Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Ramblings

Just popping in to share a few thoughts.

  1. I have sincerely been underestimating how much energy and time goes into working and parenting. These are great days. These are exhausting days. I go to sleep most nights really aware of some area that I neglected that day (husband, self, child, work, house, etc.) but I'm thankful that God has freed me from unrealistic expectations and standards in the past year. 
  2. September has been amazing. And also, extremely busy. Amazingly busy. Our church had revival for 10 days straight (and we got baptized!) and then my brother in law got married (and I took pictures!) and it's been way out of our normal routine and super great and fun. We are enjoying settling back into a semi-slower pace (although still circus level antics with this toddler man) and getting back into our normal routine.
  3. Lincoln is really fun at this age. He's starting to talk so much, string words together into complete thoughts (hold you, mama! // bye bye, mama! // I played trucks! //  etc.) and my most favorite thing lately is his singing and dancing. He sings along to the one CD we play on repeat in the car and has it memorized pretty much. Of course he doesn't say the words, but he tries and it's so great. Jesus = Jeeeeeeeee, Holy = Hold You, and then just general drum noises. The Dancing is also on another level. 
  4. I am still constantly wanting to read the Bible more and haven't really come up  with a good routine with that. A couple of days ago I bought a "Write the Word" journal from Lara Casey and it came today. SO simple. I've completed day one, but I like it so much. A great way to get the word in your head/heart. 
  5. It is finally fall. It still feels very summery outside, but the calendar says: FALL. Bring on all the pumpkin baked goods and decorations! I'm ready. 
  6. We celebrated our fifth (FIFTH!) wedding anniversary a few weeks ago. Marriage is weird. Somehow it feels like a lifetime together and no time, all at the same time. The exciting thing is that we are still very much just at the beginning-- the best is yet to come! 
That is all! Happy Fall, Y'all! 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Saturday Family Sessions -- spots still available!

I still have a few spots available this fall for Saturday family sessions at home! 

two hours at your home
documentary style family portraits
online viewing and downloading of images
USB flash drive with full resolution files
rights to print

dates available: 
August 27 morning evening
September 3 morning evening
September 24 morning evening
October 8 morning evening
October 22 morning evening

If you are interested in scheduling a session, please email with this info: 

  • your name
  • top three choices for day and time slot
  • best email address for invoice
  • names and ages of people in your family
  • your inspiration for the session (making breakfast together, playing outside after nap, lazy morning in PJs, anything specific you want to me to capture, etc.) 
  • anything else you want me to know! 

Friday, August 19, 2016

RIP August Goals

It's August 19th. Is it too early to throw in the towel on my goals for the month?

  • Getting back to my "why" and blog EVERY DAY. More about that here. This is not working. Requires a lot more planning than I planned (ha!) and I learned quickly that every day meant every WEEK day, I have to unplug on the weekends. I've missed two days so far, and am realizing that 3x a week is more realistic. 
  • Finish Wild and Free (for real this time). Read 10 minutes before bed every night. I have not read for 10 minutes before bed every night (or anything close to that) but I did finish Wild and Free and it was amazing. I am so glad I read it. 
  • Read a story in Spanish to Lincoln every day. This has happened some days, but would you believe me that if I start reading a story in Spanish, he closes the book and says "done"-- or just cries at me until I speak in English? By far  the youngest person ever to reject me as a Spanish teacher.
  • Meet 10k step goal 5x a week. I think I've met my goal maybe 5x this whole month so far, the heat makes it so hard to get outside to walk and pushing the stroller/cart doesn't count if I forget to put my Fit Bit on my shoe. 
  • Make green smoothies 2x a week. Haven't made a single one. 
  • Wake up at 6am weekdays to get some work done before son up. Nope. All the sleep.  
  • Implement a new daily cleaning schedule, will share later! Basically splitting all the cleaning that needs to be done into daily tasks (on top of daily chores) to keep our house cleaner and me a little more sane... #doghair #kelliehair First week was strong! 2nd week we went to the beach and 3rd week we kept my nephew so, I'll be starting that over on Monday. 
  • Finish up my summer course STRONG + start fall 2016 courses!
  • Savor this last month of one on one time with Lincoln-- he starts preschool in September. He'll only be going 2 days a week, but still-- it's the end of an era! 

These goals really help me stay centered and focused, and do a good pulse check. I can let my time and days go and will find myself wondering where they went, but I'm gonna call this month what it is: SUMMER. And if there's a time to be lazy, or not to keep track of things, or to stay up late and sleep in it is summer, because all too soon school will be back in session, I'll have a kiddo in preschool and 60+ students in my online classes that need to call/text/email/message me. So my goals for the rest of August:
  • Keep reading Greater.
  • Sleep as late as possible every single day before school starts back.
  • Make all 16-17 Welcome Calls before September 1. 
  • Take naps.
  • Take lots pictures. 
  • Come up with another word for these monthly things besides 'goals'. 
  • Make at least one smoothie.
  • Meet Fit Bit goal at least once.
  • Keep blogging.