Monday Madness: Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a amazing holiday! Check out my posts – DIY NYE Hair and DIY NYE Nails that you might have missed while enjoying your Christmas.

This is the last week I'll be working part time for a least the next month. On January 6 I'll start working in the mornings in a different department at my company. If do a great job I'll be permanent full time starting in February! This such a blessing. Nick and I can get back on track with our financial goals. Can't wait to see what other blessings are in store for us in 2014!

Nick and I hosted our first Christmas and we were joined by his mom and dad, his brother, Ben and Ben's wife Meghan. We had a great time opening presents together in the late morning and early afternoon. Nick's parents gifted us with some Williams and Sonoma pots and pans and they gave me one of Nick's grandmother handkerchiefs (she passed about when my father in law was about 15). I felt very honored. Ben was my secret Santa and he bought me a new purple fashion scarf and a new purple sweater. I wore both in the following days to work. He did a great job picking out my gifts! Meghan and I have special relationship so we each got each other something small. She gifted me with a journal and a beautiful pencil set made in Nepal! Nick got me tennis lessons (!!!!!!) along with books, DVDs, and gift cards. Everyone contributed to the dinner, but I made my first turkey!

My SIL making homemade butter out of cream from raw milk.
We put it in a penguin mold and made penguin shaped butter!

Nick and his brother, Ben.

Scout and his Gramma and Papa.
Have a safe and super fun NYE! xo, Ashley


  1. It looks like you had an amazing holiday. I love, love, love the penguin butter! How adorable!! Happy New Year!

  2. Good luck! Hope that positions turns into a permanent full-time one for you :-)