November 30, 2012


Annnnnd breathe. I feel like after a couple months of CRAZY things are finally starting to calm down. Every fall I find myself asking what I can do differently the next year that will make it this season a little more calm, not so hectic, etc. and I think I've realized that its just the way it is! My desire to slow down during my favorite time of year is really just not going to be a reality as long as I have the privilege of being a photographer. Working at Baylor clearly has been a large factor in this year being especially overwhelming but I am thankful for the opportunity. With that said, things are starting to calm down and today is my first Friday of many that I will now have off -WOOT! Since the first admission deadline has passed, things in my office are calming down a bit so I asked if it would be okay if I took Fridays off until things ramp up again and then said yes! I feel like a new woman, having 1 day to myself to get things done will make me feel SO MUCH BETTER, more organized, and hopefully I'll have more patience with my child...hehem. :) So, today feels like a new phase and I for one could not be more thrilled!

Speaking of progress here is an iphone photo of my new sink!! The back splash got taken out and of course, the ply wood is temporary until my counter tops can be put in (in about a week and a half or so). I'm thinking of doing a simple white tile back splash...any thoughts? Anyhoo, I think when its all said and done it will look great! I LOVE the sink/faucet, just hope when its all said and done it looks like the vision that's in my mind!

My gracious mother-in-law painted the living room/upstairs hallway. Its a creamy white but seriously, it doesn't look white!! And since I CLEARLY have painting issues just to prove I'm not crazy, when my mi casa kids were over the other day they asked me if it was a GREEN color!! NO JOKE! I've realized its not me, I'm not overly anal-crazy-paint color lady, its just the room and the light and what it does to wall color. BIG SIGH. I have no plans to change the paint at this point, that poor room has been painted so many times and I really at this point think the "perfect color" doesn't exist. Sigh. Unreal!!

Also on the ol' progress front I realized I haven't given a weight loss update in a long time! Well, its officially been 4 months and I've lost 14lbs. I'm halfway to my goal of 27lbs in total so I'm happy with that. Since the holidays I've pretty much just maintained versus loosing but I decided I was okay with that for now. I'll press on but I'm glad to be down 14 pounds and am enjoying that! I'm down a pant size and overall just feel better in my skin, which is nice. 13 to go!

Well, I have a looong to-do list that I've made for today so I'm gonna hop on it! (I literally couldn't fall asleep last night just thinking about all I wanted to get done today) :) Hooray for free Fridays! Have a good weekend, all!! xo


November 26, 2012

this sweet fam....

