As I am sure y’all know – yesterday was Valentine’s Day! The past two years, Trevor and I haven’t seen each other on the actual day of. Year One, he sent me a beautiful bouquet! The only flowers I have ever been sent actually.. Last year we were both scheduled to work, so we celebrated the day before with a homecooked meal at his apartment.
This year, I worked from 10-4 at my favorite place (HA) but Trevor picked me up with some fresh deep dish pizza from Little Caesar’s and some crazy bread. We got home and exchanged gifts. I got Trevor a XXX Vitamin Water and a KitKat. He got me a wonderfully delicious smelling candle!
After exchanging gifts we stuffed ourselves with pizza and watched The Office on Netflix! Honestly, it was the best Valentine’s Day I could have asked for!
A new year is upon us! 2016 has begun, and this will be a crazy year. What’s ahead? I will turn 21, Trevor will graduate from college, Trevor and I have a trip planned to Maryland/Washington DC/New York in May, I will student teach, and I will graduate from college! Of course, with all of these known events, about a thousand unplanned things will pop up too.
The world’s most talked about topic today: New Year’s Resolutions. I always just call mine my yearly goals. So here are my 2016 Goals:
Be more creative
For Christmas I received a lot of awesome tools to be creative with: calligraphy pens, new film, and developing supplies! This year I look forward to using these tools more frequently and sharing all of these products with you all.
Have more “me time”
I spend so much time working and doing school work, I want to have more time for myself. During this time, I can be creative, but I can also spend more time with my Bible and my prayer journal.
Over this winter break I have already finished one book: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I have thrown my reading aside due to my heavy load of coursework in addition to working a lot. This is definitely a hobby I want to be more persistent with.
Yes, this is the typical resolution. As Trevor and I have moved into our own apartment and been buying our own groceries, we have been doing a pretty decent job at this. Eating healthier is definitely something I not only want to continue, but I want to improve on!
I miss traveling so much! I cannot wait for the vacation we currently have planned, but I hope we can get a few others planned and in this year.
Be more adaptive
I often struggle with all of the things life throws at me that I am unprepared for. Planning the wedding this past year helped me grow in this area. Little things occurred that freaked me out, but Trevor helped me through majorly. I look forward to the challenges God has in store for us and see how we grow together in them.
I know that many things I hope for will come my way this year. I also know not everything will go my way. New things will surprise me, some I won’t be ready for. But I look forward to God giving Trevor and I many blessings and challenges this year.
This Christmas was mine and Trevor’s first married Christmas! (I still cannot believe we have been married for almost five months already…)
We both were used to different Christmas traditions from our family’s growing up, so we had to clash our previous Christmases. This would have been more difficult had we stayed in Minnesota for break, but I am actually writing this from his parents’ home in Green Bay.
The two of us celebrated our Christmas on the evening of December 23. This was a huge tribute to my family’s tradition of opening gifts on December 24 after Christmas Eve church. We also wanted to do our own “private” Christmas on our own to exchange our gifts to one another. This was really the only time for us to do this since we will be in Green Bay until just before spring semester begins.
Opening gifts and stockings was a blast. However, it goes by super quickly when it’s just the two of you. I got Trevor The 1975 vinyl and the first expansion pack for Cards Against Humanity. He got me the necessary items to develop my own film using the C-41 process! I am so excited to work through my three rolls he also gifted to me! We ended the evening by playing Minecraft for about three and a half hours…yes, I have officially begun nerding at a whole new level.
The next morning (12/24) we packed up and drove off to Green Bay (almost an hour behind schedule). When our journey finally came to an end, we unpacked everything and headed to Christmas Eve church shortly after arrival.
This Christmas was my first real “Christmas morning experience”. The girls were all up by about 9 am and Trevor wanted to sleep another hour (at least), but I made him get up for the sake of his sisters. From Trevor’s family we got Doctor Who Yahtzee, a delicious smelling three-wick candle, calligraphy pens, cash, and a picture frame made by his sister in tech ed. It was a lovely day filled with food, family, and fun! His family was gifted Telestrations. At first I thought it sounded rather lame – but man was I wrong! It’s like the games Telephone and Pictionary meshed together and it is fantastic!
I have always loved Christmas, and this one was certainly one for the books. The weirdest part about it though was easily that it was GREEN. Green Bay has no snow yet, it’s unbelievable. We’re supposed to get a good winter storm the next few days. How inconvenient as Tuesday, Trevor and I are supposed to drive to my parents house in central Wisconsin.
Well, today has been a crazy busy day. I have been surrounded by a lot of people I love and two awesome events focused around love! I’ll fill you all in tomorrow about today and all of its wonderfulness.
