For the Beauty of the Earth

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

It is something of a wonder to be surrounded by so much beauty. Gratitude has filled my soul, and at such a perfect time.

Thanksgiving in Paradise

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Alden and I jumped on a plane and headed over to the Big Island to spend Thanksgiving with Alden's Granny. She lives on a macadamia nut farm on the top of the hill looking over the island. It is truly paradise here as I sit and type and the only sounds I hear are the soft rain falling and the hum of my computer. Watch for more pictures of our trip coming soon!

*picture is of our room we are staying it. Don't you just love how quaint it is? perfect.

Serene Sabbath

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Our Sunday included attending the Laie Temple dedication, a long 2 hour nap (we NEVER take naps.... seriously), a picnic and walk on the beach, putting up some Christmas decorations and then we watched I am Sam. I cried 72.3% of the time in that movie.

Happy (late) Birthday! and more!

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Friday, November 19, 2010

*picture by my brother Ry

Happy (late) Birthday to my stylish sister-in-law Chelse! Chelse has a knack for finding treasures at second hand stores (see the suite case above) and also for transforming the bleak into fantastic and unique! Go see her blog here.

In other news, Harry Potter came out last night at midnight.....tickets were sold out so we are going tonight. My excitement is over the top.

And for the BEST news, the Prophet is here today. We are hoping to see him sometime during his stay for the dedication of the Laie temple on Sunday.

Throw back to our dating days

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010


This post is a throw back to our long distance dating days.
Alden being the sweet guy that he is bought me that dress you see above and mailed it in a cute box to me to say thanks for the awesome summer we had and that he was glad he dated me... yadda yadda yadda. SO CUTE right? So I sent him this email thank you of me in my dress. A little over the top, I know. But once you start playing with photobooth you really just can't stop.


So here is where the second picture comes in. All during our dating Alden and I would make homemade waffles because we bought this sweet waffle iron at a garage sale (we are crazy about appliances and garage sales). Well the waffle iron stayed in Utah and Alden was always trying to make waffles but being that he lived with a bunch of guys he never had measuring cups or baking soda. So what did he do? Borrow from the apartment of girls across the way. No way was
I having that... I was falling in love with this guy and I didn't want to loose him to some "girl that lived in the Riv." So long story short I sent him measuring cups and baking soda. I thought it was cute at the time. Now that I think about it he defiantly got the short end of the stick... me a dress, him measuring cups. OH, Ashley. Anyway he sent me this thank you shortly after. I remember at the time being embarrassed because I thought he was making fun of me. But when Alden pulled this picture up yesterday all I could do was laugh my head off. HA! Look how well he mimicked my every move.

My husband is sweet and funny... two of the reasons I married him.

Tis the season!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tis the season for homemade
Homemade marble brownies in a homemade box
Today was my idea of a perfect afternoon: creativity + cooking

ps. tasted good too :)

Saturday Fun

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Sunday, November 14, 2010











Went to our favorite beach.
I lost husbands shirt
husband bought a new shirt so we could take pics at sunset
husband bought me a new bag... just because
battery died in camera
no pics at sunset
still a fabulous day

Enjoy the pics we DID get :)

Saturday Fun | Sneak Peek

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Saturday, November 13, 2010



More coming soon :)

Blog Stalker Dreams....

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lets admit it.... we all blog stalk. And I'm as guilty as the last blogger. I had a dream last night about a blog I stalk. Don't worry the dream didn't include windows, binoculars, murder or even monkeys. Nope. I just felt like she needed a friend so I went over and visited her (I've never actually met her and I don't even know where she lives but you know how dreams are). We hung out and talked and she invited me to come back again and hang out in her Jasauna. Whats a Jasauna you ask? Oh don't worry its just a Jacuzzi and a Sauna put together. Pretty rad. So blog stalk away... its legal, allowed, and I might even say flattering. Anyone blog stalking me? :)

Harry Potter

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I don't consider myself to have any obsessions in life. I am no fanatic.
BUT Harry Potter, oh Harry Potter.... is as probably as close as it gets.
Husband and I have been preparing for the release of the final movie.
Last summer we went to the midnight showing. This summer we re-read the seventh book and as of late we have been watching each movie. We just finished movie number 5 and I LOVE that movie. Ah, it was so great. Then, last night, I saw this preview again and I could hardly contain myself. (Go watch it... now! Hurry!). So this year we are going to the midnight premier and we are dressing up and its going to be bliss and love, and I might cry.
But I'm not obsessed.

(cool photo via the www. doesn't it make you just want to be best friends with them?)

old love + new love

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

video
The first movie I ever made.
Just some fun with my old love and my new love (our new camera) :)

ps. don't mind that I uploaded the low quality version.... sorry!

Colorstrology

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Monday, November 8, 2010

I don't feel like I am much of a color person.
Color feels like too much commitment to me.
Neutral other the other hand is so... well, neutral.
But I am sick of being gray.
I miss the days when my absolute favorite color
in the world was red. Ah, red made me feel so confident
and powerful and I loved it.
Anyway, the next time I get the chance... I think I'll shake
things up a bit. Perhaps I really will go green.

Curious what color you are? Check this neat-o colorstrology
chart out. My color, viridian green. (I told you I was going green)

Celebrate!

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Going to town to celebrate Alden's Birthday. Yes, we are partying all weekend long. Thats how we do it around here. We are also celebrating our new camera!

*Picture of our home taken by Alden (Thank you mom for the b-day banner!)

Happy Birthday Alden!

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Thank you for making me laugh, smile, and be oh so happy :)

You wanted a duck for you birthday... Maybe when you are older ;)

One day I told you we should make some art for our house, I came home to this. Haha. love you.
You decided to make cookies for me and my roommates.... ha. The amazing thing is somehow you were able to fix it and in the end we ate delicious cookies!

When we decided to take our first trip to Idaho you went out and bought a FULL cowboy outfit. Then you wore it the entire 4 hour drive... even when we left at 10 at night.
You proved yourself worthy to date an "Idaho" girl.
You took me skydiving and held my hand ALMOST the whole time :)
You kissed me on the Grand Canyon
You took me to beautiful Monterey for my Birthday!
You carry me on your back :)
You treat me like a queen!

Happy Birthday Alden. You are the best husband I could have asked for. You make me happier than I ever could have hoped or dreamed to be. Love you.

What's in the Box?

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Lets play a game, shall we? Hopefully tomorrow (we are crossing our fingers) we will be getting a splendid package in the mail! So what do you think is in the box that has me giddy like its Christmas eve?A kittenThese fabulous earrings from Anthropologie that are making me want to get my ears piercedA Canon T2i?

Murder, Mystery, and Hippies

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Alden and I attended our first murder mystery party.
It was quite fun. Alden was "Pony" the commune rebel.
I was Judy, the bass player in the band Marmalade Skies,
and the recent widow to whose murder we were solving.

It was a night full of slander, cheating, lying and murder!
Oh and great food :)

*Thank you Candace and Beau for Hosting a great party and
Summer and Thad for letting us have it at your house.

Happy Novemeber!

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Monday, November 1, 2010


Today starts my favorite time of the year. Bring on the food, family and good times.
So many things to look forward to this month.
Alden's birthday is just three days away (Yippee!)
Laie Hawaii Temple will be dedicated on the 21st. (Along with my brother Garett's birthday and Alden's sister Addie's Birthday)
Alden and I will be flying over to the big island to celebrate Thanksgiving with his Granny.
And much much more!

ps. Just over a year ago Alden told me he loved me for the first time on this very log.

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