Hello, Again, World!

Oh, dear. I seem to have neglected my blog, and my photography profession! I’ll wipe off some of this dust, pull down some of the WordPress cobwebs, and I will fill you all in, for blogging continuity purposes. In 2018 I officially closed the door on Yea Yea Photography. It was a great experience, but I wasn’t feeling purposeful or creative in the field anymore. I wanted to serve my community in a different way, so when we moved from Alaska to Arizona, I stopped marketing, stopped pursuing leads, stopped putting my name in the running for bids. Then I made a decided to return to an arena I once dabbled in during undergrad as a shelver. The library.

After much careful consideration, I filled out my graduate school applications, rounded up some reference letters and sent them in, hoping for the best. After receiving my acceptance letters (yay!) I decided to enroll at the University of Arizona because it was local. I started graduate school in January of 2019, and I graduated in May of 2021. I finished with a 4.0 which was a huge achievement because my undergrad gpa was marred by home-life problems, health issues, and a lot of partying. It felt really good to redeem myself academically! During graduate school I worked in a public library and interned for a semester in the academic library setting. Unsure of which path would open itself up to me post-grad, I tried to keep my options open.

In December 2020, Army orders sent us from Fort Huachuca, Arizona to Fort Hood, TX where we have been living for the past two years. Last year I taught Kindergarten, hoping to pursue the school librarian track. But when the year ended, and I tallied all the years it would take for me to actually certify and qualify to become a school librarian in the state of Texas, then researched the process of transferring school licensing to other states, well our meager time in TX wouldn’t cut it and my heart wasn’t in it.

After the school year ended, a cataloging position opened up at the local city library, and I was lucky enough to apply, interview and receive a job offer. I’ve been cataloging in technical services for a very short amount of time, but I’ve learned so much! Cataloging and Metadata management was easily the most difficult course I took in graduate school, so I was nervous about the prospect of specializing in it, but it’s been going very well. The demands of work in technical services are very different than a public-facing librarian position. Working in TS is a standard M-F, 9-5 type of gig, while your dutiful frontline librarians at your local library pull all kinds of hours to accommodate the public – evenings, weekends, school breaks. I got really lucky to find a position that allows me to still attend soccer practice, and games.

Isaac returned from a 6 month deployment very recently, and we are so glad to have him home. He’s in a command position that I probably can’t talk about because of operational security rules, but I can say that it kept him very busy when he was away, and continues to keep his phone ringing and buzzing throughout the day (and sometimes night) while home. He will continue his work in the military for the long run, and we will just keep adapting to whatever is thrown our way in the process.

Oh, we also got a pug named Bonnie almost two years ago, she’s hilarious.

Looking back at the previous post, it’s surreal to see how quickly time flew, and reading this current blog post, I’m amazed that so much has been accomplished (I also ran two marathons!). On this website, it’s one page to the next, but in that space an entire chapter of our lives transpired. I hope to not let so much life pass by without checking in on this little site of mine (it’s 13 years-old now!).

So, anyway, Hello, again World! My photos will once again start populating this page, and I’ll hopefully bring content to the site 1-3 times per month.

XOXO Crystle



Well, Isaac’s MR340 race was postponed this year. The paddling event, which starts in Kansas City, MO and ends in St. Louis, did not pan out due to high waters from recent flooding. Since the Army does not give much wiggle room for leave dates, our family vacation turned into an Oklahoma City visit, a trip to Austin, TX, a hike in the famous Carlsbad Caverns ending in an immensely spectacular bat show.

We were also able to tack on a night in El Paso at the trendy Indigo hotel before heading home.

In OKC, we spent a day at the Omniplex with my best pal Jax and her awesome squad who are conveniently stationed in nearby Ft. Sill, OK. That museum grows every time we visit, and it would take at least two days to see everything. We ate at Empire slice house, had ice cream at Roxy’s and found a splash pad at McKinley park in the Plaza district where the kids ran off some of their bottomless energy.

