Monday, February 17, 2014

One Door Closing

It's kind of funny. The act of pushing the publish button on my last post made everything crystal clear. Funny how life happens that way. After 3+ years of blogging here at Unscripted Journey, my internet home is getting relocated. While I'm sad to let the past 376 posts see their end, I'm glad to move on to newer and better things.

I want to thank y'all for following along here at Unscripted Journey. I have appreciated each and everyone of you. And, because of that, I hope you'll come join me over at my new blog. Again, for personal reasons I don't want to post the name and/or URL of my new blog publicly on this one, but I would gladly like to send you the information via email. While I didn't hear from anyone (except my husband) on my last post, I hope that occasionally you still stop by and might get the news. Just leave a comment and I'll email you my new blog info.

I really hope you'll come follow my new's seriously adorable and you're going to love it. It's a lot of the great things about Unscripted Journey but there's going to be a new layer of honesty that I'll be able to provide with this change. Please leave me a comment so you can come follow along!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Help! Please.

Hey y'all...

So I made a bit of a boo-boo and missed the chance to renew my URL with Google and apparently have lost the chance to do anything with it. But, before I make any decisions on how to handle this, I wanted to see first, if you were still able to read my posts. It might sound silly, but...if you try to go to unscriptedjourney com, it won't go to the site. Yet, when you go to my old blogspot address it will still forward it correctly to my URL. 

So, if you're reading this, let me know!

Also, let me know what you think about these options:

1) Leave the address as my old it-takes-2 blogspot com,  but leave the new blog name of Unscripted Journey. I feel that this may lose the least readership in the long run.

2) Retire this blog (which is a URL mess that I can't fix) and start a new one. (I'm kind of leaning towards this despite my potential loss of readers.) Part of me is wanting a fresh start with a new blog. If I did change, I would glad let my readers know the new address if they asked. For personal reasons I'm not wanting to broadcast the new address if I did move.

3) Pick another new URL, and start using it, but leave everything at this blog...if that makes sense.

Let me know what you think...and pretty please. I'm just trying to figure out how badly I messed this up. So, even if someone else responds let me know what you think too!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

My New Nephew

Well, if you follow me on Instagram, you already know this, but if not, here's the biggest thing to happen since we moved (which I'll blog about shortly) nephew August was born December 3, 2013!!! And I'm already in love and swept off my feet!

August Winbon
December 3, 2013
7 pounds 8 ounces
20 ½ inches

Lindsay was supposed to be induced the next day, but August decided he was ready to make his appearance and boy did he! Lindsay texted me about 4:30pm or so to see if I would be available to watch Parker that night (I was staying the nights with Parker while Lee and Lindsay were staying with August in the hospital) and I said of course! Mr. B's car was in the shop, so I told her I would be available as soon as we ran one errand and it wouldn't take long. Before leaving, I told Mr. B that I wanted to go ahead and grab my stuff and then head to pick up his car - I just had a feeling that August was making his debut and I was watching Parker that night - even though Lindsay hadn't said for sure she was heading to the hospital yet.

Well, after I packed my stuff and we started leaving Lindsay texted to ask me how long until I could be there, I told her I would be 30 minutes or less, I just needed to drop Mr. B off and then I could come over. After I finished dropping him off, she told me that I didn't need to rush over because her mom was there and I could go pack first. Of course I was able to tell her I already had everything - including Parker's special jammies I was bringing her as a surprise. I knew I had a big job with August's birth and I was on top of it!

After I got there, Lindsay gave me a quick run through of everything for Parker. Luckily, I've had several sleepover's with Parker so I had a good idea of what we were doing, and anything else I could figure out! I've watched Parker a lot and put her to bed quite a few times so I'm pretty comfortable with what goes on! When Lee got home (yes...he got there after me!) they headed to the hospital and Parker and I settled in for the night less than 2 hours before August would debut!

Because I was watching Parker and responsible for putting her to bed, I sadly had to wait until the next day to meet him, but I know how much it meant to Lee and Lindsay to know that I was there with Parker and that she was well cared for. The good part of not going the night he was born though is that I didn't have to fight anyone for time with August when I did visit the next day! I spent a good part of the 4th with Lee and Lindsay up at the hospital getting to snuggle August and not having to share him! I even got to spend a few minutes doing my official job as aunt - taking his picture! The photos above are all taking less than 24 hours after he was born and are some of my favorite pictures I've ever taken...the job of an auntographer is so important!

