Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Safe and Warm

Gabe's job has been pretty hectic lately, he frequently goes in for twelve hour days. He comes home exhausted and still needs to study and workout. Some days the house is pristine and dinner is almost ready.Other days I crawl out of bed, exhausted and sick, just long enough to say hello and order pizza or thaw a frozen dinner. Pregnancy hasn't been easy on this body of mine, but I regularly feel guilty for the days when I stay in bed or end up sleeping on the couch.

The other day Gabe came home and held on extra long to our hello hug. I asked him "What's up?" He replied "I don't know why, but I really missed you today." and placed a kiss on my forehead. I am so grateful to be adored by that man, to be his safe place that  he comes home to after a long day.

We don't have moments like that every day... and probably not even every week. But, when we do I am grateful for them.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

We Learn A Day At A Time...

I used to say "I am by no means a photographer. At all." but now I will claim "I like taking photos." I have no idea what I am doing half the time, I have to google any settings I want to change on my camera in order to not shoot in auto and even simple edits on Photoshop Elements.

But I am learning, and I have now taken two families' pictures. No, I do not plan on doing this as a business any time soon. I still need to graduate with my undergrad, and don't have the time or money to learn and invest like I have seen so many photographers do.

But, I do want to document our lives and part of that is taking pictures. So here I am, trying to become better at it. These pictures were taken on a cloudy day, which made editing and basic settings on my camera much easier to configure.

Also, I have a copyright on these and all other pictures I have on my blog. Just fyi.

How adorable is this little girl? 

Monday, November 11, 2013

At the End of the Night... in the Cold Morning Light

Gabe turned 26 last Saturday. I love that his birthday is at the beginning of November because it allows me to start out the month being so grateful for such a large part of my life.

I also love birthdays, because I feel like they are a chance to tell someone how much you love and appreciate them. I mean sure there is Mother's Day, Father's Day, Thanksgiving and wedding anniversaries but those days and moments are never singularly about one person. Even an anniversary is about the love you have for each other.

But birthdays? They are all about showing a person how great they are, and Gabe is pretty fantastic.

We had some friends who live in Houston that came to stay at our house for the weekend to help celebrate. James and Haley made the day that much better.
It started out with biscuits and gravy (my mom's recipe), apples and OJ.
We went to the thrift store and picked up some golf clubs, drivers to be specific. We then headed out to the only driving range in Killeen and each got a bucket of balls.

Then it was Five Below (Gabe's favorite store that he just has to show everyone who comes to town), and Freebirds for a late lunch. We took the long way home, through hills, and trees and leaves that were finally turning autumn colors with deer everywhere.
Dinner consisted of peanut butter chocolate cheesecake.
(Yes that is a 25 candle with a single candle next to it. Last year, I was pregnant and extremely sick the day of Gabe's birthday so it was never used.)

And the day was sprinkled with presents, calls and texts from family and friends. I love Gabriel Josiah and I am so glad that we got to spend his birthday this year just having fun and with all of the focus on him. How often does that happen once we become adults?