January 22, 2010

Photo Friday

I have a few ideas in the works for this blog. One that involves themes for each day to help me stay focused on what I want this blog to be about. I want it to be about our family and the things that are involved with being a part of this family. Including- loving Jesus, homemaking, being a good wife and mother, homeschooling, crafting, playing, and so on. So I'm moving my Monday Recap to Friday and calling it Photo Friday. I have other ideas for Mondays :)

So it's only been a few days, but here are the last few days in photos.

January 18, 2010
Alex walked around like this, giggling, for a good 10 minutes.

January 19, 2010
Alex's nightly bedtime bottle is a habit we're too soft to break.

January 21, 2010
Jenna wrote an email to Papa and looked up all the hard words by herself.

January 22, 2010
Alex starts to show a sense of humor! He could not stop laughing while running around in this.

Hm, a week full of Alex pictures! He was just too darn cute this week I guess! I've noticed today that there is not a single photo of me in my 365 album yet. I'll have to work on remedying that. I am actually pretty good at getting photos of myself... especially when I consider how few photos exist of my mom from my own childhood. She hated having her picture taken and I totally get that. I am lucky because I live in a world of digital cameras now and I can take pictures at really awesome angles that make my face look cute and not all double-chinny and I also have the advantage of deleting any that I don't like and getting to do as many takes as I need without having to worry about the cost of film. So I get it mom, I really do! But anyway, I need to get a photo of me this week to put in the album because the idea of an entire month going by without a single photo of me is pretty sad.

Some days it is really hard to pick just one photo for the day! Some days it is really hard to just GET a photo for the day! You might notice that most of my photos have that yellowish cast that means I took it at night. That is typically the time of day that I remember to pull out my camera, therefore it is usually when I say "Oh crap! I forgot to get a picture today! Quick kids, pretend to be cute." Ha... like they have to pretend ;) The only reason I have kept going is because I keep my Blurb book updated nearly every day. That way I don't get behind and also I get a visual to show me how far I've progressed and how cool the book is going to be. It's a great incentive for me because I'm a very visual person! Just to give you an idea of what I'm doing here is a screen capture of my Blurb book editor:

The book will be sized at 7x7 and will feature one photo per page with the date at the top and a caption (the same one's I share on this blog) underneath.

As you can see it is a very simple, streamlined set up. I did this so that it would be uncluttered, the photos would really stand out and be the focus of the page, and also to save time and make the project as simple and quick for me to put together as possible! I am absolutely loving putting it together, adding to it each day, and picturing the final product in my hand in 2011!

So there you go. And if you haven't been doing the Project 365 please don't consider all hope lost! You can do a project 52 where you do a photo every week. You could do a 365 of your child's first year, your first year of marriage, or really whatever. You don't have to start on January 1st, you know? I attempted this for the year I am 30 and I started out doing really well, but I wanted it to mainly be about me and I wasn't planning to do an album or anything, I just wanted to do it to share on Facebook. I didn't continue with it for very long and I'm hoping that working on this book and chronicling this year with our family will keep me motivated to keep going.

Tomorrow we're supposed to be travelling to our dear friend's wedding but the weather is being fitful and it's looking less and less likely that we'll be able to make it. Right now it's 34 degrees and raining which makes for very dangerous and icy conditions. There is a winter storm warning for the whole weekend. Not only am I very disappointed to miss Anna and Adam's wedding, but I have two little girls who will be very sad to find out they won't be sleeping at Grandma and Grandpa's house. A lot harder to get the kids to understand why the weather keeps them from doing fun things than for our friends to understand why we won't be at the wedding. I have a feeling tomorrow will be wrought with tears. I'll have to try very hard to find fun things to keep our minds occupied.

Make each day count.


  1. fun!! that is going to be a BIG book at the end of the year, huh? you'll love it, i'm sure!
    you messed me up for a minute when i saw that you missed "adam and anna's wedding". lol.

    i had a dream last night that i went to your house and you showed me all around. you were so proud b/c you had been organizing cabinets and everything around the house. alex was napping on some couch cushions that had been put on the floor, and you showed me a quilt you made...you had tried to applique a cookie in the center and it wasn't sticking. you couldn't understand why. lol!!!

  2. Those pictures of Alex are a crack up! What a doll!
    Your dad really liked his e-mail from Jenna. He asked if I got one, and when I told him that I didn't, I could tell he was secretely proud. : )


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