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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

what a break

Well, I don't know about you but we need a vacation.  Kraig has one more week off before he returns to normal schedule.  We had Gigi and Papa come for a visit!  We had our youth Christmas party! We have a sickly baby boy (just sinus stuff) and we are pooped for all the craziness of the last two weeks.  Although, we wouldn't trade it for anything...well...the sickness but everything else was great!


Last year, for our youth Christmas party, we just had a dinner and played games at the church.  This year, we wanted to do something special and off of the church campus.  So, we got the idea to go skiing.  Well, it was supposed to rain and it never got cold enough so we had to change our plans.  We racked our brains and came up with a Christmas Scavenger Hunt at the mall.  We split the groups up into 3 teams and let them loose (with a chaperone, of course) in the mall.  They had to talk to strangers, find trash, get an autograph, sing a Christmas carol, and do some other crazy things.  It was super fun.  Well, the girls had a blast.  I think the boys just went a long with it because they got to walk around the mall for a few hours.  They were good sports.







Then, Gigi and Papa arrived for the week of Christmas!!!  Rett had so much much fun showing them around, playing with them and sharing Christmas with them.  We shopped a couple days, cooked, ate too much and just enjoyed each other!  It was a nice time and I am so glad they got to come for Christmas.  We always look forward to seeing our PA family!!!  I just wish we could all be together one year.  Maybe in a couple years!!!  That would be a great Christmas present for Gigi and Papa :)












After they left, we cleaned out the garage, the Christmas decorations came down and Kraig moved our living room around.  :)  We are cleaning out Rett's old toys and clothes to make room for his new stuff and next we plan to clean out our clothes and stuff.  I guess the spring cleaning has started early for me.  I think every year for New Year's, I get this hankerin' to "be more organized, cleaner, etc" And I do ok for a few weeks and then it all goes downhill.  At least I start off good, right?  Maybe 2015 will be different.  :)

How was your Christmas?

What are your goals for 2015?

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and now and awesome 2015!  I look forward to 2015.  I think we have a lot of fun things to look forward too :)


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Youthsgiving and thankfulness

 We had a blast yesterday with our first annual Youthsgiving.  We took all the kids to Superfly out by the mall.  Its a new jump park in the area and it was SUPER fun!








Then, we came back to our house for our feast!  I made a turkey and by "I," I mean, Kraig because I couldn't bring myself to touch the bird!  So, Kraig did a great job!!!  It was super tasty.  We made other wonderful treats!  It was such a fun time to just hang out with the kids and relax!  







We had so much fun and are so thankful for these kids.  We always question (really more me than Kraig) if we are doing what we should be doing and after yesterday....it was once again confirmed we are right where the Lord wants us.  We love seeing these kids grow in Christ and in times like yesterday...we love seeing them relax and have fun.  We look forward to the tradition every year and can't wait to make more fun times with these kids.

Now, time for the day to commence and 2 more Thanksgiving meals to go!  Wahoo!!!

One last thing...I am so thankful for my salvation and what Jesus means to me.  I love the life that He has blessed me with.  Being surrounded by the people we love is the best!!!  We are so thankful for each other!


I am beyond thankful for these two guys!  I can't imagine life without them and I am so glad the Lord has given them to me.  :)

Hope you all have a great day and have time to reflect on what you are most thankful for. I would love to hear some of those things!  Comment back and let me know!!  :)  Eat a lot of turkey!  Gobble Gobble!!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

before and in between

For the past year, I have struggled horribly with fatigue, bad self esteem, weight gain and some days just not wanting to get out of bed.

I think I attributed the bulk of that to having a toddler and not being able to lose the "baby bump."

So, I would work out, try to eat better, try to take naps and I was still so exhausted.  I just couldn't catch up.  I would pretty much run an IV of Dr. Pepper through my body most days and still couldn't make it through the day.  I just struggled.

