Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Books!

I'm linking up with Kiki from In Its Time today to talk about books.

FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR?
Hands down, the best book I read this year is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Nothing else even comes close. A true story of an olympian and WWII hero. I can't believe what this man went through and survived in his life! His story is absolutely amazing and I can't wait for the movie to come out. It opens on Christmas and one just might find me at a theater on Christmas day. Best book I have read in a long time. Couldn't put it down. Do yourself a favor and read the story of Louis Zamperini. You won't regret it!

WHAT BOOK DID YOU JUST FINISH?
If I Stay. I'm working through a list of books being made into movies this year. If I Stay was a good read and I'm interested to see how they adapted it for the screen.

WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW?
Where She Went. It's the sequel to If I Stay. I'm half way through and have a hard time putting it down at night.

WHAT ARE YOU READING NEXT?
I picked up The Drop from the library. It's another book being turned into a movie.

FAVORITE BOOK AS A KID?
I don't think I read much when I was a kid. We were always playing outside. I didn't enjoy reading like I do now. I'll say though, that my favorite children's book now is the one my husband wrote. :)

WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU TAKE ON A DESERTED ISLAND? 
I don't know why this question always comes up in book link ups... but it does. I could give the cliche answer and say I would take my Bible... but let's be honest... I'm pretty sure I would much rather have a survival guide. It's just more practical.


What are you reading?
Recommend a book! I love trying new authors out!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Rachel and Keith ~ Flying Dove Ranch Wedding

My cousin Rachel married Keith in August at the Flying Dove Ranch in Ridgway, PA. Once again, I had a day where rain threatened. Thankfully the rain had ended by the time the ceremony started and we ended up with a really great day for a wedding and outdoor reception!

I love the Flying Dove Ranch and it was fun to be there as a photographer and a guest. It was a day of a family, great food, love and a partying. Burlap and lace seem to be at every wedding I show up to this year but I absolutely loved the sunflowers!

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Congratulations Rachel and Keith!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Our Favorite Farm

Every fall there are plenty of farms for us to choose from. I like to try a new one every year but we also like to go to Metrick's Harvest View Farm and Market. It's our favorite!

The reason I love it so much is because it is simple and inexpensive. You can walk through the small corn maze and get a wagon ride for free. They also give us popcorn and hot cider, also free! The kids like to grab a bag of popcorn before heading into the maze and just eat along the way. Then we go for a nice ride around the farm and enjoy the scenery. Up next is shopping for pumpkins and veggies and apples and all kids of goodies in their shop. I love that they offer the maze and wagon ride for free because it leaves us with plenty of money to spend on their products. We loaded up when we were there last weekend and have been using all their produce in our cooking this week!

I think we might have to stop out again this weekend. :) Hooray for fall family fun!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Transitions and Titles

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All last year I dreamed about what it would be like to be a stay at home mom with both of my kids in school for 6 1/2 hours a day. I thought I would be able to relax. I thought I would be able to get stuff done. Go out with friends. Do the grocery shopping alone. Enjoy a few hours lost in a good book.

And then school started and life got weird.

For two weeks I felt like I just wandered around, lost. I didn't know what to do with myself and all that time! I had a TON of things that needed done but I just didn't seem to be able to organize my days in a way that would work for me. After two weeks I cried to Mike... I don't know what to doooo! I'm a mom! What am I supposed to do for 6 1/2 hours every day?! Alone!? While my kids are in school!? I'm lost! I have all this time and I don't even get anything done!

It was around this time that my friend rented the house next to me and I helped her paint the entire thing. I realized it was good for me to get up and have a plan. So I started planning my days before I went to bed. I figured out how to organize my time a little bit better and I found ways to still have purpose throughout my days... because purpose is what I was really missing.

Since then, my days have become much more productive. I have found the time to relax and read a book but I've also been able to cross a load of stuff off of my to-do list. It took a while... but I figured out what to do with all this time.

It was a tough transition for me but I survived it.

In the process of the transition period I also realized that I had to redefine how I labeled myself. All these years I have called myself a stay at home mom. I have work... but I never considered myself a working mom. But I AM a working mom. I work A LOT! Between photography and my crochet business, I have found myself working several hours a day.

The more I began to accept who and what I am, the easier the transition into my new role of a mom who is at home for 6 1/2 hours a day became.

It was a rough few weeks... but I'm ok now. :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

5 Days Old - Newborn Session

I recently had the privilege of snuggling up with this little guy to get some newborn pictures. He was only 5 days old on picture day and probably the smallest baby I ever held. So tiny. So light. So precious!!

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