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2018 in review

How is it that there are 10 days left of 2018? This year, as nearly every year since becoming an adult, has flown by. I am reflecting upon the past 355 days, as I tend to do every year around this time. What a year it has been.

January – My grandma and one of the dearest people in my life passed away. Business was slow.

February – Business picked up some. Court ordered a G.A.L. be appointed.

March – I did my first wedding of the year, along with several other sessions. I was prepping for my daughter’s second birthday party. I met with the G.A.L.

April – My daughter turned two! It was fun celebrating her birthday! I did my second wedding, got it last minute, on my husband’s 30th birthday. He had a fun celebration with friends and family.

May – My mom turned 60! Business kept coming. I photographed my first 50th Anniversary party. My hubby & I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. Three years in!

June – Business was fairly busy, with three weddings, a family session, etc. We wanted to get a camping trip in and then never got the chance. I had to take my son to summer school that was over an hour away every day he was with me and it made for long days.

July – I had to get my son to summer school some yet. He nearly failed the one class, but I got him to turn things around. I worked with his teacher to figure things out and got him to study. I had two more weddings. Court for placement wasn’t fun. I asked for an appeal. I did a couple weddings.

August – I did a wedding and a lot of sessions. We made time to go to the parks and swim over the summer. Too bad we didn’t make it camping though.

September – I think this was my busiest month for business. I did three weddings, a Quinceanera, a Sweet 16th, senior pictures, etc. My son started sophomore year. Hubby drove a lot of Uber hours. Life was so busy.

October – We celebrated six years together as a couple. It was a busy month for business too, two weddings, four senior picture sessions, etc. I got to go to Florida and ride on a plane for the first time ever, witnessed my cousin’s wedding. It was an incredible experience!!!! We took the kids trick or treating. I finally got to see the otter exhibit at the zoo. It was prep time for my son’s 16th birthday party.

November – My son turned 16!!!! He had a lot of family and friends come by. It was crowded in our house. 😉 He had a great time! Business was still fairly busy, but wedding season was finally over, except for the editing part. The appeal for court went fairly well. I get placement over the summer and should all go well then, there’s a good chance I get to keep it into the school year. I am PSYCHED! We have been fighting for this for years! Here’s hoping!!!

December – I turned 40 a few days ago. I have had quite the month so far! My hubby took me to see Lindsey Stirling and while away, I also got a spa package at the amazing hotel he booked a room at. It was a wonderful time all around!!! I got to see my friends this past weekend and that was fun. I got to sing karaoke! I started bowling every other week with friends. I did Santa mini sessions in my studio, for year number three. I wish I had booked more. I am finally making a dent in my editing.

There have been some struggles throughout the year, largely financial, but we keep plugging away. God helps us keep going. The kids are healthy, we all have one another, a roof over our heads, plenty to eat, clothes to wear, etc. We are also surrounded by family and friends. As stressed as we have been, honestly, things could be a lot worse. I think we are actually fairly blessed. 2018 hasn’t been great money wise and we have lost people we love, but it hasn’t been a BAD year. A lot of great things happened. I am looking forward to seeing where 2019 takes us though!!! 2019, here we come!!!!

 

What Happens When You’re Busy…

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WordPress notified me that I just celebrated five years! Wow, it’s been that long already?! I noticed it’s been quite awhile since I have posted. I kept meaning to write and then I’d get distracted. I apologize for not touching base in a few months. I hope all is well in WordPress land!

I mentioned awhile back that I started my photography business, been doing a lot to get that going. Today, I even created a WordPress business site: https://carissagrayphotography.blog/ Please check it out! That has been keeping me pretty busy, that and being with my family. My daughter turned one in April and my son graduated eighth grade in June. They’re growing so fast! My son passed me in height recently, leaving me both happy for him and a little sad. He starts high school this fall. When did he get to this point? It’s hard to believe some days just how grown up he is getting. My little girl is growing ever more comfortable on her legs, walking all over the place and learning to climb onto things. She talks a lot, can’t understand much of it, but some words are clear as day, like stop, even says it when she’s done eating.

Summer is already halfway over and yet it feels like it just begun. We have made it to a couple Brewer games and had a couple cookouts. I hope to do more before the summer is done, but we shall see how things pan out. What have you all been up to this summer? Have you done anything fun? Have you taken any trips? Share with me your adventures!!!! I want to live vicariously through my readers. 😉

I hope to hear from you all soon!!! Please show me you read this by commenting, let us chat! I miss our chats, lovelies! Until then, much love!!

