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ode to thanksgiving

Oh, Thanksgiving.

How magnificent you are,

With your turkey, cream pies, and Charlie Brown specials.

Okay, that’s enough of that. As you can see, I am no poet. 

Since these past few days have been filled with nostalgia and childhood recollections, I thought I’d take you through what Thanksgiving looks like in my family. 

So, without further ado, welcome to Thanksgiving Past. And Present. And probably Future.

Thanksgiving at my house usually starts with a list. Someone or other realizes that Thanksgiving is coming and takes it upon themselves to organize who will bring what to our annual Turkey feast. I’m not a huge fan of most Thanksgiving foods, so I mostly focus on who’s bringing the pies, in the hopes that I can influence them in their decision. I am not a fan of desserts that contain fruit. Blech. I would make one myself, but I can’t bake, so…


When you have ten siblings, holidays are kind of chaotic. Heck, Sunday lunches were once chaotic. But, when those siblings start going off, getting married, and having kids of their own…oh, boy. Don’t get me wrong. I love my family. And, things just wouldn’t feel right if there wasn’t a bit of chaos. But, man, can it be exhausting.

But, it’s always funner having them around. That’s one of the things I love best about Thanksgiving. Everyone sitting around laughing, talking, and stuffing their faces with pie. These days, Thanksgiving is one of the few times a year that we manage to get everyone together.

These Thanksgiving gatherings usually involve a few key things, besides the food:

  1. Games: Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving if there aren’t a few rounds of cards, wahoo, and Apples to Apples. 
  2. Charlie Brown Holiday Specials: Charlie Brown is practically a member of the family. Garfield is also a frequent visitor.
  3. Christmas movies: Yes, yes. Christmas isn’t until December, but there is just not enough time in one month to thoroughly enjoy Christmas movies. Especially if you’re my sisters and love those cheesy Hallmark movies that seem to be mass produced. I myself am not a fan. That’s one of the few things I dislike about this time of year. We just can’t seem to agree on the matter. Hallmark is tearing my family apart! (Sorry. I felt this post needed a bit of drama. No?)
  4. Singing: Growing up, we didn’t do a lot of singing for Thanksgiving. That was saved for Christmas. But, recently, my father discovered a Thanksgiving song that he just loves. So, for the past several years, he’s replaced the pre-meal prayer with his holiday themed jig. Plus, someone usually ends up pulling out a guitar and doing their own rendition of any and every song that comes to mind. And, by anyone, I mean my oldest brother.
  5. Decorating for Christmas: Once Thanksgiving is over, there’s nothing wrong with getting ready for Christmas, right? Good, cause that’s what we do every fourth Friday of November. *Cue, Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas”*

Once Thanksgiving is over, there’s nothing left to do but cuddle up and nap. That actually sounds like a good idea. I think I’ll go do that now.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Unless you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. In that case, I wish you a Happy Thursday.


hello, october

It is October again, and I could not be happier! In honor of this loveliest of months, I have decided to once again participate in the October photo challenge. I completed it last year, but I kind of cheated. I took ideas from the internet and did whatever was convenient on that day, creating a “challenge” along the way. Not so this year.

I pulled this list from my go-to “I don’t know what I’m doing” site, a.k.a. Pinterest:


Some of the topics are kind of random, but that’ll just force to me to get a bit more creative with my fabulous amateur iPhone photography. I’ll be posting my photos every day, so make sure to check back in. If you wanna check out my photos from last year, you can find them in my archives, or under my tag #octoberphotochallenge.


a truly belated post

These past few weeks have been so full of college craziness that I slipped so far into November without noticing that its almost Thanksgiving. I also completely forgot to update y’all on my October Photo Challenge. Shame on me. But, the past is the past, and I am here now. As I mentioned in my first Photo Challenge post, I wanted to take the month of October as an opportunity to work on my photography and editing skills, and the results were interesting. I learned a couple of things while participating in the challenge:

  1. Taking good photos is a lot harder than you may think. First of all, it can be difficult to find good subject matter to photograph, especially if you are a college girl in a small town. Then, once you find your subject matter, it may not be so easy to capture the photo you want. I often found myself on all fours or flat on my stomach in order to capture the picture that I wanted.
  2. I discovered that, although it can be frustrating, photography is a great way to share how you see the world. In the process of this Challenge, I discovered something that I truly enjoy doing. Although it would be nice to have a good professional camera to use, and not just my iPhone.

As promised, here are the last of the photos from my October Photo Challenge. If you haven’t seen the first few photos I posted, or if you’d like to look at them again, you can find them in the two previous blog posts. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

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Capture 20-22

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Capture 29-31

And, here is a complete list of my October Photo Challenge with subjects for each day of the month:

October Photo Challenge

*Remember, you can click on the photos to see a larger image.

