Saturday, September 22, 2012

So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.

But seriously...we have to catch up on so many blog posts. We've been to a fabulous wedding, found many fun things for the new place, and had our first Arkansas visitor. All of this and NO PICTURES! Yes we've forgot the camera AND occasionally just had too much fun to stop for a picture when we did have it. It's embarrassing, however I will find pictures that will reenact those moments or take pictures of pictures I have. You'll see.

For now though, I'm going to give you the last sneak peak of the house before we move in WEDNESDAY!!! I'm sure you'll understand if we don't post for a bit. We will catch it up soon. Can you believe it?? I CANNOT. So here you go....WE ARE ECSTATIC.

The kitchen - minus a refrigerator, some glass and hardware.

A view from my double oven into the eating area.

Grand living room window looking out over the back porch and into the back yard.

Fireplace just needs a little stain on the wood, log in the gas fireplace and shelves with some pictures.

Media Room - aka - Daddy's Domain.

A little bit of granite in our lives.

Dining room minus the new fancy light AND our gorgeous dark wood floors.

Get me in this place now!

Saturday, September 8, 2012


Hi everybody, it's John for once! Ash has been doing an amazing job keeping the blog updated with pics and funny stories about our little family. There seems to always be something going on with us, but that's the way we like it...gotta stay moving so we don't realize how old we're getting :). But Anyway....

If you would have told me a year ago that I would be celebrating my 5th Wedding Anniversary in Arkansas, I would have told you to take your meds. Heck, if you would have told me that 3 months ago I would have thought you were taking crazy pills. And yet, here we are. Opportunities rarely present themselves when you expect them to, but that's no reason to overlook them. Northwest Arkansas isn't exactly South Beach, but the people and area are fantastic, the job is great, and the family is happy, so what else could you ask for?

Five years ago Ashleigh and I took our vows in front of family and our best friends. It was a beautiful day, it was an incredible venue, and it was the best day of my life. Over the course of the last five years we have lived in 5 different homes, in three different states. We've had a cat, a dog and a baby. Ash got her degree and a great job, and I've had four different positions with Wrigley. We've vacationed in Costa Rica, Mexico, Vegas and Southern California, and been to about 30 weddings. We've driven two Dodge Caravans, a Grand Prix, two Jeep Cherokee's, and a Ford Edge. We've heard David Allen Coe sing "You Never Call me by my Name" at a bar in Wisconsin, and Paul McCartney sing "Hey Jude" under the stars at Wrigley Field.

It's been an amazing journey these past five years. It feels like they have flown by, but we've done so much in that time, it almost seems like we've been married 10 years! At the risk of sounding cliche; every year has been better than the one before. I've worked hard for a lot of the things I have today, but I gotta be honest; when it comes to Ashleigh I just got lucky. She could have ended up with anyone, but she chose me (ok, it took some convincing...haha). When it comes to love and this family we've created, I'm a lucky, lucky guy and that's all there is to it.

And so I just want to say a BIG public thank you to Ashleigh for her patience, understanding and strength not only for the last two months for the past five years. I can't imagine having anyone else in my corner, thank you for sticking with me through the crazy times we've had and the crazy times to come. You probably could have done better than me, but I'm glad you didn't :).

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fools in the Rain

We needed it! Everyone needed it! And the boys rejoiced!

Now you see here...this is what they call Rain.

Rain you say? Let me touch it with my toe. 

Is rain supposed to feel wet?

It feels a little wet!

You think it's a little wet?

AND...Let the games begin.

And I'm off. Can't catch me dad!!!

Coming around the corner...wait for it.

Sneak attack!!!!

Plot foiled!