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'.


A 2 year-old at a Wedding

Nora running laps around the church

Nora’s birthday (the big 2) has brought about some changes in our house. She’s more vocal, her vocabulary is bigger and she knows exactly what she wants. Usually these are adorable traits that I enjoy showing off to other people.

One of my best friends from high school got married this weekend. She was gracious enough to allow children to attend her wedding. Garrett and I jumped at the chance to show off Nora and brought her along.

The wedding was about three hours away so Nora had three hours in the car before we got to the church. We attempted to get Nora to blow off some steam by walking laps around the church. Unfortunately that didn’t work for us. I also didn’t bring in the books we had in the car –can I blame that on the baby brain?

I tried to treat Calie’s wedding like I would any mass. I whispered in Nora’s ear about the things that were going on and who was doing what. Usually Nora listens and watches without talking. This time after Calie, the bride, passed Nora started screaming, “I want more bride! I want more bride!” I tried to distract Nora with a small purse and a toy car I had brought for her to play with. She started screaming and crying because the car was stuck and she couldn’t get it out. I helped her get it out and she proceeded to loudly drive the car all over the pew. Not only was the car scraping and making a lot of noise, Nora’s mouth was doing a constant, “drrrrr.” Then she dropped it and the clatter echoed all through the quiet church. At this point people were turning their heads to look at who was making such a terrible ruckus.

I gave Nora some food and she settled down for all of one minute. Then she got a hold of my brand new touch screen video recorder and I tried to take it away. Nora erupted in a torrential fit and Garrett had to grab her and rush out of the church.

He brought her back in time for receiving the eucharist to give her a second chance. Garrett said Nora was sad after he left the church. He explained the importance of being quiet during a wedding and she promised him she’d be quiet.

The next thing Nora did was the, “talk of the wedding,” according to the bride.  Nora waited until I was up in front of the priest and all of the groomsmen (getting the eucharist) to put her hand up my dress and grab my butt. I couldn’t drop the eucharist. I had to put it in my mouth, say amen, cross myself, and then I could attempt to get her hand out. The only problem is I can’t put my hand up my dress too. So basically Nora and I ended up holding hands through my dress in order to prevent her from revealing my underpants in front of the entire congregation.

Maybe taking a two-year-old to a wedding wasn’t such a good idea. However taking her to the reception, that’s a great idea!

Have you taken your toddler to a wedding? How did it go?

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5 Comments on “A 2 year-old at a Wedding”

  • Toni May 18th, 2011 7:43 pm

    hahaha! I love that little lady!

  • Kelly Mulder Kelly Mulder May 18th, 2011 7:52 pm

    She is so crazy, Toni, but I wouldn’t trade her for anything!! :)

  • Heather May 20th, 2011 10:34 am

    I was 2 when my uncle got married. As a way to keep me quiet during the ceremony, my mother gave me a box of raisins. At some point, I dropped the box of raisins, and my mother bent over to pick them up. In a moment of toddler independence, I yelled out, “I do it myself!” Apparently my grandmother turned around and gave my mom a look.

    It’s a story we as a family laugh about now, but I know my mother was horrified when I had that outburst and embarrassed that other people turned to give her the hairy eyeball.

  • A 2 year-old at a Reception | Cuddlebugs May 21st, 2011 7:04 am

    [...] taking Nora to the wedding wasn’t such a good idea, taking her to the reception was an excellent idea. On the way from the wedding to the reception [...]

  • Kelly Mulder Kelly Mulder May 29th, 2011 7:04 am


    You always have the funniest stories! Seriously! I definitely think my stress level (and embarrassment level) were much higher than normal. I guess that’s just a normal part of parenting. I just really wanted Nora to be a perfect angel and not a normal toddler, lol. I can’t wait to hear Bradford at a wedding stories. I’m hoping for something comparable to mine ;) !


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