Friday, December 31, 2010

our year in photos...

So I have to admit...I love watching all of the countdown shows that are on this time of the year. The Top 10 news stories of the year, the Top 25 songs of the year...It doesn't surprise me. I love reminiscing about life in general. So, to roll in the New Year, I thought I'd make my own list-my Top 12 memories of the year (one for each month):


Keaton turns 6! To celebrate her birthday, we took her and her two best friends to Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Squeakuel, followed by a trip to Dairy Queen. These 3 together are just the best. They crack me up and I can't wait to see them continue to grow up together!


Me and my best friend, Angie. About every 3 months or so, I go to Colorado and we spend a weekend scrapbooking, watching movies, eating, shopping (though mostly scrapbooking). On this particular trip, we decided to take some pictures for a little 'break'. Some of us two, but mostly of her, Rich and their dog Baxter. I cherish these weekends!!!


The Hastings Children Museum. I love this place and so do the girls. My mom and I took the girls for an afternoon of playtime. Love watching their imaginations at work!


Wow. April was a busy month...we went to the zoo in Omaha, celebrated Easter with lots of family, celebrated my birthday...but the photo I picked was from Mallory's birthday party. She turned the big 3 this year! (And is as cute as ever!)


Love her or hate her, I am still proud of the fact that on May 1st, I went to a conference in Kansas City where I got to meet and take a photo with Sarah Palin. I also got to see Fred and Jeri Thompson, JC Watts, Kris Kobach and many others. It was a great experience!


Finally! It is done!!! We had our Open House for our studios! We had been working hard since October of '09, cleaning and renovating to get ready for this day. So fulfilling and so proud!


Celebrating our freedom in this amazing country with my family (extended family too!) was definetely a highlight of July 2010. 4th of July in Blue Hill is always such a great many fun activities and traditional celebrations to enjoy.


Keaton's first day of 1st grade. She was so excited!!!


Mally's first day of Preschool...she was so excited and so ready!
(PS-I could do an entire post on Mally's injuries this particular month...notice her slightly black eye...)


October was blessed with the two cutest little witches in all of the land...8 ) (Don't worry, those aren't marks on your screen, they are itty bitty worts, lol)

See here for my favorite November memories in photos (sorry, my photos are on my other computer!)...


Celebrating Christ's birth (thank you Lord!) and....watching Mally hula hoop. It is seriously the cutest and funniest thing ever. A Christmas present from Aunt Jodi (her godmother). So blessed this Christmas.

Whew! That was harder than I thought...we made so many great memories this year, many that I wanted to include! Soccer games, VBS and school programs, dance recitals, weekend trips, date nights, book club and Bible studies, crops and classes, midterm elections (smile), visits from extended families, holidays....the list could go on and on but rest assured-they are documented. Well. 8 )

Oh-one last photo. One of my absolute faves of this year (yes, I am cheating).

Happy New Year!!!! God bless you in 2011!!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

all about the glitter...

I am really loving glitter right now and I incorporated it into my Christmas decor as much as possible...
This is a 7 Gypsies Tray that I decorated with Christmas papers, black and white photos, Christmas embellishments, and of course...glitter.

I put these glittered covered 'M's around the house. LOVE!

This is a gingerbread house I made-it was actually a kit I purchased from May Flaum. The entire roof is covered with glitter as well as the bottom ledge. Super cute (and a blast to make)!

I decorated this piece with beads and glittery ornaments. (Look here to see the same piece decorated for Halloween) So fun!

Glitter covered sticks placed in vases...this is our dinner table centerpiece.

I bought a bunch of those glittery decorations from WalMart and put them in a vase, making a glitter bouquet of sorts. Glitter heaven!!!

December Daily, Days 15-25

Can you believe that Christmas is over already? It went by waaay too fast! I recently finished my December Daily album...enjoy!

Day 15:
Day 15 is a journaling card on a transparency where I journaled some random memories of each girl (regarding Christmas).

Day 16:
Day 16 is a journaling card plus a chipboard bracket page that is covered with an enlarged photo. The focus of this day was on fun winter accessories. 8 )

Day 17:
Day 17 is a transparency that I adhered double-sided patterned paper to. Following is a divided page protector in which I placed 4 photos. I drove to Colorado on this day to visit a friend for the weekend, so I took some photos on the road and included them.

Day 18 & 19:
I kind of combined these days together since I spent both days scrapbooking with a friend. I used transparency, journaling cards and divided protectors to journal about and include some pics of the weekend.

Day 20:
I drove home on day 20, so I journaled about how great it was to get home and included a photo of the state sign I drove by as I arrived back in my home state.

Day 21:
This day happened to be my 6 year old's last day of school before Christmas vacation, so I put a couple photos of her from that morning back to back on a transparency.

Day 22:
I placed the '22' on a transparency and followed that up with an enelope. Inside is a printed off email that I wanted to include in the album.

Day 23:
This is a chipboard page that I covered with patterned paper. The photos were taken during an annual road trip me and the fam take each year.

Day 24:
Day 24 starts with a numbered journaling block and is followed by a felt bracket page. The front has an enlarged family photo and the back has an envelope that has some small prints of our Christmas eve festivities.

Day 25:
Merry Christmas!!! Here I have 2 different sized chipboard pages with photos. In between is an envelope where I put in journaling spots that recorded what we all got for Christmas.

The back cover:

This book ended up HUGE, but oh how I love it so! So many great memories documented in it...I am sure I will be doing it again next year!!!