Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Quite the "Memorial"able day...and weekend

So Friday....

5:00 get off work - no gas in the car, do I think I can make it to Mebane on "E"? I'm gonna go for it!
5:30 get to Mebane- FILL UP ON GAS 31 dollars and change
5:35 meet the couple we're doing engagements pictures for
5:45 start shooting
9:00 wrap up shooting race home to see my husband!
9:30 Call husband to come outside so he can join me in picking up some taco bell for dinner.
10:00 get home/Lauren and Christian arrive
11:30 Husband passes out
1:30 (I guess this is technically Saturday) Ashley goes to bed

Rather than doing an hour by hour of the rest of the weekend I'll do a reader's digest...Saturday we got up, fed the ducks and geese (including a bunch of WAY cute gosling...I think that's what they're called) from our porch went to the gym then hauled butt to shower so we could meet Carleton's family for breakfast at 1:00 (I know-brunch?)  I was bummed I couldn't go to the beach but so glad I got to see some of the fam for a little while.  Then I realized I hadn't started my bread so we rush back to my place (Lauren and me) to start my bread before heading to the mall.  The rest of the day consisted of going to the pool more feeding baby geese and ducks before all the big geese saw me and came running up so I shut my door (sorry guys I had to get ready for the wedding!)  Then I shot some reception pictures, while at the reception I had this massive flash on that hinders you from getting to close to the camera and being able to move your lens while holding this 20 pound thing (I don't know exactly how much it weighs, but it's huge and HEAVY).  I bumped myself in the face with it, not hard, but it really hurt like it shocked me super bad.  A few minutes later Amy asked if I'd hit myself in the face, I told her what happened and she said, "oh, cuz you have blood running down your face".  Nice.  I clean myself up and after the festivities head over to Christian's house to watch a movie with Lauren and Holly!  ok the pizza was delicious, I definitely way over ate my fill of that and cookies.  

Moving on to Sunday...
I hadn't prepared my lesson for my ten year olds yet (bad Ashley) so I had to do that that morning.  When I got to church this couple spoke and they both gave REALLY wonderful talks- I even took notes which I NEVER EVER do.  I had to leave church a little early for another wedding.  I know I know, priorities, but I agreed to this wedding back in January or February before I even knew it was on a Sunday (or a holiday weekend).  I shot the groom and the groomsmen who were such a trip, it was a great wedding, everybody looked awesome, I loved the groom's get-up.  Another late night.  P.S. that's the night the toilet got clogged for the first time, and we didn't have a plunger-I called my dear husband freaking out and asked where one was, he said I could put a bag over my hand and I said I'd wait til the morning.  I went to bed around 2 that night probably.

Last but certainly not least, Monday...quest for the plunger-Kroger? No. Harris Teeter? No. Target? Yes, for $17.00.  Lauren was smarter than me, she went to the bathroom at Kroger, I insisted on getting a plunger quickly and using my bathroom, unfortunately I couldn't get it unclogged.  I did try several times when the nasty water was down really low, nearly over flowing, and every level in between.  I almost puked several times, and that's hard to get me to gag (unless you're a dentist trying to take x-rays of my teeth).  Yes I got splashed, yes I was grossed out and no, I never got it unclogged, I had to wait for Carleton to get home to unclog it around 4 or 5.  In the meantime some friends came over and we went to my pool.  While on my float it started sprinkling.  I thought, hey this will pass, I'll just stick it out.  I was wrong.  VERY wrong.  Two boys probably under the age of 12 thought this was a great time for them to grab my float and start pulling me all over the pool and rocking my float, etc.  I was trying to hold on to the side of the pool, the pole for the ladder, ANYTHING. I kept asking them to leave me alone and stop touching me, that didn't work, they'd push my float from one end to the other.  Finally it started raining like CRAZY and the rain was freezing so i swam (mostly on my float) as fast as I ever have in my life.  I run out throw my raft on some of the chairs and join everyone who is smarter than me standing under the umbrella.  Well the rain gets worse and getsthe table under the umbrella soaked so we stand inside.  The kids (along with the parents are in there by this point as well).  Lauren took a picture, the mother of one of the kids said "hey where ya'll from-get a picture with two crazy black boys", so they get in the picture, then she puts both my floppy brim hats on them!  Hello, manners people!  So the kids ask if they can use my raft when it cleared up, I said no, sorry I'll be using it when it clears up.  I go to the bathroom quick, come out and they're both toppling all over it jumping on it bending it in half (I'm gonna be ticked if I find a hole!) I had to ask them several times (after Christian already had) to give it to me cuz we were leaving they said they were swimming with it-I'm sorry, but it's MY RAFT!  Wack-e six was much more tame than this.  Then my husband came home, hallelujah!  Even it was only for a few hours.  We got to enjoy a 15 minute nap, some dinner and dessert at Johnny Carinos and that's about it:(  The rest of the day was rather uneventful (thank goodness!) I picked Kristin up from the airport and last time it was very eventful, I cried last time, ha.  When I got home that night after volleyball there was brown and red chunks floating in my sink, I had deja vu of the clogged toilet and I instantly had to walk away for a few minutes or I was going to throw up for sure.  Turns out it was mushy bread, pepperoni, and sausage from pizza, but man oh man did it rub me the wrong way!  I cloroxed my whole kitchen and bathroom that night while I waited for Lauren to come home.  I didn't get to bed as early as I would've liked and my phone was dead (and still is two days later because Carleton has my charger) but luckily Lauren's phone worked to make sure I could get up for work on time!  

