brittany looking perfect as usual, natalie giving in to the hilarity of the situation, me- the cry baby, and ashley throwing her head back... loving it.
i have one last sister whom i havent highlighted yet (if you have been keeping track that is four girls in our family and no brothers... it was really fun and sometimes really emotional). her name is ashley mango jones. no joke. well, actually it isnt a joke that her middle name is mango, it's just a lie. i started calling her that a long time ago and we dont remember why... but why not? i really like this windy haired picture taken in Prague. she's such a beauty.
ashley is the direct one. she doesnt hold back and she knows and gets what she wants. she is never wrong (and the scary thing is that most of the time this is actually true!) and has read more books than you, your high school english teacher, and avid reader grandmother combined. she is one tough lady and sometimes i wonder, is she really so tough? does she need someone to get all up in her business and hug her a bunch and let her know that she is great and special and sweet?
so, i do it and she ends up bristling, but secretly loving it. i used to say, "I LOOOOVE YOOOOOU MANGO!!!!" and she wouldnt even look up from her book or magazine as she replied in monotone; "right back at ya."
hahahahhaha! this may sound sad to some that dont know ash and i that well, but to those who know... oh you just know. :)
one time at girls camp (i was 13, she was 17) we had to pass around these "feel-good papers". there was one for every girl at camp with their name on the top of the page and everyone had to write something nice about each girl. the idea was that when you got it back you would have a page full of things that people loved or admired about you and you would skip off into your tent for the night and sigh as you hugged it to your chest and collapsed into your sleeping bag...
anyway, i got my feel-good page back and beamed at this and that, written by all the girls in my ward... then my eyes raced over the page... "where was ashleys? where was ashleys? what does she love about me??"
there it was in her all caps handwriting: OVERLY HAPPY AND HUGGY.
ahahahaha! so what did i do?? i went over and sat on her lap in front of all of her friends and squeezed her tight and told her i loved her until we were both laughing and she shoved me off: what are little and big sisters for after all??
ashley is closest to me in age
ashley knows too much about me
ashley is my friend
ashley is my close friend
ashley is the only person who has slept in a small studio apartment with me and thomas- us on our huge california king bed and her on a little mattress on the floor-during two different vacations
ashley sat close with nervous-new-mom-me on my bed, late at night, as i tried to soothe newborn colicky ambrose and reassured me with her presence
ashley was my partner in crime on too many occasions (olive the dog... there i said it)
ashley is the favorite aunt and keeps all the nieces and nephews well dressed and entertained... she may also have a favorite but we wont say who:
ashley is a new wife and impresses me with her new self in this role
ashley is competent
ashley would be one of my life-lines if i went on "millionaire"
ashley is a personal pet favorite of a lot of random people
ashley is there to fill in the space in all our lives
ashley is the survivor of a deadly car wreck
ashley is still mad that i came home from the hospital during her birthday party when she was four
ashley has the lightest ivory skin and the darkest, richest black hair
ashley needs to stop drinking diet soda because aspartame will kill you in so many ways
ashley is a former biology, forensic science, AVID teacher and wrestling assistant coach (she thinks that is just as random as you do and became the team mom essentially)
ashley is a close friend to my husband, which is important to me
ashley is up for anything
ashley is hilarious
ashley is someone to be loyal to
ashley is my sister.
if i could dedicate a song to ashley right now, it would be this (whoever uploaded this song to the website spelled the bands name wrong when it gets to the actual track... not me... i assure you, i'm cooler than that):
it was on repeat at her wedding and i cant hear it without thinking of the happy couple and i love my sister ashley for sure!