G is working hard on remodeling the new bathroom.
It’s gonna look good.
C is dreaming of paint colors and a closet office. ORGANIZATION!
G is swimming in power tools in the new kitchen.
A good mess.
And the cabinets await new knobs.
C is making a list of home decor DIY projects.
And how to blog them.
They hit 3 months of marriage.
Mostly, they are excited about moving.
Watching the world go haywire,
fires, wars, all the things
that could change so many lives,
feels so insignificant
because my life is already
All of it.
I spent my Wednesday evening with these two little ladies, Dayanara and Katelaya. Dayanara was shy at first, but you could see that there was a tiny little model just itching to get out. Katelaya was cranky, but I still managed to get a few smiles in between.
Anais, their mama, and I went to high school together, and she is one of the sweetest people I have ever known. Genuinely and truly sweet. She spent her prom night with me the weekend after I was paralyzed, and I have never been able to thank her enough for being my friend. I remember distinctly that we watched Sweet Home Alabama and ate ice cream. I still love her for that.
Besides being able to hang out with Anais and the kiddos, I learned a lot from these two. First, I am not good at posing kids. Kids that I don’t know well anyway. It’s hard to get them comfortable and move the way I want them to move. My nieces and nephews sort of know from the constant snaps of my camera what I want, but other kids have to get used to me. They have to check me out, check out my wheelchair, get used to me. And I know that is part of my process. I am taking candy next time though, juuust in case.
A few of Anais’ friends from work have called me already, wanting to set up mini sessions before summer is out, and it has given me a little kick in the right direction. I needed something good, and there is it. It is a confidence-builder if nothing else. I can do this.
Be on the lookout for more mini session posts in the future!
Can’t wait to see them more and get more pictures of their pretty little faces.
3 months that we have been married, and it is just as great today to be your wife as it was the day after.
I know I haven’t been the easiest to live with or be around, and I am sorry. You have been there to be my support through this whole ordeal and have never let me get down on myself for owning my emotions about Dad. And cry. You get it. You get me. So thank you for that.
I am looking forward to finishing our house and making it our home. I can’t wait to send out these moving announcements. I can’t wait to make memories there and have people over for dinner. I can’t wait for little baby feet to be toddling across whatever flooring we pick out. Today, mostly I am excited about everything that the future brings. And that’s a lot.
I love you.
There are still a few stamps left in my Etsy shop! I am trying to get rid of them before we move, and I will restock (and have new designs!) once we get settled in the new house.
GO GET ‘EM!
Another Pinterest recipe. Another “get healthy” thing on my end. But man, it is good.
I decided to try fruit water in mason jars, and surprisingly, it turned out to be a favorite. I am one of those people who seem to get an idea, or want to try something, and end up hating it at the end. Or thinking that it was the stupidest idea ever.
This is different. I drink a lot of water anyway (thanks to my spinal injury, I need to stay hydrated), but water can get bor-ing. And cutting out a lot of salts/sugars in my life has been hard. Dr Pepper will always be a love of mine, but really, all that sugar cannot be good for me either. But fruit water, though it sometimes needs a little sweetener, has got to be healthier than DP and certainly more fun than just plain old water.
For the batch pictured, I used apples, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, and grapes. Maybe a little overkill on the varieties of fruits, but hey, it was good anyway. The peach and strawberry definitely overpower everything else, but it might have been because I didn’t squish the blueberries or grapes around to get their juice out. Forgive me, the first timer.
If you’re looking for fruit water recipes or ideas, check out Pinterest or just google it. They are everywhere and totally worth the time of cutting up perfectly good fruit.
I cannot believe that July is almost over. Really, where did it GO? Before we know it, school will be starting and parents will go back to complaining about how their kids don’t want to do homework. Or something. Whatever parents complain about.
I am trying to keep this blog up to date and current and have posts coming a few times a week, but as we start finishing up the remodel on the house and moving, I can’t promise anything. Plus I have scheduled photo shoots and design projects. It’s keeping me going.
1. Dad’s shirt
2. Sunset from 68 Highway
3. Sweet Kaden
4. On the way home
5. FreeBirds Burritos. Amazing.
6. Clouds are my friend.
I have gotten lost in life a little bit lately. Too busy. Too focused. Too distracted with being strong. Too much stuff going on everywhere. Not all bad, but just non-stop. (And I wouldn’t change it for the world. The things that are keeping me busy are good things.)
But I need to express myself in a short, condensed way, but still feel like I am saying something that people can understand about me, something worthwhile. Whether anyone else sees it as worthwhile is another story. I want my readers to know me without having to give too much away or completely overflow this blog with emotions (which I feel I have done lately). But I need to say something.
In the she series, it’s a tiny glimpse, normally one or two sentences, so that I can bring myself center again. Slow down and make myself breathe, let myself be quiet and say “yes, you can be important to you too.” Sometimes I think we forget that we need to have that time, whether it is 5 minutes to take a self-portrait or a full day of non-stop shopping on the Plaza (okay, mostly just Paper Source), by ourselves to remind us that we have to take care of us too. Especially in times when we really need it.
The she series is for mostly for me, for my own sanity, but I hope you all enjoy it too.
She loved the light,
warm and thick,
the kind that wrapped itself
around her with love.
She craved that sort of thing
for her soul.