Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Faux Photobooth

{oops! where is christian??}

I really wanted to get some photos of our family on Thanksgiving. We didn't eat our meal until 3:30; and by the time we were finished it was dark outside. I had the pictures in my mind of walking the bike path along Duck Creek and snapping a few shots of us all together, but it was too late {thanks daylight savings!} So we set up the tripod {which had been broken since it's last use} and took a few photos in the kitchen. Not the best lighting, not the best backdrop, but here we are....and I love every one of them!

Thanksgiving Snapshots

{Ella's Ants on a Log
recipe is from the Fancy Nancy Cookbook!}

{Sydnee's Deviled Eggs}

{Aunt Dana's Sweet Potato Pudding}

{Mashed Potatoes}

{Spinach Salad with Maple Syrup Dressing}

{Granny Belle's Rolls}
Putting a Thanksgiving meal together is fun, and by the end when you are trying to have everything come out of the oven, to the table, and still be warm; it can get a little crazy. So I gave the camera to Sydnee and told her to snap a few photos. I think she might have a future in food photography or she was very hungry!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Daily

I have seen this video around the blogosphere the past few days and also wanted to share it with my family. Gather your loved ones and watch....happy thanksgiving!

30 Days of Gratitude

to express gratitude is gracious & honorable

to enact gratitude is generous & noble

but to LIVE with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven

-Thomas S. Monson

I wanted to post this earlier in the month, but of course just didnt have a chance. This has been a wonderful month for us as a family to notice, view, and write words of gratitude everyday.

{inspired by Becky Higgins}

Monday, November 22, 2010

Want, Need, Wear, Read...


Photoshop Elements

Chance by Chanel




PINK Boyfriend Pants/Hoodie


Nook Color

A grown-up girl can have a Christmas dream too...right???

P.S. I have a friend that uses these parameters for buying gifts for her kids...and I also saw a lovely post about it from a 'grown-up' perspective here: The Life and Times of the Beutler Family

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Can't Sleep...

and I still have TC Designs all over my scrap table!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


* We stopped in Des Moines and had a mini-celebration with some of Syd's favorite friends.
{"Why don't we live closer to them, Mom????"}
*Enjoyed CKC Kansas City together. She was right in her element. Loved all the make and takes and had such a creative flair all on her own! She helped me during my classes and everyone wished her a Happy Birthday.
* Introducing her to old friends and new ones....it was a full circle weekend.
*Went to our favorite place to spend her birthday money. One word: Silly Bandz!
*Stayed up late one night creating fun stuff!
*Swimming in the pool {mom too!}
*Celebrating her 9 years as my daughter...just the 2 of us.

I learned how to make this collage in Picnik from The Blog Guidebook . It was so fast and easy! Next catch up post: Halloween!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

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