A Weekend with the Girls

Hey y’all!

I have a lot of things on my mind that I need to write about, but there just hasn’t been any time lately! I promise to get back to some regular blogging soon, but for now, I’m off to Austin with this girl…
neely

and this girl…
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and this girl…
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…for Neely’s bachelorette weekend!

We have a fun but relaxing weekend planned, and I can’t wait to have a few days away from Oklahoma with three of my favorite girls!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

The Sunday Social, Week 111

Social Sunday

Hey y’all!

Before I get started, I have to add something from last week. When we talked about important people in our lives, I left out a really special precious friend, and I just feel terrible about it! So Meghan, I love you and I miss you and I’m sorry!
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Today’s questions are a bunch of fun randoms :)

1. What is the most difficult thing you have been through?
When I was a kid, I was diagnosed with scoliosis, which is curvature of the spine. I wore a back brace at night for about a year, and when that didn’t work, I ended up having two spinal fusion surgeries. It was not a fun experience and I had to make some life changes, but it was the best thing for my health, so I worked through it. Aside from a few physical limitations, I’ve been able to live a pretty normal life!

2. What was your best birthday?
My family has always made sure my birthdays are special, so I don’t know that I can single one birthday out! A fun party I can remember from childhood was my 50′s party. We all wore poodle skirts, listened to 50′s music, and my cake was decorated to look like a record! It was lots of fun!

3. What has been your favorite thing you’ve done in your own city?
One of the things I love most about Oklahoma is how we come together to support each other during difficult times. Last year when the awful tornadoes ripped through Moore, Blake Shelton an Toby Keith each planned huge benefit concerts to support the families affected by the storms. I went to both of them, and in addition to hearing some great music, it was great to be able to come together as a community and a state to support each other. A close second-attending an OKC Thunder game during the NBA playoffs this year :)

4. What is your idea of the perfect date night?
Tough question :)

5. Have you ever been to a blogging conference? If so which one(s)? If not, do you want to?
I went to the last two Blissdoms and one Bloggy Boot Camp! Through all three conferences, I gained some great knowledge about blogging and life, and I made some amazing friends! If you’ve never been to a blog conference, I highly encourage you to try one!
Blissdom


Your turn! Answer the questions, grab our button, and link up with Neely and me!

Next week’s questions

These are all about 3s!

1. 3 favorite songs right now
2. 3 favorite movies that remind you of summer
3. 3 favorite articles of clothing you own
4. 3 items on your wish list
5. 3 books you would recommend to someone

Have a great Sunday!

Fourth of July Recap

Hey y’all!

I’ve been trying to get this post up for over a week!

Fourth of July was such a fun weekend! I spent the whole weekend (when I wasn’t working) with Joyce and Wade and the Littles! We celebrated on the 4th and 5th both, so it was a fun extended celebration!

The best part of the weekend was watching everything through the eyes of the Littles! They were absolutely mesmerized by the fireworks, and it was fun seeing their excitement!

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I just love this girl!

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Food is definitely Little Bit’s love language :)

Friday night, we saved the big fireworks, so we just let the kids shoot off sparklers and smoke bombs. As it started getting dark, the houses all around us began shooting off their big fireworks. The Littles and I walked down to the middle of the long winding driveway to the perfect spot where we could see all of the fireworks around us. The kids were SO EXCITED, jumping up and down and screaming when they saw something! It was just precious!

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I can’t even handle the cuteness…

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Four of my five Littles! I can’t even tell you what it took to get this picture of the kids. Getting a picture of four kids four and under is like herding cats.

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Between Little Bit’s fits and Little Girl’s interpretive dance, most of them looked like this. Just keeping it real.

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Saturday night, Joyce’s family and some friends from church came out to the house, and we had desserts and our big fireworks show!

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My contribution to the dessert! I saw someone post their version of this on Instagram, and it looked so fun! The Littles went crazy over it!

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It was a great weekend! Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays, and it was great spending it with a bunch of my favorite people!

The Sunday Social, Week 110

Social Sunday

Hey y’all!

Today’s Sunday Social questions are all about the special people in our lives!

