Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I Heart Washington

I discovered that I had a bunch of pictures in my phone that were not shared yet!  HORRIBLE!!! Seeing as the scenery around here is waaay too good to keep to myself.  Hope you enjoy it!  Also, I would like to apologize for my absence.  I swear, school keeps me busier than I have been in a very long time.  I am actually trying my best to get good grades, you see, so I have to spend all my surplus time studying and doing homework.  Not to mention I am working full time right now.  UGH.  You don't even want to know how messy our room is.  Anyway... On to the photos!

 This tree was so amazing that I pulled over just to take a picture of it while I was driving home from work.  Best part?  It is right at the entrance of our beautiful neighborhood that we hope to live in for many years to come.  

 The bushes are looking so vibrant and new.  After seeing dead branches in their places, it was quite lovely to behold.

 In the city I work, it is all the rage to have window box plants outside.  So beautiful! 

 More springtime goodness....

 Another little window box that cheered me up as I walked from the work parking lot to the office.

 Even though it was a cloudy day, it was nice to see this kind of green on the trees that only exists in the springtime.

 Oh.... and speaking of lovely scenery.... here is Brandon (well, his torso).  And Nabi.  We tried to make Nabi pose for the camera but he was trying to get away.  HAHA.  Random.  I know that has nothing to do with Washington scenery.  But yeah... I love Brandon what can I say?

 Get this... I am not in a national park taking this picture.  This is a shot from the parking lot at my new school campus.  WOW!!! It is so breathtaking there.

 See?  More campus parking lot pictures.... Just wonderful.  I just wish I brought our real camera, but you know... I was only there for a test for a little while.

 Yep, it is too pretty at school.  I seriously know these pictures look kinda the same but there is a lot more to see there.  I hope to take more snaps of campus next time I am there.

 OOOO!!! So today... I was bored at work.  So I decided that for my lunch break I would go drive around and explore.  Then I came across something lovely...a park I did not know about.  OH MAN.  Unfortunately, by the time I discovered the place I only had five minutes to walk around and take pictures before I had to head back to work.

 Seriously... I just want to stroll this park every day now.  And then sit on this bench to do my homework.  OH MY GOSH did I just say that?  Haha.  Ok let's re-word that.  Sit on that bench and read a dang good book.  There you go. ;-)

 Ummm WOW??!!!!!!

I am quite fond of this park with its little mini lake and flowers covering the grass and so much green I don't even know where to look.

Well my friends.... please forgive me for how often I am going to be absent for a while.  The only reason why I was able to even write this post is because I am at work right now and it's almost time to go home and my "special" co-worker is gone already.  Actually, I will try to pop in a lot more.  But first... my room needs some serious cleaning, and I have two English projects to do, as well as some Economics homework to attend to.  *Sigh* It never ends....xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Giveaway Winners!

Soooo it looks like I had 6 takers on the necklace giveaway.  The four winners were drawn!!!

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

1) briannajean18
2) emilysmom1991
3) kaylarowberry
4) erinday505

Congrats guys!

Please email me your shipping address.
My email address is ashleighson (at) gmail (dot) com

Alright!  Hope you all have a great day! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Three Obsessions

Hi guys.... just taking a quick break from homework.  I have been incredibly tied up in school stuff lately.  But I will have you know it is all for the best in the long run, even if it means I don't get to do as many fun things.  I find that my free time is very precious now.  

That brings me to three things I am obsessed with lately, all of which I do in my free time (OH!  What do ya know?  Another list!):

1) Eating comfort food with Brandon... Today it was Trader Joe's Mac and Cheese (BEST EVER!!) and afterward we had the nicest ice cream I have had in a very long time.  If you have not tried Tillamook White Chocolate Raspberry Yum, you are truly missing out.  Brandon and I just about died of happiness eating that delightfulness.  Yesterday, it was raspberry Jello.  Hmmmm... hahaha I think I am just loving food that is good for the soul but not so good for the belly fat.

I did not take this photo, but I just had to show you what the carton of this ice cream looks like.  You MUST go to the store and pick some up.  NOW!!! I mean it.

2) Snoozing....since I feel so sleep deprived after working full time and going to school full time, sleep is very valuable to me.  I find that I naturally knock out the moment Brandon is ready to go to bed.  I also take mini naps after work to restore my energy so that I can do well on my homework.  Also....remember our cat, Nabi?  Well, he has somewhat taken a liking to me, since I play with him more, and so now he likes to take naps at the foot of my bed with me.  It is the cutest thing.  Nothing like a little bundle of joy with soft fur and a nice purr to make me sleep better.

