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'.

donna-gargett

Our Pack

Now that we have a new member of the family, our dog Peanut, the responsibility is falling on everyone. Our youngest child is feeling the effects of not having cuddle time in the morning because it has become more important to get the dog outside to avoid any accidents. The dog has been successful, but Ava I think is having some separation anxiety. She thinks I am leaving her when really I am just in the front yard for a quick minute. The day is getting off to a bad start and I am nervous for our morning routine once school starts.

I had a long chat with the kids about …

ashley-mozingo

Time for Toddler Bed?

My oldest daughter never slept in her crib. Literally, seriously, maybe twice. Being a mom of two kids, I usually have some sort of experience in a lot of things and know what to do or expect, but the crib department I do not know much about.

I had horrible first time mom syndrome when Paislee was a baby and was always worried about her. I worried that she would stop breathing in her sleep or that someone would break in and steal her in the middle of the night, and on top of that, she was breast fed, so she slept in our room for most of her first year and …

natalie-caddell

A Nervous Wreck!

I think kids can sense our emotions because the day before I was to go in for an interview and orientation, I was a nervous wreck!  I guess I have a little bit of an excuse since it has been ten years since I have had either.  I was going out of my mind thinking of the questions that they may ask or the what-if situations.  My children though were super caring.  My daughter was a snuggle bug all day long.  Her and her brother were helpful with most anything I asked of them!  This is not to say that they aren’t normally helpful, however, they really aren’t as willing as …

donna-gargett

Children’s Pool Safety Equipment

Finding a pool to use in Jacksonville can be tricky, but once you jump over that hurdle the next is finding the right pool equipment for your children. Of course, safety is key in finding the best for your child, but comfort is just as important because if my children do not like something it becomes a battle. I want a product that will be a great floating device that will encourage developmental growth and promote safety. Finding a good fit is trick for my daughter that has her baby tummy. Passing equipment from one child to the next doesn’t always work because my children are built so differently.

Quality is …

ashley-mozingo

Happy Anniversary!

Last weekend my husband and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. We rarely get out without the kids, but this is one day that we insist on getting a baby sitter and having some alone time!

Since our first anniversary, we have done the same thing every year. We always go to dinner at The Melting Pot, no matter where we are. The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant, where you can get different types of fondue and lots of different foods to dip in it. Luckily, we have always been close enough to home around the time of our anniversary to have the girls grandparents babysit for us. The Melting Pot …

natalie-caddell

First Movie Theater Experience

This week was the last week of the Summer Movie Express or Dollar movies.  I decided to take the kids since I hadn’t taken them any other week this summer.  My reason for not taking them proved to be well founded because Kayleigh behaved just as I thought she would.  Wesley’s first movie in the theater was Rio and so I thought it only fitting to take Kayleigh to see this movie because it was Rio 2.  For the first five to ten minutes, Kayleigh was happy sitting in her own seat because she was eating fruit treats and yogurt raisins.  Then, she moved to my lap and grabbed her lovey.  …

ashley-mozingo

A new pet

I would have to say that my husband and I are completely different, but we are a lot alike too–is that possible? It may not make much sense but it’s possible!

When we make trips to Jacksonville, sometimes we like to stop at the pet store to let the girls see all of the animals. They have the pets cages open where you can interact with a lot of them, and we all just love playing with and visiting them. This is fun, but not easy when you are a pet lover. We’ve came out numerous times wanting to get a new pet. A few weeks ago I left very attached to …

donna-gargett

Explaining Cancer to a Child

It has been an emotional week for me as my aunt has been fighting lung cancer. My oldest daughter overheard me taking about my aunt being in the hospital. It is always hard to explain medical conditions to children but cancer is so complicated.

I am so sad to hear that my aunt’s probability of surviving is very low. My children can tell I am sad and it is so hard to explain. All I can say is she is sick. I do not want to bring up dying. I am not sure how we could afford a visit to California to see my aunt. I would love to see her …

ashley-mozingo

I want MOM!!!

Since my oldest daughter was about one year old and able to voice her own opinion, she has always wanted me to do everything for her. Even when my husband was right there and able to give her what she wanted, she would refuse and insist that I do it instead.

She insisted that I hold her, I change her, even little things like I give her Sippy cup to her. My husband could offer it to her, and she would flat out refuse to take it unless I handed it to her. For a while we entertained her and gave in. We assumed that since he was away a lot during her first two years of life that she just …

donna-gargett

Rain Rain Go Away…

I am having a bad hair month with all this rain and it is getting harder to entertain the kids inside. We have done, puzzles, play dough, tattoos, Legos, pretend play, made a big fort, made a collage, and yesterday I decided it was time to just go outside and get wet and muddy. It was like playing in the sprinkler because it was so warm outside.

The breeze picked up and it was time to get the rain coats. But it was refreshing to just get outside. It was great that everyone was willing to get wet. Before my oldest had been to Montessori school she would have never gone …

 

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