Time flies…

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I realized the other day that it’s been awhile since I have posted anything. I keep meaning to and then I get busy, forget, and sometimes have just been too lazy. When I first started writing on here about two and a half years ago, I posted often. There were days when I posted several times a day. My friend had urged me to join this site when I was going through some rough times. She told me that I should do it so that I could inspire and encourage others. I feel bad that I haven’t been real active on WordPress as of late.

I have a rough day or even a few in a row now and then, but overall my life is going fairly well. I have a great son, wonderful fiance, terrific job, amazing friends and family, and so much to be grateful for. My wedding is in 79 days, been busy with planning that on top of everything else. My son has wrestling meets and as that ends, soccer will begin, I just joined our church worship team and so soon I’ll be busy with practices as well, lots to do at work, etc.

When we get a night or two to just relax, we try to make the most of it. Sometimes we just get so busy that it feels like we don’t really have time to just sit, watch a movie, play a board game, relax, play with our pets, etc. There’s often so much to do with church, family, friends, around the house, etc. And with the wedding being less than three months away now, there’s so much to do. So, sometimes I feel overwhelmed.

I am beyond excited to marry my best friend. I have been counting down the days for a long time. Sometimes the planning is a lot of fun too. I love spending time with my girls, picking out pretty things, and seeing it all come together thus far has been great. We have so much done, thanks to me being a hyper planner. 😉 Now and then though, I feel like it runs my life. Over the next 11 weeks, I have something wedding related almost every week. Worrying about finances has been the biggest struggle. My family isn’t helping. His dad told us he wanted to help and is giving us a bit, which we’re using for the hall and catering. Mostly it’s us paying for this though. I know it will all be worth it. Wearing my dress that makes me feel like a princess, seeing my girls look absolutely beautiful, having my son who will be dressed to the nines in his tux walk me down the aisle towards our future, uniting before God and making it official and doing this in front of so many we love will be wondrous. And it’s about so much more than that one day that will arrive before I know it and then be over….

It’s truly about what comes after our wedding day. It’s about our journey together as husband and wife and about him, my son, and I as a family. We have so much we want to see, do, and achieve separately and also together. Excelling at our current jobs for the time being, but then starting a business, finding a bigger home someday, renovating our kitchen in the meantime, maybe extending our family, vacations, and much more. We work well together now, but there are always ways to improve and we must not forget that it’s always going to be a work in progress. All great relationships are built on trust, respect, love, communication, loyalty, and yes…hard work. Wonderful relationships are wonderful because couples work on keeping them that way. Friendships are the same way; they need that same devotion and maintaining. All relationships in life that are stable really need that.

I have some great people in my life. I hope I continue to do my part to keep those relationships happy and healthy. I am trying to do that right now. I have missed everyone I talk to on WordPress. I hope you’re all doing well. I hope you have great plans, big dreams that you’re chasing, and lots of love. I shall have to stop by and read my news feed so I can see what people are up to. Well, here’s to a great weekend ahead for us all. Thanks again for your continued love and support. YOU ALL ROCK! Much love always! ❤

Checking In & Catching Up

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Life has been very busy as of late. In fact, I don’t think I have ever had so much going on at once before. The last two weeks, we have had something going on every single day/evening. For the most part, it’s good things. Work is steady, there’s our church membership classes and of course church services to attend as well, bowling league, wedding planning, and now to add to that last part…we begin pre-martial classes next month. And then of course, there is my son’s birthday, my birthday, several Christmas gatherings, a friend’s wedding, and such coming up. We do have a stressful situation concerning my son to deal with and it’s not likely it’s going to get any easier any time soon, but we’re committed to making things better for him and getting him the help he needs.

Overall, life is going fairly well and it certainly is nice to have such a fulfilling life, full of so much love and laughter. I have never been so blessed, so surrounded by so many wonderful people that are supportive, kind, and loving. And I love planning my wedding, not the financial part of it lol, but all the details that are going into our special day. I also look forward to the many wonderful events coming up, like my son turning 12 in about two and a half weeks. Despite all that’s going on with him these days, I can’t ignore his birthday. My little man is slowly, or perhaps not so slowly, turning into a teenager and soon enough, he’ll be an adult. I can hardly believe I have a sixth grader who is so intelligent and full of so many ideas for his future. I hope that his future is as bright as he’s dreaming it will be. I will do all I can to help him along the way.