3)  Maintaining my sanity with a good drama or computer game.... Yes, I am talking about mindless, awful stuff that some people might call "a waste of time," but has been my saving grace when it feels like my head will explode from too many algebraic equations forming in my head.  I like to give myself little breaks, and that means playing Tetris, or watching television drama episodes.  I am still loving Beauty and the Beast.  I kind of enjoy Hart of Dixie, although it is kind of a stupid show.  Haha.  Also, I have started watching Mischievous Kiss: Love In Tokyo.  It is a JDrama that makes me giggle like a little girl since it is so freakin' cheesy.  I recommend it to someone going through school, since everything is majorly hilarious when your mind is full of facts that you really wish that you didn't need to remember.  Now, before you call me a couch potato (I totally am NOT) I have one more show that I started today, Granite Flats.  Thank you, Pretty Life Anonymous, for leading me to that show.  I really enjoyed the vintage clothes and makeup, as well as the story line that is not too dramatic, but definitely makes me want to find out more.  

Alright friends, that is all for tonight!  I just finished English homework but I have a mountain load of math to do.  I guess I will just have to save all that for tomorrow.  I am pretty much DONE.

Oh, by the way, if you have not entered my mustache necklace giveaway contest, you still have two more days! 

Anyway....I have a cute husband to hang out with.  Talk to you later! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Friday, April 12, 2013

A Random Mustache Giveaway (CLOSED)

Hello my friends.  Today I have a giveaway for FOUR lucky readers.  See this funny little mustache necklace I am wearing?  It could be yours!  I have four of them, new in their packaging, just waiting to be owned.  I noticed a lot of people wear mustache accessories.  It is kinda childish, but fun at the same time.  These will probably be the cheesiest, goofiest pictures I will ever post on my blog.  Please just bear with me and try to ignore how stoned I look in some of them.  Ha ha. I was taking them on my webcam so sometimes those turn out... ahem... a little awkward.







Here is a closeup of the necklace... with as high resolution as my awful webcam can get.

So... how do you go about possibly winning one of these mustache necklaces, you might ask?  Well, all you have to do is a leave a comment stating your latest fashion obsession below as well as the first half of your email address, and it could be YOURS.  

For example, if your email address is candyland101@gmail.com, then your comment should look something like:

"Hello Ashleigh!  My latest fashion obsession is vintage dresses.  The first half of my email address is candyland101."

The reason why I ask that you put the first half of your email address is just so that when I announce the winner and I have them email me to give me their shipping details, I will know it is not some POSER wannabe trying to snag a prize that they didn't win. 

Just one more rule, if you are under 18, please ask for your parent or guardian's permission before entering.  I would just HATE to get sued for trying to be generous.  ;-)

The winner will be drawn and announced Friday, April 19th.  

Since I have never done a giveaway before, I am not sure how many people will try to enter or what, but DON'T BE SHY!  Maybe you don't like mustaches that much but you might have a little sister in Jr. High who would be thrilled if you got it for her.... Hehe.  Just saying.  GOOD LUCK! xoxox

***CLOSED***

Winners:

1) briannajean18
2) emilysmom1991
3) kaylarowberry
4) erinday505

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Life Ambitions

I just wanted to say thanks to my friend Lara for inspiring this post today.  I was just thinking a lot about life lately and how I can improve, and then I read Lara's blog and she had written down some of her life ambitions.  Some of them are really cool, some of them are downright amusing, and some are just what everyone deeply wants.  You should check out her list! It made me want to do a list of my own.  To make a wish a goal, it is important to write it down.  So I came up with 25 life ambitions that have been stuck in the back of my mind pretty much forever.  Some of them are related to each other, and some of them are random.  And I swear, Lara, I'm not trying to be a copycat, but some of my goals were pretty similar to yours. ;-) You know I am super into lists lately.  I printed off a detailed version complete with plans on how to complete each ambition and inspiring thoughts and reminders, but I will just give you the bare-bones version so as not to bore you or overshare my oh-so-secretive insecurities. Ha.

