Thursday, December 31, 2009
Basically, you choose one word that you are going to focus on for the year. My word last year was appreciate. I truly feel like I stuck to my word. Doing the Project 365 definitely helped me along the way. I appreciated the little day to day things we do as a family. I also appreciated how fast time goes by and to savor all the little moments and things Andrew does because I know all too soon it will change.
This year my word is **INSPIRED**. I am so often inspired by those around me whether they are other moms, photographers,crafters, etc. There is inspiration everywhere. I want to be inspired to do and be better in 2010. I'm not saying I'm not happy. I'm just saying there is always room to grow and learn. I recently sent out a quote to my family and I'll post here.
"There are people who live 70 years and there are those who live the same year 70 times."
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Andrew asked to be spiderman and she did an awesome job and then she made him a spiderman balloon. How cool is that?? She was also making princess balloons and butterfly wings the kids actually wore. It was incredible!
Checkout out the front door to see if the reindeer like his carrots and food. They must have been hungry because ALL the carrots were gone!
Here are some pictures of the opening present frenzy. I love his facial expressions!!
And just like that it's over and the mess is all that is left. (Lanette this photo is for you. I hear you think I have a maid! HAHA that is funny. Oh, I wish. Boy do I wish.)
Sunday, December 27, 2009
It snowed all day on Wednesday and we woke up on Christmas Eve to beautiful sparkling snow. The sun was out and it really looked like a winter wonderland.
We spent all morning baking and cooking. Then we headed off to church for the family program at 1:30 p.m. The program was great and really geared towards children. After church, we had friends and family at our house and had an absolutely wonderful time visiting. The kids played in dress up clothes and had a blast.
See below for the rest of the story....
Andrew didn't even finish the book. He said he wanted to hurry up and act like he was dead (it's in the book) so Santa would come and leave him presents. Then he reassured us he wouldn't look out the window or get out of bed to take a peek at Santa. I love Christmas Eve with a 5 year old. I know a day will come when he doesn't believe so I'm savoring every second of this.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
It's supposed to snow off an on for the next three days. So, yes we are going to have a white Christmas this year. Woo-hoo!!!
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope you are able to enjoy this magical time with your family/children. The excitement for Santa is building in our house and I can hardly wait to see Andrew climb down the stairs in the morning to see what Santa has left him. It really is the most wondeful time of the year. :-) (Yes, it's corny but I couldn't hold back!)
Here are more pics of your winter wonderland...
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I found this cool technique I just *had* to try. At first I saw this lens and an adapter than created this look by Lensbaby and I really wanted it. However, I've spent enough on photography this year and don't need any more write offs. (Translation: I've spent enough on Christmas and have already received my BIG gift from my hubby so it wasn't going to happen.) So, I stumbled upon this tutorial and made my own in a matter of minutes for free! If you have a lens with a small aperture. I used a 50mm F1.8. For the money this a nice lens and I would recommend it for anyone out there wanting to take some nice portrait shots and who wants to do this neat technique! I would love of course to have the50mm L glass but $90 compared to $1500 hmmmm... see above re: not needing any more write offs.