Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.


Failure as a Stay at Home Mom

Me and Nora on one of our trips.

Okay, so maybe I’m being a little harsh on myself by saying I’m failing at being a stay at home Mom, but my baby brain sure has been affecting my ability to remember things!

Let me back up and tell you that Garrett isn’t too fond of packing. He also says he trusts me enough to pick out things that make him look good SO pretty much ever since we got married the packing has been in my hands. Usually I make a list of things to pack that are particular to the exact trip we are going on. I will lay everything out on the bed and then pack it up.

Of course after Nora came along I became responsible for packing for her, too. These days I always have to pack four bags: one for clothes, one for Nora’s non-clothes related things, one for shoes and one for food.

Well lately my baby brain has taken over and I’ve either made a list and then couldn’t find it or I didn’t make a list at all because I left the packing for the last minute or I made a list and didn’t write things down because I didn’t think of them. We’ve been travelling a lot and it seems like every trip I’ve forgotten something major! One trip I forgot Garrett’s underwear –yikes! He seriously only had the pair he wore into the car. Another trip I forgot socks for Garrett. I’ve also forgotten Nora’s baby violet, daddy doll and the blankets she sleeps with!

Forgetting Garrett’s underwear was the last straw for me so I stole an idea from my friend Sara and made one master list which I have laminated and will use to pack from this day forward.

Do you pack for you family? Do you ever forget to pack anything?

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2 Comments on “Failure as a Stay at Home Mom”

  • Toni March 6th, 2011 12:06 pm

    You are not a failure! However…that was funny! Just makes lists, I been making them forever thing, even house hold chores that I could just remember before, now I go back to the list to what else. The small note pad that has a magnate on the back that sticks to your fridge is my best friend. You can get one of these at Michael’s in the dollar bin!

  • Kelly Mulder Kelly Mulder March 7th, 2011 3:00 pm

    Toni, you’re totally right! I need to make more lists. I’m going to steal your sticky note idea :) thanks for the tip!


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