Wednesday, June 27, 2012

ring thing



 I hope I'm not the only lady out there that has a collection of baubles. I've always loved jewelry and accessorizing. What an effortless way to add to any outfit. And no, I don't wear these all at once.
 I am a minimalist at heart.
So, I thought I would share some of the rings that have remained and will remain with me until I hopefully have a little girl of my own someday that I can pass them onto. 

  1. My wedding ring and bands. I love the antique feel. The one piece of jewelry I wear everyday.

  2. My parents bought me this black hills gold ring for my 13th birthday. It was one of my first pieces of fine jewelry. And a big deal in my teenage mind. 

  3. This was my mom's ring when she was a teenager in the 70s. 

  4. I bought this sterling silver ring when I was 16. It has a lot of memories tied to it as I wore it continuously throughout my teenage years. 

  5. Another ring that belonged to my mother in the 70s. I love this ring. The turquoise is such a perfect color. Plus it was handmade especially for my mother, so her name is engraved in the silver underbelly of the ring. It has debuted as the star of many an outfit.

  6.  Erick bought me this ring on our honeymoon.

  7. The first piece of jewelry Erick ever bought me. It was a promise ring that he gave to me the summer of 2005. I cried like a baby.
What pieces of jewelry do you have in your possession that have a special meaning to you? 
What pieces do you always reach for?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Today!


Good morning everyone! I hope your Tuesday has started out well! It is shaping up to be a beautiful day in Michigan. One that I hope to go out and enjoy.

Today, I am super excited to be over at Krista's lovely area of the world wide web: Crescendo
It has been a lot of fun getting to know her along with reading about her great tips for organization and her precious fur baby. Fur baby owners unite. 
So, if you have some extra time head on over and pay Krista a visit!
Wishing you a lovely Tuesday!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Some things I learned over the weekend....

Eating a whole pack of red vines all by oneself is never a good idea. Even though it certainly seems like it.

I have a growing addiction to Pure Barre. I have seen my abs. They do exist.

My husband has been called Johnny Depp a countless number of times the last few weeks. What is happening?? I blame the mustache.

We had people in front of us at the Starbucks drive through pay for our coffee! Conclusion: people from Colorado are nice (license plate) and my hope in humanity is temporarily restored.

My brother in law can cut hair. That's right. He can cut hair and I can't. At all. Go team Kory.

I know it's only the end of June, but I love Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. So, I'm letting the world know, right now, that I plan on putting that on my reading list for the colder months to come.

Sitting outside at my parent's house, listening to the rain, officially a peaceful moment.

How was your weekend? What is going on in your corner of the woods?




Friday, June 22, 2012

Summer Tunes

It is no secret that I love music. I love it. I love playing it. I love singing it. I love listening to it. I do wish that life could be a musical. So, forget the silent driving thing. My music is cranked. Especially in the summer. Summer has a soundtrack.
 Or at least my summer does.
 And every summer, for as long as I can remember, my brother has been producing his very own compilation of songs on a summer cd. And then I listen to it over and over and over....all summer long.

So, I thought I would share with you my summer soundtrack. That's right, here are the songs that I will be playing over and over and over again while the weather is warm and I am driving down the road.

You can find all these jams on itunes or your music source of choice (i do enjoy spotify): because I recoginize that not everyone will have the same musical taste as I (that's diversity).
Happy Summer.
Happy listening.

ashton's summer playlist 2012

  1. M83: "Midnight City"
  2. M83: "Steve McQueen"
  3. Vampire Weekend: "Mansard Roof"
  4. Dan Black: "Wonder"
  5. Anberlin: "Pray Tell"
  6. Regina Spektor: "Don't Leave Me"
  7. Jeremy Fisher: "Jolene"
  8. Brooke Fraser: "Something in the Water"
  9. Brooke Fraser & William Fitzsimmons: "You can close your eyes"
  10. Radical Face: "Welcome Home"
  11. Fun: "We are Young"
  12. Brooke Fraser: "Orphans, Kingdoms"




Thursday, June 21, 2012

It has been 32 years!

Happy Anniversary to the most wonderful parents. I am extremely grateful to have had the example of your love and commitment to each other after all this time.
 I know it hasn't always been easy (as marriage never is) but you have remained a strong unit that loves each other and has been committed to your children. 
And that has made all the difference. 
Thanks for loving each other. 
Thanks for loving me (and erick....I know he is your favorite ;) ). 
And thanks for leading by example. 
Love you both.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

commence dessert party

It all started on Sunday. With this yummy recipe that my mother-in-law concocted. And before I knew it, the men around me all looked like they should be in a commercial. The cool whip was flowing freely. The berries runneth over. It was a full on dessert party. That is if you measure a party by the amount of dessert that ends up on one's face as a result of sheer enjoyment. So, you say you want in on this party? 
Well, this is all you need: 

Fillo Dough: formed into little "bowls"

Pudding: your choice of flavor (we had vanilla and chocolate)

Whipped cream or Cool Whip (whatever you prefer)

And lots of berries: (strawberries and blueberries were our choices but you could get as creative as you want).

Pile everything as high as you want into the little bowls. 
Commence dessert party. 
Enjoy the show. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Some things I learned over the weekend......

Bruschetta is delicious. And I think I could eat it for every meal.

My husband is a really good bass player. I am proud of how far he has come with that instrument. AND I must say, I do enjoy watching him play.

Sitting outside with family is one of the most enjoyable acts of summer. In my opinion.

