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'.

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Are you ready?

Lately my husband and I (and when I say lately, I mean for the past year) have been considering having another baby. We keep flipping back and forth. Some days, I am so ready, and other days I am so NOT. Are you ever really ready for a baby? Whether it’s baby number one or baby number five, I don’t know that you can ever be ready.

Before you have your first baby, you are trying to figure everything out. How can we afford a baby, what will we do for childcare, will I stay home, will you stay home–there are so many things to consider before taking the ginormous step of …

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Confessions of a Procrastinator

Procrastinator has got to be my middle name.  I am the World’s worst for putting everything off until the last minute.  Although this may sound cliché,  I am sure that if you looked up the word in the dictionary that my picture would be there!

I am going to have to really change that in just a few weeks.  I will be working a full-time job, a part-time job, taking two Master’s level courses online, and let’s not forget my important roles as mother and wife!  One example of me procrastinating can be seen in that I wait until the week before I go back to work to schedule doctor’s appointments, eye …

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The Aftermath

Vacations are great and all, but the aftermath of one almost makes me never want to leave the house again!

Since getting home late Sunday night, we have all been NON-STOP! The girls are exhausted, but wired at the same time. And as if having the normal stuff that you have to do isn’t bad enough, we’ve had to throw a doctors appointment and lots of medicine in there with it. Luckily, the girls have been happy to be home for the most part, and have been entertaining themselves pretty well with the toys that they haven’t seen in over a week while I get stuff done around the house.

Before we left, …

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A Family of Musicians

When I was a little girl, my mom would cater weddings on the side to pay for family vacations or really expensive items for the family.  With the money that she made from catering one wedding, she bought me a piano.  I was only seven years old, but I would continue to play the piano until I graduated from high school.

I didn’t always love it—especially continuously practicing.  However, I think it is something that helped make me a well rounded individual.  I am glad I learned to play.  I now have that piano in my home and because of how large it is and the lack of anywhere else to put …

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Puppy vs Baby

The challenge this week was training the kids how to play with the dog, while training the dog. I haven’t had a puppy for a while and I forgot how much they really are like babies. Our dog peanut is four months old and just like a baby, he is teething. He is trying to chew everything from shoes to concrete stones and everything in between. He is trying to eat the mulch just like my little Ava use to and I am always pulling things out of his mouth.

He sleeps a lot like an infant and wants to eat all the time. When he is awake I have to …

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A Visit from the Tooth Fairy

Yesterday my son, at age 6, lost his first tooth.  Granted, it wasn’t exactly how we would have liked—but, it was needed nonetheless.  His bottom two front teeth had big teeth fully grown behind them and after trying to pull them at home with no success, we took him to the dentist to have them pulled.  It wasn’t horrible since she had a topical ointment to put on the gums so he felt less pain and it was truly a very quick process.  As everyone knows, when you lose a tooth this means that a visit from the Tooth Fairy is in order.  Of course, the receptionist at the dentist office …

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Cruising with Kids

I’ve been on a few cruises in my life, and this one was very different from any I have ever been on. The ship was different from anything I have ever seen–it was unbelievable! But the biggest difference from my other trips and this one was one big factor–KIDS.

Fancy dinners were very different with kiddos in tow!

In the past, cruises have always been super relaxing for me. A typical day for me would include sleeping in, eating a whole lot of food, laying out, visiting lots of tropical beaches and doing adventurous things.

This trip included lots of eating, but also lots of feeding little mouths and cleaning …

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Losing Touch With Extended Family

Not only is the distance hard when your extended family is far, but staying personally attached is even harder. As our family grows and our children get bigger, life is getting busier. The calendar is filling up with lessons, school, community events and fun outings. The day goes quick and night hits and I have forgotten to call my family in California. I remembered thinking of calling them when the girls say something cutie like I texted nana and she is coming for a visit. It is getting hard even to schedule FaceTime because now the girls end up acting silly.

I miss my family and feel bad that I can’t …

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Look Who’s Talking!

I am really amazed at how much Kayleigh’s language/speech has developed over the past couple of weeks.  She repeats everything and asks lots of questions.  She is my little inquisitive, curious girl.  She knows how to say:  tiger, juice, down, what’s that?, Bubba, Wesley, Momma, Dada, more, please, Izzy, Nene, Pappy, mine, dog, diaper, phone, see, trash, dirty, no, hello, hey, and I want _____.

Not only is she saying all of these words, but she is forming sentences with them. I think her favorite things to do are shake her finger and tell the kitty “no, no!”  I must admit that it is super cute, not that I am biased or …

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Sick.

I am SO thankful that it was the last day of our vacation.

We knew something was wrong with Paislee at dinner that night.

Paislee woke up about an hour after she went to sleep, crying and burning up with a fever. I gave her Tylenol and the next morning she woke up feeling great. AWESOME. We spent our very last day of our cruise swimming in the pool, riding the carousel, getting balloon animals made for us, and went up to the dining room for our very last ‘fancy dinner’, as Paislee called it. She kept mentioning the fact that she was sick throughout the day, and even took …
 

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