Thursday, April 30, 2015

17/52 (part two) - April 25th : Senior Photos

I took my first senior photos that weren't for a sister!! I had a long saturday. After going to bed at 2:25 AM, I got up at 6:45 to drive up to Indiana with a friend (that one I'm doing the wedding with.) We went and I got to meet the bride for the wedding I'm doing. Then we checked out the church and the groom's parent's house (where we will be shooting the before photos.) Then we went out to brunch and then drove back down to louisville. Then we headed over to a mutual friend's yard sale (they're raising money for an adoption.) Then we went to this shoot. Then I went home. My siblings were watching Tintin (hmmmyeah), and I did camera research and worked on a playlist for a roadtrip. So. This was the senior. Congrats, darling! I hope the coming years are filled with laughter, good friends, awesome music, and fun road trips! and I pray that that each step will lead you closer to God!

 She had just gotten the cutest puppies and they were so curious! They got us all muddy and wet, but they were darling!! ♥

Naturally, I did take photos of her face, but since she did not give me permission to share (I was too shy to ask), I'll leave that to your imagination. She's very pretty, though!! (:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

17/52 (part one) - April 23rd : You Can't Stop Spring

I'm not going to attempt poetry for this post. Just...look.

The probably best tea recipe in the world is coming THIS FRIDAY. Watch for it!!

And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Spring is the best.

Friday, April 24, 2015

fabulous friday : a song for every occasion {Summer}

So, as I'm sure you've noticed, I'm really jazzed up for summer. Summer brings so many amazing things, including memories (not to be too cliched.) But how can you do anything in summer without music? Music makes or breaks a summer, I think. Plus, I love having songs that remind me of my summers. But this post is more about change. Recently Caroline from Un-Fancy posted this super sad thing: A Time To Reinvent, Reimagine. Which made me really sad.
This can be sorta my preface: Mondays Thoughts, On Tuesday (This is going to be me, being a little more open than usual, sharing a little bit more about my life...)

Disclaimer: This is more for me, less for you. If this is boring, skip it. Instead, go check THIS out. See you monday!
Ever heard the song from Mama Mia, "Our Last Summer"? Well, besides the title, it really relates nothing to us (as in, my two older sisters and me). Well, also, the fact that we may all have [small] crushes on Colin Firth (he was a really perfect darcy!!) But last year that was sort of our theme song. Our official theme song (or not so official, but an obvious choice, if we had to pick) was So Young by the Corrs. Starting with an all-night Hitchcock marathon, our summer went on from there: A Phantom of the Opera showing in Cincinnati, a trip to CA for one sister, a forth of July party, a self-funded new york trip (including Phantom of the Opera, Yankees/Reds game, and a trip to the met) for another, a trip to california with my dad for me, a Reds/Red Sox game, neighborhood picnic, lots of pool time, grilling, beach boys, & parties. And it was wonderful. And we have a song for every moment.
Last year my sister put together a summer playlist, which was a blast. This year we don't have an official one, but songs are slowly falling into place. While last year our theme was something along the lines of, "Eat, drink, be merry [for tomorrow we go off to college.]" This year it's more along the lines of growing up, thinking about all the opportunities we've had (as a family and on our own,) our futures, our goals, and what we will do to achieve them. And spending every moment we have together (which included putting off this blog post for a ten o'clock trip to the library to drop of books with my sister, just for the quality time together.)

A few months ago I was talking to my oldest sister about music. While the songs about breakups, or losing people, or whatever, are sad, the saddest songs for me are about growing up. About people fading out of our lives. Those people we thought would stay forever, well, are moving on with their lives. The songs about things changing...Moves, graduation, college, relationships fading into the past. Maybe because that's where I am, right now, but those hold so much more weight for me. I'm hating change right now, yet it's one of the only things that doesn't change.

So. This summer I'll be working three days a week, my oldest sister (may or may not) be taking a job downtown, and my oldest sister will be working two jobs. This coming fall, I'll be in my second year of high school, Jess (my older sister) will be a freshman (taking a required calculus classes at eight in the morning. thirty minutes away.), and my oldest sister will be a Sophomore. We'll all be doing different things, seeing little of each other.

This is going to be our first summer really apart, besides a trip here and there (never longer than two weeks), we've spend our whole lives together. We'd all been homeschooled (before my sister went away to college) our whole lives, and rewind six years, I don't think we'd ever spend a night apart. Ever. Everything we've been through, we've been through together. We've been on all the same road trips. Been to all the same beaches. We have the same mannerisms. Listen to the same music (though we don't always like all the same stuff.) Watch all the same movies. Read all the same books. Quote all the same things. We make the same faces. We shared almost everything we've ever had or been a part of -- church, meals, summers, pens, siblings, clothes, shoes, beds, whatever. And now that's breaking. Changing. In the past.
But you still have summers, right? No. No, actually we don't. Jess is going into chemical engineering & she has to take summer classes. Plus two summers she has to interns in an out-of-town place business things stuff. ( She's thinking New York. I'm thinking I'm going with her. )

All that to say, this summer is going to be really, really hard for us. Music will help us get through

 So now I have songs that I feel like are perfect for summer. and I'm putting them here. sorry for all the sap.

disclaimer: A lot of these you will have seen over at my sister's graduation playlist post. It was, after all, about finishing a chapter in her life. Also, these songs are subject to change. We live and learn.

