Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: A Day in the Life of Ashley...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Day in the Life of Ashley...

  A Day in the Life of Ashley...

Good Morning Lovelies! Today you are invited to spend a day in the life of her.

You know that gal who you might think has it all together. The mama who seems to do it all. Well guess what? She doesn't. Let's fight those lies. This new series is an effort to get rid of the "super mom"  image that we all make for ourselves in our heads. It is a time to inspire one another even more. We do not have to always have it together to be good moms, wives, and women in sisterhood!

I have invited some wonderful women to share their story with us and to be real with y'all. They will share their struggles, their victories, their frustrations, their joys, and everything in between. It may not be glamorous, but it is real and real is absolutely beautiful 

Come walk a bit in the shoes of another....


My little family consists of me, my husband Alex, my son Luke (3y/o), and my daughter Kaylee (9m/o). We live in a small coastal town in Washington and between my husband’s computer repair business, my craft business (Driftwood Beach Crafts), my part time job as a nutrition educator, being a secretary and volunteer for the local historical society, and a mom of two kids under four, my life is extremely busy. 

Since the school year is back in swing, so is my job. I don’t start teaching till October, but we do have meetings throughout September as we prepare for this upcoming year. Most days of the week I work right here in town, but our meetings and food preparations are held at the west county office which is half way around the harbor.

Today we all got up an hour early and got ready to go. Mornings like this call for a quick breakfast. My son wanted his usual bowl of cereal and I shared a bowl of blueberry oatmeal with my little girl. I packed up mine and my daughter’s lunch and bags and we all headed out the door. I dropped my husband and son off at our office and since we were just having a meeting, I brought my sweet little girl with me.  

When I got to work we worked on a bio to go up onto a website for all the nutrition educators in the state. We went over the curriculum, foods, etc. for the curriculums that we will be teaching this quarter while eating our lunch. My daughter had to be a little flirt with everyone in the room. I know the pictures are blurry because she wouldn’t stop wiggling and she kept trying to get off the chair by herself.

Along with our bios that we've been working on, they wanted pictures of each of us so we all went outside between rain showers and got a few pictures. They all turned out wonderful though no one wanted me to share theirs (mine is above). We went back in, finished up making our to-do list for the next two weeks and then we all headed our separate ways.

Since we live a ways out, I ran some errands before heading home. Our gas prices out here can be much higher than what it is in town so I got a little bit of gas. After getting gas, I ran over to our bank to take care of some stuff and then I stopped by the store to grab milk, diapers, and a few other things. When I arrived at the store, the train which we normally dread was across the tracks. It wouldn’t be a big deal, but there have been times we have waited over half an hour to get in because there is no way in or out when a long train comes through. Today I was lucky, the train only had about four or five more cars to go by before the tracks were clear. 

Our store recently finished with an add on/remodel and everything keeps moving around. Due to this, I spent a lot of time walking in circles trying to find the few things I needed. I was grateful that when we got out the rain had let up long enough that I could load up the stuff and my little girl without either of us getting drenched.

Before heading back over to the office, we made a quick stop at home to put away all the cold stuff. By this time my sweet little girl had fallen asleep and I was more than happy to leave her like this. When we got back to the office, I was sitting there looking at the weather on my phone when I noticed a map similar to the one pictured below. One of the fisherman said we were supposed to have 14’ swells for the next few days and no wonder why. This storm is very unusual for the area this time of the year. I told my husband it would be fun to go out and watch the waves. 

Since there wasn’t a lot of time between when I got back and when we headed home, I didn’t start working on making up the needed candles for the market this next weekend. I did work on hole punching my pages for the curriculum a little, but that was about as far as I got. At five we packed up and all headed home to fix dinner. While home dropping off the groceries I had pulled a package of ground beef out of the freezer. My husband asked what I was going to do with it. Hmmmm….I’d had two hours to think about it and totally forgot. He said that loaded baked potato sounded good…so loaded baked potato it was. I cooked the ground beef, added in our own taco seasoning, shredded up some cheddar and pepper jack cheese and threw the potatoes into the microwave. By the time I got everything done and the kids sat down to eat, my husband had to make a business call. My daughter loved having her own mini baked potato with a little cheese. I think more of it ended up everywhere but her mouth though. Once my husband was done with the call, he joined us for dinner.

After dinner our son got his PJs on and we did our nightly routine of potty, brush teeth, and family prayer before he headed off to bed. Our daughter is currently asleep, but she’s been very fidgety. I think her next set of teeth are getting ready to come in. And I think that after two nights of a restless baby, I’m finally ready for bed. 


Thank you so much for sharing your day with us Ashley. 
That loaded baked potato dish sounds yummy!

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XO Danielle 
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