Saturday, December 31, 2011

Many Blessings To You...

I want to wish you (all) a Wonderful NEW YEAR!
I pray the next year will bring you many blessings and great health.
May God watch over each of your families.
 
 
Happy New Year!!
Welcome 2012!!

*****
Ashley

Friday, December 30, 2011

2012 Single Resolution

Every year I make New Year's Resolutions....and every STINKIN year I fail at accomplishing most of them!!  Last year I made 12 goals for 12 months...I probably followed through with half of them....not bad for me.

So....this year I am making ONE goal....I can and WILL achieve it also.  It is not out of reach and it is an encouragement from God.... 

Colossians 3:23
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (NIV)
Ecclesiastes 9:10
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” (NIV)
Luke 6:45
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” ~KJV Ad.
Luke 6:37-38
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV)

This year I am going to be the best I can be....yep, that does sound super cheesy.  Just bear with me, mmkay?  I am going to do good in every area of my life.  A small list of what I am talking about:
*Answer emails immediately, instead of waiting to think about what I will say...only to forget the email and have the other person get mad or their feelings hurt because I didn't respond in a timely manner.
*Answer texts immediately....for the same reasons as above.
*Answer/return phone calls....I am NOT A PHONE TALKER...most of my family and friends know this and accept me for my weird quirks!  Others don't get it and are offended...again, see above.
*Return things right after I've borrowed and used them.
*Less eating out, more focused meal planning.
*Listing all medical debt and begin paying it off.
*We bought the big boys there first big kid Bibles for Christmas and we want to teach them how important this book is...I have a crafty project to get done to push this belief.  Exciting!
*....clean the bathrooms more....yikes, I can't believe I just admitted that on here!!
*Read my Bible and pray way more than I do now.
*Send little notes to family and friends.
*In general....ORGANIZE my life and home.  
That is just a smattering of ways to be better at my life.  God has blessed me so much and I never want to take that for granted.  I can do so much more with what He has given me.  I pray that I can keep this promise to be the best me I can be (wow, sounds cheesy and selfish!  ha!), but I know I will have days where I just want to be a big ole lazy slob...and that's okay too!  ;)
Honestly every year I cringe at the thought of my NYR (for constant fear of failure), but this year I am actually looking forward to 2012!!!  I can accomplish this goal....bring it on!! :))

Thanks for stopping by!
Ashley
 


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas dear blogger friends and family.  
May you enjoy every moment of the day and time spent with those who mean the most to you.

Here comes 2012....really?


*****
Ashley

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Photogs!

I wanted to share pics from a recent photo shoot I did....
Let me share first that I am a "natural light" {outside} photographer (if ya wanna call me that!).
Anywhoo...this was my FIRST INSIDE session.  I was very nervous, but did my very best.











Hope you enjoyed.

*****
Ashley

Wordless Wednesday



Sunday, December 18, 2011

O Christmas Tree and Mantle Thee....

Just a little tour of my Christmas Decor...mainly my tree and mantle.....

 Some days I cannot believe we are a family of 6...but there is proof right there...6 STOCKINGS!!
I LOVE MY FAMILY!!


 my two little curious monkeys!!

 my favorite ornament....

 {peek a boo, I see you. do you see me?}




 I hope you have enjoyed a small tour of my humble home!! 

*****
Ashley

Saturday, December 10, 2011

another peek.....



 I've been so BUSY taking other peoples pictures, that I haven't had the chance to edit my own family pics!!  Well last night and today I made a dent in them.  I'm hoping to finish them off by Monday. 

Speaking of B.U.S.Y.....

Tomorrow night Breslyn is going to be in a Christmas concert with her Gaga (my momma), and I can't wait to see the show! 

Monday night is GNO!!!  I can't wait....I had to miss last month, so I really want to see all the wonderful ladies in our group!  We are having a big meal and exchanging APRONS!!  How fun will that be? 

I was hoping we (as a family) could go see Arthur Christmas Tuesday night. 

Wednesday night Breslyn has her first Ballet performance at our local mall!  She is so excited, but I am hoping she will remember all the steps....and NOT get that deer-in-the-headlights look about her!!  Ha!  I guess we will see. 

I don't think we have plans for the rest of the week....whew....this season is already going by so fast, and that makes me so sad.  I need days FULL of NOTHING!! 
Here's to a stress-free, low key week!! 

*****
Ashley

Friday, November 25, 2011

Obviously....

Well, I have obviously failed my November goal....but do you know how hard it is to blog every FLIPPIN' day?!  No?  It's HARD!!  HA!  Oh well, I will try and do a few posts in a row!!  So....

Here are some more pics of a shoot I did a couple weeks ago.  I tell ya...it is a LOT stressful being an amateur photographer.  I know people aren't expecting much from a non-pro, but I want them to be pleasantly surprised when they receive their pictures!  Will my artistic taste match theirs?  Are they as in love with black and white photos as I am?  Etc, {self doubt}, etc, {hoping for great results}, etc!!!  That aside...here are a few pics!  Enjoy! {unfortunately, blogger is being all screwy...some of them...a few of my favs....are turned the wrong way.  bummer.}














 Love this pic...he isn't really a smiler, so to capture his sweetness in this pose was priceless.  I so wish it was right side up!!




This is such a precious picture...mom and daughter...such beauties!!









*****
Ashley