Friday, March 8, 2013

Freedom and Florida

7QT for the start of March 3013, graciously hosted at Conversion Diary!


I'm done with around-the-clock nannying. Back to regular hours this Monday! Oh my gosh. For the last 3 weeks, I've been living with the two year old I watch, and it has been one of the best and sleep-inducing activities I've ever done.

The day would start at 6 a.m., when I would hear "Jewee! Jewee! Jewee, up? Jewee up!" Yes, 6 a.m. Fortunately for me, we were living with his grandma and she always got him up because I had him for the rest of the day, and, if we're being honest with ourselves, I am not human at 6 a.m.

Back to sleep. Wake up again, eat breakfast, and take the two year old out to some sort of activity until lunch or nap time, and then I would nap too. Back up when he was up, play time till dinner, negotiate about green beans before "eye meme" [ice cream], more playing/ watch Signing Time, bath time (or just play in the water), more playing, final diaper change and jammies, 3 to 6 books (they're so short and he's so cute saying "anen" [again]), then off to bed little boy!

Then I'd dive into another two hours of work for The Imaginative Conservative (the journal I write for/ am an Assistant Editor = do their social media on Twitter, Facebook, etc.), taking a break to say night prayers with husband and eat a bowl of raspberry sorbet.

So you can see why 6 a.m. is not an option for the two year old to wake up... Lord, bless me with children who wake up in time for school, and no earlier. Amen.


That being said, Husband and I are currently on a secret trip to Florida. Perhaps not so secret, now that I've blogged about it, but we're leaving tomorrow. I've taken... three pictures.

Here's one:

And the Super Cool Award goes to...

We took a three hour bike-ride around the island yesterday. I'm still feelin' it. But are we not adorable?! It is sunny and windy down here. Emphasis on the wind. The day before, we took our mini tent to the beach, but it wouldn't stay down thanks to 30+ mph gusts of wind. So we plopped the cooler on the back of it and crawled inside to keep it from blowing away.

Now, I am a bird-lover. I love watching them... from afar. I grew up watch Alfred Hitchcock movies, and I became increasingly alarmed by the number of seagulls standing around our tent. Rumor has it that they liked the break in the wind, but over a dozen seagulls within a doritos throw might make anyone nervous. Ditto that when I went out to but my feet in the Gulf: I looked up and there were ten seagulls flying above my head. I told Husband that I've seen this movie before, and whenever he was ready, I was too.


My sister Katie writes a really funny blog. Look, look, look! She has Jennifer Lawrence gifs and errything.


We find out about Husband's residency in exactly one week. Any prayers would be awesome as our next three years kinda depend on it... Katie at NFPandMe is praying very specifically about one location. We're just waiting to see how it pans out!!

Let's just say we would hang out all the time.


I wrote on dating at Ignitum Today: "This Modern Love". Now that I'm out of wedding season, I'll be posting more regularly on these topics. Please give me a shout-out if there are any posts you'd like to see! This one came from a sorority sister's question to me. It got picked up three times today, so I'd say it's worth a read.


Oh, and I also wrote "Vocation: Your Epic Story" at Ignitum Today a week bit back and never posted it. Read away!


My wedding pictures FINALLY ARRIVED!! Sneak peak here:

Can you spot the two other Bright Maidens?

Saying our vows


First dance!
Okay, Husband and I are off to mini-golf and to pick up our non-meat dinner. Happy Friday, y'all!!


  1. I love your wedding pictures! You look great! Also... I'm with Katie on the residency thing! I hope it all works out well for you both!

    1. Thank you!! Yes, I'm keeping it positive on the residency front that we will be where we should be... but obviously, we have preferences!

  2. I love, love, love your wedding pictures! Thanks for sharing a sneak peek! You look SO beautiful and happy! :)

  3. Ohhh, your pictures are gorgeous, Julie! I'd love to see more! Have so much fun on your trip =)