Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Never Ever Ever (Week 22)




Week 22?! Where have I been? Anywho, I'm here and I'm excited to join y'all this week for the Never Ever Ever Linkup!  So here it goes...

I will never ever ever...


*Forget our first Autumn and all the beautiful colors that come with it! 
I have to stop and stare every time I stand outside... 

*Say no to visiting an apple orchard, Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard in Jordan, MN was our first apple orchard and we were hooked.  Once we got home and tried our goodies, Jesse was asking how soon we could go back! 



*Forget how blessed we are to have our friends and family.  
From Texas to Minnesota, every one has been so supportive and welcoming to us.  
It's been 10 months since we made this move, all of y'all have made it be such an easy transition, talking to you 1300 miles away helps it feel like we never left.  
And to our new Minnesota friends and "family"---
my heart has grown with so much more love for each of y'all.  
THANK YOU.



*And last but not least--- I will never ever be so thankful to have this man in my life.  For as long as I could remember, I have dreamt of moving away from home, getting out of my comfort zone and doing something I love to do.  Every time I tried to leave, it never worked out---jobs, school, finances---something never lined up.  I never understood it, why God would place this yearn to explore but have it not happen.  Then Jesse came along, and our lives started to align... Now we are here, together---making a life together, growing stronger together.  Great things are happening for us here and I can't wait to see where this adventure takes us next. 


Hope y'all have a blessed week, fun and safe Halloween!

xoxo
-Ashley



Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Life is short...

Lately, I can't stop smiling...My heart is bursting with so much love for life & the blessings in my life. I can't get over everything & everyone in our lives. I have given my heart to God and following where He leads. I left the anger, undeserving, negativity in the past & keep moving forward.  I have this wonderful man beside me, a huge loving family, the most amazing friends AND new friendships growing stronger everyday. I love my job, peers, the company I work for. And I thank God. I give all the glory to Him! ❤️

Life is just too short to be anything BUT happy, thank you to everyone who is such a blessing in our lives! Whoo-hoo for 9 months in Minnesota!

It's been a while since I posted, we have just been taking in a lot of "us" time and exploring our new home! But I will be back more often. Stay tuned! 

In the meantime, here is a taste of fall in Minnesota. Our first official "Autumn" and we love it!

xoxo
Ashley




Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I will NEVER EVER EVERRRR... :)




It's week TWO of the Never Ever Ever link up and I think I have quite a few never ever ever's for y'all!

I will never EVER...EVERRRR:
  • Cheer against the San Antonio Spurs! (How about that win tonight?!)
  • Say no to taking a trip to Texas 
  • not choke up as I board the plane to leave Corpus Christi
  • say I love doing the dishes... I don't lol...
  • Get tired of how green and colorful Minnesota is this time of year...simply beautiful!
  • Say I miss the humidity of Texas! (Uh hello? Who likes to be shiny/oily and have frizzy hair as soon as they step out of their door?)
  • Put up with negativity, life is way too short for that!  
  • NOT tear up when I hear Carrie Underwood sing "Temporary Home" and "See You Again"
  • Get tired of holding my baby niece
  • Say I'm perfect, I know I'm not but God loves me anyway and I'm trying my best :)

That's it for tonight but I will be following up with my weekend in Texas...stay tuned!

xoxo
-Ashley

Monday, June 3, 2013

My First "LinkUp"! #NeverEverEver








I'm so excited to do my first blog linkup!

Thanks to my good friend, fellow blogger Stephanie at The Vintage Modern Wife, I decided to hop on the wagon and start joining in on the fun!

This will be the first Tuesday of the Never Ever Ever link up---It's going to be funny and easy for you to join us too!

So what is Never Ever Ever going to be about?

Here's a quote from Stephanie's blog introducing the linkup: 

It’s sarcastic, it fun, and it’s a great way to get to know each other better. All you have to do is write about things you will never ever ever say or do. For example: “I never ever ever ___________” Get it? Got it? Good!

So to get this party started...

