Friday, December 31, 2010
365 Simple Joys.
I did it!!!!!!!!!!
I have successfully captured a year in my life as a wife, mom, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Birthdays, vacations, tears, sunsets, feet, new life, naps, sickness, laughter, bokeh, snowmen, and chalk drawings. I captured every single day of 2010.
If there is anything that I have learned this year, it is this… life is too precious to let the days go by unnoticed. Every day has significance. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
Before I say good-bye to 2010 (and hello to 2011!), I would like to thank you for your support, encouragement, comments, motivation, and love this year. To my fellow 365'er friends, I have been so inspired by all of you! I feel so very honored to have met so many wonderful people throughout this year.
I am so very blessed.
Happy New Year!
365 Simple Joys joy.
Thinking of doing a 365/52 Project?? I wrote a little article on Clickin' Moms blog that may help you :) HERE.
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Thursday, December 30, 2010
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Sweet home Chicago...
You give us reason to get together with those we love.
You give us reason to stand still and watch the world go by.
You give us reason to marvel.
You give us reason to smile from within.
You give us reason to have love the ones you are with.
You give us reason to celebrate life.
You give us so many reasons to love you... and to call you home (well... kind of :) ).
Sweet home Chicago joy.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
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Monday, December 27, 2010
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Sunday, December 26, 2010
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Saturday, December 25, 2010
Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. I love the lights, the tree, the wrapping paper, the nativity, the smells, the gift giving, the excitement... it is a magical, miraculous time of the year.
As a mom, I especially love experiencing Christmas through my children's eyes.
In fact, I think I may love Christmas as a mom more than I did as a child.
Here are some moments from our Christmas 2010...
Daddy and #3 sharing a special moment.
The baby of them all was determined to eat that candy cane.
He loved playing Santa!
My mom made these pajamas for our kiddos. I love those gifts that are made with love. I also love it when my daughter experiments with lipstick.
It was extra special treat to spend some of the day with my cousin, Sky.
This one makes me smile every time.
And so does this one.
Merry Christmas to all!! I hope you had a wonderful day filled with love and memories that will last a lifetime.
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Friday, December 24, 2010
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Thursday, December 23, 2010
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
My kids had their cousin over for a sleepover last night. They stayed up late, woke up early, and played outside for 2 1/2 hours.
They should all sleep until about noon tomorrow.
Play hard, sleep hard joy.
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I can't remember the last time I made a snowman.
Today, my little man and I made an entire snowman family.
I will always remember making the snowmen on the first day of winter with my first baby.
Snowmen family joy.
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Monday, December 20, 2010
When we were driving around the neighborhoods looking at lights on Saturday night, my oldest kept saying "I wish we had lights on our house".
I know it is a short 5 days before Christmas but I put lights on our house today. My oldest was so excited to help. When we were done I asked him what he thought.
His reply... "Mom, I wish we had colored lights."
At least there are lights on the house.
Lights on the house joy.
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Sunday, December 19, 2010
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Saturday, December 18, 2010
Two years ago, God blessed our lives with not one but TWO precious, healthy, beautiful baby boys. They truly are amazing!
Our family had a wonderful day of celebration! All of their favorites... waffles, playing with cars, reading books, lots of kisses and tickling, pizza for dinner, and driving around town to look at the pretty Christmas lights.
Grant, mommy loves you so very much! Happy 2nd Birthday, my little G man!
Jackson, mommy loves you so very much! Happy 2nd birthday, my little Jack Jack!
Happy 2nd Birthday, Grant and Jackson joy!
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Friday, December 17, 2010
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
My children are now medicated. The toys have been bleached. The hard surfaces have been disinfected. The sheets, blankets, and stuffed animals have been washed in the "sanitize" cycle.
This mom has had it with the sickness. I would like to have a day where I don't have used Kleenex in my pocket and dried boogers on my shirt.
War on sickness joy.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The day started like any birthday should.
Birthday kisses and birthday wishes. Yummy breakfast at a restaurant...just the two of us. A little Christmas shopping.
The birthday ended like birthdays should never end. Child #1 has strep throat. Child #2 thinks he is a jungle gym. Child #3 is crying for no reason on his lap. Child #4 has non-stop boogies. No birthday dinner. New boots don't fit.
And he is still smiling... kind of. I think he deserves a birthday redo.
Happy Birthday, hubby! I know we will look back on this birthday and laugh about it sooner or later. Love you so very much!
Happy Birthday, Hubby joy.
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