December 31, 2012

Story of My Life in 2012: the highlight/lowlight reel


Ahh, the very last day of 2012.  What to say about this year? So many things. The archives of my blog say it best, I suppose, which is why I compiled a few highlight/lowlight posts from each month of the past year. It was really interesting to start in January and make my way right up 'til now. So much happened, and in the context of this blog, so much changed! It actually makes me gag a little to see how I used to edit my photos, though I suspect that, one year from today, I will say that very same thing about the way I do them now.  Such is life... always learning, always changing.

If you're a new reader, today's post might be a fun way to catch up on some of the highlights of the last year, or if you've been around a while, maybe you'll skim for posts you could have missed. So without further ado, here is my 2012 at a glance... :)


JANUARY

"Ask Matthew" questions answered part 1 and part 2.



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Gracie and Cooper's love story (hint: it's not really a love story. It turns out they're brother and sister, and I didn't know it until they were four years old!).



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FEBRUARY

Shared our wedding pictures: Getting Ready // Ceremony // Reception // Bride & Groom shots



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Something pretty major happened in my life... 



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MARCH

Spring at the ranch... and a heavy heart for Edd.



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Losing Edd.



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APRIL

My thoughts about the soul and watching someone I love pass away.



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Had a crazy stomach virus... and a reality check.



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MAY

A post in collaboration with Radiant Cosmetics (you'll be hearing more about them from me in the coming month!)



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A fun trip to Fredericksburg! Amoroso Cottage // Day 1 // Day 2



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JUNE

Met my little brother for the first time.



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Went to Harry Potter World!! Part 1 // Part 2



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JULY

The "if you really knew me" post...



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Visited Lake Shasta! Part 1/ Part 2



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AUGUST




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Kitchen nook before and after!



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The "my blog gave me ADD" post.



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SEPTEMBER

How far would you go to please your man?



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OCTOBER

My husband, the (ex) addict.



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My babies turned 7.



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Super fun trip to Virginia, including my first trip to an apple orchard!



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Threw my best friend a black and white themed bridal shower.



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NOVEMBER

The babies and marriage post.



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Matthew had an emergency appendectomy and said some really funny things while high on narcotics.



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DECEMBER

My best friend got married.



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I started a blog for my photography business.




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I turned 26.



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Christmas home tour.



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Christmas 2012.



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If you made it this far, thanks so much for taking a little trip down memory lane with me.  New Year's is such a wonderful time to reflect on the past and look towards the future. I am such a sucker for a brand new year... gives me a great sense of hope and excitement for what's to come. Have fun and be safe tonight!



December 27, 2012

Christmas 2012

Another Christmas come and gone... I know this is the most cliche thing to say, but it really does feel like each holiday season hurries by faster than the last one, and right when I have a moment to sit back and enjoy the spirit of things, it's suddenly over just as quickly as it came.  This year I found myself really looking forward to having children, because I imagine creating a beautiful Christmas for them, complete with traditions unique to our family, will bring the magic flooding back. For example, I think when we have kids, I'd like to make Christmas a full week affair, leading straight up 'til New Year's Day. None of this Christmas-is-suddenly-over-on-the-26th nonsense. There will be more cookie baking, more Christmas movie watching, more acts of Christmas kindness, etc. I'd also like to have my kids write letters to their future selves to tuck away in their stockings for the next year. These letters will include New Year's goals and a thankful list of all the gifts they received in the current year. That way they can open it with their stocking goodies the next Christmas, and remember and reflect. Isn't that kind of a fun idea? Thought maybe some of you with kids old enough might like to try it.

Anyway, enough of my rambling this morning. Here's a few photos of our day! I hope you all had a really wonderful Christmas...

my mom got this for Matthew... he seemed to think it highly applicable to our life.

mom and Norman!

mom clearly enjoying her cupcake :)

Edd... still with us.

Norman feeling very sad about being made to wear a sweater.

the most delicious breakfast casserole evvverrrr.

got any scraps for me...?

Didn't take very many pictures at our second stop of the day (Matthew's side of the family), but here's a couple fun ones!
Matthew's Grandpa... the hat swings back and forth, as you can tell from the blur! Hilarious!

Most meaningful gift of the year. A beautiful canvas print of my little family, from Matthew's parents. Made me happy-cry. :)

Have a great Thursday!

December 24, 2012

merry merry...

mom, this is stupid.

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Hope it's a beautiful holiday for you.  We made chili stew and Christmas cupcakes today (an odd combo, I know), and tonight there will be cuddling and rum-and-eggnog sipping and Christmas movie watching... and if we're feeling really adventurous, we might go look at Christmas lights in our favorite neighborhood downtown.  

Here's a little peek at our Christmas Eve... see you after the holiday! 

peppermint vanilla cupcakes


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