Monthly Archives: December 2010

Our Christmas Letter and Year in Review

Growing up, my mom would often include a letter with updates about each of us so our friends and family we didn’t see very often knew what we were up to.

I loved that tradition, and have sent a letter from John and I with our Christmas cards for the past three years now (we even did one the Christmas before we were engaged!).

I already shared our handmade Christmas cards with you (if you missed it, check it out here), so here’s our Christmas letter update for 2010!

(If for some reason you can’t see the entire image, just click on them to get the full-size version.)

Merry Christmas…err…Boxing Day?

So, I’m a day late with these well wishes, but in some countries, it’s still a holiday, right (not exactly sure what Boxing Day is exactly), but I’ll take the opportunity to say that I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas with your family and friends.

Over the next week, I plan to share all of our Christmas adventures, from decorations to ornaments to gifts to fun traditions, as well as catching up on some 101 in 1001 projects I’ve completed recently.

See you all back here soon!

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 12.12.10

The weekly scavenger hunted hosted by Ashley has been one of the most consistent photo challenges I’ve participated in and is definitely one I am going to continue. I like having 5 things over the course of the week and it’s fun to go through my photos at the end of the week to see how I can make the photos I’ve taken fit the categories (though I admit I sometimes fudge a little and take some photos from a few days before that week…shhh, don’t tell!).

So, here are my finds for this week!

1: Holiday Colors

2: Winter/Holiday Icon

3: Tree

I’m also entering this in the Happy Monday photo challenge of “Bokeh” this week.

4: Quiet(This is the hallway of the school at the church where I work. It’s usually full of students!)

5: Favorite Color (Lime Green)It’s a self-portrait that I actually like! It may be over-edited, but I actually like the way it looks!)

So, that’s it for this week!  For more Scavenger Hunt photos, check out Ramblings and Photos!

 

The Past Two Weeks

I never intended to be away from my blog for two weeks. Time just flew by as I spent some time evaluating what I want this blog to be and how blogging will fit into my life. It was actually kind of nice to not have to worry about sorting and editing photos, writing a blog post, uploading photos, linking to memes, etc. I was able to enjoy the craziness that December has been so far!

You see, for the past two weeks, almost every night, my hubby and I have had somewhere to be in the evening. Wednesdays are our small group Bible study. We started taking Early Childhood Education classes that meet for 3 hours once a week (but we’re taking two classes, so that’s two nights a week). We’ve had a Christmas party, a trip to Disneyland, and of course, church (in the new building!).

Oh, and don’t forget Christmas shopping (DONE! Just waiting on one more thing in the mail and I have 2 or 3 little things to make) and Christmas decorating (DONE!) and Christmas cards (not quite done…hopefully early this week!).

So, what I’ve pretty much decided while being away, is that I’m probably only going to be participating in 1 or 2 photo challenges a week. I didn’t like what my blog has become – post after post of photos that I took just to fulfill an “assignment.” I felt like my creativity was being compromised because I was always looking for something to fit into a particular theme. Photography wasn’t fun anymore. It became one more thing to check off my list. I still love taking photos (though I’m glad my 365 photo challenge is only 20 days from its conclusion), but I want to work more on photographing things because I see something, not because it will fit into a particular category. I’m not saying doing what I’ve been doing is wrong for anyone else, it’s just not right for me.

I want to share my life…all the fun and exciting things that have happened and will happen, as well as the mundane and normal…and my journey on my 101 in 1001 and Mission: Lose Lotsa Weight challenges. Our little family of two also likely has some big changes coming in 2011 and I want this blog to be a place to share and celebrate those changes (for those of you wondering, we’re planning to purchase our first home and are hoping to grow our family, too).

As for the photo challenge I started, Lens Art…it’s on hiatus indefinitely. I would love to continue the challenge, but I just don’t have the time or energy for it right now. I thank all of you who did participate and I loved seeing your photographic artwork!

So, with all that said, I do have a long list of blog posts to catch up on…mostly 101 in 1001 related, but there’s a lot that’s happened in the past month and a half or so that I haven’t posted here yet. I hope to see you all around still, even if it’s just to read about boring ol’ me.