Monday, July 28, 2014

3 Years!

Guys! Last weekend Jeff and I celebrated our three year anniversary! THREE YEARS!!! That's a long time! I feel really old! I realized that my four year old baby brother in NC doesn't even remember a time when Jeff and I weren't together! Isn't that crazy!?!? Let me tell you, it has been amazing three years. Don't get me wrong. We had some rough spots in the beginning. But we've stuck together and I am SO glad we did! So now let me tell you how we celebrated!

Jeff knew I had to work from 8-12 on Friday which was our actual anniversary. (also this is the first time we've seen each other on our anniversary. Last year he was at field training and the year before I was working at a camp secluded in the mountains.) So he told me he would be at my apartment around 12:30ish and knew I would just want to pass out and nap because I had a lot of late night shifts at Outback and a lot of early mornings that made for a long week. (I had been picking up extra shifts every week to get his anniversary gift for over like a month now and all the extra hours were starting to wear on me.) So he said he would come over and he'd just put the TV on and I could nap. But what actually happened is that boy left his home around 4:30 in the morning (He's back at his family home for the summer and that's about 2.5 hours from where I live.) so that he could bring me coffee before work and drive me to work! It was like the most adorable thing in the world! It was like 7:15am and he knocked on my door and I was like "what the heck?! Who would be here this early!?" And I opened the door and hes standing there with Starbucks in hand! He's totally a keeper! Then he drove me to work and while I was at work he got the AC in my car fixed as an anniversary gift! It was the greatest gift ever! I live in Charleston guys. It's humid and hot everyday in the summer. I love it here but AC in my car has been missed. Especially since I drive so much for work. It was amazing. He picked me up from work and was waiting for me outside and he goes "I can't figure out a way to wrap your present." And I was all like okay! And then I got in the car and just like stopped. "Is that cold air I feel?!?!" and he just smiled real big and said "see why I couldn't wrap it?!?!" Then we just sat there enjoying the cold air for a couple minutes before driving off to get Sushi on base for lunch and the heading to the beach for a wonderful sea side nap! The we stopped at kickin chickin for dinner. We had an awesome waitress, btw! Then we went home and we watched the first Harry Potter movie. It was the first time I had seen it! Really awesome!

The next day Jeff still had plans up his sleeve! He drove us to Beaufort SC for the waterfront festival! We had a blast walking around all the little vendor stands and little shops and there was a really great little independent coffee shop that had awesome cookies and lattes! We got to see a really cool air show too right over the water with really awesome old planes doing terrifying tricks in the air that made me scared to watch! hehe! There was also a cool Coast Guard thing where they showed us a mock rescue. That was neat to see. My dad was in the Coast Guard so I was sending him pics while we watched. Then we went home and chilled until we went to dinner at Caraba's. (Outback employees get a discount there! oh yea! Good times!)

Then on Sunday we went to church and then ran errands! We got our friends whose wedding we'll be attending in the next couple weeks a wedding gift and grocery shopped and I cooked us a yummy Chinese dinner and we packed for a week of camp! I can't imagine a better weekend or anyone I would have rather spent it with! It was awesome! I am so blessed to have this guy in my life for the past three years! We also are both into music and we spent time playing worship songs on my keyboard and having our own little worship session. That was really cool and really fun!






And now I think it's time for a collection of pictures of us over the years! Going from oldest to most recent! Look at us three years ago! We were just little babies! How cute!!!


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Yeah. We're adorable! hehe! I think I like that kid. ;)

Any big milestones in your life lately? Or something super sweet someone has done for you? I'd love to read your stories in the comments!

