Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Reading Challenge for 2017

I've hit a slump with reading the last couple of years and my list of completed books has diminished by quite a bit. Part of it is just the busy season of life I'm in, but another part is I didn't have the incentive to pick up as many books. 

Last year I found an easy reading challenge with 12 different themes that I enjoyed, so I decided to do one again this year. I took some of the themes from last year and added some different ones for a little variety.




Saturday, December 24, 2016

Ready for Christmas...






oh, hello Pinky















Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Catching Up

This year, I've had some big changes in my life and blogging has been pushed to the back burner. 


I haven't gotten my Nikon out nearly as often as I would like, but it's been the season for iphone photos instead. The quality might not be nearly as good, but the convenience and accessibility is great.




In April, we moved from the only house I've ever lived in, to a house across town.



It's exciting to have a new space to decorate and play around with. It's a lot smaller than my old room and I had to put a lot of my things in storage for the future, but my new space is so cozy. (The only downside is not having all my books but they are all down in the basement in rubbermaid boxes so I'm able to get to them easily when I need one.)










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In June, I decided to leave Chick-fil-A after being there for a year-and-a-half. With the extra time I gained, I picked up a few more hours at my home health care job and I took an online class in Medical Terminology. 



Sadly, about a month after I left Chick-fil-A, the patient I was taking care of passed away leaving me without a job. With my new certificate in Medical Terminology in hand, I applied to several different places and got two job offers. I chose the full-time position at an orthopedic doctors office. (The same office I went to back in March when I sprained my hand.) It was a big change going from taking care of an individual patient to bringing between 30-70 patients back to exam rooms in a day, but I'm learning a lot. 



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The changes haven't been all big, though. I bought a kayak and went kayaking with friends multiple times over the summer. 






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And of course, plenty of time spent with family.


Taking walks...



Playing at the beach...



Going to a water park...



Having fun at the county fair...



Taking funny face selfies with my nieces and nephews...



And how can this little baby be so old already?!


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I can't promise that I'll be back to blogging as often as I was before, but I hope that it won't be quite as long in between posts. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Scrabble Night

Scrabble is one of my favorite games. My sister-in-law, Sarah, is one of the best players I've seen and over the years, I've picked up a few tips from her. I'm usually playing at least one game of Scrabble with facebook friends. 

I've talked to several people over the past year or so who enjoy playing Scrabble so I invited a few good friends over for a Scrabble night.

Sarah loaned me her Scrabble board and Scrabble dictionary to go along with my Scrabble board and Bananagrams

I had to have fun with the snacks so I made Scrabble brownies from an idea I saw on Pinterest. I also had a bowl of Scrabble cheez-its



Since there were six of us, we were divided into two groups of three with two games going on at the same time.

After our games were over, we played Bananagrams for quite a long time! We all had a wonderful time playing and spending time together!

Me, John, Aspen, Casey, and Amber. Unfortunately, Jeff had to leave before we took the picture. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Meet Macie Violet

I have a new niece! Little Macie was born one month ago on January 10. She's a sweetie pie!

I was able to take some pictures of her when she was just a few days old. She wasn't sure what to think of picture taking at first but with a full tummy and some snuggles, she decided it wasn't so bad after all.

I made a video of some of the pictures I took. She is so adorable, it was hard to chose which ones to use!

video




Macie with her mama

Alaine loves being a big sister and has taken on the role as the little mother

We are all so happy about this sweetest new addition to our family!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pictures of December


My December turned out to be a very busy one! It was full of work, fun activities, and time spent with family and friends. Here are a few glimpses of my December...


Decorating!
I love decorating for Christmas! I went with a vintage theme again. 

I found this "Merry Christmas" chalkboard picture at Marshalls this year.

Can you tell I love A Christmas Carol? ;)









 Knitting!
I started out by making a little hat for my new niece who will arrive in January. Then I got on a roll making a hat for a white elephant gift exchange, a hat for a friend, a hat to finish up a skein, and a scarf for another friend. 

my niece's little hat

working on Casey's hat



Celebrating the birthday boy!
My oldest nephew Gavin turned thirteen this month. I took him out for ice cream and enjoyed talking with my nephew who is growing up way too fast for this aunt!





Warm weather! 
I'm a warm weather girl so the warmer weather made me happy!

I loved being able to wear just my uniform shirt with
no jacket to work.

Yup! You read that right! My car thermometer read 76 outside.


I also took advantage of the sunny days we had, and used my new prescription sunglasses I got from firmoo.com.




Coffee Outing!
Every year around Christmastime, my mom and sister go to Barnes and Noble for a couple of hours. We sip coffee from the Starbucks cafe they have in the store and look at magazines. 




Chick-fil-A Christmas party!



our wonderful operators

some ugly sweaters :)


And speaking of Chick-fil-A, a few co-workers and I had some fun with Christmas hats after we closed and took some selfies.

Me, Casey, and Carissa put on elf hats and gave John a santa hat to put on.
We captioned the photo "santa and his elves". :)



 Pretty Christmas music!
Oh the joy of having a sister who plays the piano all the time! Bekah played countless Christmas carols and songs throughout the month. 



How was your December?