It’s The Little Things: Week Nine

My husband & I first started dating in high school (or maybe we called it “going out” then), we first met in Math class.  I was the cheerleader who sat in the front row, he was the cool, one-year older surfer kid in the back that I was obsessed with.  If I remember right, he didn’t even know I existed until the third nine weeks, when one day he randomly woke up from a nap while I was walking to the back of the room.  After that, most of our memories were driving to high school parties in his jeep, sneaking out late-night to see each other, & then later, visits in my dorm room when I went to college.

Sometimes I feel like we are still that young, that any moment a teacher is going to pop up & ask for our pass back to class or that we are going to be grounded for not making it home by curfew.  When I really think about it, the fact that my curly-headed high school boyfriend is now my husband & even more so, a father to my daughter is mind-blowing craziness to me. 
And then, I look at the two of them together & know that of all the phases of life & roles I have seen him in, there was never a more perfect one than this. 

When we first found out that we were expecting a girl, I was over the moon excited & Joe was scared shitless.  Other than the obvious (the fact that he now had two fashionistas to provide for & that he was going to have to get a gun for her future boyfriends), I know he had dreamed of having a little man to go fishing with or to play with him in the outdoors.  I definitely think the realization of a girl was a big one for him, one that he needed to adjust to, & am glad that we found out so he had the rest of our pregnancy to fully embrace it.
Then Waverly was born & since then, I have watched him turn into the perfect “girl” dad.  He truly amazes me on a daily basis & even though I don’t tell him enough, both Waverly & I are incredibly lucky to have him.  He is all-guy, as masculine as they come, yet every morning when I am at work, he brushes her hair & gets her dressed complete with every one of the dozens of accesories I leave out. 😉  He gets on the floor to play babies with her, helps push her stroller, & I’m pretty sure he has even worn a beaded necklace or two.  Every night he walks through the door to greet his “girls” & it is definitely one of the highlights of (all of) our days.
Waverly really has a lot of her dad in her, she may be totally girl but she loves the outdoors just as much & no doubt, will one day be her daddy’s co-fisher(wo)man.  Obviously, she loves him to the moon, cannot get enough of him, & I already can tell that she will be a daddy’s girl just like I still am today.
And for what it’s worth, can we do a shout-out for mommy, too?! 🙂  I am loving the incredible bond we are also building upon each day, love her so much, & LOVE, love that she will forever have both of us has her biggest fans.
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Congratulations to both Vanessa Esperanza & Stephanie Pizzariello, both are our winners for last week’s giveway, the digital prints from Ren & Boots.  This week’s giveaway is a BIG one & I am so happy to be a part of offering it to you ladies.  In honor of Sadie Sky Boutique’s one-year anniversary, Jess has rounded up some of her very very favorite shops (& her own) to give back to all of you.  The lucky winner of this giveaway will recieve a pair of moccasins from Freshly Picked (a favorite of ours), a bottom of your choice from Dandy Lion Co., & a onesie or tee from Hen & Co., AND a $30.00 credit to Sadie Sky Boutique!  Seriously, it doesn’t get any better than this!  Enter below & GOOD LUCK!
I am so jealous of the winner already. 😉
HAPPY Wednesday
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  1. March 26, 2014 / 5:15 am

    hi ashley! it's my first time joining your linky party 🙂 love your blog! thanks for hosting!

  2. March 26, 2014 / 5:37 am

    I love that you met your husband so young! I met Conor my first day of college and love that we have already been together for almost 10 years! Also, that picture of you & Waverly kissing is so sweet! A framer for sure!

  3. March 26, 2014 / 9:04 am

    I loved reading this post, we have had such a similar story! I too married my high school sweetheart and it has been the most incredible journey watching this boy become a man and then a father. Young love that lasts is so precious. xx

  4. March 26, 2014 / 9:25 am

    Such sweet photo of waverly with daddy! Super cute one of you guys too but just loving the daddy daughter moments – they are precious! 🙂

  5. March 26, 2014 / 10:58 am

    So adorable! Love your highschool sweetheart story. I met my husband in the last year of highschool. Hard to believe that it's been about 10 years since I've known him! Your husband looks like an awesome girl dad! lol We had two boys first which are both kind of momma's boys(more so when they were younger) but Emily just lights up when she sees Marc! Love all the pics of your fam!

  6. March 26, 2014 / 12:07 pm

    So sweet. I love watching the bond between my husband and daughter too. There's something so sweet about a dad and his little girl. Beautiful pictures!

  7. March 26, 2014 / 12:21 pm

    Oh my gosh!! I LOVED reading about you and your hubs! And of course you are both the BEST parents ever! It really is the sweetest thing watching my hubs turn to puddy in Mia's hands.

  8. March 26, 2014 / 1:22 pm

    This post is the cutest! 🙂 Brent & I also started dating between our junior/senior years of high school so I can totally relate to all of this.