Things You Will Never Ever Ever See Me Do:



  • Skydive
  • Cliff Jumping
  • Ride a Roller Coaster ----You get the jiff lol...I have a fear of heights!
  • Eat a tomato! 
  • Put lettuce willingly in my sandwich, taco, burger (love salads though! haha)
  • Go out without make up on...Even if it's just eyeliner...My eyes need that magic pencil!
  • Put the furbabies up for adoption
  • Choose a party for some God time...I need my praise and worship.
  • Wake up with the covers still on...I don't know what kind of dance moves I do in my sleep but they are all over the place when I wake up :)
  • Take a tequila shot, I learned my lesson my freshman year of college 
  • Take 8 Jager shots in less than 30 minutes, I think we ALL learned that lesson that night lol I've got the pictures to prove it.
  • Wearing No Jewelry...even just studs...I've got to have my accessories
  • Win at the quiet game ha.


Can't wait to see what y'all posted this week! In the meantime, I will have to tell Jesse to save his thoughts for next time lol.  He kept wanting to add to my list :)

HAPPY TUESDAY! Hope y'all have a blessed day! 



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Welcome Baby!

I am so excited...beyond excited to share the big news with y'all!

I am officially Auntie Ashley :)

It feels like just yesterday my brother and Karla shared with us they were expecting and now their precious baby girl is here!

Kylie Brielle was born on May 16th... She was 7lbs, 13 oz and 20.5 inches long.



And as gorgeous as this picture is...it really doesn't give my beautiful niece justice. ❤

This is when living so far from home gets tough! I can't wait to be home... Hopefully soon ;) and just hold her in my arms!

But God is good... Baby and Mom are doing great! I'm in awe of my brother and love seeing him look at his daughter with so much love... And my mom... Haha well hearing her talk about Kylie is just priceless. Now she's asking when Jesse and I are going to start a family! 

We will see what God has stored for us next but either way I'm completely amazed by all He has done for us...

Hope y'all have a blessed week!

xoxo
-AUNTIE Ashley :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Faith. Hope. Love.

I'm not sure where your heart lies, whether you believe in God or not but I know who my Savior is...and I try everyday to live a life He would be proud of. It's been a battle for years because I know right from wrong but some days are just harder than most.

But lately, I would say in the past year to be honest... I can FEEL God's love and guidance more than I ever have. It's crazy. And beautiful. As sure as I am where my heart lays, I find that many more people try to watch my every move, trying to point out the mistakes I've made. But that's the great thing about Christianity.  God KNOWS we aren't perfect. That's why He sent His Son to die on the cross for US. 

I am going to think and say things I probably shouldn't. And you will too. But it's your actions AFTERWARDS that make a difference. I don't know how many times I've put my foot in my mouth, knowing I said the wrong thing, and I usually regret it afterwards and ask God to forgive me.

For those of you struggling out there, don't doubt your heart by what you hear. YOU know you are loved. YOU know that God is the one we will answer to and it's His forgiveness that matters. And don't be afraid to be yourself. Don't hide who you are because you are afraid of what people will say or think. If you lose friends in the process, it's in God's plan for you. True friends will come along. Friends who don't bring you down. Friends who will help you grow. And who value who you are. Who love you like God loves you.

Life isn't perfect, we are going to get hurt. But it is up to you to get up. Dust your shoulders off. And keep focusing on you. Stay classy. Don't seek revenge. The greatest reward is knowing you didn't give in and lower yourself to their level. 

xoxo
Ashley


Friday, May 10, 2013

Date Night :)

I have been counting down to Friday for two weeks now! With such a busy schedule from going home to Texas and the end of the month/beginning of the month craziness, today was my first normal day off! 

This morning started out great because I woke up on my own but it was still early, around 8:30am so I suited up the dogs and we went for a walk down the Regional Trail a few blocks from our home. *Something I love about where we live: the neighborhood is SO family friendly, it's like a Hallmark movie and the trail is so clean and convenient to just take a stroll through the middle of Hopkins, it's pet friendly as there are trash cans along the way and there are always friendly strangers running...walking...biking...and dog walking---every one waving and saying hello! 

