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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A wedding weekend and selfies with Grandma.

This past week was full of excitement for my cousin's nuptials, traveling and good ol' family chaos.

It was a recipe for all things that fill my soul.

First, I went to one of my favorite places on earth, Camp Creek. I came here to get some peace from the previous long travel day and see my fairy godmother, Sandal. She's amazing and it wouldn't be a trip to Texas without seeing her. We ate an amazing cheesy/tortilla filled Mexican breakfast and came back to drink coffee on the porch with this view.

You can be jealous.

After this glorious morning, I realized in a stir of panic, I had some shopping to do for my cousin, Amber. Every bride needs a copious amount of sweets and goodness to get her through the most stressful time in her life, not counting child birth of course. 

Fast forward to the wedding, because there was much chaos making sure everyone was ready, *ahem Grandma*, we are a habitually late family. It really doesn't matter what it is, we can never get out the door fast enough. 

One of the best parts, was getting to see my sweet baby niece, Scarlett. I can't get enough of this girl, she is clearly not amused in these pictures and is working on her RBF (resting b*tch face). She takes after her aunt and she doesn't even know it! 

My desperate attempt to make her smile... wasn't working. Don't worry i'm working on a new act. 

Then we have the gorgeous bride, my cousin Amber. They say that cousins are our first friends, and this couldn't be more true. We really grew up as sisters. Of all my childhood memories, my favorite ones are with this girl. 

We had imaginary friends (his name was Mars), a tree in our grandparent's backyard that we named Jasmine (we went through an Aladdin phase like you wouldn't believe), our days of eating wayyyyy too much sherbet and watching movies like Sister Act, Pretty Woman and Mrs. Doubtfire. Going back to the days of our forts and always blaming "Mars" for everything we didn't mean to do. I love reminiscing to a place where all of these memories will live forever and will always stay simple and wonderful. 

Everyone needs someone to grow up with and i'm so glad I got to grow up with you. I love you, Amber, never forget that. 

Here is my beautiful cousin and her mom, my Aunty Ginger, who is also my favorite aunt in the entire world. I loved being able to hang out with my Aunt, she's really like my second mom. 

PS. Aunty Ginger, I told you that filters make everything better! The sun was also helping us out, and you look fabulous!

I absolutely adore this picture. Here we are the four amigos. I love thinking back to the days where it would the four of us, driving to Oklahoma every summer for a family reunion. My grandpa would make us listen to Paul Harvey, a talk radio show, for what seemed like hours on end, and we would whine and complain and ask him to change it. Then he would tell us if we were good (which the Lord knows we never were), he would stop for ice cream/wouldn't throw us out of a moving car. Ok, he never said that last part about throwing us out of a moving car, but I sure know there were times that man was thinking it. 

The Grandparent's first selfie. This is one for the books, people. Bless them, they had no idea what was going on. 

An excellent picture of my cousins Jessica and newest addition Brynlee (she's the sweetest girl), Grandma, my sister Heather and niece Scarlett. 

This is the newest edition of Selfies with Grandma. My grandmother, God bless her sweet soul, has no idea what a selfie is. She absolutely had no idea I was taking actual pictures. I can still hear her in the absolute most Texas accent you've ever heard, "Ash, you got the camera too close!/ Now what are you doing with these pictures?!" "What in the hell is a blog?" Oh Grandma.

You might have thought she knew what was going on here.. Would you believe that my grandma is only 75, and has never had any plastic surgery?! She had better pass those genetics on to me, only she actually shielded herself from the sun her whole life. Should have started sooner.. ugh. 

We finally got a good one, folks. She has mastered the selfie. Stay tuned. I'm absolutely positive we will be grabbing more when I come back to Texas. 

Last but not least. I couldn't come to Texas without going to Bahama Bucks. I am one of those people that loves a snow cone at any season. Even if it's -79080 outside. I'm a weird bird, I know. 

If you do ever go there, wedding cake, birthday cake (they put colored sprinkles!) and grapes flavors are where it's at. Plus, you feel fancy with an umbrella, which they put in everyones cup!

I was even able to drag this old bean (my bro) out to have a last hoorah before we headed home. Evan, please don't kill me, I love you. 

I would like to thank my family for an amazing time. I don't get to see you as often as i'd like, but I'm sure glad we can get together and hang out like no time has passed. 

Until next time, Texas!

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