Target is the best store ever. I have conveyed that in entries past. No, but really, is there anything better than picking up dish soap and candy all at the same time? So efficient.

I take my puppy envy out on my parent's dog (roxy). She receives a lot of love when I see here. Look at the puppy face!

Spending a whole weekend with my family and erick's family turns out to be quite perfect.

Surprise Birthday parties are still fun to be a part of. Cake. Balloons. Secrets. The trifecta of fun.

How was your weekend??






Friday, June 15, 2012

It's here!

The weekend! I don't know about you, but I am pumped that it is Friday. I have a pillow that is calling my name....it's literally begging me to sleep in tomorrow morning. And because I'm feeling especially accommodating, I plan on doing just that.  

Erick and I have some traveling to do over the weekend. Mostly time spent with family and our dads. Because it is Father's day weekend and all. And we love our dads. 

So, it's your turn to share what you are pumped about this lovely Friday. What are the weekend plans?

As you ponder that, I leave you with kitty. Sometimes she creeps on people. 
And sometimes I catch her doing it. 

happy weekend!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A few of my favorite things...


Here are some items that I am loving around the web right now. And a lot of them are showing up on my Pinterest as a reminder that I need to be throwing some extra change in the change jar. You can find my boards on Pinterest here if you would like to stop by. In the meantime, enjoy these goodies and the lovely places they come from!

 1 :: 2 :: 3 :: 4 :: 5 :: 6

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Eating Goulash

On Monday Erick and I spent some time at his parent's house. I helped my brother-in-law put together a resume. And now everyone is going to want to hire him. We consumed mass amounts of goulash and fried bread with homemade strawberry jam. Yup. I just went there. And I think I ate one too many slices of the bread.

This was such a simple Monday, nothing too crazy. Unless you consider goulash crazy. Which I mean, the name makes no sense to me, so that's probable. But, back to the point: when Erick and I were living in South Carolina it was amazing all the things that I could think of that I missed about my families. And all of them were the tiniest of things. The seemingly insignificant things. The simple things.

When your hundreds of miles away you would give a lot to experience those things again. And now that we're back I don't want to take those things for granted. Life settles in. Stuff goes back to "normal". We get into old habits.

 It's Mondays like this that remind me. I need to make the small things a priority. Because you never know when the opportunity might be gone. And it's in those moments that you would trade all the seemingly huge things for one more minute doing something simple with your family. Like eating goulash.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Some things I learned over the weekend.....

 My husband is really cool when he gets up early to cook me breakfast on a Saturday morning. I am a  blessed lady.

Neon nail polish is my way of trying to incorporate color into my wardrobe. To the colors of summer: I am trying hard to accept you. I really am.

The sunsets around here are looking more and more like a painting these days.

I still struggle when the temperature is above 90 degrees. And so does my hair. Team effort.

Hot chocolate is a perfectly acceptable beverage even in the middle of June. Liquid chocolate. It knows no season.

Sometimes I take pictures with my guitar. And my car. That works, right? 

Walking with the husband is very therapeutic for me. Therapy and exercise. A winning combination.

How was your weekend? What did you learn?



Thursday, June 7, 2012

Gotcha'

I caught the husband in the middle of a real smile. He had no idea that I took this picture (until now). Sometimes you got to get sneaky with the picture capturing people. I'm not proud of this, but it has to be done.

I love it when he smiles. Never mind that he was discussing Star Wars with someone at the very moment this picture was obtained (hence the giddy grin). I just like to see it. It reminds me of all the laughing we have done over the years. It reminds me of what a kind heart he has. Yup, it reminds me that I am married to a good man that I need to appreciate more often.

His smile brings out an abundance of happy in this girl, right here. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Summer Rituals


 You know those things that become a ritual of sorts? Every season has them. They are the things that we fall back into when the seasons change. And those seasons, they like to change. The husband and I seem to have two rituals as of late that are very telling of how we feel about summer arriving. 

1.) Over half of our grocery run last night was in the form of fruit. 
2.) We always end up taking a long walk in the evening. Sometimes a bike ride.

I'm not sure what it is about fruit and being outside long into the evening that makes summer feel so very near. But, for this house, these two things appear every summer. We are predictable like that. 

What are some of your summer ritual of sorts that keep on appearing?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

So, you want to feel your muscles shake?



This is what I've been up to the last two days. A whole lot of muscle shaking. A whole lot of sweating. A whole lot of learning to stretch my body. But, I've finally committed to doing something. And I am loving this workout. I feel like I'm digging down deep just to complete the hour. I am having to shut out distractions and just focus on my body and what it can do.
 Because of this focus, there is such a huge sense of accomplishment when the time is up.

It's a time to push yourself. And that is exactly what I've needed: to push myself. To try harder. To focus on what my body needs. To think about my health.

By all means, if you want to feel your muscles shake like they have never done before, check this out.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Some things I learned over the weekend....

I eat way too much food in between the days of Friday and Sunday evening (this evidence is painfully revealed in my pictures from this weekend).

Starting up an exercise regimen after weeks....er....months of not doing anything is painful. Both physically and to my pride. 

My cat is planning on taking over the world. At least that's what her most recent picture is telling me. Try not to be too intimidated. She spares anyone with cat nip. 

I am obsessed with guacamole. What has come over me? 

I have a really great dad. 

Erick and I find that sometimes lazy Fridays are the bomb. So we celebrate them by being extra lazy. With sprinkles on top.

Sea salt and chocolate?! I am a believer. 

I must watch "You've Got Mail" every time it's on tv. Even though I own the DVD. Two copies. Addicted.

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