Saturday, October 26, 2013

2013 Maple Leaf Festival ~

One of the best parts of living in the midwest is experiencing all of the seasons. My favorite season just happens to be the Fall when we see all of the trees turn to beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow. In my town, that typically happens during the third full week of October - and that is when my town puts itself on the map. On Maple Leaf Festival weekend we go from a town with 3,500 people to a town of about 35,000 people - which is just craziness! Although most of the people who are from Baldwin end up leaving all of the madness, we manage to embrace it and celebrate.

This year, we took in the parade...the carnival games...the booths...the rides... here's a peak at one of the biggest events of the weekend - she tackled the big slide :)....
She also rode the strawberry spin with daddy...
Luckily our home is within walking distance from the festival....
One of the best parts is getting to spend time with friends and family...
One of the worst parts is getting swindled by the carneys...anything to make this girl smile :)
My favorite part is spending time with my family...
  and making memories - love them!

Happy Fall, everyone!!!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Storey Family + Casey Wright Photography

Happy Wednesday, Everyone! I have another fun session to share with everyone of an adorable family and wonderful friends. I know I say this all of the time - but it really it is wonderful to be able to take pictures of my friends. I love being able to capture their sweet family moments on camera and to be able to catch up while taking pictures.

I have known this lovely family since my days in athletics and I'm so happy to be able to call them friends. It's even more fun that our daughters go to the same pre-school - Love it!!!

Here are a few of my favorite pics that I took over the past year of this sweet family...
Have a wonderful day, everyone!

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Flory Family + Casey Wright Photography

Happy Tuesday, Everyone! With the cooler weather on it's way, I got an urge to share some of my favorite pics that I've taken over the past year. I absolutely love this sweet family!

It's always fun to take pictures of friends that you have known for a long time. It's even more fun when you find that your paths in life cross over more than once :). From Allen County to Baldwin City, our paths continue to cross and I am so thankful!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from our session...
Have a Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

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Monday, July 22, 2013

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Every few months, the power of this quote finds it's way into my life. This weekend, I was fortunate enough to be reminded of how the actions of one person can have such a significant effect in the lives of others and how positive behavior can be contagious.

It all started because of a project I am working on for my classroom. Because this project requires some heavy duty tools, I decided to go to my local Home Depot to make my life a little easier. My goal was to take my purchased milk crate into Home Depot to ask if they could help me to cut the wood for the seat. One of the technicians directed me to the man working the jig saw used for these types of projects. After explaining my project to him, we quickly went to work: measuring, measuring, and cutting (because, unlike my process, he actually did measure twice and cut once).

During this time, we made small talk... he asked me what the project was for... I told him I was making them for my classroom and that I was very thankful that he was able to help me, because I am NOT GOOD at these types of things. He mentioned that he has been working a lot of hours to keep up with the workload (not in a complaining way, but in a thankful way), and that the previous day, he managed to work a 13 hour day. I couldn't help but feel bad for how much he was working and started feeling silly for having him work on my little project...

After the man finished cutting the wood for me, he told me he would carry it up to the front. I was very thankful for the help and while we walked up to the cashier he said, "I've got this one..." I didn't know what he meant at first and so I said, "Ya, I'm so glad you were able to figure this project out for me, thank you so much for your help..." At that point, the cashier was ready for us and he put my cut wood on the counter and told the cashier, "I've go this one..."

At this point, I realized what was going on and I was sort of in shock....

This man that worked 13 hours the previous day and who had already, at this point, had easily worked another 6 hours and probably was going to work another 6 more hours, was paying for my project.

Once I finally put it all together, I stammered: "Thank you so much, but you have been so kind already, I can pay for the wood..." The cashier then turned to him and said, "Well, if you are buying, how about putting some of my materials on your tab too," (jokingly). He then turned to me the cashier and said, "I would if you were a school teacher." She laughed and said, "oh," then turned to him and said "that will be $36.89." I once again told him there was no need to pay and he told me that he just wanted to do it for me. He then pulled out his own money and paid for the wood he cut for me.

I was shocked...

I then reached out my hand to shake his and asked him what his name was. He told me that his name was John and I told him how much I appreciated his act of kindness...he then smiled and walked away.

By this point, I was teary eyed, and simply amazed that someone would do something so kind for me.


Since this weekend, I have told everyone who would listen about this amazing man named John. John at Home Depot. John at Home Depot who spent his own money to pay for a project for a teacher. John at Home Depot who spent his own money to pay for a project for a teacher after working 19 hours in a 30 hour time frame.

Wow....I mean...Wow....

Out of this experience, I have determined that:

 1. There is a lot of goodness in the world.
 2. People do appreciate teachers..
 3. Kindness is contagious...

So my wish for today is for everyone to choose to "be the change."

Be kind... Show graciousness... Help one another... Share the love...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ahhh Summertime + Go Royals!

For the first time in twelve years, I am enjoying a lovely summer vacation...ahhhhh.....

But wait, let me back it up and get you all caught up on the past 8 weeks...

Here's a quick recap:
  • I finished up my second student teaching placement 
  • I applied for what seemed like a million jobs 
  • I had several interviews 
  • I graduated with my M.Ed 
  • I accepted a 1st grade position at a local district 
  • I have spent the past couple of weeks playing catch up 
And now here we are... I can say without a doubt that I have dearly missed my summer vacations. Not only is it a time to regroup and catch up, it is a great opportunity for me to spend valuable time with my little one, which is one of the great perks of being a teacher... Just knowing that I will get to spend all of my summers with her just makes my heart happy!

Although we have many activities that we love to do in the summer, one of the big things we tend to do is go to at least one Royals game during the summer. I realized last week that I neglected to post the following picture from our outing last summer.
I'm sure many of you who live in my local area share the same Royals sentiment...every year, there is hope that the Royals will be great and have another season like the 1985 season... they win a few great games in the beginning of the year and we all get excited... and then they begin the sad but expected downward spiral to the bottom of the league. So before that happens, I just want to celebrate the fact that the Royals are still doing pretty well in the league and to hang onto the hope of an above .500 season.

Go Royals!!

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