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3 Years!

Guys! You will not believe this! I have been on here for 3 whole years! I can’t even believe it!

You guys have made this the best! You have stuck with me through the blogs and the silent patches! Thank you guys so much! It really means a lot to me! I honestly would probably not have continued writing if it weren’t for the support you guys have shown through all of this! Thank you thank you thank you!

In case you missed some of it! Here are some of my favorite highlights (alright I picked a lot!) of the past 3 years on here!

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Faelyn came into my life just before I started blogging on here!

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Tj got a motorcycle in April 2012, you can read about it here. (It didn’t stay too long lol)

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A time when I was newly married and skinnier and overall happier I think. Good times!

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The love of my life on our honeymoon, you can read about that awesomeness here!

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My brother became an Eagle Scout in April 2012! I have never been a more proud sister! There are more pictures and stories about it here!

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I had bangs at one point… weird…

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I got my bachelor’s degree in May 2012! That was a huge day for me! You can see more pictures and read about it here!

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I really miss the beach!

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Our first apartment in Colorado! Check it out!

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My first Halloween at REI. To this day, I am still referred to as Rosie the Riveter any time I wear a bandana.

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I love his weird sleeping positions!

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Our first house! You can check it out here!

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The first car we bought together! (This one lasted I think a year before it went buh-bye) Check it!

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Halo came into our lives just over a year ago and I couldn’t be happier!

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I love this picture! My amazing brother in law took it and I couldn’t be happier!

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When we went and visited my family just over a year and a half ago, somehow I got this picture of my sister. It is my favorite picture of her by far!

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Hawaii!

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He is really the best! Trying to “conjure” up the water!

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My best friend for life! I wouldn’t be anywhere without him!

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This is Tara’s I’m crushing it face. Faelyn looks confused lol!

Thanks for sharing in the past 3 years! Here’s to a another one!

Ashley

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Down in the Dumps

Not gonna lie guys, I have been feeling a little down in the dumps lately. Feeling super run down with work and just not inspired at all with where I am at in life. I have dreams and aspirations but I really just feel like I am going nowhere with them. I really feel stuck in retail, which is definitely not where I want to be. I think my husband feels the same way. So you have two peeps who are feeling stuck, that doesn’t exactly ignite any kind of passion in marriage either lol. Not to say that things are dying, it just isn’t steaming passion at the moment. It happens. There are periods of abundance and drought in every relationship, whether it is marriage, friendship or even family.

But anyway, back to my main topic of thought today. I want to work and do something I am passionate about. I love talking with people and sharing info or tidbits or just revelations in day to day life. I mean I have been at this blog for about two and half years now. How crazy is that?! I honestly love it! I love seeing peoples lives and I love sharing my own. I love writing! I really do. I write a lot. I journal on my own. I write here. I have random little notes all over the place in my house. It is kind of ridiculous. I truly think that writing is good for the soul. I think it gets things out and who knows, can sometimes lead to wonderful things.

I have seen this Passion Planner pop up on Facebook multiple times this week and I have watched her video and read a little bit about her. It is wonderful! I think it is a great idea. Such a great way for some inspiration.

Watch the video!

I hope that gives you and I some inspiration for the day!

See ya!

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Happy November!

It’s November! Yay! The air is getting cooler, the drinks are getting warmer, and ski season is getting closer! 🙂

Hope you guys had a great Halloween last night! Mine was definitely enjoyable!

But on to November! This month means NaBloPoMo! I told you about it a couple of days ago. Hope you guys are ready to blog along with me this month! I am really looking forward to reading your posts as well!

My posts of choice are going to be lists. Lists lists lists! I usually have several going at any given time just to get me through my week and help me remember things. I swear I am going to lose my ability to remember things sooner than hoped lol! I figure that the only proper way to start off this lovely month is by telling you the top 3 things I love about fall!

3 Things I Love About Fall:

1~ The colors of the leaves. The reds, the oranges, the yellows. What is there not to love?! When I was in college, the hill right next to campus looked like it was on fire every fall with the wide array of colors that were displayed across it!

