Thursday Book Talk: The Girl You Left Behind

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Oh how I loved reading The Girl You Left Behind! I was captivated by this book from the very beginning. It starts out in Paris in 1916 during World War I. Sophie Lefevre must keep her family safe as the Germans invade their small town while her husband, Edouard, a talented artist, fights in the war. The German leader becomes very interested in a portrait of her that her husband painted, which is hanging in their hotel. When Sophie gets word that her husband has been sent to a concentration camp, she will do whatever it takes to get the German leader to release her husband. The story then turns to almost a century later where Sophie’s portrait hangs in the house of Liv Halston. Halston received the portrait as a wedding gift from her late husband, David. When Sophie’s living family goes in search of her portrait that went missing during World War I, Liv realizes that she is faced with a battle that she is willing to fight until the end. I loved how the story went back and forth in time between the two women. This definitely created a suspense and a love for this story all in one.

Who else is loving Jojo Moyes books?!

~Ashley

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A Getaway With a Surprise

I wanted to share my weekend getaway with my fiancรฉ, Rob, (yes, I said fiancรฉ!) and his family to Guntersville State Park. He and his family always enjoy visiting the park from time to time because his sister got married there, so it is very sentimental. Little did I know when they were making plans for all of us to go that it would be sentimental for me as well!

Beautiful views from our balcony!



I was very excited about the relaxing weekend ahead. It’s funny looking back now because I didn’t even pack my cutest outfit, did not have my nails done, and before we changed clothes to go eat the first night there (which was when he proposed) I barely touched up my hair or makeup! I wouldn’t change anything about that day though. It was perfect.

Here’s how it happened:

So, we were heading to eat at the restaurant at the park lodge. All we had to do is walk from our room. We knew we wanted to get pictures because of the beautiful views. Rob’s mom was starting to take pictures of just him and me. After a few pictures, he told me that he had something for me. He handed me a black box. I knew then that this was not an engagement ring because he just handed it to me!

So I open it and it is a bar necklace with my initials that I had actually been wanting. I told him I loved it and then he asked me what it said. I started looking at the initials again and realized that these were not my initials! They were my initials with his last name!


After a few minutes of me being slightly confused and everyone having a quick laugh, he then got down on one knee and proposed! PS… The bar necklace was purchased with the help of my future sister-in- law. She did well!


I don’t want to say that this next part was the best, but it comes pretty close. I look and see Rob’s sweet little nephew (he will be two in October) wearing the cutest shirt that said, “She Says Yes!” It was adorable!


More beautiful views from the rest of the weekend!




It was a wonderful weekend and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to get to do life with!

Happy Wednesday!

~Ashley

Ashley Goes to D.C. Part 2

Day 3: July 4

We traveled into Georgetown for the day. I had this on my list of places to go. Loved it there!

   Loved seeing all the historic buildings and garden entrances to homes.
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 Farmers Fishers Bakers was my absolute favorite place we ate at through the whole trip! It was beyond delicious!
  They brewed sweet tea just for us! It was great!

  They had a brunch buffet going. Rob and I literally didn’t know what to do with ourselves when we saw how much food they had. It was all amazing. I ate everything on my plate AND went back for a second helping. We may have embarrassed Cody and Tori a little bit. ๐Ÿ™‚

 More beautiful buildings/homes. Loved this blue ceiling on the porch! I’ve read on Pinterest that this was a southern tradition. The blue ceiling kept away bugs and supposedly evil spirits.
  Very American.  Had to drive though China Town on our way back.

 We went to Bolling Air Force Base, which is where Cody (Rob’s college friend) works to celebrate the 4th that night. We had a great view of the water and the fireworks show.

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 Day 4: July 5

For our last full day in D.C. we quickly visited the monuments we didn’t catch on our first day there.

Lincoln Memorial

 

Thomas Jefferson Memorial


Washington Monument.

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We ate lunch at Matchbox. Best. Pizza. Ever.


And of course, dessert at Ice Cream Jubilee in the Navy Yard. We decided that even though we ate dessert with every meal, all those calories were canceled out with all the walking we did every day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We HAD to go to a baseball game at Nats Stadium! Awesome atmosphere.

 And finally, our last meal, was at Ted’s Bulletin. Great food. Very vintage, 20’s type feel.
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Cheeseburger hit the spot.

They serve breakfast all day!

Home made pop tarts.

Superb milkshakes. Definitely had to walk this one off.

Day 5: July 6

We flew out around lunch. Snapped this on the way out. Until next time, D.C.
Snacks and reading on the flight back.

Can I just say that I would move to D.C. in a heartbeat! Or any of the surrounding cities that we visited. We had a wonderful trip thanks to Cody and Tori. They took us everywhere we wanted to go and more! Now, who wants to go back with me, like really soon?!

~Ashley

Ashley Goes to D.C. Part 1

My boyfriend, Rob, and I went to DC for the 4th of July weekend! We stayed with a good friend of Rob’s from college and his wife. They were the best hosts and tour guides! We had a great time thanks to them! Okay, get ready for picture overload.

Day 1: Thursday, July 2

Got this photo of our flight in. So pretty

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We got into D. C. about 9:00 their time (very early flight!) so we had a full day to sight see! We went straight to Capitol Hill.ย 

Love these buildings!

Library of Congress.

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The Capitol dome during reconstruction.

Had to make a pit stop to eat. Wonderful hot dogs and corn dogs atย DC-3. I forgot to take pics of our food before scarfed it down.ย 

Have to have dessert. Great doughnuts at District Doughnut!

Yummy Strawberry!

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We drove into Alexandria, Virginia for dinner. We ate at a lovely Italian place that Cody and Tori, our hosts, eat at quite a bit called Rosemarino d’ Italia. It was great! Loved the atmosphere of this town!

Yummy Chicken Carbonara

Fantastic spaghetti and meatballs

Day 2: Friday, July 3

We drove to Annapolis, Maryland. It was absolutely beautiful! Would love to live there!

View from the World War II memorial.

So festive for the 4th!

Great view of the Chesapeake Bay.

We also checked out the Navy base.

Got an up close view of these naval students in action.

Beautiful buildings.

Had to have dessert again after eating at Armadillo’s! Milkshakes!

Loved walking down these side streets.

Had to snap a picture of this adorable pink town home!

We drove back into D.C for dinner at Bonchon which is located in the Navy Yard. Talk about big chicken wings! These things were tasty!

We had a wonderful first two days! Check back in tomorrow for part two of the trip!

~Ashley

Flash Sale! Cute One-Piece Swimsuitย 

I have to share this adorable one-piece swimsuit from J. Crew Factory! It is 40% off today and free shipping! (Use code FUNTIMES) 

 

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I loved the color of this swimsuit (they also have it in black) and I was on the search for a cute one-piece. Since I am taller and longer torsoed, I tend to run into the problem of one-pieces not being long enough for me body wise. If I go up a size to try and make up for that, then it’s too big. Well, this piece fit me perfectly! I ordered a small and it is just right. My mom just loved it on me! She said it was very flattering yet modest. If you are looking for a cute, form flattering one-piece, this is it! 

Has anyone else ordered this bathing suit?! I always like the way J. Crew Factory and J. Crew bathing suits fit! 

Happy Monday! 

~Ashley