Friday, August 7, 2015

Four more months.

Now that you've had a break from me for a few days, I'll tell you about the next four months so that you will be all caught up on my oh-so-exciting life.

After moving/painting/cleaning/repairing the 
new/old house, we needed a vacation. Conveniently, 
Casey's sister was getting married in Seattle over Easter weekend.

So of course we made a vacation out of it.

We were lucky enough to be there during the beautiful Mount Vernon tulip festival.

We also were able to hang out with (and stay 
with) my mama while we were there!

We visited Deception Pass. (I love this picture.)

And together Kennedy and I re-defined "cool."

Happy wedding, Morgan & Jason! 


The only thing worth noting for the entire month of May is the fact that I did this:

No lie. I freaking re-upholstered a chair. 
Four of them, actually. And I never want to do 
another one for the rest of my life, so don't ask.


June started out with sunshine at the Pride Festival!
(Yes, Kennedy is a banana. Because why not?)

Kennedy turned 11! (I'm still crying. There's no way she is that old.)

And can I just say... she is the sweetest, most loving, 
generous, talented, intelligent, beautiful girl I have ever 
laid my eyes on. And I love her. SO much.

She has been obsessed with sports lately, so she had
a sports-themed birthday party, and of course they
played "Pin the basketball on Michael Jordan's hand." 

And as luck would have it, the weather was perfect, so we
were able to have a swimming party!! (She said it was
her best party ever. Good job, me.)

And, once again, my besties helped me out. This time 
with Kennedy's birthday party. I just love these two.

Next, we went on a couple's trip to Cancun with some of our closest friends!
We stayed at the same hotel where we spent our Honeymoon.

We spent the majority of our time at the beach. Obvi.

But we did take a day trip to Isla Mujeres. 

Las chicas hermosas - waiting for the ferry.

Los hombres guapos. Also waiting for the ferry.

We rented golf carts and drove around the island. SO much fun.

And stopped for some scenic photos.
(Yes, the water was really that color.)

*Sigh. Paradise for sure.

We also stopped by this colorful wall, because we felt like it.

Other than that, we played at the pool, ate a lot of food, 
karaoke'd, shopped, played beach volleyball, and relaxed. 
And ate more food.

And took a million pictures.

I am so glad we have such AMAZING friends who like to travel as much as we do.

Lastly (yes, we're still in June), we went boating with some of our other
really good friends at Echo Reservoir. Summer is pretty fun. Especially with friends.


We went camping near Yellowstone for the 4th of July.

Breathtaking, right?

Maddie was in doggy heaven.

Doggy. Heaven. I have never seen her so worn out.

We saw a huge moose while we were playing in the river!
We kept our distance and backed away slowly.

It was seriously gorgeous. (If you could ignore the mosquitoes.)

...and we couldn't ignore the mosquitos. So on the
second day we all packed up and drove to a friend's
house to "camp." And watch fireworks.
It was a blast (no pun intended).

 On the way back home, we stopped to see the majestic Mesa Falls.
'Twas majestic indeed. And there were no mosquitoes. Bonus.

Kennedy has been practicing her mermaid skills.
(This tail is WAY harder to swim in than it looks. Just trust me.)

We visited the animals at the zoo.

This is the only gorilla I would ever dare poke in the eye.
(Ok, I actually meant to pick his nose. But I didn't see
where my finger was. Oops.)

Bald eagle!

I also made a spontaneous 2-day trip up to Seattle to
surprise my brother and his family. They were so excited.

We got a new nephew! Welcome to the world, Beckham!
(I'm already his favorite aunt, by the way. He told me.)

Also in July, we had the Price family reunion! We loved 
having a bunch of the family stay with us from out of town. 

We are kind of obsessed with this niece of ours.

And we had our 1 year anniversary. 
Awwww. 1 year-old frozen cake. 

And you guys- he got me roses. I heart him.

Also, after living in our house for 4 months, 
we FINALLY got some artwork up. (Thanks for
the help, mom!!)

Lastly, I made my first caramel apple pie for Pioneer Day. 
Not to brag or anything, but it was amazing. Sorry I didn't save you any.

And whaddya know? Just like that, I'm all caught up. *Whew. 
Maybe next time it won't take me 8 months (and then 10 hours) to update my blog. 

p.s. I miss all of you fellow bloggers and blog stalkers. <3

Monday, August 3, 2015

Knock knock.

Who's there?

It's me!

"Me" who?

Me, Ashley!! 

 ...  ...

You know.  Me...?  I (used to) write on this blog? ... no?

*Sigh. Anyway. 

Well hi.  First of all, let's ignore the fact that it is August 3 and this is my first blog post for 2015.

Ignored. Check.

You know how a lot can happen in a year? Well, it can. A lot can also happen in just eight months. And I have the pictures to prove it.

However, instead of boring you by putting 8 months worth of pictures into one super lengthy blog post (because LBH - no one wants to look at 8 months worth of my pictures all at once except for me, and because it is utterly impossible for me to pick just a few pictures for those 8 months), I will split my super lengthy blog post into two somewhat average-length blog posts.

Starting with where we left off.  Because that makes sense.


We visited Santa Claus at Casey's work.
(Santa sure looked (and smelled) a whole lot like Casey.)

We spent Christmas week up in Pocatello with Casey's family.
My mom came up with us, too- and it was really nice to have her there.

We played for hours in the freshly-fallen snow.

And some of us ate said freshly-fallen snow. (Not the yellow kind.)

Kennedy loved playing with her best furry friend.

The feeling was completely mutual.

To get in the Christmas spirit, the kids acted out the nativity scene.

It was hilarious. And they were way too adorable for words.

The whole Price/Harding clan! (Photo cred: my mom.)

Happy 2015!

I went on a girls' trip to sunny San Diego with these lovely ladies.

And went on a spooky ghost tour. 
No ghost sightings. Boo. (See what I did there? Hahaha)

We skied a bunch. When it actually snowed. (grumble)


Kennedy was the "student of the week." For a week.

Casey caught a rogue chicken in our front yard.

(This month was crazy.)
Kennedy was Elvis at school.

Then she was a cowgirl in a play called "Lightning Larry."

AND we went to Salt Lake Comic-con for an
afternoon to witness the craziness. There was definitely craziness.

She was so excited to see THE REAL Draco Malfoy.

Oh- also, we bought a new house. Well actually, an old house. 
So, we moved. (This is before paint and carpet)

This house needed (still needs) a lot of work.

Starting with wallpaper removal. (My two besties worked
like crazy to help me in the process. And wine. Wine helped, too.)

Then it needed paint. And carpet.

We lived like this for the entire month of March. 

And this. It wasn't awesome. (We also lived 
in my grandma's basement for a few weeks 
so we didn't get high from paint fumes.)

I was so happy for March to go away.

But we all know that March showers bring April vacations. ... or something like that.