You and Me & Chasing Little G

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What 2017 Has Brought Us Thus Far

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I figure that it's been a really long time since I did a life update, and so much has already happened this year that I should probably just summarize it all in post. And probably go into detail on a few of the things later. It's been a big year of changing from a college student to an adult with real responsibilities. I just celebrated my 25th birthday this last week and today simeon looked at me and informed me that he didn't think I was a young adult anymore. Just an adult. Which just seems so crazy to me.  

Sometimes I still feel like a child who needs my parents to do things for me. And then I realize I'm an adult and need to do them myself. And I know it's been a slow transition over the years to get to this point but it feels like it almost happened overnight to me. Just one day I woke up and realized that I had a lot of responsibilities. But, let's start with the beginning of this year. :) 

You & Me Chasing Baby G || Year in Review


Nothing that I really remember happened in January. I believe I had some foster kittens probably. And I remember being really into setting goals to make this year amazing. Had my powersheets all ready and prepped for the year. That's all I really remember. wait!! I forgot something important! My sister proposed to her boyfriend and they got engaged! I went dress shopping with my sister right away because SURPRISE! The wedding date was set for April. That's four months people. Four. And on the 13th, we also celebrated Fox's 1st Birthday! More photos to come, but there may have been a cakesmash involved. There WILL be a blog post on this later.

Fox Bentley's First Birthday


This was the month that I made a few trips home. We picked bridesmaids dresses and I took engagement photos for my sister. We had a lot of fun. February gets blurred out by March a lot. But I enjoyed February. I also got two bottle feeding foster puppies at the end of February. Just three days old.


This month basically sucked. Simeon and I took multiple trips back and forth to South Dakota as my step-dad's health took a turn. We packed up our puppies and brought them back and forth with us. Then the week from hell happened. We had just gotten back to lincoln for a few days thinking that my stepdad was slowly getting better. We were wrong. We came home and lost both puppies to a virus we never even knew the whole litter had until their poor hearts started giving out, and then we got the call that Dennis was on his final breathes. Within a week, I'd lost my babies and a father. I did get to spend a whole week with my mom though. Just me and her. I did enjoy that. 


 this month flew by!! It was very soon time for Stormies wedding!! With lots of tears, happy and sad, we all enjoyed the day! My uncle and cousins came out from Hawaii! Jordan smashed cake in Stormie's face and I may or may not have spent half the day a little tipsy. :) my brother also turned 18 this month and officially swore into the Army. oh, and we started paperwork to buy our house!!


 simeon and I celebrated 3 years of marriage and 7 years together!! My little brother graduated and left for basic training. He tried not to make anything special out of it, but we are all missing him like crazy! But once again, that's a post for another day. I started my dog hunt for the perfect pup for our family. :) 

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 we closed on our house on the 2nd!!  And then it was a lot of quickly unpacking because we brought home our second puppy on the 9th!!! :) Fox and Ashe were a little iffy at first. Loved to play, didn't want to share mama and daddy. I also started my Young Living essential oils journey! But they've started to mellow out a ton! Which was great because . . . 


 Simeon was in South Korea this ENTIRE month! I had four foster kittens, two dogs, a cat and a chinchilla AND A BRAND NEW HOUSE. All to manage completely by myself. It was an adventure. I got frustrated. I was tired. But we lovingly got through it all.  . I also started my Young Living essential oils journey!


 This month has flown! We went to Irishfest and then it was my birthday! And now things are finally gonna settle down again. I've barely worked this month but that's all about to change. :)  

My Happy List

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I saw this post on a blog that I read and thought that it was am amazing idea. And with all the crazy negativity lately, jumping into a giant list of all the things that make me happy sounds like a wonderful way to really jump back into blogging! 

So here it is! My happy list!

Fox Bentley


Simeon <3

Chino the Chinchilla

Odette Swan

Christmas Trees!

My Family

Pretty Photos

Watching puppies go home to their owners

Bubble baths

Day Designer

Chinchilla instagram accounts

Puppy Instagram accounts

Puppy cuddles

When Chino sits in my lap

Watching Simeon play with our neice and nephew

A good book

Watching our little family grow into a zoo

Day Designer

An organized office

Watching Fox and Odette play together

Watching Fox and Chino start to get to know each other

Family Photos with the Pup

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This past August I got a hold of my favorite photographer, Miranda from Miranda Renee Photography, and asked her how she felt about photographing dogs! She admitted that it wasn't something that she usually did but was extremely excited to give our family portraits a try! 

In all honesty, I was super nervous about these photos. I hadn't been feeling exactly . . . pretty. I ended up gaining a lot of weight these last few years and was feeling pretty uncomfortable but I knew that I really wanted updated photos. So I scheduled them anyway, and honestly, I am so incredibly happy that I did! These photos are amazing and I don't think I would have wanted to have missed this time in our lives in the future.

These photos were to celebrate our new beginnings. Our little family. Our new state! New career paths and a refocus on each other.  

Moving Takes it's Toll. . .

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We've been in Lincoln for two weeks now. Two whirl wind weeks of working to wear Fox out and unpacking and exploring and figuring how to drive in this town and then playing with Fox some more.  Now that things are starting to settle down just a bit, I thought that I would give an update!

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Fox Bentley

I think Fox loves it out here! He doesn't have any best doggy friends yet, but I think he's ok anyway. We take him to the dog parks and he plays with random dogs and I've been home all day with him. So he has really been enjoying that! He has a larger apartment to play in and I promise that he is enjoying every second of that! He runs through every single room and has zoomies all over the place! He chases his toys and balls up and down the hall from the living room through to the master bedroom.

He goes to the dog park and runs through creates and chases birds, then turns around in a panic looking for mommy and daddy because the dog parks are so big that he can get a few hundred feet away from us and then wonders where we are. 

Our New Home

I love it! I've gotten about 50% of the rooms fully set up with only the dining room, office, and bedroom left to get things sorted out! Oh, and the second bathroom but since that is more Simeon's bathroom, I'm letting him figure out how he wants to organize it! I'm enjoying the space and working on getting everything where we want it! 

And we got a corner apartment that has ALL THE NATURAL LIGHT!! I love it! There is also a cute wild grass field right behind us that has gorgeous sunrises and sunsets! If there wasn't an interstate beyond that field, I would use it for photo shoots! Thought I think there may be a way that I can anyway! 

Lincoln in general has been super fun to figure out as well! Though driving isn't my favorite (Lincoln is about double the size of Sioux Falls, the biggest place I've ever really driven before!), I'm getting used to it! And driving to the awesome dog parks makes it worth it! I'm enjoying actually being able to shop wherever we want for once as well! Brookings was so limited on department stores and also didn't have a Target. Lincoln has three!!

Grad School for Simeon

Simeon started classes on Monday! He's been excited and nervous and super focused. Gone all day long but he seems to enjoy it! 

What I'm Up To

I just heard today that I start my new job on Tuesday! I'm extremely excited, but I'll talk about that at another time! I'll be moving to part time on MPD to make sure that Simeon is free to focus on his studies and not worrying about our budget. But on top of a new full time job, taking MPD part time, Fox, and this blog, I've partnered up with a fewllow book loving photographer to start an online book club called The Book Book Nook!!

The Book Book Nook

The Book Book Nook is for lovers of speculative YA! Think Divergent, Throne of Glass, and many, many more wonderful titles! At the moment, we are a Facebook Group about to declare our first book for the month of July!! Soon we will be a thriving group and blog dedicated to the wonderful troves of magic, dystopian, and thrilling Young Adult literature that I and many others enjoy as well!!

Want more information? Join our Facebook group and you will be the first to know!