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Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Lately I've been thankful for: 

Ornaments that mean SO much. I love you, sweet girl. Always & Forever. 

Days spent with this little guy. Sometimes he's too cute for his own good! 

Customers that are so thoughtful & bringing me a Red Velvet Cake Roll. So delicious! 

Entire days spent at home baking & listening to music. 

Catching up with friends. 

& A hot cup of coffee every single morning. 

What are you thankful for? 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Four Things - Stolen Blog Idea!

I know, ya better contain yourself. This is two blog posts in one day! Stolen from my bestie, Mandie. Who also stole it. Hey, I think we're the best friend blog bandits! :).

Anywho, here's a little better insight as to who I am:

Four names people call me other than my real name:  Ash, Sunshine (My boss), Munch (My mom's nickname since I was little.) & my Dad used to call me Worm. Apparently I wouldn't sit still. 

Four places I've been:  Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oregon

Four things I don't eat:  Brussel Sprouts, Peanut Butter, Soup Beans, Cornbread. 

Four favorite foods:  Cheese, Pasta, Chicken, Mac & Cheese.

Four things I'm always saying:  "Oh, well.", "Breathe", "Ya don't know until you try." & "Woosssaaaaaa"

Four place I've lived:  A couple of places here in Kentucky & Oklahoma. 

Four things I'm looking forward to next year:  Learning to finally shoot my bow, a vacation, hopefully buying a house & a friendship blossoming! 

Four movies I've watched more than once:  My Best Friend's Wedding, Titanic, Cars, The Dark Knight

Four places I'd rather be right now:  Asleep, In the mountains, By a lake, In Texas or Wisconsin

Four books I recommend:  Fault in Our Stars, Gone Girl, To Kill A Mockingbird, Sarah's Key

Four TV shows I watch:  Big Bang Theory, Grey's Anatomy, Nashville, Red Band Society

Four jobs I've had:  Cashier, Admissions Coordinator, Executive Assistant, Office Manager

Blog Swap....Reveal!

Back in the fall I signed up for a "Fall Swag Swap." I've participated in a couple swaps in the past, both getting some cool gifts but never really "connecting" with the person or staying in touch afterwards. My bestie, Mandie, signed up & suggested I joined in. She joked that it would be comical if we got picked for each other. I was nervous when I saw that she & I didn't get picked for each other. I mean, really what were the chances? Ha! I hoped my "partner" would be someone that could relate to me & I her. Well, she's amazing! She has the same spunk for life as I do & I quickly realized she & I had quite a bit in common.

She really nailed it with her gifts. I loved her thoughtfulness & meaning behind each & every single one.

Here's a sneak peak:

  • The milk straws! How fun are these? They are from her son, which I think is adorable. Also, how did I not know these existed. P.S. Cookies & Cream is one of my favorite flavors!
  • Bath & Body Works Goodies - She loves to travel just like I do & thought these would be perfect to have in my travel bag! I couldn't agree more. They actually are going in my travel bag I'm putting in my car for this winter. At least if I get stranded somewhere I'll smell good :). 
  • I love the card! Plus, I love the "glitter." I'm putting it up on my shelf at work. Such a great quote to live by, "Keep Calm & Carry On." 

  • The "Caddy" above. Now, we never discussed that Turquoise is my favorite color. Coincidentally enough she loves it, too. This caddy is wonderful! I currently use it for my body sprays & perfumes on my dresser! I love the vibrant colors! 
  • SD Card (Not pictured.) From a Photographer (Her) to an aspiring photographer (me) she gifted me a memory card for my camera. As someone that loves taking photos, this was perfect! I can't wait to show off my photos that I'll take with my new card! 

  • This notebook BLEW me away! She MADE this & it couldn't be more PERFECT. Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love the western lifestyle. Being a former barrel racer, of course why wouldn't I? This is beautiful & I'm so in love with it. I'm even more in awe that she took the time to hand make me something. What a beautiful gesture! Funny enough, we both sent each other notebooks. 
This quote was written on the inside cover. "Always remember you're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think & twice as beautiful as you'd ever imagined...."

Lastly, she included two pens that I love! You have to have new pens with a new notebook, right? 

Heather, I'm so thankful that you & I connected through this crazy blog world. I am so happy to call you my friend & look forward to staying in touch! & one day we will have to meet! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Musical Monday

A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young by Eric Church 

Here's my attempt to get back on the blog bandwagon....

I have a lot I could write. A lot I need to write just for my own sanity. And maybe one day, I will. For now, I'm joining my Yankee Bestie, Mandie @ badbrewpack for Musical Monday.

I just heard this song tonight for the very first time & it immediately spoke to me. It's about a certain person that's not really been too prominent in my life here lately. Tonight there was a phone conversation between the two of us & well for some reason,  this song just seems fitting. Maybe it won't feel that way tomorrow but for just this moment, it does.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thank You

Thank you for showing me a city I never had visited.

Thank you for showing me a city you probably want to run from and I want to run to. You see it as a place where you've always been and I see it as a place that brings me peace.

Thank you for showing me places were you hold memories. And for telling me stories of these places. I listened to each and every single one.

Thank you for showing me it's okay to love again. Even though I was so terrified, and maybe still am.

Thank you for showing me it's okay to open my heart to a complete stranger. To a person that I thought I'd have dinner with and never see again.

Thank you for giving me the longest first date I've quite possibly ever been on. And for probably one of the best first kisses I've ever had.

Thank you for making me step out on a ledge and out of my comfort zone even though I didn't want to, and even though you probably had no clue.

Thank you for holding me in your arms, those arms made me feel so safe. They made the world feel like it wasn't spinning around me even for a few moments.

Thank you for loving me when I wasn't very easy to love.

Thank you for listening when I would ramble.

Thank you for wiping my tears from my eyes and telling me I am too pretty to cry.

Thank you for making me dig so deep within myself to reveal things about me that I had no clue.

Thank you for making me realize we all make mistakes and sometimes we aren't our best selves. Thank you for making me want to be a better person and to keep trying.

And most of all.....thank you for letting me have the opportunity to read this to you.

And for realizing there is positive in every negative situation if you just dig deep enough.

Thank you for making me realize why we even began.....

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Letters - 06.18.14

Dear D: Your face last night as you were opening your birthday presents was priceless. I loved seeing such pure joy on your face. Thank you for reminding me why it's completely worth it to put so much thought into gifts.  Dear Co-Worker: Thank you for my sausage biscuit & diet Mtn. Dew that you bring me every Wednesday. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Dear Boss: Yesterday you asked me if I was going to Hawaii since I was wearing a maxi dress. Thank you for reminding me sometimes it's fun to switch my wardrobe up! This morning you said I should've worn it today as I would've knocked the "Guy's socks off". Thank you for making me feel pretty! Dear D: Last night I learned that you will fight someone over your Mom's oatmeal cookies. I love learning new things about you! You fed your cows last night and I was the gate lady. Thank you for letting me be your sidekick for a little while. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Letters - 06.16.14

Dear D: Today is your birthday! Happy Birthday! I can't wait to see you later and celebrate with you! Also, to see your face when you open your gifts! I love you to the moon & back! Dear Self Control: You just turned down McDonald's to eat your healthy...tasteless....lunch. Go you! Dear Fault in Our Stars: You are quite possibly the best book I've read in a long time! Thank you for the countless reminders throughout your reading to be thankful for each day. Dear D: I've loved learning new things about you this past week. You like pickles & jalapenos on your salad....that's a new concoction for me! Also, thank you for letting me rock out in your truck as we were driving down the road the other day. Your flashlight really does make a great microphone!