~Caitlin

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summer Camp and Internship Update

My internship at Seacoast church is coming to a close. I am absolutely heartbroken about this. I have grown to absolutely love what I do there and I love the kids and I love helping with their events and working with the people that I work with! Everything about that internship has been amazing! If I was going to have extra time this fall I would ask them about continuing the internship through the school year! But I am already going to have a very tight schedule this fall with 3 jobs and 18 credit hours in school. Sadly I will be unable to continue my internship with them. I only have like a week and a half left!!!! It's killing me!!!! My last day is going to feel terrible! I mean don't get me wrong, I'll still be one of their volunteers. But that takes me out of getting to help plan stuff and help with the behind the scenes stuff! I'll still have my kids though! I'll still be leading a small group! And a couple students this week that are too old for my small group have asked me to be their mentor and meet with them regularly to hold them accountable to the goals or decisions they made at camp. So I will most certainly still be involved. It just wont be the same and that makes me so sad. But enough with the sad! Let's talk about something awesome like how amazing Summer Camp was this week!

But let me tell you a little bit about the awesomeness that went down at Custom Summer Camp! It was an amazing week with over 500 campers at a camp that was put on my Seacoast church specifically for the youth from all the Seacoast campuses! Talk about taking Custom seriously! It was great! (To view some of the cool videos from camp click here)

In case you don't know this about me. My passion is for camp. Camp was huge to me when I was growing up on so many levels! It's such a unique way to be independent as a student and to encounter God in a way that isn't feasible at home. I truly believe that God having Jesus, Moses, Paul, John the Baptist, David, and others taking time away to live in the wilderness or some of those mentioned were outcasts or Davids time in pastures with the sheep, all of them had time away from the rest of the world where God could pour into them without distractions and to prepare them for the great things to come. And I believe that is a model camp should strive to mimic. I believe camp is to be that time away from distractions so you can spend time with God and your heart can be prepared for the great things he has planned for you so then when you get home you are ready to put things into action! Also for a lot of students who have more difficult family lives or have things going on in their lives that they just need a good break from camp can be an amazing conduit of healing and rest!

I've been involved with a lot of camps with different churches or organizations. It's what I love! The reason my major is Student Ministry is to prepare me to work as a camp director and hopefully to one day own my very own summer camp! Like that's seriously how much I love it. In case you aren't catching on. I love camp. Like it's up there with my love for Jesus and coffee and Jeff! (Obviously Jesus comes first! But Jeff, Coffee, and Camp are pretty much tied for second.)

Custom summer camp was amazing. So many kids were changed this week and healing happened and games were played and it was amazing. I had some amazing girl campers and got to know students who I never would have met otherwise! In that time I built some pretty strong relationships with some students I didn't even know last week that now they want me to be a mentor to them! Like it's really cool how camp has a way of building close relationships really fast! I fell in love with each and every one of these campers! I am already ready to do camp over. I think it's time for Custom Summer Camp part 2! ;) Okay. Maybe most of the other staff isn't feeling the same way right now. hehe! I guess I can wait until next year.

I also was super impressed with the camp staff. Like those that were there to work but not as counselors. They were all supper amazing and helpful no matter what situations arose! It was awesome! I was so blessed by the supportive camp staff this week!

Plus we had some really great activities! Like the color war! hehe! It was awesome! 


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All in all the week was amazing and Jeff was also a counselor there and so it was soooo cool to see him working with his kids and getting involved in all the actives and such that camp brings! It was just really cool. We've worked at one camp before where I was a counselor and he was on the tech team but this was the first time we were both working in the same area. It was really neat. He's amazingly supportive of my crazy passion for camp! I'm so glad he was there even though we couldn't spend much time together! But of course the mantra of "camp is for the campers" is ingrained in my head at this point. So my whole focus during a camp week is my kids. So its not like we we're together much. Besides. NO PURPLE! hehe! Which I think even holding hands is purple. I guess the definition of purple changes by what age group of campers you ask. hehe! The 6th graders would probably tell you that just talking to someone of the opposite sex is purple. High schoolers....I'm not even sure I want to know how far they would think is okay before calling it purple. This is why I work with middle schoolers most often. hehe! Just kidding! Our high schoolers are awesome!

Goodness gracious I can not wait until Custom Summer Camp 2015!!!!

Did you go to camp as a kid? Do you have a favorite camp memory?

~Caitlin

Monday, June 9, 2014

6th Grade Ice Cream Party!