Sometimes we complain that life is too hectic and I will admit it’s nice to have some time to read, write, work on things I have neglected for awhile, and sometimes just do nothing but relax. But, I will say that overall I am alright with how busy we are because much of what we have going on is enriching our lives, helping us grow, teaching us, and providing pathways to brighter futures for us as individuals, as a couple, and as a family. Though, I am happy to have some time right now to catch up on my blogging. I hope all is well in the land of WordPress. I sure do miss you guys and gals when I am not on for awhile. If you read this, perhaps share a story with me? Tell me, what have you been up to?

Saying hello

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Yet again, I have been beyond busy and it’s been some time since I have signed onto WordPress. But as always know, I haven’t forgotten about you lovely people. 🙂

I have been working as an Office Manager for little over a month now and I find that I like it. I am good at what I do and the guys I work with are great. I’d be there today, but I got really sick this morning. I only now just woke up since Doug left for work nearly four hours ago. My stomach has been unkind to me today. Never fear, I’ll be just fine soon and be back to work tomorrow. It won’t keep me down. 😉 Anyway, yeah, I like my job. I run payroll each week, pay bills for the company, enter the payments we receive, balance the banking register, fax & e-mail quotes for jobs, answer e-mails & phone calls, file, etc etc. Call me odd, but I enjoy office work. Everyone is geared for something and that’s how I am built. I am good at singing, writing, photography, and such too, but when it comes to what I am going to do to earn my paychecks, office/accounting stuff is how I do it.

I have also been busy with Doug. We’ve had weddings to go to, football games for my son to attend, bowling league, concerts to enjoy, baseball games to go to, going to church and nurturing our faith, lots of family stuff to deal with, and so on. It’s been a great summer and fall is shaping up the same way. This weekend, we have a birthday party to go to, my son has another football game, and we also have a concert to go to. I got the tickets awhile back, a present to us for our one year anniversary that is coming up in 15 days. (back to that in a moment) The following weekend is just as busy and really, I am alright with that. We do find our time to relax now and then, take a random evening and sit on our couch, watching something on Netflix and relax. Overall though, being busy is a good thing. Most of that time is filled with family and friends and I just feel so blessed to have such amazing people in my life as an individual, in Doug’s & mine as a couple, and in Zach’s, Doug’s, and mine as a family. 🙂

Zach is a busy fifth grader. This is his first year playing football and he loves it. I am so proud of him and can hardly wait to see him play again this weekend. He’s played baseball for a few years and to a point, he’s enjoyed it. To be honest though, it’s not him. Football is something he truly loves to play and to watch. Watching him out there gives me so much joy and pride. Seeing him try hard and also work with his team is a terrific feeling. He’s doing well in school thus far, still enjoys reading. That, history, and math are his best subjects. He still has some issues listening and following directions, he’d prefer to do things his way and he gets bored easily, but he’s come a long way over the years and we are continuing to work with him. He’s been playing violin, just as his dad and I did as kids. It’s not his passion, but we started him on this to get him ready for other things. Eventually, we will let him take up the guitar as he’d like to. He wasn’t old enough for the school band, so he started with orchestra. He is also busy with Cub Scouts. This is good for him, helps him learn a lot about nature, team work, working hard, and getting along with others. I remember being a Girl Scout and just know that being a Scout will be good for him. In the winter, he’ll be in his fourth season of wrestling. This is where my boy comes alive. He has so much raw and natural talent. Between his dad, Doug, & coaches, I really think he’s going to continue to develop. Wow, my kid is so busy! It’s hard to keep track of everything he does sometimes. 😉 Seriously though, I am so proud of my son. His dad, Abby, myself, & Doug are going to keep working with him so that he becomes a hardworking, kind, compassionate, happy, & successful man who follows his dreams, but never forgets where he came from. 

So back to Doug and I. Yep, 15 more days and it will be our one year anniversary. ONE YEAR! This is a huge milestone for both of us. This is the longest and healthiest relationship either of us have had. I look back to how we began, who we were then, how we’ve grown together, and who we are now. It is truly outstanding to see where we were and then see where we are now. We have both learned a lot about ourselves as individuals and a lot about us as a couple. He is the best partner and friend I have ever had. I truly feel blessed and I thank God for each day He gives us to spend together. We push one another to follow our dreams, to succeed, to better ourselves, to grow. I can hardly wait for October 16th, to celebrate a wonderful year spent with the most wonderful man I know. Together we have faced sorrow, death, loss, illness, and financial woes. We have also shared in so much joy, success, growth, friendship, and love. We’ve come through it all together, stronger and wiser than we started.

