Snapshots Of September

 

Hey friends!

Here’s a random collection of photos and memories from the past month. Just some Snapshots of September.:)

It was a really intense month! But I loved every minute of it.:) Obviously, the weddings of my three brothers was an amazing part of the month, but I’m gonna save that for a separate post.

So here you go. Just a smattering of life:

My job held some challenges in September, especially with balancing my hotel work and all the wedding festivities and traveling with my family. But when at times I feel like throwing in the towel with one of my jobs instead of balancing two jobs and a side business, I realize how incredibly grateful I am for all the opportunities that I am blessed with right now. And truly, I LOVE the variety of putting in a 12 hour day at the hotel, and then coming home for an evening of canning salsa and making candles, and then heading off for a singing tour with my family. (And yes, that was an actual scenario.:)

Hiring these two was probably one of the best things that happened in September! Well, actually, they were hired a few months ago, but they started the position a few weeks ago and it has been SO MUCH FUN working with my awesome brother and his sweet wife.:) Joining them in their apartment for singing around the piano was a perfect break one evening at work!

For those of you that may be wondering how this all works and if it means that I am not working at the hotel anymore, here’s the lowdown: Mitchell and Bryn live in the apartment at the hotel and are currently working as part-time general managers (and will be full time once Mitchell’s busy season with his custom manure hauling is finished). Their position is different from mine, and they are actually replacing our previous general manager who moved on to a different career (I and a few others filled that role at different intervals as we transitioned).

I interview, hire, train, and oversee employees, make marketing and advertising decisions, manage renovation + improvement projects, do bookwork, and oversee team meetings + incentives + pay. I love my work and the amazing team I am blessed with!

One evening this sunset was happening while I was working at the hotel, and I just had to keep popping my head out to see the colors changing. It was incredible!

Traveling with my family doing concerts all over is both challenging and rewarding. It’s not a piece of cake every day, and sometimes it’s more like spilled taco salad.:) Particularly tonight: After a long day with three different slots of singing/playing, we had finished the last concert and were eating supper at something like 8pm.  I was trying to retreive an item from an overhead cupboard and my sweet little sis was sitting below eating her taco salad, and one item popped out of the cupboard and bounced down on her plate, subsequently popping parts of her taco salad off her plate and down on the rug. The scenario continued as item #2 and #3 fell out of the cupboard. Finally everything that could had apparently fallen (in quick succession) and I tried to laugh as I started cleaning taco salad off carpet. But really and truly, it’s a good life and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

This is my adopted Grandpa who we happen to get to see several times on the current trip. He’s really sweet, and always encourages me and gives me the most incredible gifts. I’m blessed to have so many quality people in my life!

I made a lot of candles and necklaces in September. It’s a fun creative outlet and I love selling and giving away the things I make.

I found a far corner of a church basement to set up my office in one day. Hey- it worked! Getting my hotel work, blogging, and other computer work done on the road is a big challenge some days, but with a little creativity it’s possible.

Lots of coffee! This particular cup was a really yummy freshly roasted, french press brew with fresh jersey cream + whip. I have some friends who do coffee really, really well!:)

This little brother is so sweet. His smiles and sense of humor, combined with a super loving personality, definitely brings a ton of joy to my life!

And that’s it for now! How about you? What were some things you did in September?

-Allison

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5 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing how you balance your busy schedule! And adding the beautiful pictures was definitely a plus! 😉 My September has just been filled with school. I’m close to being done (God-willing I graduate in December!!!) and from now till December, I probably won’t be doing much besides that. Hopefully after December I have quite a list of good things to do!

  2. Awwwwe! Love love LOVE!!! This was so cute. Aaand, I spy a familiar looking kitchen floor:) That WAS good coffee:) My daddy knows how to make it right.

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