is being blogged over HERE! Check it out! xo


November 25, 2012


I feel behind on blogging! Happy (late) Thanksgiving, all! I hope you all had a great day filled with turkey and stuffing! Our Thanksgiving was not exactly one for the record books...I was in the hospital for most of it. On Tuesday afternoon I started not feeling well, the right side of my chest was hurting, it was radiating pain up to my neck and shoulder, and at times was hurting down my right arm. The pain was essentially chest pain, somewhat like a stabbing sensation that made it extremely painful to breath in. The pain waxed and waned for a while and on Wednesday night I was awake from 3-5am with shooting pain and Adam and I were debating whether we should go to the hospital right then. I really wanted to make Thanksgiving dinner and clearly, I had plans! I finally fell back to sleep for a couple hours but woke up still feeling terrible and definitely like something wasn't right. I pleaded with the Lord that if I could just get through dinner I would go to the hospital. While sitting at the table and starring at the food I made, nothing looked good enough to really enjoy b/c I was so uncomfortable. Adam, cousin Mike and I got up from the dinner table, got in the car and off to the hospital we went. The good news is the wait is pretty darn short when you mention you're having chest pain! Needless to say, after an EKG, blood work, urine work, chest x-ray, etc. they decided I needed to have a CT scan b/c some of my blood work came back abnormal, and it was the kind of not-normal that could mean I had a blood clot...scary. I had a CT scan, they injected dye into my heart and looked all around, from that they deduced I didn't have a blood clot (praise Jesus) but that I needed to have an ultrasound of my gallbladder since it appeared to have thickened walls and was contracted. After an ultrasound ruling out bad things in the gall bladder the doctors were somewhat perplexed but ultimately it looks like my diagnosis is Pleurisy. Essentially the lining of my lung is inflamed and there is no known cause, which apparently isn't that uncommon b/c since this has all come about I've talked to several folks who have had relatives who had it! Needless to say, these past several days have been extremely painful but the doc gave me some hard corn pain meds to help me sleep and apparently numbing the pain until it decides to go away is pretty much all that can be done. NOW I have chest pain just thinking about the hospital bill that's going to be coming my way!! Between that and the unexpected counter top bill I'm sure I'm in for it! Yikes! Clearly, I'm just thankful to be well and not to have anything too serious going on. I'm still not 100% but am feeling much better today. Big exhale. That is what has been going on around here. Doug and Kemi leave tomorrow (and I have a 6 year old that I'm sure will be inconsolable) but it was so nice to have them! Doug is taking out my back splash right now and getting the counter tops loosened so they can be lifted off easily when the corian is going to be installed. Kemi is done painting, we just have some parts at the very high part of the ceiling we gotta get to and then that will be done! They've been busy bees but we've also had lots of time to play! Yesterday we drove all the way to Austin b/c it was the only place we could find a bar that was showing the Duck game! Thankfully the ducks and the Baylor bears won so it was a good day in the Winn household! I'm looking forward to life getting back to normal here in the next week, it feels like its been a bit of a zoo around here! More to come! xo


November 19, 2012

I feel like a broken record

I feel like I keep saying the same thing over and over again, we're busy, we're running around like crazy people, no time to breathe, etc. This weekend was no exception, literally running from one thing to the next. To had more crazy to it all my sweet father-in-law has been installing my new sink (YAY!!) and my sweet mother-in-law has been painting my living room (yes I just painted it a year ago, and yes, my mother-in-law paited it before that!)! Needless to say the house is in a bit of disarray and Adam has been out of town for 5 days at a conference to boot! I know its a hectic time for everyone, everyone is busy and its just this season and I'm no different from anyone else but I am w.i.p.e.d. o.u.t. Sorry if I sound like a broken record. I could bore you all to tears with my counter top drama but the nutshell version is:

 I wasn't planning on replacing them, but when we took out the old sink and put in the new sink...big ol' gap from where the old sink used to be all the way to the back splash (new sink isn't as deep). This wasn't a newsflash, we knew it would be an issue but I was hopeful we could match the granite and just replace that one such luck. Needless to say in the couple of scattered hours I've had free this week I've been running around town getting bids/quotes, looking at different counter top options, etc.. Ay yi yi! After ALL the back and forth I FINALLY made a decision, corian it is! I am super excited for it to be installed, I think it will look really pretty and be functional (double bonus) when its done! The install folks are super busy right now so I have temporary plywood counter tops for the next month! Fun. :)

Its almost wrong how much I love my new sink, its an object, I get it, but I LOVE MY NEW SINK!!! After drooling over farm sinks for 10 years I still am pinching myself that I actually have one! Its hard to appreciate it to its fullest surrounded by plywood but just wait...its going to be FAB. :)

I'm sure you're all thinking with all this talk about a sink and counter tops I really need to get out're probably right. Anyhoo, I have mounds of photo editing starring me in the face, gotta jet. More to come! For now, I'll leave you with a sneak peek of an adorable fam! xo


November 15, 2012

check out these cuties...

over HERE. Have a good weekend, everyone! xo


November 14, 2012

B's Puppy Party

Brennan told me ages ago she wanted a puppy party so that's what she had! The girls first picked up their puppies from the pound, then they took them to the adoption center where they weighed, measured and named them, then they made them collars and decorated their pet carriers! It was a busy day! Here are some of my favorites from my girl's 6th birthday party. xo


