Baby Carr #2 is a GIRL and Spring is almost here!

Well here it is, the day before spring officially starts and well, it doesn’t really feel much like spring. It’s been pretty cold on and off, but fortunately most of our weekends have been nice. I’m really looking forward to when that nice spring weather is sticking around for good, but I have a feeling that I am going to get a bad case of Spring Fever when it does! After being locked inside for months I am ready to spend some time outside! I’m hoping it will be decently warm for our spring break next week!

On another note, I had mentioned last time that we would be finding out if our newest little one was a boy or a girl on Valentine’s Day. Well, it just so happened that we got about 2 feet of snow the day before and we had to postpone our ultrasound, I was so disappointed! I was able to get worked in the following day, however, and we found out that our second child is…another little GIRL! A sister for Raleigh-Rae! We are very excited to have our girls and can’t wait to meet Miss Anna-James in July!

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This semester has been really tough though. I am exhausted pretty much all the time and keeping up with school work has been a challenge. On top of a pregnancy and school for me, I am getting ready to register Raleigh-Rae for Kindergarten. I can’t believe it! It doesn’t seem possible that she is already school aged. I’m trying to wrap my head around having a baby in July and then my oldest baby going to Kindergarten just a month after that! Right now I am just trying to get by one day at a time, but I can’t help but wonder how next semester is going to be with a newborn to care for. It will be an experience to say the least, but I know with as much support as I get from the women in the Horizon program that I will be able to make it through!

Where is the snow?!

So it’s January. And it’s cold…very cold. I usually love the winter, getting to snuggle up in big sweatshirts and blankets, hot chocolate, watching it snow in the evening…except we haven’t gotten any good snow! This week was the best attempt so far, but was still a big disappointment to my daughter and myself. As far as we are concerned, if it doesn’t snow it can go ahead and be spring already! Since the snow ended up being more hype than anything else and the temperature remained in the teens for most of the day, Raleigh-Rae and I decided to bring what little snow we could inside! I got a big bucket, filled it with snow, then brought it inside for her to play with in towels I spread out on the floor. We had a really fun time making mini snowmen!

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Other things going on this January are obviously J-Term! I’m taking a collaborative print making class that has been a lot of fun, although I never knew how lengthy the process was to make a print! It takes a ton of work from start to finish just to get one print, but the end results are really cool. There are so many different effects and techniques and tools to try out. We are even helping some staff members at Roanoke Memorial learn how to do their own prints and will be having a show at the end of January for everyone to show off their work. While I would not consider myself a talented artist, I have always enjoyed taking classes and creating art. The classes here at Hollins have been especially great! I have really enjoyed experiencing new things here as well as learning more about things I’ve already experienced in the past.

I will be glad when spring semester finally gets underway. It will be a nice way to pass the time until we get to meet the newest addition to our family in mid July! Baby Carr #2 is growing fast and I can already start to feel him/her moving and kicking around in there. And on Valentine’s Day, we will finally get to find out if we are having another little girl or a little boy this time!

And we’re almost done!

Well, it is the last week of classes. My first semester at Hollins is almost over! It has been a great few months, too.

A ton has happened since my last post. Tinker Day was on a rainy day, so I opted to spend the day with my daughter instead, but I know several people still had a blast out in the rain! Halloween came and went and it was incredibly mild compared to last year. We were able to go out without jackets at all when last year we all had winter coats on over costumes!

A couple of days later, my husband Drew and I celebrated being together for 13 years. I’ve almost spent more of my life with him than without him and I couldn’t be happier! Which is good, because a few days after that we found out that I am expecting our second child! We are so excited, and our daughter has wanted a sibling for so long. I have been pretty sick unfortunately, added to the extreme fatigue that comes along with pregnancy. This has made classes and schoolwork all that much harder. Juggling school, house work, and a four year old daughter and now being completely sick and tired has been a challenge for sure! I am so fortunate that the professors and staff here at Hollins have been to wonderfully understanding, they have been great at working with me.
Now, I just have to prepare for finals! I only have 2 exams that I need to take and both are on the independent exam schedule, something I still need to figure out. I am still in the process of learning all the ins and outs of Hollins. Lucky for me, there is always someone with the answer in Eastnor where I spend a lot of my non-class time.

Once final exams are over, I will be spending some of the holidays in North Carolina with my family. Santa will come to our house however, and my daughter can’t wait! I’m looking forward to the new year, but I can’t believe it is almost 2014! I just got used to writing 2013 on everything. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and gets to rest on our few weeks off. I will see you on the other side of the New Year!

Hello Hollins!

Hello! I am Ashley Carr and I am so excited to be introducing myself as a new Hollins blogger! This is my first semester at Hollins University and as a Horizon student! Just a little about myself: I am 28 years old and just celebrated my 7th wedding anniversary with my wonderful husband, Drew. We were high school sweethearts and have been together since I was 15! We have a smart and beautiful 4-year-old daughter, Raleigh-Rae. Her fiery spirit definitely keeps us on our toes! I graduated with my associate’s degree at Virginia Western Community College this past spring and am beginning as a junior here at Hollins. I am a psychology major and I hope to one day be an at-risk youth counselor. Right now though, I am focused on my school work as well as all the things most non-traditional age students juggle including work, family, and a home to take care of. Finding that balance has been a challenge, but I am doing it one day at a time and sometimes just an hour and a half at a time!

I have only been at Hollins University for a few short weeks, but I can already say it has been amazing! First off, everyone on campus has been so friendly and encouraging, but the women who are a part of the Horizon Program are especially so. I have never met a kinder or more supportive group of women. They have all helped me truly believe that I can do this! I’ve even participated in some on campus events, like the Battle of the Bins. If you haven’t already seen it, you should go check out the Horizon’s bin outside of Pleasants. I’m proud to say I helped a few of my fellow Horizon sisters paint a beautiful beach horizon. Now everyone is awaiting this year’s Tinker Day. It has been awesome participating in all the Hollins traditions, and now that the leaves are starting to change, the campus alive with beautiful fall colors.

I can’t believe that this semester is just about half way over now, it has flown by! So far, so good! I have had a few tests and a couple of papers, and I am proud to say that I have remained on top of my school work! Ok, so maybe I could spend some more time reading, but with a house, husband, and rambunctious 4-year old to keep up with, some things inevitably get put off. The thing I struggle with most is time management. We are unfortunately down a car at the moment, so that leaves me as chauffeur on top of all my regular responsibilities. First thing in the morning I drop off my daughter and husband, then come straight to Hollins for my work study job in the Horizon office. Then I have class all day until around 4:30 pm, when it is time to go and pick everyone back up. After that, depending on the day, I have grocery shopping to do, ballet lessons to take Raleigh-Rae to, dinner to make, laundry to do, vacuuming, cleaning, walks for the dogs, bedtime routine for Raleigh-Rae. etc. Finally around 8:30 pm I have a chance to sit down, and there is usually no way I feel like getting started on reading or homework. So if you see me around, I will probably have my nose shoved in a textbook, trying to make up for lost time. By the way, the Wyndham Robertson Library is amazing! Definitely my new home away from home! Although, I absolutely love the oldest buildings at Hollins. They are so grand and beautiful and make me feel as if I’ve stepped back in time! I can’t help but think about all the women throughout the years who have gotten a wonderful education here.

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