So this weekend at my church we had an ice cream party for all of our rising 6th graders to welcome them to our youth group! I was in charge of the food and decorations! I was given the project of making an ugly youth trailer look good! What a project that was! But I think it turned out great! Check out these pictures!






I loved this project! It was amazing and so much fun! We ended up having more students than expected. Close to 50 spread out over 4 services. But it was amazing and went off without a hitch! And I was under budget for food and decorations! Like what?! My greatest accomplishment thus far!

Any decorating projects that you've done recently that you'd like to share?



Also: This is my friend Taylor holding the cutest baby in the world! I just had to add this pic because look how adorable it is!


Anyway! Have a wonderful day!

~Caitlin

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Our Mountain Camping Trip

So earlier this semester J, his sister, and I went on a camping trip to Asheville, NC! I absolutely adore the mountains, hiking, and camping! It's pretty much all I ever want to be doing! I would drop everything for a trip to the mountains! And this trip was amazing! It was so much fun! And so now I am going to share some of the pics and reminisce of that wonderful trip!
















Are you a mountain or a beach person? And why?

~Caitlin

Saturday, May 31, 2014

My internship is the bomb

So as you may or may not know, I work at my church as an intern for their student ministry. Thursday was my busiest day thus far. And it was still freaking awesome! I got to go tour a county park and start working with them to rent one of their facilities for an event! Super exciting!!!! Also started working out an agenda for one of our summer events!




And of course a trip to Starbucks for the office. They spelled my name wrong again. Typical. There are way too many ways to spell Caitlin.





It was an extremely productive and fun day! A lot of plans getting put into play or solidified. It'll be awesome! I seriously have the coolest job ever! 

So this post was mostly me going on about how I love what I do. And I really do. Like I toured a park and came up with fun kids games. Like there is no cooler job.

What has been your favorite job so far? What did you love about it?

~Caitlin

Friday, May 30, 2014

Money App!

So as y'all may have read yesterday, (here) I am trying to really watch my spending this summer. So I've been looking for a good app to track my spending. Between working all three jobs, the largest portion of my income is cash. And I don't have time to go to the bank after every shift to use my bank statement as a valid way of monitoring. But! Yesterday I found this app! It's called "spending" and it's free! And it's so simple and easy to use!





I'm able to import both my income from cheques and cash super easily!

And I can track everything I've spent by category! Also super easy!



I freaking love this app! I think it's gonna be super helpful this summer!

Do you guys have any awesome tools for pinching pennies? What has worked and hasn't worked? What have you cut back on?

~Caitlin

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thankful Thursday


10 Things I'm particularly thankful for this week:

1) I have three jobs I love! Work is so much easier when you love what you're doing. And even though all three jobs are incredibly different. They all have fantastic aspects that I enjoy!

2) I got to see my boyfriend, and his big sister (who's a good friend of mine!) and her boyfriend, on Monday! It was great! We went to the beach and hung out downtown for a while! I love getting to hang out with them and seeing my boy was wonderful!

3) I found a new source for finding new blogs to follow! :) That's been awesome! (Just click here for the link!)

4) I have plans to see my baby sister!!!!! She's gonna come visit me mid June and I'm taking her to tour a college in GA! It's gonna be great!

5) I got a tan at the beach on Monday! (Hey! It's the little things!)

6) We have free coffee at my morning job. Also another simple small thing. But it's still fantastic! Because most mornings I don't want to get up early enough to make coffee before I come into work. Having free coffee is great! (plus it saves me from spending my money at Starbucks on the way in.)

7) The dress I'm wearing right now has pockets!!!!

8) My co-worker left me a rubber band ball on my desk yesterday!!!! I now have a rubber band ball! How cool is that! (Anyone remembering the staples commercial? no. okay. just me.)

9) This afternoon for work I get to go tour a water park! Ugh! Such a hard job! ;-P haha! It's gonna be great!

10) I have amazing followers of my blog! You guys are great! I didn't think that anyone would read my blog when I started to write on it again! But y'all do! You're awesome! Thank you! (If you're a blogger feel free to leave your blog in the comments and I'll go check it out!)


What are 10 things you're thankful for today?

~Caitlin