Oh Hay, 2012!

Happy 2012, everyone! I truly hope you had a wonderful holiday and new year with your loved ones. I sure did!

2011 was hands down the best year of my life. Not only did I spend a great amount of time with my family and friends, but I married the man of my dreams, we got our first place together, and went on a trip of a lifetime.

The highlights of our year include:

Ringing in 2011 aka “Our Wedding Year” with the best of friends in Astoria.

My mother and bridal party threw me a bridal shower in April. I thought I was going to my MIL’s surprise birthday party, so you can only imagine MY surprise. It was a day I’ll never forget.

In May, my bridal party threw me an epic bachelorette party on the Norwegian Gem cruise ship. My best fried who lives in London flew in for the party as a surprise to me. When she tapped me on the shoulder on the deck of the boat I literally almost had a heart attack. Thinking about that day still fills my heart with joy.

At the end of May (talk about waiting until the last minute!) we finally found our dream apartment. We searched, and searched, and searched and finally found the place we knew was perfect for us.

Oh, June 18th. The best day of my life. The day I became Mrs. John Dickerson.

We went on a dream honeymoon to Hawaii. We spent time on Oahu, Maui and Kauai. I wish we were back there right now!

In August I started this blog! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but never had the gumption to start. There are days when I still question what the heck I’m doing, and the internal battle of “but I have nothing important to say!” happens on a daily basis, but I’m glad I finally went through with it.

December marked our first Christmas together and it was amazing. I didn’t realize it would be so different now that we were living together and married, but it really was. Different in a great way.

So there ya have it, our 2011 in review. I have to say, the last few months have been really amazing, so I can’t help but think 2012 is going to top this past year.

Yea, I said it. Bring it, 2012!

Fa La La La…our Christmas tree!

Well, ho ho ho, our tree is up!

There are few things that my husband puts his “foot down” about. Getting a real Christmas tree was one of them. He grew up with a real tree, as did I, but in the last 5 or so years, my parents switched over to an artificial tree. John was adamant that we have a real one, no if’s and’s or but’s about it.

So we got ourself a 6-foot Frasier tree, and finally got her up and decorated in the apartment.

It’s funny what you learn with your first Christmas tree. Like the fact 400 lights means diddly squat to a tree that’s lush and full. Whoops. Next year we will be buying more.

Another thing we learned is while it seemed like we had a ton of ornaments, our tree literally ate them up. We have so many empty spots just YEARNING for an ornament. John thinks I’m overreacting, since this is our first tree and the whole point is that we have a lifetime together to obtain ornaments that actually mean something to us. And well, I know he’s right…but still.

Being that we are newlyweds, a lot of our ornaments have a marriage or love theme. Lots of heart-shapes, like these love birds…

And whimsical bridal froggies…

My mother bought us this Lenox 2011 bride and groom. Probably the classiest ornament we have on the tree, and it’s definitely a keepsake…

Stemming from a tradition my family keeps, we bought an ornament from our honeymoon in Hawaii. Our plan is to buy an ornament from every vacation or journey we take, so every year our Christmas tree is like a little time capsule. What I love about my parents tree is you can walk up to it, see the 1993 Disney ornament and immediately have a conversation starter. I want that for my family.

Overall, it’s not a bad start us new newlyweds. It’s fun to snuggle on the couch and look at our first-ever Christmas tree. I don’t know about you, but I find something so magical about Christmas.

Psst…did you notice that we bought the Target tree topper I talked about a couple weeks ago? It came in gold and silver, and we snagged the silver option. It’s so pretty with the lights both on and off!

Happy Birthday, John!

I need to send some BIG birthday wishes out to my wonderful husband, John. Today he turns the big 2-9 and I just want him to know how much I love him and how happy I am to have him in my life.

Happy birthday, babe! I hope all of your birthday wishes come true.

xoxo

 

Thankful Tuesday

Today I am thankful for my morning wake-up. Before you think I’ve totally gone crazy, let me explain why.  John leaves for work before I do and I wake up each and every morning with him kissing me good morning/good bye. It’s the perfect way to start the day and I can only hope that he remains my alarm clock for the rest of my days!

 

Wednesday Thanks

As part of the Thankful November series from Paisley Print Shoes, today I would like to publicly state how thankful I am for my little home. It took John and I a good deal of time during our engagement to find a place to live, and I just feel so lucky to have found this apartment. We have really begun to make it our home, and I honestly can’t imagine a better spot for us to be living right now and beginning our journey together. There are times where I wish we could afford to buy a house right now, but this little apartment, with all its warmth and charm is such great “training wheels” for us, that I need to remind myself that everything happens for a reason — including where we are live.

