Sunday, January 27, 2013

January 8, 2012.
New Day - 
The quiet beauty sun's reflection off the snow made me forget, for a moment, that it was just the day before that I stood in this same place with my camera in hand.  And then, I remembered.  I have this picture.  Why do I feel the need to capture it again?  Why bother?  Because it makes me feel happy, and alive. Because with each new sunset there are opportunities.  A chance to make an ordinary day extraordinary.  That's why.  

January 9, 2013 -
Piggy in the Corner -
She's such a sweet funny girl. 

January 10, 2013
January Thaw -
The field that was blanketed in white only a few days ago is, for now, a soggy muddy mess.  It happens every year; The January thaw is a short reprieve from winter's grip, but it is an illusion.  And like a girl watching a magician performing a trick, the January thaw has me feeling both delighted and unsure.  

January 11, 2013 -
Little Gems -
I found these little gems on an otherwise dark and dreary day.

January 12, 2013 -
Morning Dew -

January 13, 2013 -
Anticipation -
I went shopping with Kenzie to buy myself a new pair of warm winter boots.  What I really wanted was a pair of these.  I didn't buy either.

January 14, 2013 -
Finding Beauty -

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

January 1, 2013 -
Resolves -

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” - Seth Godin

My resolve for 2013 is to design a life that fulfills me.  

January 2, 2013.
Maturing -
I've been looking at him differently lately.  Josh, my boy who has grown up in slow motion is maturing.  Yes,  shoulders have broadened his voice has deepened but the growth that I'm talking about is more that just his physical appearances.  He has taken on more responsibilities, one of those is babysitting his younger brother.  In this role of nurturer I see both the patience and firmness of his father.  I am seeing the man he will become.

January 3, 2013 -
Footsie PJ's -
Trying to keep my feet warm.  Pondering what my future will hold.  

January 4, 2013.
Light - 
My One Little Word for 2013 is Light.

January 5, 2013 -
Snow Tipped -

January 6, 2013.
Back to the Books -
By the look of concentration on The Little Man's face you can tell he spent more time outside in the snow then he did reading.  

January 7, 2013.
Solitude -

Monday, January 7, 2013

December 27 - 31 Wordless

December 27, 2012.
Snow Lines - 

December 28, 2012
Out of Focus -

December 29, 2012.
Treetops -

December 30, 2012.
Play-doh -

December 30, 2012 -

December 31, 2012 -
Dancing In the New Year - 

our photo text to kenzie, wishing her a
happy new year!

Sunday December 16, 2012.
Always loved, Always remembered - 
Through the dome of my umbrella, I watched their family gather to honor them.  The rain seemed to fit.   

Monday December 17, 2012.
Jingle All the Way -

Tuesday December 18, 2012.
Nostalgia -
Christmas has a way of making cheap trinkets into treasures.  This Santa ornament hung on my tree when I was a child and is still one of my favorites.  As I unpacked the boxes of decorations, I realized that many were either crudely hand made or from the dollar store.  These decorations probably never were stylish, and are now worn and faded.  But I can't part with them, because their history is intertwined with my own.

Wednesday December 19, 2012.
Fed Up -
Like my cousin Angela, I hate the word busy.  I've always felt that if you prioritize and organize yourself then you are not busy, but fulfilled.  And then life got busy, and it didn't matter if I prioritized because each item on my to do list is important: working, spending time with my husband, spending time with my kids, helping the kids with their homework, driving someone somewhere, taking time to play, and oh yeah - Christmas shopping, wrapping, baking, tree trimming?  There are only so many hours to get everything done.  So I rush.  I go on auto pilot, and plow through the list.  My life is both busy and barren.  I hate it.  Something has got to change.

Thursday December 20, 2012.
Good Morning - 

Friday December 21, 2012.
Drops of Light - 

Saturday December 22, 2012.
Small - 

December 23, 2012.
Cousins - 
When my husband is in the company of either of his cousins, he is transformed back into his eight year old self.  I love that.  

Christmas Around Here - 2012

Miss Piggy in her favorite spot.

christmas tree bokeh

beer and cookies for santa
annual reading of The Night Before Christmas

i tried to sneak my way into this year's picture - nobody wanted to give up thier spot 

coming down to check out the loot

at least there is no hand in front of her face

josh and charlie with their santa gifts - charlie is getting his back molars, hence the zoolander look. 

happy boy

happy girl

charlie's obviously happy with the gift that josh got him

miss piggy was displeased we were taking away her spot.  she was giving us the cold shoulder. 

after all the gifts were unwrapped, she managed to find a piece of tissue paper to call her own. 

boxing day 2012 - the family grows each year, but the size of my living room doesn't 

not everyone could pull this off - my little brother can though!  he even can make the chewy noise!

Saturday December 8, 2012.
Enough - 

Sunday December 9, 2012.
Trimming the Tree -
While I was at work, John took Kenzie and Charlie to choose our Christmas tree.  John put the lights on, only to discover that there was one faulty blue light bulb.  I have to give my husband credit for his patience.  He tested every. single. blue. light. - all without one swear word.

Monday December 10, 2012.
Ready or Not - 
The landscape of my home is looking more and more like Christmas.  It's a much needed visual reminder that whether I'm ready or not it will arrive.  

Tuesday December 11, 2012.
Snow Self -

Wednesday December 12, 2012.
12/12/12 Wish -
Around the world people held their breath and made their 12/12/12 wish.  My wish wasn't put into words, or even thoughts.  My wish was more a feeling; a feeling of excitement, of giddy-ness and one of pure joy.

Thursday December 13, 2012.
Move -
Each week, I sit on the other side of the glass and watch.  Charlie loves soccer and is pretty good at it.  I mean, he's not the best player on the team, but he is probably having the most fun.  It's a joy to watch him play.

Friday December 14, 2012.
Birthday Boy - 
Mom was beside herself with joy as she hosted her oldest child's first birthday party.  The cake was ice-cream and it read "Happy 1st Birthday Jon!"

Saturday December 15, 2012.
Dreaming - 
Looking inside of Charlie's toy trailer and dreaming of this summer.