Cathing my breath and catching up

Every time I think, “I need to post about that!” I never get the chance. My life has been a whirlwind for the past 9 months and it is coming to a close – for at least 2 months. At the end of June I will be done with traveling, visits, trips anything work related until September.

There are so many moments I hope never to forget, so many children that touch my heart. I try very hard to always live in the moment and experience each one. I’m glad I take pictures to document things so I can look back and remember. I am glued to my phone for many reasons, but the real reason? Are those pictures. I need to remember, HAVE to remember.

Pictures that make me remember the beginning. Like being at my parent’s house this weekend and remembering that three years ago the Whatif Monster was just notes and sketches on paper and handmade plushies with lots of ‘character’!

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Meeting my “Number One Fan!!” in New Jersey in January. His Whatif Ears had that written across with many exclamation points. I simply HAD to get a picture with my biggest fan!

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Meeting an awesome kid in February in Maryland. He plays a mean game of ping pong and began to teach me poker with his Grandpa. Then I found out he races cars. Um, how COOL is that? I asked to sponsor his next paint job. And then I asked if I could ‘add a lil’ something.’ He said Yes.  Thanks, Nathan! 😀

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Finding out my visits translate well from a studio in Georgia all the way to Ohio.

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Even to the pinkie promise part!

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Moments that just make me laugh out loud.

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Seeing my Whatif Monster on the shelf next to the Very Hungry Caterpillar??? Pinch me.

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I do adore the signs and art they make and take pictures of them ALL. This one? AMAZING!

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Having photos that parents send me of their children that make me tear up they are so beautiful. Is this not the most gorgeous image? This epitomizes childhood to me. Love this so very, very much. Thank you, Kristine!Image

Walking into libraries to find candid moments that make me grin like an idiot.

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Finding love everywhere….

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Meeting kitty cats named Rose in Seattle.

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Having my hair done in Fort Worth.

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Getting to meet extra special and amazing children whose eyes light up just like any other child’s.

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Meeting a Bearded Dragon in Wisconsin. (Hi Char!)Image

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am so very lucky and grateful to get to live this life.

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What is it YOU want out of these days we get to have and be here? Are you doing it? Are you moving in that direction? You should. You really, really should.

From a run I did after some visits in Savannah on Tybee Island, GA.

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I am going to be taking a rest for about 2 months. But then? Well, there are some surprises I have for the kids in America this fall!

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