Wednesday, May 30, 2018

memorial day | hiking & grilling

my in-laws were gone this past weekend because they were in Yellowstone! we figured since we had a weekend at the house by ourselves, we would invite some friends over! it was fun to pretend like we had our own house again! haha!

we were going to do a short hike in the morning before grilling out but the hike got rained out... boo!
so we just had everyone over to our house instead and hung out indoors. thankfully, we got a few breaks in the rain during the day and were able to grill during one of the dry spells!

one of our friends brought their youngest son and he was entertaining! we brought our rabbit upstairs and he loved petting her! then we took him outside to see the chickens and he had fun watching them too! he loves animals, so we are the right house for him to visit! haha! he wasn't too sure about the dogs at first but he warmed up to them!

thankfully we had made a lot of dips and sides to go with dinner, so we just snacked during lunchtime. we played Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, but really just asked/answered the questions... and between all of us potterheads we knew most of the answers! it is funny to see how different people remember different details from the books! some of our friends also brought some butterbeer for us to try!

low quality photo, high quality friends

Monday, May 28, 2018

Wild Dunes, South Carolina

when you've been living on one income for the past 2 years, while also paying for grad school out of pocket... you don't turn down an offer to stay at the beach for free! some friends of my mother-in-law offered her a week at their condo & my father-in-law couldn't get off work, so she was gracious enough to ask if Thomas & I wanted to go with her!

it worked out to be the same week as my graduation, my sister's graduation, and the Mother's Day paint night that we had already planned with my mom! so, we had to drive back home on Tuesday night for the painting (7 hours round trip - if that doesn't say "I love you" I don't know what will!) and we had to drive to my graduation on Thursday, then my sister's graduation on Friday... but it all worked out and we still got to get away for an entire week! luckily Thomas likes driving & it was fun things that we already had planned, so the week was a blast! but we really only had 3 days at the beach during the whole week!

my mother-in-law came down with us and stayed until my graduation on Thursday. then Thomas and I came back down on Friday afternoon after my sister's graduation and stayed until Sunday morning. so we treated the weekend as a graduation/anniversary/birthday trip! our anniversary/Thomas's birthday was the next week, so we just celebrated a little bit early!

I am more of a mountains girl, than a beach girl... I am not a fan of sand or the heat ;), but luckily it was in the 70's while we were there! so not quite up to the 90's and 100's like it is allllllll summer and we were actually able to get out during the day without sweating to death! we had a blast exploring, taking photos, relaxing, reading on the beach, and watching those gorgeous beach sunsets! it was a great way to end this two year long journey of grad school! we also found 32 (!!!) whole conch shells during our walks on the beach! plus Thomas found a sand dollar and I found a big shark's tooth! so that was really fun! it was like a treasure hunt! it's funny how what the ocean pushes up to the shore as waste, we regard as treasure to be found!

the beach we were staying at is close to Charleston and another beach at the point of an island that we used to drive to, to watch the sunset when we lived in Columbia. so we had to go there and watch the sunset since we were so close! we got some awesome silhouette photos standing on the rocks at sunset, which turned out so great! it is seriously one of my favorite spots in the entire world because you are at the water but you can see the city and bridge in the distance! plus, at sunset there are tons of dolphins that swim through and pelicans/seagulls hanging around!

what's your favorite thing to do at the beach?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

the rest of forever

the entire two years I was in grad school, I felt like I was treading water just trying to keep up with everything going on! I never really zoomed out to think about everything I was accomplishing, I was just focused on getting through each semester. now that I am on the other side of grad school, I am realizing how big of a deal getting your masters is! I've had so much fun celebrating graduation & licensure & everything that has come with it!

life after graduate school has been pretty busy so far! the week of my graduation, we were offered a free week's stay at a beach house. obviously, we jumped on that chance! but we had a super busy week driving all over the state for commitments we already had, including graduation! it was a really fun week, but a tiring week! (and if I ever get through all of the photos I took, I will eventually post some on here!)

the following week I had an interview for a job, we celebrated Thomas's birthday and our fifth anniversary, and I accepted a job offer! it is so evident to us that God has led us onto this path. just as there was a lot of confirmation & doors that only God could open when we decided to start this journey... He has opened so many at the end of this journey as well!

last week we also took advantage of having Saturdays free again (no more classes!) and went to visit my grandma! it is fun to have free time to do a lot of things right now, but I am also ready for some time to rest before my job starts! thankfully, this week has been low key and I have been able to relax and decompress from grad school some!

because I took my board exam before I graduated, they didn't issue my license yet. the board can't make me official until they get my final transcripts with my degree on it! unfortunately, my school is huge so the school's office has thousands of transcripts to finalize, so the process could take up to a month! luckily, they are going in alphabetical order and I married up (went from a P to a B)! so, my transcript got finalized early and I have sent it in to the board!! 

that means that I am one step closer to officially getting my licensure! I have to wait until I have my official license before I can start my job... so that is why I am happy the process is moving quickly so far! I have a start date mid-June, but it is pending the licensure being official! so, I am hoping I can get everything before my start date & not have to push it back! I am ready to start working & start saving for a house!

I feel like we are in a weird season right now. it's been kind of hard to figure out life after grad school, because I had been going nonstop for two years! and while I had classes and internship at certain times, there wasn't a real routine because each week was different. so now, we are trying to get back into a groove and find what routine works best for us. this will probably be a little bit easier once I start my job (and we buy a house!), so for now we are just trying to figure out what works in this in-between season. and enjoying having slower paced weeknights & weekends! I am also just glad to have a few weeks of rest to recuperate from the past two years!

how do you transition into a new season of life?

Monday, May 21, 2018

my sister, the pharmacist

my sister graduated with her doctorate in pharmacy the day after I graduated with my masters! she asked if I would take some photos of her that day & it was a lot of fun capturing her family & the excitement of the day! I have the cutest nephew & he makes some of these photos so adorable! it isn't always easy to get photos of kids, but he did pretty good! the light was pretty harsh that day, so they are super bright but I think they came out great! I wanted to share some of my favorite photos of the day because they are so fun!