2~ Sweaters! I love sweaters! I wish I had more! I currently have lots of hoodies. But the few sweaters I do have, I absolutely love! I love the look of sweaters, especially sweaters and leggings!

3~ Crisp nights! There is nothing quite like sitting around a fire with some friends on a cool night. Hanging out and just talking. Plus it means that my room is cooler in the evening so it is easier for me to sleep without nightmares! Love it!

What are some of the things you love about fall?

See ya!

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NaBloPoMo!

November is almost here! Can you believe it?! Where has October gone?! I’m really excited for the weather to really start cooling off! It has still been in the 70s and 80s here. So crazy! Bring on the snow!

Anyway, since November is almost here that means NaBloPoMo! That means National Blog Posting Month! So excited! I am committing to blogging everyday for the month of November! I know I know, I have struggled to keep up with monthly challenges before. But I have since organized things a little better for me and I think this one will work out well! My theme for the month is going to be lists! I am going to post a list a day. Whatever comes to mind, nothing special lol. I love lists and thought this one would be super fun!

Communal blogging challenges are so much fun! They really help with community and they help all of us to branch out of our comfort zones. That being said, I would love to see some of you guys taking the challenge too! I would love to blog along with you! Let me know if you are going to participate so I know to keep an extra eye out for your posts!

Happy blogging guys!

See ya!

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The Desire to Write More Consistently this Year

I am always looking for ways to blog more consistently. Especially during the winter time when I don’t feel like I am doing as much in life. Spring, Summer and Fall always bring more outings and get togethers, where as winter means cold, snow, and ice here in the lovely Denver area. With so many transplants who have not figured out how to drive in the snow, there is no desire to be out on the roads unless absolutely necessary. Thankfully the snow has been half way decent this year so it has been good to stay active in these cold cold months. But this girl is ready for the warmth and sunshine to get out and play in the mountains!

In the meantime, and throughout the rest of the year I have a couple ideas to keep this blog hopping! lol. For the past couple years in April I have taken part in the April A-to-Z Challenge. While that is a fun challenge to partake in, I wanted something different this year. I wanted something soon too! Did not really come up with anything but I had several things I wanted to try in my To-Do list on pinterest. So, I thought I would tackle them throughout the year. So, each month will bring a new 30 Day Challenge! Why not right?! I am finishing out February as is. I am currently working my way through 10 Ways to Pray for Your Husband. ( Sorry, my mouse pad on my mac is glitchy and I was having trouble highlighting the whole thing.) But once March starts, I am diving head first into the categories below. It is part of my new year’s resolutions to get things off of my to-do list so that is killing two birds with one stone.
Should be fun! If you want to take part in any of them alongside me, let me know! I would love to read along with you!

30 Day Challenges:

March: 30 Day Photo Challenge 

April: 30 Day Song Challenge

May: 30 Days to a Better Wife 

June: Blog Every Day in June

July: July Photo Challenge

August: 30 Day Relationship Challenge 

September: 30 Day Book Challenge

October: Florabella Photo Challenge 

November: Novel in a Month

December: Capturing December / Spouse Christmas Countdown

So, I realize the last two months are a little ridiculous but I love those months and I couldn’t help myself lol. Maybe they will be adjusted but for right now I’m feeling ambitious!

See ya!

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December!

It is the month of December!!!! This means Christmas is so close! I am so excited! This is my favorite month of the year! The Christmas season is always my favorite. The lights, the food, the snow, the reason for the season! I love all of it. 🙂

There is one downside, I work retail and honestly the Christmas season is definitely a madhouse. It makes the season go by way too quickly. Well, this December I have decided to embrace the holidays fully! I have found this challenge on pinterest sometime either this year or last year, I can’t remember but I think it will help me take a step back each day and enjoy the little things each day!

 

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Feel free to join along! I realize I am on day two but that just means I have to share the first two with you now!

