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Brother Birthdays: A Photo Journal

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The One

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 The boys adorable matching birthday t-shirts came from one of my all-time favorite etsy shops–Bobo and Coco. Visit here. If I had a girl, I can promise you she would own this gem.

It was a bit surreal–celebrating Wesley’s 4th birthday and Sawyer’s 1st.
One of those days I always envisioned as a “way-in-the-future” event of my lifetime…
but then suddenly, there I was…living it.
Standing along side Ben,
two days shy of our 7 year wedding anniversary,
surrounded by bounce houses, snow cones, beach balls and yummy food,
celebrating the birth of our boys with some of our most special friends until the sun went down.
So many times I looked at Ben from across the park,
our eyes meeting for the briefest of seconds,
and I knew we were thinking the same thing.
How did we get here so fast? We better not blink again.

The emotions that filled my heart were so strong that Friday night.
And it became perfectly clear that my life has been leading up to these moments…
Leading up to now.
Leading up to feetsie pajamas,
and skinned knees,
and wagon rides,
and pet lizards,
and animated movies,
and first bike rides,
and cake frosting stuck in eye lashes.

These are the days I have looked forward to for years,
and the days that I’ll look back on in the years to come.

So I remember the smells…the tastes…the sounds…the people…
and I store them away for those moments in life when nostalgia is needed most.
When all it takes is the smell from a neighbors freshly lit barbeque to immediately transport me back to one of my favorite memories. The memories that add up to to a life worth living.

Happy Birthday and Anniversary the the three boys that make up my whole world.

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31 Comments

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    casey wiegand
    July 15, 2013 at 2:56 am

    I mean seriously could they be any cuter????

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    Lindsay
    July 15, 2013 at 3:01 am

    How is Sawyer one already? It goes by so fast. Your boys are precious, Ashley. Happy Birthday Wes & Sawyer!!

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    Carli Gonzalez
    July 15, 2013 at 3:41 am

    So adorable! My kids were born in the same month and two years apart. I LOVE the idea of a combined l party! Xoxo

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    [email protected]
    July 15, 2013 at 5:38 am

    looks like it was a great day!!! Happy birthday boys! xo

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    Natasha
    July 15, 2013 at 7:31 am

    This looks like lots of fun!!! =))))
    And oh man, your boys are soooooo adorable!!! =))))

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    Nilgün Komar
    July 15, 2013 at 7:55 am

    happy birthday to your soon
    ı kıss you’r

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    Olivia @ the more i see the less i know
    July 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    This totally made me teary-eyed. We’re having a double birthday party for my almost 1 year old and almost 5 year old this September, and our anniversary is in the same month too.

    And can I just say you two make beautiful babies? 🙂
    Happy Birthday to the boys and Happy Anniversary to you both.

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    Melissa
    July 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Aw, happy birthday little men!

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    Margaret
    July 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    What a wonderful birthday party for your boys. More precious memories. And does Sawyer ever not smile?!! He always looks so happy. Have a lovely week and Happy Anniversary to you both too.

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    michelle
    July 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    We had so much fun at the boys Birthday Party. It was a blast and you did such a great job making is special for them and everyone that came. xoxo Monkey

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    Sabrina
    July 15, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Looked like so much fun! Love all the decorations……just gives me more ideas to steal from you 😀

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    Andrea Worley
    July 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    They are so cute!! And the birthday party set up so fun! Love all the bright cheery colors!

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    brenda
    July 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY WESLEY AND SAWYER

    HAPPY
    ANNIVERSARY TO YOU AND BEN…

    I still think Wesley was born to be a big brother. His face just beams and does not seem to mind being photographed anymore. and Sawyer must have been born with a smile on his face.

    God bless your lovely family and any future additions it may have.

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    misty
    July 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Such a great idea to do a double birthday! how special! Loved all the pictures, thanks for sharing!!

    xoxo Misty

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    Krystal
    July 15, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    love all the photos and how fun to do the birthdays together! Great job mom 🙂

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    Giuseppina
    July 16, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Every single one of these pictures is perfectly adorable. You are one blessed mama!!

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    Mique
    July 16, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Seriously- cutest boys EVER. So sad we missed out on the festivities. It looked like the perfect amount of fun and chillness. You’re right- you better not blink or they’ll be 13 and you’ll really be wondering where the heck time went! xoxo

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    Sarah
    July 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Hey, Ashley. I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Swing by my blog to check it out!
    http://www.pinwithmeawhile.com/versatile-blogger-award/

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    Stefanie
    July 17, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Happy Birthday, boys! What a great theme and they looked adorable!!!

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    Michelle
    July 18, 2013 at 9:13 am

    oh sweet sweet boys!!! you are truly blessed 🙂

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    Amy Studer
    July 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    So Darling! Loooove the Birthday banner! Did you make it? Inspired!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Amy (just a follower!)

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    Robyn
    July 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Love this! Thanks for sharing. My daughters are 3 years and 7 days apart. I wanted to do a joint 1st and 4th party in October. I’m struggling with invite wording. Any chance you could share your ideas? Thanks!!

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      Ashley Stock
      July 21, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      hi Robyn, I just said “Join us in celebrating Sawyer’s 1st and Wesley’s 4th birthdays” and then the details of the event.

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    Audrey Crisp
    July 21, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    The cutest joint party!!

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    Shannon
    July 23, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I just found your blog and I just have to say HOLY MOLY ARE YOUR BOYS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I have two boys as well (4 and 8) and obviously I think my boys are beautiful too (I know boys aren’t probably supposed to be called beautiful), but your boys are just stunningly BEAUTIFUL!!! Enjoy every moment, it goes by SOOO fast!!

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    Leah
    July 27, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Hi, Ashley! I just started following you on IG and I’ve read your love story. So very sweet! I love this birthday party and your boys are adorable!! 🙂

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    Emily
    August 6, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Where did you get the adorable banner?

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    catmario4.com
    October 25, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    I know there will be many difficulties and challenges but I am determined to do it. If it does not succeed then it will be a lesson for me as well

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    madalin stunt cars 2
    February 10, 2018 at 2:20 am

    So adorable! My kids were born in the same month and two years apart. I LOVE the idea of a combined l party! Xoxo

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    superfighters
    September 23, 2018 at 12:14 am

    I love it.very interesting and meaning full post.

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    Henry
    March 20, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    I want to have a party like this for my son. It is very nice.

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