The Cowboy Rides Away

Hey y’all!

George Strait, one of the greatest men to ever sing country music, announced a couple of years ago that he was going on one last tour before he retired from touring. On June 7th, he played his final show at the Dallas Cowboys stadium. Neely and I were lucky enough to get tickets to the show, and we had such a great night!

I got up SUPER early Saturday morning and started the drive to Dallas.

Only in Texas…

It was so exciting to finally be reunited with Neely! We hadn’t seen each other since February!

We went to brunch at Number One, where we had the most fabulous blackberry muffin and a beautiful plate of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries! After brunch, we headed to Northpark for a little shopping. Ally hadn’t made it back to Dallas from London yet, so Flat Ally went shopping with us!

Flat Ally
I think she had a lot of fun :)

After some shopping, we had an early dinner at Mi Cocina, and then headed to Cowboys Stadium!

So excited!

Flat Ally2
Ally came with us too!

Asleep at the Wheel was the opening act! They’ve been around for over 40 years, so it was neat to get to see them play! They played for around an hour, and then it was time for the main event!

It’s George! He opened the show with “Check Yes or No”, one of my favorite songs!

Since this was his last show, he had lots of special guests that came out to sing with him. It was pretty incredible to see all of these amazing performers on stage with him! He ended up playing about forty songs, a great mix of songs from the ’80s through today, including “Amarillo By Morning”, “I Can Still Make Cheyenne”, and “I Saw God Today”.

Vince Gill was the first of the special guests! I was sooooooo excited to see him! I’m a big fan, and even though I saw him at Blake Shelton’s benefit concert last year, the giant screen was blocking my view, so I didn’t get to see him perform. It was nice to finally get to SEE him perform! He’s amazing!

Jason Aldean

Eric Church

Sheryl Crow

Martina McBride! I’ve been wanting to see her FOREVER! Her voice is just flawless.

Faith Hill

Alan Jackson! I’ve never been a huge Alan Jackson fan, so I was surprised at how giddy I got when he came on stage! It was amazing to see them perform together!

Miranda Lambert! She’s one of my favorites, and even though I’ve seen her a couple of times, I was so excited to see her again. She seemed so in awe of George, and you could tell how much it meant to her to perform with him. Side note-her sparkly boots were amazing!

Kenny Chesney! This guy puts on one of the best shows I’ve ever seen! He’s a great performer! He said the first tour he ever went on was a George Strait tour, so it meant a lot to him to be a part of George’s last show. They were great together!

At the end of the night, George brought everyone back out to sing “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” with him! So many awesome people on stage at the same time!

George ended the show with “The Cowboy Rides Away”. I have to admit I got a little teary as the show was coming to a close. He is such a legend in country music, and I’ve wanted to see him in concert for a very long time. I’m glad he will still be releasing new music, but it’s sad that he won’t be touring anymore.

It was also so great to spend a fun weekend with Neely! We don’t get to spend nearly enough time together, so even though it was a quick trip, it was great to have a little bit of  best friend time!

Have you seen George Strait in concert?

The Sunday Social, Week 106

Social Sunday

Hey y’all!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday! I want to wish a big Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful daddy! Love you so much!
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This week’s questions are all about the number 4!

1. 4 favorite phone apps

Instagram (duh!), Twitter (of course), Pic Stitch, and my new favorite Pandora

2. 4 favorite summer TV shows

Mistresses, Bachelorette, and…that’s really all I’m watching right now. I am anxious to see Bachelor in Paradise later this summer

3. 4 things you would NEVER do

This is a hard one! There are soooooo many things I would never do. I’m kind of a wimp :)

4. 4 items you carry with you no matter what

My iPhone, keys, wallet, and pretty much whatever is in my purse. It never leaves my side!

5. 4 blogs we should follow

My fabulous cohost Neely

Meg at Meg O. on the Go

Heather at Cookies for Breakfast

Regina at Live Delightfully

They are all amazing girls and amazing bloggers!

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

Next week’s questions

1. What’s your favorite scary movie?
2. What is your favorite weird TV show you think no one else watches?
3. What is the song you can sing all the words to without any music?
4. What is your favorite book to re read?
5. The one website you visit more times a day than others?
Have a wonderful day!

Welcome to Ashley Lately!

Hey y’all!

So here it is! Like I said in the video, I’m still trying to figure out how WordPress and my new features work. I do have an RSS feed subscription, which I know nothing about, so as I get that figured out, I’ll let y’all know!

Do you have any WordPress advice for me? I’d love some suggestions and help if you have any helpful hints I need to know!

It’s Happening, Y’all!

