Sunday, March 27, 2011

It's Here

The birthday girl!

Well, it is finally here.  Our daughter turned 18 today.  We were laughing because the night I went into labor was very much like last night.  It was very rainy, we were watching March Madness and it looked like Duke was going into overtime when I told Jay we needed to go to the hospital.  He jokingly looked at me and said, "Now, are you sure?"  Just a few hours later Ashley was born and our adventure began!

Throughout the celebration there were lots of comments made about turning 18 and finally being an adult.  We laughed a bit about those comments, but I did remind her that 18 just means she is legal.  Being an adult is more about how you act - you know - more freedom means more responsibility.   I got the whole eye roll thing......again.  "I know mom"  Lol!

Loved being able to celebrate with family.  Lots of fun stories!!!!  We are looking forward to seeing what God has in store for Ashley in this next stage of her life.

Happy Birthday Ashley!!!! 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

How Time Flies

Such a cutie!

On this date 18 years ago we were still recovering from the blizzard of '93 and I was VERY pregnant, thinking I had one month to go.  Little did I know that our daughter would be born exactly 3 days later.  I think if I had known I was so close to delivering when the blizzard hit I would have been a nervous wreck.

Ashley arrived early Saturday morning, March 27th perfectly healthy and seemingly ready to rock and roll!

I can't believe it has been 18 years.  People said time would fly, but honestly there were times I did not believe them - like the times it felt like WWIII when we were trying to get our little strong willed four-year-old to go to bed or the gazillionth time she looked at us rolled her eyes and acted like she thought we were from another planet or the time she told us she was ready to live life on the edge!

We have laughed A LOT, shed tears, spent hours talking, headed out many Saturday mornings to ride horses and had adventures too numerous to mention throughout these 18 years that have produced great memories.

I would have to say the good times far outweighed the bad times and I am really proud of the woman our daughter is becoming.  It is fun to see the peace in her eyes and her confidence grow.

Still a real cutie!
While I can't believe I am old enough to have an 18 year old, I am looking forward to this celebration!