We also rode the city’s new trolleys around downtown, ate on the 49th floor of the Devon tower, and got hot and sticky in the Myriad gardens. Oklahoma city is maturing and growing into such an exciting metropolis.

Our visit to Austin included a stay at a downtown hotel where we toured the city by foot. VooDoo donuts has a shop in Austin; munching their creations brought back fond memories of traveling in and around Portland. We rode electric scooters and bikes, went to some great restaurants, including Cooper’s Old Time BBQ Pit, and had fun swimming at a swimming hole at a nearby greenbelt. Definitely check out my instagram stories for that clip – doggie heaven is real, and it is in ATX.

I didn’t want to lug around my 5DMarkiii, so I didn’t take any photos there. The lighting at Carlsbad didn’t allow for photography either, using a tripod down there would just feel silly. I did however document some highlights on instagram. Check those out here: Carlsbad Caverns highlights.

Interestingly enough, no digital devices are allowed at all during the bat flights. No cameras, phones off, and be very quiet. This is a directive taken to prevent the bats from migrating elsewhere, and ending the century long tradition of bat flight shows.

Carlsbad Caverns hosts a bat show nightly during the spring-summer at the amphitheater near the cave entrance. The bats swirl out of the cave counter clockwise, fluttering and chirping about as they flock to find water and food.

Someone broke the rules and documented the event previously, and against better judgment I’m sharing it here for anyone whose curiosity has been piqued.

Overall, a wonderful journey to both familiar and unfamiliar places!

The Playful Pioneers

This summer we’re embarking on new territory!



I gifted Margot the box set to the Little House on the Prairie for her 5th birthday back in March. We read our way through the Little House in the Big Woods, and have gone through half of the Little House on the Prairie. Then I caught wind of a school age curriculum based around the Little House Series called the Playful Pioneers from the Peaceful Press; it expands on the books by using worksheets, crafts, recipes, and bible studies. The concepts from the Little House lifestyle are emphasized with supplemental book recommendations, practical art skills (weaving, natural dyeing etc.) and rounded out with theology lessons.


The curriculum is for early elementary students, and since Margot only begins Kindergarten this fall, we have plenty of time to work through the concepts in the next couple of years. For now, I read the stories aloud and help reinforce the ideas throughout the week.

It’s a loose approach to keeping my kids busy during the day, and to prepare Margot for the upcoming school year. And what a great way to bring scripture into our daily lives!

And for those who love the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder, I highly recommend Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller. It’s a wonderful take on the Little House migration from Caroline’s perspective. Historical fiction at its finest! I uniquely felt the highs and lows of the Pioneer experience while camping at the lake earlier this summer (hello hot days and cold nights). I checked it out from the library, but it’s worth the purchase!


I should also mention our family foray into fiber arts this year. As per my last post, needle felting has become a favorite way to pass the time. We’ve now caught the weave fever. Margot loves working on her mini lap loom, and I’ve gotten around to warping and weaving on my second hand rigid heddle loom.


Eventually I’ll join the Bisbee Fiber Arts Guild so I can work on their giant floor looms, I’ll need to get some more practice in before hand. I’ve also been kept busy with crochet projects. I’ve made a couple of hexa-cardis (see Margot modeling hers above), a Cal Poly Pomona themed afghan for my sister Kelli (she starts school there this fall), and a reading blanket for Margot (below).


Woody is waiting patiently to be the recipient of a fiber arts project by me; so I’ve begun a reading blanket for him using a gradient yarn in the Cupcake line from Lion Brand.

I’ll have to share my sewing projects as well! My Creative Bug subscription has kept me busy; I love the 100 Acts of Sewing patterns and tutorials. Most of that content has already been shared on my instagram page. Check that out for more details: Shirt No. 1 – @thatyeayealife

Happy Solstice, folks, I’ll be sharing more craft projects soon!