2014 christmas bucket list


It’s hard to believe that December is already here! I’ll be the first to admit that I am not Ms. Christmas. Of course I love Christmas and enjoy this time of year, but I always find that I end up so stressed out, between the shopping, decorating and the fact that we usually travel for the holidays. I’ve finally accepted that and this year, while I definitely plan on celebrating and making this month special for my kids, I’m setting realistic expectations and sticking to the few things that I truly enjoy. This month is extra hectic this year, as I’ll be recovering from surgery for a couple weeks as well. Here’s my bucket list for this Christmas season:

  • Decorate: Keeping it simple this year and sticking to the tree and stockings.
  • Make sugar cookies.
  • Watch a few Christmas movies with Decker.
  • Create some type of handprint Christmas gift for the grandparents. (Can’t go wrong with handprints, right?)
  • Visit Snowflake Lane.

As far as documenting the holidays, I won’t be doing an official December Daily album, as that process is just a bit too intense for me. However, I do plan on creating a separate album using the digital pocket system. I purchased the 2014 Traci Reed Pocket Life Collection and the Merry and Bright Mini Kit, which were both on sale for Cyber Monday. I’m also hoping this will give me a jump start on my backlog of Project Life. What’s on your Christmas bucket list?

august 2014 | letters to my children

Dear Kressa,

You are now 3 months old and I can’t believe how quickly time is going! It is so exciting because you are beginning to show little bits and pieces of your personality. You love to smile and one of the best parts of my day is when I go in to get you in the morning and you give me a humongous smile with your cute chubby cheeks. You have also started daycare and seem to be doing great. I can’t wait until you can sit up so that you can start enjoying more toys and being able to see more of what is going on around you.

Your dad and I are still adjusting to life as parents of two. You have definitely made our lives a bit more hectic, but you have also made our family feel whole. You are so very loved and always will be.

Love Always,




Dear Decker,

I always smile inside when I get the inevitable question from people: “So, how does Decker like his little sister?” You have adored Kressa since the day we brought her home. You get so excited whenever you see her and you always exclaim, “Oh, she’s so cuuute!” There has never been even an ounce of jealousy since she has joined our family. You have been such a great big brother!

Lately, you are obsessed with the song, Gangnam Style. You love watching the music video on the iPad and will stand there imitating the dance moves. A few weeks back, you were entertaining Kressa with your amazing dancing. I’m so glad I captured it. You seem to get funnier and funnier by the day and find such joy in life. That makes me so happy.

Love Always,





Please visit Tamryn’s blog to read her letter, and continue through the circle until you get back here.

Letters To My Children is a monthly blog circle project I participate in, along with a group of fabulous mother photographers. You can see more of my letters to my children here.

Linking up with My Memory Art


july 2014 | letters to my children

Dear Decker,

Oh, my rambunctious little boy! I’m lovingly referring to the current stage you’re in as your “threenager years,” meaning that you can be moody and defiant one minute, yet so smart, sweet and inquisitve a minute later. You seem to have neverending amounts of energy, which means that you keep your dad and me on our toes at all times. Even though the age of three has proven itself to be quite challenging for us as parents, we know you are growing up and gaining a sense of independence. Part of us is proud that you challenge us (even though it makes us want to pull our hair out) because it’s a sign that you know how to assert yourself and that you stand up for yourself. As you grow older, I hope this is something we can help cultivate and instill in you.

P.S.: Jumping on the bed is only allowed when I have my camera in hand.

Love forever and always,




Please visit Ashley’s blog to read her letter to her sweet children, and then continue through the circle until you get back here.

Letters To My Children is a monthly blog circle project I participate in, along with a group of fabulous mother photographers. I alternate my letters every other month between my son and daughter. You can see more of my letters to my children here.

2014 project life planning

Now that the new year has come, it’s time for me to get organized and figure out how I am going to keep up with getting all my pictures off my hard drive and into albums. I started using the digital project life scrapbooking system last year and love it. I got sidetracked last year and wasn’t able to keep up with my album, so I have a lot to catch up on for 2013, but I think my new organizational system is going to help me be a lot more efficient!

To keep me organized, I downloaded the Traci Reed 2014 Project Life Planner. It includes weekly sheets where you can record the day’s events, as well as a monthly calendar. Some of the other features I really love are the layout grids on each page, as well as the extra space for to-dos and notes. I still use the Momento App on my phone to record daily happenings, but then I can transfer the notes into the Traci Reed Planner each week, along with the photo filenames to have one comprehensive place for each week’s planning. I also keep a poly folder in the back of the planner where I put things that I either want to scan or insert into their own pocket protector. I mark items in the poly folder with a post-it with the week that it corresponds to and then make a note of items that need to be scanned in the planner.




For 2014, I decided to use the Becky Higgins Honey Edition as my main kit. It’s easier for me if I just stick with one kit for the year. To help me remember what all is in the kit, I print out pdfs of all the elements and then number them so I know which file number they are on my computer. I also do this for all my other elements, such as overlays, quotes, etc. Makes it so much easier to keep everything straight!




I also keep a section in one of my binders for “notes,” which is where I keep track of how to do certain things in Photoshop Elements. I find that I forget things if I take some time off from scrapbooking!

I plan to print 12×12 photobooks through Blurb. I also have a goal of finishing Decker’s baby book before baby #2 gets here in May and I will be using the Project Life Baby Edition for that. I will be busy!

september 2013 / letters to my son

I can’t believe it’s been four months since I last took part in this project…yikes! Here is this month’s installment of my Letters To My Son project, which I am undertaking along with a fabulous group of mother photographers.  Each month, we blog a letter to our sons or daughters (with pictures included, of course) and then link up in a blog circle.  

Dearest D,

I know it’s been awhile since I last wrote one of these letters, but things have been busy the last few months! You are growing so fast. One thing that has emerged in the last few months is your understanding of fear. You’ve recently shown us you are afraid of swimming, loud parrots, and even Sir Topham Hat. (Dad took you to go see Thomas in person and you refused to get a picture with Sir Topham.)

Your fear was also apparent recently when Dad found a little frog outside. When he let it out to free it, you were terrified, but with a little coaxing, you warmed up and ended up petting and holding the frog.

I know fear is a normal part of growing up, but I’m glad your dad and I can be there to give you reassurance and make you feel safe. We will always be here for that!

Love Always,







Now, please visit Carrie’s blog to enjoy her letter and beautiful images.


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