I can’t believe it’s happening, but Ashley Lately is officially moving to WordPress!
I’m excited, nervous, and feeling like I’m going to vomit, but I know it’s going to be great to get switched over. Google Friend Connect is going away when I make the switch, so if you’re still following there, please follow on Bloglovin! 
Follow on Bloglovin
I don’t want to lose anyone, and I’ve got a lot of fun things planned over the next few months, so you don’t want to miss out!
For those of you already on WordPress, do you have any advice for me? Any tips or tricks that I need to know? I know nothing about it, so I would love to get some feedback and input from y’all!
Thanks everyone!

The Sunday Social, Week 105

Hey y’all!

I’m spending a fabulous weekend with my fabulous cohost Neely! We went to see George Strait in concert last night, and we are having a great time together! I wish we lived closer!

1. When do you take time out for you?

My “me time” is usually in the evenings after work. I mostly just lay in my bed watching netflix :)

2. What do you find to be your biggest weakness?

Let’s be real. It’s Dr. Pepper. I’m doing better, but it’s a struggle.

3. What is your biggest attribute?

I think I’m a really good listener. People always feel comfortable talking to me about their lives. I should’ve been a therapist :)

4. What is your favorite place to shop online?

Hazel & Olive! If you haven’t shopped there, YOU MUST! Nearly all of my new clothes come from there :) Good prices and great quality!

5. What is your favorite place to kill time?
I love the Target. Is there anything better?

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

Next week’s questions

1. 4 favorite phone apps

2. 4 favorite Summer TV shows

3. 4 things you would NEVER do

4. 4 items you carry with you no matter what

5. 4 blogs we should follow 

Have a great weekend!

We Are Thunder

Hey y’all!
While I was having a fabulous night at Annie’s wedding, sadly my OKC Thunder were eliminated in the NBA Playoffs. As disappointed as I am that our season is over, we overcame a lot to get to the Western Conference Finals, and I’m so proud of my team! Even though the San Antonio Spurs knocked us out of the playoffs, I am cheering for them in the Finals against Miama Heat!
A couple of weeks ago, I got to go to Game 5 of the series against the LA Clippers! I’ve never been to a playoff game before, and I had heard all of the stories about how OKC playoff games are so fun, so I was excited when Cathy ended up with an extra ticket and said I could go with her!
When we were driving to the game, we ended up behind Rumble’s van :)

So excited! Cathy’s seats were fantastic!
My boys!
Russel Westbrook
Nick Collison – he is HOT!
Kendrick Perkins

2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant :)

During the playoff games in OKC, different companies that sponsor the team supply t-shirts for the fans. Every single seat in the arena has a t-shirt, and it is a requirement that everyone wear them! There is even a t-shirt cam that singles out people not wearing their shirt :)

After trailing most of the game, in the last few minutes, we made a big comeback, and we ended up winning the game! It was crazy intense and super stressful, but it was great to see my boys WIN!
Do you follow an NBA team? Who are you rooting for in the finals?

…and They Lived Happily Ever After

Hey y’all!
Saturday night, I attended the wedding of Annie and Scott. Annie is one of my TVP girls! They got engaged a year ago at Disneyworld!
The wedding was a big TVP reunion! Nearly all of my girls past and present were there, and we had a night of good conversations, goofy dancing, and a little bit of photo booth fun.
Sarah and I went together! I haven’t seen her in several months, so it was wonderful to have some time to catch up. She’s so precious!
Me and the beautiful bride! She looked absolutely amazing! She and Scott are so happy, and I’m so excited for them!
Ashton was one of the bridesmaids! She looked so beautiful! 

Becky was a bridesmaid too! I love that she and Annie have such a close friendship because of their time together at TVP. It makes me so happy :)

Kendall came in from California for the wedding! Loved getting to see her!

Another picture with my date :)

Haley and me! So happy she’s home for the summer!
Annie and Scott left in a horse-drawn carriage! So pretty!
Borrowed this picture from Becky :) A beautiful picture at the end of a beautiful evening!
It was a beautiful, fairy tale wedding with lots of pink, gold, and sparkles. There were lots of pretty flowers and a little bit of Disney music, which is exactly what I expected for Annie. She’s our little Disney Princess, and we’re so happy she found her Prince Charming! I’m so happy I got to be a part of their special day, and I wish them all the happiness in the world!

The Sunday Social, Week 104! (Giveaway)

Hey y’all!

Today is the day!! We are celebrating TWO YEARS of Sunday Social! Woo hooooooo!

This week’s questions are all about YOUR blog!

1. Introduce yourself and your blog to us.
I’m Ashley, and my blog is Ashley Lately! I write about…my life, my family, my friends, my work, and my love for Dr. Pepper!