  • See You on the Moon - Great Lake Swimmers
  • Fun, Fun, Fun - Beach Boys
  • Do You Wanna Dance? - Beach Boys
  • Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
  • Good Time - Owl City ft. Carly Rae Jepson
  • Geronimo - Sheppard
  • The Nights - Avicii
  • Don't You Worry, Child - Swedish House Mafia
  • Wild Child - Enya
  • So Young - the Corrs
  • Here Comes The Sun - Beatles
  • Do It Again - Beach Boys
  • Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
  • After the Rain Has Fallen - Sting
  • Forever Young - Alphaville
  • Wildest Dreams - Moody Blues
  • Young Hearts - Strange Talk
  • Maps - Hey Ocean!
  • Book of Days - Enya
  • This Time Next Year - Fernando Ortega
  • Circle Game - Jodi Michell
  • Make My Life a Prayer to You - Keith Green
  • Let Mercy Lead - Rich Mullens
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
  • Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Honorable mentions:

Don't Be Sad - Randy Stonehill
Smile On - Athems
Wonderful Summer - Robin Ward 
Make You A Star - Lee Mead
Traveler - Fernando Ortega
New Dance Up - Hey Ocean!
Tonight, Tonight - Hot Chelle Rae
Lady, Come Down - Colin Firth, Rupert Everett
I am the Greatest - Kenny Rogers
Video Killed the Radio Star -  Buggles
Section 17 (Suitcase Calling) - The Polyphonic Spree
Our Last Summer - Umm, Colin Firth is the only one that matters
Summer Love - One Direction
Turn, Turn, Turn - The Byrds
Cheap Seats - Alabama

Congrats for reading all the way through! Go check out this follow-up post about what we actually listened to: Real Summer Listens

Thursday, April 23, 2015

16/52 (part two) - April 18th : Camping (second day - hiking)

We hiked FIVE MILES (with heavy backpacks on a "strenuous trail"). We rock. Really, there's only one way to describe that camping trip...Intense. (ha. it's a pun. though it was rather intense. siiiigh. glad it's over. really glad.)
I have more photo to edit, but I'm not going to post anymore. Enjoy the great outdoors!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

16/52 (part one) - April 17th : Camping

We went camping again. After rushing around (like running to the store for twix and chocolate and kit-kats), filling out medical & permission forms, packing and unpacking and repacking, we left. and we got fifteen minutes into the drive and my mom realized we didn't have my littlest sister (who was supposed to ride along with us, my sister and I didn't know that.), oh, yeah and those medical forms? Forgot those, too. But we got there. A half hour early. Because we thought it started at 6:00 and it actually started at 6:30. Live and learn.
So like the photographer I am, I ran around taking photos. My sister sat and read. (And can I just pause a moment to say that is one of the best sentences ever to describe my sister...Okay. Yes. Moving on.)

This photo makes me happy. It reminds me of Liz's photos. I aspire to be her. Really, I do. Well, take her photos anyway. She has the sweetest, down-to-earthest photos basically ever. Ah, life. Beautiful, isn't it? But seriously, please check her out: Whippetmom Snaps

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fabulous Friday - Friendship Bracelets Faves

Who says you need a friend to give you a friendship bracelet? Heck, who says you need a friend to *make* friendship bracelets?? I mean, look at me. I have no friends & I'm awesome at making friendship bracelets. Maybe it's my obsession that drives people away.

Haters Gonna Hate.

Well, I thought while we were on the topic of friendship bracelets, I'd share some of my favorite tutorials! So here they are. My favorite tutorials.
This is how I roll when it gets too cold to do anything (besides make friendship bracelets, that is.) So most of these I made in the cold months of february, but it doesn't really matter when I made them. I really made them for this upcoming summer because who does associate friendship bracelets with summer? (Can I see a show of hands, on this one?)

Braided Irish Linen Wrap Bracelet  (Say that three times fast!)

Take Your Friendship Bracelets to the Next Level (quickly, too!)

Woven Friendship Bracelet

Fishtail Bracelet (fast, fast, fast!!)

A personal favorite (oh, wait...): Crochet Wrap

...And the Classic!

Anyone else off to Old Navy to buy the annual pair of flip-flops? (or is that maybe an exclusive My-Family-Tradition sorta thing?) Here's to an awesome 2015 WS (I'm gonna say an American League Team -- Preferably the Red Sox -- vs. A National League team. Anyone wanna place bets?)

15/52 (part two) - April 9th : Friendship Bracelets

I feel like bracelets and summer go together (more on that later.) So I made a lot. Also, trying to transition into summertime teas (like Trader Joe's White Pomegranate & Mango Black tea. They're both amazing.) And can I just say, baseball, peoples!!!! I'm so excited!!! :D :D

 My freckles are going to start getting dark soon. I'm kinda looking forward to it, actually. I've come to kinda like my polka dots. (: (polka dots have so much more personality than "freckles" pffft)
I hope you guys all have fabulous weeks! Tell me some of your favorite trations that are coming on with summer!! I'd love to hear them!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

15/52 (part one) - April 8th : Oh! Downtown.

Yes, we're downtown, again. I feel bad getting tired of it, but really now I'm just going for coffee. Because la grange has the cutest coffee shop with the best coffee. (pro tip: their white chocolate raspberry iced latte is dreamy.)

While we were down there we say another photographer taking a girl's senior pictures and as I came out of Treasured Child (camera in hand), they kinda laughed like they were embarrassed they were down there and I felt so happy that I wasn't the only looking like a dork, snapping photos in downtown la grange! (great minds think alike, as they say!)

Serendipity's scones.
They're bliss. pure bliss. A must have. I've been dreaming about them since Wednesday. siiiigh.

What are you doing in our weeks of warmth? My sister mowed the lawn for the first time this year. Bring it, spring! (Also, have I mentioned how excited I am for baseball season? yeaaaah!)