Tuesday Top 3 – Favorite Things about Fall

Nacogdoches photographer gray, white and salmon quatrefoil design for Tuesday Top 3 series

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a Tuesday Top 3 Series post… so it’s about time to get back on it!! (You can find the other series posts here, here, here, here, here, here and here.)  This installment is an ode to the fall season… which I have to admit we didn’t really get much of this year here in East Texas. We hung in there in the 80’s for waaaaay too long, had a few days of nice fall weather, and then jumped into the 40’s. (I know, I know… the 40’s isn’t exactly terrible winter weather, but hey, this is Texas!).

There are definitely some wonderful things about the the fall that I love:

1. Football season. I looooooove football, especially college football. Getting to wake up on Saturday mornings to ESPN College Gameday and a cup of coffee is just about perfect. There’s nothing quite like the sound of football in the background as we spend time as a family. It’s been fun this year to see Peanut at the SFA games this year as well. Now if only my Red Raiders could get it together… Still a fan, and always will be, but I’m ready to get some more tally marks in the W column!

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2. Girls Weekend. This is one of my favorite weekends in the fall! I am so incredibly blessed to have an amazing family – immediate and extended. We enjoy spending time with one another, and it has always been a priority to do so – such a great example that I hope to be able to set for Peanut too! Years ago, when I was still an undergrad, my aunts and grandmother started making trips from San Diego out to Texas in the fall for a weekend of food, wine and shopping. I am so thankful they let me sneak into their “sister time” and they haven’t been able to get rid of me yet! It’s a weekend full of traditions – from which stores we stop at, to the massages, to my dad serving as professional chef for the weekend. Most importantly, it’s full of laughter and love. It’s full of quality time. It’s full of adult conversations and bonding with my aunts that I normally wouldn’t get in the hustle and bustle of family gatherings in San Diego. For that, I am truly truly grateful.

Nacogdoches photographer - group of female family members in Old Town Spring for Girls Weekend

 

3. Pumpkin everything. Yes, I am a sucker for the pumpkin trend. I have held off on trying the Pumpkin Spice Latte though because I am afraid I am going to turn into that fanatical person who is in line before Starbucks opens on the first day of serving the PSL. It’s a real possibility, y’all. But pumpkin scones? Check. Pumpkin pie? Check. Pumpkin patch? Check. And as of a few days ago, I know have another pumpkin obsession, thanks to Max. He knows that each time we go to the grocery store, I need to go check out the Blue Bell Ice Cream section to see what flavors I just have to have. I saw Spiced Pumpkin Pecan a while back, and I told Max I didn’t want to try it. He was confused at first, but I explained my theory (just like the PSL). Well, after a solo shopping trip, he returned with a half gallon. So of course I haaaaaaaad to try it. HOLY GOODNESS, Y’ALL. This stuff is legit. So much so that I’ve been having to convince myself that having a bowl of ice cream for breakfast is not an option. (Now I would normally take my own photo of the ice cream, but I can’t hold off eating it long enough, so the photo from Blue Bell will have to do!)

Nacogdoches photographer Tuesday Top 3 Fall favorite Blue Bell Spiced Pumpkin Pecan ice cream

Everyday Life – Round 5

It’s time for another glimpse into the everyday moments that have made up the past few weeks!

Nacogdoches photographer - 9 images that showcase my everyday life lately including football, airplanes, sunsets, a bonfire, a necklace and my baby girl

 

1. I am so grateful to have spent a few days with this beautiful lady!  2. A gorgeous view from our hotel at NODA  3. SFA Homecoming bonfire

4. A rainy landing on my way back home from NODA  5. Battle of the Pineywoods at NRG Stadium  6. Peanut & Pops at her first volleyball game

7. This towel is oh-so-appropriate for Girls Weekend!  8. A sweet reminder of what a blessing family is to me  9. Sweet bathtime kisses

Happiness Journal – Days 1-13

As a part of my Yearly Bucket List, I’ve been keeping a Happiness Journal in the month of October. It’s not in a cute notebook, or a classy leather-bound journal. It’s on my iPhone. It doesn’t have pictures to accompany each day’s entry. In fact, there really aren’t many photos to go along at all (just a few phone shots). They aren’t long entries detailing exactly what that brand of happiness felt like. To sum up – it’s not what I planned on doing.

But it’s perfect. It’s enough for me to remember that moment. I didn’t have to break out of the happiness to try to get a blog-worthy photo that could get the essence of that happiness across. I get to just wholly be in that moment, and jot it down on my phone later.

As I go, I’ll post updates of the things – both big & little – that spurred a feeling of genuine happiness. I’ve already found that I’m much more aware of each happy moment throughout my day – definitely a great thing!!! Here’s days 1-13:

  1. Having Dad here in town to take care of a sick Peanut.
  2. Recovering better than expected from my wisdom teeth coming out – hooray for not much swelling!!
  3. Happy that we are able to have medicine to give Peanut to help her feel better.
  4. Gorgeous weather outside – a little glimpse of fall. IMG_5423
  5. Seeing Peanut in her “Daddy’s Grilling Buddy” outfit – complete with chef hat and mitt! (This is one I’ll be sure to get better photos of later, but on that day I was not feeling good at all!) IMG_5430
  6. Curling up with reading materials – a book recommended by a good friend, and “trash” magazines that Max picked up for me to read during my recovery! IMG_5441
  7. Seeing my First Year Photo Project students opening up and supporting one another as they were talking about their fears.
  8. Finally having Advil kicking in to relieve my horrible headache.
  9. Watching the Texans game with my mom – her enthusiasm is oh-so-entertaining, and I love that she’s passed down her love of football to me!
  10. Peanut running over to me to come snuggle for a minute as I headed out the door to work.
  11. Taking my best friend’s engagement photos!!!! (Gotta post a sneak peek… be on the lookout for more of these two soon!)GinaRandy-2_WEB
  12. Warm oatmeal chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven.
  13. Peanut saying “mama” and taking multiple breaks during playing to come snuggle into my chest for a few seconds. Cue this mama’s heart bursting with happiness and love!

Lots of little things (and lots of great people) that have made a big impact on my heart and on my day!!

What’s something that made you happy in the past few days?