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Busy busy!

Needless to say school and work have been keeping me busy, along with a little road trip with my bestie to Renegade Craft Fair via Chicagoland…here are some pictures to sum up the month so far…

It was a great weekend in Chicago with the best friend!

There is still a big list that I have to accomplish. Some shopping around…I have pictures from our Johnny Appleseed Festival that I still need to work on and get up, crafts to make, things to bake and make…while working, doing homework and student teaching.

Oh, and thinking long and hard about a tattoo.


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Oh, Autumn

September is here I couldn’t be more thrilled! I can see it all now…all the happenings, festivities, all the photos, crafts…this year’s autumn is going to be the best yet, and I am bound and determined to make it all happen.

Here are some photos I took yesterday after work.

I’m so excited, you have NO idea! Fall/autumn has been my favorite season since I can remember…the colors, the smell, the feel, the holidays or festivals…it’s just, I don’t know what it is about it. It’s so rustic, so majestic, so poetic, so artistic.

There are a lot of things I want to do:

1. road trip to Chicagoland for Renegade with my best friend!

2. paint at least a dozen canvases this month.

3. set up appointments for photos to be done.

4. find the best fall clothes for my wardrobe make over.

5. get started on this HUGE list of crafts I want to make.

6. start my scrapbook journal.

7. start working out on a more regular basis.

8. learn to make different (and NEW) recipes.

Life is good. No matter the frustrating things that will happen, it’s always going to work out to the best. Lately it seems like a lot of things are trying to bring me down, but because of the rapid weather change yesterday, I feel as if refreshed life has been breathed into me. I feel stronger.

Ode to Autumn!

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Life has certainly been busy.

My classroom has been getting a LOT of new kids lately, and quite honestly, Nicole and I are getting overwhelmed. It’s just so much to do…and we’re getting to the point where we’re going to need another teacher, but we can’t because even though our classroom is the biggest room in the whole daycare, we’re not approved for a third teacher.

Oh, I got my hurrrr did 🙂 I’m not OVERLY crazy about it, I don’t know how to style it, so I’ve been wearing it half up most of the time. Although I do love the color and the bangs. I’m not really used to the length and it just lays so funny sometimes that I just can’t get it to work.

The old hair…

New hair.

New hair.

I took some new photos…I had a period of time where I didn’t touch my camera…been dealing with a lot of emotions, hurt feelings, my dad leaving for East Asia for 2 weeks, etc etc etc.

All of the boccah in the last picture is real and not added in. The only editing I did to the photo was a setting that gave it that more vintage vibe. I’m insane proud of this one!


In other news, my birthday is this Friday. Since my dad is gone for it this year, I’m just going to work and probably come home to just either work out, or maybe go out and take some photos. Who knows. Nothing special though. I’ll be 22 in case you were curious.

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I feel like I hardly did anything so far this weekend and I’m just sooooo exhausted!

Actually, things started to get kind of crazy when I looked out the window Thursday morning before I left for work. I noticed our willow tree, Bob, had a branch that seemed a LOT lower than it was the day before while I was out in the gardens taking pictures.

Well, this is why…

So, when I got home from work Friday, I found my parents cut poor Bob’s arm down and my little brother and I spent the majority of the time “helping” in our own little way 🙂

Then today…Ma and I went garage sale-ing since it was the association garage sale…and well, she had all the luck (that I ended up paying for because she didn’t have cash) and I found NOTHING.

But I did find this (and bought) at goodwill….

And it does this…

I can’t wait to take the perfect picture to put in this photo frame! I fell in love instantly at goodwill and clutched this thing to my heart the entire way up to the counter. It just gives off that adorable country vibe, and looks absolutely LOVELY up against the green paint on my walls. Well worth the $3.12 I paid for it.

OH! And guess who’s been adopted into the world of Skype?

Yup! That would be me! I’m pretty excited. I was even more excited when I was able to set it up all by myself…even though I’m sure the gentlemen at Wal*Mart thought I was nuts for asking the questions I did. Not to mention using the word “whippersnappers” at the ripe ol’ age of 22 (well, almost.)

Oh the joys of being a daycare teacher….

Speaking of…some of my kids who left for the summer are coming back soon! I’m sooooooooo excited! We’re also getting a few kids from the other room, and I’m pumped about that too. Maybe things will calm down just a little (doubtful, but hey, I can hope!)

Lots of things are on the horizon. Lots of things to plan for and prepare for. School is starting in 2 weeks (and I’m not ready). Chicago is going to be here in a month. Photo-ops are being talked about. Lists of crafts and paintings are finding their way into the journal. A new health plan is being written up and attempting to be executed. A certain someone is being spoken to (keep your fingers crossed!)

AND, hopefully school was able to fix the financial aid problem. I’m really close to making a few angry appearances if they don’t fix it soon!

xoxoxox, loves.

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No, I’m not a senior in high school…but to be quite honest, the photos that I had taken then are really only so-so. I took better photos of myself with my own camera than she did on her own. It’s actually bothered me for quite some time. Seeing how I was dissatisfied.

I saw a friend of mine took his girlfriends senior photos (and actually, he’s an ex-boyfriend who and I have become better friends lately. It’s really refreshing to know we can be each others friend without anything going on between us), and I thought he could help me out and retake my senior photos. And put that dissatisfaction to rest!

