miscellaneous ramblings

1. happy birthday!

Today is my mom's birthday! While I know I'm not always the easiest to deal with, I'm so thankful to have her as a mother. Happy birthday, Mom!

my mom :)

2. this is a sock hold up.

While I was practicing piano, MeMe, with a hat pulled very low over her face and carrying a laundry basket filled with Jeremiah's underwear and socks, and Jeremiah, with a bandanna tied around his face, came in. Jeremiah proceeded to hold out a recording of MeMe saying, "This is a sock hold up. Give me your socks or I'll tie you up." I seriously could not stop laughing. Just the sound of MeMe threating me in her seven-year-old voice was hilarious.

And if you're wondering, no, I didn't give them my socks ;)


Aspire Photo Challenge

3. st. nicholas day.

Yesterday was St. Nicholas Day. (If you're unfamiliar with it, you can view a post I wrote last year here.) We had a day filled with lots of chocolate yesterday...not that I had a problem with it ;)
My family also hauled out all the Christmas decorations. When I walked in the house at lunch time yesterday, I was greeted by Bing Crosby crooning White Christmas, festive Santas and bright red bows. Oh, how I love Christmas.

What's your favorite thing about Christmas?

4. i had a bad day yesterday.

It's true. My day started off by oversleeping. I woke up nearly an hour after I was supposed to. I had planned on doing homework during that time. Then, I forgot to put out my boot the night before for St. Nicholas (I know that seems rather childish, but it's a tradition we've been doing for as long as I can remember and it bugs me that I broke it ;)). I work on Monday mornings for our church musician. I was running late and had barely anytime to throw on an outfit and make myself look presentable. I was already in a bit of a grumpy mood after everything that had happened that morning. As I was stapling some papers together, the stapler shot staples at my stomach, something that has never happened before. Thanks, stapler. I really needed that extra thing to remind me of my bad day.
Thankfully, nothing went wrong the rest of the day. And I don't mean to complain by writing this, but it's almost comical looking back at it now ;)

5. my outfit.

So far on my poll, ninety three percent of you would like to see my outfits occasionally. Here's what I wore a few days ago...


(Excuse the dorky poses - I'm still learning this whole fashion blogging thing ;))

The left photo is how I looked if you saw me walking outside. I was so cold ;) And on the right is what I had on underneath

Headband: H&M
Scarf: Gift from a friend
Peacoat: Delia's
Top: Target
White bracelet: Made by me
Beaded bracelet: Made by African women...all the proceeds of the bracelet went right back to them.
Jeans: Old Navy
Uggs: Christmas gift

This is one of my favorite's super comfy (although the shirt is starting to pill...sad face) and I loved the ruched sleeves of my top - it gives that extra little nod to the military style that's so popular right now.

What's your favorite outfit?

6. yearning for the ocean.

Lately I've been craving some time on the beach. Living in landlocked Oklahoma, it's easy long for the place where water gently kisses the horizon, the place of warm, sandy beaches. And it doesn't help that I've been seeing beach photos seemingly everywhere I look.
We're tentatively planning a journey to South Carolina next summer, in the Charleston area. I'm seriously excited. Charleston is a city I've been wanting to go to forever and combining it with a beach vacation would be amazing. Swoon.

sparkling lights at sunset

7. i love...

...sparkling lights while the sky fades from pink to orange to blue to black.



...and while we're talking about Christmas, let's throw in Christmas break! After this week, there's only one more until break. Sweet freedom. ;)




...Ore - oh wait, am I repeating myself? Sorry.