March & April in Photos

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Happy Tuesday!

The last two months… they’ve been a whirlwind. If I were to describe them in one word March would be turbulent and April would be hectic. I never got a March in Photos post up, so I thought I’d combine both March and April for today’s post, so… there are a lot of pictures here. In the mix you’ll find some photos of pups (of course), a sneak peak at some pictures from Colombia and look at some of the literary events I attended recently.

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As I said, I’d describe March as turbulent. I probably went through a mid-life crisis that month and there was a lot that annoyed me. One day I came home from work and had a package in the mail from Kendra Castillo–I had ordered a painting from her. One look at the painting totally calmed me down.

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After church treat: a mocha from Misfit Coffee. If you live in Minneapolis or you’re ever visiting, you need to check them out!

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I don’t post a ton of photos of Little One anymore, but she’s still the best ever and always a highlight of my day. πŸ’™

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She’s the sweetest and always lets me know when she thinks I haven’t been paying enough attention to her.

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Coffee = life. My parents, brother/sister-in-law and I had brunch one morning.

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This product didn’t work for me at all. My face stung after using it, so I returned it the day after I first tried it.

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One of my favorite people came to visit! B is like a sister to me–she lived with my family for a few years when I was in high school, she taught me how to drive, and when I visit my hometown I stay with her and her horses. She brought some delicious wine. She’s been getting into essential oils and is basically testing them out with people, her horses and her dog in an attempt to prove they don’t work… but so far she hasn’t been able to disprove them. She has this system that basically analyzes people to show what essential oils would be beneficial for the person to use. I don’t know how it works, but it was pretty spot-on for me. My stomach was bothering me that day and I tested high for an oil that helps with tummy troubles. I also tested high for one of the mood-enhancing oils that helps with frustration. My dad chuckled when I read the info about that one, because it was pretty obvious that I was frustrated that day.

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If you follow me on Insta and Snapchat, you’ve probably seen this guy before. There’s a comfort dog that visits my workplace and he’s the best. I love when he comes to visit! And he’s good at his job, too. I was going to give him a few quick goodbye pets, but he laid down and soon I was sitting on the floor on with him. After he does his thing, his handler takes him out to playground. It’s so cool to see that once his vest comes off he’s all puppy. It’s so much fun to watch him run around.

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My fave “frou frou” coffee drink is a vanilla iced nirvana from Dunn Bros. When I saw that they had a coconut iced nirvana I had to try it out. The vanilla is definitely still my favorite, but the coconut is delicious too!

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Leadpages hosted a blogger and creative event one night, so we toured their office and sat through a presentation. It was so cool to learn more about them as a company and if I’m ever looking for a job, I’ll definitely see if they have any openings I’d be qualified for.

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And then it was off to Colombia!

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I had a few days in Bogota, so I took it easy and spent some time reading, writing and hanging out at my favorite cafΓ©.

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I also started watching 13 Reasons Why.

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And then it was off to Leticia!

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We stayed at the cutest B&B!

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There was a deadly landslide in Colombia while I was there, so I received a few texts from coworkers making sure I wasn’t near it. (I wasn’t.)

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We spent two days on the Amazon River and it was the most amazing thing ever! Our boat driver was so knowledgeable and it was so cool to spend some time with him out on the river. He knew when we’d have a great chance of seeing dolphins (and we saw a lot of them!), he could spot different animals (like sloths) that looked like dots from a distance until we realized what they were. He’s such a gem and I’m so happy that he was our boat driver for most of our excursions! (PS – I always appreciated this phone strap, but I appreciated it there more than ever. I held my phone outside of the boat over the water A LOT while I was in Leticia and didn’t have to worry about it. I even passed my phone off and watched others stick it out of the boat over the water without fear.

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When we saw birds circling we knew dolphins were close.

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Yep, that’s me. And yep, those are my new friends.

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A few coworkers and I have been going through this Bible study. I think it’s one everyone should do; it’s been so beneficial! I’ve already picked out the Bible study from Priscilla Shirer that I’ll do once I finish this one.

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United canceled my flight to Minneapolis, so I spent the night in the Houston airport. But hey, I wasn’t injured, so I guess in the end it all worked out.

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The day I finally made it home from Colombia my mom and I attended a Big Ideas event with the Loft Literary Center. It was a conversation between Lisa Lucas and Marlon James (who won the Man Booker Prize in 2015 for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings). It was such a great event that reminded me how much I love talking–really discussing and analyzing–the books I read. I loved it!

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This garden is going to be mostly kale. πŸ’šΒ πŸ’šΒ πŸ’š

Take a peek behind-the-scenes with March & April in photos. // dreams-etc.comI love watching her soak up the sunshine. It’s pretty much the only good thing about the sun. #practicallyavampire #ilovegloomyweather
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My best friend and I went out for our quarterly dinner… the food was delicious!

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It rained on our way there and snowed on our way home. That’s spring in Minnesota, for ya!

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We celebrated Good Friday and Easter! I’m in charge of the flowers when they arrive and, well… I’m not always the best with flowers. But they survived! πŸŽ‰Β πŸ’ƒπŸ»Take a peek behind-the-scenes with March & April in photos. // dreams-etc.com

I had Good Friday off work, so on Maundy Thursday my mom and I ordered an impromptu, late-night pizza and wings. We ate and talked and it was one of the best nights.