Here are some of the photos he took…

Granted yeah, I’m 21, and TECHNICALLY I’m a senior in college (for my 2 year degree. Haha!) So it works out. Those are some of my absolute favorites…and the lovely weed field we went to behind a church was just GORGEOUS. I’m extremely excited about these…and I’m thinking about asking Aaron if he wants to partner up for wedding gigs. His style is very close to mine, and I think I could cover more ground if  I have a second photographer. (at least for big events)

OH! And that feather hair piece you see up there? I made that : )…hop along to Elsie’s blog to check out the tutorial!  I’m planning on making a few more here in the near future!


Which means it’s one step closer to autumn ( my favoriteeee) and my birthday, which is at the end of august. It also means school is coming up (which, I’m having issues with the financial aid office, of course. Praying I don’t have to postpone graduating, AGAIN.) Time is just flying this summer. But I’m excited. September brings Renegade Chicago with my best friend, exciting photo shoots, changing colors. and one step closer to the De Groff wedding in December!


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Although I haven’t necessarily done a whole lot this weekend, it was a good weekend. I went and saw Despicable Me with my brother Mike on Friday, Saturday I met at the mall with the bride of the wedding in December and FINALLY found a dress that looked good and that I liked! I also tried on a few things that I liked as well…let’s start with what I tried on but did NOT buy..

I wanted this jacket soooooooo badly…but I didn’t want to spend 30 dollars on it just yet…

The other dress I debated on!

And finally…

The dress I bought : ) I’m pretty proud of myself…I won’t lie! This is a size 9 when I usually wear an 11 (same size as my jeans) because my hips are really wide. So I was super excited when I actually fit completely comfortably in this dress!

It was really great getting to meet Katie in person instead of texting and facebooking all the time. She’s quite the beautiful lady and I can’t WAIT to take millions of pictures at her wedding of her and absolutely everything there is to take pictures of!

Then after shopping with Miss. Katie, I went to see Toy Story 3 with someone ; ) It was quite adventurous, I kept saying “Oh no!” during it and felt like I was on the edge of my seat… and I was tickled pink that it took place in a daycare (considering that’s my job and career). I’m just glad all our toys don’t come alive every night…if they do, I sure hope they’re nice to all the new toys that we bring in! Haha. I’m also very envious of how large that movie’s daycare rooms were…totally not fair! And they had lofts in every single one of them…ahhhhhh.

I’m just going to have to build my own daycare how I want it. Someday : )

Then today…I went and did a little errand shopping at Wal*Mart, grabbed some Starbucks and chatted with blue eyed Adam for a while while he was working, then came home and this happened…

Poor Beaker…I give him a pretty hard time a lot of the time…but he’s my youngest brother, and I’m the only girl…so it’s more or less my job. He has it easy, Shay-Shaw has it worse!

And this is the full outfit…I have quite the obsession with vests this year. I was happy to find that top and vest yesterday at Charlotte Reuss for a relatively decent price! They have better clothes than Kohl’s does anymore (depressing, I know)

In other news…

All the photoshoots I had planned for this weekend have to be re-scheduled. Plans change, and I’m just happy people want photos done. I’m really excited to get to them  though! I’m a bit anxious, I haven’t done a shoot in a little while now (other than flowers around my house), it’s about time I get out there and get some models or something.

I’m super excited though!

And I have the itch to travel again. Even just a weekend road trip would be amazing…I have just a little bit of jealousy towards one of my coworkers who’s in Myrtle Beach right now for a wedding this weekend. She’s sooo lucky! I’d LOVE to go back!  Maybe go to Disney too…that would be amazing as well!

Hopefully things pick up soon. I know I need to get some stuff out to my advisor/professor at school for my student teaching this coming semester…I also have a LOT of projects I want to get done, as well as saving money towards a good DSLR plus a flash and maybe an extra lens too. Cross your fingers!


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I see a world that’s blooming : )

I feel truly blessed to live in such a unique and cute house that has litterally a jungle’s worth of plants. We could be the amazon of the mid west!

What is it that makes you feel happy?

I’d have to say taking photos, owls, flowers, laughing children, cheesecake, tea,  wonderful greetings from my toddlers every morning,  foxes, crafting things, scrapbooking, flipping through old photo boxes I haven’t done anything with yet, reading letters from my penpal of 10 years now, Glee, fresh fruit, good music, great friends, beautiful dreams and goals, pretty nail polish, crayons, new journals, pretty dresses, weddings, traveling, pink flamingos, pandas, my old video IPod, cowgirl boots, painting, hula hoops, roller blades, homegrown vegetables, sarcastic family relationships, sweet wine, cats, baking, pastel colors, zoos, aquariums, sea horses, mermaids, Disney movies, dolphin search cruises, seashells, light houses, dried flowers, tattoos, Olive Garden, fireworks, lightening bugs, unique music, ripped jeans, dangle earrings, interior decorating, cuddling, reading a good book on a rainy day, thunderstorms, rainbows, Halloween, opening presents when you have no clue as to what’s inside, smiling just because, that little chuckle when someone sends you something funny via text message, rebuilding old bridges, country side, being on a boat out in the middle of the ocean, slow dancing, reading one story over and over again for an hour to my toddlers, new cameras, Polaroids and the cameras, sunsets, and lots of other things!


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