the ashley adventures

it is never too late to choose happiness

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took a trip to florida after memorial day, and finally got my haircut after 18 months!

i flew in thursday night so i could spend friday with my family, but the real purpose of the trip was to see grant’s bff4e, loren, who was in town from hawaii.




saw my brother, mom, and dad but brooke was in tally. i ordered a beer bigger than my dad’s. we took pictures during the golden hour. it was so great to see them.


saturday, we went out on grant’s boat. he had some sort of wakeboarding crisis where he didn’t have the bindings so he had to wake skate instead. i was still impressed.




on sunday loren’s family had a party for him and his wife, ashley. (yes, grant’s best friend’s wife has the same name as me. great minds think alike). we had such a wonderful time enjoying the sunshine, and i about died watching grant hold a baby.


you just can’t beat florida.


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memorial day weekend was supposed to be spent in chattanooga, but those plans were squished (see previous). grant was now scheduled to return saturday night, so britt and i went out on friday.we were hoping to all go camping in wisconsin on sunday night.


there were fire candles at the bar. you can’t really beat that?

then i get a call on saturday that grant now has to stay until sunday night. so britt and i adjust our plans and spend all day saturday scrapbooking and stayed up until 3am watching girls and drinking coors light.

i get another call around 10pm. grant has to go to connecticut and stay till wednesday, but he felt so bad for destroying our plans three times that he convinced his boss to fly me out. to connecticut. for 24 hours. i would leave late sunday night and return very early tuesday morning to make it to work on time.


SO britt and i went shopping on sunday and then she took me to the airport…


… and that is how i ended up in connecticut. at the mohegan sun resort/casino. on a sunday night. this place was crazy. and huge. i’ve never been to vegas so i was pretty amazed. the whole gambling thing kind of weirds me out? and i find it sort of depressing. but it is hard not to have fun at what is essentially disneyworld for adults. restaurants, shops, spas, pools, bars, freaking everywhere.


i ate the most amazing fried chicken and waffles at hash house a go go.


view of the hotel from the pool.



thanks, new kids on the block, for my quick connecticut trip! my life is so random sometimes i don’t know how to deal.

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it has been a crazy three weeks over here. lots of airplanes and adventures. three weekends ago, grant texted me at work on thursday and was like “wanna go to michigan tomorrow?” and i was like yes! because my knee jerk reaction to any spontaneous travel is ALWAYS to go for it. and then i was like wait why. and then i was like there has to be a catch.

there was, sorta, but not a bad catch. we were supposed to go to chattanooga over memorial day weekend but, alas, new kids on the block needed grant’s laser skills so the trip wasn’t going to happen. so instead, we went to michigan the weekend before memorial.

we stayed in grand rapids. spent a day hiking, a day biking, and saw a couple breweries and downtown. it was so nice just having free time. not in the city. with nature. and trees. and lots of lara bars and beef jerky.

i would have been so lost without him and his sense of direction.