Engagement Photos.

This past weekend Cody and I took our engagement photos. We were supposed to choose a place that meant something to us (which is a lot harder than you think it is). We decided to take our photos in Pinecrest, CA, where my family has a cabin. I have spent a good portion of my life up there and Cody loves it up there too. The only bummer about taking photos there is that it is 2.5 hours away. There was a lot of driving involved. But it was good. We got to know our photographer better and he and Ellie sat in the back with him and they got to “bond.” It was a really fun trip. We had a bunch of props, some we didn’t even use. But mostly it was just the 4 of us having a wonderful time in a place that we love.

Ellie got to run wild pretty much the entire time and absolutely loved it. The lake was almost completely empty so many of our photos were taken at the bottom of the lake, which was pretty neat. I have found that it is really difficult to take not silly photos the entire time AND I have a really hard time being super cuddly and lovey dovey in front of people. Oops. Sorry babe.

I can’t wait until we get to see our photos. I have to wait 2 weeks for them! It is going to be a long two weeks. So until then, I have to remember our trip by these few photos that we took.



1452127_574385842615210_1041100925_nHappy Wednesday!


Turning Off My Computer.

Last week we spent a few days at my cabin in Pinecrest. It is amazing there. My cabin is right on the lake so you don’t have to carry the kayaks very far. Further than I would like but better than anyone else has it. It’s pretty sweet. There is no WiFi and no cell phone service and because my family is super cheap, we decided to make it so that you can call the cabin, but if you are at the cabin and you need to make a phone call, you have to go walk down to the pay phone that is on the beach. You can’t even walk down to store and buy a phone card because they all got recalled.

Needless to say, there is no modern technology. It is fabulous. You can hike around the lake and be outside and read books and go on the water. Basically, be outside all day and not remember what a computer or a cell phone looks like.

Also, Ellie was the most tired that she has ever been in her entire life. It was great. Here are a few photos of our trip.

photo 4I love this place.

photo 3

photo 1Trying to teach ellie that labs are supposed to like the water.

photo 2Almost.



IMG_5889Mia (my uncle’s dog), loves the water….and big sticks.

IMG_5811The doggies love to hike around the lake.


IMG_5783My dad and I don’t know how to take nice photos.

IMG_5778Apparently, neither does Cody…

IMG_5730Ellie bellie loved our “hike”

photo-28Long exposure shots from our deck.

IMG_5929Long exposures on the beach… yes I do know that it is backwards.

photo 4And S’mores. Real ones too. Roasted on a campfire. The trick is to make them all gooey inside and out and then to set them on fire! MMMM!!!

I am so thankful to have this cabin in my family. There is so much history there and you really are able to just be with each other and with family without the distraction of electronics. It was really nice to not have the option of of computers and cell phones and everything else.

So that brings me to my next point.

I first started this blog when I was unemployed and needed something to keep me going. Something to tell me what day of the week it was, to make sure that I got dressed at least once a week, to reflect on the good things that were still happening in my life, etc. I needed this blog to keep me sane and it worked. It was everything that I needed it to be. It was my job, it was fun, it was creative, and it made me do somewhat creative things so I actually had content to write about.

Now that I am working again, those things don’t necessarily apply to me anymore. I love this little space that I have here and I love that I have connected with people without even meaning to. But where as before, I needed to write 5 days a week to keep me on track, I don’t necessarily need that anymore. There are days that I don’t get around to writing things until midnight and it is more stressful than fun. I also feel that I don’t have 5 days a week worth of content to write about every week.  I also want to be able to bring home that feeling that I had at the cabin, where I could just read until I fall asleep and not NEED to turn on my computer to write something just to write something.

I want this to be fun and since I started, I have not skipped a day of weekday content ever. I am giving myself permission to not write posts every day. Until now, there wasn’t an option to not write. At first I needed that but now not so much. I won’t not write at all but there might be weeks where I only post once, but then there might be weeks that I thought my life was really interesting and I write all 5 days. I hope this helps with my content and also makes it feel less like a job and more like a fun and stress relieving thing to do again.

I hope that you will all stay with me as I figure this all out. But I do hope that you will appreciate that (hopefully) better content that I put out there now that I have given myself permission to not post every day. I hope you all understand. And I am really looking forward to having days that I can just put my computer away and not have to feel tied down to technology.

Happy Tuesday!