Asheville, North Carolina

After Christmas in South Carolina, Jon and I took a trip up to Asheville! I love Asheville and the Biltmore was decorated for Christmas with over a 100 Christmas trees that I had to see. So armed with a new camera to keep him interested (somehow after 6 or 7 visits this castle of a residence loses it’s luster to some) we took a tour and then explored the grounds. Below are some of my favorites from our trip around the grounds since photography is prohibited inside- you’ll just have to go yourself to see, and make sure you take Jon and make him do the audio tour again because he hasn’t got it memorized all the way yet.

I feel like trumpets should be playing to open with this shot

I feel like trumpets should be playing to open with this shot

Walk to the garden (abloom during the not-winter months)

Walk to the garden (abloom during the not-winter months)

Enjoy the backyard

Enjoy the backyard

biltmore detail

Every detail counts

biltmore ponies

Explore the grounds

Because I wanted to try out the panoramic feature on my phone... not bad Steve (RIP)

Because I wanted to try out the panoramic feature on my phone… not bad Steve (RIP)

Because we can’t help ourselves, we found some waterfalls to hike to outside Asheville.

asheville falls 1

Asheville falls 2

asheville falls 3

until next time Asheville

until next time Asheville

This trip was in particular very exciting, seeing as Jon proposed! It was perfect. Asheville will hold a very special place in my heart from now on. There might be some wedding posts coming up as things start to come together…

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Celebration Weekend

A lot has happened in the past couple of weeks. Quick recap of what’s been going in our lives:

-I graduated from the best university out there, Texas A&M

-Jon and I went to San Francisco and Napa for vacation

-I got a job

-Jon left for basic training and artillery school

To start off catching up on everything here are some hi-lights from the celebration weekend. Thanks to everyone who came and made it special!

With the two girls, Rachel and Karen that have been with me from day 1 at A&M, it just made sense that we would all make our mortar boards with Lilly prints and our monograms and a little sparkle. Modge podge will save us all.

mortar board complete with Lilly and monogram. Welcome to the South

mortar board complete with Lilly and monogram. Welcome to the South

Thank you to all my family and friends for coming to the lovely College Station to sit through an almost 3 hour long ceremony.

Yall made it extra special

Yall made it extra special

And a celebration dinner to top it all off with loved ones

graduation dinner with everyone

graduation dinner with everyone

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thanks to everyone who came!

One of my favorite parts of the whole graduation ceremony was turning my ring around so the ’13’ faces out to the world. Exciting times!

Up next: Jon and Rachel take on California including Wine Country, some Redwoods, and San Francisco