2. What is your favorite form of Social Media and why?
I think right now, Instagram is my favorite! I love taking and sharing pictures, and I love looking at other people’s pictures too! I think it’s a fun way to share pieces of your life.

3. What made you start a blog?
I started a blog after reading other blogs for about a year. I’ve always loved writing, and I saw a blog as a fun way to document my life. I never imagined I would still be doing this over four years later, and I never imagined I would meet fabulous people and make great friends!

4. What do you feel the most meaningful/special post you’ve written is?
One of my posts that’s special to me is a post called A Temporary Home, where I wrote about foster care. I spent three years working in adoption and foster care, and those things are very special to me, and I loved getting to share that part of my heart with my readers.

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

Neely and I are to thankful for everyone who has made Sunday Social so popular! Y’all are THE BEST and we love y’all! We have a fabulous giveaway for everyone who links up today, so enter with the rafflecopter below!

Next week’s questions

1. When do you take time for you?
2. What do you find to be your biggest weakness?
3. What is your biggest attribute?
4. What is your favorite place to shop online?
5. What is your favorite place to kill time? 

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Children are a Gift from the Lord

Hey y’all!
I’ve been teaching bible class at church for quite a few years. I started out helping in classrooms to learn how things worked at my church, and after a few quarters of observing, I started teaching every week! Each quarter, I tell the preschool directors to put me wherever they need a teacher. I’m not really picky about having a certain age or a certain curriculum. I just want to help where I’m needed!
Fifteen months ago, I was put with a class of two year olds. When I got them, quite a few of them were pretty wild and crazy. It took us a few weeks to get to know each other, for me to figure out how they worked and for them to figure out my expectations. Once we did, we fell into a great routine, and I fell in love with these little cuties!
As the first quarter was coming to an end, it made me sad to think about moving to another classroom. We had made so much progress that I couldn’t stand letting that end, so I asked to keep them for one more quarter. As that quarter ended, I asked for another one, and last Sunday, we finished our fifth quarter together. Fifteen months.
People have been surprised that I’ve not only stayed with one group for so long, but that I’ve been teaching for as long as I have. I will admit that sometimes it’s hard. There are many times where I’ve left at teh end of class completely drenched in sweat, nerves shot, and absolutely exhausted. But when I come back the next week and see them rush into the classroom yelling “Miss Ashley!” and hearing them retell the story from the previous week, almost word for word, makes all of the stress and exhaustion worth it. Knowing that maybe they are learning something from me, something as important as the Bible, helps me to push through the hard weeks.
We have definitely have our fun moments too! I could tell all kinds of funny stories on them, from the one who rushes in to show me her painted fingernails, to the one who says at least twice per class, “Miss Ashley! I need to tell you something!” and goes into a big story about something that happened at home, to the discussions on Frozen and which Princess we prefer (Elsa is the favorite!).
They have definitely mastered the silly faces :)
Sunday was our last day together. Most of the kids are moving up to a four year old room since they are turning four in a couple of months, and I was asked to stay back and teach another group. Fortunately, I do get to keep three of these guys (out of a class of about twelve!), and while I’m excited to get to work with a new group of kids, I’m really going to miss these sweeties. I’ve watched them grow up, going from wild, sometimes exhausting two-year-olds to sweet, smart, sometimes sassy almost four-year-olds. I’m can’t wait to see what comes next for these guys, and maybe somewhere down the line, I’ll get to teach them again!
“Children are a gift from the Lord.” 
-Psalm 127:3

The Sunday Social, Week 103

1. What is your favorite handbag you own?
My Louis Vuitton! I love my Louis! He’s awesome :)

2. 3 things you would buy right now if money was no object?
A house, because I’m SO OVER living in an apartment, and…that’s all I’ve got right now.

3. Name a place you would go right now if given a plane ticket to anywhere?
I’m dying to go back to Nashville, AND it doesn’t necessarily require me to get on a plane, so let’s go with that :)

4. What is the most valuable life lesson you’ve learned from blogging?
Most people are really, truly wonderful, but guard your heart and trust your instincts. Not everyone is who they seem.

5. What is the most valuable life lesson you’ve learned from a friend?
Long-distance friendships are hard, but the hard work is worth it in the end.

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

Next week’s questions

These are all about YOUR blog!

1. Introduce yourself and your blog to us
2. What is your favorite form of Social Media and why?
3. What made you start a blog?
4. What do you feel the most meaningful/special post you’ve written is?

Next week we are celebrating TWO YEARS of Sunday Social! Can you believe it? We love celebrating milestones by giving things away, so if you link up next week, you’ll be entered to win something fabulous!

Have a wonderful Sunday!