  9. March 26, 2014 / 2:05 pm

    This is the sweetest! I can relate on so many levels. Nathan and I are high school sweethearts {started 'going out' at 15 & 16 years old}. It's amazing to see how far we've come and now we have a sweet little one to share all the fun with! You three are the cutest!!!

  10. March 26, 2014 / 2:05 pm

    You have such a beautiful family Ashley! This makes me want a girl because I know my guy would be the same. Such a sweet post! Xoxo
    Nessa's World
    Ummm I hope I win this giveaway too haha way awesome!

  11. March 26, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    Aw you guys are were high school sweethearts! That's so sweet! I love hearing stories like yours. My husband and I met 10 years ago when I was 22, and it's fun to think back to that time and that we're married now. Thanks for hosting the linkup!

  12. March 26, 2014 / 2:22 pm

    Love this! I was in high school when I met my husband too, he was in college though so I suppose not technically high school sweethearts. It is definitely my favourite watching Aria with her dada. I cannot imagine him being any more fantastic with her, such a perfect little duo! Something extra special about that daddy daughter relationship.

  13. March 26, 2014 / 3:20 pm

    Loved reading your post this week! I also posted about my husband this week! It always warms my heart to see little girls who love their daddy so much!! Precious! I loved reading your story too. I also met my husband in high school!! It's great to have a connection that spans so long! 🙂

  14. March 26, 2014 / 3:39 pm

    How sweet is this!! Loved reading about love for Daddy.

    Thanks again!! 🙂

  15. March 26, 2014 / 4:01 pm

    What a beautiful post…and that first picture just melts my heart! God know's what he is doing when he sends little girls into the world and it looks like Waverly could not have two more perfect parents than she does 🙂

  16. March 26, 2014 / 4:25 pm

    As a high school math teacher, I absolutely love that you and your hubby met in math class!!! In high school, I dated the guy I sat next to in geometry, and though I didn't marry him, I always tell my geometry kiddos that story and they get a kick out of it! Also love that your manly-man of a husband brushes Waverly's hair and accessorizes her each morning. So sweet! It's amazing what having a kiddo does to ya! 🙂

  17. March 26, 2014 / 5:22 pm

    Love this! Brought tears to my eyes! I love that Steven is a "girl" dad and my absolute all time favorite thing he says is "my girls"! Joe and Waverly's bond is priceless! You guys are too cute!! Is it weird, that I feel we would be really good friends if we lived near each other?! Hahaha!!!

  18. March 26, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    This story was the best! I absolutely loved reading this post. Jim and I are high school sweethearts too! Or, eek, possibly even qualified as Jr. High school sweethearts. I was 14 and he was 17 when we started "talking" or "going out" like you said 🙂 11 years later, here we are. Ack!

  19. March 26, 2014 / 7:35 pm

    too too cute!! It is always so fun to see how our men change when we bring a precious baby girl into our lives! love this!

  20. March 27, 2014 / 12:13 am

    What an adorable story, I loved it! He sure looks and sounds like he turned into the best "girl daddy" there is 😉


  21. March 27, 2014 / 1:50 am

    That first picture of Waverly Maye and your hubs on the bench!!! LOVE!! Frame it for sure!

  22. March 27, 2014 / 3:42 am

    Seriously…these photos. I die. SO CUTE! Your husband seems like an incredible dad (and husband) and I just love the story about how you met!

  23. March 27, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    I love that my husband is such a manly guys guy but he just melted the day we had out daughter. He adores her so so much and the feeling is mutual and I love watching them together! So sweet that you two are high school sweethearts! I have known my husband for 15 years (we met the first year of teaching in the same school) but only got together about 5 years ago and now we are married for almost two years and have a 10 month old! Crazy how time flies!

  24. March 27, 2014 / 1:33 pm

    This post!!!!! I love it. It's so funny because Chad was the opposite…he has two daughters already and was scared shitless to have a little boy. BUT, he has become his best buddy, and it amazes me. I love watching their bond!

  25. March 27, 2014 / 2:39 pm

    What a sweet post! And what an amazing daddy and husband. You ladies certainly struck gold. 🙂

  26. March 27, 2014 / 5:27 pm

    Such a sweet post!!!

  27. March 27, 2014 / 7:59 pm

    What are precious post! I met my husband young as well! I can't wait to see his transformation into "daddy" … I hope its as sweet as you described. Love following you and your adorable little family.

  28. March 28, 2014 / 2:18 am

    I absolutely love your photos. There is something about a father-daughter relationship that amazes me! I could sit and watch my husband and daughter together for hours!

    I cam across your blog from Tawnya and I can't wait to read more!

    alycia @ Crazily normal

    • March 28, 2014 / 12:22 pm

      Aw, thank you Alycia! So glad that you found my blog & I am happy to have you following along! Happy Friday! XO

  29. March 29, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    LOVE the pictures! What camera do you use? It's amazing & I need it. =) I will definitely be linking up in the future… "it's the little things" is something I can definitely relate to and would love to blog about! Happy weekend!!

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