1. Tell us about the family you grew up in, parents, siblings, grandparents.
I grew up in a home with my mom, dad, and little brother. We are a really close family! I don’t know what I’d do without them!
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2. Tell us about your husband, fiancé, boyfriend, significant other.
No significant other in my life right now :)

3. Tell us about your children. If you don’t have children, talk about your fur children.
No human children, but I have the cutest little cat ever! His name is Jack, and he’s the sweetest little guy!
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He likes to snuggle :)

4. Tell us about your best friends. How long have you known them? How did you meet?
I have three best friends that are the best girls I could ever ask for!
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Jessica and I met in kindergarten, and we’ve been friends ever since! Neely and I met through blogging and have been friends almost four years. Teddie and I met through church growing up. Our friendships are all different, but they are all so special. They all bring so much to my life, and I love them so much!

5. Tell us about any other special people in your life.
I have a special family I talk about a lot here :) In college I did the college student adoption program at church, and I was matched up with a great family that immediately made me a part of their family.
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Through this great family’s foster care journey, I was introduced to my Littles, who bring such joy to my life!
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I also have a great group of friends, some I’ve met through blogging and some I’ve met just through life! They are all so precious to me!
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I couldn’t talk about special people without talking about my TVP girls! These are the people I spend most of my time with, and I love how we are all really close even outside of work! It makes going to work so much better when you genuinely like the people you’re working with!
TVP girls collage

Your turn! Answer the questions, grab our button, and link up with Neely and me!

Next week’s questions

1. What is the most difficult thing you have been through?
2. What was your best birthday?
3. What has been your favorite thing you’ve done in your own city?
4. What is your idea of the perfect date night?
5. Have you ever been to a blogging conference? If so which one(s)? If not do you want to?
Have a great week!

The Sunday Social, Week 109

Social Sunday

Hey y’all!

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July holiday! I spent the weekend working and hanging out with my friends. We had two nights of fireworks, and lots of fun with friends!

1. What is your favorite genre of music?

I like all kinds of music, but country us definitely my favorite! I grew up listening to people like Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, and George Strait, and they are still some of my favorites! Speaking of music, I have a giveaway going on right now, so you should enter!

2. What is your favorite genre of movies?

I like girly romantic comedies! Miss Congeniality is my favorite!

3. Do you watch reality TV? If so what was the first show you remember watching?

I do watch reality tv, but my favorite kind has always been the competition shows! Survivor was probably the first one I watched. I used to watch American Idol, and I love The Voice and Dancing with the Stars.

4. Who is an actress you’d want to be BFF’s with?
Sandra Bullock and Reese Witherspoon are pretty awesome. I would like to hang out with Kerry Washington for a day too!

5. Who is an actor you’d be happy to be stuck on an island with?

Because people freak out if I don’t mention him, I have to say Brian McNamara who played General Holden on Army Wives! Also, I kind of adore Patrick Dempsey :)

Your turn! Answer the questions, grab our button, and link up with Neely and me!

Next weeks’s questions

These are all about the important people in your life!

1. Tell us about the family you grew up in, parents, siblings, grandparents.
2. Tell us about your husband, fiancé, boyfriend, significant other.
3. Tell us about your children. If you don’t have children, talk about your fur children.
4. Tell us about your best friends. How long have you known them? How did you meet?
5. Tell us about any other special people in your life.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Tuesday Tunes (A Giveaway)

Hey y’all!

It’s no secret around here that I love music, and I love finding great new songs to listen to. I love sharing the songs I love with my friends, so I’m sharing quite a few of the songs on my playlist right now!


“Somethin’ Bad”-Miranda Lambert feat. Carrie Underwood
These girls are two of my favorites, and I’ve been dying for a duet for years! It’s cute, fun, and  a great song for blasting in the car!


“Day Drinking”-Little Big Town
Much like “Pontoon”, this song is sure to be a big summer hit!


“Hey Bartender”-Lady Antebellum


“Later On”-The Swon Brothers


“Goodbye Gone”-Lucy Hale


“Small Town Soul”-Gwen Sebastian


“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”-Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill
These two are just amazing!


“A Life That’s Good”-Nashville Cast
I LOVE the show Nashville, and one of my favorite things about it is the music! There are so many new great songs I’ve been introduced to the show, and I can’t wait to hear more new songs next season!


“It’s On Tonight”-Nashville Cast

Ok, I want to hear from you! I’m looking for some new songs! Share your current with me and you can win a $25 iTunes gift card so you can get some new music for yourself! Enter with the Rafflecopter below!

