December Views-Day 27: Who wouldn’t wanna?

Well, it is T-minus 1 hour and 46 minutes until 2011, and my kids are running around here like wild banshees, complete with blood-curdling screaming and inexplicable behavior. I, on the other hand, am trying like mad to finish up loose ends and unfinished business for 2010 and I’m not even gonna lie: It SU-UUU-UCKS. Remind me not to do this again next year, okay?

What I definitely do plan to do next year is December Views. I hope y’all enjoyed my little photo catalogue this month.

Sorry I’m not ending on a more cheerful note… but I’m just being honest. Historically, December through February has been a rough time for me, and this year is shaping up to be no exception. My goal this year is to make some much needed changes so that I can enjoy these people more…

…because honestly? I don’t wanna be the kind of mom that sits at my desk and sighs in frustration anymore. I don’t wanna put myself in a situation where I can’t enjoy this to the absolute fullest.

Here is hoping that 2011 brings you fulfillment beyond measure, peace that passes all understanding, and love that overflows your cup. That’s what I’m praying for. Happy New Year, my friends.



December Views-Day 26: Playing Santa

Tomorrow the tree will come down and Santa will be packed away in a box along with all the other ornaments. At 32 years old, I’m pretty sure that this is the oldest ornament we own. I’ve found myself dwelling on this Santa ornament today. We had a good holiday, and I know my girls are going to grow up a lot in 2011. I can’t help but wonder if this if this is the last year that both of my girls fully believe in the magic of Santa.

I’m more than a little nostalgic for their little girl days, and I am sad. It’s cliche, I know, but they grow so fast. In my heart, I feel like I am not making the most of these years. I need to make some really important changes in the way I do life.  Time to get a handle on  the way I choose to spend my time rather than letting the inertia of those habits carry me through my days.

December Views-Day 23: Ears pierced

After about a year and a half of asking, and about six months of her proving she is mature and responsible enough for this privilege, Little Miss G got her ears pierced for Christmas this year. She is pleased, and so am I.

December Views-Day 22: Christmas lights and street lamps.

When I started this year’s December Views, I had intended to use my Canon, but after a few days, I found myself quickly pulling out my phone to capture the images that caught my eye rather than running to grab my camera.  I realized that if I was going to snap pics while conducting the regular business of life, my phone was the only way I was going to get it done.

Maybe not-so-coincidentally, I purchased the Hipstamatic app just as December Views began. I had heard good things about it, but did not intend to use it for 90-95% of the shots. It’s a rather addictive little toy…taking fairly mundane subjects and making them nostalgic and beautiful in unexpected ways. I was growing rather spoiled… And it is so much dang fun to play with!

This shot, however, took my breath away. I was standing in ankle-deep snow, trying to capture my neighbor’s blue and white lights reflecting in the snow. I was not expecting the gorgeous red-tones from the streetlight. The contrast of the blues and reds in the corners makes this one of my top 3 favorite shots I’ve ever taken. I hope you enjoy it too.

December Views-Day 19: Candle glow

Yeah, okay, so I’m playing catch up again… but I’m going to go ahead and give myself credit for having done much better this year than last year. When there is a time lapse such as this, I’ve been trying not to post pictures for a day that preceded when the shot was actually taken… with the exception of this picture. I took this picture on Christmas night. But on 12/22 (the day this post was actually due) I didn’t take any photos. I DID, however, finish giving final exams and did a boat-load of last minute shopping. So, this peaceful image is what I desired, not exactly what I achieved, on that night… but it was all good.