Friday, September 28, 2012


Well, it's official. I'm legally Ashleigh Nicole Johnson. Unreal.

I walked into the Social Security office this afternoon and got this little slip of paper:

and waited.

and waited.

and waited some more.

1.5 hours later (not that bad, all things considered), I walked out with this little slip of paper:

Life is funny isn't it? 29.999 years with the same name makes for a few slip ups here and there. Especially when signing my name or answering the phone at work. It's something I'll gladly get used to though. And like any good southern girl, I'm itching to splash my new monogram all over the house. Ah, life of a newlywed. I'm loving it.
P.S. Another reason today is great? It was exactly three years ago today that I met my husband. You can read about it here if you want to know the story. Thank you Robert and Kelly. Really, how will we ever properly thank you though?!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Newly newlyweds

us at one of j's friend's wedding last weekend. i'm wearing one of MY bridesmaid's dresses. thanks carr!
Being a newly newlywed is fun. But it's also a huge adjustment. Huge. There is a lot more to merging households than I ever thought possible. Whew. We've been working hard at making the house our home, so it's not all fun and games. We come home and work! It's all completely, 100 % worth it and there is nothing better than coming home to my husband. Still doesn't feel real. Please don't wake me up.

us at our first baylor game of the season.
Justin and I dated for almost three years before getting married, so we both thought we knew everything there was to know about each other. Guess what? We didn't. It's been fun "learning" though. Here are a few of my thoughts on being a newly newlywed.

1. No matter how low you crank the AC, sharing a bed with someone is HOT. And I don't mean sexy. I mean, wake up in the middle of the night and throw the covers off, then wake up half an hour later freezing. And repeat. We might be trading in my old queen size bed sooner than we planned. (note: justin sleeps through the night just fine. i have yet to experience a full night's sleep).

2. Putting my freezing cold feet on Justin is one of the funniest things ever.

3. I'm way more sentimental than I ever thought possible. And so is my husband.

4. My fridge is suddenly full.

5. I now eat at home most days/nights. I like it better than I thought I would.

6. I no longer have full reign on seasonal decor. Read: seasonal decor will be significantly decreased this year at my our house.

7. Men trim their nose hairs?!! And there's an electric device for that?!

8. I married a very handy, tidy and organized man. I think he's pretty cute too ;)

9. My schedule is no longer my own and neither is his.

10. Home decor and decorating decisions are tricky. I no longer have full reign over these choices either.

11. The number one question I get asked (and I'm asked this almost daily) is, "How's Avery adjusting to having a man in the house?!" Answer: Quite well. I'm fairly certain he loves Justin more than me. Or maybe it's the "alpha male" thing.

12. When you live with someone, particuraly your spouse, they see eevvvveerrything. Good, bad, ugly. Good thing we both love each other anyway.

13. Whoever advised us to not share a bathroom is a genius. Bless you.

14. We laugh a lot more now that we're married than we ever did dating. A lot more.

I'm sure there are a million more. Perhaps I'll do a part two in a few weeks. I have no doubt there is much, much more to be discovered about each other and marriage in general. So far, it's the best thing I've ever done.

Friday, September 14, 2012



Hallelujah. (Appropriately, our recessional). The day was far from perfect, but the details were everything I had hoped they would be. Maybe even better. And in spite of a few several missteps, we had the best day. So good that I wish we could relive every single moment. Even if we couldn't change a thing. It was a wonderfully beautiful, precious day.

We arrived home on Monday after a relaxing honeymoon in St. Lucia and are attempting to get settled and into a routine. I can't wait to share more about the day and I really can't wait to see more photos. In the meantime, I get to go home to my husband and that's all I need. More later. Happy weekend.