Saturday, December 31
When Mike and I first started dating, he used to make fun of me for how AWFUL I was at saying goodbye. Nothing has changed. He doesn't make fun of me anymore, but I am still the worst goodbye-er EVER.
I don't know when to end a conversation or what to say to bring it to an appropriate feeling close. Who should hang up the phone first? Should we shake hands again? Is a wave sufficient? Am I making too much eye-contact or not enough? You'd think I was homeschooled or something.
And I'm struggling with the sudden departure of 2011. Where has the year gone? What have I been doing for the past 12 months? I guess that's the point of this blog - to help me remember. To help me hold on. And to help me let go.
So this will be my last post in the year 2011. Mike and I are going to dinner tonight and then watching fireworks from the river in Augusta. Then we're going to get drunk by ourselves. All of his work friends are working. He's only off because of the surgery he had on his finger. I don't have any friends to make plans with. So it'll be just the two of us, ringing in the year of our wedding together, drinking cheap champagne and making resolutions that we probably won't stick to.
This was us last new year - I look as pale as Edward Cullen in the shade.
Friday, December 30
Don't you love my scarf? It's 100% cashmere and ridiculously soft. *SPOILER ALERT* I got my mom a pink one for Christmas and never sent it to her. Mom, you'll just have to open it when you come visit in a few weeks. I'm sure we'll still have the Christmas decorations up anyway.
I am seriously obsessed with my new equipment. The reflective umbrellas create such a natural daylight effect. I mean, with the exception of some moderate touch ups to my skin, these pics are basically SOOC. I used my new fixed length 50mm lens, too. SWOON. So CRISP and SHARP. I was THIS close to sedating Moose so that she'd sit still for some portraits. SOMEONE COME BE MY MODEL! Annahita, I'm bringing my gear when I come take your preggo/family pics so clear some space for the set-up! lol
Thursday, December 29
I'm sorry if my post yesterday dragged you down. It was something I needed to write...to feel...to process. It was really an amazing sight to see - thousands of people drawn together over something so sad.
But today is not about that, as all things come and go. I am trying to be happy.
Saturday was a good day. Mike woke up at around 6 AM because the pup we were watching didn't believe in sleeping soundly in his crate. I, however, snoozed until almost 11 and proceeded to sit on the couch in my jammies all day.
We left for Christmas Eve service around 4:00.
Then we spent the night eating finger food at Mike's mom's and watching the kids (and Gena) play Just Dance 3 on the Wii.
We did all of the Christmas presents on Saturday - the first time I've ever NOT opened presents on Christmas morning.
Mike did good. I am now officially a photographer with studio equipment! Mike got me an elaborate set of studio lighting complete with reflective umbrellas, stands, and backdrops! HOORAY! So, everyone come on over and get your portraits! Naturally I made Mike and the animals model for me.
I'm still going to need some time to play around with the setup. Needless to say, I LOVE IT!
Wednesday, December 28
Today* we celebrated his life.
This morning I woke up knowing that the majority of my day would be spent fighting back tears and wiping my nose. This afternoon a fallen hero was laid to rest surrounded by friends, family, and strangers hoping to say "thank you."
I could hear the bagpipes playing before they entered my line of sight. They gave me goosebumps.
|Mike is 4th from the Left!|
This was Mike's Facebook status today. I think he said it well, "there are men and women who wake up every day and put on a uniform. They then take to the streets with the purpose of keeping you, your property and the community safe. They knowingly place their lives on the line to accomplish this. Today a wife will return home without a husband and children will return home without a father. All who serve in law enforcement give some, some have given all. May the Lord receive Scotty Richardson and may he keep and bless the family he left behind. Rest in peace Scotty."
*I actually wrote this on Tuesday. So when I say today, I mean yesterday.
Tuesday, December 27
Friday night we spent at the Horton's. They live two doors down from us, so it's really nice to just be able to walk on over whenever we're ready without much planning. I did make the dessert for the night. Apple Pie Enchiladas. The dinner was Mexican themed. My fave. I didn't take any pictures of it.
We always have a lot of fun when we go to Mike's sister's house. The conversation is good, the jokes are funny, and the house is warm. Not to mention there are always like 13512461 animals around, which I love. Mike had a headache all night, though. And now he feels achy. I hope he isn't getting the Flu.
Then I took some pictures in front of the tree -
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