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We got dumped on in Colorado this week.

(I think it was 10 inches total, within 24 hours.)


Yep, lots and lots of snow. 




The weather man told us there was a 90% chance of heavy snow fall.  So I hauled all 3 kids around to buy coats, snow bibs, boots, hats and gloves…….the night before the snow fell.  We seemed kind of desperate as we sprawled out in the snow boot aisle at Target, trying to outfit everyone with the right sized boot.  My four year old girl asked me why I wasn’t buying any boots for me.  I told her my feet were too big for the shoes there. 


She looked concerned. 


Then I apologized for my genes.  And told her to start praying that her feet never pass a women’s size 10. 

Because her momma’s size 12 are hard to outfit.

[I should start praying for the baby’s feet too. ;)]



We had such great weather last weekend.  That’s when I photographed the kiddos in their Mary Poppins costumes


However, there was no sadness due to this recent snowfall.  The kids had full access to white fluff ALL DAY LONG. 

They were in rosy cheek heaven.




This little guy was so concerned about his buried plastic lawn mower.  Don’t worry…..he dug it out.




And she was very worried about grandma’s herbs.  Whew, the basil was rescued.




I did regret buying a size 2T-5T sized glove for this kid.  (What manufacturer makes a kid glove size with that kind of size difference?!?!!)  Those little suckers slipped off about 73 times.  My husband says I exaggerate sometimes……but 73 times is not exaggerating.  Gahhhh.  I wised up when they went out later in the day and wrapped a rubber band around the glove at the wrist.  It saved my sanity.




I felt sad for those little Fall leaves that never had time to fully change and fall to the ground. 




But watching these little turkeys play in the snow on and off for at least 4 hours that first day……was pretty enjoyable.  (Ask me how I feel about the snow in February.)




And after about an hour and a half of pure icy fun, I made them come in to warm up those red cheeks.  I know, big mean mom.  They weren’t happy about that.  But after throwing around the words “hot chocolate” a few times……….they finally obliged.



Now, how about you? 

Did snowflakes fall from your sky this week?



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There are so many darling ones in there already. 

I will do a little Virtual Costume Parade on Monday or Tuesday (and post a bunch of your costumes here on my blog). 

I can’t wait to see more!!!!!



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  1. Anonymous says:

    i live in britain and, you probaly know its always cold but suprisingly it hasnt snowed at all! :(

  2. Candles says:

    What wonderful pictures! You have a lovely family and they looked like they were having so much fun. No snow flakes for me today. . . . . .I live in the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara California! We do get some snow up on Mt, Hamilton though and sometimes in the Santa Cruz Mountains! Thanks for sharing and the blog and keep it going! Have a great day!

  3. Kristina Noall says:

    I’m in AZ. We went to the Phoenix airport to see my sister-in-law during her layover today–she was coming from New York, on her way home to Salt Lake. I was so startled to see her in a coat, scarf, and boots (though it was all very cute) as we trooped up to her wearing shorts and flip-flops for the 84-degree weather here! Yeah, AZ is kind of ridiculous…

  4. Macaela B says:

    Snow just fell in Anchorage ak today! So beautiful! Wonderful blog by the way! Just found you and have already tried quite a few of your ideas!

  5. Jenine says:

    umm questions for ya: what the heck is a snow bib?! I’m Canadian and have seen my fair share of cold weather and snow, so I own all the gear possible, but do not for the life of me know what a snow bib is! Please enlighten.

    1. Robin says:

      They are the overalls style snow pants. Usually they are insulated (like puffy jackets but overalls). here is a visual

  6. Cumorah says:

    February? I’ll check in with you to see how you love the snow here in Colorado in April. That’s always my breaking point. And the years it snows here in June…well…kind of makes me want to move to the bahamas. Enjoy it for now! :)

  7. Tracy says:

    Hmm… adorable post. But I am not quite ready for snow yet. I’m in Idaho and we had our first snowfall a few weeks ago. It didn’t stick, but I know it’s coming. I know all about snow in February, and March, and April… It sure does make for a pretty Christmas though.

