I met a guy. Well, two guys, actually. One's a bit older than the other. Quite a bit. These guys both have managed to sneak up on me… and I’ve fallen for them equally. What’s a girl to do?
Lucky for me, one is a grown up. Like, a real grown man, all 6’5 of him. The other one is his son, a three-year-old blond, precocious mess. I don’t have to choose between these two boys, they’re a package deal.
Last August, the “package deal” proposes and we get engaged. We decide not to do a big hoopla, but tie the knot quietly. I can’t explain the feelings going on inside me, as I’m usually one to scream from the mountain tops. But, this union involves a child. This union is creating a blended family. It seems right to keep it sacred and personal.
New year's eve party 2015
Until now. Because, first of all, few spell my husband’s name correctly (not hard- Joel Henricks). And his son’s name is Huck Henricks.
Secondly, blended families are messy, chaotic even. But, they can also be beautiful. Double the love. Double the joy. Joel and Huck suddenly have a woman eager to share her perspective on... well, almost everything. Stay tuned for stories on the transformation into insta-family.
Thinking about dating someone with children? 😁I’ve read so many emails off my blog from people asking questions on this topic. I’ve written posts in the past to answer, then decided it wasn’t the right time to open up. However, TODAY IS! I don’t have advice but made a list of questions to consider based on my own experience. And I’m not sure why, but today seems like the right day to share! 🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️Maybe someone out there needs to read it? It’s raw and realistic;) Btw, this is MY FAMILY. My beautifully blended family last weekend at @disneyland. 🧚♀️Tag someone you know in the dating scene. Or someone that’s a stepmom/stepdad. I love learning from you all. Link in bio. ❤️ or AshleyAJones.com
Ps- notice Hayden won’t touch Minnie in the last photo, just like the large Easter Bunny. He doesn’t discriminate! Lol 🤣 #huckandhayden #haydenjh #instafamily #instaparents
#TBT to playing Sandrine Gerber opposite the talented #SimonBaker on @mentalist_cbs. This southern girl was a trip! Who watched #TheMentalist? @snappytoes
Hey weekend, I can see you! .
....Oh just kidding. I’m a parent. 😉#loveeverymoment #babyshark playing on Alexa at 7am
#HumpDay 📸: @ographr
Still completely unsure of the huge rabbit creature; no touching allowed. However, a vast improvement from last year🐰🐰. .🤣
Name something better than toddler kisses....Go ahead, I’ll wait;) 😜💋👶🏼
Enjoy the weekend. We’re up too early for a family day at the #happiestplaceonearth. I’m earning these kisses.💋💋
Yesterday, my dad played t-ball with Hayden for the first time. ⚾️Then, my parents played with both the boys after Huck got home from school. THEN, my dad visited @bigbangtheory_cbs _cbs the for the first time! 💥⚡️It was a good day. Will be hard to top, but let’s see whatcha got Wednesday.✨✨#gratefulheart #seeStories
Shine bright this week, friends☀️🌈🌟
Doing some press this morning for HOME KILLING QUEEN. The title says it all! Watch the drama of the Manning family unfold MAY 11th on @LIFETIMEtv 🖤 Right in time for #mothersday 💛
One of these things is not like the others.🤣 #iNeedATan #fauxofcourse 🌝🌝oh and more proof we really hang out outside of the studio😜#tvfamily #boldandbeautiful #weekendvibes #myfriendsarehot 💥💫 🤩🤩 #funinthesun
Thx for the Malibu hospitality @jennifergareis. . .
#makingmemories #huckandhayden #haydenjh #familybeachday #boldandbeautiful #malibudream #perfectday #beachkids #pepperdine (I went to school with this view🤗🌈)
I don’t wanna brag, but I got to hang w the cutest baby girl today... #babyfever #girlgang 🥰🥰🥰 adore you all 😘
@zoekatrinadandrea @katherinekellylang @jennifergareis #tvfamily #myfamily❤️ @boldandbeautifulcbs #boldandbeautiful
Awww...this popped up in memories today from three years ago when I was pregnant with Hayden. Huck was one year older than Hayden’s age now, touching his little brother👼🏻 That face!
