Monday, January 31, 2011

Memory Lane Monday

This week's template for Project 365 had a spot for a favorite old memory and I immediately thought of our trip to France. We actually celebrated New Year's Day in France and listened to the fireworks being shot out of the windows above us in Micah and Becky's apartment complex. I decided to go look at the pictures and hello, Memory Lane Monday. :) My one regret from this trip is that we had a little point and shoot camera, and our pics are terrible. Becky had a film camera back then if you can believe it. Technology has come a long way in 6 years!

Camden looks fairly miserable in all these pics. Jet lag hit him hard, but I promise he was happy part of the time, just not when the camera was out. I'll apologize in advance for all the pictures, but I know my family will love seeing them.

This was on our way out of Geneva - after our 24 hour trip!

Same bridge and looking tired.

The view from Micah and Becky's apartment.

Don't you love all these colors?


The snow was so thick and I remember thinking where are the fences because you could have just walked right off the mountain! We wisely left Camden at home with Uncle Micah while we had our little skiing/mountain adventure.

Don't you love my hat? I've never worn a hat in my life, but it was so stinkin' cold that Brian and I ventured into a French ski shop and bought it all on our own.

Yep, so glad that hat is in all these mountain photos.

Beaufortain - it was seriously blue. They make VERY stinky (and expensive) cheese here.


All of us after church. Attending church and hearing the worship music in French was one of my favorite things.

Camden was COLD most of the time.

We spent a day in Annecy, and it was gorgeous! So many old houses, doorways, pretty windows, and shops. We also ate at a creperie, and it was delicious.


Does this look like a painting or what?


What I wouldn't give to go back just for the photography opportunities!

Our last evening in France, we ate at a fairly fancy restaurant. I remember the chocolate mousse to be out of this world!

On our way home, we had a 6 hour layover in Germany, but they have McDonalds there too. This would be his "cheese" face.

Camden and this little girl (who was headed to Dubai) had so much fun playing together though the bars - we were grouped off and separated by bars down in a holding area. Fun times. And poor Camden did not sleep one wink during our trip home - 24 hours. Seriously.

I've had so much fun looking at these pictures and reliving the memories. The one thought that's run through my head over and over (especially after a particularly difficult morning with Camden today) is how simple and easy life was back then. And I'm not even sure we had the sense to realize it.

I didn't do a good job of keeping track this week; I need to do better.

53. spending the morning with a dear friend and her new baby
54. the beautiful snow
55. the joy of watching Brian, Camden, and Rory have fun in the snow
56. Rory's crazy giggling at the word "foofy"
57. a really fun afternoon with Brian and the kiddos
58. Rory's giddy excitement over her haircut
59. a walk down memory lane with old friends
60. a leisurely Sunday afternoon
61. the ability to start all over again each morning
62. old pictures

Saturday, January 29, 2011

2011 Project 365, Week 4


Friday, January 28, 2011


Rory got a little hair cut yesterday afternoon, and when it was over, she asked the stylist, "But where's the curler?" So Miss Jennifer pulled out the curling iron and "fwipped" her hair. Now, Rory may like playing in the dirt, but if there was ever any doubt that she is also a girly girl, this experience took care of it. She was giddy with excitement over this flip in her hair. I mean, seriously giddy. Take a look. :)





I would have liked to take a little time with these pictures, but we were in the middle of downtown and attracting an audience so 60 seconds was about all I had. Like I said, if there were any doubt, it's gone now. I did not even ask her to pose, this was all her. (And you better believe I'm going to be buying a curling iron to "fwip" her hair on a regular basis.)

We took advantage of a snow day (with snow melting off) and had a little Lunar New Year outing. Lunch, a new library, a cute donut bakery, and a visit with friends. Not exactly a traditional Lunar New Year celebration, but it was a fun family afternoon.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Snow Day Scrapping

Playing catch-up with posting my scrapbook pages.

Lauren Grier/Jenn Barrette: Every Day Moments

Shabby Princess: Sugar Plum Dreams

Amy Wolff/Lauren Reid: Thankful Heart

Lauren Grier: Happy Happy Pengies

Winter Wonderland

Snow in Tennessee usually isn't all that pretty; mostly because it's not enough to even cover the grass. :) But Tuesday night's crazy rain turned to snow. We got 4-5 inches, and it was so pretty!

It was supposed to warm up yesterday, but the weather people were wrong and it stayed cold, which means nothing melted so we stayed home all day, and Brian and Camden are now enjoying Snow Day #8. It was probably our best snow day yet. The kids were sweet together, there was plenty of snow to play in, and we had Snow Cream for snack time. (okay, actually I hate snow cream, but the kids loved it)



We did get out and play for a while. The kids had a blast, although once Rory gets cold, she is READY to go in.


