30 days of gratitude : twenty nine & thirty


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! 


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! 


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! 


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! 


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!!




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.  


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... 



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!!! 



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.


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... 


Back on the road home... 


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


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!  


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


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.  


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.  


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


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


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


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! 


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


30 days of gratitude : thirteen


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.