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A Dreamy December..

Yes, I really did include “dreamy” in my post title. You would too if you had my December.

One of the most honorable mentions is to my dearly (now broken) ring from the Thanksgiving trip. It was purple and pretty and now it’s in tiny pieces. Sad. Just sad. Thank goodness I took pictures!!

This month I was also introduced to many “Elf on the Shelf” characters. One in particular was named Elfie. M’s first elf on the shelf. He was so cool! I had to help Elfie fly on a couple of occasions. Hehe. The story that comes with Elfie (or whatever you may end up naming your elf) is so sweet. I actually managed to get a picture of M reading the story the last week I nannied for him.

December was a sad month in that aspect. Nannying and massage therapy school came to a close. Both on high notes I must say. Watching M was such a joy. There were many tears unleashed that last week. I don’t do well with say the least.

On a brighter note, if I allow myself to brag for a moment about school, I’d mention that I managed to have perfect attendance for an entire year and a half, was on the President’s List each and every quarter, was Student of the Quarter, & made so many memorable connections with such great people! I also took and passed my MBLEx before leaving to Maine for my incredible New Year’s trip!

There were more crafts!! M and I decorated a Christmas tree..of sorts. Thank you, Target!! We also got window decals – a train set for M, and penguins for me! I’m such a kid!

Which worked well for me once more when I babysat J & R for a couple days! We made faces out of these mask kits they had. I made a silly elf face!

Gifts were exchanged, platelets were donated, more memories were made, and so were cookies!! Christmas came and went. This year was harder than any other Christmas. I spent it apart from my boyfriend and everyone everywhere seemed to be a bit sad.

Not to worry! New Year’s was just around the corner to save the day! And so was an airplane to take me back to Maine! My first day there, I was introduced to Lenny, a 1700lb chocolate moose!! More places to be mentioned in January. I’ll leave you with these ramblings for now.

I am thankful for: giving, Christmas trees, achieving goals, Target, New Year’s, Maine.




Purple Splendor






Xmas Tree


Frosty Says Hi


2 of a kind


Making Faces




Cookie Time


Platelets in December





Oh October..

Trips..Holidays..Crafts. October had many memorable moments!

First first trip to Maine wasn’t over until early in the first week of October. Other places we visited included: Samantha Reed Smith statue, Maine State House in Augusta (so cool!), & Old Fort Western. The places were incredible, weather was awesome, and company was the bestest! I also was unfortunately reminded of how hard some goodbyes can be. This is my PSA: if you’re with someone who is your most incredible person, tell them. Show them.

A few weeks after the Maine trip, there was a beach trip with my dad’s company. So fun!! (I should mention I got a movie date with my daddy during this month too!) We went to Corolla and were able to stay in an incredible house on the beach! It was called “The Dream” and so lived up to it! There were wild horses, pool tables, great conversations, glo necklaces, and UNO!! On the way home, we even got to stop by Kill Devil Hills! I hadn’t been there in 10 years!

The month of Halloween – probably the holiday I least look forward to. But last year it was fun. M and I made crafts for the occasion all month long! We also had some random baking & drawing days. Love that kid.

The very last day of the month, I trekked it out to Fearrington Village. Such a cool place! They were decked out with decorative pumpkins! My mom created her first scarecrow – and it won the competition at work!

All-in-all, October was a pretty great month.

I am thankful for: family, the beach, wild horses, cameras, phones, & paint.


Samantha Reed Smith

Samantha Reed Smith

State House

State House

Old Fort Western

Old Fort Western


The Dream..and a huge beach chair

The Dream..and a huge beach chair

Strawberry Blond

The Hill - Now and Then








And We’re Back..

DAY 253


“We need men who can dream of things that never were.” – John F. Kennedy

“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” – Seneca

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” — Irish proverb

Sun and rain, so different. Yet, only by working together do they create harmony and life. –Fa Zhou (Mulan II)

Today will be known as the day I discovered that “Dimples are actually caused by a facial muscle called the zygomaticus major, being abnormally short!” My favorite muscle has revealed the reason as to why I hold it so dear. Plus it’s a fun word to say!

I am thankful for: the return of loved ones after being away on vacation.


Funnel Caking..