  8. Kathy says:

    No chance of getting snow ever since I live in Guam but, loving all of the beautiful pictures of it! I do miss it but, I don’t mind not having to stock up on weather gear for the kids!

  9. Amy Lynn says:

    No snow here yet – there was a chance of it on Thursday, but did not happen! Feeling ok that it had not started quite yet, as our winters last through the end of March (if not into April and May).

  10. Kelly says:

    I love your little guy’s hat! Was that one of the Target purchases??? I’d love to see my little guy(s) in one like it. :)

  11. Shacone says:

    If its gonna snow….bring it on!!! Your pics are fabulous!! We are bone dry and 40-ish in Idaho!!!!

  12. adie says:

    Love the snow pics. I am in Colorado also, the springs and I think we got about 5 to 6 inches but the roads were DRY! It was so wierd!

  13. Heather says:

    Cute kids! Snow in October does not sound good to me though! Lol.

  14. deb says:

    I think we were close to 50 in Ohio today.
    The falling off mitten problem used to drive me crazy! Now I love “snowstoppers” – there’s a snug cuff that goes under the coat up to their elbow. They stay on, and there’s no snow sneaking into the sleeve!

  15. Julie says:

    No snow in Houston, but it was in the 50s today. We’ll take it! The snow looks like so much fun. I love to play in it, but am not sure I’d ever want to live in it. There’s too much south Texas in me!

  16. Kaleigh says:

    I miss the snow!! I moved from Nebraska to Florida in January, so I only had a few weeks of winter last year. I’m definitely missing the fall/winter temps here, where it’s still mid 70’s out.

  17. HW says:

    Looks like fun! Here in sunny AZ we just barely got to below 90-degree temps most days!!

  18. Janae says:

    I am the same as you about how I feel about snow later on in the year. Being in Idaho…it is really awesome when it snows in June! The first few snow falls are fun…but after a while I miss the sunshine

  19. Sarah (Frontier Kitchen) says:

    We got about the same amount here in southern Wyoming. My daughter and I went out to buy some sleds and gloves right before it all fell so we were also the crazy people running through Target. :)

  20. Jessica says:

    trust me I feel your pain but the other way, I can’t fit into any high heels or women’s good running shoes, I have a size 3 and I’m sick of my shoe opptions haven’t princesses and light ups on them, I wish I had the normal size 6 so I could wear grown up shoes!!

  21. Jackie says:

    No snow yet here – though they are calling for some in the mountains this weekend and the projected snowfall for the winter does not look so good. As for snow in Feb – I’m praying like crazy it waits until after my due date OR the baby waits until its not snowing to come lol. I’m picturing the worst case scenario of my hubby delivering our first child on the side of the road or something!! Seriously hoping that does NOT happen!!

  22. Carrie Whitlock says:

    Loving the pre-halloween snow and the bright sunshine today in Denver:-) I love being blessed with the pretty white stuff and enjoying it for a day and then it melting in time for my morning commute downtown.

  23. Anonymous says:


    Here in S. Miguel, in the Azores Islands, we don’t have snow… unfortunatelly! I love snow!
    But back in our mainland, in Portugal, there are some places with snow, already.

    Your kids look so cute!… :)

    Kisses from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!


  24. Michelle W says:

    Hah! Boston got its first snow of the season, too. It was sleeting when I got home from work last night, and just before I went to bed, I saw white stuff on my car! Not much, but they’re saying we could get some legitimate accumulation this weekend from the storm that gave you this :)

    I am also another member of the Women’s Size 12 club! I don’t remember the last pair of shoes I bought in a physical store. It’s better than it used to be, but I get most of my shoes from Amazon or

  25. Dara Lynn says:

    I have to admit….we were sitting in Oklahoma … a little jealous of your first snow! Our news stations were streaming live from Denver and we got to see every 2-3 hours how the area was getting dumped on….but we did enjoy the much needed rainfall!!!!

