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HEY THERE!

My name is Ashley.

Welcome to my online journal and creative outlet. Grab a cup of tea, browse the archives and stay awhile!



Love this look from the NYC Ballet at how pointe shoes are made.

As a young dancer the thing that saddened me most about leaving dance to pursue other interests further was that I was only a few months away from receiving my own pointe shoes.

After reading this post from Elephantine, I’m super tempted to pick up dancing again, even if I don’t have a ballerina’s body. 

What about you? Do you have any hobbies you dropped earlier in life that you dream about picking up again? 

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Saturdays

Saturday morning is hands-down my favorite part of my week.

  • I sleep in late (aka 8am)
  • Clean my apartment while listening to my favorite Joy the Baker podcast
  • Make coffee
  • Use my new milk frother that makes me feel oh so fancy
  • Actually enjoy my coffee in a mug at my house (not in a travel mug while corralling children in the morning)
  • Watch Comedians in Cars Drinking Coffee
  • Plan my grocery shopping list (currently I’m on a greek yogurt + a banana kick for my school lunches)
  • Browse Pinterest without feeling guilty
  • Remember I own a blender and proceed to make a smoothie
  • Remember I have a blog and type this post

The next best thing is Saturday afternoons/evenings when I make my weekly Target run and spend time with my sweet family. 

What are your Saturday rituals? 

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A few months ago I had the pleasure to accompany the Lackey family to their family cabin in the mountains of New Mexico. While there, Betsy shot the details portion of her first styled shoot while the rest of us relaxed, ate great food, and enjoyed the fresh mountain air. [Check out the published shoot here and take a look at the behind the scenes video of the second half of the styled shoot here!] 

Enjoy a snippet of our short, yet rejuvenating time in the mountains…

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November & December Life Nuggets

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I’ll let the video speak for itself. 

Amazing job, Clayton

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I really believe Jesus put Betsy Lackey in my life for a multitude of reasons.
Here are just a few:1. She inspires me to live bigger than I’m comfortable with.2. She is honest and the world’s best listener. 3. She’ll let me tag along on last minute road trips.4. She remembers that one print you saw at Video Blogshop in Austin a year ago and will buy it and have her dad custom frame it and give it to you for Christmas. 5. She makes amazing pies. 
Remember, I said I’m only sharing a few. There’s more reasons why she is the greatest. Maybe I’ll write a book some day. Is that creepy?
Nah :) 

I really believe Jesus put Betsy Lackey in my life for a multitude of reasons.

Here are just a few:
1. She inspires me to live bigger than I’m comfortable with.
2. She is honest and the world’s best listener. 
3. She’ll let me tag along on last minute road trips.
4. She remembers that one print you saw at Video Blogshop in Austin a year ago and will buy it and have her dad custom frame it and give it to you for Christmas. 
5. She makes amazing pies. 

Remember, I said I’m only sharing a few. There’s more reasons why she is the greatest. Maybe I’ll write a book some day. Is that creepy?

Nah :) 

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The last 5 months have been a blur. My first year teaching has absolutely been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done [real talk.] There have been times when I’ve started mental lists of jobs that would be easier and thought out potential career changes.

My little geologists hard at work. 

But I’m reminded of several things.

1. Holy cow I have a job! A year ago finding a job was almost literally all I thought about. I had no idea that I would be blessed enough to be teaching in the same hallway that I student taught in and next door to my mentor teacher! Oh, Jesus sure knows what he’s doing. 
2. It’s okay that I don’t have it all together. Good gosh, how boring would it be if I was amazing at this already? I’ve got the rest of my career ahead of me and I cannot wait to compare years 2, 5, 10, etc to year 1. Heck, even semester 1!

These first few days of Christmas break have recharged me already. Not only has spending time with family and friends been good for my soul, this time away from school has allowed me to refocus on the bigger picture, dream, and prep my mind for what is to come in the last 5 months of school. 

For the next 5 months I’d like to…
1. Send home physical notes talking about the good things.
2. Take more pictures of the goings on in our world.
3. Use our science notebooks better. 
4. Help my kiddos be more comfortable writing in math and science.
5. Read aloud to the troops during math and science.
6. Interact with our community in some way. 

Embarrassing but necessary “selfie” wearing school shirt & jacket on my weekly Friday morning Sonic run. Keeping it real. 

I do apologize for my absence in blogging. I never wanted this blog to turn into a “teacher blog” but really, who am I kidding? I’M A TEACHER :) Why not share what’s going on in my world? It’s a pretty funny world. 

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Dear Lord,

I am so thankful that my identity is not determined by the circumstances of my life. Hep me to year Your words, put them into practice and stand firm on Your Truth. 

Amen.

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Right after school let out on Friday afternoon I packed my bags and headed to bunker down at my parents house for the weekend. The first winter storm of the season is upon us and I sure didn’t want to be stranded in my apartment alone. Mainly because I was low on food and didn’t want to replenish ;)

Being home has been so great. Last night we made soup and grilled cheese on homemade bread and drank hot chocolate by the fire. This morning I woke up around 6am (curse being an adult) and enjoyed a lazy morning watching cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies with my dad. After a relaxing afternoon making homemade rice krispy treats with the sister and browsing Pinterest for an hour or so I’m back to working on my yearly Blurb book that I create using pictures from my life from the previous year. Making these books (I’ve printed 2 so far) always makes me nostalgic and grateful for how the Lord has provided for me in my 22 years of life. 

Note to self: share the ones I’ve already printed.

With only two more school days until Thanksgiving break officially starts, I am a happy woman. As much as I love teaching and seeing my kiddos every day, spending all this extra time with my family has been extremely refreshing and much needed. 

How is your November treating you? Don’t forget to set aside time to step away from your computer, bake a pie and hug a loved one :) 

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This warms my soul & makes me want to bust out my paints. 
Add that to today’s to do list. 

This warms my soul & makes me want to bust out my paints. 

Add that to today’s to do list. 

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view from my apartment in the morning & evening

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