Yays and Nays – July

We celebrated my sister-in-law’s birthday this weekend with a family party that was full of hilarity and Henry. ;) YAY!





My little dog-child Jack Sparrow turned 3 years old yesterday! YAY! And nay, I suppose, because he’s growing up too fast.





He chowed down on his birthday bone. :)



Dog child has developed a new bad habit, however, in response to his washing machine phobia. If I’m getting ready or making dinner at a counter or anything he can jump on, he seizes the day. NAY. (I know, I shouldn’t have taken a picture because it probably only encouraged him, but I can’t stop laughing at that face. “Save me, Mama.”)


This handsome man and I are getting back in the groove with our daily morning workouts and getting in some lovely evening walks as well. YAY. :)


The summer is ever so quickly coming to a close. NAY. I’m not ready! I haven’t had enough summer fun yet! Someone rewind to the beginning of July, please.

I’ve been eating healthy and not losing much weight consistently the past couple weeks, and that is a giant NAY if there ever was one. (I’m not needing to lose a bunch – just wanting to tone and maintain and make more room for Cheesecake Factory dinners.) Mom says it’ll take longer because I’m getting older. So NAY all around on that one. ;-P

T-minus 50 days until our Australia + New Zealand adventure. YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY! I will most assuredly be the most annoying person in the airport on the day we leave. My excitement and energy level is already ridiculous at two months away. ;)

I’m still about 7,000 photos away from being finished with my editing. Nay. I am super excited to not have to look at a computer screen for most of September. :D I’ll be blogging a little less that month, but I promise I’ll have a TON to blog when I return.

Also happening in September, I’m taking my best friend on a surprise birthday trip near the beginning of the month, and I’m finishing up plans for that these next few weeks. YAY! I can’t believe this is the last week of July.

Laundry, 100 degree weather, and mosquitoes. Nay.

Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi, goldfish, and husbands who empty the dishwasher. YAY.

Hope all your yays outweigh your nays. ;) Happy Monday!


The One that Got Away

This summer. This summer is the one that got away.

Every year I tell myself I won’t overbook and be crazy busy, and every year I fail. One of these days I’ll learn how to balance everything. It’s been a little non-stop this whole year, but it finally feels like we’re getting pretty close to our September vacation and a bit of a break from work and from craziness. HOORAY! I’m exhausted on every level and counting down the days until I’m on a beach looking for wild kangaroos! :D (Roughly 55 days BTW.)

Anyway…here’s another quick little update via a massive heap of photos.

CaitPhoto land is still crazy, and I’m on my computer editing most of the hours that I’m awake, but just look at these pretties!!










AND I got to hang with these three cuties last weekend. They let me capture the glory that is my nephew Henry, and it was the best ever. ;)


You guys. I know I’m biased, but I really think he’s the most handsome baby alive.


The photo below is currently my iPhone screen, and it makes my insides all warm and fuzzy every time I see it. ;)


And now for some non-work-related photos…first up, Jackers, who is still afraid of the washing machine. Bless his petrified little heart.


German shepherds are lap dogs, right?


My schedule has been all over the place lately, and that means I’ve been eating way more than I should. Don’t worry. I have the right mindset.


And the Lord said that it was good.


I got to share Papa Angelo’s with these precious girls last weekend! It was SO good to finally catch up with Jen and Micah over our little pizza party. :) (Mom and Alyssa were there too, but we failed at getting a picture of all of us. Whoops.)


I didn’t realize it was National Ice Cream Day until 9:00 PM Sunday night. Thank you, Braum’s, for staying open late.


Monday morning was spent at the zoo with three of my favorites! Brette, Molly, Kristi, and I endured the July morning heat and probably burned more calories laughing than we did walking and sweating. ;)


We learned that this anteater actually doesn’t eat many ants because ants are expensive apparently? She’s fed something called insectivore, and she’s also a fan of avocados.


We learned that this flamingo is fine with trying to eat inedible objects.


We learned that Molly is a master gorilla climber.


And we learned that the photo booth camera is positioned for children and doesn’t lend itself to fitting four adult heads into one frame. But we made it work. Sort of. Hahaha.


Last night was spent bowling with the Boswells! We were planning on going to Top Golf, but the 3-hour wait wasn’t gonna happen. We improvised.



My husband is such a stud. ;)



Let the record show that I beat Tanner in the first game. And let the record not show the second game where I lost my groove. ;)





We finished off last night with some Sonic drinks, because 8 years ago (yesterday) Andrew asked me to be his girlfriend. At a Sonic. True love all around. ;)


Lastly, this pooch is keeping me company today while I edit. This is his face immediately after I said, “Get off the bed.” Spoiled rotten.


Have a happy Wednesday, loves! :)


In Case You Were Wondering…

I’m still alive. I still want to blog more like I did in the good old days. I’m still drowning in editing and work at my 2nd job and lack of sleep. :| Please pray that I don’t get carpal tunnel or go blind from being on the computer so much. ;)

Andrew’s job is still awesome, and he’s doing so well there! We’re super thankful for God’s provision in leading him to such a convenient and positive place.

Jack is turning 3 years old this month. He’s still crazy hyper when people come over, but only because he loves them and thinks they’ve all come to play with him. ;) When it’s just us at home, he lays around sleeping or making cute faces like this. He is the snuggliest dog I have ever encountered, and I’m still obsessed with him.




My baby sister won a silver medal at a national cooking competition in Washington, D.C. this past week! I’m forcing her to come over and cook me dinner soon after she returns. ;)

I periodically upload all the photos from my phone to my computer so I can clear them off to make space. The trouble is, I now have a ridiculously cute nephew. How am I supposed to get rid of pictures like these!? I keep them on my phone to cheer me up on rough days. :)





I tend to avoid most controversial subjects on this blog. (It’s the peace-making middle child in me.) I’ve had a couple people ask why I haven’t blogged about certain issues that have come up in the news lately, and that’s a fair question I suppose. Truthfully, I have always hated watching the news. It makes me sick to my stomach sometimes, and I don’t want to put a giant diatribe essay on my blog that comes off like a venting session. (And these days I’m busier than ever, so I don’t even have time to type out all the words it would take to deal with the issues.) People are so easily offended, and words and attitudes can quickly become misunderstood over the Internet. While I don’t want to stay silent on important things, I do want to keep this a positive place that speaks the love and grace and purpose of Jesus – not a place that complains or condemns. So even though some of the news lately has made my insides anxious, you won’t see too much of it on this blog. I’m pretty sure most of you regular readers know where I stand on the big issues anyway. Let’s pray for our world that desperately needs Jesus, and if you want to know how I feel about something, you are more than welcome to come to my house and chat over pancakes or pizza. ;)

Happy Wednesday, loves. :)