After the school semester was over, I also got to take some newborn photos of August. I had a lot of fun doing these photos and considering it was the first time I ever tried to do newborn photos I am pleased with the outcome...he's just too adorable!

These were challenging because he would lay there looking all angelic for just a couple of minutes, I would take as many photos as I could and then he would start crying again! Poor little man just couldn't handle his photo op! But, I got a few and it was a great experience for me as a photographer. And as an Aunt! It's special to have all these photos of him and the photos of my nieces and other nephew. I love them all so much and they are all so important to me so it is never a chore to photograph these now FOUR little loves of my life!

This handsome little man is such a wonderful addition to our family and I'm already wrapped around his little finger. And I think Parker's whispering how good of an aunt I am in his ear! There's been a couple of times I've held him for quite awhile and he doesn't let a lot of people do that from what I hear. I seriously enjoy all of the snuggles I get to have with him! And he is so very snuggly!

These next two photos are of me and Mr. B holding August the first time we met him!

And these last photos are some of those times I've snuggled this handsome little man!

He's just too snuggly and I can't handle it! And I absolutely adore that he likes snuggling with me so much! I know that he's going to love hanging out with me and his uncle as he grows up! I can't say it enough, I already love him so much and I can't wait to see who he grows up to be!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Oh, My Little Blog

I've been thinking long and hard about this little blog recently...fact of the matter is, I've been super busy and just don't have the time to dedicate to it that I did when I first started writing here. So, I've thought about what to do and I made my decision.

I'm keeping it...inconsistent writing and all.

First of all, I love this blog, and getting rid of it breaks a little part of my heart. So, since there's no need to get rid of it, I'm not.

Second of all, I'm going to give myself a break...from perfection.

Y'all may not know this about me, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist. It's caused a real challenge in my blogging. What I started blogging here, I did it because I enjoyed it and it was fun, but then I got bogged down in the gritty underbelly of blogging - the part that tells you how to be a "good" blogger, and I lost my way. No longer did I just write because I enjoyed it, but I was concerned about followers and statistics and should I buy an ad on another blog and all the other stuff that blogging can focus on. So, now that my life is busy and I can't and won't dedicate the time to this blog that I used to, I feel guilty. But, I've said, "no more!"

Well, I've said, "try to give yourself a break and move on from the perfection and enjoy what you can...some is better than none, right?" Which my brain hears as "you're not perfect and that makes you a failure, look at your failure of a blog."

Another fact about me: I can be really mean to myself...I've gotten a lot better over the years, but I still say some pretty mean things to myself...God and I are working on that...but it's slow coming...which I remind myself that slow change is real, transformative change...but then my perfectionist tendencies rear their ugly head again...ah, it's a vicious cycle.

Anywho, all of this boils down to, this blog is going to become a challenge in accepting me for who I am and what I can do. I want to blog here, but you might get some off the wall stuff because fact of the matter is, school is a LOT this semester.

On that note, let's have an update on school, mkay?

School is crazy...I'm taking 19 hours and I actually intend to do it. Last semester I signed up for 19 hours but the process of moving saw not one but 2 casualties of war (and let's face it, moving is truly akin to war. Don't believe me...fine). So, the goal is to take 19 hours this semester...biology, Spanish 2, Criminology, Sociological Theory, Women in American history, and Social Statistics (one of last semester's casualties). So far, so good.

Biology - not too bad, it's for non-science majors and that means just a lecture no lab (can I get an Amen?!). I have that on Tuesday nights only and about 5 blocks from home. It's pretty awesome.

Spanish 2 - Ah, Spanish, I actually am glad I switched back to Spanish from French. It's so easy saying I took 3 years of it in high school. It makes these 19 hours a bit easier to handle.

Criminology - Seriously, interesting. A lot of reading, but not the most reading intensive class I have this semester. And I like the professor too, which is good.

Sociological theory - It's a required class for sociology majors and really something I should have taken semesters ago. It really would have made some of my other classes easier. Oh well, live and learn (although I'm not quite sure when I will get to apply this knowledge...)

