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(Taken at the Massachusetts National Cemetary. They put out over 6000 flags for Memorial Day and it is breathtaking.)

The last few months have been tough. March, April, and May proved to be challenging, exhausting, and stressful. Without question, they have been the most expensive we’ve ever had. I’m just glad that things are settling down. We are finally coming out the other side and it feels good. Times like these make me really grateful for so many things, but one that stands out the most is the relationship that I have with my husband. Believe me – we have our issues. But I’m really glad that when the sh*t hits the fan, that we support each other and are always there to help the other out. We don’t always see eye-to-eye but we are always respectful of one another. It’s easy when you are at your wits end to take it out on the person closest to you, but really, that doesn’t help anything. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish anything these last few months without his help.

We are in a really trying parenting season as well. I struggle with what I can write publicly because when I’m talking about my kids here, they can read it and the Internet is FOREVER. I don’t ever want them to feel like I aired dirty laundry out in the open or that something I said might be embarrassing to them down the road. It’s a hard to find the line between being honest with other parents and oversharing when it comes to my kids.

None of the issues we are having are big ones. In the whole scheme of things, these are not even a blip on the radar of life. But when you are in the thick of it – it feels like so much drama and is emotionally draining. I keep reminding myself that this is only a season. A phase we are in and it is not going to last forever. (Speaking of which, we are OBSESSED with The Goldbergs right now. Thank God the 80s were not forever. I’m so glad that shoulder pads and crimped hair was also just a phase.) I guess what I am trying to say is that everything gets better over time. It doesn’t feel like it when it’s happening, but nothing lasts forever.

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Now that we moved, we are exploring the other side of the town that we never really went to before. It has perfect little gems of spots like the one above. We like to just drive around and see what’s out there. We stumbled onto a cute little neighborhood and ended up finding some beautiful areas to come back to.

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I had a book club get together at my house the other night. It was clean and I thought that it was a good time to take a few iPhone pictures of our new digs to show my grandmother. I figured you might want a peek as well.

If you ever wondered what the inside of base housing looked like, this is it. Our house is actually very nice and well taken care of. We are really happy with our decision to move on base for the year. (These white countertops are giving me a run for my money, thank goodness for Magic Erasers.)

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The view from the living room into the dining area.

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And the dining area into the kitchen. One of my favorite features of this house is the gigantic sliding door to the porch. You can’t really tell from these pictures, but we have beautiful natural light in here.

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MAY GOALS //

Unpack and get rid of the boxes – DONE. We used the same boxes over and over so we didn’t have a ton. But we gave them and the extra packing paper to a family getting ready to do the same, so it was a win-win.

Hang pictures and decorate – DONE. The living areas are finished. I still have some things to do to my office and guest room. But I’m considering the bulk of this finished.

10,000 steps 5 times a week – Didn’t happen. But, I’m far more cognizant of my sleeping and activity levels and I’m working on it.

New photography offer – DONE. I have taken on a few more editing clients this month and so far, it is working out great. I’m really happy to have added it as an offering.

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JUNE GOALS //

– Update the Bree Hester Photography website – I’ve already gotten a head start on this. I did it before I started writing this post.

– Clean up Baked Bree pages and make updates

– Website maintenance for Baked Bree – there are a few little things that need to be fixed that have been sitting on my to-do list for quite some time.

– Organize my closet – It’s a disaster. I pretty much threw everything in it and called it done. It needs to be organized. I did purge it before we moved though.

– New desk for my office

OTHER MONTHLY GOALS //