Not only are we moving, we're moving cross country. From Texas to Oregon. Basically I'm moving to a new country, without the language barrier.

So far I am trying to plan rest stops every 5 hours or so to water the animals and stretch our legs.
Here to Amarillo TX
Amarillo to Colorado Springs CO
CS to Grand Junction which will be our overnight stay at a hotel
GJ to Salt Lake City UT
SLC to Boise ID
And then finally we will arrive in Oregon.

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Aurora's turning the big 3 in January, and our theme is unicorns! I'm obsessed with unicorns, therefore so is she. Rory's birthday is my big event every year, we don't do much for other holidays, so this party is when I go all out! I am trying to get as much done beforehand as possible to minimize stress. I have plenty of DIY decorations to make, but I've also ordered plenty from Amazon to put the party over the top.

Being in January, I have to plan the whole party indoors. I would love to have a unicorn scavenger hunt or a bounce house, but chances are it will be very cold. Nonetheless toddlers are relatively easy to entertain so the activities I have planned so far are coloring unicorn masks, ring toss, pin the horn on the unicorn, and of course a photo booth.

I've outdone myself with this years party favors, I think this party will be a hit. I may have gone overboard, but I just want my baby to have the best birthday. She doesn't get to go on a lot of play dates or hang out with other kids often enough. Not like one day will make up for that, honestly it's just as much for me as her.

Obviously I won't get any food until right before the party, but here's some inspiration. There's eight weeks before the party and the guests have been invited. I'd say I have it pretty well planned.

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This month was kind of a mess, in retrospect I accomplished a lot, but it started off with my mom's father passing away, and ended with me sick and miserable with the cold from hell. I had several successful photo sessions, a couple cancellations, and the best wedding of my photography career to date. The latest of which has resulted in what I hope will blossom into a business relationship with a new, modern/rustic venue in town. I also was able to enjoy pumpkins, hayrides, and fall festivals with my daughter (who will be 3 in two months!) and my mom and my sister. My mom turned 56. And although I might not be able to quit waiting tables as soon as I hoped next year, I still never cease to strive for my own business & passion.

November Goals:
- More daily vlogs
- Blog fitness journey
- Christmas mini sessions

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As you can see, Aurora and I were mermaids for Halloween! Auntie Brie joined us as a pirate for our spooky adventures.The day before Halloween we went as a family to a fall festival at our YMCA, then to Granscary haunted house and cemetery hayride.

Halloween day was cold and rainy, but we weren't going to let that stop us from trick-or-treating. We went around the Square and then to Family Fest at the First Baptist church, saw a few friends, lots of costumes, and even Princess Ariel! Most importantly, we went home with lots and lots of candy.

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Today Aurora and I went to Arison Farm's Annual Pumpkin Picking Event! There's vendors, food, music & hayrides. The vendors included locally made soaps, honey, toys, face-painting, books, clothes & more. Lots of fun to be had, we didn't get our faces painted because the line was really long.

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My Papa (pawpaw) aka grandpa passed away. It was sudden but not unexpected, he suffered from Alzheimer's the last several years of his life. I didn't have much of a relationship with him, I was one of 17 grandchildren.

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It's finally cooled off a bit and been raining the past couple days.
​We caught a break in the weather and made a family trip to the city park.

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This month I started Camp Gladiator, a community based exercise program. I found a company birthday special, and joined 4 weeks of unlimited workouts for $9. My goal is to complete 3 workouts a week for the duration of camp. So far I have completed 5 out of 12 workouts. I am proud to say I have pushed myself, not only physically but really out of my comfort zone completely.

I was incredibly sore after the first day, but got through the first week with no problems. The second week has been a different story, having trouble getting to camp because of work or just anxiety. Luckily it was buddy week, so I was able to bring my sister as a guest. Then I experienced my first athletic injury, nothing traumatic but severe discomfort in my knees & shins. I hope to surpass it next week!

Aside from CG, I have set some other achievable goals and made some sustainable changes. I have completely cut out soda (a big deal for me), hit the gym a few times, and taken over mowing and yard work at my house. I have also taken some 'before' photos and measurements of my body, but I will wait to post until I have some results to compare them to.

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