Sunday, April 6, 2014

Loving this Weekend

Hey guys!  Just wanted to drop in and share a couple of pics with you. Get ready for a really random post!

A yummy strawberry and romaine lettuce salad with shredded carrot and sunflower seeds sprinkled in good.  I have been enjoying the last of Cutie season. Also, Brandon and I have been drinking green smoothies consistently.  Best health decision ever, let me tell you.

Our fruit bowl filled with Cuties.... Gonna miss these when they aren't in stores anymore.

I bought these adorable stuffed bunnies, which are sitting on our bed right now....

A couple gifts Brandon got for me recently....Flowers to celebrate our two-year anniversary and a pink BPA-free water bottle!  YAY!  Don't they look cute next to each other?

I am just loving the relaxation of this weekend.  I recently started another school quarter.  I am taking Japanese II, Pottery, and Accounting III.  Thankfully it doesn't seem anywhere as intense as last quarter.  

Today and yesterday was General Conference.  I enjoyed it immensely.  If you weren't able to catch it you can catch all super-awesome 8 hours of it here.  I just love how those talks make me want to improve myself and better myself.

Lastly, I have to admit I have a tumblr addiction now.  Follow me if you want! Click HERE to see all my cute and adorable ridiculously girly stuff I posted.

Best wishes! xoxox

Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Sunday, March 30, 2014

2 Year Anniversary

Tomorrow marks the 2 year anniversary of when....I married the best person in the universe.  I wish we had a nice posed picture to mark the occasion, but believe it or not, I couldn't find one anywhere.  ^__^ 

We had a tiny wedding, with only our parents, grandmothers, and Brandon's brother attending in the tiniest church in America in Elbe, Washington.  A year later we were sealed for time and all eternity in the Mt. Timpanogos temple.  

If you ever visit the little Elbe Church, maybe you will see our brick in their path!

Our love story is unlike any other.  I will try not to get too carried away with many details since it is a really long story, but I do have to say Brandon Son is the best thing that ever happened to me.  Marrying him was the best choice of my life.  There is no one more kind, supportive, understanding, and caring.  I love him so much.  Every effort we spent on each other and every mile we travelled to see each other during our dating days was well worth the investment.  

The past two years have been a real change for us as we have both attended full time school and full time work.  It is wonderful to be able to grow with someone the way we have been able to.  Life is not all fun and games, especially with how stressful work and school can get, but I am glad that Brandon has been there for me and I have had the privilege of being there for him.  He is always doing little things for me that really make my life easier and makes me smile and laugh every single day.

Brandon is a really special guy.  He is unlike anyone I have ever met in my life.  The way he treats his mother and grandmother just shows what a good person he is.  I saw this from the very beginning.  I knew before I met him that I wanted to be with someone just like him.  

Prior to meeting him, I was going through an absolutely horrific moment in my life where I had been wronged in every way.  I was a very miserable person and didn't think I could ever marry someone let alone be happy.  I took the advice of a good family friend and massage therapist, Cecilia, who had gone through a similar situation as me. She told me that I deserved to be happy and to marry and I should expect that for my life. She suggested that I make a list of traits that I wanted in my future marriage partner and pray for those exact things.  She had done the same and found the love of her life many years ago.  I didn't know if it would work for me, but decided to give it a try, since she and her husband are one of the most awesome couples I know. I got super specific and wrote down every trait I wished for, and even drew a picture of this dream person. When I met Brandon he looked almost exactly like the picture I drew.  I fell in love with him almost instantly after getting to know him.   Not only did his looks match my ideal wishes, but his personality was more than I could ever ask for.  This story sounds a little bit like a fairy tale, but honestly it is true. Little did Cecilia know the profound effect her advice and personal story had on me that day. <<<----Thank you Cecilia.  Anyway, I said I wouldn't get carried away with details but I already have.  I am so glad that I ended up being blessed beyond measure and was able to cross paths with Brandon.  I would never have it any other way.


Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Monday, March 24, 2014

Another Portland Getaway

Hello Folks!  This weekend was just delightful.  It was the end of the hardest quarter I have ever faced in my life, and Brandon and I went to Oregon to celebrate.  We did tons of fun stuff.  We stayed at the Courtyard Marriot and used the public railway transportation to get to downtown and do what we wanted to do.

Ok so first things first, as always, we stopped by the food carts to get lunch.  Korean Twist is my absolute favorite cart in the universe.  I always get three bulgogi tacos.  As a matter of fact, my friend Lisa sent me a recipe for Korean tacos just a couple hours after I had downed my favorite ones from this cart.  She is so awesome.... :-) Not only is the food fabulous but the people that work there are always super duper nice.

By the way, most of the food carts are on Alder and 9th, if you ever get the chance to go to Portland. 

Here are what the Korean tacos look like!  You can get them with a side of Kimchi and rice if you like that, or just a la carte.  I could eat these forever.  They are so delightful.

We also went to the Portland Saturday Market.  I highly recommend it.  And if you do go there, do it early in the morning otherwise it is crowded to the point where you have to push past people to get around.

In our opinion, this is better than Pike's Place Market in Seattle.  Except they don't have fresh fish so that is kinda lame.  But as far as flea markets go, yes this is better.  Oh, PS... this is the NON-crowded version of the Saturday market.  Seriously we caught a glimpse of it later and it was beyond belief crazy crowded.

I scored a really cute dress for only ten dollars!  They had a bunch of nice things that I wanted but I controlled myself and only got that one thing.

There were a bunch of booths with lots of cool art, clothes, and jewelry.  I was particularly impressed with their wooden earrings and turquoise jewelry.  They also had a bunch of food stands too!

The market is right by the waterfront, so that was a bonus.  By the way, the weather was so perfect and sunny the whole time we were there.  Early in the morning it was a bit chilly, but I just bought a hot drink to warm my hands.

Afterwards we went to Chinatown and went to the Chinese gardens.  This adorable little lady who worked there took a bunch of pictures of us together on our camera.  It was really sweet of her.  

 This is hands-down the best stop in Chinatown.  If you are a student you can get a student discount to enter.  Everywhere else is....well....sorta creepy and run-down.  There was a gift shop that didn't look so bad that I wanted to check out but it was closed.

One thing I love about Portland is how many blossoms there were on the trees - all different types o them.  Here in the Chinese garden there were lots of pretty plants.

My handsome Brandon!  He looks so good in this garden. :-)

So.... they have this tea house in the garden and we totally meant to go there, but got distracted by something and forgot completely.  Oh well.  There is always next time.

The entrance of the Chinese Gardens.... You can see Chinatown in the background.  One thing I do like is the red street lamps that look kinda festive around Chinatown.  But other than that I wish there were more cool restaurants and bubble tea places and cool gift shops to look at, but alas, that is missing.

We went to this place called Freshii to get some salad and the nicest green smoothie that tasted so healthy!  I liked this sign they had in the restaurant.  It is a good reminder to slow down in life and enjoy things, especially moments of relaxation. 

So....I recommend this place for a healthy pit stop....Freshii.

Right next to Freshii is this greenleaf juicing company.  We took our healthy moment a step further and got some wheatgrass shots there.  I wish I had room for a fresh vegetable juice as well.  It smelled so fresh and good in there.

We took a nice long walk that day along the waterfront.  It was so scenic and perfect.

This was a more nice side of town with less pollution and a nice view of boats.  We got plenty of vitamin D from the sun on our walk.

Brandon even found some new friends....a pair of geese!  Too bad they didn't feel the same way as him and totally hissed at him when he came near them.  It was pretty hilarious. 

Our final destination was this office park with a bunch of blossoms.  It was so beautiful to see.  I love spring time so much!  We went into one of the office buildings, but it was closed, and it was all creepy and dark, but I really had to go to the bathroom (TMI) haha, so we tried to find it.  It was quite an adventure.  Their parking garage was all quiet and creepy like a horror movie or a zombie movie, if you could picture that.  Ultimately, we ran into a security guard, who kindly let me know where the bathroom was and had no questions of why we were wandering around their office building on a CLOSED Saturday.  LOL he was so nice.

