Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in review

2012 was a busy busy year (what year isn't?!) and looking back on these pictures/video makes me a bit tired though they bring a smile to my face as well.  2013 is shaping up to be an even busier year thanks to our new arrival expected around the 4th of july.  but for now, i intend to keep on blogging, documenting, and archiving... hope everyone had a blessed 2012 and that your 2013 is even better!

january: 30 for 30 challenge
february: museum month
march: good-bye winter trip to big bear
april: our new home

may: a 2 yr old

june: "where daddy is?"

july: reptile supershow

Photo: 8.20 today (thinking about these babies and feeling blessed) #photoadayaug #adoption #orphanage #korea #volunteer #myhearthurts
august: orphanage volunteering on my annual korea trip

september: scavenger hunt
october: queen bee
Photo: 11.28 today i'm thankful for my water baby.
november: hawaii surf

december: a new pup, a big announcement and lots of family visiting for the holiday!

Friday, December 21, 2012

fashion friday - ugly sweaters

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

salt dough ornaments

Photo: decorating our salt dough #ornaments
smelling that cinnamon goodness!
here's a quick and easy DIY for the holiday.  whether you still need ornaments for your tree or a gift from your little to someone special, these are a sweet, handmade idea.  we used cinnamon in ours to make them smell nice and colored sharpies to decorate.

Photo: 12.16 something you made #saltdoughornaments #fmsphotoaday
a couple of my ornaments...
2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of water
optional: 5 TBS of cinnamon or whatever spice you like for pretty scent

Mix together the ingredients and knead for a few minutes until you’re working with dough. Use a rolling pin and roll out your dough, cut out your ornaments with cookie cutters, punch a hole in your ornament with a straw or pencil and bake at 325 degrees for an hour. Let your ornaments cool before decorating. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


today is the last time we'll ever have a repeating month/day/year.  there's no particular significance to this fact but it's interesting and therefore special.  this is also my first blog post for december (and the first post i've written in what seems like a very long while).

in case you are wondering what has happened since my last real post, we had a lovely thanksgiving, our garden exploded (as well as a pipe in the yard - they joys of home ownership), we painted and hung our chandelier, i made some gifts and crafts, we took our yearly trip to hawaii, and we just bought and decorated our christmas tree last night.  i have pictures and stories that will fill the blog for the rest of the year but i also have lots of family coming to spend our first christmas in our new home with us so preparing for the holidays means the blog may not be updated as regularly as usual.

we went on vacation shortly after thanksgiving and for once, it was a REAL vacation for me.  i took no work, no laptop, and not even my DSLR camera (because sometimes our hobbies turn into work and i really wanted to focus on relaxing with my family and friends).  of course i still took pics on my phone (as anyone who follows my facebook or instagram can attest to) but for the most part, i relaxed.  no blog updates, no work, no regularly scheduled anything.

you may or may not have noticed that i haven't posted any december pictures of the day.  rest assured, i'm still taking them, i just decided not to be so redundant in posting them here.  if you're interested in seeing any, go to my instagram or facebook and as always, i encourage you to play along!

we've got holiday parties, preschool presentations, birthdays and more happening in the few short days we have left this year.  i know i've been leaving you hanging for a few weeks but i promise to be back with a few fun DIYs, a recipe or two and LOTS of pictures if you can hold out just a bit longer!

Friday, November 30, 2012

11.30 on the wall

Photo: 11.30 on the wall  #kidart #fmsphotoaday
kid art (the one on the left was painted by the dad when he was about the age of his son, whose painting is on the right)

11.30 thankful for...

my ohana, near and far. i'm thankful for the time we get to spend together and all the love we share. i'm thankful for the opportunities and blessings we experience and the ability to share it all. i hope everyone had a wonderful month of thanksgiving and that this upcoming month brings joy!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

11.20 thankful for...

today i'm thankful that when my family went to sleep last night, my biggest concern was what i was going to wear to work today and whether or not the little one was going to sneak into my room early in the morning, not whether or not i was going to be woken up by air raid sirens or worse, a rocket in my window. i'll never forget that sense of dread and i pray for those who are living that reality. if you've never slept in a combat zone, be grateful.

11.20 work/play

Photo: 11.20 work/play (refinishing this brass monstrosity) #fmsphotoaday
refinishing this brass monstrosity

tuesday's treasury - gobble, gobble


'gobble gobble' by whimspirationphoto

happy turkey day!

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