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.

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