We went to Whole Foods and Brandon built this delicious salad.  I had a few bites but was hoping to have some Korean tacos again instead.  Sadly, when we headed over there it was the only cart closed for the day.  Awwww.... I will just have to wait until our next trip to have them again.

Buuut.... one cart that was open was this nice bubble tea cart.  Yep, those lovely bubble teas with all that delicious fruit piled on top are mine and Brandon's.  I highly recommend that you order it without the extra syrup, though.  It is borderline too sweet with it, and Brandon got a little ill because his stomach is not used to that kind of sugar.  Me on the other hand.... heh heh... I LOVED IT.  But actually I would have preferred to have no syrup at all.

Did I mention we wore our matching Nikes the entire time?  We went to the Nike store and the workers totally noticed!

On our last day we went to The Grotto, which is an outdoor Catholic sanctuary/outdoor art gallery.  It was pretty cool, and definitely nice to get some fresh air as we walked around.

I took lots of pictures but will only post a few of my favorites.  I thought this sculpture was cool.  Sad, but very cool.

There was an outdoor cave with this cool setup.....complete with fresh flowers and candles.

There were also a few stands of these burning candles.  I thought this was very interesting.  I don't know much about the Catholic church or what it symbolizes, but I thought it looked pretty. :-)

Their church building (right below the outdoor sanctuary) had a bunch of fine carved art on it.  I was impressed!

The same thing goes for their visitors center.  Notice the cool statues above the pillars.  A lot of thought went into the design of their buildings. 

Inside the church it was just as intricate.  There were sculptures and paintings along the walls.

And the front was definitely the focal point.  You would think I would not be surprised, but this was my first time in a Catholic church and it did take me by surprise a bit.  Mormon churches are like the opposite, with just a microphone up front with some chairs behind it for the choir.  Very different.

Their visitor center had this lifelike sculpture, which was pretty impressive.

Best of all was walking around the outdoor gallery.  I thought this style of art was the coolest, in my opinion.  

We felt a little silly because we didn't know who any of the sculptures were supposed to be, except for the Jesus ones, of course.  We liked this statue a lot.  It is St. Francis.  I have no idea who that is.  Many of the people wandering around the garden did, though, and exclaimed, "Oh! It's St. Francis," right when they saw this.  Brandon and I just gave each other a knowing look and snickered to ourselves because we clearly did not know the first thing about St. Francis.

I thought this little red house was my favorite part of the sanctuary.  I don't even know if it is symbolic of anything, or just a garden shed, but it just looked so pretty and cute there.  One cool thing about the grotto is that you take an elevator that is over 100 ft high just to see this outdoor sanctuary.  When you get out of the elevator you can look over a railing and get weak at the knees when you see how high you are.  I wish I took a picture of that, but my camera battery was low, so I didn't.  It is fairly inexpensive to go up the elevator.  Only $4.50 for an adult.

Hope you enjoyed my little post about our Portland trip.  It was fun.  I wish I could travel more often.  xoxox

Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Health and Sanity Status

Well..... I have got here for you yet another picture of a snack I have been enjoying on almost a daily basis.....

Step one: Take a large collard green leaf and top it with chopped romaine lettuce, mini sugar plum tomato halves, diced cucumber, and a couple of chopped baby bell peppers.  Drizzle Italian dressing on top.  I prefer this Bolthouse Farms brand, and haven't found one I like better.

Step two: Wrap your collard green leaf around all the delicious healthy fillings, like a burrito!

Step three: Enjoy the deliciousness!  So fast and easy, and definitely healthy.

While you are at it, make up a jug of cold water with lemon slices, cucumber slices, and mint leaves.

