Everyday Life – Round 11

It’s about time for another recap of the everyday, in-between moments as captured by my iPhone!

Nacogdoches photographer compilation of 9 iPhone images from recent everyday life

1. Sewing my very first quilt   2. The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo   3. My little barista

4. My amazing OS team   5. Walks in the gorgeous weather   6. Flight home from Tulsa, OK

7. Yoga for lunch with Max   8. Naptime turned playtime   9. My big girl “reading”

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The Yearly Bucket List – Year 1 Recap

Nacogdoches photographer's yearly bucket list project

Well a year has come and gone, and another birthday is here! I didn’t cross every item off the list (missed it by 3 1/2), but I’m happy with how the first round of this personal project turned out! Some of the items that didn’t get done will probably make an appearance on future Yearly Bucket Lists. Before I move into the next list though, I want to take a second to look back on the moments this list has created this year…

  • Go camping.
  • Write & mail hand-written “love letters” to important people in my life. Done – July
  • Read at least 4 books – two recommended to me by loved ones, at least one non-fiction, and one just for fun. Done

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Nacogdoches photographer hosts wine tasting party and completes an item on her Yearly Bucket List

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  • Print more of my photography for our house. Done – July 24th
  • Have a picnic. (This should have been a simple one to cross off the list, but waiting until it’s 1,000 degrees outside wasn’t a good idea… this will definitely make it’s appearance on a later list, I’m sure!)
  • Go on a weekend getaway with Max. Done – December 20th-21st

Nacogdoches photographer celebrating her birthday in Houston, Tx

Nacogdoches photographer celebrating her birthday in Houston, Tx

  • Run two 5k races. (I apparently should have gotten on this one early in the year because pregnancy symptoms sure did make sure I wasn’t running much!)
  • Try a sewing project (something other than pillows or burp cloths). Done x 2 (4th of July dress for Peanut & curtains for her play kitchen)

Nacogdoches photographer photos of dress on toddler, completing an item on yearly bucket list

  • Plant hydrangeas in our yard. (This one was kind of done – we planted lots of plants and plenty of flowers, but the flower bed that the hydrangeas will go in needs a major overhaul, so we didn’t get hydrangeas in this year.) 
  • Re-finish or re-purpose a flea market or antique mall find. Done – July 22nd (I’ll share some photos of this project soon!)
  • Give gifts to 2 or 3 people, “just because.” Done x3
  • Go to a museum. Done – USS Lexington, March 18th 

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Nacogdoches photographer self portrait maternity shot for yearly bucket list

  • Keep a happiness journal everyday for at least a month. Done – October (Journal updates hereherehere and here)

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While it was fun to cross things off the list and all, I truly enjoyed this because of it’s ability to make me remember to enjoy little things. To take time to play. Take time to be appreciative. Take time with the people I love. Take time to challenge myself to step out of my normal day-to-day and try something new. Take time to really live life. It’s helped me to remember to focus on my word of the year – balance.

What have been your favorite bucket list items? What has been a way you’ve made time for living life? 

Yearly Bucket List Update – Sewing Project

One of the recent items I’ve crossed off of the inaugural Yearly To Do List is trying out a sewing project other than pillows or burp cloths. I’m excited about this one, but I do have to give a full disclaimer that I had a little guidance from my mom on this one.  Overall though – the sewing was done by me, and I’m just happy the dress I made actually fit Peanut!

I decided to go with a patriotic (and simple) little dress for Peanut to wear for the 4th of July. Sadly we spent the pretty part of the 4th driving, and the rest of the day was a bit on the rainy side, so our photoshoot to get photographic evidence of the outcome of this bucket list item didn’t happen until a few days later. Of course, my little busy-bee wasn’t much into the idea of getting her photo taken, but we still got a few cute ones (and enough for proof) anyway!

Nacogdoches photographer photos of dress on toddler, completing an item on yearly bucket list

The last one in this series just cracks me up EVERY. TIME. Check out that little model face! Too funny…

Nacogdoches photographer photos of dress on toddler, completing an item on yearly bucket list

If I make this same pattern dress again, I’ll probably shorten the straps a little as they seemed to be a bit much, but they’ll work for round one! I also decided to add in the little trim at the bottom, and while it was a bit of a pain for me to keep it in place to get it sewn on straight, I’m glad I went for it! I think it add a much needed little touch to the bottom.

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And how about this “smile”?!?!?! Sweet, silly girl. Love her.

Nacogdoches photographer photos of dress on toddler, completing an item on yearly bucket list

Love this wild-haired, mid-running spree shot of my sweet girl. She’s definitely busy, but she’s also definitely joy-filled the majority of the time!

Nacogdoches photographer photos of dress on toddler, completing an item on yearly bucket list

Not the very best little dress, and I’m clearly not meant for a run on Project Runway or anything, but I’m happy with how it turned out for being a novice when it comes to sewing! Cross another item off the list!!