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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 pointā€¦ 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! šŸ™‚

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?

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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 ChallengeĀ 

April: 30 Day Song Challenge

May: 30 Days to a Better WifeĀ 

June: Blog Every Day in June

July: July Photo Challenge

August: 30 Day Relationship ChallengeĀ 

September: 30 Day Book Challenge

October: Florabella Photo ChallengeĀ 

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. šŸ™‚

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 Ā 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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