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Fun Facts about the girls of PARISH

We’re updating the blog a bit and decided to share some fun facts about “The Girls of PARISH” with our favorite blog readers! Our sweet intern Allie answered these last week so here is the update on the rest of us!

Ashley:

Ashley with her husband Barrett & children Cates and Rett
{photo by Holland Williams}

EVERY HOME NEEDS… drapery!

IF I WASN’T A DESIGNER I’D BE… a teacher.  I want the summers off!

MY PERFECT SATURDAY… my family all together with breakfast in bed and cartoons.

FAVORITE MOVIE QUOTE…  “I want the fairytale.” – Pretty Woman

LATEST ADDICTION… dry shampoo.

I KNEW I WANTED TO BE A DESIGNER WHEN… rather than playing dolls when I was little I played “architecture” and drew house plans.

YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND THIS IN MY PURSE… a pacifier and a tape measure.

I GET EMBARRASSED WHEN… my child announces that she just went poo poo in the potty in a public place.

BEST MOTHERLY ADVICE… cherish every little moment.

YOU COULDN’T PAY ME TO… come within 10 feet of a roach.

FAVORITE CLASS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL… art

LEAST FAVORITE COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT…ugh, where to begin…an abstract drawing assignment for architecture…sounds easy but totally wasn’t.

GUILTY OF SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON… moving… 7 houses in 8 years.

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Amanda:

Amanda with her husband Paul and son Charlie
{photo by Holland Williams}

I KNEW I WANTED TO BE A DESIGNER WHEN… I painted my childhood bedroom like 30 times…my mother was a saint for putting up with me!!!

I GET EMBARRASSED WHEN… when I fall down…which happens more often than I’d like to admit.

YOU COULDN’T PAY ME TO…hold, touch, or kill a bug.

IF I WASN’T A DESIGNER I’D BE…a vet.

EVERY HOME NEEDS… art, drapery, and great lighting.

YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND THIS IN MY PURSE… trash…

3 THINGS YOU’D WANT ON A DESERTED ISLAND… music, margaritas, and my two favorite guys (if that’s one too many, then I’d lose the margaritas)

RANDOM THING I’M GOOD AT…remembering random unimportant facts.

FAVORITE MOVIE QUOTE… “I’ll have what she’s having” When Harry Met Sally

BEST MOTHERLY ADVICE… take a deep breath and relax.

FAVORITE CLASS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL…nap time.

ONE THING I ALWAYS BUY EVEN IF I ALREADY OWN 12… lip gloss

LEAST FAVORITE COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT…anything that had to do with math…yuck.

GUILTY OF SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON… Charlie!

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Emi:

Matt & Emi

Me and my boyfriend Matt

RANDOM THING I’M GOOD AT… walking on my hands.

ONE THING I ALWAYS BUY EVEN IF I ALREADY OWN 12… antique chairs. Ok, maybe I don’t own 12, but I have more than enough.

EVERY HOME NEEDS… organization! Pretty stuff doesn’t look so great under a pile of clutter.

YOU COULDN’T PAY ME TO… do anything involving birds.

MY PERFECT SATURDAY… the lake or the beach. Pretty much anything involving the sun and a body of water.

FAVORITE MOVIE QUOTE… “What do you want to be married to me for, anyhow? So I can kiss you anytime I want.” – Sweet Home Alabama

GUILTY OF SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON… traveling!

IF I WASN’T A DESIGNER I’D BE… a high school teacher.

I KNEW I WANTED TO BE A DESIGNER WHEN… I rearranged my parents’ whole house without permission. My mom almost fell over the back of the sofa when she got home.

YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND THIS IN MY PURSE… too many pairs of sunglasses.

BEST MOTHERLY ADVICE… never put anything in the dryer until you get the stain out!

FAVORITE CLASS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL… gym.

LEAST FAVORITE COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT… I had to do a four foot tall painting made of ½” squares of hand painted paper to create a pixelated image. I want to cry just thinking about it.

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Hope y’all enjoyed our silly questions! What else do you guys want to know about us?! We’d love your input and ideas for the blog!

Friday Favorite!! We’ve been Featured: Julep Magazine

We’re so excited that Ashley’s beautiful home in Old Cloverdale was featured in the Holiday issue of Julep Magazine. The girls had such a great time getting the house in tip top shape for the shoot a couple weeks back. Be sure to check out the magazine. Lots of wonderful Holiday ideas and recipes. Thanks to everyone how was involved in making this happen. It was a blast. Let us know what you think about the article.

March of Dimes 2011 Ambassador Family

Community Involvement!

This Tuesday afternoon I went over to Wynlakes Golf and Country Club to document Ashley, Amanda and Emi’s handiwork at making the floral arrangements for the March of Dimes 8th Annual March of Dimes River Region Citizen of the Year Testimonial Dinner honoring Dr. Jack Hawkins, Chancellor of Troy University and the 2011 Ambassador Family of the Year, our very own Ashley, Barrett, and Cates Gilbreath. The girls did last year’s floral arrangements and they were more than happy to volunteer for this year’s also.

Below are some action shots of them hard at work…aren’t they talented? Well, we knew that already, but look: their talents span the genres! :)

You may not know it, but November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Because Cates was born two months early, the NICU and the March of Dimes are very near and dear to this family’s heart. Not long ago, famed Montgomery radio personality Larry Stevens came over to Ashley & Barrett’s gorgeous Cloverdale home to interview the 2011 Ambassador Family. The final product of this touching story with a beautiful ending can be seen below.
WARNING: you’ll probably shed a tear or two, but you’ll come away smiling whilst watching that healthy and happy baby girl bouncing around!

Tomorrow we’ll show you some ADORABLE shots of that sweetie in her pumpkin costume for our Friday Favorite! Be sure to check back in with us…