Women in American History - I'm enjoying it thus far and I think we're going to have some great readings. If all goes well and I can take one more history class next semester this will allow me a minor in history. Why do I care about a minor? I don't know...

Social Statistics - Please, note the statistics not the social part of that...I missed the statistics part last semester and was totally unprepared for a math class. This semester is going to be expectations are right!

So, that's a quick break down of all of that. Other than that, life is great. Hubs is busy with law school. Way busy. and I've finally just about got us settled into our apartment. Hopefully soon I can take you on a tour of the place and tell you all about it. Including my mad skills hanging chandeliers... conclusion: 1) This isn't a promise to return to blogging regularly, just to hold on by the seat of my pants and hope for the best. 2) School. Escuela. 19 hours, no sanity for me. 3) Apartment life is great and I'm totally in love with our home and my new chandelier. Especially the chandelier (for which my body is still paying the price for installing). 4) This is a promise to love myself more and try to share with you when I can. I miss this little part of my life and can't wait to talk to y'all again, whenever that may be.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Moving In

So, I've been working on this post for awhile now. It's been slow coming, but I'm going to get this done! I really want to update everyone on the move! This is a bit late, but I want to remember as much as I can about the move so I'm sharing it now.

Like my last post told you, the hubs and I moved in to our new apartment on October 18th! Hopefully you were following me on Instagram and were able to see the craziness I posted for that weekend! It was unbelievable moving our things into the apartment and starting to set stuff up. For those of you who may have missed it, and those who didn't, here are some of the many pictures I took and bit more commentary on what was going on.

Helping Aunt Betty pack and smelling Scentsy Bars!
Taking a break for a photo op!
The move started with me - and my adorable niece packing up the hubs and my bedroom at the hubs'  parents house. I wasn't as efficient as I could have been, but this adorable girl was too much to say no to! So, we packed the little things. Like my scentsy stuff...and for her, packing Scentsy bars meant she had to smell them...all of them! It was so cute and I was glad to have her help. Plus, I got to spend some time with her, and I enjoy every moment I can have with her!

The storage unit
The move started from this 10'x10' storage unit our things have resided in for the past 2 years. We've managed to get rid of many of the things in it, but somehow it also gained things. Overall though, it was pretty much just the things we needed. And, some of the stuff that remained we ended up getting rid of. Our new apartment doesn't have washer/dryer hook ups, so we got rid of the washer and dryer. We also got a new couch because the old one wouldn't fit in the new apartment, so it went too. Odd how little space the rest of it would have taken up without those 2 things! Pretty much what remained was all of our kitchen stuff. And a dresser and chest of drawers we inherited from the hubs' grandmother. It's from the forties and is absolutely gorgeous and I love it. It needs to be restored and we plan on doing that but it's going to cost a lot of money so it's on the to do list. Also our tv console and christmas stuff. It's crazy how much we got rid of!

The couch in it's box.
The couch was put together the day it made it's way to our apartment. We sadly don't have an Ikea in New Orleans but we do have this awesome service that goes to the Ikea in Houston (which is 6 hours away!) and brings stuff back. It costs a percentage of the stuff that you buy and they bring it back to New Orleans. So, that's how our couch made it's way to New Orleans. Ikea impresses me sometimes how they manage to package things and you can put it together. The couch was one of the easiest things we've put together. (Saying a lot since we also own a whole room of bedroom furniture from them!)

The couch all put together!

We got the Ektorp couch and so far, we're in love with it! It's comfy and you can't complain about the price. If you're looking for a couch, definitely consider this one. And if you want a white couch - try this one! The cover is washable, easy to get on and off, and if it's stained permanently, the slipcover is only $50 to replace. Seriously, worth it! (Oh, and I'm keeping a lint roller and Tide to Go pen handy.)

The chest of drawers before being put together.
When I put together Ikea furniture, the first thing I do is lay out all of the pieces putting similar pieces together. I also put all of the screws, nails, etc. onto paper plates. It makes it a lot easier for me to find all of the right pieces while trying to understand Ikea's sometimes confusing instructions. We had a whole bedroom of furniture to put together and let me tell you, it takes a long time to build a bed, chest of drawers, dresser, and two nightstands. It ultimately took me near 20 hours to do it all. (I did a lot of it by myself while the hubs was moving other things into the apartment.)