I could never get Baxter in the pic but here's Benson:


After our walk, we came home and just relaxed until I decided to start getting dressed for my date day/night with Jesse. I went online and ordered our tickets for Iron Man 3...which by the way, if you are in the Twin Cities... I highly recommend watching a popular movie at the Showplace Icon Theatre at The West End Shops of St. Louis Park. They have a great rewards program, a free app that you can buy your tickets at with no fee...and the big plus... Are you ready? You can RESERVE your seats! Lucky for us, we wanted to watch a 3:50pm showing so we had the whole theatre to choose from! 



After our movie, we did a bit of shopping at the Shops, or if you are familiar with the area... I did some shopping :) I just love Anthropolgie and I visited my old stomping ground at Charming Charlie.  We, also, did some looking at the Southdale Center mall---where I just learned this week that this is the first enclosed mall in the United States! How crazy is that?

We went to dinner after and I got to rub in Jesse's face that the San Antonio Spurs were winning and ended our night with a nice stroll outside with our pups. 



It was a great day and as we explore our new home on every adventure I can't wait to see what we do next and what we find. 

How was your Friday? Any exciting plans for the weekend?

Hope you have a blessed night!

xoxo
-Ashley

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Spring.

It's been a few weeks since my first blog post, but I promise to come back more often.  I was trying to stay away from the online world as much as possible since I knew I would be going home to Texas last weekend to surprise my family and I didn't want to let anything slip.  I'm HORRIBLE at surprises.  I'm the one who buys you a gift for Christmas but what's the point of wrapping it, I will probably give it to you tomorrow haha.

Anywho, I might be getting a little deep today...it's been an emotional week?  Last weekend, Jesse and I went home to surprise our families, the first homecoming for us since we moved to the Twin Cities in December.  I guess I came back yearning for more time at home, wishing I could have spent more time with family and seen my friends.  But at the same time, I was really anxious to get back to our furbabies---this was the first time we've left them without one of us staying home with them---and also ready to get back to work.  It was the end of the month and I wanted to make sure I exceeded my goal for work.  

In addition to adjusting to getting back into our schedule after a long weekend away from home, my heart was feeling really heavy.  One of my best friends was getting married to one of our really good friends this weekend and I was really sad to not be there.  Things haven't been going so well for us since I moved out here...if they have been going at all?  I honestly don't know what the future holds for our friendship, but I have faith in God and His plans so I just had to leave it all in His hands.  But it does hurt, to not be there with her celebrating this HUGE event in her life.  An event the two of us have talked about for a while... I had initially planned to surprise her this weekend...  So I was left to wonder...is she missing me as much as I was missing her?  

I had a conversation with a mutual person who knows us today, I'm really glad I did because she brought some sunlight into all that happened... I shared with her that I was really bothered to not be there last night, that I probably care too much.  And she said "Of course you do, that's your sweet nature Ashley...The one true judge will open her eyes and heart one day and you'll be ready like you always are because that's who you are."  And it's so true.  I know we are both at fault for what happened.  That  I didn't handle a situation as good as I should've... I have learned from my faults.  I've grown and I've forgiven her for hurting me as well.  

So just like Spring melts away the snow and the dead plants, bringing out beautiful bulbs and green grass... I, too, shall let the past be the past---continue with my life, thanking God for the love that is in my life and forgiving as He forgave us.  I can honestly say that I really do not ever wish harm on any one...not even my worst enemies.  Some people may think otherwise but my heart is full of love.  

For those of you out there, holding on to anger...let it go.  Forgive those who have hurt you.  Not for them but for yourself.  The only person you are hurting is you when you let that build up inside of you. Life is way too short to be letting that negativity into your life.  Imagine what this world would be like if we all just learned to let go and just love more?

-xoxo
Ashley


Monday, April 8, 2013

Hello WORLD :)

Hello everyone. My name is Ashley Lopez and this is my first blog entry...and blog! Hopefully the first of MANY.  I have been procrastinating this for months now!  But I finally did it.  

My boyfriend of six years, our two pups and I just moved to the Twin Cities area from South Texas about 3 months ago, and I thought what better way to keep our family and friends (and anyone else who wants to know) updated on our lives than with a blog.  I hope y'all like it.  I'm not sure what I'll be writing about but mostly you will find quotes, thoughts, prayers, adventures in exploring Minnesota and whatever random stuff pops into my head.  Happy reading?! :)



Baxter and Benson =)


Ashley and Jesse <3