Tuesday, June 25, 2013


This last weekend, Andrew and I headed to the QC to visit some friends. Here's a quick run down...

cookout with lots of friends
gym time
cheap chinese food

dinner at barrel house
great river brewery
more friends!

watching a teen almost drown - scary, glad he is ok
Andrew lost his phone
no podcasts for the drive...

Props to Sarah for these awesome pics that I stole from her fb. This weekend, Nick and Emily visit! Hooray!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


So, something crazy happened about a month ago. I registered for my first 1/2 marathon. WHAT?!? I really don't know what I was/am thinking. I'm looking forward to the challenge, but I'm also very terrified.

In my head, I run through all of the what if scenarios. What if I trip over a untied shoelace and break my leg? What if I have to go to the bathroom and don't make it?  What if I don't finish? I really, really want to do this. I want a freaking medal! I want to put one of those stupid 13.1 stickers on the back of my car. (Do I have to do more than one 1/2 marathon to get one?)

Sometimes, I get ridiculously nervous just thinking about it. But then I remember RAGBRAI. RAGBRAI was hard. Very hard. There was one day that I didn't think we would make it. But we did. We finished. And finishing is more important than making a certain time or a medal. It's proving to myself that I can push myself and my body to do some pretty amazing things.

If you had told me a few years ago (right after I ran my first 5k) that I would be doing this, I would have called your crazy. During that whole 5k, I hated it. I thought that I would never do anything like that again, but then I finished. There is something so rewarding about crossing that finish line. And I'm really looking forward to the 1/2 marathon finish line.

The best part is that my mom and Andrew are doing it too! If you would like to cheer us on, we will see you on September 22 at the Omaha Marathon! See you then!

Monday, June 17, 2013


Cats and dog living in harmony!

Friday night: Andrew and I stayed in, cooked dinner, and then settled in for a movie. Now, he can tell everyone he knows that he has seen The Princess Bride.

The aftermath of picking out an outfit.


Saturday: I knew that I wanted to do some work on the house. The original plan was to put in landscaping, but there was a good chance of rain... We opted to work on the garage instead (it is now organized and awesome). We had just enough time to clean up and ready for family pictures. I can't wait to see how they all turned out! After a so-so family dinner (Lisa's food was forgotten...), Andrew and I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and headed to Krug for beers on the patio.

Sunday: I was lucky enough to spend the whole day with my family (minus Andrew...) celebrating Father's Day and my mom's bday. We did a lot of eating, present opening, and baby holding. We even named my mom's new kitten, Captain Karen.

How was your weekend?

Thursday, June 13, 2013


I have been looking forward to these blooming for quite some time, and I'm excited that I can finally show them off! Peonies are my favorite flower, and I feel a sense of pride because these came from my own yard. The peonies didn't last long in the hot sun (the roses seem to be thriving), but I enjoyed them while they did.

Andrew and I are hoping to get in some landscaping this weekend if the rain holds off. I'll be sure to take some before and afters!

Monday, June 10, 2013


Finally getting around to my CO post that should have been a week ago.... I'll get there.

Well, Andrew's plan is working. Every time we go to CO, I fall more in love with that place. It doesn't hurt that we do a lot of my favorite things while we are there!

We rolled in on Thursday night with just enough time to chat for a bit with Andrew's aunt, Jody, and uncle, Dee, and grab a bite to eat. We had a busy, long weekend ahead of us and we need to catch some zzZZzz.

Friday: Home cooked breakfast and play time with Tully - ride into the mountains (Mt. Evans and Echo Lake via Squaw Pass Rd) - lunch at Tommy Knockers Brewery - rooftop drinks - Rockies game!

Saturday: Brunch with Andrew's cousins, Ian and Megan, and their daughter, Olivia - visiting Jody at work for National Trails Day - meeting up with friends to rent bikes and cruise around Denver to visit breweries/food trucks (breweries in order: Denver Beer Co., Strange Brewery, Renegade Brewery, Trve Brewing, Great Divide)

No good photos at Great Divide. It was our last stop so it was dark, and we were outside. 

Sunday: Shopping - rooftop dinner and drinks at Tony Rigatoni's in Morrison, CO (I want to work here!) - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Alabama Shakes concert at Red Rocks

Best concert ever. Pics don't do it justice so you only get a few...

Monday: Long ride home...

Another great trip in the books. Until next time, CO! I miss you!

Special thanks to Jody and Dee for their hospitality and all around awesomeness. You guys rock!

Thursday, June 6, 2013


Hey! Long time, no see! Things have been kinda crazy around here... Hence the lack of blogging. I'll try to give you a quick run down of a few we have been up to.

- We went to KC! We spent a Friday night in KC with Andrew's coworkers. Nothing really went as planned... it rained the whole time, the baseball game was cancelled, Matt got "lost," and we didn't plan enough time for the brewery tour. But we did go on a stadium tour, run into my old friend Brianne, ate some great BBQ, and had a lot of fun bowling. Overall, I would still give the trip a thumbs up.

- We have been hosting dogs since May 4. Three weeks, five different dogs, one tired Ashley. There have been numerous walks and trips to the dog park, I've filled more water bowls than I can count, and it's all been worth it. The extra income is helped us pay for our trip to Colorado!

- Limp Bizkit - After cancelling our plans to wait for a dog drop off, we decided to head down to our local watering hole for refreshments. We met a couple of kind gentlemen who invited us to join their table for a few drinks. After a few beers, they invited us to the Limp Bizkit concert. The offer was too good to refuse, and it was actually pretty fun. We were completely out of place, but it's def. something I will never forget.

- We also went to Colorado, and that will be in a whole other post!

Is that it? I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but I guess that's what I get for not updating sooner. I'll will get better at this!