Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tuesday shenanigans

I usually put my Christmas tree up the weekend of Thanksgiving. However, since this year we were in Vegas with 
(and since they're so adorable, here's a closer picture of
)  <-- this is not a typo. I'm closing my parentheses, thank you.

prepared by 
we weren't home to trim the tree. 

So we did it today, instead. 
After I OCD-ing-ly (it's a word.) strung the lights, Miss K adorned the tree with all of our beautiful ornaments (I may or may not have given into my obsessive-neurotic tendencies and rearranged most of them after she went to bed...). 

This is probably favorite ornament- a flying pig. (Compliments of my wonderful mother.)

Maddie was feeling a bit left out, so she asked us to decorate her, too. She was much happier after that. 

Ta da!

Happy December and Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fun in Sun Valley

Having a significant other has its obvious benefits...
like having someone to go to sleep with and wake up next to every day 
and always having someone to reassure you "Yes, I promise you look great, honey" 
and having someone leave the toilet seat up (which I'm telling myself is a benefit, because it reminds me that he puts up with my hair in the drain and my bobby pins all over the place)...  
and being able to annoy the same person for the rest of your life... 
and having said person annoy YOU for the rest of your life... 
But one benefit that wasn't quite so obvious to me was gaining all of Casey's wonderful friends! 
AND one great benefit of having these cool new friends is getting to take mini weekend getaway trips!
A few weeks ago, we went up to Sun Valley, Idaho with some of these fabulous friends to enjoy the great outdoors with some fresh air and sunshine. (While it was still kind of warm. Because as I am currently typing this, it's a balmy 24 degrees outside. Uggghhh.)  I had never been to Sun Valley, but I'd heard about how beautiful it was and was excited to see it for myself. I was not disappointed. 

We stayed at a friend's friend's house (huge house) up there, and each family had their own bedroom, which was pretty dang convenient.

Kennedy was beside herself with excitement because she got to sleep above us on the top bunk.

We took advantage of the gorgeous scenery and fall weather by going on a bike ride!

Aw, cute family.

The leaves were showing off the colors of autumn in all their splendor and glory.

Riding a single-gear bike is hard. It also promotes heavy complaining from 10 year old girls. (But she made it to the end without dying, much to her surprise.)

Back at the house/cabin, Kennedy fell in love. With this little 1 yr old angel named Malia. She carried her around everywhere Malia would let her. It was adorable.

And uncle Casey got some quality reading time in with our darling nieces. 

Kennedy showed Casey her mad bball skillz.

We went shopping in the town, and Kennedy "babysat" Malia.
"Mom- it feels like she's my little sister! I love it!"
... I'm getting a lot of pressure from this little girl to pop out another one. Not yet, babe. Not yet.

A big chair.

These two again, though. Right? Seriously inseparable. If this is how easy it will be for me to have another kid, I might consider it. Eventually.

On the last day of the weekend, the whole clan (almost the whole clan) went for a bike ride to go get some grub in town. What a fun group of people.

And Kennedy was able to borrow a 21-speed bike for the ride. There was a lot less complaining. And also no dying.

We had such a FUN weekend. I think we may just have to do this annually!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Look how pretty.

Hi! I was looking through some photos and thought "You know what, Ashley? You told your (3) faithful blog followers that you would post the professional wedding pictures when you got them. Don't be a liar. Post those pictures."

So here you go.

I am no liar.

Just a procrastinator. 

But trust me- these pictures are well worth the wait. (In my opinion. Which is the only one that matters, right now, since this is my blog.)

There were about 9,000,000 pictures to choose from. And as wonderful as that sounds, it was hard to choose my favorites. And I don't even know if these are my favorites! Decisions are hard. #firstworldproblems

Anyway, I eventually narrowed it down to these beauties (I basically did it eeny, meeny, miny, moe style. Like a boss.). Look how pretty:

"I promise to always be okay with the fact that you're cooler than me." - my husband


My hair smelled amazing.

