Sunday, March 11, 2012

An Extended Break

It’s been months. And months. So much has happened since my last post, I don’t know where to start!

I started working full time back in October, which is one of the main reasons I’ve stopped blogging. It’s surprising how 2 more hours a day can make such a big difference! I feel like I have no free time during the week. Not to mention I dread getting out of bed and going to work every morning. The people are great but the work is so slow and tedious. The extra money helps a lot but I miss my 9 to 3 schedule. It made my job a lot more bearable!

In December I found an internship with a wedding photographer, Emily Koska. I am so excited for this opportunity! I’ll be able to get the experience I need to start my own photography business. And more importantly, I feel like I’m finally getting the chance to have a career that I love. I’ll still be working full time while taking on my internship, so my summer is going to be crazy busy. But it will all be worth it!

In the past few months, Josh’s job has been going downhill. And fast. His company has been taking away a lot of benefits, cutting pay, and giving him fewer hours. It’s been really hard. After a lot of thought, we’ve decided to move from Fargo so Josh can go back to school to get his degree in Special Education. We’ll either be moving to Minneapolis or Corpus Christi, we haven’t decided quite yet. The fact that we don’t know exactly what we’ll be doing in a few months is stressing me out!

After Christmas we discovered that Lilo has diabetes. Beginning in January, we changed her diet to a low carb dog food. Lately, especially within the past few weeks, we’ve noticed that she has gotten really skinny. On Tuesday things took a turn for the worse. Lilo had been throwing up for 24 hours and hadn’t had any food or water. Josh took her to the vet the next morning and her body was basically shutting down from the diabetes. The only solution was to hospitalize her and get her on a regular dose of insulin. So for the past few days, Lilo has been at the vet and Josh and I have had a few crying sessions. We finally got to take her home yesterday. Luckily she will be okay, but it is a lot to handle.

So as you can see, life has been a bit hectic for us lately. With everything going on, I’ve decided I will be taking an extended break from our blog. I want to concentrate on my photography, so you can still visit me at Emily Massey Photography. Once life settles down, I will be ready to write again.

Thank you for following and keeping up with our little adventures!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This & That

Since it's the last day of August and I haven't posted anything yet this month, I figured I should at least write something! So this post is just going to be a little of this and that.

I can't believe tomorrow is September already. This means that it will start getting cold soon and I'm so not ready for that. Summer went by way too fast!

Josh has been extremely busy with work lately. He's had to do a lot of driving and overtime, which hasn't been fun for either of us. Josh has been exhausted and I feel like I've been single lately.

Work for me has been slow and boring. Nothing new. To keep myself from going crazy, I've been trying to do a little photography on the side. I'm hoping that eventually it will become a full time thing. I did a photo session with a friend from church and her kids earlier this month. It was a lot of fun and I think we got some great pictures! This is one of my favorites:

You can see more on my updated website here.

Well, that's it for now. I'll try to be a more consistent blogger in the future. We'll see how that goes....

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Family Pictures

While we were in Texas, I got to take some family pictures. Besides the fact that it felt like 150 degrees outside and we were all sweating, they turned out really great! And thank you to my lovely assistant, Katie. Here are some of my favorites:

Texas Trip

Last week Josh and I took a trip down to good ol' Texas. Besides the grueling 24 hour drive and the fact that I was sick for half of the week, we had a great time! With family, friends, and Sonic happy hour, what else do you need? It really was a good trip.

I started the week by going on a girls' day with Mom and Katie, which included an AMAZING pedicure.

We had some of the greatest sushi ever with our friend, Amber.

We went to the beach- it's Corpus Christi, you kind of have to!

We played a lot of Kinect, which always ended with everybody laughing hysterically.

We went on a triple date to dinner and to see Harry Potter 7 II.

And the best part of it all was just hanging out with family. Especially these two:

Josie and Holly at the beach.

We had such a good week on vacation. It was hard to leave. I can't wait to get back to Texas again!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

According to Plan

One thing I've learned in life, is that nothing goes according to plan. I like to picture exactly how I think my life should go, but it never works out. Although it's not necessarily a bad thing.

For example, Josh and I would have never met if things had gone according to plan. I was supposed to be working at school all summer and Josh was supposed to be selling security in Florida. It just happened to turn out that I wasn't getting enough hours at work and decided to go home for the summer, while at the same time Josh's sales team got transferred to Corpus Christi. We met a week after I got home and the rest is history! Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I had stayed at school. Josh and I may have met when I visited Corpus, but I'm sure we wouldn't have gotten married. I'm SO thankful that things worked out the way they did! I can't imagine my life without Josh!

Lately things have not gone according to plan. I've been working at my office job for 4 months now, but it's not what I want to be doing. An opportunity turned up about a month ago where I would be working for a designer in her showroom a few afternoons a week. It seemed perfect. I would get to do a little design work, but still have enough hours at my office job. Then after I got the job offer, nothing happened. I tried stopping by and contacting her by phone, but she kept standing me up or just wouldn't get back to me. Finally she said she would call me for a time to meet. That was a month ago and I've heard nothing since. It was all a complete waste of my time! It still makes me mad when I think about it.

Last week I dropped off my resume at a few design companies. Two days later I got a call back from a showroom that is part of a hardware store. The lead designer wanted to hire me on as another designer. I was so excited! I thought that I would finally have the design job that I was looking for. So I went in for training last weekend and it was horrible! I called Josh crying on my lunch break. This is what the job description should have been: you will work in the hardware store wherever they need help and once in a blue moon when someone comes into the designer center, you will help them pick out paint or flooring. Basically, I would hardly be doing any design work. The worst part about it was that the job was only on weekends. They wouldn't be able to give me enough hours where I could quit my office job, so I would be working 7 days a week. No thanks! I ended up quitting yesterday and I feel great about it.

I just hate that things haven't worked out how I had pictured for my career. Fargo is a hard place to start a design career when the market just isn't there. So for now I will be staying as an office assistant. It's not according to my plan, but I'm sure things happened this way for a reason.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Zoo

On Memorial Day we got together with some friends and went to the Wahpeton Zoo. Who knew they had a zoo in Wahpeton? Who has even heard of Wahpeton? (It's a small town 45 minutes south of Fargo.) Anyways, we were pleasantly surprised that the zoo was actually pretty decent. We had a good time. And I got to play with my camera.

Josh's Dad has a Canon that he no longer uses, so he gave me two of his old lenses. One of which is an extreme zoom lens (obviously the technical term). The zoo was the perfect place to test it out. Most of the pictures I took were from pretty far away, but it looks like we were up close and in person.

With nice weather and good company, we had a fun day!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Awkward Family Photos

Our new favorite hobby is browsing the pages of Awkward Family Photos. You're probably thinking that we have way too much time on our hands. But seriously, they are some of the funniest pictures I have ever seen! There have been a few times when we literally laughed out loud.

One day we came across this photo:

Do you recognize the guy in the brown shirt and beard? Doesn't it look exactly like Josh? When we saw this picture, Josh sat there trying to figure out when it was taken and who he was with. After about ten minutes, he finally decided that it wasn't a picture of him throwing a baby after all. Apparently Josh has an identical twin out there.

You never know what you're going to find on Awkward Family Photos.