FEELING: STRESSED.

I’m beginning to feel overwhelmed!  I’m getting anxious because quite a few big things (that cost some big bucks) are quickly entering our lives.  The Boy & I will not only be travelling down to Austin, TX, at the end of the month, but we’ll also be moving into our new house too!  Wednesday is closing day, and there will be a lot to do before we leave for Austin – sand, patch, & paint; refinish the floors; and redo the basement.  All of these things should get down before we move in any of our stuff.  That thought alone is what’s overwhelming me – we’re so close to having our own home and because it’s not quite ready yet, it seems so far away!  haha  PLUS, it’s Halloween time!  So making & finishing bits for our costumes is becoming a huge chore.  I need a glaive and some accessories…

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HAPPY AUTUMN!

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Temperatures have fallen to the 40s & leaves are dying all over – fall is here! The Boy & I visited Rochester Cider Mill over this past weekend for cider, doughnuts, and caramel apples ♥  We stopped in back to visit his cousin and take a peak at the doughnuts being made (fresh!).  Behind the mill is a small barn with goats, sheep, and chickens – and they love snacks ^.^ If you’ve never been to the Rochester Cider Mill, go.  Now.  Everything there is absolutely delicious!  Guaranteed to be a fun trip too 🙂 xo Ashley

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KELSI TURNS 1!

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My niece’s first birthday was this past week, and her birthday party was on Saturday.  Awhile ago, I had picked her up a zebra print dress that she happens to fit in right now, and my sister themed most of the party around it!  There were zebra banners, streamers, and a zebra cake!  The best part?  My niece was the most well-behaved one year old I’ve seen – never fussed, was awake for the whole party, and played with everyone.  Too cute! xo Ashley Pictured above… Holding Gma’s hand; her own personal birthday cake; opening presents with Mommy & Daddy.

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HOUSE HUNTING.

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The Boy & I haven’t had the best of luck house-hunting these past few months (going on four months of dead ended searches, oy!). We’ve seen more houses than I can count, and a few (fruitless) offers have been made on a handful as well. We’ve grown exhausted, frustrated, and hopeless at times. More than once, one of us has uttered “what’s the point?” Yesterday, however, we saw a near perfect-for-us home, and an offer was put in today. I really like the house, and I feel extremely good about it. I really want to say “this is the one” but past downfalls are keeping me hesitant. But nevertheless, I’m already planning room layouts and choosing materials in my head. Without saying it out loud, this is as close as I’ll get to saying THIS IS THE ONE. Hopefully, this is it. Hopefully, after failed attempt after failed attempt, we’ve…

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BOOKS: ENDER’S SHADOW.

I’ve finished my first whole book since my birthday in July – book one of six done! Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card is the first book in the secondary series of the Ender saga.  It follows one of Ender’s “jeesh”, Bean, through his story parallel to Ender’s Game.  I think I like it better than Ender’s Game, but only because it feels as though the author found a more cohesive stride whilst writing this.  In Shadow, he was sure in his intent as well as the finished product, while Game feels more like a “Let’s try it and see how it does.” I’ve already started the next book – Shadow of the Hegemon – and I feel that Bean’s overall story is already more captivating than Ender’s. xo Ashley

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SOME PHOTOS.

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So it seems I’ve found myself pretty low on personal time o.0  But some things that I’ve managed to do in the past week or so include working, working, and oh working.  Lots of awesome seniors equal long days.  But it’s good times ^.^ I’ve also managed to get a really bad 24 hour bug; go to an art show in Detroit; go shopping; and play some board games with The Boy. xo Ashley Pictured above… apparently San & I sleep alike (I had sickies that day); San wanted to play Sequence her way; my new boots; The Boy making faces for me ♥

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