DAY 217

“There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he’s absolutely free to choose.” – William M. Bulger

“There is nothing impossible to him who will try.” – Alexander the Great

“Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.” – Rob Gilbert

to really say ‘I want to put love for other people first’ is a radical concept in our culture. ~ marianne williamson

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.” – Harold S. Kushner

An amazing day with great girls!  Reading, reenacting Tangled, puzzles, coloring, being silly, dinner at Tobacco Road, & a Durham Bull’s Game with fireworks!   Oh, and making up phrases like “funnel caking”. Definition? To influence others around you to partake in the eating of funnel cake. Guilty! And many many dance parties throughout the day. All-in-all, fabulous Saturday!!

I am thankful for: dance parties.



Chocolate Chai Connection..

DAY 204

“You start from somewhere and very rarely do you start with magic.” – Tamara Lackey

“You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.” – Harvey S. Firestone

“Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit: we cannot flower and grow without it.” – Jess Lair

Sleeping to the tune of thunderstorms.

Waking up at my body’s request (in other words – NO alarm clocks welcome today!).

And kicking my day of with chocolate chai (that is, chocolate soy milk + Tazo chai).

My Sunday has been pretty great!

I’ve also been able to tune in to Tamara Lackey‘s final day of her “Sales, Sales, Sales.” workshop on CreativeLIVE. I adore this woman. She is a photography [& life] genius! I kid you not. And CreativeLIVE is such an amazing forum for photographers who might be figuring out how to better themselves in their profession.

I am thankful for: chocolate chai lattes.


Weee Cola..

DAY 194

“A man with no imaginations has no wings.” – Muhammad Ali

“I love the man who can smile in trouble, gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.” – Thomas Paine

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” – Mark Twain

 “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop” ~ Ansel Adams

I woke early this morning – my day off. There were many little things I wanted to get done. And I did. They included, but were not limited to: screaming at a poor grasshopper on my car window, laughing, giggling, singing whilst driving, & walking in on a class in-progress. Successfull day, kids!

Bull City Yoga opened today! Yay! I literally found out about this place yesterday and have been completely obsessed and excited about the idea of the studio. I don’t know if it’s the rustic building, the fact that it’s something new and different, the awesome instructor I had a Twitter convo with this AM, or that it’s yoga. Uh, hello, I’m a little in love with the practice. But like, a lot. I’m going to test the waters (literally – the studio will be at like 80 or 90 degrees and we’ll be doing yoga, which equals = sweat) tomorrow! I begged M to go with me and she graciously agreed. We’re in for quite an experience!

I’m pretty sure we have some major grocery store’s produce section in our home right now. My mom (and I) went produce-crazy today. We have pineapple, apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, bananas, strawberries, watermelon, avocados, tomatoes.. You need fruits or veggies? We’ve got ’em!

Mad Libs – Oh how I love this game! And playing it over the phone some how manages to make it that much funnier. One of the combos created was “weee cola”. Purely hilarious! Laughter absolutely followed. Think Riccola, but with the “weee” from the Geico commercial with the pig. Yeah. Are you dying with giggles yet?

I am thankful for: my education.


You Shall Be Mine, & I Shall Call You Dinner..

DAY 181

It’s so hot, the home schooling moms have resorted to actual home schooling rather than “field trips.” – Tweeted by @FakeJDGreear

In duality love comes and goes; in unity there is only love. – Deepak Chopra

“The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.” – Mark Twain

Ok, sun is leaving now. Bye sun. ::waves goodbye:: – Tweeted by @Kokyubbq

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things.” – Robert Brault

Thank you, Pinterest! Dinner was a great success! I found 2 amazing recipes, went grocery shopping, made & enjoyed them in the same night. First up was a nectarine pizza with basil and balsamic. I tweaked the recipe a bit, but it was still delicious! I used peaches, spinach, parmesean, & light balsamic vinaigrette.  And for dessert, I made lemon brownies – sounds strange, but tastes great! I went light on the lemon it called for because I didn’t want it to taste too bitter. It worked well!

I also had time this afternoon to pamper myself a little – mani/pedi. First time I’ve gone solo – major accomplishment! I enjoy spending time alone, but going out and doing things alone is something I’ve only been experimenting with for a few years. (Sounds like a long time, but I don’t really have that much free time – like, at all.) It takes a little shove from my pushy over-the-shoulder angel, but once I’m out exploring, I’m good to go. Very content & making friends everywhere. I don’t know what was going on with me, but I was in a very red, white, & blue mood – navy & white striped dress along with my red nail color. Pair that with the same color combo of the Cracker Barrel game we have at home & that is what a snapshot of my afternoon was. I think I’m just ready for the 4th of July!

I am thankful for: good food & solo time.