I finally said "I AM SICK OF NO ENERGY, FATIGUE, and THE EXTRA WEIGHT!!!" and so  I started a boot camp.  Well, that worked great as far as the extra energy and gaining muscle and I could tell a difference in my sleep and just my attitude seemed to be better but I still couldn't cut the weight.  I had a friend in my college days that worked at a summer camp with me and I kept seeing her wonderful posts of her post baby health and how great she was feeling and how she was dropping the baby weight.  I was so jealous.

I wanted to feel better.  I wanted to enjoy my 2 year old and not be so groggy.  So, I messaged her.

I am now half way through my nutritional pack and let me tell you, I have never felt better.  I have so much farther to go but I look forward to my workouts, I no longer have to have a nap or a Dr. Pepper IV...in fact, I have cut out Dr. Peppers and cokes altogether.  For anyone who knows me...knows this is huge!

I have lost right at 8 pounds and many inches!!  I feel good about myself and look forward to the future.  I have more weight to drop to hit my goal but I am so excited about doing it the healthy way with eating right and working out hard!

This is a before pic which was a few months ago.  It still looks like I am 6 months pregnant.  The pic on the right is from today and it only looks like I'm 4 months pregnant.  HA But I am toned up and few pounds down, tons more energy and ready to conquer the rest of the weight loss journey.




I know they aren't great photos mainly because of the phone quality... and I just hate taking selfies.... But there is progress and I am so excited about that!!!  It's been so long since I have seen the scale drop or energy level high so it is something to be celebrated and shared with others!


Let me help you get started!!!  I can tell you all about what is helping my process!!!

Thanks Charley for all your help and getting me started!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

boot camp healthy living, and discipline

Let's get real for a minute.  I have put on some weight.

Kraig told me once that he read an article in some sports magazine (I think, I'm not real sure)  that people who play one sport growing up are more likely to gain more weight and keep it on when they get older.  I was always a pretty active kid, however I only played one sport.  I don't know how true that article or information he read really is but it is true for me and it has stuck with me.  

After having Rett, I would read blogs, magazines and books that would tell me that the weight would just fall off after giving birth especially if you nurse.  Well, I nursed and the weight never JUST FELL OFF.  In fact, it stayed.  and STAYED even a little bit more.  So, although I don't think I am overweight, I am the most unhealthy I have ever been in my life.  And being so unhealthy plays with my psyche.  Which has played a role in other aspects in my life.  

SO....after months of trying to eat better, work out with Kraig and trying to "be a runner"....I was fed up with nothing working.  The weight didn't budge.  And I just felt more discouraged and more defeated.  I couldn't figure out why I couldn't get the weight off.  

I may step on some toes here but it has messed so much with my mind.  I think as women - when we don't feel good about ourselves - it affects everything else.  I never realized how sad, even depressed some days because I didn't want to go out because I just didn't feel good in my clothes or confident enough to "face the day."  I just didn't want too.  

This summer...well more like end of August...I was done.  I decided I was done living this way.  I needed extra help.  I couldn't do it the way I was doing it.  It wasn't working.  SO....

I joined a training boot camp.  It has been one of the hardest things I have done since giving birth, I am pretty sure.  ha The first day - I got so sick I pretty much just sat with my head over the fan and prayed I wouldn't throw up.  I didn't but I sure wished I hadn't already paid for the next 10 weeks.  I mean, who gets up at 4:45 am to go work out to the point of almost throwing up.  Well, I did and I stuck with it.  I couldn't do many of the exercises to the full capacity and had to take many breaks and was super tired but I stuck with it.  Now, 9 weeks in....I did my first real pull up last week, I can do burpees, I can do things I never thought I could.  And although I haven't really lost weight, I have gotten a lot stronger and I feel better.  I finally felt good about myself.  That is huge.