November 12, 2012

We got back from San Fran last night, we had a great time! It was a lovely way to spend my birthday, and the Ducks won to boot! It was back to reality this morning when the alarm went off, boo! Tomorrow night we're celebrating Thanksgiving with mi casa so after work I ran to the store and grabbed a turkey and started the thawing process. I'm wiped, I can tell my body is starting to rebel against me...I've somewhat fought off sickness once but I can tell its looming again. Life has been too crazy lately and Adam and I are both looking forward to after Thanksgiving when things should calm down a bit. I think I'm gonna head to bed early tonight to try and keep this sickness away. I'm working on B's party pics but for now I'll leave you with a sneak peek of a session that I hope to have blogged soon! As always, thanks for checking in, more to come! xo


November 9, 2012


I took the day off from work today. I'm a firm believer in that you shouldn't do anything you don't want to do on your birthday. Its one day a year, ONE day where you get to call all the shots (or you should get to call all the shots). :) I'm starting my day off by kissing my baby goodbye for 2 days (I hate saying goodbye to her when I'm leaving for a night away, its way harder on me than her!), my sweet husband is getting me a tall, decaf, extra hot, pumpkin spice latte as I type, I'm having lunch with a dear friend, and then off to San Francisco! Not a bad way to spend a birthday! I really don't like the sound of 35, but today, I'm embracing it. :) Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and on Saturday night Yell OOOO and root on those ducks!!! xo

*from my love

November 7, 2012

I'm gettin' there

I feel like I'm slowly getting caught up on photos/blogging/life, etc.. I still haven't had a chance to edit B's party pics but here are some photos on her actual birthday blowing out her "6" candle. Sweet girl. More to come! xo


November 4, 2012

I literally just took a deep breath

Before I started typing I just took a big ol' deep breath! I'm wiped. I've been fighting off a cold which has been haunting me in the wee hours of the morning and making it difficult to breath through my nose, thus making falling back asleep difficult. So, even though its the weekend I'm not feeling super rested, and we even got an extra hour today! B's party was yesterday and I'd say it was a success! Sadly we were missing a couple sweet girls who had other things going on but that aside, it was lots of fun! I haven't even uploaded the pics yet so more to come on that. I head back to work tomorrow, couldn't get the day off since its such a busy time for admissions so I'm letting B skip school to play at home with grandma. Grandma will head home tomorrow night and life I think will start to calm down some this week. I think Adam and I have been in survival mode for so long that we're both in desperate need of a break. Every year we travel to an Oregon Duck football game with Adam's parents and cousin Mike, its a fun tradition that I always look forward to and this year it lands on my birthday! This Friday Adam and I will fly to San Francisco for the weekend to watch the Ducks take on Cal and I will turn 35 (that sounds very old to me btw!). It will be nice to get away for a couple days, something about staying in a hotel in San Fran feels very relaxing to me. Happy sigh. :)

Okay, that's all for now! Head on over HERE to see more of this cute fam! xo

November 2, 2012

my baby girl turns 6 today

I really can't believe its been 6 years since my daughter was born, it really is amazing how time goes by. Mom flew into town last night to help celebrate B. We went to her school to have lunch with her and have spent the afternoon getting ready for her party tomorrow. When she walked in the dining room after school and saw the decorations she said "its so beautiful in here!" ~ made my heart smile. Oh sweet Brennan Grace, I love you more than you could even imagine. The older you get the more I see myself in you. The things that bug me often bug you too, we have similar food aversions (although you are still quite picky and I think I'm becoming a bit more adventurous after living in Texas for a couple years), you still love princesses, puppies, and unicorns, and you recently told me your favorite colors were pink and purple. You don't change your mind very often, once you decide on something that's pretty much the way it is. You still hate shoes and socks and take both things off the instant you walk in the door after school. You seem to enjoy school and are really good at memorizing all of your prayers. You don't like homework (eh who can blame you there) but you always seem happy to head out the door in the morning. You love to go to church and have such a sweet and tender heart. You are beautiful inside and out and I'm so so thankful you're mine. Daddy and I often talk about what a sweet girl you are and we're so thankful that Jesus trusted us with you. I hope you have the best 6th birthday and that it's everything you want it to be. Love you, B. xo