So, here is my view today:

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We are watching a friend’s husky for a while. His name is Halo. He is 9 years old and completely a sweet heart. Faelyn and Halo get along great! TJ also got a whitewater kayak yesterday and has been so excited about it that it hasn’t left the house to be stored in the garage yet. Lol.

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This is my favorite holiday as well as probably my all time favorite movie. I am such a sap, I’m aware lol. So, when I saw that I needed to take a picture of it, I decided it needed to be watched too. Lol. So TJ sat through it with me this morning. Definitely helps get me in the holiday spirit!

Keep checking back to see more of me getting into the holiday spirit!

Hope you guys are ready for Christmas!

See ya!

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Updates!

Ok so everyone makes resolutions in 2013. Well, almost everyone. I can’t say that I made any solid resolutions, I just decided that I want my life to include a couple of things this year! I know its a little late to talk about how I want this year to look, but we gotta spread it out so that we don’t get overwhelmed  by everyone posting about New Year’s resolutions all at once, right?

So here it goes!

What I want out of this year:

1. update my blog and make it more consistent. I want to provide better content for you. I want it to be more consistent. I want to talk about what you want to talk about. What are some things you would like to see on this blog? Honestly. More recipes? More outdoor adventures? More DIY? Other items?

2. Get my etsy shop up and running. I have loved the idea of owning my own business for a while. I love making things with my hands. Making things and scheduling my own hours and interacting with customers who are buying something I made, how cool would that be?!

3. Read more. I still have yet to finish Anna Karenina. I need to just sit down and focus! Haha! This whole 52 books in 52 weeks thing is definitely harder than I thought. lol!

4. Get back in shape. I will admit it, I have gotten a little soft. I am not a fan of that. So, I am not making a resolution to lose so much pounds, but just to start getting back in shape and living a healthier lifestyle.

So, now that we are moving and will have our own place hopefully soon, I feel inspired to get moving! We are still waiting to hear about when we are going to move in so I will give some pictures of our new place when that has been fully resolved.

What do you want out of this year? What are you goals?

Enjoy!

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Soakin’ Up the Sunshine

Well hello hello,

When I left you last I was getting ready to go on a vacation with my hubby and my in-laws to the wonderful Outer Banks, NC. I said that I was going to post while I was there, but to be honest, I was having so much fun and just enjoying being away from my everyday life that I kind of forgot and kind of just decided I would post when I get back.

It was just a wonderful vacation! TJ and I both desperately needed it before this huge move coming up in just over three weeks. We needed to take that deep breath before the plunge. It was great! We both feel extremely refreshed personally, as well as in our relationship with each other, and our relationship with our Maker too. We had both just gotten so tired lately that we hadn’t had time to focus on us and the things that we loved about each other and we also got time to focus on how amazing The Creator is as we watched the huge waves and the clouds and the rain and the lightning and the thunderstorms. Seriously, it was an amazing week!

However, a week is a long time and a lot happened in that week! So, we have a lot to catch up on here. Let’s dive in and see!

We got there in the afternoon on Sunday. It was a gorgeous day! We got to the house, got settled into our rooms. Our room had this huge bathtub. We currently do not have a bathtub and I love taking baths so seeing this huge tub just made my day already. Haha! After taking a nice leisurely soak, TJ and I decided to head down to the beach before dinner. We love the OBX and it was just so relaxing to listen to the waves and hold hands with my hubby as we walked along the beach. We thought it would be cute to take a picture with our backs to the waves. Well, the first one did not turn out so well.

Since we wanted our backs to the waves, that meant that the sun was in our face. I was definitely not enjoying that lol.
The second picture on the other hand was much better!

I somehow managed to suck it up long enough to get a decent picture! Yay!

The rest of the night was spent eating dinner and enjoying a relaxing evening at the house! It was just beautiful there!
I spent some time relaxing by the pool in the backyard!