 LOVE this picture. So many perfect things happening all at once.

That's a good lookin' couple, right thurr. (Again, only my opinion matters.)

(This picture just melts my heart.)

My family!!

Gorgeous girls. My niece and my pseudo daughters.

Brother and sister!

This is the entire wedding party. We are sure lucky to have so many amazing people in our lives :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

My sleeping dog.

Like all mammals, my dog sleeps.

Like many (weird) dog owners, I take pictures of my dog sleeping because it amuses me.

(Sorry in advance for the crotch shots. But hey- she doesn't care, so why should we?)


(Yes, I know she's not sleeping. But she's cute.)

Let's get a close-up, shall we?

Also, for you non-dog lovers: a non-dog picture.

Fresh raspberries from my garden. Yum.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ketchum, etc., Idaho. And my new-found skillz.

Can we all just acknowledge the fact that I suck at blogging regularly? The sooner we accept that, the lower our expectations will be, and life will just be all-around better for everyone. K? K.

A few months ago (see? I'm not even going to hide the fact that I'm posting about something so far after the event), Casey and I went away for a weekend trip with our good friend, Ian (who was also our wedding officiant!). We packed up our camping/outdoor gear, grabbed our dawg, and headed on up for a 5 hour drive to the beautiful Ketchum, Idaho.  

You would think that the drive through Northern Utah/Southern Idaho would be quite bland (shhhh- don't be negative). On the contrary, I saw some scenery that was so picturesque, I actually found it worthy of being captured by my iPhone camera.  
Pretty, huh? 

We happened to be driving during a crazy thunderstorm that evening, which made the sky look absolutely stunning. There were massive bolts of lightning all over the sky- it was SO cool! I love lightning/thunder storms.

During the month of August, the weather is always warm, sunny, and just perfect, right?
False. Very false.
Apparently this particular weekend, August decided to be stupid and give us freezing, wet, cloudy, 30 degree weather.
It was cold. Ugh.
But we braved it, anyway, and set up camp in the cold. Hi Ian!

Here's our gigantic 9-person tent we received for our wedding. It is almost as cool as those Harry Potter tents. Almost. Ok, not really. But it's still cool.

I never see this dog so happy as when she's outside playing.

The next morning, we drove through the gorgeous canyon with this guy:

and saw some super cool wildlife, such as this:

We drove to Stanley Lake (in Stanley, Idaho) to get our fishin' on. It was cold. 

You guys, this place is gorgeous. Right??
(I want to frame this.)

Aw, we're cute.

Aw, they're cute.

We fished pretty much all day. Maddie couldn't seem to control herself near a lake, and kept scaring all the fishes away by romping carelessly through the water, so we had to tie her to this big log. (It's our fault for bringing a golden retriever near water and forbidding her from going in it.) Sorry.

Total loot= 4 fish caught, but one was a super-fish and wriggled his way off the stick and back into the safety the water, so... we had 3 to take home. (Please note, I caught zero of them.)

GAH! The beauty is just too much. I can't handle it.


Ok. A photography lesson on lighting...because even though I really don't know much about photography, my mom does, and I like pictures, and that's pretty much the same thing.

Lesson: lighting matters.

These two pictures were taken in basically the same place, about 10 minutes apart (no photo editing on either of them):
6:50 pm

7:00 pm
See the difference? WOW, right? Perfect example of how much lighting can change a picture.

You are welcome for your photography lesson of the day. Stay tuned if you want to read more of my ignorant and unsolicited BS.

After fishing, we went to eat at a nearby restaurant. I took more scenic pictures. Because now that I'm a photographer, that's what I do.

 When we got back to camp, we (ok, not me. But the boys) cooked up the fish for an evening snack.

Fish heads, fish heads, roly poly fish heads...

Bon app├ętit! 

Before we braved the 5 hour drive back home the next day, Ian let us play with his crossbow.
So guess what, guys. Not only am I now a professional photographer, I'm also the next Katniss Everdeen. So don't worry- I got your back.