new year’s eve

28 Jan

This year we had a quiet night for New Year’s Eve. We had gone out 2 nights in a row the 2 nights¬† before New Year’s. We hung out at my mom’s house with my step-brother and his girlfriend and a couple of friends. We had some drinks, played some games, watched some stupid NYE TV, and took some crazy pictures {which just got crazier and crazier}.

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We always have a ton of fun together. It was nice to just hang out by the wood stove and not have to worry about any crazy NYE plans.

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In these pictures we were trying to pose like Fergie was for her entire hosting job. Did anyone else notice that? Our poses didn’t work out quite as well…

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2012 was not a great year for me and I was looking forward to it being over. I was ready to welcome a new year with some new hope and new goals to look forward too. And I wouldn’t have wanted to ring in midnight with anyone else but my amazing hubby.

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Did anyone do anything super fun for New Year’s or did you also have a kind of quiet night at home?

 

photo friday

25 Jan

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I didn’t take too many pictures this week. It just didn’t happen. I am still doing the 365project and trying to take a picture every day. I need to get better at it.

Happy Friday!! Have a great weekend!

wonderful words

23 Jan

be you don't stop look lovely making ideas happen promise simple things struggle

Happy Wednesday!

books i’m reading

23 Jan

I realized a little while ago that I stopped posting about the books I was reading. I’m not really sure why. I must have not done one and than just forgot and I haven’t done any since September. And I’ve read quite a few books since then.

I’m not going to put the whole description of every book I’ve read since then but I figured I would at least share the ones I’ve read and which ones I’ve liked so if you want to check them out, you can.

pandemonium

This is the second book in the Delirium series. I liked this one but liked Delirium better. I can’t wait for the 3rd one to come out.

matched crossed reached

I read this whole series. I absolutely loved each book. I highly recommend the Matched series. It is right up on my level for the Hunger Games. I wanted to read Reached so badly, I bought it at an airport for more than I probably had to. It was worth it though.

i am number 4

I had seen the movie before I read this book. I enjoyed the book but I didn’t love it.

found sentsabotaged

There are 2 more books in this series I believe, and I have them on my shelf, but I’m not jumping at the chance to read them. I kind of read these in between other books when I didn’t have anything else to read. There are quite a few typos, which really annoys me, and they are a little boring. I can see how younger kids could find them interesting though.

wonder

I absolutely love this book. It is one of my favorites that I’ve ever read. I recommend that everyone read this book. It will be worth your time. Believe me. Please read it! And let me know if you do.

between shades of gray

One of the students in my class was reading this and told me that it was really good so I decided to check it out. It was very interesting and I learned about a time in history that I didn’t really know about, which I liked.

the selection

I liked this book. It is a dystopian book but with more of a love story than some others. It was an interesting way to look at things and I’m kind of interested to read the next one in the series.

son

I loved the Giver when I read it in 7th grade. I also read the other 2 at some point in high school or college and they were pretty good. When I saw that there was a conclusion to the series out, I definitely wanted to check it out. It was written really well and I loved that it brought all 3 of the other books together. Definitely worth a read.

heist society

I just finished this book this afternoon. It was pretty good but not my favorite. I know there are other books in the series and I’m definitely a series reader so I might check them out.

I keep track of everything I read on Shelfari so you can definitely feel free to follow me on there and check out these books if you want any more information on any of them {they are all on my bookshelf if you go to my page}.

Last year I read 42 books so I gave myself a goal of 45 books this year. I’ve read 3 books so far. Hopefully I will be better about posting about the books I’m reading. And if you have any reading suggestions, definitely throw them my way!¬†

I think I’m doing better on this goal so far than on my running goal. We will see how things go.

celebrating christmas

22 Jan

{ok ok ok…I know I keep saying how things are getting crazy and how I’m going to catch up on posting but than I’m not catching up. I feel like I just keep making excuses. I don’t really know what is going on….I feel like my blogging motivation has been pretty low since before Christmas. I’m not sure why but I’m hoping I can get better again starting now. I really appreciate everyone out there who is still reading my blog}

I know this post is late but I want to tell you about our Christmas. It was a pretty quiet day but it was a really great day, better than I thought it would be. I knew Christmas was going to be really hard this year without my grandmother. It definitely was, but I think our family did a great job of just getting together and loving one another.

Dan and I started out the day with stockings. We decided not to do presents because we don’t have a lot of money but thought stockings would be fun. Dan did a great job with my stocking! Lots of yummy things and practical things because that is just who Dan is and I love it.

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We got ready for the day and headed over to my step-grandmother Barbara’s house for some snacks. Some of my step-dad’s siblings were there. We hung out for a bit and had some yummy food.

After that, we went over to my grandfather’s house for the rest of the day.

The house was warm and cozy and felt right for Christmas. For the past few years, we have been doing our family Christmas on a day other than Christmas so that everyone can be there. I’m so glad that we were able to all get together on Christmas this year because I think it made it easier.

We had lots of presents under the tree.

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Our family is definitely a present opening family. As soon as everyone was together, we decided to dive right in to the presents. I was nominated to be Santa so I passed out all of the presents. Our tradition is to do one present at a time so that everyone can see what everyone else is getting. It is my favorite way to open presents.

My mom and I both made Shutterfly books for everyone. She made books of just us 4 cousins with pictures of us throughout the years. I made books of just the 4 of us with DeDe, my grandmother. I think everyone loved both of the books.

When the presents were done, we just spent some time relaxing, listening to Ryan play some songs on the guitar. We also ate some delicious food.

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Julia and I also went through my grandmother’s jewelry so we could decide what we would like to keep and what we didn’t want. It made me sad but felt good to go through some things.

I made my brother and cousin put on their presents so I could get some pictures of them. Yay T-Rex!

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I love spending time with these people. With the exception of Joe, we all live pretty close to each other but I still don’t feel like I see them very often. Life gets so crazy. I wanted to make sure we got some family shots before we all headed home.

Love my little brother. He is one amazing person.

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And of course we had to get some with Bubby.

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For a day I thought was going to be so hard was actually really nice and relaxing. It was a great way to spend Christmas. As much as I miss DeDe, I’m so glad I still get to spend Christmas with these crazy people.

 

wonderful words

18 Jan

I never got around to my wonderful words post this week because my computer was acting crazy. So here it is!

be cheerful believe in your dreams creativity dance in the rain don't think too much fall in love influence the world rethink

Happy Weekend!

photo friday

18 Jan
long pier in the river

long pier in the river

fog over the river

fog over the river

red berries over the water

red berries over the water

i wish there was more color in the winter

i wish there was more color in the winter

foggy field

foggy field

park in the fog

park in the fog

foggy day exploring

foggy day exploring

love this field and tree

love this field and tree

pretty trees covered in snow

pretty trees covered in snow

winter boots

winter boots

snowy adventures with the mister

snowy adventures with the mister

cairn at the beach

cairn at the beach

finally got outside to run because the weather was a little, tiny bit warmer

finally got outside to run because the weather was a little, tiny bit warmer

pretty sunrise on my way to work

pretty sunrise on my way to work

lots of rocks on the beach

lots of rocks on the beach

beautiful sunset over the beach

beautiful sunset over the beach

well thanks Dove. it has been a long week...

well thanks Dove. it has been a long week…

it snowed. then rained. then got cold. my car was completely frozen.

it snowed. then rained. then got cold. my car was completely frozen.

Happy Friday! Things have been so crazy! And yet again, I’m behind in my posting. I have a long weekend so I’m hoping to catch up. We shall see…

I’m also hoping to figure out this whole car situation. Wish me luck!

Have a great weekend!

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