Friday, December 30, 2011

TOP 10 AND 11 OF 11

I've been seeing all these amazing posts floating around out there of people's top 11 photos of 2011.  I was all set to get on board.   I loved the idea of looking back and selecting a handful of photos from the year to highlight.   However, wanting to do it and actually doing it are two totally different things.  I have been gazing - glassy eyed - at my flickr photostream for days now trying to select my top 11.  This is HARD!   (And clearly, I have wayyyyy to much time on my hands!)

So, I'm just going to commit.  This back and forth could go on for many more days, if I let it!  So here you go...

*****DRUM ROLL PLEASE***** 

The TOP 11 PHOTOS of my KIDS for 2011.  In no particular order:

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[285] 10.12.11

[291] 10.18.11

[353] 12.19.11

And because I'm extra efficient *cough * eh,hem* or because I try to be extra efficient and usually fall flat on my face.  Here are my top 10 photos of 2011 for the next You Capture challenge.
Again, in no particular order:
[226] 08.14.11

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[343] 12.9.11

[164] 06.13.11

[119] 04.29.11

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[274] 10.01.11

[199] 07.18.11

Well there you go!  That was fun.  Mostly.  Except for that painfully hard decision making stuff. 
I can't wait to see what my camera finds in 2012!

HUGS to all and have a WONDERFUL and SAFE New Year!

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INSTA-FRIDAY

It's Friday!  And it is raining.  booo.....  We're due, I suppose.  Sunny and glorious and hovering near 40 is just not gonna last forever here in the Midwest.  We enjoyed it immensely while it lasted, though. 

Here's what my iPad captured (using the insta-gram app, I'm -myboysterouslife) over the past week....  






1.  I really need to find some other photo inspiration.  I find myself photographing straws a lot.   This sounds like something I should be telling a therapist!  LOL
2.  Lemon, Orange, Lime basking in that wonderful sun I was speaking of
3.  Baking
4.  Hubby brought this home
5.  I'm in trouble....
6.  An apple snack.  Gotta squeeze in some nutrition somewhere!
7.  Christmas Eve sunshine.
8.  Christmas Eve sky - what a fantastic night!
9.  Christmas Morning.... a frenzy of playing
10.  And gaming
11.  And guitar jamming
12.  And one of me,  feeling extra PLUMP after eating ALL day!
13.  Chili fixing
14.  A boy and his cat
15.  I'm CURIOUS about this fact... how about you? 

Enjoy your FRIDAY and have a HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEAR!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

CHRISTMAS WAS FULL OF......

I think my husband described it best;  Christmas was FAST AND FURIOUS.
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It was..... full of impatiently asking "Can we open now? Can we open now?? CAN WE OPEN PRESENTS NOW?"
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It was..... full of happy faces!
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.... and LOTS and LOTS of excitement.
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..... paper flying everywhere.  (Seriously, most of my pictures were just blurs!)
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...... SUGAR consumption.  (See my last post.)
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..... frantically unpackaging, unboxing, un-zip-tieing,  assembling - assembling - assembling.  Santa may have been in trouble with Dad for getting some not-so-easy-to-put-together gifts.   Opps.
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...... pure glee!

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..... wishing we had snow.  (Dylan got a cool new sled and Chase, a snowboard.)
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..... lots and lots of gaming. 
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....... guitar jamming.
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....... bullets flying!   (Those guns come with eye protection for GOOD reason!)
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...... injuries.  (Seriously, it only took 2 minutes before we had screaming and crying.)
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....... working on our sharing skills.  (This is Dylan's new Easy Rider.... he had a complete melt-down when we insisted that he let brother try it out.  And then Chase had a complete melt-down when we made him give it back!)
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..... more SUGAR consumption.
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........ SUNSHINE!
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...... trying out the new toys outside.  (On Christmas Day?  In Chicago?  This is crazy!)
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...... tradition.
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..... Christmas pretties.
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.... celebrating with Family.
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.......Good FOOD.  Too much good food!
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.... another round of presents.
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..... kids that couldn't sleep that night.  (I suspect over stimulation from TOO much gaming!)
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...... all things Christmas.  Just as it should be. 

Ours was fantastic.  And I hope yours was too!

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