Happy New Year! I love the freshness of a new year and the inevitable reflection time that it instigates. Well, maybe I don't always love the reflection part, but it IS good for me. My third year doing Project 365! You all were so sweet with your comments and I'm thrilled that some more of you are jumping into the project. It is amazing how well you get a feel for someone when you get a glimpse into their lives everyday. Our everyday is not glamorous or all that exciting, but its ours and its wonderful and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I asked my husband if he thought I should bother with 365 for another year and he quickly responded yes! So I guess for the pain that always having a camera brings, the documented-memories trade-off is worth it. Hope the kids agree someday.
I am going to once again link up with Sara, who is hosting yet again. I quit part of the way through last year because I felt bad that I couldn't make it to other people's blogs. I was in over my head with things and just had to make it one of the things I dropped. I will try again this year, Sara! Thanks for all your efforts to host...you've been so faithful!
Every year, like clockwork, I marvel at how long this week between Christmas and New Year's is. When we finally arrive at New Year's Day I'm always amazed that Christmas was just ONE week ago! This week I gave myself some time off and it was so nice. There were at least two days that I stayed in sweats. Nice and slow!
So let's follow up the longest intro with a slew of photos from the week.
Our family left early to beat the snow storm that started in the morning. Towards the end of the day I came across this scene. For all its imperfections, I just love the sub-stories in it, screaming their personalities. Aiden is wearing pink eye shadow and crumbs on his face. Avery is doting on him, dressed from head to toe in her new "cool" clothes. Amanda is...Amanda.
The girls woke up asking to go sledding, excited about our first real snow. So, we did the only logical thing and headed to Pop and Kiki's house.
Amanda woke up with a fever and she was down for the count.
The girls play so well together, I enjoy listening to them in the monitor. They made up a game of memory with old maid cards.
Uncle Nathan surprised us by picking the girls up to take them skating. It'd been two years since they last went and he said they did well. Isn't it beautiful there?
Last night with the tree, so I tried a couple things. The first one just happened and I think its precious, the second one I spent quite a bit of time trying to achieve. Its a start, not quite what I was looking for though and the third is my final attempt at a Christmas picture of the three of them. Hopefully in a year or three I won't remember that it wasn't taken on Christmas. :)
Amanda was up early and wanted to join Trot and I on our walk. It was nice to have the company...sort of. When we got home, the girls helped me put away all the Christmas decorations. Ah...always feels so good to have it gone.
After church we went out to eat...the restaurant was chosen by the kids because they have balloons....cheap marketing! My two handsome boys.link up with Sara and meet the wonderful community there.