Ashleigh's 25 Life Ambitions

1) Be the kind of person my future children could honor.
2) Buy the home we live in and make it BEAUTIFUL.
3) Do not let surroundings or circumstances dictate happiness.
4) Get into shape and take pride in my body.
5) Find the inner-happiness of childhood.
6) Get straight A's in school.
7) Do activities that make me smarter.
8) Work on any self-esteem or self-worth issues.
9) Take up a new hobby.
10) Stay close to each of my family members.
11) In every way, honor God.
12) Learn Korean.  Never stop learning.
13) Never lie or be dishonest in any way.
14) Work toward my college major and minors I have chosen.
15) Earn the respect of children and animals.
16) Write constantly.
17) Have a great and successful marriage.
18) Be the best friend I can be.
19) Stay on top of spirituality.
20) Be a bookworm.  Read lots of different kinds of literature.
21) Improve my health and appearance.
22) Overcome darkness in order to be a light to others.
23) Design clothing.
24) Stay kind always.
25) Forgive my enemies and be civil.

I know, I know... some of these sound similar to my new years resolutions.  I have adopted some of those resolutions because I find them to be important enough to consider them a life ambition.   Also, yes, I am aware that I might not be able to meet every goal on this list, and that life is unexpected sometimes, but I somewhat like to have a plan of what I ought to be doing.  I believe everything that is meant to happen will happen, but I also believe that I have a big say in it as well.  :-) xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Standing for Something

Today is a different kind of post.  I would like to thank Sarah for bringing this up.  Sorry for copy-pasting much of your post, but I just don't think I could have put it better.  I think this strikes a sensitive chord to many of us that believe the media is already a place of filth without making it worse....Read on....

FCC, Federal Communications Commission announced it is considering dropping current broadcast decency standards that ban explicit profanity and "non-sexual" nudity.

"Specifically, if enacted, the new FCC policy would allow network television and local radio stations to air the f-word, the s-word and to allow programs to show frontal female nudity, even during hours when they know children will be watching and listening."


I believe this is absolutely not a positive change.  It is totally unnecessary, especially considering that there is already enough freedom for those kinds of shows to air but thankfully when they do it comes with a rating system in place that warns us of the kind of content that is shown on these television shows.  Currently programs containing any such content are listed as TV-MA.   Profanities and nudity are a bit too much for a young child's mind to just make it a regular standard of television, as they plan on doing.  Not to mention as an adult I and many of my friends and family do not believe that those things should just be thrown around like it's nothing.   I have taken action and submitted a complaint to the FCC.
If you share similar sentiments, you can take action as well by taking a few minutes to submit your comment. Click here to read the instructions and submit a comment. 

Here is the comment that I submitted (feel free to copy-paste any of this for your own comment):

"I am strongly opposed to any changes to the current FCC indecency standards that would allow television and radio stations to broadcast expletives and nudity on the public airwaves, even if brief or "fleeting." The Supreme Court has confirmed the FCC's authority to enforce policies regarding expletives and nudity, especially during times when children are likely to be watching or listening. Let us not drop our already lowered-too-much standards on television. Bad use of language in real life is already influenced way too much by the media. Normalizing and making acceptable the use of profanities that are especially offensive in the sight of many (or even most) of our upstanding citizens is a huge mistake. As for nudity, well, I would say most people find female frontal nudity as sexual, and certainly would not want their families to have to see this just because it happens to be a normal standard set for everyday television. Please note that watching television is a huge pasttime for families (many of those families have young children) and those families do not want to subject their families to this offensive material. Because families make up the majority and most important part of society (I say that boldly and fearlessly), relaxing the current policy would not serve the public interest and I urge the FCC to reject all proposals that would allow for the broadcast of expletives and nudity on FCC-licensed stations. Save the nudity and profanity for TV-MA or nothing at all. Thanks for listening. "

Seriously, these offensive materials are nothing to present to our impressionable youth and do not need to be a standard of normal acceptance in this already degraded society.  PLEASE readers, note the gravity of this situation and take the time to respond to the FCC.  It only took me about 2 minutes total.

LOVE YOU GUYS!!! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Monday Monday Monday

Is it just me or does Monday seem like the dullest day of the week?  I feel like a mummy who should not be rising when I wake up in the morning.  Haha.  But on the bright side, I had a pretty nice day.  Nothing exciting happened at all.  But here are ten good things that happened:

1) My non-favorite co-worker was being non-mean.  In fact, he was even kind of nice.  It was kinda creepy and I wasn't sure what to think.  But definitely in a good way.