  26. Elisabeth@SimpleGreenishLiving says:

    Wow, so much snow! Our weather has been brisk, but beautiful (in Oregon). Where are your little guy’s hat and jacket from? Orange and gray is one of our family’s favorite color combos :)

  27. Joy says:

    As a Canadian transplant in Florida, I’m not seeing much snow these days, but I do have a lot of experience with mittens! They look long (which is good!)…did you try putting them on before putting on his jacket? Usually the coat sleeve cuffs help to keep them on, and its keep snow from getting in between mitt and sleeve.

  28. adrienne w says:

    Wow! You got snow before us up here in Alberta, Canada?! We’ve actually had pretty nice fall weather. This morning though was chilly enough for gloves and toques (hats or beanies, to all you Americans). Growing up we often planned our Halloween costumes to fit over winter coats, because snow for Halloween was often a given. It looks like we’ll be snow free this year though. (Fingers crossed!)

  29. Jen says:

    we are still without snow up here in Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada (can’t say the same for the rest of the province but we are still having some nice weather. I’m sure the snow will be here within a week. I better make sure my girls have everything they need! As for the large gloves put them overtop of his jacket, it will help hold them on.

    1. adrienne w says:

      That’s funny that us 2 Albertans posted at the same time! Snow free in Edmonton.

  30. Michele says:

    In Tucson, AZ we are excited that we will in the low 80s today instead of the upper 90s last week! Not even kiddie.g it was 96 degrees as we picked pumpkins on Saturday.

  31. Maria says:

    I feel your pain girl……….I have size 12’s myself………..and I’m SURE you know of That is the BEST BEST BEST place to shop for shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Amanda says:

    I’ve been trying to get my honey interested in moving to Colorado. Snow before Halloween is definitely in my aresenal of reasons to live there. :)

  33. Desperate Mom says:

    We had 6 inches in our CO backyard. Thankfully my boys are just a year apart, so passing down the winter clothes works great. BTW – I bought some super cheap mittens at Walmart at the end of last year dor $1. They have a velcro strap around the wrist and are a life saver.

  34. Shanda says:

    We’re finally getting FALL here in UT :) YAY! And you have to check out our Scooby Doo Costumes I just posted on Flickr for you! I’m sure we had the same sense of accomplishment when we finished them :) (Although I have to admit that I decided to buy the 2t scooby costume, didn’t have enough energy for that one this year…)

  35. Janice says:

    Oh, I miss Colorado! My husband and I both grew up there and I miss the crazy big snowfall in October then 70 degree weather a couple days later. It makes the snow fun instead of unbearably long lasting! Now we’re in the midwest and I’m already a little depressed that it’s about to turn cold for 5 months! Enjoy Colorado!

  36. Amber @ Amber in Paradise says:

    That looks so fun! I miss playing in the snow then coming in for grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch!

  37. Kelly says:

    Lots and lots of snow! (I live in Colorado, too :))

  38. Sarah says:

    You are aboslutely right about hoping your daughters’ feet don’t pass women’s size 10! I have the same problem too, i hate shoe shopping :(
    I live in ND and I closed my eyes pretty much through this whole post – we haven’t had snow yet and I’m so glad!

  39. jannet says:

    i’m in highlands ranch and the snow was so fun!! it’s almost all melted now – the kids and the dogs were NOT amused. they all hoped it would last longer. and yeah – ask them how they feel about it in february. ;)

  40. Krista says:

    I am a Southern California girl through and through. I love our 75 degree Christmas days. I love BBQs and swimming on New Years Day. I love that I had never even heard the term “wind chill factor” until I was an adult. I love our moderate temperature changes. But I must say, this post made a tiny part of me want to pack up and move to Colorado!

    1. Ashley says:

      Ha……that’s hilarious! And yeah, that mean old “chill factor” is a beast. How about come for a quick CO snowy visit and then you can see if you like it! :)

  41. Natalie says:

    How is it that you’ve obviously been around for a while and I’ve never seen your fabulous blog!? I’m just amazed scrolling through your Halloween costumes this year and last year. You are so talented!


  42. Hi says:

    This looks like so much fun! Love her blue coat. Where did you get it?

    1. Ashley says:

      From Old Navy and was $30. Not too terrible for a puffy coat.