Talking about the “two week wait” on the blog today. If #BBT means #TCC in your mind, this post is for you. Hint, I’m not referring to the Big Bang Theory. Link in bio.
Ps- I was still playing Parker on #GH just wearing sweaters!! Lol
Some days just are.
How was yours? #haydenjh
@ohjoy + @mixbook + @shrinershospitals = 💜💙💚❤️💖💛🧡🌈⭐️
#ohjoyformixbook 📸: @amytangerine 😘
Explaining to @oscarthehappy that he’ll always be my baby puppy. In no way did I try and replace him with Blueberry Cook (swipe left). But he wasn’t having it. We had to recreate that photo anyway (last slide). 🙄🙄🙄Pugs can get so dramatic and jelly! 🤪🐶 🤣
#nationalpuppyday #pugsofinsta #pitsofinstagram #adoptdontshop
#furbabylove #pugsnuggles #fourleggedfriend
Happy Thursday, y’all.
Make it a special one.💫 so tired today, but gonna put on 💄and a great attitude and keep going! (I accidentally posted this, deleted it, then reposted so it’s that kinda morning!)🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️ anyway....
Throwing back to a meeting last week where I only needed two things in my back pocket: my pass to get on the lot, and @tightlipd lipgloss packets. 💋💋💄It was a good meeting, so fingers crossed! 🤞🏼🤞🏼😉 Ps- tag a friend who needs a #onthego #pursefree lipgloss:) I’ll send a few of you all some to try!!
Never a dull moment. ⭐️ behind the scenes and in front. #bigbangtheory #outoforder
Hayden is ecstatic about his new play-doh section in the pantry 🤣 and I’m ecstatic about the organization. #momlife Regarding organization: who wants to win a pantry makeover valued at $5000? Can you even imagine? Eeep! #ad All the details to enter are up on the blog today! These Easy Find Lids™ by @Rubbermaid fit together (and STAY together as you can see) so you are never searching for lids to keep your food fresh. #Rubbermaid is giving one of you a MAJOR MAKEOVER. GO check out the blog along with tips from experts on maintaining an organized pantry. Ohhhhh I hope someone I know wins this #makeover! How often do you go through and maintain your pantry? #EasyFindWin #Rubbermaid ps- Hayden had so much fun, I added too many photos on the blog. Thx😘 @joelhenricks for taking them all. #StayOrganized #pantrymakever
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Our son Huck was with us this weekend. I asked him what he wanted to do this time. He said visit the Huntington Gardens and hang out with his family. Good choice, Huck. Happy St. Patrick’s everyone! One of my very favorite blessings comes from the Irish:
May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm on your face, may the rains fall soft on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
32 years! 💫 Wow! Congrats, @boldandbeautifulcbs, the Bell Family, writers and crew:) What a privilege to be a part of this iconic show! And a huge thanks to the VIEWERS that have gone on this journey with us. (More party fun in stories😉) @cbsdaytime
#boldandbeautiful Oh and styled by the talented @kaleycuoco ⭐️ 🤣 but for real! #styledbycuoco .
#boldandbeautifulcbs #boldandbeautifulitalia #bridgetforrester #logangirls #soapopera #daytimedrama #beautiful #amourgloireetbeauté
It’s safe to say my kids thoroughly enjoy @chickapig the book. Huck (6) is doing a great job reading it to me. I love the #dreambig concept of the book and want to share WITH YOU. So, WIN your own copy PLUS the Chickapig game AND the cute plush chick! Perfect #Easter package! Details below.
Ps- for anyone like me that’s been a @davematthewsband fan forever, it comes full circle! Dave is part of the @chickapig team that created this sweet character!
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