My family.

We have this silent appreciation for the time we have with each other. The best parts are my nieces and nephews. The love they express and the admiration they have. The random hugs and shouts of “I love you,” make being an aunt ten times better.

One Sunday morning, I look through my cameral roll and I see this photo that my niece shot.


We just finished baking a cake and sharing a slice in silent.

I was burned out that day. I was tired from work and tired from our late night burger outing. The last thing I wanted to do was bake a cake, but I knew it would complete my nieces day.

Doing the right thing only stole three hours of sleep from me, but eating in silence and watching a five year old indulge was worth the sacrifice.



I have a pink bear sitting on my desk, calico critters on my bar, toy trucks on my coffee table, and tea cups on my dining room table.
All is good on the home front.
This weekend was a long, extended birthday weekend for my niece.
We celebrated with burger bags and a cake box on a Friday night, breakfast with the BEST pancakes, chili, and hash brown casserole from The Toasted Yolk and finally snuggled in bed on a late Sunday afternoon.
Tonight, we’ll officially celebrate with burgers and cake.
Happy Birthday, Laylah.



On Saturday, I embarrassed myself with my tantrum…a “sweaty angry tirade.” I was frustrated, mad, overwhelmed, tired, and confused about my journey. I was experiencing a mild funk; I started to lose faith in my journey, and I couldn’t say it out loud.
To maximize my life, I need to work seven days a week, be in bed by nine,doze off to a Netflix series, read an educational book, while I enjoy dinner out of a sonic bag.
My biggest challenge has always been rewarding myself at the end of the day.
When I don’t, I become overwhelmed and cry on the ride home as I sing along to The Cure, so I realize how important it is to do things that matter. To put time into our relationships- our friends and family.
So, this weekend, I will celebrate with my niece and my nephew. We will eat out of burger bags, watch each other eat yellow cake with whipped chocolate icing, and give each other food comas.