Well, I was still bummed I wasn't losing weight.  I was losing some inches and I couldn't tell a difference in some of my clothes which was great but not big weight lose.  So...I started to figure out what I could try along with the training camp.  My friend told me about Isagenix.  If you know nothing about this nutritional program....CHECK IT OUT..... HERE

I started this program November 1st.  I started with 2 shakes a day and a low cal dinner....the first week in, I lost 5lbs and a couple more inches.  So, I was hooked.  I struggled with some headaches and weakness during that first week.  I started to feel skeptical and thought it wasn't working but I learned that what was happening was that toxins were getting out of my body and that was just my body's way of reacting to the nutrients coming in and the toxins getting out.  I am now in my 3rd week.  I feel so much better.  I have so much more energy.  I have had a couple rough days with some bad meals....I FELT HORRIBLE AFTER!  I can tell how bad pizza and mexican food messes with my stomach.  I should not have had that.  So, my goal for this week is to do better with clean eating and no fried foods.  I look forward to seeing great results.  I have built muscles and now I am losing weight because of the good things I am putting in my body...but more importantly I am learning so much more...

I have learned that I struggle with consistency and discipline.  I hate to wake up.  I am not a morning person.  I don't feel like 5 am is a good time to do anything productive.  However, I signed up for boot camp and stuck with it.  I now, can't imagine not waking up and going.  It's not easy by any means...especially now that the weather is colder but it's worth it.  But I am seeing how important it is to be consistent in this weight loss journey.  I know I will have rough days but I will continue and wake up the next day and go to boot camp and take each meal at a time.  I choose to put good things in my body.  And because I decided to loose weight....I have committed myself to do this.  

I don't know that I will ever post my before and after pictures...maybe when I hit my goal weight but know....this is working!  I have found the mixture of exercise and good nutrition that is working for me!  And I am feeling so much better for it.  I am not as sluggish because of the bad foods...I have more energy.  I just feel better.  That's all I can say, I cant stress it enough.  

So, come join me at boot camp (Matt Eubanks-training camp) and get on this Isagenix plan!  It works!!!




Monday, September 29, 2014

Things for a baby delivery

My sister recently had a baby.  He's precious.  His name is Case Holland Pryor and although I have multiple pictures of him, she's very limited with what she puts on the Internet so I'll respect her and keep him off of here.  I'm sorry.  But take my word for it...he's handsome and squishy and a great baby.

Some of you may not know but my sister had a rough pregnancy.  Lots of morning sickness, aches and pains and braxton hicks and list goes on.  As her due date approached, things started to get more intense for her also.  His due date was Sept. 16....by the end of July, she was having more pains and it seemed like more calls to her doctor as well as more visits were happening.  She also had a couple late night runs to the ER but all was well.  We all knew that Case was coming early....but no one knew how early, except the Lord of course.  :)

Well, my mom and I had planned for Britt's baby shower to be August 9.  It was super cute.  Brittany picked out cookies and milk.  So, we had all kinds of cookies and coffee punch and milk.  It was great.  Also, the week before the shower, Kraig, Rett and I had planned a trip to go visit Kraig's family.  I told Brittany that Case had to hang on through the weekend so we could make it home.  So, on August 6, we came home from Pennsylvania, Brittany went into the hospital early Thursday morning (the 7th) and had the baby.  He was a little over 5 weeks early.  Because of a prior visit to the ER, the awesome doctor had given Case steroid shots to help his lungs so when he did make his appearance he wasn't so far behind.  His lungs and everything looked relatively well.  But because he was a preemie, he had to stay in the NICU until he could breathe and eat on his own.  So, the next Thursday, I got to meet my nephew and he got to come home.  WOW!  What a miracle and what a blessing from God!  We were all just praising the Lord!!!

