Monday, January 23, 2012


Kyle is playing basketball at Singleton again this year. He is the oldest and biggest kid on the team this year. We like our team and the coaches much better than last year. So far their record is 3-2. Here are some pics from the last two games.

Kyle and Jackson before the game on Saturday, they played each other (we won bragging rights!)

And my pictures are real fuzzy, I hate trying to take pictures in the gym because I can never get my settings right. I can't remember what settings I used here but I know I have my ISO on 1600 (which is the highest it goes). I need a pretty quick shutter speed and no flash but then the photo is too noisy. Suggestions from my knowledgable photography friends? Steve, Amy, Kelley, Abbie...

Friday, January 13, 2012

More photopass

Here are the rest of my fav photopass photos from our last Disney trip in November:

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

favorite photopass

I realized I did not post any of my photopass photos from our November trip. I pre-order the photopass cd which cost me $99. To me it is SO worth it because it means I have pictures of all of us and character photos so I don't have to be so worried about taking pictures and can just enjoy the moment. This trip we had 182 photopass pics and 263 after I edited them (added borders, zoomed in, etc).

In 2010 I took almost 1700 pictures and this last trip I only took about 700. I was much better about watching the parade, watching my kids interact with the characters, etc. instead of being so concerned about getting enough photos of it all. Of course another reason why I didn't get as many pictures is John waits for no one. He and the kids would take off and leave me behind if I stopped to take pictures (which John thinks is stupid). This trip was also slightly shorter than the last.

Anyway back to some of favorite photopass photos:

more to come...

Friday, January 6, 2012

Word for 2012

In 2009 I picked a word for the year (as inspired by Ali Edwards). My word was realize. 2009 was the first year I started Project Life (known then as Project 365). I remembered my word lots that year as I took a picture everyday. I forgot to pick a word in 2010 and in 2011 I picked Direction but really didn't do anything with it other than post it on my blog.

So I have picked my word for 2012. I tossed around several ideas including create, invest, resolve, clarity. But I am going with Cultivate. This word was really inspired by the quote on Becky Higgins blog (the inspiration for Project Life), "Cultivate a good life and record it".

I also signed up for an online class at Big Picture Scrapbooking called One Little Word, taught by Ali Edwards. I downloaded the intro and January stuff today. I will make a trip to Archiver's sometime this weekend to gather some materials. Hopefully this will help my word inspire me all year long and I won't just forget about it like last year.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year to us!

This morning I got up because I had to be at work at 7:30. The power was out. Thank goodness I thought to set the alarm on my phone last night. I heard a knock at the door. That's odd I thought. When I went to look through the peep hole in the door I saw a police car driving off. No big deal, really didn't alarm me, there is a police officer who lives catty cornered to us. So I continued to get ready for work. I went out to warm my car before I left (it was about 32 degrees this morning) and John's car was not in the driveway. I went in, woke him up and told him his car was gone. He leaps out of bed, throws his clothes on and goes outside. I could hear him groaning. So we are just looking at each other like what should we do. He got the phone book out to look up the number for the police (we don't know it) and I went back in our bathroom to finish getting ready. A few minutes later I hear him groaning outside again. I go out and there are two police officers, a tow truck driver, our neighbor and John's car all wrecked up on the tow truck.

The dumb people who took our car had barely turned out of our neighborhood when the hit a pole (reason the power was out). We assume they gunned it to get away and lost control of the vehicle, but who knows. There was another person with them in another car and they apparently took the person from John's car and drove off. The person has to be hurt badly though, I mean you can tell their head hit the windshield.

So now we are dealing with the insurance company. Obviously the car will be totaled or so we assume, so he will have to get something else. What a way to start off the new year. I hope this is not a foreshadowing of how the rest of 2012 is going to shape up.