Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe another year is coming to a close!  I'm excited for new experiences with my family, possibilities, the journey ahead, my first full year being 40, things I'm going to learn, and things I'm going to create!!  I'm excited about my photography!  I'm excited that I will be learning to say NO!  I don't like to make resolutions, since it's hard for me to keep them.  I like to make goals instead. 

In 2013, I want to devote my full attention to my kids, and spend less time on orders.  I have been thinking long and hard in deciding whether to give up my little girly business.  That, I must decide on.  I love creating, and love the colors, the sparkles, the glitter, the glue, the excitement of making pretties for other people.  But, my customers will never know the sacrifices that my kids have made so I can get their orders to them. The trips to Hobby Lobby, Michael's, the shipping store several times a week after school, the late nights, the movie nights that I have missed so I can meet deadlines, the times when I'm not all there when they talk to me, and the mess in my kitchen where I work.   This stay-at-home mom enjoys a little extra money, but it really isn't worth it all knowing how much time I miss with them!!  I'm ready to do pretties again for my own girly and me!!  We're always last.

I want to date my honey again, once a month, at least!  Also, I want to spend more time with my parents.  Life gets crazy with all our weekly activities with the kids, then sports on the weekends, and birthday parties.  I want to make them a priority too!  We recently saw Parental Guidance and it tugged at my heartstrings when Billy Crystal's character mentioned to his daughter that she went away to college and stopped coming home, then she got married and came home even less, then had her own family and never came home.  It made me sad!  I want to be sure to make it a point to drive 15 minutes to go bring them dinner and spend more time with them. 

I also am pumped about diving into Photoshop, and can't wait to play around with my
Oh So Posh Photography actions that my mom and sister gifted me for Christmas.  I plan on making photo books instead of keeping all my thousands of pictures on my laptop.  There are so many home projects I want to do, but better take advantage before baseball season starts.  And, I'm planning on random acts of kindness more often. 

It's time to start with a fresh, clean slate!  Good bye 2012!  I'm looking forward to a brand new year!  Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one, Happy New Year!!!  Hello 2013!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Yay!! I just finished our Christmas card for this year!   I haven't done cards for three years, so I'm a little excited. Yes, I waited too long again, so my friends and family probably won't get them until after Christmas. These are just shots from my cell phone. I waited too long to get the photographer's pics. There's always next year!!

Stationery card
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