Post-Christmas Bookstore Haul

First of all, Happy New Year! Kicking the year off with a late night blog post!

Second of all, I could totally live in a bookstore. Barnes and Noble has it all: Harry Potter, board games, crossword puzzles, and Starbucks. What more could one need?

Anyway, the day after Christmas I treated myself to a trip to the bookstore and I just wanted to share what I got!

Now tell me, how many husbands out there will agree to letting this come home? Mine did! 12 months of adorableness. 2018 is already looking great.

So of course I had to get a cat ball point pen to go with the cat calendar. The second pic here also gives a peak of the other items I got. There is a large print Sudoku book I got for my grandma and a book light I’ve been desperately wanting for ages now.

Now this book is what I am most excited about! My sister got this for my brother for Christmas and I knew I needed to get one for myself. I keep telling myself I need to write more, but we all know how difficult that can be. This book provides story prompts to really get the creative juices flowing. Here are a couple examples:

Some of the stories are serious while others are totally outlandish. If any of these turn out any good, I will definitely post them up here.

That’s everything I got on this trip to the bookstore, but I’m already itching to go back!

Hope you enjoyed this post! Again, Happy New Year! Let’s make 2018 the best one yet!

Welcome to December

It’s barely past 8 pm and I am so ready for bed. Instead, though, I thought I’d say hello to the people of WordPress!

It is only December 5th, but it seems like Christmas has been in full swing for about a month! December really came roaring in for me – there were three birthdays to celebrate the very first weekend. I do not have a single weekend not already filled in on the calendar. It is going to be nonstop for the next 5 weeks or so. The weather has been uncharacteristically warm, which just makes this whole month even more confusing. I’m not complaining about that, though! There’s nothing I’m dreading more than having to do recess duty in anything below 40°.

December is also the start of Advent, an important time of year on the Catholic Church Calendar. As December is such a busy time for me, and Advent is a time of waiting and reflection, I hope to use my free time to blog about what Advent means to me and to Catholics across the world. I wasn’t able to post last weekend, but maybe I can make it an every Friday thing. I’m also setting a goal for myself to post a photography blog by Wednesday.

I want to thank all of those that take the time to read my posts. I know I haven’t yet really found a direction in mu blog, but so far I’m really enjoying. I started this with the main goal to just get back into the habit of writing. While it’s not quite yet really a “habit”, I am definitely thinking about it more.

Stay tuned for another post soon and thank you for stopping by! Happy Holidays!

Thanksgiving

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I didn’t get a chance to post last week because Wednesday I was home sick, and then, well – Thanksgiving! A lot has happened.

The Sunday before Thanksgiving I had the amazing opportunity to photograph a baptism service. I witnessed 13 people make a commitment to their church and to Jesus, and got to witness some beautiful testimonies. It was a beautiful way to start the Thanksgiving week.

Monday and Tuesday I went to work as normal. Wednesday I stayed home sick and (FINALLY!!) had internet installed at our new apartment. Since we have wi-fi up and running, I will be able to start posting some photo blogs. I’m really excited to start sharing my photography. I will also be able to write some more in-depth posts, since I can write from my computer instead of my phone.

I know it’s silly, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I really am thankful to have wi-fi! I am thankful to have this blog and for those that read it. I am thankful and excited for the future of this blog. I will try to post some photos soon!

Until I can post again, please enjoy these pictures of the turkey I made! This was the first year I ever made a turkey and I am so thankful for how amazing it turned out. Life tip: Stuff your turkey with citrus fruits and cook it in an oven bag, it will be amazing.

Baby Fever!

Ya’ll, I got it bad!

I mean, who doesn’t love babies? I first got baby fever real bad when I first started at a daycare. I know, it’s kind of backwards. Being around screaming and crying infants, and especially toddlers, would probably send most people running. I loved it, though. There is no moment more precious or calming than holding a sleeping baby in your arms. My baby fever eventually let up and there are even some days I know I’m just not ready for a little one of my own yet. But there is something about hearing the news that someone I know is pregnant that just gives me baby fever all over again!

I’m here at the daycare today, sitting in a dark classroom while 4 and 5 year olds are sleeping, scrolling through the baby department on Amazon and reading blog posts about cloth diapers. I probably sound like a crazy person, but I like to think I will be well equipped and prepared when the time comes for my husband and I to start our own little family.

I am so excited to watch those around me start and grow their families. Children are a precious gift from God. I love the work I do and getting to spend time with these little ones. Babies and children remind me every day to smile, laugh, and not take things too seriously. Life is about living in the moment and appreciating the little things. We have so much to learn from kiddos.

Yes, I have crazy baby fever. But for now I’ll have to get my fix in the baby room at work, and I’m totally ok with that.

Quick Update! November is here!

Yikes – I posted one blog then just kind of disappeared. Oops! I promise I have a good reason!

My husband and I just moved two weeks ago. Boy, have we been busy! We have also been trying for a week now to get internet installed and that has been a headache on its own. We are still getting settled in, but overall it was a fairly smooth transition. Between unpacking and settling in and work, finding time to sit down and do anything has been difficult. I had big goals for this blog (and still do!), so I am really excited that WordPress has this mobile option. I’m able to write this post from my phone, which is extra convenient considering I have to get wifi at home. I just need to figure out how to add tags and categories to posts on the app. I am going to try to push myself to post something every Wednesday for the rest of the year.

I was planning for my second blog post to be about a senior photo session I did a few weeks back, but the file my photos are saved as isn’t compatible with WordPress. I am going to keep working on that and hopefully have some great shots to share with you all!

Thanks for baring with me through this update! Here are a few photos of our new place:

And bonus! A shot from my senior session:

Watch for another post next Wednesday (if not sooner)!