A LOT TO CATCH UP ON..

Sorry I’ve been MIA.. I was trying to convince a girl to fall in love with me. AND IT WORKED. We are getting featured on a website today and i thought i would share that with you all. It is a very abbreviated version of our entire story but it’s still a good one. Check it out at the link below! Also.. Digby and Iona designed her ring and its AMAZING.

http://howheasked.com/ashley-and-casey/

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A LOT TO CATCH UP ON..

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity of taking some pictures of our dear friends Josh and Alex and their brand new baby boy Liam. We have been friends with them for a few years now, and we have walked along side each other through many different seasons of our lives. The good seasons and the pain filled seasons. We have spent many hours around our table laughing and talking while eating a delicious dinner that Josh always offers to make, along with a delicious dessert from Alex. Those have been some of my favorite moments, from the laughing to the depth of conversation, to the honesty that was shared. And now they are in a whole new season of their life, mainly just sleep deprived right now, like we all have been when welcoming a new human into the world. But they are doing so good, and the way they love their little boy is beautiful. I am so excited to watch as they grow as parents, and watch this little baby grow into a big boy. Here are a few photos, it was simple and laid back, just a few shots capturing the newness of their life as being parents,  and the sweet face of their beautiful boy.

 

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I try to do a craft or art activity with Mari a few times a week (I wanted to say everyday, because that was my goal, but lets be honest, that doesn’t happen everyday. Unless you consider smashing and smearing her food all over her place mat, or throwing her soggy cereal across the room to see if it will stick to the wall, then yes we do art everyday) . She loves it, probably because of how messy I let her get. And I love it, because I know its one of the best ways for her to learn and strengthen her mind and the creativity in her. I have always done lots of hands on activities and sensory play with her because I know it is so good and vital for the development of her little brain and fine motor skills. This day, we did finger painting. I placed paper, paint and different types of brushes in front of her and let her go to town, and she did…mostly on her face.

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Reading is also one of her favorite things, and its extra special when Daddy does it.

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And then they put on music and danced while he sang to her. My heart was melting.

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And her’s was bursting with joy

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I have also recently tried my hand at painting, I know nothing about painting and have no idea what I’m doing, but I think I really like it and I think I found a new hobby.

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And then there’s Diesel, the best dog in the whole world who makes everyones day better.

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lets get away, you and I

Vacations are so important and so needed. Vacations don’t happen enough for us. We have only been on four real vacations in the (almost) nine years of our marriage. We love them, and benefit so much from them, but when it comes down to it…the money has usually been spent on something else, and the time has been used on other things. But now with a little one we are realizing how important it is to get away, as a family. To leave our everyday surroundings, our routines, rhythms and schedules. To go away to a new place, to have nothing planned but to just be together, enjoying the little moments and watching M experience new things. And thats what we have been doing more and more. Little trips here and there, that require little money and little planning. A long weekend away, or a day trip to somewhere we’ve never been. Each time we come back refreshed, and renewed.

This mini vacation was in Santa Barbara, we are so blessed to have friends and family there. And even more blessed that our friends let us stay in their amazing house. It was wonderful. We spent everyday outside, exploring the grounds around us, jumping on the trampoline, playing ping pong and collecting rocks and sea shells while we watched Casey surf.  We spent the evenings in the kitchen cooking with our friends. We ate dinner around the table while enjoying the best conversations. Each night was ended with a bonfire and endless laughter. It was truly one of the best weeks we’ve had in a while. We were surrounded by so much beauty, and so much love from family and friends, that it makes you stop and thank God for the life he’s given you. Because even with the ups and downs of life, health and the unknown, we are so grateful for the life we do have. We have each other, we have family and friends. We have love. So much of it.

 

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lets get away, you and I

Holidays are for families, and colds.

I have been meaning to write, but instead of the New Year bringing resolutions and motivation, it brought us runny noses and chest colds.

Even though we were sick and miserable, 2014 still happened. In the past there have been many New Years parties, lots of champange and sequin dresses. But this year, instead of dancing and making toasts, we blew our noses and tried to stay awake till midnight. There was no romantic kiss when the ball dropped. Instead, a brief peck on the cheek to keep away the germs.

Luckily, our colds hit us after christmas.

Christmas. That word holds so much meaning. It is the most celebrated holiday of the year. We decorate our houses, christmas lights fill the room with warmth. We put presents under the tree and drink artificially flavored hot chocolate while holiday cheer surrounds us. We watch christmas movies, send christmas cards and make christmas cookies. We do everything we can to create a feeling of christmas.  Some of us try to feel and anticipate christmas as a child anticipates Santa’s footsteps on the roof. And others go through the magical season searching for something but all they find under their tree is false hope and disappointment. But as we all know, that “feeling” is not what Christmas is all about.

Christmas is about one baby who changed the world forever. One savior who came to redeem the lost. Christmas is celebrating that life with those you love. It is about light coming into darkness, and family filling our hearts.

This year it was spent with those we love, our family. Mine big and Casey’s small. I grew up with four older brothers and he grew up with one.  This was a very special christmas as we had new babies to love. Not only did we have M, but my brother and Casey’s brother both had their own this year. If you know our families, you know how special each of these babies are. You know how much it means for us to be parents, and how much it means to stand beside my brother holding our children together. You know how special it is for the Grandparents to see their children have children, and to cover those grand-babies in kisses. If you know our families, you know that these children are miracles.  We thought we may never be parents, and this year we became parents together.

It was a wonderful Christmas, filled with laughter and so much love.

We took family photos with my family for the first time in years, it was so much fun and the kids loved being silly. Here are a few photos from that and the rest of the week at Casey’s Moms.

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My wonderful family
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All the grandkids
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My Handsome Dad, brothers and husband
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My beautiful Mother and sisters in law

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M loves her Bubbie
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And her Papa
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And her Gramma
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Miss Juliette, the prettiest girl in the land

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Auntie Jessie made the cutest gift. She made felt story boards to go along with some of M’s favorite books.

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Auntie Jessie

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Cody and Casey with their little miracles

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Merry Christmas

  

Holidays are for families, and colds.