Thursday, July 22, 2010


Today is my birthday and I am feeling like 25 is quite the milestone. I feel old, no so much that I think that 25 is old, I just think that my lifestyle makes me feel "mature". I have been thinking about what I have learned in 25 years and I am going to attempt compiling a list.

1. Love your siblings, in the long run they do become your best friends.
2. Sing when ever you feel sad.
3. Putting a fork in a flame and then putting it on your leg will not only give you a 3 prong scar, it will hurt.
4. Doing things that you don't feel qualified for make you stronger.
5. Don't wish your life away.
6. The older I get, the more I realize I am like my mother, and I like it.
7. Exercise isn't as bad as I think it is.
8. Ironing should be illegal unless you are working on a quilt.
9. Housework has taught me to be more consistent in other aspects of my life.
10. Being out in nature reminds me how much my Heavenly Father loves me.
11. Love the past, it makes you who you are.
12. I want to take dance lessons. I gained confidence in my dancing from Sarah. I'll love you for it forever.
13. I am just as bad at listening as my kids are.
14. When you know, you know. And no amount of time or justification will change that.
15. Good friends make all the difference in your life. I love you Crescent 7th girls!
16. Love your body, it's the only one you've got.
17. There's no place like home.
18. True happiness comes from being happy with yourself.
19. Write things down, or you'll forget!
20. I want to someday be able to beat Jed in Risk.
21. History and the human experience fascinate me.
22. I am hard to get away from because I could talk for hours.
23. When we have done all that we can do, God steps in and does the rest.
24. Get directions, then you won't get lost.
25. A penny saved is a penny earned finally makes sense to me.

As for the my birthday, it was lovely. My mom took me out to lunch, while Sarah watched the wee ones. I got all the kids down for a nap, and right when I was asleep the phone rang. :( The girls let me choose which movie to watch without pitching fits. I chose my childhood favorite; Cinderella. We then scooted the couches back in the living room and had a dance party, we even did the Boot, Scoot and Boogie, and Thriller. Sadly Jed stopped dancing when I pulled the camera out. Then we had Lemon Icebox Pie for dessert and had Sarah and Adam over. They are so much fun.

Eli stayed tucked away safely during our dance party, as most of us are prone to clumsiness. But by all accounts I think he was quite content.


  1. I'm glad you had a good birthday! That last picture of Eli looks just like Jed!!! When I went in for my ultra sound in May, they were confirming my age, and asked me if I was 25, and I'm like wow am I really 25 turning 26 at the end of this year? It's crazy how fast time flies! Hope to see you soon!

  2. Happy Birthday Ashley! I loved the list. I had such a great time with you at the splash pad...we need to plan something again.

  3. Happy Birthday!!! It sounds like it was great fun! We miss you guys excruciatingly!! I love all the cute pictures. You are beautiful, as are all of your kids! I hope we can get together soon! You guys are totally welcome here any time! Oh, and that's a very wise list. I agree with so much of it, and the rest I am sure I will agree with, when I become as wise as you someday (hopefully that day comes!) =) Love you!

  4. PS--We're having a Harry Potter bday party next week. I'm sending you a facebook invite. It's kind of late, so I don't know if you guys can make it, but if you can, it'll be nerdy and fun!

  5. Yay! A blog entry from my favorite Ashley in the whole world :) And a GREAT one too! Love your list. Love this pics! Happy birthday again! (Belated...again...) Love you!

  6. Ironing should be illegal...I totally agree! I hate it. Happy Birthday. I better get an invite next time you guys have a dance party :)

  7. Glad you had a fun birthday-I want to join the dance off some time. Love the list-Istill have to be reminded on a few of those things after 29 years. That last pic is about the cutest picture I've ever seen.