Posts tagged “summer

making room

Summer is gone and school is here.   Tomorrow I will start the week-long process of going ‘back to school’, full of meetings and assessment days.  I allowed myself to absorb each moment of summer goodness and I don’t have any woulda, shoulda, coulda regrets which I believe helps going back not seem so terrible this time.  The *extra* sweetness of this summer is very fresh on my mind.

I am still holding on for sure but I am letting go just a little to make room for this next chapter.


Sweet Summer Lovin’

So much summer goodness and so little daily structure leads me to struggle putting words into type around here.

Here are a few several confessions:

  • I love summer TV ten million times more than regular season TV.  Design Star, So You Think You Can Dance, The Bachelorette, Wipeout, Last Comic Standing all consume serious amounts of my time.
  • Our garden is growing more volunteer tomato plants than actual plants this year and I think that rocks.
  • Side pony tails with headbands are my summer “do” this year.  I can’t get enough of them and Dan most certainly can!
  • Greek yogurt is really good with blueberries.
  • We made some pretty sweet memories getting sunburned tubing down the Yampa River while camping in Steamboat this past weekend.
  • Being on the water encompasses all thing summer to me.
  • I have tried my hardest to get to know and love mountain biking and I just don’t love it.
  • I love staying up late.
  • WordPress created a new customizable blog theme that allows me to post larger photos so I updated my layout.
  • It is still a work in progress but it feels good to change the look of things around after nearly two years of steady blogging.  What do you think?
  • Dan and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary while shooting Aaron and Kellie’s wedding day.
  • We are now and always will be anniversary pals.
  • I finished editing their wedding photos.
  • It took me longer than I wanted but I discovered it took longer to narrow down the 2,500 pictures Dan and I took together than it did to actually edit them.  Who knew?
  • Starbucks still continues to lure me in.
  • In less than a month, I will be 30  years old.
  • Some days I stay in my PJs until 5pm because I don’t have to leave the house.
  • Diabetes can be a full-time job and it is much easier to keep things in check when I don’t have to go to work.
  • My A1C is lower than it has been in 7 years.
  • My parents came to visit over the 4th of July and Dan and I got to take a mini-vacation with them to Lake Dillon.
  • While on that vacation, we made an offer on a house in Brighton.
  • I found the house in foreclosure while casually looking online and within the week we viewed, studied, and made an offer.
  • We never do things that fast.
  • Homes in foreclosure are tricky little son of a guns.
  • I refused to allow myself to think of paint colors for the house until we won the bid
  • We won the bid yesterday!
  • By the end of August, we will be the proud owners of a 1928 bungalow house.

reporting in


Summer has been a smidge bit super busy.  With the exception of that one cloudy day I stayed inside hanging out with my couch, things have been in constant motion.  I am currently in KC and will be for the next 2.5 weeks.  It is wonderful to be home but strange considering how long ago we moved away (4 years, really?) It has been long enough now that I have actually forgotten the popular radio stations.

There are several things on the agenda while I am in town starting with one rather large one and probably as you read this, my mom and I will be driving up to Kirksville to meet my pal from college, Erin.  She has been kind enough to have me as a tag-a-long photographer to the wedding she is shooting there – Erin, you rock!  I hope to pick her brain to death (well, not really…but kind of, sort of) about the ends and outs to this whole wedding photography deal since in two weeks I will be shooting our dear friends, Aaron and Kellie’s big wedding day (meet them and see his proposal here and see their engagement photos here and here).  Did I mention I will be shooting their wedding?  I’ve sort of been working towards June 19th since they asked me back in January to capture their event.  I have also been going back and forth between pure excitement and total deflation about the whole ordeal.  I can’t let myself think about the pressure of being that responsible for too long before I need to breathe into a paper bag but I’ve gotta start some where and there will always be a first time for this sort of thing so…ready or not, here I come.  Plus, I am super pumped to be a part of the wedding team since Aaron and Kellie have a special place in my heart.  It will be great even if I’m not.  As I met with them today to go over some details and to check out the venue and church, I got all kinds of excited knowing that they have confidence in me to to this.  Plus, Dan and I have been working behind the scenes to jazz up the reception with some fun photo mojo props.  I’ll share more on that soon.  Right now, I must take care and charge that camera battery and finish getting these memory cards cleared.  On my mark, get set…

the last day and kinder thoughts

Today was our official last day of school.  Our field day came and went without a hitch besides the brief lightning but no rain delay.  I worked with Kindergarten (gasp!) in the morning and afternoon (gasp!) and loved it (gasp!).  I was honestly a little emotional today watching those particular kids walk across the little white bridge for their kindergarten graduation today.  I cracked up at their future life ambitions and kindergarten advice as read by their teachers while they were introduced.  Among the mix were doctor, dentist, cop, ninja, princess, McDonald’s worker, football player, teacher, paleontologist, person who blows up buildings, and sign holder.  The best advice usually had to do with not hitting others, keeping a hug and bubble in the hallway, and not moving their clip to red.  Excellent life advice.

Even after an evening of convincing myself that it is indeed summer, I still can’t believe it.  I have a feeling tomorrow, when I drive away from school for the last time until August, reality might start to set in.  I can do whatever I want.  Amazing and unbelievable…I am so very grateful.

bits of my weekend, vol. 1

This weekend started out crazy with our school dance on Friday night.  It was a fun luau with lots of improv dancing.  I even won a prize.  I didn’t have any specific plans for the rest of the weekend so I got to catch up on sleep and avoid putting away my laundry.  Dan had to work on Saturday so I wasted the day away.  I was much more productive today while Dan had fun on the slopes with his buddy at A-Basin.  I used up several gift cards starting at Starbucks, stopping at a spa to get my legs waxed (some gals prefer massages but I prefer to get the hair ripped out of my legs!) and ending at Wal-Mart for an exchange plus a  plant and some cool turquoise nail polish.  The weather was awesome and while I was working in the garden, Dan called to see if it was cool for Chris and Rachel to come for dinner.  We cleaned up a bit and grilled out tonight for the first time this season.  We also ended the chilly evening on the deck with our chiminea and some cold puppies.

I’ve got some crazy fun times coming my way including Tuesday being my last day with students.  I am all kinds of excited although I can’t quite wrap my brain around having so much free time.  Thing for next week are brewing and I will surely share as things unfold.  In the meantime, I still have blog posts promised and school things for the rest of this week but I’m trying my best to sit back and enjoy the ride.