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A Little Vacation…

My siblings and I live all over the country.
From Alaska to Georgia, and sprinkled in between…..seriously, all over the country.
And for the last few days, two of my sweet sisters (and a niece) have been here, hanging out with us here in warm Georgia.  And rubbing my baby belly for good luck. (Okay, and doing my dishes and playing with my busy kids……ahhhh!  Thanks April and Jodi!)
So I haven’t been around here much.  (Or keeping my sewing machine busy.)  We’ve been busy staying up until 3am, munching on delicious snacks, laughing ourselves silly remembering our little girl days, and catching up on each other’s lives and children.  It has been a great mini sisters weekend…..maybe next time the other 2, plus our melts-right-into-the-mix-sister-in-law, can make it.  (Shall we start planning now sisters?)
And because they came this far east, we had to take in a little of the Atlantic ocean yesterday.

And who needs a tripod or photographer when you can take pictures like this?  All nice and out of focus or someone out of the frame.  No biggee…


And the kids completely enjoyed squishing their toes in the wet sand.
Oh, and playing around.  Because the weather was absolutely perfect.
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My kiddos with their sweet little Alaskan cousin.  Quite the trio.
And full out belly laughs? 
Plenty of those were heard while relaxing on the swing.
Well, off to have a few more adventures while they’re here.


Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!


  1. Rachel says:

    Funny story: A friend of mine sent me a link to your blog in November and so I've been visiting your blog for ideas for a few months. Love it! I just realized when I saw these photos that I think we are in the same ward at church and I had no idea.

  2. tara.and.ben says:

    Those pictures are priceless! I love your family! It's so cool to see you and your sisters :)

  3. Kimberly says:

    Yeah for time with sisters! That is the best!!

  4. Jessica says:

    so wonderful!!!

  5. Anja says:

    I would LOVE a meet up like that with my siblings..
    My brother is also in Alaska, where we are from, I'm in Oklahoma, and my sis is in Florida. We only ever get together for weddings – and well, we are all married now!

    I loved your pictures and hope you are having as good of a time as it looks like you are!

  6. Dalling Family says:

    I think it's great that you are taking a break and able to spend some time with your family! Especially with the babe due soon…are we going to get to see that pretty lil round belly of yours? You were adorable prego with the lil man (btw he is getting big!). Best wishes!

  7. Ashley's Cakes by Design says:

    Ashley, you are one of the most inspiring people! Just love that I have claim on a few months in history that I actually know you! :) Hope life is going well, your kids are adorable!

  8. Tyler, Alexis, Karielle and Jillian says:

    I'm also in Alaska. I'm feeling pretty jealous right now. If I went outside without shoes on, my toes would have to get chopped off. Lovely huh? :P

  9. Katie says:

    Such sweet little pictures! I wish I was somewhere warm! :)

  10. Jenette says:

    All those pictures make me miss my family and the Georgia beach…

  11. Amy @ Increasingly Domestic says:

    Gorgeous photos!
    There is nothing like a good sibling weekend to feed the soul:)

  12. Danette Mahana says:

    Hey Ashley, I am jealous of to sand and beach. I can't believe how big your kids are, especially Conner, he is such a little man now. Your sister's daughter looks just like her, too cute.

  13. Shannon says:

    I am coming next time. No more sister get together without me! Pics are awesome! The kiddos look so cute!

  14. meire says:

    Eu adorei as crianças!(^>^)… God bless the children of the world!

  15. Hayley says:

    Where in AK are they? We are stationed at wainwright and line in North Pole. :)

    Sarah – Im assuming 'fancy' means slr. Shoot in manual, adjust and shutter speed to at least 1/160 and iso and ap to get correct exposure. (Questions email me at

    Hayley @

  16. Eston, Brenden and Janye says:

    I live in Alaska as well. What part of Alaska are they from? I am sure they loved the weather. It's kinda miserable here.

  17. Rachel Holloway says:

    enjoy your time!!! and your sisters are SO beautiful! You guys hit the genetic jackpot! :)

  18. Emily says:

    SO fun! Love the pictures!

  19. Steph says:

    What gorgeous photos! Glad you were able to get away and spend time with your family.

  20. Tammy @ she wears flowers says:

    Awww…you guys look like you are having so much fun!! Your children all look just like you guys!!

  21. jen says:

    love it!! it makes me feel warm when we are getting a BLIZZARD! haha! so glad you had a great time with your family :0)

  22. Sarah says:

    Ok, how do you get pictures of running and laughing children?! I have a fancy pants camera and all I get is blurry faces! I've tried (obviously not) everything! What's the trick?!

    Gorgeous pics, gorgeous family! Nice to see scenery other than snow. :)

  23. CoconutKate says:

    Your family has always been amazing! Glad to see you taking some time off (although I DO LOVE everything you do!).

  24. bethanndodd says:

    Have fun making more memories!

  25. Amanda says:

    What kind of camera do you have? Your photos are always so vibrant and clear.

  26. Barb says:

    Love the pictures….love to see the sand and ocean. Here in Cincinnati all we're seeing is snow and some ice this morning. Beautiful kids too. Glad you've had a great time with your sisters.

  27. Grace says:

    Cute pictures! looks like you had fun. :) ♥

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