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About pinkleo

I am 24 years old, and blessed beyond measure by an amazing God. I have an incredible husband, Justin, and a daughter. We love the life God has given us, and strive to encourage others daily.

Like a long-lost friend!

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I got out to pound a little pavement this morning!  It has been quite a while since I’ve done that.  It was like reconnecting with a long-lost friend!   It felt great, even though I wasn’t able to run like I use to.  Just another reason for me to get back to it, by the way.  I have such a hard time finding the motivation to run on a regular basis, but when I do go for a run, I love it and I’m so glad I do it.  What is the deal?  Anyone else out there struggle with this?  I’m sure if I could make it a habit I would have no issue with this, but the problem is getting to the point where this is a habit.   All advice is welcome!

Oh, before I run off, I have to mention that tomorrow will be my first field trip with my little pre-k’er.  I know, “it’s the end of the year and this is your first field trip with her?” is what you’re thinking.  But I worked the first half of the school year, and my husband went on all of them.  This is the first trip since I’ve been back home.  And let me just tell you, I am super excited!

How We Found Love Part II

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So, our first date….  On our first date, Justin picked me up at my dorm, and we went to dinner at my cousin’s, and then to a movie.  We saw ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’.  It was pretty scary.  The date went really well, but about half way through the movie, I looked over and noticed that Justin had fallen asleep.  Yes!  He was asleep on out first date!  I don’t how someone falls asleep during that movie, but he did.  When most people hear that, they can’t believe that I ever agreed to see him again, but I did.  We just had such a connection, I could only forgive him.  And I did find out that he has this problem often…and still does.  If the man gets still for a few minutes…he is out.  Anyhow, we spent the next few hours talking and getting to know each other.  From that day on, we were inseparable.  We drove between Monroe and Ruston at least 3-4 days a week to see each other and spend time together, and we planned out which weekends we would go home and which we weren’t.  Whether we home for the weekend or at school, we still made time together.  We did everything together!  It didn’t take us long to realize that we were meant to be together.

My love for that man has never changed.  Our love is just as strong now (if not stronger now) as it was back then.  I have been truly blessed!

How We Found Love

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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!

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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

Ingredients

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

Directions:

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!

Twitterific

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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!

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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!

MOPS

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I know, I know…where have I been?!  lol  It has been a little busy around the Kees household this week I guess.  I wanted to share with you that I had my first MOPS meeting yesterday since I’ve been back home.  Man, was it good to be back!  The ladies were equally as thrilled to have me back, which was a very warm welcoming.  I was soo happy to see all the ladies again!  I have missed them dearly!  I am finally getting back to being me again, which is so nice.  I was really starting to miss me.  I know that sounds a little silly, but it’s true.  If you’ve ever experienced what I went through after going to work, and not being myself and feeling sad/mad/depressed all the time, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  So it is nice to feel alive and happy again!

If you are a mother to young children, I encourage you to check around and see there is a MOPS group in your area.  It is such a wonderful ministry for women.  I love being able to serve on the steering team and minister to these fellow mommies and wives.  Even if you are an older woman, with grown children, MOPS groups always need mentors.  What a great opportunity for you to minister to young moms, to help guide them and support them.  You don’t have to know it all, or be a Mother Theresa…you just have to have a loving heart and a willingness to share your life and advice with young mothers.  Women’s ministry is very near and dear to my heart, and there is always such a need for it in all areas of the world.

Are you a member or mentor of a MOPS group?  If so, where at?  I would love to hear from you, and hear about your MOPS experiences.  I would love the opportunity to pray for your group!

Lessons of a Mom

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Being a mother is one of the most…okay, probably THE most incredible and exciting job blessing that God has ever given me.  I learn something new all the time.  Be it from other kids, other moms, my mom, myself, or God, I am always learning.  Most recently I have learned that no matter what, we should always be thankful for our children.  Children are a true blessing from God.  He tells us this numerous times in the bible.

So many times parents complain about their kids.  They talk about how rude or disrespectful they are, or how lazy they are, etc., etc.  Why?  No one is perfect.  We as parents are not perfect, so why do so many parents want to bad mouth their kids to other people.  If there are things we want to change in our homes, or habits we want our kids to kick, we need to teach them, lead them, and guide them.  We should be working to correct these things in a positive manner.  If we are bad mouthing our children publicly, what are we teaching them?  What message are we sending them?  This is really something to think about.  As bad as you may have it with your kids, I promise there is always someone who has it worse.  Maybe your kids are rude, selfish, and lazy.  Okay, so work with them on it!  Try and teach them better.  These are things that can be corrected.  Some parents have a drug addicted teenager, or a child in prison…I could go on and on.  So let’s vow to be thankful for our children and try our hardest to deal with issues privately at home, rather than talking bad about them to other people.  Venting to others can often make us feel better, and we tend to think it is a way to reach out to others for advice, but it isn’t.  There are better ways to deal with whatever issues you may be having.  It is important to remember that your child is a person too, and he/she has feelings.  How do you think it makes them feel to hear you, the person they trust and love unconditionally, talk badly about them?  …Just a little food for thought!

Thanks for letting me share with you!  It  is an issue that God has put on my heart, and I felt I needed to share.

God Bless!

“Beautiful, this mess we are…”

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God has certainly had a lot to tell me recently.  The song ‘Better Than A Hallelujah‘ by Amy Grant was on my mind all week long.  I just could not get it out of my head, nor could I hear it too many times.  I love this song, and the message it sends!  It is such a simple song, packed with so much truth, and has been so special to me given all the circumstances.  So, as if God hasn’t been speaking to my heart enough lately…guess what song was featured for our music special Sunday morning at church!  Yup, that very song.  A lady at church sang this beautiful song Sunday morning.  As soon as the first measure began, tears came to my eyes.  I knew God was there!  Most of all, I knew God was there to meet with me that day.  Since this is such a special song to me, I wanted to share it with you all!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD_pCr_Xrnc

Hope you enjoy!