Dinner the first night at the apartment
The first night we were moving in, at dinner time we made a makeshift table. We took our new dining chairs in their boxes and put our table top on them. It was a lot of fun sitting there eating in our own place for the first time in a long time. No one to bother us, no one else to talk to.  It was great. And, apparently a lot people got a real kick out of this. I had more than one person comment on how funny they thought this was when I posted it to Instagram!

When we moved in with the hubs' parents, a lot of things were going on in my life and most of them not good. So, I was quite impressed with myself when I opened a box and found I had managed to label the steak knives. I'm always careful opening up boxes - you never know if something has broken or could possibly cut you. But, it's nice to know that what you're about to touch could be dangerous. Sometimes, having moved a lot in your life can work out quite handy.

So, I've moved a lot in my life. I can list a minimum of 15 moves I can undoubtedly say I've made. And I feel like there are some I'm missing from before I can remember. I'm pretty sure this number is quickly approaching 20. So, when my parents moved last, my mom - who's packed for all but 3 of those moves - experienced some broken plates, I was very concerned for my own long term packing. So, as soon as I could, I unpacked our dishes. I breathed the greatest sigh of relief to see our plates in pristine condition. Matter of fact, we didn't experience a single broken item in our entire move. I'm pretty proud of myself.

One of the most exciting moments of unpacking was when I found our magnet collection! When we travel, I collect magnets. They're cheap (I never spend more than about $7 and I usually spend $4 on a magnet) and take up so little space. Plus each time I go into the fridge I get to enjoy them! Some of them I didn't get myself but were instead gifts. These are pretty special because they're from my Grandma who passed away two years ago. It's always nice to get to remember her (and my Papa) when I see them. When I found them I stopped unpacking to arrange them on the fridge and instantly the apartment felt more like home!

I'm still unpacking some things...Like today I finally unpacked all of our books and put them on the bookcase. This took so long because I was struggling with how to arrange our study space. But, I finally let go of what I thought I was the "perfect" place for one piece of furniture and now everything is set up fabulously! I'm so glad that it is done and I could finally get all of the boxes out of the study! It's really so much better. And I feel like I overcame the last major hurdle of unpacking. Everything is starting to fall into place.

Also, I promise there is a tour of the apartment on the horizon. I have to get my camera from the in-laws house and then I can get some good pictures!

I hope that  y'all are doing well. Things are good here and more posts will (slowly) make their way here...I'm having realistic expectations for the sake of my own sanity.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Stopping By My Own Blog

It's been awhile since I posted here but honestly, I'm ok with that.

When I started this blog almost 3 years ago, I was in a very exciting place and time in my life. I was just getting married, creating a home for my husband and I, and traveling. The things I had to share and wanted to share them with the world. Then, before we were married a year we moved in with his parents and the fun, the excitement, the thrill of being newlyweds was replaced with a struggle. And while this struggle was a very real part of my life, I don't believe in sharing things on this blog that could show my family in anything but a positive light. So, that struggle will remain quietly absent from this blog. Pretty much, what comes next is the most you'll ever hear negative about the past two years. So, here it goes.

Being newlyweds and living with your in-laws is difficult, especially 2 years of it. The lack of privacy, the lack of control, the having to check in with somebody is hard. And it was far harder for me than it was my husband. They are his parents, it's the home he grew up in, in some sense, he can always feel at home there. But for me, it was giving up a lot and living a very uncomfortable life. I always felt like a guest in someone else's home, something my husband struggled with far less than I did.

I lived on my own for several years before the hubs and I got married. I had defined how I did things and nobody messed with it. I choose where the items in my home went. I made all of the decisions, and then the hubs made them with me after we got married. But now I was living in someone else's home. My privacy was gone. (Seriously, do you know how annoying it is to have to put on pants when you need to pee in the middle of the night?) And I was having to ask permission to do things. Seriously, living with my in-laws was a struggle.

It was as constant sacrifice for our family for me to live there.