I’d always dreamed of finding a love like this, but skepticism was heavy within my mind. I went through a lot before I met him and I’d also witnessed a lot of heartbreak, watched people who had once claimed to love one another fight to the point of no return, saw marriages dissolve, and really I wondered how much hope there’d be for someone like me. Within my family, not many happy relationships existed. I always kept some hope alive within me, but I will admit, most days I didn’t think my chances were so great and that I’d probably just date here and there, but be alone for the most part. I am happy I was wrong, the happiest I have ever been to be wrong in my entire life. 🙂

I sure hope that my post finds each of you reading this doing well. It’s been awhile since I have been able to check in and really see how you’re all doing. If you’d like, share with me a little. Let’s chat! 🙂 I have missed you! I don’t often have time to sit and read through my newsfeed, but I still want to connect! And if there is a particular post you think I should check out, do tell me! Captivate me! Let us continue to grow in our friendships and supporting one another! If you’re having a dark day, smile, remember someone loves you. If you’re having a great day, smile, perhaps that smile will help lift someone’s mood. We’re still here and for a reason, maybe we don’t know what it is, but there is one. Life is short, so make the most of it while you have it to do so. Cherish those you love and let them cherish you! Both Doug and I lost a family member in the last couple of weeks and we were reminded yet again how precious life is and how we don’t know how long any of us has…so we need to make the most of the time we have before it’s gone. Work hard, play harder, love with all you have, be good to those in your life, let them be good to you, and LIVE…I mean really live. 🙂

A new chapter….

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Life has been busy lately and it’s only about to get busier! I just got offered a job as a receptionist at a welding company. My friend gave me the idea to apply there, so glad she did! I start on Monday and I am so excited. Unlike my last few jobs, this one isn’t a temp job, it’s a direct hire from the beginning. This makes me beyond happy because I can caught up on bills, help Doug, do more for my son, and well then I am not beside myself trying to keep myself busy. I like to be busy, to be productive. One day shy of five weeks is all I was unemployed for, this is the shortest amount of time in between jobs and I am happy about that because I feel like less of a burden to those around me. I am so blessed to have had such an amazing and supportive boyfriend and some terrific friends, so very appreciative of all they have done for me while I was unemployed. When one hits what they feel is the bottom and it’s so dark, you find out who is truly there for you. God shone his light, reminded me often there’d be better days and until then, there’d be people to help me regain my footing once more, one day at a time. Thanks again to all those who never gave up on me and who have been there through it all, not just there when it was convenient.

My new job won’t be the only thing keeping me busy. I have a lot to do in the next several weeks. I have a family reunion, Brewer games, weddings, my kiddo’s football games, and so on to attend. I am excited for the many wonderful things I get to be a part of. My life is so full. I may not be wealthy when it comes to my bank account, but I most certainly am when it comes to the amount of love I am given and the love I am able to give unto others. I want to work, to pay bills, to do fun things, and so on…but without the love of my family and friends, my life would be empty and no amount of money and possessions could fill that void. I am excited to begin the newest chapter in my life and so grateful to have many wonderful people to share in it with. 

Pork chops, State Fair, weddings, & Mr. Bean

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Summer break is nearing its end and many children, including my own, are dreading that day when they have to go back to school. Many parents are dreading the end of summer simply because the warm weather (when you live in a place like I do anyway) will be ending and it’s been nice to take the kids camping, on vacations, and so on. Though, many are also excited for it to end because then the kiddos are in school again…making things easier because they don’t have to deal with daycare, sitters, and so on when they’re at work and/or it’s easier to get things done like running errands.

However, Summer is NOT yet over and until then, many people like myself are still trying to make the most of the time they have left of the warm nights, bonfires, water parks, vacations, and so on.

In fact, last night Doug, my son, and myself went to our State Fair’s opening night. There were rides to ride, good food to be eaten, and so much fun to be had. We’re hoping to get there one more time yet, but finances will determine our eligibility of doing so. 😉

Besides that, we have been trying to keep busy this summer by taking walks, going to parks, playing games, going swimming, having cookouts, and so on. It’s been a fairly decent break for my kiddo, minus summer school. Doug and I have enjoyed our time as well and plan to continue to do so…well all year long, no matter the weather. Some days/nights call for action and others call for a relaxing evening at home without any company. 

