30 days of gratitude : twenty nine & thirty


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30 days of gratitude :: Day 29 & 30 :: light & self portrait ... OK, so I'm cheating a tiny little bit on the challenge here.  I don't feel bad since most everyone bailed on me, but I have to say that some of the subjects on this one kind of sucked.  Why do I want to photograph "nightmare" for a gratitude challenge?   You know?  So, anyhoo... I decided to combine the last two items into today's photo and wrap this challenge up!  I got my hair done today (was way overdue for a cut & color) and came straight home to take selfies for my first every holiday photo card.  I figure why not, right?  So I'm single.  Why can't I send a photo of myself to my friends and family?  I have stayed away from this in years past, but people seem to enjoy my self portraits so what the heck ... I did it.  And I had to expedite shipping since I realized today that Christmas is only two weeks away!  OMG!

10 on 10 :: 27 of 30 :: hello sloane

Oh what a day!  It's 10 on 10 challenge day { on the weekend, yeah! } and day 27 of my 30 days of gratitude challenge and the first time I get to see my bf/sister's new baby girl!!  So let's jump right into the fun!!  


day 27 of 30 :: daily routine :: I start every day with a cup of tea.  I love the little leaf stem on the forte triangular tea bags! 

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Then I hit the new market at the Evanston Ecology center - was hoping for a couple of vendors to be there, but sadly they were not ... maybe next week. We saw some good stuff tho! 


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Then it was time to hit the road ... it was a beautiful day, the sun was shining bright ... if only it wasn't so cold! 


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I arrived in Chesterton just a couple of hours after momma and baby came home from the hospital.  Little Sloane was all snug as a bug... she is super cute and so stinkin' tiny she doesn't even fit into premie clothes!  Look at her tiny little bracelet! 


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I spent a little time snuggling with her before we decided to start the photoshoot.  I gotta give huge props to baby photographers!!!  I do not have any idea how the pose these little munchkins.  They just don't cooperate.  I'm thinking maybe she was a little too young at only five days old, but I did get a couple of cuties! Holly purchased this crazy long santa hat off etsy and she wanted to try to recreate the shot from the website - impossible!!



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After Sloane was done with her first photoshoot, Holly's friend Nikki came over to bring them dinner { so nice } and hung around for a little bit.  Her adorable little boy was so excited to hold the baby.  

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Meanwhile, Bella was busy taking photos with her camera.  I caught her snapping a self portrait and asked her to show me.  She's such a ham... 



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I hung around till it was about dinner time for the Pittman clan ... snapped a few photos of Jeff with his little girl before I left.   He is one proud papa!  Oh and I caught the BEST baby yawn!  Oh how I love a baby yawn!!! 



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Oh and I had to snap a photo of Xavier's sign.  He made this adorable little sign to hang on the hospital room door - they said the nurses were gaga over it.  Apparently this was a first.

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Couldn't officially leave till I got one more snap of Sloane and her big sister Bella B!  We were cracking up because it looks like Sloan is throwing the peace sign... 

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Back on the road home... 

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What a great day!  And then I arrived home to this adorable Christmas Card from my friend Kathryn.  Happy Everything!!! 


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30 days of gratitude : twenty six


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30 days of gratitude :: Day 26 :: transportation ... we had our first measurable snow this morning.  Just a dusting really, but it was rather slick underneath.  I'm so not ready for winter.  I feel like the year has just flown by and I have no idea where it went.  I did pick up a new "car shovel" because they are forecasting a snowy winter.  I've lived in Chicago sixteen years and this is the first shovel I've purchased.  And I can say that I have only needed assistance digging out two times in those sixteen years.  Not bad ehh?

sweet thank you :: 30 days of gratitude :: twenty four

Look what I got in the mail today!  The cutest thank you note from Elliot!  

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We went to the Chicago One of a Kind show this past weekend and she REALLY wanted this four leaf clover pin ... she had enough money, but I thought it was make a great little Christmas gift for her. So I gave her a crisp twenty dollar bill so that she could purchase the pin.  She was all grins from ear to ear.  Oh how it's the little things... 



P.S. I am skipping ahead and making this my 30 days of gratitude :: Day 24 :: gratitude post. Trust me, there is nothing interesting in my closet. 

30 days of gratitude : twenty one


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30 days of gratitude :: Day 21 :: where I sleep ... I hopped out of bed, came back and there was Phoebe.  It was a super gloomy day, so hard to get out of bed and get motivated to do all the stuff I need to do..  It took me a while, but I ended up getting quite a lot done.  Still doesn't mean I'm ready for the week ahead.  :)

30 days of gratitude : fourteen thru twenty

OK .. so I have been completely consumed by work and that has caused a huge failure in my photo taking and posting for this challenge.  I suck.  Sorry.  So ... in an effort to try to catch up, here goes.  I hope I can finish out the challenge stronger than my super weak ass start.  



30 days of gratitude :: Day 14 :: movement ... My flight was delayed so I had plenty of time to watch people pass by.  



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Day 15 :: technology ... being able to capture a moment in time by simply reaching into my bag and pulling out my iPhone.  Being able to drive home from another state without a printed map/atlas.  Being able to see the radar to see if the blizzard I am driving through will ever come to an end.  



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Day 16 :: animals ... my little Phoebe has been quite the lover lately.  Isn't she cute all curled up like this?



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Day 17 :: memories ... I have a million great memories in this big, beautiful city.  



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Day 18 :: something new ...  I got this new chevron pouch from an etsy seller and it is so cute! 



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Day 19 :: best friend ... This is an old iPhone photo since most of my bff's live far away, I went back into the archives. This is Laura and Holly - they are both crazy fun! 



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Day 20 :: seasonal ... tis' the season for sure!  I love having the house lit by twinkle lights, don't you?



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30 days of gratitude : thirteen


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30 days of gratitude :: Day 13 :: written words ... Unlucky thirteen that is!  These words are for my grandmother's recipe for a parker house type of roll she's made my entire life - heck probably hers too!   She used to bake a pan full and overnight them to me - oh how I loved receiving that package!!  All of my friends and coworkers know about grandma's rolls and give me a hard time because no matter how I try I simply CANNOT make them!  I suck, suck, suck at making any type of yeast based anything and it frustrates me to no end!!  


I babied this batch, but nooooo.  Still no luck.  Jeff actually described them as 'flatbread' when talking with his mother.  WHY OH WHY can I not figure these damn things out?  The photo below is my pitiful attempt.  I am seriously about to toss in the towel.



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