Rory was throwing snowballs and yelling "boo-yah" which completely cracked me up.

Brian got quite a workout hauling the kids around on the sled.

I think Camden might be having fun.

I don't know what look she was going for, but it's what I got when I asked her to look at me.


Snow angels


Once again, pretty sure Camden is having fun.


And Brian set up the tripod and made a small video of their time in the snow.

We're starting out at 22 degrees this morning, but we're supposed to be in the 40's this afternoon so I have a feeling this snow will be gone before tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Reader

I love to read. Seriously love to read. I was one of those kids who would hide a book behind the textbook and read in class. Every trip in the car whether it was 10 minutes or 10 hours long involved a book. My mom and both of my sisters also love to read. When Camden arrived home at 8 months of age, I made it a personal mission to read to him. Over and over and over. Shortly after Camden arrived, Brian went back to school for his education degree and they drove home how important reading to your child was and so Brian read to him (and Brian is not a reader). Until about 6 months ago, being read to was one of Camden's favorite activities. Didn't matter if it were a Star Wars book or one of Rory's silly baby books, he would stop to listen if you would read it.Once he learned to read for himself, I was so excited for him and hoped that he would initiate reading on his own. Didn't happen. Mostly because he's lazy to be honest. :)

But Saturday I found him this. And he finished the book and moved on to the next one. He took it in the car with him when they went grocery shopping Saturday. And kept reading when he got home. I'm hoping this is a trend that will continue because reading is still my favorite past-time!

P.S. Currently on Snow Day #7 in 2011.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mismatch Day

This week is Spirit Week at Camden's school, and he's been so excited. There's not a whole lot you can do for mismatch day if you're a boy, but he did wear a yellow/royal blue short sleeve shirt over a brown/blue long sleeve shirt and two different pair of (baseball) socks. At the last minute, he panicked worrying that no one else would show up wearing mismatched clothing. LOL And, no, his pants aren't this short - he was pulling them up to show off the socks.


And it works out well because Rory wore these tights from Little MissMatched yesterday.


Monday, January 24, 2011

Let's Try This Schedule Thing Again

Brian and Camden both had half day Thursday (because of impending snow) and then a snow day on Friday. Add that to Saturday and it's 2.5 days of cabin fever. After 3 snow days before Christmas break, 2 weeks of Christmas break, 5 snow days last week, Martin Luther King Day, and 1.5 more snow days, I am D.O.N.E. Our house doesn't even know what a schedule is anymore. Maybe some of you are wonderful mothers and can embrace all the freedom, but after a month, I just want a schedule.

Brian had a school project that kept him busy during the snow days and weekend so the kids and I played games, read books, did exercise routines (oh, yes, Camden wanted to do his school exercise routine over and over), etc. Unfortunately, Brian and I had chosen this week to put Camden on a little media fast (no Wii, TV, or DS) in order to help him get back control of his attitude. We did have family movie night Friday and watched The Little Rascals and then I gave in Saturday and let both kids watch Veggie Tales.

Can you hear the sigh of relief from me for this brief 30 minutes?
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Rory watched American Idol with me Thursday night so can you guess what she did all day Friday?
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And this is what she does when we "judge" her as she says "thank you, thank you" over and over again. Humble she is not.
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I made cupcakes and let the kids decorate them completely on their own Friday. The OCD in me was screaming the whole time, but outwardly I remained calm and the kids had a blast. Camden was slightly disappointed I didn't have everything needed to make a Star Wars cupcake complete with a light saber. I thought I was doing pretty well to have pretty cupcake liners, food coloring and 3 different kinds of sprinkles.
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And now we begin a new week with school for both Brian and Camden today, but the chance of sleet/snow every. single. night. this. week. Sigh.

41. Getting back to a schedule (ha! laughing as I reread this one from last Monday morning)
42. Camden's relative good mood
43. Rory's little voice saying, "the after part is the good thing."
44. Psalms 119: 36 - Turn my heart toward your statues and not toward selfish gain.
45. for my very, very part-time job that allowed me to get out of the house and feel like I accomplished something today.
46. for the sound of Camden in the bathroom praying (quite fervently judging by the "please, please, please")that he'd feel better
47. for another snow day
48. for the opportunity to sleep in two days in a row
49. for the sight of Camden reading his first "real" book all on his own and coming back for more
50. for a few hours of peace when Brian volunteered to take the kids and do the grocery shopping
51. for my dear friends who have waited a long time to become parents and received their referral of a beautiful baby boy
52. for finally finishing Family Driven Faith and for the conviction reading it brought