Hello December.... I am looking forward to this holiday season. It has been a long time since I have felt this way. I have always loved family time, the twinkle lights, the decorations, and all the festivities that come along with this time of year. For a while it has felt rushed to decorate, then the shopping is all a blur, Christmas dinner and it's over. Today it feels like I can breathe and finally enjoy the season. So I have started my December Daily 2014 mini-album. Yes, another year. I am determined to finish this time around (the whole month). I will post a pic tomorrow of the album and December 1st. I have always loved the creativity of so many that follow this tradition. Ali Edwards is a favorite of mine. It is her tradition that has inspired so many followers to participate.
I made this for my Aunt last year just after my Uncle had passed away. I was looking through some pictures I hadn't developed and came across this great picture. I love this picture of them. She was so happy to get this memento of them. Just wanted to share, it will be a year soon that he has passed. Such a great loss ... Just thinking of him and how he is missed.
Things have been crazy around here since the start of this year. First of all we celebrated the New Year. Then we prepared for my husband's surgery. The date was sooner than we expected. Now it's recovery time and rehab. He is doing a great job. So proud of him. This year will be a year of great beginnings. I just know it. Crafting more and just full of ideas. Who knows maybe I can get a lot done this year. So many things I want to do, try and finish.
Where has the time gone? Really... December already! I am not sure how this has happened. I feel like it was barely Fall and the end of Summer. Way... way to fast. We are just trying to get a handle on being parents to a College student and a high school Freshman. Now the holidays are here. Thanksgiving was great with a ton of food and great company. Celebrating with family has a great way of catching up on current happenings (when you don't see them for awhile). All of the kids have grown and become so mature. I miss our kids being small and so excited for the gatherings. Getting ready for Christmas now. That is a mouth full. So much to be thankful for this year. The year started with some mishaps and a rough but smooth school ending. Summer was good and relaxing. Can't wait to get our tree and put up the decorations. Looking forward to having more time off with our family. Happy December!
It's time once again for the annual Hamner lake trip. Can't wait to relax on the lake and enjoy the sunshine with my family. Soo excited! Alex is finished with her first college summer class and very thankful it is over. Matteo can't wait to get some Wake-boarding in. John and I are looking forward to spending much needed time together with our kids. Hoping to get some Art Journaling in and maybe some jewelry making ( a found hobby). As if I need another hobby. "Oh well, What's a girl to do." I have been really busy trying to get craft stuff organized and now sorting for a local Scrapbook Flea Market. I am going to try to get rid of a bunch. One box at a time.
We have two graduates! Wow what a relief that is ... Now it's over and I can reflect on these wonderful occasions. Our Alex is a high school graduate. A great accomplishment for her and us. We made it. It was so bitter sweet. An our Matteo has been promoted to high school. This is also bitter sweet, but I am feeling a little blue. Now what to do with more time???? I find myself feeling a little jealous of others with small children. I so loved every age that we have been through together. Although I have to say that the teenage years have put a few sparkles in my hair. Well now I have to fill in the time with something... Guess I had better start using more of my scrap and art supplies. The present time feels like a dream. I suppose I will get use to this. Who knows maybe now I will start teaching classes???? We shall see. : )
Looking forward to this New Year 2013! All the amazing possibilities a new year brings. Once again I find myself thinking on a new word for this year and as of yet nothing comes to mind. My word last year was Be and it was very fitting. I feel I have grown from my word and have learned a lot about myself. I will continue to just Be this year and grow with my new chosen word. Still thinking what fits... I will post it went it comes to me.
I am thankful to be healthy, have a family and friends. This Thanksgiving I find myself reflecting on my life. It seems that there is always many things that we take for granted day to day. Really trying to just be grateful and remember the things that mean the most. Not as easy as I wish it to be.
This is my Make and Take for Scrapbook Island today. I love the way the colors and the whole thing came together. The technique I am featuring is the using of Distress Stains and the new Metallic ones. Can't wait to see the turn out. Come by if you are in the neighborhood.