I left out some fun details because it is her story to tell but I will give you some pointers from the outside looking in.  And thoughts from when I was in the hospital having my son.  Brittany and Lance were super lucky and were able to stay at the hospital the whole time Case was in NICU.  That is not the case with all new moms.  But I think some things that are super helpful for family/friends that visit the new moms/dads are as follows:

             1 - snacks....and lots of them.  I would also include drinks or bottled waters in this category.  Or I would say bringing quarters for the vending machines because they don't always get to leave the room but you never know when those late night munchies will attack so snacks/drinks are always helpful to have on hand when you come for a visit.

           2.  I would say money or gift cards to places to eat that are located close to the hospital.  Hospital food gets old quick and the daddy doesn't get to eat that food so gift cards and money is always helpful so the dad can get something to eat too.  If you are like my sister, I'm sure she had money budgeted for such occurrence but not everyone thinks like that.  I sure didn't.  I forgot all about food when were going in to have Rett.  So, it wasn't budgeted but we had the money and people brought us food so it all worked out for sure.

         3.  Lastly, and very important, I know it's hard to know who will be at the hospital when.  But, if at all possible...try to coordinate who comes when.  I know with Rett, we had pretty flexible visiting hours but it still seemed like everyone came at one time and then no one came.  So, I felt guilty that some people weren't able to see him because of others, which is fine but if they were staggered visits then everyone would have gotten their time with Rett.  With Case though, no one got to see him because of being in NICU and they had stricter visiting hours so I think in those cases especially, the staggered visiting times are crucial.  Sometimes, I could tell Brittany was more tired from all the people that the actual birth itself.  I'm exaggerating but I know she was tired because people came all at once on some days.  Just be thoughtful and maybe try to plan the visits with family members and/or the new mommy to make sure you aren't coming on top of someone else's visit.

All in all, being a new mommy and daddy are great.  I think these are some of the things to be mindful of if you go visit the new family in the hospital.  It's not much but everyone always wants to visit and always wants to not come empty handed.  Of course, you don't have to bring anything at all but arms to snuggle the new baby but if you do want to bring something, bring a snack :)

Hope this helps.

Once a new mommy, myself....
~ashleigh

Monday, April 14, 2014

a praise and a prayer

WOW!

What a few weeks!!!  Busy!!!  I cant even begin to tell you what has been going on...

Let's start with praising the Lord for what He has done.  Kraig and I have set out to take our youth kids to GoldRush 2014 in Atlanta, GA.  I have gone on this trip probably 3 times and every time I come away amazed and encouraged by the Lord.  I am so excited to take our kids.  But in order for this to happen we need to raise some money.  We put on another yard sale.  Last year, we had a yard sale and made right around $1,000.00.  Well, this year by our 2nd dropoff date, I was hoping for just $500.  I don't know why I short change the Lord.  So, on Friday (day before the sale), we went up to the church and began to set up and get everything organized.  Our kids showed up to work (and play and eat)...and our church family showed up!!!  They came out to help set up.  Such a blessing.  Over the past 2 years, I have so enjoyed working along side these families, getting to know them and hearing their stories.  Well, we didn't have much stuff so I didn't set out many tables.  Let me tell ya something though...it was like when Jesus fed the 5,000 and His food kept multiplying.  That's what was happening with this stuff.  We hardly had any furniture or "big ticket" items.  I think the most we sold one single item was $50.  But anyways...back to the Friday....the stuff just multiplied.  We had to send the guys down to get more tables.  We had to get more clothes racks.  We had to move around tables.  I still have no idea where this stuff came from.  But either way...I was so pleased.  The Lord provided the stuff.  Why I doubt, I'll never know.  We left Friday night just praying for the people to come and that we would be able to minister to them even through a simple thing like a yard sale.  Well, again...I was just praying for $500 because we didn't have a lot of big items.  We opened at 8:00 am...people started coming at 7:30 am....and we didn't stop until we had to close the doors at 12:30 pm.  There was a constant flow of people.  It was beautiful.  The Lord again provided the people for our location.  So, when it was time to count the cash - we had over $1,100.  I was floored.  Side note - we had a bake sale also...Mrs. Sandra helped head that up because I wasn't all about it...mainly because last year when I put it together, it flopped so I was totally ok with not doing one but Mrs. Sandra wanted to help out and she loves anything baking and youth so I said sure thing, please head it up....she made over $100 alone in that!  Again,  I was floored.  I don't even know what we sold because when it was all said and done, we still had bookoos of stuff.  So, we opened up again after church on Sunday and did a half price and we made another $200 in 45 minutes.  I was beyond humbled by the love of our church family and the help they provided, the time they committed to this sale, and the donations they gave both with the stuff and monetarily.  Through that weekend alone we made close to $2,000 with donations and the sale.  We are well on our way to GoldRush 2014.  I signed us up this morning knowing that the Lord will provide the rest of the money for our trip.  I am  so excited!

