during the hiatus...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Oh, I have been a bad blogger. I haven't spent some real time in the interwebs for weeks! (Months!) So here I am, and I promise I will try to be more consistent. This here is a little update on what's going on in this nest, and a way to ease myself back into a groove with this whole thing.
First, summer travel updates will come later. Because today is our anniversary - 3 years! Oh, it's hard to believe sometimes. Well, you know. It feels like it was just yesterday that we met - let alone get married - and then, it feels like we've known each other for-ev-er and maybe a bit too well. But we still surprise each other every day, and I know this will always be the case, even when we're old and gray! At least, while Marshall is actually home, since he's been away a lot lately with work. So when he gets back in a few days, we will really celebrate our anniversary - I think a trip to Disneyland is in order! We still have 2 days of our hopper passes to use within the next month before they expire in the next fiscal year, which is very soon. We will see what happens! I know this seems like it's all over the place, but here are a few of my fave photos over the years:
Wedding: 8.14.11

Wedding: 8.14.11

TBS Family Warrior Day (before graduation): September 2012

Elaina (Marshall's twin) & Dylan's wedding: October 2013
Ok, so only a handful of photos, because my favorite photos of ours are already on this site probably in the about tab, or any of the other pages with our love story I wrote out. Anyway. Happy Anniversary to my love! Never would I have ever thought that I'd meet my husband at a bar in a college town, of all places. I know it's because of our time in AIM (Aggies in Mission, on campus) that we started dating and built our relationship on a strong faith and identity in God - first and foremost! He is why we are here today. Never would I think that God would lead me to a club to meet my future husband, but hey, He works in mysterious ways, right?! More than we can fathom, indeed.
So, enough of that for now, I guess. I still need to get back into a writing groove. I've been writing in a journal lately - there is just something about pen and paper that you can't ever attain in the blogosphere interwebs, so that's part of the reason I've been absent. I decided during my hiatus that I will blog what I want on my own terms, and will not do any giveaways or product reviews unless it's something wholeheartedly that I believe in and that aligns with what I write (military life, married life, books, beach, crafts, pets, family, health, etc). Which means, I will mostly be writing book reviews on here periodically of my own accord, and if it happens to be of another nature it will align in this and be noted.  I even took a quiz and it said I was destined to be a writer. Time to take this little blog, and my journaling, a little more seriously.. We will see where that leads me!
Now that's out of the way....
I'll start getting ready for GRAD SCHOOL to start MONDAY! Eeee! So excited and nervous. I am taking 3 classes this fall in preschool/early childhood to finish with a graduate certificate in December. One more semester of school - bring it on!! It's been nice having a free summer ( I haven't had a school-free summer since high school, and that was still filled with marching band ). Honestly, it's been really weird not being in school. It's just a comfort thing I guess, I like being in school - having that schedule, always having something to read and savor, and all of that. So I'm excited to say the least. And maybe eventually I can add on to these 3 classes and finish it for a master's......eventually. But for now, this is more than enough! Below are the books I am very excited to get into, for 2 out of 3 classes:
Also, I'm certified to teach Pre-K to 6 in ACSI schools!! Which are nationwide. Which is awesome. And this is also framed by my diploma. Photo of that to come eventually. This took forever to get here, because as you can see, my name was misspelled. I finally got the correctly spelled certificate a week ago. This one I received a few weeks ago, which was still months after graduation. But nevertheless - it's here - and I'm certified! At least partly, cause there are many more credentials I need to get before I'm at any school, but this is a good, big step!

And now that I'm writing again, I have been painting again! I am working on silhouettes (always), pet pop art, and scripted monograms, this one is for a nursery. I need to dull down the background to make the script more prominent, but it's getting there. I am crazy about these Disney silhouettes!! In earlier posts, and in my Etsy shop, you can see Belle and Ariel which I've already done. After I finish Snow White sometime this weekend, I'll make my way through the rest....
And if ANYONE likes what they see and are even remotely interested in a painting (or print of a painting) for yourself or a friend, please feel free to message me, comment here, email, or search on my Etsy shop!! Link in tabs and on the sidebar. Once these paintings are finished they will be listed as examples in the shop, and a print of Snow White will be available as well. Feel free to give me more work to do (love painting!) and place an order!! Let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to work something out with you to fit any budget, timeline, or vision.

And of course, a beach picture. Because we live in southern California, and from our home we only have to walk 8 blocks to get here. Past a "highway" and some train tracks. Scruffy loves it so, and I sure do too! Also, by the train tracks there are bunches of groundhogs, and Scruffy gets all worked up, wanting to run around and chase those little creatures. She loves walking to the beach! But refuses to get anywhere near the water... we're working on that. Look a how happy that pup looks, though. That salty air and the sound of her waves just get to her- she has the biggest smile at the beach.

I aim to be back more regularly now! So until next time... I will be stating grad school and painting away!

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