2) I thought it was going to be rainy and miserable today, but as a matter of fact it ended up being sunny and beautiful with just the right amount of warmth.  I really regret not having my camera on me.

3) I came home to a little treat on the counter.  Brandon had bought two red raspberry Panda licorice bars for me.  Anyone who knows me knows that I ADORE red licorice.  And if pandas are involved, even better. ;-)

4) I had to do some math homework, because for some reason I didn't notice it was due today.  Thankfully, with my smart built-in math tutor of a husband, I got 100% on my assignment.  On top of that, I feel smarter after I do math.  It's kinda fun.  Oh my gosh.  Did I just say that?  Ha.

5) While I was doing homework, Brandon brought up a generous bowl of Pirate's Booty for me to snack on.  Oh my!  I think he is trying to make me the happiest girl alive.  Oh wait!  I already am, since I am with him!  *Yes, I am aware that is beyond cheesy...but it's TRUE!!!*

6) I am finally starting to feel like I fit in at work.  I am able to help others now, instead of asking for help all the time.  I enjoy talking to Dee and Lorinda, my fellow Patient Care Coordinators.  I mean, not just as coworkers, but I actually think they are fun and amusing.

7) My husband looks so handsome today.  He is wearing one of his cute new T-shirts that we bought for him in Utah, and it looks ridiculously good on him, so I of course LOVE that.

8) I have ordered that mint-colored polka dot dress from Forever21, and I just can't wait for it to come in the mail.

9) I read two really inspiring blog posts today. This...and...this.

10) I noticed my skin doesn't have any breakouts lately.  YAY!!!! :-)

So anyway... those are my ten things that happened today that I am thrilled about.  Hope everyone has a good night! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Sunday, April 7, 2013

I Am Grateful

Today I am grateful for a number of things.  I am first and foremost grateful for God and how much he cares about me and everyone else.  I am grateful for the gospel and General Conference and how much good I got out of that.  If you were not lucky enough to catch it, you can watch or listen to it here.  My favorite talks were by President Thomas S. Monson (Sunday Morning Session), President Dieter F. Uchtdorf (Sunday Morning Session), Elder L. Tom Perry (Sunday Morning Session), Elder Richard G. Scott (Saturday Afternoon Session), and Elder Enrique R. Falabella (Sunday Afternoon Session).
I am grateful for a good and kind husband who is so loving and comforts me and knows just the right thing to say in most circumstances.  He also makes me laugh a lot.  For instance, while he was lifting weights today, he pushed himself a little bit *too* hard, and couldn't quite make the bar back to the weight-rest-thing (UGH I forgot what those are called LOL).  So his arms were practically trembling, and then we both started laughing so hard that he couldn't even complete his workout properly.  He couldn't even do pushups without falling to the ground laughing.  I love moments like those. 
I forgot to mention this in my last post, which is really awful of me, but I am extremely grateful for my parents and the effort they put into making last weekend a dream come true for Brandon and me.  They are the ones who hosted that lovely dinner, let us use their car, bought us the hotel, and basically spoiled us to death. They are simply the best. <3
I am grateful for Disney movies.  Today I watched Snow White.  Oh my gosh, I never realized how funny that movie is, until I watched it today.  When I was a kid it was very amusing for me in a different way.  I think Snow White has the best sense of humor.  It is the ladylike, yet definitely sarcastic and funny sort of personality.
Before watching Snow White, Brandon and I watched Brave. It was so funny and we kept bursting out laughing. It was the perfect movie for us today. We had a healthy dinner consisting of marinated chicken, oven fries and veggies. It was delicious and satisfying until we craved junk dessert consisting of cheesecake and peanut butter puffins...

You must try these... so delicious!
I am grateful for our home.  I truly hope we are able to buy it.
I feel pretty tired right now, but just couldn't help but express my gratitude about all these little things that make me so happy lately. :-) Good night and sweet dreams! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Back from Utah

Well well.  I know this is a couple days overdue.  I got back from Utah on Monday.  But let's just say that I started school on Monday as well so things have been beyond hectic.  Ask Brandon.  I mean, I was a grump for about two days, and then yesterday I fell asleep at 6:30 pm and did not wake up until 8 o'clock this morning.  Wow.  So that just tells you.  Anyway, be prepared for picture time!

Hanging out in my parents' yard:

 Me enjoying the perfect weather.

