Friday, May 24, 2013


Yesterday was a very special day.  It was Brandon's 28th birthday!!  He is so wonderful and has been a delight since the moment I met him.  Last year I was not able to spoil him so much, on account of not having a job yet.  I felt so bad since all I could do was bake him a homemade ice cream cake, but I wanted to do so much more.  So this year was really different.  I told myself I was going to spoil him rotten.  Yes, I still had a budget this year, since we are saving up for our house, but it was a lot better than last year.  We both had to work on his birthday, but once work was done I came home and finished up some handmade gifts I had been making for him, and wrapped them as pretty as I could make them!  The wrapping paper and ribbons were all so cute.  They looked much better in real life than in the picture below.  We were going to go see Iron Man 3, since Brandon has been wanting to do that, but unfortunately he had to do more work stuff.  Thank goodness he was able to do it all from home, but I was so annoyed that he had to do that on his birthday (Kidding but not kidding...).  So anyway, I did my makeup in his favorite way and dressed all cute, and I looked very unstudentlike....which was a nice change from the past month or two of me doing grueling homework and looking like I live in a rat's nest all the time.

Anyway, as for the gifts I got him...

Panda pot in the center of all the other wrapped gifts!  We will probably put a bamboo plant in it.

A pull-up bar.  We are trying to complete our home gym.  I also got him some new workout clothes.  Now all we need is a treadmill....

Some cheesy T-shirts from the Japanese store that I custom-sewed so that they would be a better fit.

Some snazzy shirts from H&M. The stripes are very... Brandon.  Hehe... and I am loving the mint color these days.

Six new ties!  Actually, I sewed them so that they would be skinny ties, since that is Brandon's favorite style.

Notice something special about this closeup of one of the ties?  Panda and Lion!!! The perfect combo.  I mean, there are other animals on there as well, but I had to buy this tie for that reason alone.  Brandon says he will probably wear it on Saint Patrick's day.  LOL!  But he LOVED all the other ones and will probably wear them regularly.

Oils to burn from The Body Shop.  Brandon and I collect only the very delicious-smelling ones.

Some snacks that Brandon loves!  Sadly, I didn't get his favorite jerky this time around, but I am sure he will overlook that.

Of course, I also had to write him a sappy love note for his birthday, on the cutest stationery that I currently own. :-)

I know this picture is way random, but after I was done wrapping the presents, I captured this funny picture of Nabi, our cat.  He is soooo random and I always find him lurking in the strangest places in our house.  He was behind the door snuggled up to my panda slippers.  LOL!  

So anyway, in addition to opening gifts, Brandon's mom bought this delightful fattening cake from Sam's club and we stuffed ourselves.  As the night went on, we were craving pizza.  So we ordered some Domino's pizza that kinda made us sick because we ate too much of it.  I ended the night by giving Brandon a massage and he said it was the best birthday he ever had.  I was so happy to hear that.  :-)  I am truly grateful to have Brandon in my life.  He is everything to me, everything in the world!  I didn't take any actual pictures of us together (of course, UGH!!!) but anyway, we both had a wonderful time.  I was glad it turned out a million times better than last year.  Today, I even got to enjoy some leftover seaweed soup that Brandon's mom made (Korean birthday tradition), and it was ever-so delicious.  Also, we will be going out for a family dinner celebrating Brandon's birthday next week when all of our family members are off work.  Alright... well... I have got a lovely memorial day weekend ahead of us.  I also have minimal homework.  THAT NEVER HAPPENSSSS!!!! >___< Hehe so anyway, maybe I will read a book or watch Harry Potter or something like that.  Also, some of our awesome friends are going to Portland tomorrow, and Brandon and I are strongly considering going as well. SUPER FUN STUFF.  OH!!! Before I say goodbye, I will have you know that I got 100% on my math midterm.  For those of you who know me well, you know that this is unthinkable.  But it happened.  And yes, I am narcissistic and proud enough to bring it up.   Hehe... Talk to you later. xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Hello World

Hey guys.... Just wanted to let you know that I haven't died.  Swamped with school, work, and Young Women's stuff, yes, but not dead.  :-)  Today I got a lot done and I had some surplus time.  So I wrote a letter (snail mail, of course) to my sister and one of my best friends.  I decorated the envelopes myself. :-) Also, my mom was so impressed by the dress I sewed by hand, that she bought me a sewing machine.  It was supposed to be a surprise, but the sewing machine company called me.  LOL!!!!  She was pretty annoyed that they spoiled the surprise, but hey, I am SUPER happy.  That means my little projects will not be as sloppy and will not take as long.  YAY!  So I can officially pursue my dream of designing many dresses and becoming the next fashion designer.  Ok, hehe, maybe I am going a little bit too far.  But seriously, I do have plans to sew more dresses.  Anyway, I am sorry I have to keep it short, but I just wanted to say hello, and no I have not abandoned you all. xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Very Green Tour of Campus

Get ready for the most photos I have posted in one post EVER.  I had the opportunity of going to campus on the most perfect day ever and I walked around and snapped photos of practically everything.  It all turned out to be pretty green, I might add.  ALRIGHT, on to the pictures.

