2017 Recap

Hello and happy Tuesday!

2017 was a chill year, but a great year. I just want to show you how my year went!

January

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I began 2017 with my amazing boyfriend. This was our second new years kiss with many more to come! Fingers crossed!

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This was also the month I began working out, but I still ate what I wanted!

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Ended January by having a cute frozen yogurt date with my little cousins.

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February

I took tons of pictures of my dog. Look how cute she is! Lol

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For Valentines day I decided to surprise my boyfriend with a fun water balloon fight.

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My parents even surprised my boyfriend with a new puppy, which we named Logan.

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And of course started school. Props to my boyfriend for this awesome photo!

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March

Logan had his first puppuccino, which he loved!

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Took him for tons of walks.

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Went out to eat with the whole family,

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and ended the month by visiting my boyfriends family in Corpus Christi.

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April

Began the month of April by celebrating my cousin’s baby shower to celebrate the arrival of baby Sebastian.

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Three weeks later baby Sebastian was born!

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Ended April by celebrating my little cousins birthday at her favorite place Peter Piper Pizza!

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May

Started off May by studying for my organic chemistry final exam.

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Went to San Antonio to watch a Spurs game and took a picture with the biggest spurs fan!

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Went to the Natural Bride Wildlife Ranch in San Antonio, Texas and fed a buffalo!

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Watched a ton of old videos with my grandma. (Those are my parents on Jan. 1, 2001)IMG_3820.JPG

Went bay fishing with my family in South Padre Island, Texas.

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And ended the month by celebrating my boyfriend’s mom’s birthday.

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June

Started June by watching my little sister graduate from high school,

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and my cousin!

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Celebrated my sisters big achievement by having a party!

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I even rode a mechanical bull!

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Ended June by celebrating my 21st birthday!

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July

Started off by going to Las Vegas for the first time!

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Had some awesome cupcakes at the Paris Hotel.

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Took tons of pictures with my boyfriend,

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and we even got a caricature done for us!

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Ended July by trying crawfish for the first time!

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August

Started August with the thought of starting a blog,

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while someone just didn’t stop growing!

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Ended August by starting my blogging journey!

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September

Started this month by adding a new addition to the family,

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and of course school had begun!

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Was able to see my boyfriend’s aunt, who I just adore, since a long time ago.

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October

Started October by celebrating my grandpa’s birthday,

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and my boyfriends birthday!

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Ended this month by carving a pumpkin for Halloween.

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November

Spent a whole lot of time going to Starbucks because of school.

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Took Lulu to the dog park for the first time, which she loved!

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Traveled to Corpus Christi, Texas to spend Thanksgiving with my boyfriend’s family,

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and ended November by going to work!

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December

Started December by celebrating my dad’s birthday,

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and I even got to hold baby Sebastian for the first time! He wasn’t too thrilled of me.

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Took a cute polaroid picture, which is now my favorite picture of us, with my boyfriend.

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Even got to make a snow angel (who would’ve known!)

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And finally…ended the year the same way it started!

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I hope this next year is just as amazing, and I can’t wait to be able to show you what 2018 looks like.

-Ashley N. Barron

Our Trip to Las Vegas!

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Our trip to Las Vegas was definitely one for the books! It was our first solo trip out of Texas. It was definitely an exciting yet scary experience.

Let me begin by saying that our trip was postponed. We initially had our trip scheduled for June 26th through June 30th, but our flight got canceled last minute. We ended up rescheduling our trip for the following week. On the bright side, our airlines provided us with extra flight vouchers and a cash settlement!

I was surprised when we arrived to the airport, because I wasn’t expecting to see slot machines. I thought ‘Man, these people take this gambling thing seriously!’ I was tempted to play a little, but we were following some people from our flight in order to find where the baggage claim was.

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I was amazed by how much walking we did! I even reached a new personal record on my Fitbit! I would definitely recommend to anyone who is planning on going to Las Vegas to take a pair of comfortable shoes! Not sandals! Shoes! I learned my lesson the hard way!

We decided to stay at the Bally’s hotel, being that it was both affordable and in the center of the strip. We spent most of the evening gambling, until Hector started feeling a bit sick. We then picked up some food/medicine and called it a night.

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We did what most tourist do. We visited the botanical garden (a beautiful site, definitely recommend!), went to the m&m store, Hershey’s store and the Coca-Cola store!

I was surprised by how much we got asked to show our ID’s! We were literally getting asked every thirty minutes! There was even a security guard that asked us for our ID within ten minutes. He had forgotten that he had just asked us!

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I believe I am pretty good when it comes to taking heat, since I live in the Rio Grande Valley. It is always hot here, but not as hot as Vegas! It was so hot that I had trouble breathing through my nose. I could even feel the heat through my shoes! No wonder there were less tourists during the day! Everyone is inside trying to stay away from the heat!

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The beauty about traveling is that you’re always learning something new! We are currently planning on visiting Vegas again in December, hoping to avoid the summer heat and experience things we did not get to experience the first time around. All in all, traveling was certainly worth the expense, and something I think we should all strive to make time for ever so often!

-Ashley N. Barron