Where should I even begin? Obviously I’ve been slacking in writing. I’ve been slacking in giving myself enough me time. But it’s a new year, and I plan on changing some things. Starting a new year makes me reflect on my past year and think about my continuing future goals.
I’m going to start with where I left off. I finished my third semester of school, began an internship at Piñon Hills Community Church with the marketing director working on graphics, improved immensely on all my graphic design skills and website creation, and of course stayed on top of workouts, having a boyfriend, and doing various projects (mostly cooking related).
I like to tell my story through pictures, so here’s yet another gallery.
Flew to my cousin Mary’s (on the left) wedding in Wisconsin in October.
Shells I found by Lake Michigan.
I went pumpkin picking with my boyfriend at Sutherland Farms.
Can you tell whose is whose? Mike’s is on the left, mine on the right. His is carved from an orange pumpkin and mine from a white pumpkin, hence the difference in color.
I carved this from a white pumpkin. The light is from a candle.
Took a trip to Salt Lake City for Halloween.
I was begrudgingly dressed up for Halloween as Mary Poppins.
I went ice skating for my 21st birthday.
One of my few pieces of fancy jewelry. Got this from my boyfriend for my 21st birthday.
21st birthday tea time at my house.
My first legal drink of 21. It was tasty, but I don’t handle alcohol well. It gave me a pounding headache. Don’t have the desire to drink much.
Took a walk through the luminarias. A perk on living in this area.
I wrapped all these presents for a good friend of mine. It was actually pretty fun.
Marzipan I spent all afternoon modeling.
Beginning of gingerbread house.
Designed this gingerbread house with my boyfriend. Almost deserves its own post. We designed it off a picture. After figuring out the pieces we needed, I made the template pieces on the computer, made the gingerbread, rolled out and cut out the pieces, and baked them. We assembled the house using hot sugar syrup.
Gingerbread house in progress.
My marshmallow snowmen.
My boyfriend’s snowman.
Finished gingerbread house.
Final gingerbread house.
Gingerbread house with the overhead light out.
My mom and I had some Christmas pictures taken.
Our Christmas tree.
We’ve already had so much snow this year.
As you can see I had quite a full semester. Will do a separate post about my graphics work and school, as well as what I plan on doing this year. I have made it a goal to blog once a week this year (or a minimum of twice per month). I really enjoy sharing parts of my life with you and writing. I hope that you are inspired to do more and to enjoy life. I need to take my own advice and slow down enough to stop and write every once in a while. 🙂
Fall, my favorite season is here and it definitely feels like it. I find it funny that pumpkin spice has been such a huge thing this year. Sometimes it’s fun to obsess over random things. I have to say I like pumpkin spice (haven’t ever tried a pumpkin spice latte), but I pretty much like everything about fall.
It has been such a wet summer and fall is expected to be the same. Summer was fun and exhausting. I certainly stayed busy. School, work, dating, and working out seem to take up all my free time. As always, I find it easier to say what I’m up to with pictures.
About mid July I went to Montana to visit my aunt and uncle who I haven’t seen a couple of years. As soon as I got picked up to the airport I was told we were going to have dinner…and guess where that was? Olive Garden. We got a nice employee discount on our party of 17. Sometimes it’s nicer to be served, than to serve…actually more often than not it’s more fun to be served. It was a really nice evening to reconnect with my cousins.
Too many planes and too many delays.
These rocks when hit by a hammer sound like bells.
There are so many lakes around Glacier National Park I can’t remember the name of any of them. They are all so beautiful by the mountains though.
Probably spent 3-4 hours driving through the park.
I thought the tour buses were so cool.
Had a breakfast picnic in Glacier National Park.
Stopped for lunch at this lake by Glacier National Park.
Went to the lake with my cousins and uncle to take the dogs for a swim.
5 ducks in a little pond
Such beautiful skies.
Took a drive to see the Crazy Mountains up close.
Spent far too much in planes and cars on this Montana trip. We drove to Glacier National Park which is no where near Big Timber. It was a great vacation to get away from everything at home. I was able to rest and do whatever I wanted.
The rest of this summer has been filled with cooking, projects, work, school, and so on.
My boyfriend’s truck which we camped in at the Grand Canyon. It definitely stands out.
I’ve been to the South Rim but never to the North Rim. It was fun, but I don’t feel like I got to see enough of the canyon.
Most of my time exploring the canyon was an enduring ten mile hike round trip to Roaring Springs. Still the canyon is stunning.
I can never see too many sunsets.
The beginning of some grape jelly from our backyard grapes. Guess I need to get pictures of the jelly on here too.
British-style scones with currents
Sweet peanut butter bread to go with the jelly I made.
Playing with toads at night.
I’ve been doing a lot of knitting. This hat was for a friend’s birthday.
This hat I also knit for a friend.
Photos from my three months in Costa Rica. October 10, 2013-January 8, 2014
Sunrise on the way to the airport to fly to Costa Rica
Sunrise on the way to the airport to fly to Costa Rica
First church service in Costa Rica
Stairs to a waterfall