Now, please don't think I'm not grateful. I have been very blessed to have in-laws that so graciously let us impose on them for two years. Who I know have their own share of complaints about me. You don't live with somebody for two years and not learn some of their less than stellar qualities. But, despite it all, they really have been wonderful to live with. In the two years we've lived with them there hasn't been a single fight, barely a disagreement. They've given us a lot of privacy in the sense that they didn't delve into our personal life more than necessary. Honestly, I don't have a serious complaint about them.

My biggest complaint: My father-in-law is a frozen food hoarder. Seriously. I'll have to take a picture and upload that here for y'all. You really need to see it. But that's the point. My biggest complaint is I didn't have enough freezer space. And I know how blessed I am that that's the situation.

So, please don't misunderstand me, I know how easy I had it. I know many couples who live with family have horror stories they could tell. But I don't. And I know, I KNOW that is a blessing from God.

But, I can tell you. On October 18th, when we move into our apartment, I am going to jump with joy!

Here are some of the highlights of having our own place again:

2) I get to decorate our home!
3) We'll have our first anniversary in our own place!
4) We'll have our first married Christmas just the two of us!
5) We can host guests again!
6) Did I mention: PRIVACY!!

Now, I know it might seem contradictory that we had a lot of privacy from his parents but that I'm most excited to mention privacy. But, I guess it's like this. You always have to maintain a certain level of modesty. You're always subject to someone else inviting people over, even when you don't want guests. Someone can always knock on your door. And inevitably they will knock on your door when you are...well...doing the married thing...if you catch my drift. When you leave the house at midnight for a Shamrock Shake at McDonald's, you have to tell people where you are going.

Think about it this way...imagine you go on vacation and stay with your do that for two years. Even though some of the formalities are eventually dispensed with, some are always there. But, that's all ending and there's only good things ahead. So many good things! Big and small!

I'm already thinking of the posts I have to share with y'all in the coming months!! What our new apartment looks like. The fall decorations I'm going to put up. Hosting Thanksgiving. Our Christmas decorations. Christmas. I can't even wait!

And that's not the half of it. I have some things I want to catch y'all up on. I don't know when they'll find their way to this blog, but I hope they do. My parents came to visit us in August, and we traveled to Washington D.C. too. Things you've heard nothing about!

So, I guess this is going to be the end. Hopefully I'll share some more stuff with you soon, but don't hold your breath...I said that I would be posting more last time and we see what happened. So, one day, you'll find out more from me...let's just hope that works out to be sooner and not later. (And I promise even less between now and when we move.)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Making a Come Back

I know I keep saying "I'm Back", but this time I really mean it!

I'm a busy little bee these days. I'm working on projects and enjoying my summer off.

So far photos have been the focus of my projects this summer. Awhile back I started hanging some photos at my in-laws. One of the frames did not have the hardware to hang the photo on the wall, so the project got put on hold. This month I finished the project, hanging the last two pictures I needed to hang to finish the wall I was working on.

This project was great and taught me a lot about my antique photos. Three of these photos have a convex glass to the front of them. Apparently this was the trendy way of framing photos at one point. Well, convex glass is a framing nightmare! I learned that the photos eventually warp to the shape of the glass and can never be flattened again. That means if the glass breaks you have to replace it with convex glass, which is very expensive. Like I said, this has been a very informative project!

My other photo project has been to label and place all the hubs photos (from the old film days) in photo albums. It's been quite a project and time consuming. I'm making progress but it's slow. Matter of fact, I need to get back on it once I finish up blogging ;).

I've also spent some time with Parker. She's so cute and I love doing things with her. At the beginning of June, I spent an afternoon just hanging out with her while I let Lindsay get some stuff done. We played all sorts of games and had lots of fun doing things like balancing blocks on our head. And another day I went grocery shopping with her and her mom. I enjoy getting to spend time with her anyway I can!

I've really been enjoying my summer. I'm currently reading Beautiful Creatures after waiting for my turn to the library ebook copies. I'm already enjoying the first book and can't wait to see where the series goes!

Well, I guess I'll close this post up (I always find closing a post awkward...just like I find concluding a paper awkward...). Anyways, I hope y'all are doing well, I've missed sharing with you and I hope my new plan helps me to get back to blogging!

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