Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Wonderland Experience

In Lewis Carroll's famous book Alice in Wonderland, Alice fell down a rabbit-hole into a world completely unknown. A world filled with curiosities and enigmas  and one that was totally in contrast to the mundane Victorian life she was accustomed to.

This past weekend, I had my own Alice Ashley in Wonderland experience. I went to see my best friend in Columbia who was in the middle of baby shower preparations for one of her best friends who I also know and came to celebrate.  

We spent the morning slicing fruit, hanging decorative fluff balls and making recipes from Pinterest.

There were notecards to let guests know what each dish was and carefully tied blue ribbons around the mason jar glasses.

As the guests began to arrive and mingle, I realized this was a world completely different from my own.

A total contrast  to my world of working late nights, happy hours, frozen dinners and fitness classes.

This was a place filled with talented women….and I’m not just talking about their ability to hold one baby on a hip, balance a plate of food in their other hand and have an adult conversation all while keeping track of their newly-mobile toddler.

This was a room of military wives that ran a household completely on their own while their husbands were away, held down full-time jobs and tended to sick babies and pets.

This was a world of gifted ladies who actually made the Pinterest project instead of just pinning them. Who were masters of photography  and cooking and multitasking. And they do it all on little sleep.

This  was a different world completely.

It was a great world.

And a fascinating one.

Maybe one day this will be my world and talking about  balancing sleep schedules and work schedules will seem as natural to me as discussing deck-building and retention metrics for an upcoming meeting. 


BUT…… for now, I enjoyed my weekend of falling down the hole to the Wonderland of Mommyhood and Wifedom.



Jess said...

I'm glad to see that the "wifedom" doesn't scare you. Maybe you won't be scared when you visit me then. ;)

Katie said...

cute idea for a party! Definitely different kinds of conversations at a baby shower!

Laynah said...
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Laynah said...

i looove babyshowers :)
except not the kind where the girl is single and far too young to be having a baby...actually got an invite for one of those yesterday and it felt awkward just opening it.

that makes two of us, hoping that we can be that talented when the time comes!

Virginia said...

I love your top!

Whitney @ EHFAR said...

Love your top!

I'm going to follow your friend... I'm a military wife too!

KRISTIN said...

LOL! What a fun baby shower, they're so strange aren't they?! Love that top you're wearing, super cute!

jayme said...

aw i love weekends like that! and talented women that make you feel like you're not quite the woman you should be...haha. i'm surrounded by creative and multitasking mamas. one day it'll be us... mayyyybe!


Sarah said...

Gosh, I haven't been to a baby shower probably since I was a kid. Thank goodness....I'm not sure I'm ready for that. I can't wait until I can actually make projects and recipes that I've day! haha

Love your outfit!! So cute :)

J and A said...

Sweet post. :) Love your top and your hair is always perfection. Glad you had a good weekend. :)

Ashley said...

oh my word...i can sooo relate to this post! i'm actually going back home to NC to attend a friend's baby shower and an engagement party! yay! guest i'm gonna have my "wonderland experience" this weekend! ;)

Shannon said...

Such a sweet post.

My world went from happy hours to diaper changes when I turned 31.

It was a great change, but you have a looong time before you get there.

Enjoy the frozen dinners, girlfriend! :)

jayme said...

I TAGGED YOU IN A FUN GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHH

Jenna said...

I love this post Ashley! So funny how some people have lives so different from our own, but we can still manage to appreciate it just the same :)


Unknown said...

ah, one day...

don't worry, i'll be your maid of honor, i volunteer myself.

and just so you know, they would consider your life a rabbit hole too lady, and be VERY impressed.

Alyssa said...

So different from my world as well! And while I'm excited for that to one day be my life, I'm really not in a hurry to get there!

Alex said...

That world seems so foreign right?? I can't imagine that being my life any time soon, but it could be fun once it gets here!

My-cliffnotes said...

Love this, and your top. If M and I ever have kids, he's going to stay home not me, lol.


Vanessa said...

What an inspiring post! Just found your blog randomly through a Google search of Sperry Topsiders..haha. Glad I stumbled across it! =)

Renee Arianna said...

I love your analogy of it! I too imagine it to be like falling down the rabbit hole. And can't wait til I experience it. haha. Thanks for sharing!

Sara Louise said...

It;s always fun to see a glimpse down the rabbit hole :-)

katiebeth said...

This post was too cute Ashley :) I greatly appreciated everything you did for the shower!!

Ashley Slater said...

adorable----- I love how you narrated this post! ONE DAY you will make a fantastic wife and mom! but of course, you knew that!