  43. Holly says:

    We live in WY and we got about the same snow fall! Personally I think it’s gorgeous! :) But I agree, we’ll see how everyone feels in February!

  44. Brittany says:

    We are in the springs and our snow is already gone :(

    I am glad they had fun, my kids were too sick to go play. My dogs loved it though!

  45. Donna Jones says:

    I am just hoping and wishing for weather under 80 some time soon. I am in AZ and we JUST barely got below the 90’s! Hopefully we will be in the 70″s by thanksgiving! One can hope right. Love the pictures and all the fun stuff you do!

  46. Kandice says:

    Ah! I’m SO jealous! I love fall and the crisp air, pretty leaves, etc, etc. But for some reason I spend most of every fall season waiting for the snow to come! And I love it all year long…if it’s falling. When it stops snowing for weeks, everything gets yucky and brown and just plain cold, I lose my enthusiasm. But man do I love snow storms! We’re in Idaho, so we get quite a bit here too. Anyway, enjoy the first snow of the year!

    1. Stephanie says:

      LOL….. We live in San Antonio TX and we are glad FALL has finally decided to grace us it was almost 90 yesterday and today the high is Mid 60’s.

      We are lucky to catch a few snow flurries any year :)

  47. Shannon f says:

    We’ve had rain, rain, and more rain here in Ohio. But temps are still waffling about in the 40 to 60 range.

    And I pray for my poor daughter’s feet everytime we go shoe shopping. She’s seven and already wearing a 2. This mommy can’t shop at target either, so I don’t think she has much hope. Lol

  48. Emily says:

    LOL welcome to Colorado ; it can snow literally any month of the year here!! And it’s supposed to be 70 by Monday! Glad you had fun, we went sledding for the first time with kids yesterday and it was a blast :)

  49. Natalie says:

    I grew up in Colorado, and it ALWAYS snowed on or before Halloween. One year we only went trick-or-treating to the neighbors on either side of us because there was a foot of snow on the ground. Not cool. Now I’m in Utah and while the weather’s not really that different, at least the snow has decided to stay in the mountains. For now. Happy Winter!

  50. Christy says:

    Love seeing your adorable kids playing in Wednesday’s snow — great pictures!!! Looks like you did a great job outfitting them on such short notice. There’s is nothing better than playing in fresh snow and then warming up with some hot cocoa. We are in the Front Range too and got about 12 inches and a lot of tree damage (so sad). It was sure wet and heavy for a first snow. Don’t you just love the beautifully sunny days after the snowfall? This is typical for Colorado’s urban corridor – it snows, but then the sun comes out and it melts in the next couple days. I have my fingers crossed for trick-or-treating without coats :D

  51. Sabrina Jackson says:

    I am SO jealous of your snowfall. I miss the snow, but sadly flurries are a big deal here in Savannah and that is a rare occurrence. Your kids look like they had a blast. Maybe when my hubby is done with art school he’ll find a job in beautiful Colorado and we can see lots of snow. LOL!

    1. Ashley says:

      How funny……we were in Savannah last winter and we remember that one time we had snow flurries. Your husband must be at SCAD. Good luck with school!

  52. Danesa says:

    My sister lived in Colorado for 3 years and she said that the weather is kind of schizo. It will be nice and sunny one day and cold and snowy the next. So there is a chance that your snow day won’t last too long. But enjoy it while it’s there. :)

  53. Emily says:

    I have giant feet too – it is the bane of my existence! This year I actually found cute boots in a size 12 at Payless.

    1. Ashley says:

      Ha…..I just ordered some from there. One of these days size 12 will be the new size 7. We can dream! ;)

  54. Jenny says:

    Okay, wait, maybe you’re talking about the baby you already have. Don’t want to be starting any rumors here…

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha….nope, just talking about the baby I already have. Woo-wee, no new babies in this tummy! :)

  55. Jenny says:

    Wait, did we know about baby? I don’t think I did. Congrats!

    We’ve finally felt Fall. I thought the day would never come. I’m loving it.

  56. K Sminkey says:

    Your children are too cute in that snow! Yes, we may see some white stuff tomorrow, thankfully only 1-2 inches though!

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