1 Nov

Eventually I will go back in time and post all the things I missed. But for now, I want to share about my Fall Break, which is really only one day off but still it was one day I didn’t have to go to my comm law class (which by the way, I made an A on the test I was freaking out about last week πŸ™‚ MAJOR accomplishment).

My original plan for fall break was to go down to Jacksonville for the GA/FL game but my plans fell through so one of my closest friends, Amelia, and I decided to have a girls weekend in the Atlanta area. Well it started out with a fun girls only birthday party in Athens. We did our nails, painted cards and watched Baby Mama. I passed around my new glitter nail polish that I’m now obsessed with. It reminds me of New Years, which I can’t wait for! And I got to skype which is always fun πŸ™‚

Friday, we took advantage of the break and slept in. Left Athens around 12:30 and headed up to the mountains in Dahlonega, GA to go winetasting at Frogtown Vineyards. It was absolutely gorgeous outside and finally felt like fall. I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves…


I'm obsessed with vineyards!

What a great view!

She's so cute!

we were being silly, twirling through the vineyards and skipping around


It was so fun just hanging out with Amelia and planning fun things for next semester. I’m really grateful for how close we’ve become in the last few weeks.

After that, we headed to Roswell to spend the weekend at my dad’s house. It was the perfect getaway. We got to hang out and talk with Peggy, go shopping at the Avenue, watch Georgia finally beat Florida on my Dad’s fancy new 60-inch tv and go out to eat at Inc. with my parents. We also got to see old friends like Carly and Lauren at church and have lunch with Lauren. We miss her so much! It was the perfect, relaxing weekend. And although it would have been a great memory celebrating with all the Georgia fans in Jacksonville, I have no regrets.


And that brings us to yesterday. It was seriously the best Monday ever. I found out I made A’s in both my test and my how-to story. All that hard work is finally paying off. And I got to wear one of my new outfits. I’m not normally an outfit post kind of person but thanks to Peggy and Amelia, I found new stylish clothes for work that I’m really excited about.

Top: Loft, Skirt: Loft, Tights: no idea, probably target or some department store; Shoes: Rocket Dog

I've never owned a pencil skirt, its a pretty big deal!

In comm law, we had a Halloween costume contest that due to work I did not take place it but thats all we did in class and got out early which has NEVER happened before. Work was pleasant and I had a great time with God, continuing to learn about peace and how righteousness gives us peace which leads to joy.

Jessica and I went to the gym for a spontaneous workout and now my arms feel like they may fall off but it feels good. And I got to bake with Gayle. Made some orange-dyed almond cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting. Baking always makes my day good πŸ™‚ (I’ll post pics later)

Have a great week! Only 18 days til Thanksgiving Break πŸ˜€


Its the little things in life

27 Oct

I thought I’d share a few things that have brought me happiness amidst my stressful and busy life. Hopefully something will bring a smile to your face as well πŸ™‚

1. God. I mean its a given right?! This week, my family group has been studying out peace and its so encouraging and refreshing to be reminded that I can dwell in his peace and comfort and that everything is going to be ok if I just trust in him. Yesterday I read James 3:18 and Hosea 10:12 about peace and righteousness. How great is our God!

2. The new Coldplay cd, Mylo Xyloto, came out and I’m already obsessed!

3. This new coffee mug that Amelia gave to me like two weeks ago. Its just great and keeps me supplied with coffee πŸ™‚

4. The extra credit assignment in my anthropology class was to make food. So I baked my Granny’s coffee cake. It gave me an excuse to take a break from studying and bake which is always awesome.

5. Pumpkin carving and corn mazes…more to come later but basically i just LOVE fall!

6. This Harry Potter wedding…:)

7. The farmers market. I had to go for class and now I’m obsessed. Sadly, I didn’t take pictures. I know. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. But I did buy some pretty fall flowers, Terrapin bread and honey butter and some sun gold tomatoes that are gone already. They were just so good!

