Monday, December 31, 2012

Recording Life in 2012 ...

Well I purposed to make a final blog post for the year, so here it is. I don't get particularly sentimental about the ending of one year or the beginning of the next; in most ways tomorrow will be no different than any other new day. My biggest challenge will be remembering to write 2013 rather than 2012, and that may take me the better part of January to overcome!

One of my year end projects has been putting together a photo book through My Publisher. For the first 29 years of our marriage I diligently filled photo albums with printed photos that chronicled our day to day life. These albums line our bookshelves and our children, young and old, have always enjoyed pulling them down and browsing through them. Sometimes we want to see how much a grandchild resembles their parent at a particular age, or maybe we're trying to remember when we acquired a certain piece of furniture, or maybe one of the adult kids wants to share some of their childhood with a spouse or special friend! So... the problem...  enter the era of the digital camera. Now all the photos are nicely organized in folders on the computer. Not nearly as gratifying to sit and browse through, especially for the up and coming grand kids that will most certainly want to look at Grandma and Grandpa's ancient history! I know many people create beautiful photo books with their digital photos for every vacation, holiday, birthday, etc., but that is just too overwhelming for me to think of, not to mention very costly. This year I determined that my goal would be, that at the end of each year I would create one album, a family yearbook of sorts, that would highlight some of the events of our year. That way there will continue to be albums to pull off the shelf, a tangible record of our life. You can check with me in a few years and see if I'm keeping up!

That said, I have mostly finished putting together our 2012 family yearbook, so for those of you that may not see the printed version for some time, I thought I would end the year with a few highlights from 2012.

The arrival of Mr. O - our first grandson!
Sharing chocolate cake (shh... don't tell Daddy)
Timothy's big adventure to Boston!
Jessica becomes a regular smiling face in our household =)
We celebrate Dad's 80th birthday, a real milestone considering where he was the year before!
The WHOLE family goes camping, even Melody at 8 1/2 months pregnant.
Four generations!
Prize winning entries at the county fair.
The arrival of Mr. B., a second grandson!
Another trip to Canada.
Ice Skating and coffee in the Warm Puppy Cafe!
Celebrating a double digit birthday with a good friend.
Growing grandbabies!
Another grand baby "in the works"
A reunion with a cousin after 34 years!
Blessings and a Happy New Year to all ~

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Construction Projects ...

 When the family gathered yesterday, one of the activities was decorating graham cracker houses. We had mixed up royal icing and assembled the simple cottages the day before.

It was fun to see everyone's creative details!

Good times and great memories ...

A shake roof for the contractor!

Timothy's, of course, had a cable hook-up!

Becky's had a cute stone patio!

Bob built a very large and structural chimney!

This little guy was happy to eat the graham crackers!

                                                             The finished projects:

Thursday, December 6, 2012

An Early Birthday Gift!

 On Thanksgiving Day my kids surprised me with an early birthday gift ~ a new sewing machine! I have always sewed and have always had a sewing machine. Quite a few years ago my two machines had reached the end of their useful life, but by then both of my oldest daughters had acquired one or more machines of their own, so no worries I still had a machine to use when I needed it (or better yet I had resident seamstresses that could do my sewing for me!). But alas, more than a year ago my last seamstress got married and moved out taking three machines with her so I have been without a sewing machine since then.

I was totally surprised and overwhelmed by their generous gift; and now I am getting familiar with my new machine and planning some projects. When I opened the gift, Naomi, who at ten is just learning to sew, leaned over and whispered with a sparkle in her eye, "Now we can make anything we want, Mom!"

My first project was a simple skirt for Naomi, remade from a skirt of mine that I no longer wore.

Thank you all my dear children!

My first project!