I was going through my phone yesterday and realized that the pictures I take on my phone tell a lot about what I have been doing lately. And who doesn't like a good story with pictures?
Here it goes...
This is Ryan.
I am sure you are already aware of him. This is us at Thanksgiving. Our first Thanksgiving together. The neat part about this picture (besides my hair... which you can't tell right here but I made a braided "headband" out of my hair...) is that we had Thanksgiving with John's family. It was very meaningful to me... to celebrate with them and have them accept Ryan with open arms.
And then there is Lily. Who always keeps our spirits bright. For Thanksgiving we dipped chalk in water and decided to make her a rainbow brite dog ;)
As I have probably pointed out once before... Ryan likes to make me paper rings with his straw wrappers. It's a quirky thing that I love. I look forward to the day when it's a real ring :)
One night they had pictures with Santa at Smoky Bones (it's the usual hang out for my chorus teacher friend, Jen on Friday nights). I gave Santa an idea... "I'll steal your bag Santa... " and then he improved from there. I love this picture! :)
Keeping with my resolution/vow of "being more crafty this year" I started early... with making hand painted Christmas ornaments. Thank you to Annalee for the inspiration.
When you teach you never get to perform as much as you used to. So, I always enjoy Christmas time when I get to play Cantatas at churches. I was super excited that Ryan got to join me this year ;)
My friend, Christina, had her first child... a beautiful daughter named Madelyn. Of course it gets a bit bittersweet when all of your friends around you start having children. It does tug a bit on my own maternal heart strings. There is a very strong part inside of me that has always... and will always... long to be a mother. I really hope that I can experience this for myself in the next couple years.
After months and months of not working at BMG.... I returned! I worked my first shift since August in December. It was a good time but was also very exhausting. One of the Blue men even welcomed me back personally. Oh, Femi.
For my 28th birthday my friend, Megan, got me a stay at the Ritz Carlton for a really good rate... and this BEAUTIFUL cake!!! It was amazing! It was so nice to have a time away with Ryan, even though it wasn't truly "away" because we were still in Orlando. But it was a great "staycation"
Another adorable shot of my Lily.
Two days after my birthday I got another birthday present!!! John's parents got me tickets to The Champs Bowl to see FSU vs. Notre Dame. I had a great time... especially when I joined the band and sat by Jackie Plack :)
I got to ring in the new year with Ryan!! I look forward to a new year and new start with him in my life. :)
....more pictures to come....