8. I get to read magazines for class. Even though I don’t want to be a journalist any more, at least I still get to do fun things for my classes…

One of those weeks…

25 Oct

Do you ever have a week where you lose track of what day it is, never have time to cook, leave the dishes in the sink, go to bed at 2 am every night (or should i say morning), run around like a crazy person, drink more coffee than is healthy for anyone to drink, and you’d lost your head if it wasn’t connected to the rest of your body?

WELL its one of those weeks for me.

You may be thinking, ‘well, it can’t be that crazy if you have time to blog which may I point out you haven’t done in weeks…’ I know, I know. I haven’t been very consistent. And I shouldn’t admit this right now but the only reason I have time to type this is because my teacher is very boring and has gone off on a tangent that doesn’t even remotely relate to what we’re learning (what does the unemployment rate and the upcoming election have to do with sports?!). So I turned to blog writing.

For some reason, all my teachers think its ok to have all their tests and assignments all in the same week. Its really just cruel. I’m having a hard time managing my time right so that I’ll be prepared for all my tests, and write my paper on time, and I’ve been strangely ADD and having a hard time focusing on thing at a time. Like a normal girl, my mind moves a mile and minute and its been even worse this week. I keep having the desire to go search for event planning internships instead of learning about defamation and privacy law cases. I think I’m just overwhelmed by all the work I need to do and avoiding it. But no worries, I have been studying diligently. I’m just at that point where I’ve been studying for SO long that I want the test to be here and just get it over with.

On the upside, tomorrow is our Halloween party and I’m really excited for my costume and to share it with all of you. I had a photography gig on Sunday. I shot some family/Christmas pictures for a family here in Athens who have an absolutely adorable 9-month-old baby named Cooper. And as of 1:45 pm on Thursday, I will be on fall break and won’t think about class for a whole 3.5 days. On Friday, I’m going to the beautiful Dahlonega with one of my closest friends, Amelia, to go wine-tasting and then enjoying a nice relaxing weekend at my dad’s house. I have lots of pictures to catch you all up on, photo shoots and such, so hopefully during my down time this weekend I’ll find some motivation to blog. If I can find sometime in between drinking wine and cheering on the Bulldawgs towards a much needed victory against the Gators on Saturday πŸ™‚

Enjoy the fall!

Turner Wedding

24 Sep

As you all know, I’m a photographer. And I’ve shot a lot of engagement pictures, events, senior pictures, etc. However, at the end of the summer, I had to opportunity to shoot a wedding. A REAL wedding. Like I was the only photographer! It was a pretty big deal.

Nicole Turner is the sister of Laura Oakes, one of my friends here in Athens, which is how I got the job. I feel so grateful to have gotten to opportunity to shoot the wedding Scott and Nicole!


awkward family photo

family portrait















Going to the Chapel

22 Sep

So the end of my summer involved many weddings. Two of my good friends got married and I had the privilege of being a part of both of them.

The first took place on July 22nd. Daniel and Ashley Sanchez got married in San Antonio and it was a blast but also a blur. Having been at camp all summer, I was already exhausted. The night before I left (if i could even say that since we left at 4 am) I was up until 3 finishing a video for the HOPE for Kids thank you luncheon to its donors that helped make camp possible. The whole rest of the week I was running on coffee and the Holy Spirit, cause there is really no other explanation for how I survived physically. But I really do feel so blessed to have been a part of it. Ashley was my best friend in high school and we’ve been through a lot together. Here’s some pictures from that weekend:

At the Bridesmaids Brunch

Ashley with her matron and maid of honor

After our toast...we wrote a poem to try to avoid crying and talking too long.

the bridal party

i just love her πŸ™‚

Oh, and I also shot their engagement shoots in the beginning of the summer…heres a few:

The second wedding I was able to be a part of was a former roommate of mine. Andrew and Kelsey Chase got married on July 30th. It was truly an amazing celebration consisting of many of my best friends. Here’s a few pics:

the bridesmaids singing karaoke at Shokitini's


Andrew's girls

the dress

the flower girl, Andrew's sister, Lydia

we danced down the aisle to Party Rock

the first dance


Both of these weddings were such joyous occasions. And I’m so grateful to have been a part of them!