A Wife’s Guilt

It’s been one of those weeks, so please bear with me.

I’m feeling guilty.

I work in Manhattan and have a 2 hour each-way commute. For those of you who are slow with math (like yours truly) that’s a 4 hour commute every day, without counting any train delays. So obviously, I get home super later during the week.

That means my amazing, handsome, smart and talented husband cooks, cleans and does laundry for us the entire work week. I come home, eat what he has prepared, sit on the couch for like a half hour and go to bed.

AKA I’m the worst new wife ever. And I’m feeling guilty about it.

I know John understands, and he is very supportive of my career. When I’m home, I try to make up for my work-week lackings by cooking and keeping up with the apartment.

But there are times that I can’t help but feel like he deserves more.

I’m not sure how I can get over feeling this way, other than just showing him how much I appreciate all that he does for our little family of two. I thank God every day for bringing John into my life, making me smile and laugh whenever I’m feeling down, being up for adventure whenever I’m feeling restless and rubbing my feet when they hurt after wearing heels all day.

I’m one of the lucky ones.

John,
You have no idea how much I appreciate everything you do. Every day I’m floored by the man you are. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d marry you, the tall, dark and handsome boy I used to secretly stalk down our high school hallways. But all that said,  here we are.

I thank God every day for you, for our life together. I’m grateful for our love story, for what we have right now, and for the future we are building together.

I hope to one day be the wife you truly deserve. For now I’ll continue being your best friend, biggest cheerleader and love-drunk fool. And I promise to love you with every fiber of my being, forever.

Your girl,
Ashley Jane

Weekend Recap

We sure were busy this weekend!

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you know all about this. For those who don’t follow me, this weekend John and I had a wedding in Annapolis, Maryland for one of my close friends/coworkers. We spent Friday getting our stuff together and packing, then hit the road bright and early Saturday morning. Armed with coffee and bagels in hand, it took us roughly 5 hours to get to our hotel (not going to lie, I was getting antsy).

Leslie and Nick were married on Nick’s aunt and uncle’s property. The shuttle picked us up at our hotel and we were escorted over the Bay Bridge to their house. We pulled off the main road and went down a winding dirt road to their home.

Can I just say…wow. It was a gorgeous house on amazingly big property overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Leslie and Nick said their personal and emotional vows while the sun was setting over the water. I of course was tearing up, which is funny since I pretty much laughed throughout my own ceremony.

After their vows, we ate, drank and danced the night away under a beautiful white tent on the property. It was really lovely, and I know Nick and Leslie are going to have a very long, loving life together.

 

 

On Sunday after a ridiculously long drive home (we hit INSANE traffic as soon as we reached Brooklyn), John and I went for dinner at my sister’s house. She just gutted her kitchen and had us all over to christen the place. Next time I’m there, I’ll take some pictures to share. The kitchen/dining room is GORGEOUS and you guys will love it. Blue walls, chocolate-brown floors and cabinets plus amazing tan/brown/gold granite counter-tops. Talk about swoon-worthy. The before-and-after’s with her house are incredible, maybe that will be a post coming soon…

I have more pictures from the wedding on my actual camera (which died during their first dance…awesome planning, Ashley!) so I will update this post later today!!

How was your weekend? Do anything fun? Did you go to any weddings? I’d love to hear about it!!

Feeling the Love

Friday night was date night in casa de Dickerson.

Last weekend John decided to tell me he was going to take me out for a night on the town, to which I obviously squealed with delight about. “Where are we going??? What are we doing???”

Well, John decided to take his wife to Maroni’s in Northport Village.

We had never been there, and it’s apparently the premiere restaurant in the area. It’s also expensive, so not necessarily on the “we just paid for our wedding ourselves and are broke 20-something’s” budget.

Anyhoo, I got myself dolled up (gotta keep the man interested!) and off we went. It was delicious! It was a tasting menu, so we got to try about 18 different items, some things I’d never typically order. Caviar (not a fan), quail legs (also not my thing), lobster bisque, baked clams, kobe beef sliders, spicy shrimp dumplings, spaghetti and meatballs, crab legs, shrimp cocktail, grilled shrimp, chocolate fudge mousse cups and soo much more. Sorry I didn’t take any pictures…I was too busy eating.

After dinner we took a walk on the Northport Harbor docks. Such a beautiful spot. It was a really nice ending to a great day. Date nights are the best. Always remind me how happy and lucky I am.