It's my all-time favorite time of the year. The air is cooler, crisp and dry. The leaves are vibrant yellows and deep reds, blanketing the streets and walkways with their cirspy crunch underfoot and I am already thinking of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.
The holiday season.
So much celebration to look forward to, all packed just 2 months time.
I try to do an album every year that celebrates our Christmas traditions and memories. I love Ali Edward's December DailyTM concept but just don't have the time to scrapbook everyday in a month and this year I also wanted to incorporate the entire holiday season. From Thanksgiving to New Years. As little or as much as we are able to decorate and celebrate. They are each a part of the 43 day marathon of family, faith, food and fun. And I have to admit it, in our family, the food is a huge part of the holidays.
So what are your reasons that you celebrate the holiday season?
Since it is a combination of many different holiday celebrations I am going to keep the embellishments more simple and the theme more general and focus on the photos and story. I want to document our traditions, memories and stories from the holiday season.
I have gathered some fun, inspiring items to help document this time of the year....My goal is to get all the items gathered and the foundation (a sort of roadmap for the album) completed before the holidays so I can just print my photos, add my journaling and it is done, but as the saying goes, "The best laid plans....". So at least I know when the temperature starts to dip and I see pumpkins at every doorstep I know it is time to start planning for that album so I can document those moments I want to remember forever and not add to my holiday hustle and bustle.
So whatever your reasons for the Holiday Season are make sure you document them. Afterall, it's your story to tell.
Monthly Roundup | The highlights of our family events over the past month. This is my way of earmarking those moments I want to put down in a scrapbook so I don't forget. Here is the monthly roundup for July 2014.
7/1 - Hiked up to Cecret Lake - 1,500 ft in elevation, 4 miles, saw snow in July!
7/3 - Jake summited a mountain with Uncle Greg, 2,400 ft in elevation
7/4 - Parage and carnival in Sandy, UT. Salt Lake Real Soccer game and fireworks that evening.
7/14 - Karly and Lexi slept in backyard tent - ALL night
7/18 - Chicago to visit Kovochich cousins
7/26 - Adventureland and camping with grandma and grandpa
Drove through: Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming and into UT
Park City, UT
Chicago to see more cousins
Karly | fascinated with rocks still and hanging out with cousin Lexi
Jake | baseball, hanging out with cousin Joel
Katie | hanging out with her cousin Eleni and incessantly talking about paint colors and room design for her new bedroom
Monthly Roundup | The highlights of our family events over the past month. This is my way of earmarking those moments I want to put down in a scrapbook so I don't forget. Here is the monthly roundup for June 2014.
6/3 - Chalk the Walk at the school for Mrs. Monroe
6/4 - Last Day of School, Mrs Monroe's last day as principal
6/6 - Put "First Fridays" on hold - no one wanted to get up at 6am now that it's summer. Headed to Story City for Scandinavian Days...kids stayed at Grandma & Grandpa's for the week
I learned today that Two Peas in a Bucket will be closing very shortly. They've shut down their message boards and all sales are final.
It has been a regular hangout of mine for exactly 13 years now. After I had my first baby I began my love affair with paper and glue and started scrapbooking. That site has been a constant source of inspiration (and enabling) for me. I saw many familiar faces there throughout the years go on to bigger and better things as they made their careers out of the scrapbooking industry.
I will definitely miss the endless inspiration that the Peas provided but I feel the excitement and passion for telling our story will continue on in honor of the sharing community 2peas started.
Monthly Roundup | The highlight of our family events over the past month. This is my way of earmarking those moments I want to put down in a scrapbook so I don't forget. Here is the monthly roundup for May 2014.
I know it's a very low light grainy photo but I love it all the same - Bitty "The Card Shark"
5/6 - Started "First Fridays" - Coffee (for me) and donuts (for the kids) out with mom bright and early before school
5/9 - Dan's Birthday
5/10 - Karly's First Communion
5/11 - Mother's Day - I got to watch almost all of Downton Abbey Season 4
5/17 - Dan helped open up the family cottage in Northern Wisconsin
5/22 - our 15th wedding anniversary
Jake finished 7th grade track
Katie finished her 2nd season of Volleyball a the YMCA