Monday was our 1 year anniversary. We got to spend our 1 year in our honeymoon location and we were just thrilled about that! We went out for lunch at our favorite local Italian place right across the street from where we were staying. We both had the Italian Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich. Oh My Word! That was seriously one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten. It has some pesto along with the normal chicken cordon bleu and it was all on their homemade ciabatta bread. So delicious!
We thought this would be another perfect picture opportunity.

I got a new dress a Kohl’s just for our lunch, and it ended up being perfect for other days at the beach too lol. You also get a glimpse of the blonde on one of the sides of my head. It is on both sides and the neckline too. I had to pull my bangs back because otherwise, with the wind at the beach and the top down on the jeep they were getting blown all over the place and sticking up in strange positions.

We spent the afternoon shopping around the little shops right there by the restaurant. We have this favorite little shop called “Try My Nutz”. They have all kinds of flavored peanuts, cashews, pecans, etc. I got the Butta Toasted Cashews. So delicious! We went into this one jewelry shop called The Mystic Jewel and they had this one sterling silver starfish ring that was just stunning. I loved it! But it was a little bit more than I usually pay for jewelry (usually no more than $10-$15) and so I decided to hold off and think about if I really wanted to get it. Well, we went back on Friday and it was gone. Someone had bought the last one at that store. I was told to go check the store in Duck because they might have one. I went back to the house a little sad but knew it happened. On our way out on Saturday morning, TJ persuaded me to stop at the Duck store and there it was, the last one they had! I made sure it fit and bought it right then and there. I love this ring!

Tuesday brought a cold rain into Corolla, which meant I did not want to go swimming in the ocean. The rest of the gang did not really want to go out into the ocean very much either. TJ and I thought it would be fun to take everyone up 4×4 country and see where we stayed for our honeymoon last year. It is about 11 miles up the beach road. It takes a good bit of time to get up there. The road is not smooth either, it is sand and that means bumps and sometimes splashes if you get a little close to the water. Even though it was rainy, it was just beautiful!

After coming back to Corolla, we headed on down to the outlets where we hung around for a while before dinner at Big Al’s. It was a nice relaxing chill day as we waited for the storm to roll through.

Wednesday was super cold because of the rain the previous day. There was no way I was getting in the water. It was freezing. So instead I built a sand jellyfish. I completely forgot to take pictures but it was pretty awesome not gonna lie. TJ built Delm’s Heep. It was not quite as grand as Helm’s Deep so he switched some letters around to make it his own lol.

Thursday finally brought some warmth! The water was getting warmer but still not enough that I wanted to get all the way in. Plus the waves were just huge. Dad came in and said that the waves were just knocking him about. This provided a nice opportunity to work on my chaco tan and my overall tan while reading, my favorite beach pastime. I definitely did not want to lay out in my chacos that much but if you are a true Chaco wearer, you must have a chaco tan and it is super hard for me to get a chaco tan unless I am super diligent about it because I just don’t tan so I gave in and laid out with shoes on.

 Friday was awesome! It brought warm weather, warm water, and not so big waves! Yay! This is what I like when it comes to getting in the water. I got all the out and got soaked and had a blast playing in the waves. I finished reading my book and over all it was just a great last day at the beach. I could not have asked for a better ending to a much needed wonderful vacation.

After all my laying out, I finally have a visible Chaco tan! It took all week to get to this point but I got it!

Saturday was our travel day. I had one last stop (after the Mystic Jewel of course) that I wanted to make before we left the OBX. I had seen a store called The Knitting Addiction when we went to the outlets the other day. I did not have the opportunity to stop then so I had to stop on our way out of town. Oh My Word! It was just awesome!  So many different types of yarn and patterns and all kinds of other awesome doo-dads. I was in knitting heaven seriously! I only bought two 100% cotton skeins. But after finishing my friend’s dish cloths, it did not take me long to get those skeins onto my needles and into my Epic Blanket of Insanity. Here are the two skeins and the dish cloths.

