The Yearly Bucket List – Year 3

Nacogdoches photographer's yearly bucket list project

Going into creating this year’s list it has been a little strange since I really have no idea what my year is going to look like. Not sure if I’ll have a full time or part-time job, or if I’ll be going full-time with my photography. Right now I also have no idea where we’ll be living at the end of the year (I sure hope it isn’t still in my parents’ house!), so trying to think of what I can fit in is a little challenging since I don’t know what life will look like, but I’ve decided to think of that as a fun thing, rather than a challenge!

So here’s the list for round 3 of the Yearly Bucket List:

  1. Create some art for our new home.
  2. Run a photo giveaway or scholarship contest.
  3. PJ movie marathon day with Peanut.
  4. Go to the Magnolia Silos.
  5. Go to an art exhibit.
  6. Keep a happiness journal (again).
  7. Watch a sunrise.
  8. Participate in a styled shoot.
  9. Fly a kite with Peanut.
  10. Spend more quiet time with Jesus.
  11. Go on a sports-day date with Max.
  12. Be published on a portrait or wedding blog.
  13. Read at least 5 books just for fun.
  14. Go on some sort of trip with Max.

 

To see the lists & outcomes from previous years, just click below!

Monthly Photo Project – June

With our move to Houston coming up quick, we’ve been stock piling boxes for whenever the oh-s0-fun packing process begins. So for June, I thought it would be fun to put the girls in one of the boxes so that this month’s photos are really a reminder of the time of our lives we’re in. The not perfect, uncertainty looming, boxes piling, excitement growing time we’re in as a family.

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Peanut decided to have her own little dance party & Pumpkin’s reaction was too cute. So fun seeing her watch her big sister.

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Another plus of using the box? Not having to scramble around to chase the girls – especially Pumpkin!

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Peanut is almost always soooo sweet with her sister. She’s constantly wanting to hug & kiss her or make sure she’s ok.

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And while there’s lots of sweetness, Pumpkin doesn’t always have a lot of patience for being loved on! (This bottom right photo cracks. me. up.)

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I love these sweet, happy girls!!! Can’t believe the year of the monthly photo challenge is almost over, and we’ve gone from a toddler & a bump to a big girl & a standing/walking baby girl! I love you both to the moon & back!

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You can find previous months in the Photo Challenge here:

Dear Pumpkin – 8 months

Sweet girl,

You’re eight months old! WHAT?!? (And since I’m finally getting around to posting this, you’re almost 9 months old! But I’m going with my word of the year & giving myself grace on this one!)

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You are still my little Sunshine girl – almost always happy!! Unless you don’t get what you want or your sister is hugging or kissing you too much. Then you definitely make sure we hear about it. I don’t think I’m going to have to worry about you standing up for yourself, little one, and that makes me happy.

You’re constantly on the move and have figured out how to climb over the toy bins we put in the way to try to block you into the couch area.

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You love to eat & there hasn’t really been anything that you haven’t liked so far. You’ve recently decided that you don’t like to have your diaper changed or your clothes changed, so we have to give you toys on the changing pad to keep you distracted, so this next image looks pretty familiar!

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You’ve started sitting up with your feet kicked back by the sides of your bottom, and when you get excited you’ll bounce up and down like that. It’s like the joy just radiates out of you, and I have to say that’s one of my favorite habits of yours!

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You still crack me up daily with your facial expressions or the noises you’ll make. You have gotten pretty good at repeating certain sounds back to me, with “ma” & “bop/bob” being your favorites.

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You also started playing peek-a-boo which is so much fun! You love to grab a toy, your blanket, or your clothes (especially when getting your diaper changed), and pull them over your face. The dimpled grin & little giggles I get when you throw your arms down away from your face and I say “peek-a-boo!” are the best.

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As you turned 8 months, you still don’t have any teeth yet, but we know they’re on the way soon since you are constantly chewing those little fingers of yours!

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Pumpkin, I love you so so so so much sweet girl. I am so thankful that I get to be your mama and watch you learn and grow each and every day. You’re a blessing for our family and I couldn’t imagine life without you! Thank you for the laughter and joy you bring me, and thank you for making my heart even bigger than I ever thought possible.

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I love you to the moon & back!!