the lake house revisited // days three and four

lake house revisited || days three and four

My happy place.

Lake House Day Three
Somehow on this day I managed to sleep fifteen hours and well into the afternoon. I have no explanation. I woke up once at seven AM and then again in the afternoon. There was no in-between. And I was severely disappointed that I missed so many lake house hours.

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After a late start to my Saturday, I got some coffee and breakfast, showered, and didn’t do my face because who has the time at 2pm? Sister and I then went on bike ride number two of the weekend.

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Coco butt continued to entertain us with her obsession with swimming.

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No make-up faced Jamie and her trusty side-kick Coco had a little cuddle time on the screened in porch. Coco wasn’t so sure that the neighbors should be working on their own sprinklers.

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Day Four
The final day is always a bummer. We pack up the house, clean, and just generally prepare to vacate the premises. I avoided the fifteen hour sleep this day and was able to enjoy our rainy send-off.

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Three of my very favorite things. Coffee, photography, and a good book.

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Despite all of the things that happened in my personal life the past few weeks, things are actually starting to turn around in a big way. Ever since the lake house, being positive and being excited and moving forward are normal. I’m not chasing my negative thoughts and trying to turn them around. Instead I am working with the knowledge that everything is as it should be and what will be will be. My old, confident, single self is back, ladies and gents. It’s about dang time.

Invest in yourself, in your health, and in your happiness. You won’t regret it.
That’s all for the lake house this time, folks.

Until next time,

Jamie

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the lake house revisited // days one and two

the lake house revisited // days one and two

Here we go, yo!
Lake house, year two.
“If you’re working out two hours every day on your body, you better make sure you’re spending three hours on your soul.” -Jaromir Jagr

The lake house is one of those places that is just good for the soul. Saying that we go “to get away” isn’t exactly accurate. We still have internet, and phones, and cameras, and movies. There’s just something about being outdoors, or a good screened in porch, that restores something in your heart that you didn’t know was missing to begin with.

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Here are some ways that this trip was different from last year:
1. It was just me, Kasey, Jon, and Cocobutt.
2. The photography opportunities were a little short.
3. The weather was meh.
HOWEVER, that little empty place in my heart that I didn’t know needed filling was definitely very happy and content to spend a few days by the water with the wind and the quiet.

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Day Two

The lake house makes everything look better. You know that face you see every day in the mirror? Better.
It makes everything taste better. That coffee you drink every morning? Better.
You know that song you always listen to? Better.
That book you read? Better.

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Bumblebee mid-flight.

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The day started slowly. There was breakfast, coffee, showers, and a puppy. Kasey went back to bed after breakfast. Coco and I read on the screened porch.

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There are two things that Coco really wants out of life. To swim and to cuddle. There are very few other things she is as passionate about. I have never in my life seen a dog swim as much as Coco.

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After napping, and coffee drinking, and reading, and eating, and watching Coco be a dog, we went on a bike ride.

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I legitimately enjoy working out. I do yoga. I love lifting weights. The occasional run on a treadmill happens. But riding bikes outside is probably one of the most enjoyable ways to work your butt off. Ever.

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After biking several miles, we went back to the house, freshened up, and then drove into town for some good old fashioned Mexican food. As far as North Carolina goes, this place is pretty good.

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We ate, we laughed, we drank and made merry. After dinner we walked to the grocery store and, as adults do, we bought ourselves some chocolate bunnies for Easter. We ended the night back at the lake house with a rousing game of Settlers of Catan and a good movie.

Do you guys have a soul-filling spot you like to visit, like my lake house? I’ll be back later next week with the last post from this year’s trip. Don’t forget to like this post if you enjoyed it and subscribe if you haven’t already!

Until next time,

Jamie

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my iPhone life || march 2016

my iPhone life || march 2016

March began a whole new way of life for me. If you’ve missed my previous updates, you might not know that I moved out of my sister’s house into my own apartment. Cue cooking and cleaning for myself and having complete control of the remote. It turns out I actually don’t watch that much TV when left to my own devices.

my iPhone life || march 2016

The animals were properly weirded out by my move. Polly (whom I am allergic to) was finally allowed in my room but, to her dismay, it was empty. At least she’s still happy to see me when I come over to visit.

my iPhone life || march 2016

I thought I was documenting one of the last sweater and boot days of the season with this photo, but April is being weird and cold so far.

my iPhone life || march 2016

This is what Jamie cooking for herself looks like. There is a proper amount of mac&cheese going on, with some added nutrition of broccoli, eaten straight out of the tupperware, on my gorgeous kitchen table.

my iPhone life || march 2016

Just your typical Coco experience. Kasey noticed that the dog was peeing blood, so we spent Friday night at the vets, or driving to and from the vet. Watching Kasey try to catch her dog’s pee was my favorite part. I then made Coco stay on a towel and calmed her sick self. Don’t worry, all is well in Coco world.

my iPhone life || march 2016

The Niners apron makes a comeback, even during the off season! Don’t even talk to me about the changes my team is making. Just don’t.

my iPhone life || march 2016

This weekend was particularly excellent. There was shopping, a movie, tanning, good food, and a lot of sister time.

my iPhone life || march 2016

This is a good one. If you don’t have an active imagination, I’m sorry, but this is what it’s like. I came home from work and was changing out of my work clothes when I noticed this FOOT PRINT on my rug, and then I saw that my water glass from the morning wasn’t on a coaster (which is very unlike me) and I freaked out for a few minutes because I was convinced someone must have broken into my house. And then later, when I went into my spare room to close the blinds I saw a reflection in the window that looked like someone was standing outside with a plastic bag over their head, staring at me. IT. WAS. TERRIFYING.
So there you go. That’s what happens when you have a good imagination. It isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. Sometimes you’re just ridiculous.

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My coworker Mary is such a sweetheart. She told me she was having Vietnamese food for lunch and when she found out I love pho, she bought me a bowl to go. It was SO delicious. I have missed my regular pho dates, that’s for sure.

my iPhone life || march 2016

I represented my people with some class and style on good old St. Patrick’s Day in the office.

my iPhone life || march 2016

That night I went to my sister’s for dinner and we had a box from my parents waiting. You should always expect great things when they send us something.

my iPhone life || march 2016

The ridiculousness that is Cocobutt.

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I am really really falling in love with playing synth with the church worship band.

my iPhone life || march 2016

Next in the saga of Jamie’s changing hair, my southern mane has been a journey. Lately I have been trying to embrace the poof and go for what my coworker calls my rockstar hair. It’s pretty large and in charge, that’s for sure.

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One of my bffs, who is going through a rough time and could use some prayer, said that she wanted to bless me and she sent me this beautiful and appropriate necklace. Life sure is a journey, and I’d tackle it any day with you, love.

my iPhone life || march 2016

At the end of the month and for Easter, the family and I went to the lake house, which I will begin blogging about next week. I’m going to save the rest of those snaps for those blog posts, but you will get to see all sorts of beauty like this selfie.

Until next time,

Jamie

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