Have a great Tuesday!

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The Sunday Social, Week 108

Social Sunday

Happy Sunday, y’all!

1. What was your college major? Did you ever change majors?
My original major in college was broadcasting. During my sophomore year, I decided that really wasn’t what I wanted to do, so I switched to family life education, specializing in child development. I was soooooo much happier!

2. What is the best purchase you’ve made lately?
That’s a tough one :) Um…I bought a really cute top from Hazel and Olive this week!
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3. What is something silly we don’t know about you and go…
I’m addicted to the game Frozen Free Fall. Yes, like Frozen the Disney movie. It’s kind of a problem.


4. What is your favorite holiday?
I love Thanksgiving! My family always has a big Thanksgiving together!


5. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Hit snooze on my alarm and go back to sleep. Just keepin’ it real!

Your turn! Answer the questions, grab our button, and link up with Neely and me!

Next week’s questions

1. What is your favorite genre of music?
2. What is your favorite genre of movies?
3. Do you watch eality TV? If so what was the first show you remember watching?
4. Who is an actress you’d want to be BFF’s with?
5. Who is an actor you’d be happy to be stuck on an island with?
Have a great Sunday!

A Party for a Princess

Hey y’all!

Two weeks ago, Little Girl had her tonsils taken out. She felt kinda crummy for a few days, but pretty soon she was back to her old self!

The evening after her surgery, the rest of the family had to go to an event, so I got to hang out with her for a few hours. I knew she was feeling bad and disappointed that she wasn’t going with the rest of the family, so I wanted to make sure she had a special evening just for her!

Like any other four year old girl, she’s OBSESSED with Princesses, specifically Rapunzel and Elsa. I decided the best thing for us to do was have a princess party! I found a bunch of great stuff at Dollar Tree and Target, and we had a night of girly fun!

drinks
We started with Princess drinks from Sonic! (straws from Dollar Tree)


princesses
We had to get dressed up for our party, so we had crowns and feather boas!

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Rings too :) (rings and boas from Dollar Tree, crowns from Target)

frozen
The first thing on the agenda was watching Frozen. She had been asking to watch it for several days, but they saved it for our party! We both know basically every word to the movie, so we did a lot of singing together.

coloring
I found some princess crayons at Dollar Tree, and I printed some Frozen color sheets I found on Pinterest!

nails
Target had some fun princess nail polish, so I taught her all about accent nails while we watched Tangled :) Her purple and yellow nails were so fun!

We had such a great night together! Even though she felt bad, it was great to have a fun girly night with my sweet little princess!

Test Post 2

Hey y’all!

So…Bloglovin hasn’t been working since I switched over to WordPress. I’m trying a few things to get it working again, so if you were following Ashley Lately on Bloglovin BEFORE the switch to WordPress, will you let me know if this post shows up on your feed?

Thanks y’all!

The Sunday Social, Week 107

Social Sunday

Happy Sunday, y’all!

Today’s Sunday Social is a fun little mix of random questions! We hope you’ll link up with us!

1. What’s your favorite scary movie?
I don’t have a favorite scary movie! I don’t like them AT ALL!

2. What is your favorite weird TV show you think no one else watches?
This is not necessarily a weird show, but people may think I’m weird for watching it :) I’ve been rewatching Sunset Beach on YouTube for the last few months. It was one of my favorites in middle school, and it’s been fun going back and rewatching it!

3. What is the song you can sing all the words to without any music?
Basically every Garth Brooks song ever recorded :) One song that may shock people is “Tik Tok” by Kesha. Totally not anything I normally listen to, but it’s one of those that has just stuck with me for some reason. It’s a fun one when I’m on a long drive!

4. What is your favorite book to re read?
Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter family series! I have read the Redemption part of the series sooooo many times, but I love rereading all of the books about the Baxters.

5. The one website you visit more times a day than others?
Probably People.com. I love good celebrity gossip :)

Your turn! Answer the questions, grab our button, and link up with Neely and me!

Next week’s questions

1. What was your college major? Did you ever change majors?
2. What is the best purchase you’ve made lately?
3. What is something silly we don’t know about you and go…
4. What is your favorite Holiday?
5. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?

Have a wonderful Sunday!