Oh....this wasn't at school, but I did snap a picture of some flowers the Mary Kay lady gave to me.  Hehe... off topic... but I just couldn't help but share it.

Alright, back to school....there was so much green to look at and plenty of shade to rest in.
Even the dandelions looked pretty.

Also, I have to note that while I was bending over and snapping photos of every style of leaf I came across, there was a random middle-eastern guy I kept running into, and he kept giving me "the look," aka he thought I was a little psychotic and camera happy.  It was pretty humorous. Oh my.  I really did look a little bit odd, so I don't blame him. for giving that look to me.  I did get quite the variety of leaves, I must say.

Leaf 1

Leaf 2

 Leaf 3

Leaf 4

Leaf 5

Leaf 6 

Leaf 7

Leaf 8

Also, some of the bushes were LOVELY!

I even found an all-blue garden.  It was really sunny and bright so it was hard to get a really good shot of it.

Scenery along the walking path.

These are weeds, I think.  Anyway, they look GORGEOUS.

Here is a close-up of the weeds.  They were everywhere, and looked more like flowers than weeds, but I could tell they were growing wild.

A shot of shade on the walking path.  This path winds like a maze all around campus, so it is always a very scenic stroll to each class.

I almost felt like it was summer instead of spring with how green everything looked.

This is a cool sculpture on campus...where I first ran into my middle-eastern friend.  LOL.  He was right behind the sculpture as I was snapping away.

The other side of the sculpture has this waterfall coming off of it.  Honestly, Instagram made it look a little ugly, but it looks really cool in real life.

These red bushes look like they belong in the autumn, but actually that is just the color of the leaves!

There is even this little mini-river next to part of the walking path.  My favorite!

The sky was so blue, and it was not too hot either.  It was literally the most perfect day I have felt in ages.

Almost anywhere on campus, you will have some sort of view similar to this.

I took some pictures around the gardens that were not tended to and were growing wild.  It was really cool.

More dandelions!
Leaves blowing in the spring breeze in the untended garden.

All these trees provided a lot of fresh air.  It was so good for both my body and soul.

The lighting was amazing as well.  Not too bright, and not too cloudy.

A very old tree.  It looked beautiful with its twisty trunk and large roots.

One of the campus buildings with the path next to it.

The Garden of Eden!!!

Since this picture was in direct sunlight it is hard to tell, but I was trying to take a picture of these bushes because they have pretty white blossoms on the branches.

Hmmmm....reminds me of Love Rain.  HA!  Ok I really need to stop obsessing.  But the cinematography really is that good.

More green.  Are you sick of my pictures yet?

This is a bunch of trees next to the parking lot. 

A tuft of grass.... I am not sure why I wanted to take a picture of it....maybe just to show how much green there is in Washington.

Yet another bench shot.  I like the restful vibe on campus and would not mind studying outdoors if I were attending more often.
A black and white shot of the trees.... kinda looks a little messy but I thought it was cool at the time.

This parking lot entrance has a huge tree in the center.  It looks quite majestic in real life.

Aaannnnd one last dandelion shot to finish off the pictures.

Well, I hope you enjoyed all the pretty nature I spotted on my last campus trip.  It truly was beautiful.  Some day I would like to take some pictures there with Brandon.  

Also....just an update on life, I am liking my Young Women's calling.  I do find that I have to utilize my time very wisely though, because I will not be able to finish my homework if I am not careful.  It is a time-consuming church calling but I went to the first activity with the youth two days ago and it was lots of fun.  The other leaders are all women I could totally be really good friends with, so that is another bonus.   In other news, Brandon's car has broken down, so we have had to dip into our house fund to get it fixed, and in the meantime we are driving a loaner car from the Subaru dealership.  SO ANNOYING!!!! But I am sure everything will turn out alright regardless.   Lately, I am struggling to get my assignments done on time.  I find that I have never spent this much effort on school, but my grades have been fairly decent. :-)  I can't wait to just get this school stuff over with.  I am just over halfway done.  I am really missing my family in Utah right now, but other than that, life is great. xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son