Hello everyone! I know it has been wayyyy too long since I last posted. My sincerest apologies. A lot has happened since my last post so let me fill you all in.
The main happenings was Thanksgiving break. I had a full week off from classes, which was absolutely wonderful! I started my break off at the Minnesota Timberwolves v Detroit Pistons game at the Target Center with Sarah. It was my first NBA game and she hooked me up! We had second row seats. Yes, you read that correctly. It was absolutely fabulous and I am so glad I was able to go and wasn’t stuck at Noodles for the night.
Seriously – it was a blast. Truly the perfect way to start break!
Saturday and Sunday were average days for me. I worked at Noodles and chilled after I got home.
Monday and Tuesday I spent my days at an elementary school for hours for a class. It was an awesome school to be at and I miss those kiddos today! I hope I can find some time over future breaks to go back and visit them all.
Wednesday I spent the evening cleaning our apartment. It definitely needed it. I am so thankful that I was able to get it all done – the place looks a thousand times better! Trevor and I also went to IKEA early on Wednesday. We needed to start accumulating a few things for Christmas gifts, and IKEA had the cheapest prices for what we wanted to purchase. We also bought a CHRISTMAS TREE! I may have had to pout for it, but I am not ashamed. It is the perfect tree and makes me happier than I thought possible whenever I walk into our living room. After Trevor got home from work that evening we set it up and got some lights on it!
I just love this tree – don’t you? I’m sure we’ll be posting plenty more pictures as the season progresses.
Thursday was our first Thanksgiving! Neither of us really likes turkey much so we had chicken. We made stuffing out of a box, the chicken was precooked, and had gravy from a packet, BUT our mashed potatoes were homemade. MMMM were they good! We have plenty of leftovers, but that’s okay, no complaints of a lack of food now!
After dinner we headed to Mall of America for some good ole shopping! Yes, we shop on Thanksgiving.
I bought some new khakis from Old Navy, a sweater and scarf from Cotton On, and a dress for Ana’s wedding from Garage! I could have bought sooo much more. Trevor bought a sweater and undershirt from Cotton On and shoes from Puma (maybe something else too?). Once we got home we enjoyed the evening together and just kind of hung out.
Friday morning we headed back to Mall of America to hit up H&M which had been closed the night before. They had a DJ playing and it was such an awesome vibe going on. Trevor picked up three button ups and then we headed to Eau Claire to pick up Justin. After that we made our way back to Green Bay. I’ll be honest – it was extremely weird being back. It’s also super weird because my parents don’t live in GB anymore. That evening we went to Tommy 13. It’s a benefit concert that is an awesome opportunity for youth in the Green Bay community. The music is fantastic! Trevor and I took pictures. Here are a few of my favorites:
Spending some time in Green Bay was great. We stayed over at Trevor’s family’s home and enjoyed the last few days of our break. I was also fortunate enough to meet up with Bekah at Starbucks to visit our favorite barista, Rae! I can only imagine how many of these encounters will be happening over winter break when I’m in Green Bay for much longer!
I have had quite the thrilling start of summer – jk.
My days have been spent in front of Netflix, watching either Friends or Gilmore Girls. While watching I am either a) blogging, b) editing pictures, c) planning future photoshoots, or d) playing either Solitaire or Riddle Stones.
Memorial Day Weekend was spent primarily at Celebrate De Pere. Saturday was my first time there and so Trevor showed me around. We were snuck behind the main stage with a guy from a band that Trevor knows. He told us to look for Jeff because he was in charge. We ended up knowing Jeff from when he worked at Pizza Ranch – so he gave us backstage passes. I’ve never felt so cool in my whole life. We took photos for a Journey cover band – Separate Ways. I was singin along the whole way. I loved listening to them as I took photos. It was quite a great experience. Then later that night The Romantics took the stage! We got some killer photos of them! I ended up shooting over 1000 pictures – a new high for me! Then, on Sunday the forecast called for rain all day. But we made our way over to the grounds anyway, hoping to shoot for Lonestar after a few local bands. Due to heavy downpour, we stuck around to shoot for a total of about 30 minutes. We snagged some plastic bags from a food stand as a part of the festival. I only had one hair tie – so I made sure to use it myself 😉 We fashioned ourselves some makeshift sleeves for the cameras and the lenses. It was a bit of a letdown honestly. Red Clover Band was fun to shoot for and Trevor knows them quite well. However, I was really hoping to shoot Lonestar. But I was soaked! There was no way I was staying in the cold rain for several hours for them.
Either way – I really enjoyed the opportunity to shoot these great bands.
I am excited for the future photo projects I have lined up!