Monthly Archives: February 2012

How We Found Love


Since today is Valentine’s Day (Happy Valentine’s Day!), I wanted to share a little bit of our story with you and tell you about how my husband and I found love.

It all started in 2005.  Scratch that!  It actually started long before that.  My husband, Justin, was best friends with my cousin from a very young age.  All during high school every time Justin would go over to my cousin, Brandon’s house, he would ask about me when seeing my photo on their fridge.  Each time my cousin would tell him to forget about it because I was dating someone else.  (Keep in mind everything I am telling you I did not know until after we began dating.)  For my 16th birthday, my best friend and I had a joint party at a place near my house.  Brandon had actually invited Justin to go to my party with him, but Justin had to help his dad with yard work.  Well, turns out Justin lived right across the street from where the party was held, which was also about 1 mile from my house.  I had to pass his house every single day going into town for work, and coming home.  (Not to mention the fact that Justin worked at the feed store where my dad bought his dog food and supplies, so he talked to Justin all the time.) Brandon also dated my best friend, Bridgette, who had met Justin before because Brandon and Justin were inseparable.  The summer after my senior year of high school I had plans to go to dinner and a movie with a guy I was talking with and Brandon.  Brandon picked me up, but the other guy couldn’t go because his truck wouldn’t start.  So, Brandon asked if he could invite Justin to go when we passed him on the highway.  I said sure!  Justin had just gotten home from working out and said he would meet us at the restaurant.  That is how I first met my wonderful husband!  It took long enough, huh.

After that night I never heard from Justin, or really thought a whole lot about him.  In August of 2005, I headed off to Monroe, La for college at ULM.  Brandon went to school there and lived with a couple of friends.  My BFF Bridgette was also going to ULM with me.  One afternoon I was at Brandon’s apartment.  He had to go to class, so I was with our friends/his roommates when Justin IM’ed Brandon.  My friend heard the ‘bing’, and saw it was Justin.  They decided they didn’t really know Justin well enough to talk to him, and told me to talk to him and tell him Brandon was in class.  So…I did.  We also talked about a lot of other stuff, like how I liked school, and how he was home having just had his wisdom teeth out, etc.  That started it all.  Not long after he began IM’ing me everyday, and then asked me out on our first date, which I will tell you about another day.

I’d say it is pretty obvious that God knew what he was doing LONG before anyone else ever had a clue!


New Smoothie!


Okay, I’ve been doing smoothies for some of my meals, and here is one I did for breakfast today.

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

Makes: 1 servings View Nutrition Facts


  • 10 ounces skim milk or plain soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 1 medium banana


In a blender, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Use 6 ice cubes for a thicker consistency.


Let me just tell you, this is AMAZING!  How can something so simple taste so good!?

Have a blessed day!



I guess I have officially entered the fabulous life on the web…lol.  I joined Twitter!  Yes, I know…I know…it is nothing new and it is about time.  What can I say?  I’m like a crock pot…slow to warm up.  I needed some time (okay, a lot of time) to get to know the twitter world and think about my life with twitter.  Well, I finally just jumped in with both feet, and I’m feeling pretty twitterific today!  So…head on over to twitter and hit me up (Ashley P. Kees).

Have a blessed day!

Back to Business!


Sorry I’ve been away so long.  My sister gets married on March 31st, so wedding planning, shower planning, etc. is in full swing.  I’m working on stuff for her wedding shower and bridal shower, as well getting ready for 5th birthday party next month.  So yes, lots of activities around this household.  On top of that, my daughter as a Valentine’s day party at school we are preparing for, as well as a Mardi Gra parade, and 100th day of school celebration.  It is like a 3 ring circus in the Kees home.  lol…but we wouldn’t have it any other way!  Oh…and I’m making a birthday cake tomorrow for my brother-in-law’s birthday dinner tomorrow night.  Whew!!

Enough about all that…I wanted to update ya’ll and let you know that I have jumped back on the weight loss train.  I bailed a few months back, but last week I caught up with it and got on.  So far I have lost 3 pounds.  I hope to add another 5lbs to that loss after this week.  I’m eating as clean as I possibly can.  Lots of veggies, salads, fruits, whole grain, and smoothies.  I am also really working on portion control, because I think that is my biggest struggle…mainly due to the fact that I east so stinking fast.  So in addition, I am learning to slow down and enjoy my food.  I am also doing some strengthening/cardio workouts at least 5 days a week.  Hopefully I will get my muscle back and get back to running again soon.  I can definitely feel myself getting stronger already, which is great.  I really need to see/feel some quick progress to really be able to stay 100% motivated, so it is so nice to have that.  I hope to be healthy, strong, and lean by the end of all of this.  So what are your health and fitness routines?  What do you do to lose weight?  What do eat?  I love getting some insight and advice from others, so please, chime in!

Thanks for reading & God Bless!