Monday, January 30, 2017

thankful // vol.7

I am thankful for God' healing (because my strep is gone!)

I am thankful for cuddles on chilly nights.

I am thankful for pizza nights with good friends.

I am thankful for conversations that have me ending in laughing until I cry.

I am thankful for that light bulb moment I see in the classroom.

I am thankful for good television the helps me tune out the rest of the world for an hour or so.

I am thankful for the library and their never ending supply of entertainment (I'm such a book dork).

I am thankful for teammates that help me keep my sanity (and sometimes drive me home).

I'm thankful for my Wednesday night bible studies, because I've gotten to know some amazing and inspirational women of God.

I'm thankful for food, because duh....it's awesome. 

I'm thankful for cold days, because they remind me of how good I have it living in Florida.

I am thankful for puppy cuddles.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 soundtrack// Leon Bridges - Coming Home

Two years ago I decided that I wanted to do a new blog series. I honestly loved doing it (and surprisingly I stuck with it all year long). Although I didn't end up doing it again last year, I felt like this was the year to bring it back....

I absolutely music. Sometimes its the best way to share how you feel when simple words just don't suffice. I also love how it brings back memories. So the whole soundtrack series is just a place to house the songs from the year that either are my favorites, are new, or just speak to me in that time period. 

The first one of 2017......

You should join along too!!! If you do, please leave me a comment letting me know, so I can follow along with yours!!!
xoxo, kel

Saturday, January 14, 2017

thankful thursday// vol 6

I promise I had every intention of not only posting last week but also in blogging this post a few days ago....... but again time got away from me (and my computer also died.....).

I've mentally been making this post in my mind though, which I really like because the whole point was to get me in that thankful spirit 24/7 and I feel like I'm closer to that goal.....

And while there are a ton of things that I am grateful and thankful for..... one of the main things that's on my heart this week is my friends. Specifically, a certain group of friends. 
I firmly believe that there are different groups of people that bring out different parts of you and your life. 

This group of besties bring out the humor and love in my life. 

They are honestly some of the best friends a girl could ask for--- they would do anything for you, because they love you. And even sweeter is that when we get together we are always finding ourselves laughing until we are crying. Literally, every time! It's so refreshing to have friends you can be totally yourself with, can make you laugh until it hurts, and have your back through anything.

 Kelly, Alexis, and Daniel..... I love y'all!!!!

Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 reflections

The New Year always seems to be the time when we reflect the most. To be honest, I like the whole idea of a clean slate- a new year- a chance to try out those goals that didn't exactly happen the year before. 
A couple of days ago I also started reflecting on more than just 2016. I went to get a new license (and change my name to my married name!!!) and seeing my IDs right next to each other was kind of nostalgic. The one on the left is the only other picture for the DMV I've taken and was when I first got my license. Flash forward from 15 or 16 to 15 years later when I'm about to hit 30. It's crazy to think of time in that way. (This year also is the 20th anniversary of the Spice Girls getting big in my life.) 
A part of me feels old.... but really I think I just feel accomplished and so very content and happy. I have the teaching job I always wanted, I'm married to an amazing guy, and I have two sweet puppies that I adore. Minus the fact that I would like to lose some weight (more than I'd care to admit in public), I'm happy. 

So many people absolutely hated 2016. And I get it...a lot of crap happened. Too many great people died, including my personal family and famous legends. Our city faced a couple of hurricanes back to back and a lot of people lost homes or businesses. And of course some people are also really upset about the presidential election outcome..... But I had a lot to be thankful for this year too! My cousin got married. Three of our good friends got married. WE GOT MARRIED!!! We honeymooned in Disney! We got a new puppy. And our family reconnected, a prayer I have been praying for the last 20 years, come true. 

I decided that this year I'm not doing "resolutions". I honestly prefer to stick to my birthday goals rather than New Year goals. However, I am trying to stick to the goals I always seems to set (and then not complete): take more photos and document life more! So per usual, I'm trying to make sure to take at least one photo a day (on instagram- find me... I'm kelzify). 

Welp, a lot of rambling. 
A lot of reflections and a lot of ideas floating through this brain of mine. 
So goodnight, friends. 
I wish you all a wonderful and happy New Year! 
So much love, kel

Thursday, December 29, 2016

thankful thursday// vol.5

 I am so incredibly thankful for our growing family.
 The night before Christmas Eve, Austin brought home this sweet little puppy. It was the best Christmas gift (and I think Chloe thinks so too).  

So here is our newest addition to our little family: Luna Padfoot (if you aren't a Harry Potter fan....well I just can't help you). 
Sweetest right? 
xoxox, kel

Saturday, December 24, 2016

christmas 2016// girvin lights

Another great Jacksonville tradition for Christmas is the lights on Girvin Street. A couple of blocks of homes completely go insane for Christmas and deck out the entire neighborhood. It's quite a sight!! 

This was the first year I've ever gone. Austin and I went after our family Christmas dinner at his parents this past week. I took a lot of video on snapchat, but also managed to take a few photos too....

Merry Christmas Eve!!!!
xoxo, kel

Friday, December 23, 2016

thankful thursday// vol.4

Ek!!! With the holidays so close (Christmas is 2 days away!!!!!) time got away from me and I forgot to post my thankful thursday posts.....

However, speaking of the holidays.... I am extremely thankful for this holiday and all that it stands for. I am thankful for a God who loves, a Savior who was born in a manger and died on a cross so that I could one day join Him in heaven. I am thankful for His forgiveness, grace, and constant love that knows no bounds. 

-k