Ok.... confession time.  School is frustrating me so bad at the moment.  I have this one class that is impossible to get perfect grades in no matter how hard I try.  I know, I know, I don't have to push for perfection, but I do work very hard and when my labors do not reap a reward I expect I get so angry.  Last night was the last straw for me as I did a very difficult assignment that really had nothing to do with anything useful.  It took me about four hours to complete something that was supposed to take maybe up to half an hour because it was not explained how we were to get this assignment done in class.  Just hours of endless Google searching with no useful results.  I had a full on freak out session and burst out crying hysterically and Brandon was trying to calm me down to no avail.  I had the fury of the devil in me, and wanted to snap my laptop in half with my bare hands and then throw it out the window and then kick someone's butt.  I resolved that I would never go to class again and quit school.  No, not really.  I just said that because I was so mad at the lack of direction in my class and for how hard I have had to work for such pathetic results.  Finally I settled down in bed and cried for an hour before calming down enough to take up my assignment again.

I think the reason why I felt this way is because I literally do homework from first thing in the morning until I have to make myself go to bed at night because it is so late and my brain can't function anymore. On top of that I maintain quality full-time work at my current job.  I have taken on a load that is far too heavy for me this quarter, and I never could have foreseen this unfortunate fact when I signed up for the class.  THANKFULLY I only have 3 (or is it 4) weeks of the quarter left.  I can do this.  Yes, I am giving myself a pep talk on my blog.  :-) Anyway, vent session over.  Hopefully I won't have another freakout session any time soon.

On the bright side, I have been taking care of my health and exercising even though I did not think it was possible to fit that into my schedule.  I could make excuses and neglect these things to try to make more room for schoolwork, but at the same time I feel that my brain functions better when I am in optimal health.  And therefore I do better in school.

This post ended up being a little bit more rambly than expected.  Hope you at least enjoyed my healthy snack pictures, or could maybe relate to my psychotic school-brain breakdown.  ;-) xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Our Valentine's Day

Hello to all!  Brandon and I have been so busy lately that we haven't had much time for anything fun.  However, I just wanted to share with you our Valentine's Day festivities, as well as a couple more of my little "health posts" where I took a picture of a meal I liked.  Valentine's Day morning Brandon surprised me with some beautiful flowers and a cute card.

He says that he specifically asked for the pink bow.  I think it was a super cute touch.

Annnnd a close-up of the adorable card he got for me.  Complete with glitter and rhinestones and hearts and ribbons all over.  The note he wrote inside was really cute and romantic too.

I, on the other hand.... decorated his desk secretly with candy hearts for decoration, a long handwritten love letter, and some DELICIOUS cologne from Bath and Body Works.  I am telling you, ladies, go to Bath and Body Works right now and spritz a little bit of the "White Citrus for Men" and tell me it is not the yummiest citrus cologne while still smelling manly.  Brandon loved it.

Here is a close-up of the cute stationery I used to write the love note.  I only use stationery for people I LOVE with all my heart.  hehe.  

Annnnd Brandon also said we will go on a romantic getaway to one of our favorite places, Portland, Oregon.  But this weekend it is not gonna happen.  

Cheesy side note:  Oh my goodness I love Brandon J. Son so much.  I am the luckiest girl in the world to be with him.  He has been the best, most supportive husband ever.  Not to mention he is good at everything and super cute.  I won't list a million things I love about him, although I really could, but I just HAD to put that out there in the name of Valentine's Day.

NOW!  On to a couple "health" pictures.  My new favorite these days.

Remember how I forgot to take a picture of Brandon's running shoes last time?  Anyway, here are his sexy Lunarglide 5's that I found.  Apparently it is hard to find them with this color combination.  Anyway, they look really good on him.

Lastly, here is a surprisingly filling and delicious meal.  I took two slices of Ezekiel toast and topped them each with half an avocado and cracked black pepper.  Then, I had the most delicious grapefruit with it.  Also, Brandon sliced a couple slices of hot sweet potato with cinnamon on the side.  I better not forget to mention the lemon-tangerine water on the side.

Well, hope you enjoyed this post.  I apologize for my lack of blogging these days.  Please believe me when I say I have good reason.  It is all school taking over my life, you know?  I hardly have time to go to the bathroom these days.  Well!  Saturday morning is here and I have lots to do.  One thing I have been enjoying is doing a Blogilates workout 6 times a week.  I am seeing a small transformation already, although it has not been overnight.  Try it if you have some time!  You will not be disappointed.  LOVE YOU ALL! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son