A nice blue/purple multi-color. 🙂

And a nice bright multi-color that went right into the blanket right away! 🙂

Here are the finished dish cloths for my friend! She is great for helping support us move across the country! Take a look at my Help Us Move! page if you would like to help support us in our move to Colorado!

We had a great vacation! We both realized we would have no problem living and Lord willing maybe someday we will live there! Who knows? It was nice to enjoy the Atlantic Coast one last time for a while.

See ya!

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W is for Why I Blog

Ok, I know that this post is several days late but my weekend was super crazy! What with working, homework, internship, meetings, and more homework it was just a whirl of a weekend. But here is the post nonetheless.

So, I have had several friends ask me recently, why do I blog?

I gave them the typical vague answer of its fun. While that is definitely part of my answer, I think there is more to it than that. I blog for a lot of reasons.
One of them is that I love learning something new and sharing what I am learning with other people. I seriously love learning new knitting techniques, new climbing moves or techniques, new recipes, new places to visit, a better way to start a business, etc. I just love finding out how other people do things. So, not only am I learning but I love to share my findings with other people. I am not someone who can just keep something that I just figured out to myself. I am constantly telling my husband about a new recipe or a new technique I learned in knitting (poor TJ).

Another reason why I blog kind of goes along with the first one, it gives me an opportunity to find people with similar interests and who are much better at doing some things than I am. I can go and read their blogs and find out more about how they do certain things and learn from them. It provides me with such a wide variety of outlets to learn from that I love it!

I also love the community that comes with blogging. Fifteen to twenty years ago there was no blogging. We did not have this outlet to see how other people live their lives all around the world. We did not have this way of communicating with people we had never met in person. There are people that I have met through blogging that I would not have had any other chance of meeting. You really get to know all kinds of different people who lead different lives than you and that is just wonderful to me! I love meeting new people and hearing their stories and taking part in their lives and this is just one way that I can do that.

I also love to blog because it gives me a creative outlet to where I can share what I’m learning with who I am meeting, and I can also talk about current projects and life in general. It helps me get out some of my talking so that I do not keep my husband up too late talking about what I’m learning. Although, some days I start reading other peoples blogs and finding out more and more cool stuff and then those nights I feel bad because I do not shut up to my husband.

Blogging is just fun! It is a great outlet and a great way to meet new people and a great way to build a business. I would recommend blogging to just about everyone!

See ya!

P.S. Here is my progress on my Epic Blanket of Insanity

Its comin along!

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S is for Style, My Style to be Exact

Today I thought I would show some of the items that typically show up in my everyday wardrobe. I am super easy going but with a little bit of quirkiness and that definitely comes out in what I wear.

This tends to be my normal everyday wear. A V-neck, a hoodie, hair pulled back into a messy bun, and little to no make-up unless I am going out somewhere.

Always paired with some kind of jeans, today it is my ripped ones, and some sandals.

I also love love love scarves! Those are layers of scarves, there is more there than meets the eye.

I also love converse! I have been wearing them since I was 13. Obviously not this pair, but I have been wear converse shoes for almost 9 years now.

And, I love my red lipstick! If it went with everything I wore everyday, I would probably wear it everyday, but alas, it does not on some days.

Well there is a glimpse into the makings of my style. It is kind of mismatched but I like it. I also love dresses, anything that flows really nicely, and tank tops. Some days I love dressing up, other days I do not want to get our of my pajamas. Just ask TJ, he can tell you how he doesn’t know what to expect me to wear form day to day.

Yesterday, I forgot to put up a picture of my bag being put to good use with my rock climbing stuff in it so here it is:

I am also following another blog on here called whendidibecomeaknitter. You can check out her blog here. She is making this blanket called the Epic Blanket of Insanity. I found the pattern she is working form and decided to start my own. I am having so much fun learning this new way of making a blanket. Here is the beginnings of my insanity.

It is little squares or diamonds or however you want to look at it and you piece them together to make this rather large blanket. You can check out the pattern here. 

Hope you enjoyed my style and what is going on in my project land right now!

See ya!

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