That's PRETTY MUCH the extent of the weekend, but as you can see my memorial day weekend was very "memorial"able!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bummin' at the Beach!

The parents enjoying the beach
I know this isn't the typical cutesy picture, but Taylor is obsessed with putting shoes on her arms lately, she'll put her arms through flip flops and if she can't do it she'll hand it to you to help her, this goes on for quite some time.  It doesn't slow her down a bit, she'll still play in the sand, crawl around, whatever with them on!
Who is that all fuzzed out back there? 
Oh it's Carleton and Kaylee!

Busted, papa!
Dancin' in the moonlight! (I'm signing that song as I type this)
Carleton was good enough to take a picture of me too so I could add myself in since there was nobody else on the beach to take a group picture!
The Bush Bunch
love him!

We went to the beach for a few days to just get away, it was SUPER windy, but nice!  I'd been wanting to get some good silhouette shots for a while but was always too surrounded by trees to get anything, so I told my mom and she said we don't have those good sunsets here that I'd shown her in pictures (maybe that's because they were taken in San Diego, yeah...I felt dumb).  So the first night I missed the sunset totally, Carleton got in late that night and said "dear, being on the east coast you want the sunrise!"  Hmm ok, so we go to bed, I wake up at 2, 3 something, 4, and 5, I kept freaking out telling Carleton we missed the sunrise, apparently we had a light right outside our room, but to appease me he got up with me at 5:30 to go outside for pictures.  We walked the beach for a while and I kept thinking it's way too bright out here, the sun is totally already up (somewhere).  Then I saw some pink on one side, and he kept insisting that it was only because there were a bunch of clouds by us and that all the clouds broke over there...he thought about that for a few minutes as it remained grey and cloudy over us.  All of a sudden he had one of those "aha moments".  He said we were the first beach to curve south rather than being on the East so we weren't going to get any good sunrise pictures...we went back to bed at 6:30.  That night the boys went to Shallotte to see Star Trek while the girls stayed back and made cupcake pops!  We went to church on Sunday in a garage...it was different, I got pictures to prove it in case people didn't believe me!  They have such a cute little town called Southport we walked the docs, ate our ice cream, and had a blast!
All weekend Carleton tried catching crabs with no success, he was put to shame when he found out that Phillip and Kaylee caught like 5!   My poor husband:)  

For more pictures from the beach check out my other blog acpictureplace.blogspot.com
 
P.S. Carleton got to go to the beach with his family last weekend (so jealous) and caught some crabs (5 I think!)....he even has a cut on his finger to prove that he caught one and the crab cut him in return.  

I stayed home while my friend came into town for the weekend and I had an engagement shoot Friday, and two weddings that weekend!  I've been busy busy, hence the slacking in my blog, sorry!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Ironically Enough



Here I am all by my lonesome...well sorta, I am staying at my parents' house most nights, so they keep me company but still, I miss my husband:(  I thought it was bad when we were engaged and he'd leave for the week, but I'm pretty sure this is worse.  I thought it was ironic that we ate all this cake and all that was left was "Carleton" when he's the one that will be away for the next 15 weeks.  As scrumptious as it was, I wish he were here instead of just the cake with his name on it.

Thank goodness I have my parents in the area and some good girlfriends to keep me company all summer!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Congrats, boys!


Kristin is quite the multi-tasker she can chat on the phone and write at the same time.  We had A LOT more icing than we originally thought we had so we kept adding more to it...
and more
and more-hey what's the harm in a few sprinkles?
Notice the Carolina & Duke blue?
Their first peak at the cake, they're so impressed!
Apparently Ben made a gesture or something to Kristin and she gave him a sexy look in return, I missed the memo on that one. 
This took a couple tries, but hey we had to get a group shot!

While our husbands have been spending every waking hour, minute, and it feels like second studying for their finals, Kristin and I have been a little bored to say the least.  For the past several months we've done something with them at least once a week but usually 2 or 3; however, the past couple weeks we've seen each other just in passing at church.  Well we decided before they left for Brazil for two weeks and Carleton moved to Charlotte that we'd have a last little hoorah.  So we did what any good wives would do- we made cake and celebrated the husbands and all the hard work they've been doing!  We got together on Wednesday night (while the boys were studying) to decorate the cake then on Thursday we had a mexican themed night...well sort of.  We went to Bandidos for dinner had some delicious cake and played mexican train.  Ben's winning streak where he whoops us every time we play is officially over, I'm pretty sure I spanked everyone at Mexican Train;)