an easy transition.  Certainly much easier than I expected.

However, the one bad thing I've discovered in having two males in the household is that there are now twice as many water rings and water stains on the wooden furniture throughout the house.

Which has driven Mama absolutely nuts.

Until last night.

It all started when I moved a treasure map off of my beautiful wooden table that had been placed there the night before.

When I moved it, I discovered that the map had been quite wet when it was laid there.

As evidenced by the giant water stain on the top of my dark-wood table.

So I attempted to bite my tongue and got out the furniture polish, which we all know does absolutely nothing against water stains.  But I tried anyway.

And then I fumed and went to the computer.

Ahhh, what was life like before the Internet?

How did people solve their problems before this marvelous invention?

Because I would never have magically just had the thought "Hmmmm, maybe if I spread olive oil on my wood table and then let it soak in for a while before following it up with furniture polish (I used my Old English for Dark Wood) maybe those water stains will just magically disappear AND give my table the ultra-shiny appearance that I have a sheet of polished glass on top of it!"

But that's what the Internet told me to do.

And that's what I did.

And that's how it worked out!

And now I don't have to be that woman who follows everyone throughout the house with coasters!

Hurray for the Internet!  Now if it would just solve the problem of the month-long-cough-that-won't-go-away or the too-much-month-at-the-end-of-the-money issues!
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.

The Moment You've All Been Waiting For!


I know, I know, I know....

Bad blogger!

I've been in the new house for THREE WEEKS and haven't posted pictures yet!

Crazy, eh?  It's like I've been busy or something!

At least that's what my poor body keeps telling me!  I swear it thinks that my alarm-clock is out to kill me, too.

But that's another story for another time.

Right now it's picture time.

So sit back and enjoy!

The house itself!  The garage is SO full of boxes that we have to park out front for right now!
The entry from the front door.  Ignore the lighting.  I had to go sans flash in order to avoid a weird reflection from the mirror.
The Master Bedroom.  (The door leads to the master bathroom).
The Master Bathroom has dual vanities.
And dual closets on either side of the shower.
The living room  Featuring one cute little boy playing on the Wii.
There's normally one cute little boy and one cute big boy playing the Wii, but the big boy was busy preparing food for company.  He's well on his way to being a good husband. ;)
From the living room looking over into the kitchen/dining area.
The kitchen.
Ty's bathroom.
The vanity in Ty's bathroom.
Ty's bedroom with his new bed and freshly painted chest of drawers....which was a MAJOR headache that is going to require psychological counseling at some point in time before I'll even be able to consider blogging about it.
The other end of Ty's room.  The other guest room is comparable, though slightly wider and not quite as long.  Both rooms have the closets with the dual-doors.
And lastly...the view from the back yard of the mountains.  Though I'm waiting for the perfect sunset to capture what is truly one of God's finest works of art.  The sunsets are AMAZINGLY beautiful up here!
Okay!  That's it for now!  I've got one boy fresh out of the bathtub and about to make his way to bed, and the other one is out doing his man-thing of greening up the lawn.  Sooner or later I'm going to drag him in here and make him watch Episode 1 of Season 3 of Dexter with me before I drag myself off to bed and prepare for an early battle with Mr. Alarm Clock.

Hope all is well with each 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.

Going Ons


My handsome man keeps reminding me that I need to write another blog soon.

And he's right.

I do.

But allocating time and brain energy for it seems to be one of those "Easier said than done" things right now.

So, how about another bulleted entry of what all has been going on.


  • We moved into our new house.  (Yay!)  And on the same day that we were loading up the trailer and trucks full of my furniture I got a call from the realtor who said she had a contract on my other house for the full asking price and needed me to come look over it and sign it if I wanted to accept it!  (Hip hip hooray!)  So we marked that under the ever-growing list of "God Things" that have happened in the short span of time since I first considered moving to Hot Springs.  I won't even have to make my next payment on my other house!  How wonderful is that?!
  • Ty had his tonsils out on Wednesday and let me tell you, my kid is a champ.  Mornings are worst because it's harder to swallow without pain, but once he gets his medicine and a little bit of drink down him he's good to go.  On Thursday I accidentally knocked myself out with some allergy medicine that I thought was non-drowsy cold medicine and I apparently dozed off long enough for Ty to go to the kitchen, pour a massive bowl of fruit loops, crawl back into bed with me (where we'd been watching TV) and start snacking on dry fruit loops.  I finally snapped to consciousness after the 3rd bite, when I'd processed what was going on) and took the fruit loops from him but he insisted they didn't hurt his throat.  I've let him eat some soft solid foods like Ravioli, scrambled eggs, and string cheese.  But he's done wonderful, which I'm so thankful for!
  • We're working on unpacking and decorating and cleaning the new house and it's going much slower than I anticipated.  Who knew I had so much junk!?  I promise to post pictures whenever we get done but we're still currently in the "hiding the boxes so the house looks clean and unpacked" phase.  We're also minus some decorative necessities, such as somewhere to put the mega-DVD collection that happens when Jason and I merge all the videos we've acquired.  Good news is, we'll have tons of duplicates to post on Amazon and make a few pennies off of!  We also need to find a bed for Ty and a coffee table, if not two end-tables to match!
  • Jason and Ty are on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kick.  Every night they're either watching them or pretending to be them.  It's actually quite cute, even if it's a little dorky, too.  Oh, did I mention that Jason can sing the entire theme song from memory?  ;)
Okay, I thought there was a lot more to update with than that but I'm drawing a blank now!

Time to go get ready for a day of shopping with my beautiful mom and wonderful fiancé while my Daddy and little boy bank some quality boy time together!
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.

Bring on the Straight Jacket


In case you're wondering what's going on and where I've been here's the rundown.

About 5 weeks ago Jason asked me to consider moving to Hot Springs this summer instead of next summer as we'd planned.
About 4 weeks ago I got a job interview and a job.
About 3 weeks ago we found a daycare and started looking at houses after not being able to find an apartment.
About 2 weeks ago we made an offer on a house.
About 32 hours ago we closed on aforementioned house.
About 10 hours ago I started a new job.
In about 25 hours we'll be packing up my home in Fordyce and all of the contents of it to move this coming weekend.
And in about 11 days I'll have internet.

So I'm a little less than sane right now and it's probably not going to get much better until July 12th when I'll be able to connect to the Internet in the comfort and privacy of my brand new home in Hot Springs.

But I'll update as I can, whenever I can.
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.