If you are into scrapbooking and haven't been over the Creative Cafe blog, go check it out now. Seriously, awesome stuff. And they are VERY generous with their prizes. I recently won a prize pack of theirs from another site and the box was HEAVY and chock full of fun goodies.
I have to admit that over the past year, I have submitted things for contests that I created for the sake of the contest. I didnt necessarily love the paper or say anything of consequence in the journaling and subsequently when I didn't win the contest, I felt like I was "stuck" with the layout and didn't really care for it.
Not so lately. Even when creating for a certain audience I have remained true to my style and message and so even when I don't win, I still feel like I have created something I am happy with and am happy to save. And that's really what it's all about, right?
Hey, winning every now and again wouldn't be too shabby either.
All my new years resolutions (the ones I was public about and the ones I kept to myself) have not been attended to in the past 2 weeks. I swore up and down last week that come hell or high water I was going to the gym. Then Little Man puked all over his crib during his nap, stayed up all night coughing and finally had to be dragged down to the doctor for his first bout of antibiotics. Fortunately, he is feeling much better, but as a family I don't think we have had all four people healthy since....November! Seriously. The winters are hideous when you live with small people--they are germ magnets.
Anyway, Little Miss has not had to miss any school yet and as a matter of fact I attended her first parent/teacher conference. It was nice to be able to chat with her teacher one on one and hear how wonderful she is while at school. I almost didn't say anything, but I did tell her teacher, "Not that I want her to be a bully or really pushy, but I kind of wish she would take a little bit out on someone besides ME." Oh well, here is one of her school pictures. (Don't worry family--I am going to finally send these out with the christmas thank you cards--re-read that first paragraph if you're wondering why you haven't gotten them yet.)
No, I am not letting you in on my corny new years resolutions, the ones where I resolve to go the gym every day and not ingest any white sugar, the ones that don't even last 24 hours... but I am resolving to try and keep you all updated on our happenings here. I am determined to post here once a week. For those of you whom I don't get to talk to that often, I am hoping that this will help us stay more connected.
You can subscribe to the feed of this blog so you get it in email form whenever I post. Or if you follow other blogs too, I highly recommend Google Reader.
If you sign up for a Google id, you can use the reader option which allows you to input all the addresses of the blogs you read. Then instead of checking each blog individually, you simply sign onto your google account, open the reader and see a list of all the blogs you follow and indications of which blogs have new messages. It is awesome and I am able to check in on tons of various blogs in a few minutes each day.
So without further ado... here are a few priceless pictures from Christmas, which was a blast this year--both kids really got a kick out of the whole present thing and Little Miss is ALL about Santa now.