Patch me up he stole my heart.

Hi all,

Yes cheesy titles are most definitely my thing.

Weeks ago Brian and I had a date weekend, pumpkin patch and zoo were among some fall ideas.

The last time we attempted the pumpkin patch it was storming so bad it looked like we had rented the place out.   Second time is a charm.

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I felt like such a kid, I was amused by literally everything.  Working retail has occasionally made it difficult for the both of us to enjoy seasonal activities due to the stress our business’ provide during peak seasons.

I am glad we got to make a weekend of it and I came out with so many photos.

 

I can’t wait to go back to Goebbert’s next year! Until then I am going to continue enjoying the apple cider we bought.

 

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Our pumpkin family- from left to right – Bandit, Brian, Ashley, and Maddox.

Brian insisted his be white : )

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We also went to the zoo after the pumpkin patch and I felt like a tourist, its been years since I have been and I took far too many pictures of animals I had no idea existed.

 

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Example above: I said I wanted one like 20 times, I forgot what it was called.

What’s your favorite fall activity? Help us add to our list for next year. Comment some ideas!

 

Thanks for reading.

 

-A

 

National Boyfriend Day

I wanted to take a moment to just appreciate how amazing my boyfriend is.

I appreciate him everyday but today I took the time to reflect on how critical he has been in the last year of my life.

The last year was filled with a ton of emotional ups and downs.  Occasionally more downs than ups.  Brian has always found a way to be the calming presence in my life.  I can be having the worst day but just seeing him brings me so much comfort.  From ordering my favorite food for dinner as a surprise to listening to me vent while I cry in my Ramen, you are the biggest blessing and I am so happy to have found you.

Here is a bit of a trip down memory lane…

 

Happy National Boyfriend Day to the love of my life!

 

 

Thanks for the memories

Hello again,

I have some great news:  I start my new job Monday!

Emotions I am currently feeling: excited, nervous, anxious, and motivated.

This move is a huge step for me to live out my blogs intention: Work Life Balance.

As I look forward to this new chapter in my life and get ready to embrace the most change I’ve had in 8 years, I also am reflecting on the wonderful network of friends I have made along the way.

For those friends reading… your friendship has made saying goodbye hard.  I know many of us will chat via Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn but never forget I am a phone call away.

Today I was surprised by two friends with this wonderful addition to my Alex and Ani collection.  The bracelet colors matched the shirt I wore today perfectly! (Background pattern is the shirt.) I’M OBSESSED!

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Randal and Nicole you will be greatly missed on my new journey.  Keep holding it down for the ladies and doing the excellent work you have always done!

My biggest trophy of all that I was given while I launched my career was Brian.  He came into my life when I least expected it and it was perfect.  Through this entire process my family and Brian have offered so much support and encouragement while I was making my decision to pursue a career with a different company.  I can never thank you all enough for listening to the hours on end of contemplating, crying, and complaining.

I wouldn’t change a thing about this experience because it has given me the best friends.

I do not have photos with everyone or they are just super hard to find….

I love you all. Thank you for making this the most memorable 7 years!

-A

In Loving Memory

Welcome back all,

So you will notice it’s been far too long since I posted.  Nothing crazy has happened but spending quality time with my family and enjoying the weather has been rather enjoyable.

On June 10th, Brian, his family, and I celebrated his Mother’s birthday and life.  I have plenty of pictures of the church but have yet to download them to my laptop, so more to come.

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Brian talked about his Mother often when we first met and I could tell how much he loved her.  His love for his Mother actually made me fall in love with the person she raised him to be.  Brian’s mom had kidney issues and was being treated with daily dialysis which Brian had learned to do at home.  He shared this information with me early on in our friendship and well, it made him look good in my eyes.  He spent his nights after work setting up her dialysis machine and nearly turned down our first “date” in order to do so.

Brian lost his mom three years ago.  At the time, Brian and I had only been dating a little over 4 months and I had only met his mother once and visited with her in the hospital once.  Our first meeting was not how any of us would have pictured it.  We met in the emergency room after she had fallen because her blood sugar dropped too low.

Growing up I developed this fear of hating my future in-laws.  I think it came from the famous “you marry the family” line.

Although Olga and I did not have much time together it was enough for me to understand why Brian loved her so much.  It’s common knowledge that kids love their parents.  However, the bond you have with your children depends on many factors.  Brian and his mom were like best friends.  She would joke around with him and in the same breath tell him to cut the shit.  I wish I would have gotten to spend more time with her but I know she is watching over us, probably wondering how we put up with each other, stubborn and emotional.

Olga,

Thank you for raising the man of my dreams.

Love,

Ashley

 

In Loving Memory of 

Olga Mendez

June 10, 1948 – June 11, 2015