Saturday, December 31, 2011

Reflections 2011

My friend Meagan mentioned a 2011 reflections blog post idea, and I had a great time looking through my photos for these 25 memories of 2011.  Here they are!

1. Me! - What are you most proud of accomplishing in 2011?

Becoming a mom of 2!

2. I Love You

3. Still Laughing... - a moment you're still laughing about now...tell us a story.

This is the day we went to the fire station and Will got to sit on the fire trucks and turn on their lights.  He was in heaven.  He wouldn't take off his hat - not even to nap!

4. Winter Wonderland - a picture that reflects Winter.

5. Birthday - share a birthday picture (your own or someone you love).

6. Friends

Will's best friend Armando

Our neighbor Maddie

7. I Was Inspired... - could be a picture of your inspiration (person or thing), or inspired by...

My friend Meagan took this darling picture of Katie when she was 8 days old.  It has always been a favorite.  Meagan inspired me to change lenses and to use more natural light and I have been so pleased by the changes both have made in my images.  Thank you Meagan! 

8. Spring Fever - a picture that reflects Spring.

9. Travel or Vacation - a picture taken on vacation or on a recent travel experience...even if it was only a few miles away.

Seaside - one of my favorite pictures of the year

10. Summer Days - a picture that reflects Summer.

11. A Day In My Life - a picture of a typical day in your life.

12. All Smiles - a picture that makes you smile or of smiling faces.

I love that you can see her dimples here

13. Autumn Harvest - a picture that reflects Autumn/Fall.

14. Family or Home - a picture of your family or a picture that represents family/home for you.

15. Celebrate! - a picture that reflects a celebration.

16. Let's Do It Again... - a picture of something you'd like to do again soon.
We are hoping to make Seaside an annual trip

17. I Miss You - a picture of someone or something you really miss.

Grandpa John - we miss you so much!  I can still feel your hugs and see your smile.  You were exceptional.

18. Beautiful - a picture of someone or something you find beautiful.

19. Dress Up - this might be a picture from Halloween or not...but someone who is all dressed up!
Katie in her party dress

20. Macro - share your favorite macro or close-up image.

21. Holidays - a picture from the Holiday of your choice.

Love this picture - our Christmas card this year.  (Ali Wood Photography)

22. My Favorite - share your favorite picture or memory from 2011.

taken by Angie Weedon.  This is my absolute favorite image of them together!

23. Don't Ever Change - something you love about yourself, someone, or something that you never want to change.

I hope Will always has such a sweet disposition. 

24. Just Because...So There! - share any picture(s) that you really want to share, but doesn't fit in any other category.

25. Hopes and Dreams - share what you hope to come or dream for 2012. Feel free to share an image of your choice.
I hope Will and Katie become great friends.  

I dream of the day Will is potty trained.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


 This has to be one of the best Christmas's we have ever had.  Will is at such a fun age so he got into Santa and all things Christmas this year.  We loved our elf on the shelf Chippy and were sad to see him go, but oh my goodness did Santa come!  Will opened his first gift (Air Force One) and he said "I am so happy!"  That was really what he wanted and he would have been content with that.  It was so fun to see.  He wanted to open up the whole set and all the pieces before he opened up any more presents.  By the time we did the second Christmas with Ahma and Bapa he had the hang of things and knew the drill.  I think he will be sad when the tree comes down and when Christmas season is officially over.  I will be too - it was so fun to have such focused time with the littles and family.

Katie got lots of fun girly things - including her first dollhouse and two new dolls.  I am so excited to enjoy these things with her.  She also got 2 bottom teeth to accompany the one up top.  She is growing up so quickly! 

I can't image how fun it will be when both of them will be as into Christmas as Will was this year!
Christmas Eve Eve Shopping at Janie and Jack

Cheetos with Lovey

Will's fire chief outfit from Aunt Leen and Uncle Chuck

Katie and Andrew

Katie trying to do a no look steal of Will's pizza

Snowman Andrew!  4 months old

Chippy's last night

Setting up Will's new train set

Santa came!

Katie under the tree

Katie and her new carriage

So happy

Will opening his piggy bank

Loading up the bank

Putting together his plane with Granddad

One of his favorites - his new crane truck


Will holding Bapa's hand for Christmas #2

Katie and Ahma

Putting together Katie's first dollhouse

Flying his new helicopter

Helping Bapa put together his airplane

Katie pushing her new doll in her new stroller

Walking with Ahma