This weekend will NOT be one of those relaxing weekends. We have a wedding to go to, Doug’s cousin’s. It should be a fun time and I am looking forward to it. Doug has an amazing family and what better way to spend with them than celebrating love?

We also have to get together with my son’s dad and step-mom beforehand to discuss some issues our beloved kiddo is having, hoping to nip some issues in the butt before school starts. Sometimes things that need to be done aren’t fun, but ya just have to buckle down and do it. 

We also are going to church, continuing our hunt for the right church for us to continue our walk with God, one that allows us both to grow with Him and with one another. I look forward to that. He’s more of a traditional guy and I am more of a contemporary gal, but we know we can find a way to meet in the middle that will allow us to be on the right path.

We love to laugh and we try to find ways to keep laughter and joy alive in our household and in our hearts. One thing we like to do is watch shows like Mr. Bean, silly slapstick comedy that is appropriate for all ages. This is good to do when it’s been too hot and humid to do anything outdoors and will undoubtedly be great when it’s too frigidly cold out. Comedy is good in any weather, laughter is so vital in our lives. It helps us stress less and stay happy!

I hope you’ve all been finding ways to stay busy, active, and happy this summer. It’s not over yet, keep enjoying it before it’s over and it’s time to re-adapt to Autumn’s colors, cooler temperatures, school, its own holidays, and so on. But then, when it hits, we’ll just make the best of that season, as we should with them all. Much love to every one of you. God Bless! 

Checking in

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It’s been awhile since I have posted and just wanted to check in to let you all know I am alive and well. 😉

I have been working at my job for three weeks now and that has been keeping me pretty busy. On top of that, I still care for my grandma. I go to work, then go do what I need to go for Grandma, & then I come home to clean and cook here. 😉 I haven’t had much “free time” as it were and when I do, I try to relax. Life is hectic, but you know, it is good.

I hope all is well with the rest of you. I do miss you guys and dolls. I will have to catch up on some of your posts later. Though for now, it is time to go and have dinner with my family. Take care everyone and God bless. I love you.

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Time

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Heavy lids wish to rest

But it is not time yet

Staring at the clock on the wall

I see that it is 7:43 in the evening

The sun is setting, the moon is rising

But it is not time yet

 

Time tells me there is much to do

A long day is nearly behind me

I wish to rest now

But it’s not time yet

Finish what you began earlier today

The hands on the clock push me forward

 

Dishes are done and my sweet child is asleep

I look toward my room where my bed awaits

But it is not time yet

Messages returned, I’ve locked the doors

Surely there can’t be much more

But it is not time yet

 

Bills are paid and laundry is put away

The arms of my love beckon me

I’ve been more than ready

It must be time now

The hands on the clock try to push me further

But their strength has waned

 

The sun has set here and risen elsewhere

The stars have come out to play

All around me it is quiet and my mind finds rest

With only a couple of hours till a new day begins

My body lies down and my heavy lids finally close

The hands on the clock still move forward, but in silence now

 

Because now it is finally time

Time

It is time

For rest

And time

Time to end this rhyme

Home

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We’re mostly settled into our new place. It’s a tad small, but we’re making due with what we have. I love our little house! My son gets to see it for the first time this evening when I bring him home for the weekend. His room is all finished and I am excited for him to see it. There are a few surprises that await him, like some football and baseball cards that Doug was collecting from his childhood, a Packer’s helmet, a Brewer’s helmet, my old camera that had a SD card in it for him to use, etc. 

Really all that is left for us to do is hang pictures, put together the bookshelf, put the books away, break down boxes, then reorganize the laundry room, and get the new belts put on the washer and dryer. I thought about taking pictures of the inside of our home, but I want to wait till we’re DONE, but that will be SOON, I promise. 🙂 The internet will be installed tomorrow, right now I am using my computer at my grandma’s yet. (I would have posted sooner, but was quite busy packing, unpacking, rearranging, etc….my mind wasn’t on posting. *smiles*) I will be taking it there this afternoon so I can set it up so that Time Warner can do the installation. It’s all coming together!!! 

I hope all is well in the land of WordPress! End May with smiles and laughter and may June begin the same way. Much love to all of you, take care!

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