So, with that being said....our 1st annual golf tournament is coming up May 17th.  Let me know if you want to help!

I think the only change to this flyer is that the start is 9:00 am not 8:00.  Let me know if you want to sponsor a hole or play!  We would love to have you come out!

Now for a Rett update....if you follow this blog, I am sure most of you know that we have been struggling with Rett's weight.  He can't seem to gain weight on a steady basis and sometimes even he will lose weight.  It has been a bit discouraging especially when he is so happy and healthy most of the time.  He eats well, plays and is where he needs to be for his age.  Just his weight has been the issue. Well, this last visit (we go monthly) he lost a significant amount and the doctor is really growing concerned.  He said we need to get back to giving Rett more milkshakes which I know Rett doesn't oppose.  He said to try to get more protein in him.  Rett doesn't do great at eating meat but he eats a lot of peanut butter and yogurt so I wasn't worried until this visit.  So, when we go back next month, the doc hopes to see a weight gain and if not then he wants to explore some other options.  All of which are not extremely easy for a momma.  So, please keep us in your prayers as we try to get a handle on his weight and be more aggressive with what could be the possible reason for his weight loss.  We are praying it is just because of his high metabolism and high activity because he is ALWAYS ON THE MOVE.  But just pray we see an increase this next visit and get good news!  



Love you all!  Thanks again for all the support for our youth and for our son!  We are so overwhelmed with God's watch over us.  And that He cares for things big and small.  

NOTHING IS TOO SMALL FOR HIM.

  I am clinging to that promise today.




Thursday, February 20, 2014

Just some encouragement....YOU ARE AWESOME

Last night, I got the opportunity to talk to our youth.  Usually, I just get the girls and sometimes put my little tidbits in every so often but Kraig has been super overwhelmed this week plus he is preparing for his sermon for Sunday....HE'S PREACHING!!!  So, he asked if I could handle the youth service.  I apprehensively said, "Sure...."  Whatever I can do to help....RIGHT!?!?!

I already had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to talk about, it was just putting it together...

I started with a video from the Skit Guys.  If you hadn't seen them, they are generally a funny duo that go around and tour with conferences and stuff like that.  This one is pretty serious.  I like how it shows that we are a work in progress and that God loves me enough to not leave me like I am.  I think the kids got the message.


From there I talked about Job.  If you know anything about Job....HE HAD A ROUGH LIFE.  He had many trials and tough times but he never "cursed God and died."  He continued to praise Him and had faith in God.  I shared with the kids about Job's friends that were not encouraging to him at all and just wanted him to blame God, yell at Him, and just give up.  But Job never did.  I also expressed that although Job had a rough life, he was still in good spirits.  Have you ever known someone that even though they are going through a tough time, they are still joyful?  They don't complain...they encourage others?  Now, Job did question God and ask Him "Why?"  But he was never disrespectful and remained faithful to God.  I think Job was the real deal.  

Then, I went to 1 Peter 1:6-7.  The main part of this was the first part of verse 6....

6 "So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while. 7 These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold -- and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world."


God tells us to 'be truly glad!'  and continues to explain we will go through tough times and trials but we have to be glad.  So, not only do we have to be glad but I think that also includes how our attitude should remain joyful, not angry and encouraging.