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A month in photos post wouldn’t be complete without a picture of my BFF Odin. He actually has moments of calm now and soaks up tummy rubs.

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Flowers for admin professionals day.

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I ended April by attended a Craft Talk with Angela Flournoy, hosted by the Loft Literary Center. Here she is reading from her novel The Turner House, which I knew I wanted to read after listening to her and I had to buy a copy of after hearing a spoiler during the Q&A.

Tell me about your March & April!

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Carol TheAnswerIsChocolate
    May 2, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Your photos are stunning and it looks like we share an affinity for mochas!

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    jenn griffin
    May 2, 2017 at 9:54 am

    i love this post! all the colors. it’s a great montage of the months.

    that puppy is ADORABLE.

    that bible study is FANTASTIC. i hope you’re watching the videos that coincide with it. she is amazing.

    • Reply
      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      May 8, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks Jenn! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      And thank you! She’s the cutest and the sweetest.

      Yes! I’ve been watching the videos too and I LOVE them! She’s so engaging! I definitely want to continue going through her Bible studies after this one. This one is so good!

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    Leslie Soto
    May 2, 2017 at 10:12 am

    It sounds like you’ve had a busy couple of months. I always love end of the month recaps in pics, it just feels so much more personal. Your Little One is too cute!

    • Reply
      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      May 8, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      They have been busy! I’m hoping things slow down a little bit over the summer… but I guess have to be intentional about making that happen. And thank you! I”m glad you enjoyed the post. I always enjoy seeing “behind-the-scenes” pictures from people’s lives too.

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    Beth Kondrick
    May 2, 2017 at 10:46 am

    So many great pictures! I love the vanilla iced nirvana from Dunn Bros too. I always love pics of your Little One. I wish my work had a therapy dog, that would be amazing!

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      May 8, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks, Beth! Isn’t it the best? I love it so much! Pictures of Little One always make me smile (because she makes me smile) so I always enjoy hearing that others appreciate them too. And yes! Bringing him in was the best thing ever! Every workplace should have one. It’s really nice to be able to take a break and pet him when he visits.

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    kim airhart
    May 2, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    WOW!! So many beautiful photos. Busy girl!!

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    shootingstarsmag
    May 2, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Great photos. It looks like you had a busy couple of months but some exciting things happened too. Omg, your little dog is so cute. My dog loves to sun bathe too!!!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      May 8, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you Lauren! It’s so much fun to watch dogs sun bathe. πŸ™‚ And it’s a good reminder that I should actually try to get out in the sun every once in awhile.

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    Lisa Thomson
    May 2, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Nice photo journal of the last two months. Very exciting life you lead, Crystal πŸ™‚ Love the redwine, coffee, puppies, pizza, flowers all so lovely! I just popped over from Peaceful Posse.

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      May 8, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks Lisa! I don’t really think of my life as that exciting, but it is busy sometimes. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

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    Beth_Daily_Dog_Tag
    May 3, 2017 at 1:07 am

    You are certainly a busy person! Little One is so adorable, thanks for sharing her photos!

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      May 8, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      It has been a busy few months! I think it’s time to be a little more intentional about slowing down. I’ve been pretty tired lately. πŸ™‚ And thank you! She’s adorable and very sweet. I always enjoy hearing that others enjoy the pictures I share.

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    Casey
    May 3, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Looks like a tasty and fun month! That pizza has me majorly DROOOLING and how cute is that comfort dog?!?

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      May 8, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      It was! The pizza was so good! I could definitely go for more right now. πŸ˜‰ And yes! I love him! He’s the best.

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    Life in ATX
    May 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Wow, a busy few months for you! Love seeing your photos! Good luck on that amazing garden πŸ™‚

    XO
    Lee Anne
    http://www.lifebylee.com

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    Lindsay @ The Flynnigans
    May 3, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the picture of you with the monkeys is the best!! Did you actually see any sloths up close??
    Seeing the boys lay out in sunbeams just make my day. In fact, when I get home today, Charlie will come running to the door to say hello like we’ve left him for months on end and then he bee lines it back to the window to sunbathe. It’s the cutest. πŸ™‚
    I’m looking forward to more of your Columbia pictures.

    Nice catching up with you hun. I hope the next couple of months are smoother sailing for you. πŸ˜‰

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    GH Client
    May 3, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    You’re right, March and April were a whirlwind! It looks like you’ve had a busy two months!

    Carly | http://www.thecarlycollective.com

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    Melissa Chee
    May 3, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Your pup is so cute and I can’t get over those cute monkeys!

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    Jamie Fray
    May 3, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I really love this idea. It’s so fun to connect with you and see where you’ve been for the past months, and those dogs are adorable πŸ™‚

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    Gennifer Rose
    May 4, 2017 at 5:39 am

    I love all the doggies! Every dog that comes across my path is a comfort dog πŸ˜‰ 🐢🐾

    Gennifer Rose | http://www.GenniferRose.com

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    Mary Anne
    May 4, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I loved each one of the pictures here! Great shots

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    Sharon Glascoe
    May 4, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Loving these pics! It looks like March and April were memorable months!

  • Reply
    Cameron
    May 4, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I love reading these posts! It looks like you had quite the busy month, and I chuckled a bit at your comment that United cancelled your flight. You’re right, at least you weren’t injured haha.

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