Thursday, January 1, 2015

snapshot: friendsgiving 2014.

I always promise myself that I'll take lots of photos. I charge my camera, I adjust its settings, and I even put the it in a conspicuous place so that I will look at it often and remember to capture moments.

You're looking at two of the only acceptable photos I took on Thanksgiving Friendsgiving Day. 

You can have the best of intentions with cameras, you really can. But sometimes, you're just busy doing other things - like making memories with new friends, and eating delicious food, and playing board games - to stop and pause for the click of the camera. 

And though those reasons are justifiable, I am hoping, in this new year - 2015 - to pick my camera up more often. Because I've found that stopping to capture those moments doesn't detract from the living of them - it only serves to imprint them more firmly in my memory. It lets me carry those memories more concretely around with me - it reminds me to take even more joy. And then it allows me to share them with others, here.

And that is a beautiful thing indeed.

Here's to 2015. Here's to more photos. 

photos | friendsgiving 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

photo diary | home

Today, while I was doing laundry, and walking out of the closet that I share with Justin, it hit me like a ton of bricks: I don't want to leave here.

I don't really ever want to leave this house. True, it's not the craftsman-style dream home that Justin and I have our hearts set on for one day, but right now, it IS home. And home is hard to leave. 

When I was thirteen, we left our Anne Lovelace home. When I was eighteen, I left the Ontario House for a short time, and lived in Ruston, where I left four different homes over the years: Dudley, Barnett Springs, my castle-on-a-hill apartment, and then Creekwood Drive. Then, 609, my apartment with a dear friend on Clyde Fant Parkway in 2010. Then, the Ontario House again in 2012, when I left for North Carolina. Then, our first apartment together in Kinston on Doctors Drive. And most recently, our Wilmington apartment on Bloomfield Lane in July of 2014. It was sad to leave all of them.

And when I was doing chores today, delighting in the mundane while I am on this glorious break from school, I felt it. I felt the I-want-a-forever-home feeling. I want a home that doesn't have an expiration date. I want a home that we buy furniture for, one that we know we will be staying in long-term. I want that home. And I know that it is at least two years away. 

But I don't want to leave this home we're in now. Because Christmas 2014 with my family happened here. Friendsgiving 2014 happened here. I started occupational therapy school here. 

I know that I want to leave, so that we can be closer to family and friends. But, at the same time, I just don't want to leave another home. 

The good news is, I don't have to right now. It will be a while before we pack up our boxes and head somewhere else. And I am going to delight in this home; I am going to relish our days here.

photo | the mantle during christmas

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

photo diary | espresso set

we haven't yet found occasion to pull out this espresso set,
but i hope soon that we will have a joyful reason to sip out of these tiny cups

Monday, September 16, 2013

about sidda snaps.

the camera at work, capturing us in all our touristy goodness in savannah, georgia.

When my parents gifted Justin & me with a DSLR for Christmas 2012, I knew it was going to be the birth of a photo-taking craze for us. And it was. Now, whenever we travel, we are toting our camera around, capturing moments, capturing each other in action, & just generally viewing things in a different way through the lens.

The more photos I took, the more I wanted to share them on my blog; however, I wasn't a fan of how cluttered siddathornton felt when I shared photo posts. I wanted to be able to put up photos whenever I felt the urge, without dealing with the slight anxiety it caused me. (Dramatic, I know.)

So, what can you expect  to find on Sidda Snaps? Well, mainly snapshot posts, chronicling our travels. But I also want to post photo diaries (highly inspired by Afternoons and Coffeespoons). We'll see how this space pans out. All I know, is that I'm excited about it.

As I said before, this isn't the only place you can find me. Please feel free to browse around the entire siddathornton network!

siddathornton | My main blog, housing content of all kinds.
Sidda Writes | A collection of writing, spanning from fiction to lists.
Sidda Wears | A blog focused on nail polish, clothing, & makeup. 

You can also find me on YouTube, under the name siddathornton. A long-time lover of all things YouTube Beauty Community-related, I am currently working to build my channel, which will start out featuring monthly favorites videos, seasonal empties videos, get ready with me videos, tag videos, & the occasional vacation vlog. 

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