 Kaelyn holding baby Elsie and Sarah talking to her boyfriend on her phone in the back yard.

 One of my cats that I miss.  Ignore the empty meat carton on the grass...

The view from the front yard.

On the morning of our sealing, March 31st:

 My mom bought red and white flowers for the occasion.

Red and white... reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.

 A red bouquet...

 And a quick fashion spotlight...this lovely indigo dress is from Forever 21 and came with the black belt.  The heels are from 2Love and the crocheted black cardigan is from H&M.  I got so many compliments from friends and random strangers all day when I wore this dress. At least three girls asked where they could buy it.

Finally, our sealing arrived!:

 The weather could not have been more perfect... and the Mt. Timpanogos temple was beautiful.

 My little brother posing in front of the temple doors.

 A group photo of everyone who attended our temple sealing ceremony.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to share that with us.

 A photo of most of my best friends.  Aren't they all lovely?
(Chad, Hailey, Brandon, Me, MaryBelle, James, Erin, and DeeDee)

 Everyone in my immediate family.
(Sarah, Joseph, Kristen, Me, Brandon, Dad, Rachel, Mom, Kaelyn, Ashley, and Elsie)

The dinner celebration:

 We held a dinner celebration for the sealing.

 We served sandwiches! Hehe :-) They were so tasty.  In fact I wish I had those sandwiches right this minute.

 All the different meats and cheeses.... OH! And the bread was mostly from Kneaders, our favorite bakery.

On Sunday, we did a tour of the Conference Center in Salt Lake City:

 The outside of the Conference center has a waterfall on it.  So pretty!

 There was a great view of the Salt Lake Temple. 

 My dad and Elsie looked so cute!  Quick story, but...one of the funniest things that happened on our trip was when Elsie was sitting on my dad's belly while he was lying down, and then he coughed, and she got really scared from the sound of it and from his belly moving.  So because she was so frightened she cried for like half an hour and her face was so red.  Haha!  I mean, I know that doesn't sound all that hilarious but trust me...I was laughing so hard my stomach was hurting.  Oh, the innocence of babies.  They don't know that coughing is nothing to be afraid of.

 The inside of the empty conference center.  It was so grand to behold.

 Everyone following our tour guide.

 Elsie got bored so she tried to grab my face.

 Then she tried to grab the camera.

 There were tons of flowers on the stand.  I love yellow, especially for flowers!

 Brandon and I posing in front of the flowers... actually the best part of this picture is Rachel relaxing on the side...haha

 We looked over a railing on the uppermost floor at the Conference Center to find this view.  it made Brandon and me weak at the knees.

 But it did look cool to have that huge mirror straight ahead.  I liked how everyone's silhouettes looked with the setting sun behind us.

 A view of the Conference stand from the uppermost floor.


 We took lots of pictures.  I was super impressed by the round architecture and the round lights added some more beauty to it.

 Also inside the Conference Center is a very impressive art gallery.  This was one of the many paintings that Brandon and I loved.  They also have portraits of all the prophets as well as their sculptures.  I had no idea all of this was in one convenient location.

 Then we made our way to the rooftop of the Conference Center.  From there was an even lovelier view of the temple than you could see from below.

 I feel like this would have been a great bridal shot.

 On the other side of the roof you could see a view of the State Capitol building.

 You wouldn't believe that this was a rooftop.  It was complete with trees and gardens, and even a few pretty fountains.

 It was so perfect!  We all enjoyed ourselves.

 Me and Rachel messing around.

 More of Rachel and me.

Brandon and I kissing with the sunset behind us.  It was so romantic.

 This is a view of the top of the waterfall that runs off the Conference Center. 

 If you ever tour Salt Lake City, don't forget to do a tour of the Conference Center.  It was pretty cool and only took about an hour.  We really enjoyed it.

On our last night in Utah:

 We stayed at La Quinta in Orem.  We were upgraded to a suite!  Oops, forgot to clear the counter before taking a picture.  Hehe....

 It was cute and much better than their other rooms.

 The best part about this hotel is that the bed was SO comfortable.  It was the best night's rest I had in a long time.

WOW!  That is really a truckload of pictures, right?  Well, I hope you enjoyed my little photo play-by-play of our Utah trip.  Brandon and I are both so happy to be sealed.  It was an unforgettable experience.  Talk to you soon!  Wish me luck with school... :-) xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son