Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cherishing this year...

This has been one crazy year!  2013 was full of wonderful experiences and surprises and I can honestly say that it was the best year yet.  I was looking back at a post from the end of last year and I realized that I've fulfilled every wish for the year ahead.  I'm really proud of myself and my husband for working so hard to get where we are today.  Here's a recap of my favorite moments of 2013:


This year just started off with a bang!  We got married on February 1st, pretty much the most perfect day ever.  While we had a "courthouse" wedding, it was at the Santa Barbara courthouse, which is actually a historic landmark/mission.  We got married out in one of their gardens with about twenty of our closest family and friends.  If we had to do it again I wouldn't change a thing!

Modeling for Modcloth

I was lucky enough to model for Modcloth early in the year.  I had so much fun in their studio trying on their amazing clothes.  Plus I got to see upcoming styles for the year.  Basically, it was a dream come true :)


At the end of March Jessica of Midwest Muse and her friend Jess traveled out to California to spend a couple days with me.  We had such a wonderful time sight seeing, going to Disneyland, and shopping with Erica of Sweets and Hearts.  I wish they lived closer, I really miss them!

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In early May we found out we were having a baby!  We had been trying for months so it was the most wonderful news.  This was the picture we used for our announcement.

Buying a home

Pretty much the same exact time we found out we were pregnant, we found out we were getting our home.  It was quite a time to celebrate!  This was definitely our dream home and I love living here, even if it meant we had to move back to the suburbs.

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My dream came true in July when I found out I was having a girl!  I was really hoping for a little girl and I honestly couldn't believe it, even when it was confirmed.  I was absolutely sure I had a little boy in there!


In August my husband came home with a new family member, Rocco.  He was found on the freeway by a coworker and Kevin just couldn't say no.  He's older, has a cleft right paw, and was completely malnourished.  He's honestly my perfect little guy and over the months he's become an integral part of our family.  I'm in love!

My baby showers

With the help of my wonderful family and friends, we had two beautiful showers for our little girl.  It was so amazing to see how many people took the time to celebrate our soon to be baby girl.  I'm so thankful for every single person who came :)

Like I said, there was so much to be remembered this year.  I can't wait to see what 2014 has in store!




  1. Oh wow, what a year you have had, and what an exciting one 2014 will be :)

  2. Wow, I'm sure your 2013 has been one of the most important years of your whole live. I dolove the picture with the pink balloons :) and I hope you a great 2014, better if possible!

  3. Aw wow this makes me so happy to see! Looks like you had such an amazing and life changing year. I'm sure next year will be even better once baby B comes along!

  4. you had a winner of a year! congrats to everything you accomplished! hopefully next year will be even better with baby!

  5. Oh, wow. Your year has definitely been Red Letter and 2014 with Bianca looks to be the same way!

  6. You have had the most incredible year girl!! I am so happy for you and your little family, I wish you guys nothing but the best in the year ahead with the new addition coming :)

  7. so many sweet and wonderful things happening in the life of a sweet and wonderful woman :) and you always look cute while they're happening! haha <3

  8. wow what an amazing year honey you guys have done it all can't wait to see how 2014 treats you all God bless !!!

  9. what a year!!! you've had so much going on, but 2014 is going to be even better, I'm sure of it :)

  10. Awesome year! :) That is so cool that you got to model for ModCloth! Did you win a contest?


  11. Aww Ashley, this is a wonderful post! And wait... how did I not know you modeled for ModCloth?!? What??! Here's to a wonderful 2014 (and I can't wait to see little Bianca!)!

    xox Sammi

  12. You're so lucky! Keep on this good way ;) M-C

  13. Wow I can see why this year was so wonderful for you so many positive things happened and I'm really happy for you. I didn't know you modeled for modcloth and got married this year that's so exciting. I'd love to see more of your wedding dress your look is perfect. Wishing you all the best for the new year.

  14. You had quite the year! But I know 2014 will be even more wonderful with the arrival of your baby girl :)

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  15. A great year indeed! So many changes and 2014's gonna bring an even bigger change when your oven's finally done baking! I'm so happy for you and your family. :)

    xo Ashley

  16. Gah, you seriously have had the most exciting year, Ashley! I'm thrilled I was able to follow along and "be there" for all of this, and I'm so happy for everything that's happened and is about to happen for you! It's been such a pleasure getting to know you better this year, and I can't wait to see more for you (and B!) next year!

    (And one of these days we'll meet in person! Eventually haha)

  17. What an exciting year for you guys! so many new and wonderful additions to your lives

  18. Your year sounds amazing and I love all of these photos. Still swoonin' over how pretty you two made a courthouse wedding. I hope 2014 is just as exciting for you.

  19. You seemed to have one of the best years ever!!!!!!!!!!!! wow!

  20. You've had such a full and exciting year! I hope one day I have a year filled with so much excitement.

  21. Seriously, you had the greatest, most epic year of all time! So many happy changes and great opportunities for you! You are one lucky lady :) I'm hoping for many more fabulous things for you in 2014!

  22. Wow--2013 definitely was a year for the history books for you guys! Definitely a year full of good life changes and celebrations, and now you'll be welcoming your little girl any day now!


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