Wednesday, January 21, 2015

book #3 looking for alaska

looking for alaska is book #3 crossed off my 20 in 2015 book list! 

this book was fine. it wasn't great, but it was fine. i read it, it kept me interested. but as i was reading it, it seemed like i had read this story before. a friend pointed out that john green's books seem to all be very similar and i agree.
 this is the third john green book that i have read. i adored The Fault In Our Stars...who didn't, right? that was the first book of mr green's that i read. then, just recently, i read paper towns....i was a little bit let down by this book, but it was still decent. then i read looking for alaska and thought....i've heard this story before! i suppose when you find something that works, you stick with it.
so, at least in my opinion, these three books are very similar....they are good, but i say pick one of them and you really won't need to read the others! 

what's next for me?? well, i'm reading The One and Only Ivan with georgia and i'm going to start Still Alice probably tomorrow. 

happy reading!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Purple Peaches Photography 2014 year in review

i finished up a personal year in review, but i also wanted to do a professional year in review....just a few of my favorite photographs from the past year! here we go....

there were so many different kinds of portraits that i took this year...families, kids, babies, high school seniors, birthday parties, child dedications, maternity, pregnancy announcements, extended family, valentine's day, holiday, halloween, mommy and me and last but not least, my very first WEDDING! 

it was a great year and i love these photos. this was the first year that i REALLY felt like I was improving with my photography and editing skills!

if you would like one of these photo sessions of your very own contact me and we can set something up for you! i'm looking forward to photographing you all in 2015!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

you are always on my mind

Surprise, surprise...guess who has been on my mind lately. Yep, you all knew the answer, sweet little Violet. Really she is always on my mind. I probably think about her 100 times a day. I see a little blonde girl about three years old and I think of Violet. I hear someone talking about their little Violet and I think of mine. I see my girls playing together and I think about Violet. I see the color purple and I think of Violet. I hear a story of stillbirth and I think of Violet. And what has been on my mind most recently makes me think of Violet are all the little ones with January birthdays, especially if they are turning 3. 

You see, my due date with Violet was 1/11/12. So, as I think about a new year, I also think about all the what might have beens. I think how I should be planning a birthday party. What kind of party would she want this year? What kind of cake would be her favorite? What gifts would we buy her? Would she be shy when we sing happy birthday to her or would she sit proud in front of her cake loving the spotlight?

And then I think about the first time 1/11 passed after Violet's death. I already knew that I was pregnant again. The next day I was going for my first OB appointment. I just knew that I would go in and they would tell me that my baby was dead. There was fear when Nolan and I walked into that waiting room. Not that long ago we had been there and heard that our baby died, why would this time be different?

But we didn't hear anything about death that day. When the ultrasound tech looked at the screen she didn't say anything about their being no heartbeat. Instead she said, "How about two?" The day after Violet's due date, we found out we were having twins and everything looked just fine. There was this mix of relief and worry that came over me at the same time. I know that's weird to say, but I knew that they both had heartbeats. I knew they were both least for now. That was the relief. The worry began when I started thinking about how twin pregnancies are always considered high risk. It was a weird mix that left me shaking. 

So this time of year is always a reflection of the year before. What I accomplished and what I didn't. But it's also a time for me to reflect back to a few years ago and where I was, grieving the baby girl that wouldn't be born in January 2012 and excited for the adventure of twins. Both feelings have been consuming me since, twisting together in a beautiful dance throughout my life. I can't have one without the other now. I can't think about Violet's death and not be happy about the twins' lives. I can't think about the twins' lives and not be sad about Violet's death. Because, if Violet would lived, even for a few more weeks,  Evelyn and June would have never existed. It's those thoughts that boogles my mind. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

book #2 paper towns

hey y'all! i know we are only 13 days into the first month of the year, but i've already read 2 books! i don't want to brag, but i kind of feel like a super reader for finishing 2 books in less than 2 weeks into the new year! we won't talk about how the first book was 3/4 of the way finished when 1/1/2015 rolled around :) #2

since a read the fault in our stars last january, i kind of fell in love with john green. i love the way he's funny, but it also makes you think deep thoughts! and his books are easy to get lost in. with this book i kind of just had to finish it before i went to sleep. i looked at the clock and it was 11pm. i still had 100 pages left, but i had to finish it last night. i had to know what happened. 

as i finished the book, i wasn't 100% sold on the ending. but on the other hand, no other ending made sense either. i don't want to give anything away, but it just wasn't a satisfying ending to a book that i just HAD to finish! 

but, all in all, it was enjoyable to read. i was entertained. i couldn't put it down. and it was a quick read. i love books that i can get into right away....i don't like books that drag on. if it drags, i won't finish it. i just won't! 

anyway, if you like john green, read the book....and let me know what you think about the ending!!!

book #1 bossypants

book #1 can be checked off the list for 2015. yea! well, i started it before the new year began. i only had a couple of chapters to go. 

the entire time i read the book in tina fey's voice. she's hilarious! it's a funny, quick read! if you love tina fey, like i do, check out the book!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

to read or not to read? i choose to 2015 reading list

so here is my list of books that i would like to read this year. i did this last year and while i didn't make it through my list, i did read more than i have in YEARS!! so i decided that it would be good for me to make this annual list and try and keep myself accountable. i need to get into the habit of reading more. i tend to reach for the laptop or remote control when i have down time and i would like make sure i'm reaching for a book a little bit more often! 

anyway, here is my list...enjoy. 

1. Bossypants by Tina Fey

2. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

3. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kid

4. The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

5. We Were Liars by E Lockhart

6. Looking for Alaska by John Green

7. Room by Emma Donoghue

8. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

9. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

10. Paper Towns by John Green

11. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Allison Levy

12. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

13. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews 

14. Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

15. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

16. Beautiful Ruins A Novel by Jess Walter

17. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

18. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

19. Serena by Ron Rash

20. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

So those are the top 20 books that I'm going try to read this year! What books are you reading??