Christmas Photo Challenge, 2017

2017 has been the year for photo challenges. Valentines, spring, summer and fall have all been documented and that only leaves the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas. When I was invited to join Stephanie for a final photo challenge to wrap up the year, I couldn’t say no.

Because documenting the holidays with photos is my favorite. 

Starting December 1st we are inviting you to join us for a full month of Christmas moments.

I think out of all of the photo challenges a person could try to accomplish, this one has to be the easiest. With holiday magic all around a person doesn’t have to look very hard to be inspired. So, if you have wanted to attempt completing one but haven’t went for it, might I recommend trying this one?

Don’t forget a few of my favorite photo challenge tips too. 

* Set reminders or write the prompts down in a planner.
* Take your photos ahead of time and utilize IG drafts.
* If you miss a day make it up by posting two photos the next or skip it and just keep going.

Here are the prompts!

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Five Things Friday, November Joys

Hello Black Friday!

I honestly wasn’t planning to post today, but Thanksgiving weekend happened to cross pass with Five Things Friday. So, here I am. Five things Friday is one of my favorite monthly posts. Each month I share about 5 things that are bringing joy to my life. It’s a simple way to count my blessings and share what is making me smile.

Since yesterday was Thanksgiving I thought it would be fun to mix things up a bit for this months post. Today I am sharing 5 things I am thankful for, which also happen to bring joy to my life too.

Here are my November 5!

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The Girls’ Christmas Wishlists, 2017

Thanksgiving week is already here! If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet, I am guessing you might this weekend.

In our home we do our best to try to keep presents an after thought, not the reason for Christmas. We love buying gifts for our girls, but we never want Christmas to be about them.

Having said that, every year I share our girls’ wish lists. Things they have been saying they want, things I think they’d want and things I maybe even have already picked up for them too. It’s a fun way to give others gift ideas and document the things they are loving.

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Run the Race

For the past 4 years of my life, I’ve called myself a runner. But even as I type that out, I almost feel like it’s a title I don’t deserve. I haven’t always been faithful to my “hobby” and I haven’t always loved it either.

I started as an almost 30-year-old couch potato who needed an outlet. I had a few friends who were runners or starting to run and it seemed like a simple & inexpensive hobby (HA!) so I gave it a try too.

Whatever it was, it worked. It was exactly what I needed at that time in my life and apparently it still is. I’m not exactly sure how man races I’ve run, but I do know they stretch from 1 mile to 13.1 miles in length. And I don’t have an exact count of how many miles I’ve logged, but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if that number was over 1,000.

Some of those miles have been fast & easy, others have been slow and painful, but they have all been memorable.

Now, fast forward to the summer of 2017…

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The Shouse, Construction Begins

Last Wednesday morning I woke up sick with a cold. I went to bed knowing it was coming and praying I was wrong, I wasn’t. Last Wednesday morning was also the very first day of construction on the new house. Oh what a “hilarious” coincidence that was. Life has been a little chaotic lately, and that is putting it mildly. So if things around here have been a little more quiet than usual, it’s just us living in survival mode.

Ultimately the home build isn’t that much more on my plate. We are self-contracting all of the work since we learned what a waste of money paying a contractor was the last time. But Russ’ plate is suddenly overflowing and that means way more “single parenting” for me. Single parenting isn’t easy when you have your head in the clouds. I found myself saying sure to everything and dealing with the aftermath of what I agreed to, while doped up on cold meds, later. 

But today’s post isn’t to complain. Things worked out the way they did and we just rolled with it. One week later and I am finally feeling on the mend and SO much has happened as far as the build goes. Let’s take a look at some pictures that I took yesterday (November 14, 2017) around 12:00.
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