it’s your day

happy father’s day, dad.

thanks for everything. you’re the best dad any kid could ask for.

i love you.




who ever would think that this little guy…

would ever turn into this guy 25 years later..

…someone who’s smart, loving, stubborn, puts up with my ridiculousness inappropriately hilarious, easy-going, understanding, and quick-witted. you’re the laid-back to my high-strung, the film to my camera, the garlic to my bread, the bacon to my mac and cheese, the eater of the birthday cheesecake i make you every year (full fat just to spite me).

i’m glad that you are the guy i love so much…

even if you had a bowl cut when you were little.

The Beatles Were Right

A few weekends back, Adam and I took a trip up to Murphys to take part in a very special weekend: Adam’s Aunt Jean’s (and Uncle Dean’s) wedding reception.

Jean and her husband (congrats!!!!) rented out The Cottages to celebrate with their closest friends and family members. It is such a beautiful little compound hidden by the lush surroundings of the central valley’s foothills.

When we arrived on Friday after a long drive we were somewhat overwhelmed. We got lost which made our drive about a half hour longer than we had anticipated. To add to the frustration we had all consumed a little too much caffeine for so late in the day so we were antsy and in need of a bathroom. And I was wearing sandals. The one time I pack light and only bring the pair of shoes I was wearing it rains… go figure. After touring the grounds (and finding a bathroom) all was well. We mingled with friends and family and enjoyed being with the happy couple for such a joyous occasion.

On Saturday morning I was convinced the heavens opened up and the sun came out just for them. It couldn’t have been anymore gorgeous. The setup was amazing; it doesn’t get any better than a cocktail hour beside the stream that wound its way through the property. The white chairs and the Tiffany blue table linens complimented the greens of the landscape, which made for the most perfect and ideal reception venue.

The food was amazing. Lila and Sage, the local catering company they chose did such a wonderful job. I was blown away with the rustic simplicity of the setup and how fitting the appetizer and lunch menus were for the setting.

To Jean and Dean,

Thank you for inviting us to take part in your special day. It couldn’t have been a more perfect event. We both wish you the best in love and in life, and with that said, I will leave you with the best way to describe what you two have found in each other.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13

With Love,

Adam and Ashley

“All you need is love…”

And if you ever find yourself in Murphys to check out the cutest downtown/Main Street ever or to go wine tasting at one of the MANY wineries see if you can stay at The Cottages. You won’t regret it.


so i woke up in vegas on the morning of my 25th birthday and looked at my foursquare to make sure last night wasn’t a dream..

it wasn’t. i was, in fact, at denny’s 4 hours prior eating a bacon sundae… which is why i was rushing to get my act together and get to the airport. which is also why i looked absolutely stunning at 9am.

(i was in last night’s hair and makeup. dollar travel sized hairspray and bare escentuals for the win) (and yes that is a morning birthday beer) (and apparently i have no shame…)

so Maddysho didn’t miss her flight and i got to the airport with plenty of time to spare. and with plenty of time to look for food.  i ended up finding myself in a cheese-steak shop that didn’t serve breakfast. as i was about to find a table to sit at so i could run a train on my cheese-steak one of the most amazing people i met in vegas, Christa , tweeted me about meeting up in the airport. and this is what happened when she hunted me down.


and that is why she’s amazing. and why i’ve grown to love the phrase “would you like to take that to go?”. one gigantic morning beer later we were both on our way to our gates. after one short flight and a long drive later  (with just one pitstop to…)


i was home. and what did i come home to?

the coolest birthday card from my favorite aunts.


it even came with stickers!


and no birthday is complete without my favorite champagne.


and shiny things..


and that was my birthday. the big 2-5.

hey dad! i’m a quarter of a century old!

Vegas! day three

the finale!!

oh vegas.. our last full day together..

it started out like this.

then we went on an adventure. for maddysho’s first in-n-out burger (and animal style fries).

then we found this!

and then i fell in love with the Cosmopolitan hotel…

when i got done swooning over the gorgeous cosmo, maddysho and i got gorgeous.

like swoon-worthy gorgeous…

and drunk guys took our picture..

then ate duck fat fries…

discovered the beauty of the to-go cup

(i couldn’t justify checking my bag for a bottle of vodka. it had to be finished)…

and traveled to italy…

and then the uk…

and ended the night on a sweet note…

baconalia lives!

thank you vegas for showing me an amazing (understatement of a life) time!!

vegas! day two

Friiiday, Friiiday….


started with lounging in bed watching the fountains.


then a full day of this…

before we headed out to dinner, we had an impromptu photo shoot in the pink elevator….

dinner in paris…

then super sweet beverages that tasted like cake and booze mashed together at the Sugar Factory…

then we headed to caesers palace to catch a real life vegas show called absinthe…

it involved a lot of swear words and people taking off their clothes..

next up: day three- the finale