Life is hard.  Bad things happen.  But we have Christ, so we are not in it alone and He commands us to be glad.  So, I encouraged the kids, Kraig, and me to be encouragers instead of complainers.  I showed this video of Kid President and hopefully, we can be nice to others instead of degrade them, I feel as though that is the trend in our youth today....


Just watch the first 2 minutes or so...then he just talks about a promotion he's doing for the kids.

Anyways...I found this a cute way to be an encourager and "awesome this year"  We need to be more positive even in our hard times.  Stop playing the victim.  And go on.  God is with us and He will help us through whatever.  I hope I can remember some of these things to do throughout my days.  I want to be glad everyday and make everyday count.

Hope you can too.  Hope you know God loves you and wants you to be the perfect masterpiece He created you to be.

love you guys.  thanks for reading my soap box today :)

stay tuned....Rett had his first REAL haircut yesterday!  Pictures to be posted soon!

Friday, February 14, 2014

snow day, photo bomb

  Photo bomb!  Sorry for the way this looks, I'm not patient enough to figure out how the pictures should be placed.  :(  And sorry so long but we have some great pics of the last few weeks of our snow days!!!!  Hope you all enjoyed your snow/time off/rest time....it was a great time for us!  


                        
These are from our snow a couple weeks ago.  He didn't like it.  However, we think due to a tooth breaking through, him just waking up from a nap and the lack of gloves, he just wasn't feeling it.  So, we didn't last long.  But it was a great few days with Kraig off work to be able to spend some extra time with us and a time for rest.



While he was teething, he insisted on being naked.  He tried to go around without a diaper too, but I wasn't going for that one.  I love this picture of him.  
 


 


Lance, Kraig and Rett built a snowman!  This time, we were prepared with gloves and more sleep.  HE LOVED THE SNOW!  Our dogs loved the snow too but they loved relaxing even more.  Then, JoJo (my sister's dog) came over and Rett and her had to watch the snow fall.  He loves JoJo.  He says, "JOJO!!!"  Then, he calls our dogs, "dog" hahahaha I guess we need to work on the names of our dogs.  :)






This is one of my favorites from these past few snow days.  If you could zoom into Rett's face.  It is pure joy.  I love him.  :)





My dad threw snow at him.  He thought it was hilarious.
He loved the snow so much better this time.  When he would walk he would just fall into it because it was so deep.  He loved to make "balls" (snowballs).  He would take a bite out of the ball and then throw it.  Then, when he got hit or hit someone else with his ball, he would just giggle.  He was so much fun to watch this time.  



 Mom took most of these pictures.  This one is great of him throwing a ball!!!!

                        




 2.




 MY HANDSOME!

I think another favorite was to roll in the snow.




OR SIT........


AND FALL....


 HEHEHEHE :) :)




 Getting a taste before he throws it.....

For Valentine's, the Incline was giving free rides up the mountain and since Kraig was going to have a 1/2 day, we were going to have a fun, family day.  Well, the WONDERFUL snow messed that up.  Although we had a blast the last few days, we had to let Kraig go back to work today so Rett and I went to the Incline.  Well, I don't do heights well so I was a bit nervous.  I called my parents.  My mom didn't have to go back to school today so they were so gracious to help me with Rett in case I got too nervous going up the mountain.  Well, Rett did great, I did ok and we made it up the mountain and back down and had a great lunch with my parents.  All in all, a great Valentine's with my little Valentine (and parents) We just missed Kraig.  
Hope you all have had a great few snow days and a wonderful Valentine's with your honey!  Love you all and am so thankful for you all!  

Happy Valentine's Day!

O....PS.....if you are needing some gift ideas visit my friend's blog here  She has great ideas for this love day.  She has posted a blog for girls, guys and for both!  And most importantly about the greatest love of all.  It is just great!  Check her out.  :)