Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Love Where You Live: Cary, NC.

Right outside of Raleigh, North Carolina,
is a town named Cary

(That picture is Raleigh. Not Cary.)

Most people around here joke about Cary being C.A.R.Y. - Centralized Area of Relocated Yankees. I'm serious - everyone knows that acronym. But it hasn't always been known for that...

I was born in 1988 and lived in Cary for the first 14 years of my life. Our little house was in the woods. With a pond. A big garden. A field. I lived across the street from my grandparents and beside my cousins. It was AWESOME.

But the town of Cary started growing. They built a small shopping area called Crossroads, which turned into a HUGE shopping center. For years they talked to my family about expansion, and it finally happened. That house, pond, garden, and field are no longer there. You can drive right through where I used to sleep. It's still strange to me. A patch of my cousins' driveway is still there, and surprisingly my grandparents STILL live in their same house which managed to go untouched.

We moved a few minutes away to Raleigh in a beautiful area. When I graduated high school, I attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh. I met my amazing husband there. We got married in March 2011. Stuck around campus in an apartment for a year and a half. And then bought a house in...


So, I'm back! In a different part of Cary than I lived before. (Obviously. That part is dunzo.) And we love it! We wanted to be near Raleigh, but close to our church in Apex since we're the youth leaders. Cary is in the middle. 

Raleigh was named Businessweek's Best City to Live in 2011. So I'm not the only one who loves this place. :)

What I love about living here:
- Beautiful mixture of city and country
- Modern Southern charm
- All four seasons experienced
- Home of the NC State Wolfpack & Carolina Hurricanes (my former employer)
- Only a couple hours away from the beach AND the mountains
- An abundance of trees, greenery, and parks
- Excellent food choices (Chick-Fil-A, Zaxby's, Bojangles, Smithfield's Chicken n Barbeque, Cook-Out, etc. Krispy Kreme started here. I could go on.)
- Close to my side of the family in Raleigh and only an hour away from Jordan's side in Greensboro
- It's clearly the only area I've ever lived in and don't know anything else...haha.

So that's just a LITTLE bit about my town. I'm eager to visit the others in this Influence Network link-up! Thanks for stopping by, y'all! If you visit, look me up!

Some North Carolina pics:

My grandparents' cabin in the mountains of NC (the one with the red roof!)

Wolfpack football game at NC State

Yates Mill Pond right down the road from my parents' house

Raleigh Farmers' Market

The Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh

NC State University

NC is home to some beautiful lighthouses, especially in the Outer Banks.

At the zoo in Asheboro, NC

At our favorite place - the beach!

A view of Pilot Mtn. at Mountain Top Youth Camp

And, yes, we DO get snow almost every year! :) This is our house. 



  1. Ashley- beautiful pics of your area. My husband and I love NC, especially the beach. We've vacationed in Nags Head a couple of times. Great family beach!

  2. Hmmm...Should I do what I love about Lizard Lick? LOL that'd be quick!

  3. I am so, so happy to meet you. Your photos are beautiful! YOU are stunning and you have such a sweet spirit!I would so love to connect with you more girl! Thank you for sharing! Love, Amy

  4. Love this post! I have loved living in this area for the last 3 1/2 years :-)

  5. I love Cary! My sister lived there for a while and is now in Fouquay. I'll actually be up there in less than a week! It's a gorgeous part of the state, but I had no idea what it used to be! Kinda sad!

  6. Oh gosh so beautiful and I'm a bit jealous ;)

  7. I live in SC, and also love living near both the mountains and the beach! Cary seems like a great place to be!!!

  8. love all these pics. and we're coming up sometime soon so we have to get together! :)

  9. What beautiful pictures you took! I love the south so much, if I could move back anywhere it would be back in the Carolinas! So nice to meet you via the network!

  10. Oooo your pictures make me want to come visit! I love that you LOVE where you're at! That's a sweet gift to treasure.

  11. Oh my goodness!!! Cary is so confusing to me. We go to church there and I know what roads we need to take and that is it. We cannot deviate unless the GPS is on and even then I still feel like we get turned around and the roads go in criss-cross paths!!! Nice pics too!

  12. Wow NC is such a pretty place. Your pictures make me want to head over there for a while : )


  13. I loooooove North Carolina! I lived in Charlotte for four of the best years of my life which were my newlywed and new mom years. My first baby was born there so we call her our Carolina girl! Nice to meet you!

    1. And P.S. my Carolina girl's name is Ashley! ;)

  14. How am I just now finding you?! I live in N Raleigh! We used to have a townhouse over near Trader Joe's in Cary. It's a small world! I can't wait to get to know you better through your blog! Take care, Kristin



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