My Summer Family

20 Sep

It was pointed out to me after my last post that I had a huge deficit in describing my summer. I forgot to mention my summer family. oops….

So to make up for it I’m going to share about them πŸ™‚

We had an AMAZING full time staff at camp this year. I really am so blessed to have been able to spend so much time with these people.

This was the picture from our banquet. This was the only time we dressed up and looked so fancy. It was fun.

It would take too much time to go through individually and talk about all these people and I would probably forget something. But I’m so grateful for getting so close to all of them. Kathie and I took pictures together and worked closely on documenting the memories of camp and getting the photos and videos distributed to the kids.

I was able to work closely with my sister πŸ™‚ so closely in fact, we actually shared a room. For the first time since I was like 5. Definitely made for an interesting summer but I’m so grateful for the opportunity to build our relationship to an even deeper level. I feel like we have more of an adult relationship. I now rely on her for so much advice in my life and I really miss her so much. She’s just wonderful.

We all worked hard together every day but occasionally we took time off and had fun too. My favorite was the dance parties and shaving cream fights.

Camp dance parties are the best!!!! I don't know why I look like such a creeper...


After πŸ™‚

We had a post-teen dance party photoshoot

I will forever owe camp for my new found friendship with Jessica Fridley. She is a gem πŸ™‚ Really though she is wonderful. When we first got back to Athens, it was hard to go a day without seeing her or talking to her. She helps me so much in life and in my walk with God. I admire and look up to her so much. And we also just have so much fun together πŸ™‚

Heres some more random pics from our summer together:

From our CPR training...

Working on projects with Jon was always fun.


Christmas in July

Mistletoe: side hugs only!

Thanks for a GREAT summer!!! Y’all are wonderful!





Long Time No See

15 Sep

So I have not blogged in a very long time. And I apologize. Being out at camp all summer, life got crazy. I barely had time to talk to my dad or my best friends, much less write about my life. But here’s a brief update from my summer:

I worked at a summer camp. I was the Arts and Crafts Director and Assistant Photographer. Although since most of you are people who know me and are involved in my life in some way, you probably already know this. Let me just say, it was an incredible experience. And I learned a lot. But the biggest decision I made was….I don’t want to be a professional photographer.

I’ll just let you ponder that.

I know its shocking!

But don’t freight, I will do photography for friends and family for the rest of my life. I’m even taking some engagement pictures for a good friend of mine this evening.

But here’s some random pics from my summer:

Isn't that pretty?!

Pat Gempel speaks to the volunteers before camp starts.

Jon Elwell and I built this tree for the environment initiative program. It took like 3 days.

So grateful to have been reunited this summer!

my typical summer: making signs and drinking Wawa iced coffee πŸ™‚

Fourth of July in the city with my favorite girls!

Was able to build some really great friendships!

In between weeks at camp, I was able to attend the International Campus Ministry Conference in my hometown (kind of), Athens, GA. It was really encouraging to see friends from all over the country and to hear all the inspiring lessons, I really needed the spiritual food.

So that was pretty much my summer. I still have a few things to catch y’all up on, some weddings and the start of my semester. I’ve already been in school for a month and a half, its crazy!

One more thought: I love fall. Like I really love fall. I love the cooler weather, the changing colors of the leaves, fall fashion, college football and of course, pumpkin spice lattes…well really all things pumpkin. Like seriously I can’t even tell you how many PSLs I’ve consumed in the last two weeks. However, I really need to buy some black heels for an event tomorrow. And one down fall of the new fall fashion is that no sells peep toe heels! Hopefully I can find some on sale but I really have no time before noon tomorrow but hopefully I can find something like these:

I found them a few months ago and wish I had bought them but I did not have the foresight of my future need and desire. But I also found these, hopefully I’ll be able to make it to DSW tonight πŸ™‚ If not there is a Rack Room Shoes in athens and they have these,Β whichΒ happen to be on sale!