Holidays · Photography

where there are octobers

Hello, fellow night owls. I’m back! I have been off traversing on a grand adventure to the forests of South America and the ancient cities of Europe. Well, at least in my mind. In reality, I have been stuck in a little cramped space filled with college exams and covered with tissues. I realized this week that it has been almost a month since my last blog post! I was astonished when I discovered this, and I’ve decided that I must have slipped through some sort of twilight zone for a while. However, I am back from that strange place, and I am on the mend from the horrible cold that has been hanging over my head like a little black rain cloud. Now, I can catch you up on what has been happening in my strange little head these past few weeks.

As I said, I must have slipped through some sort of twilight zone. How else could it already be October? But, I am not going to complain. October is the best of the months. As Anne Shirley said,


(Photo via Pinterest)


Now, there are many reasons to award October as the best of the months, but these three are the most important: first, it is my birthday month (yay!); second, October means the semester is halfway over; and third, it is the beginning of the greatest time of the year. By the greatest time of the year, I of course mean the season of holidays and decorations! My room is already littered with Fall and Halloween decorations waiting to be put up.

As I went about my normal October duties (a.k.a. decorating my room and preparing for the upcoming holiday season), I decided to do something new. This month, I am going to participate in a 31 Day Photo Challenge. Why am I doing this? Well, this October I will be 21 years old, which is a pretty big deal, at least to me. So, I decided that the every day wonderfulness of this October deserved to be captured. Plus, I’ve just always liked taking pictures, capturing the little things in my life that make it special, both the pretty and the plain. And it doesn’t hurt that I’ll be getting a chance to practice my photography and editing skills, such as they are.

Some people use a specific Photo Challenge list, usually something they were tagged in on Facebook or Instagram. I’m sure you know the ones I’m talking about. Anyways, after perusing Pinterest for a while, I realized I didn’t really like any one specific Challenge list. They all had both good ideas and not so good ideas. So, instead, I am going to cheat a little: I am going to take the ideas from a few of the lists I looked at to make my very own October Photo Challenge list day by day. It should be fun! Hopefully, I will remember to log on every few days and post my newest photos, along with the categories for each, so keep an eye out! But, for now, here are the photos that I have taken so far (click on picture to see a larger image):

October 1-4

P.S.- The someone special is my best friend, Sarah. I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about her later on.

Arts and Crafts · Holidays

pipe dreams and pumpkins

Last night, I had a dream. In it, I woke up and looked out the window to discover that piles of new, glittering snow had covered the ground overnight. It was like some giant being had dropped a sack of sparkles and marshmallows on the world. School had been canceled, and happy children were making snowmen and creating the imprints of angels on the frosty ground. It was perfect, and beautiful, and all was swell.

Then, I really did wake up. I looked out the window, as I do every morning, half expecting there to be snow and ice covering the ground. But, alas. Instead of a winter-y wonderland, I saw a cloudy, humid, 90 degree summer day. Ah, well.

There’s nothing more beautiful than snow. | 17 Things We Learned From

It’s no secret that I love winter. My sisters think I’m crazy, but it’s the best season there is. With winter comes sweaters, scarves, comfy socks, hot chocolate, snow, reading in front of a cozy fire, and, best of all, Christmas. What could be better? Sadly, that wonderful time of the year won’t be arriving for another few months. For the time being, I’ll just have to do my best to enjoy the second greatest season of the year: Fall.

The tell-signs of fall are beginning to spring up everywhere. Halloween candy is already lining grocery store shelves. Pumpkin flavored everything is taking back its place in the world of confectionery goodness. Even some of the leaves are beginning to change. I’m just hoping some of that nice, cool, autumn weather is following close behind.

In the spirit of this upcoming season of pumpkins, I decided to peruse Pinterest for some fall decorating ideas. (Side note: I love Pinterest. I also love decorating. I will, without a doubt, be mentioning Pinterest quite often in my blog posts. I may also share my latest endeavors in the art of DIY decorating. Just a warning.) In my search, I discovered a pin for 50 fall projects.

50 Fall Projects for your enjoyment! Includes crafts, food, and home decor ideas!

Being the generous person I am, and partially to give this post purpose (alliteration!), I have decided to share the link with you, my lovely readers. I do this in the hope that you will be inspired to do some fun projects of your own, and to encourage you to embrace the wonderful season that is just around the corner. So go, check out Vanessa Brady’s blog, Tried & True, and see if something catches your eye.