This summer I taught three art camps at Philbrook, which I thoroughly documented right here. During that same time, I taught a night class which was a high level ESL TOEFL prep class (aka, nonstop grammar dissection! Yay!). I found myself with a few weeks off before diving into a very heavy fall semester. I taught four classes, which I hadn't done for many years. It was wonderful and exhausting all at the same time. This year, my confidence with teaching has grown exponentially. That's not to say that I don't have off days or find some situations challenging (I learn something new in every single class I teach!), but I trust myself more and know that I am very competent in my field. It feels good to feel and say that out loud.
First and foremost, my little sister got married in August! !!!!!!!!!!! While she and her husband live in the LA area, they decided to get hitched in Tulsa, which made the whole thing extra special. It was a gorgeous joining of two lives, and it was a joyous celebration. Rio was the ethereal flower girl, I was the bawling matron of honor, and Brent was a handsome groomsman. It was one of the highlights of the year. I also did a lot of sewing for their wedding - ties and pocket squares for the menfolk, clergy stole made from a print of a painting by my mom, and the ring bearer's pillow.
Speaking of weddings, in March, Brent and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary! Talk about in the blink of an eye!
Rio recently turned six, just a few days after I turned thirty-nine. Let's focus on her aging for now. ;) She's such a big kid now! She's in kindergarten now reading and doing math (quite honestly better than I can!), cracking jokes, helping out around the house, and being the most affectionate kid I know. I'm not a hugger, but I'll certainly take her hugs. Hard to believe how time truly has flown. So cliche, so true.
This year, I decided to make a rudimentary sewing To Do list and a Done list. I'm excited to analyze it at the end of the year! Since July, I've made four commissioned quilts that I can't wait to share. Commissions were a huge part of this past year, and I hope to make them even more so for 2019. I sewed again for Philbrook for the holidays, just not 500 trees. Ha! I am VERY excited to share my next upcoming collaboration with them for next year. It's still a secret for now!
(That's a quilted TV cover below!)
In July, I celebrated my 20th High School Reunion! That's a hard one to swallow! I really still feel like I'm about 17 years old, and I'm still incredibly close with so many of my high school friends. It was quite the weekend, and one that took me a few days to recover from. Made that twenty year mark a little easier to belief afterwards. ;)
I'm still actively exercising and eating a vegetarian diet. So thankful for both of those changes. I ran the 5K in the Tulsa Run in October just a few weeks after recovering from walking pneumonia. Not quite as fast as I had hoped, but I did it! I have hit so many yoga goals this year, too! Just this week I did a forearm stand for the first time. What that wha!? Yoga has helped me feel SO strong in SO many ways this year.
In closing, I feel like I've missed sharing so many things. I guess that's what happens when you step away from a space for so long. But I'm back. I've figured out how to log back in again (seriously, that was an issue), and I'm wanting to share bits of my world in long form again. Whenever I find time to go down the rabbit hole of my own blog posts from years past, I'm so grateful that I took time to write those posts, as useless or strange as they may be.