Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Memories, Dreams and Reflections-2011

Welcome to Memories, Dreams and Reflections 2011. I'm linking up with Ramblings and Photos and hundreds of other bloggers witha look back on 2011. I loved participating in this last year. It's fun to look through all my photo files and see pictures I completely forgot I had even taken.

Here was my MDR from 2010

1. Me


My kids and I when we took our trip to San Diego this past summer.

2. I Love You


I love my husband so much. He is truly an amazing person and I'm very lucky to have him in my life.

3. Still Laughing

This is my all time favorite video from 2011. This was taken just before Easter.

4. Winter Wonderland


I find so few pictures that I like of myself, but here is one just before the kids and my brother went to see santa.

5. Birthday


Parker was terrified when we started singing "Happy Birthday" to him during his party. To this day when we are singing this song at other birthday, he will bury his head in my shoulder. Not sure why he is so afraid of hearing the birthday song.

6. Friends


Love this photo! It is so cute, how they interact at this age.

7. I Was Inspired


I had been dabbling in making Parker's diapers since before he was born, but since I was so new to cloth diapering in general, it was really hard to know if I was making them correctly. Finally, I came up with this pattern. This is the diaper that inspired me to start selling them. Now, I have a somewhat successful home business selling custom cloth diapers, matching shirts and custom outfits.

8. Spring Fever


We are taking pictures and feeding the ducks with my parents at the park on Easter.

9.Travel or Vacation


We took a day trip in March to the San Xavier del Bac mission in Tucson. There are so many photo opportunities here. Lots of gorgeous architecture. It feels like this trip was such a long time ago.

10. Summer Days


Nothing like the beach to cool down on a hot summer day. This was Parker's first time at the beach.

11. A Day In My Life


Working, working away. This is what I do during the day while Parker is napping, or in the middle of the night. I'm starting a large co-op this month and I'm nervous and excited all at once.

12. All Smiles


Nothing brightens up my day more than a smile.

13. Autumn Harvest


14. Family or Home


Taken in October at our friends' wedding rehearsal. Had I not gone through all my photos for this blog post, I would have not remembered we had taken a recent family photo. Not the best quality, but it's still us.

15. Celebrate


Two of our very close friends were married this past October. This picture was taken at their rehearsal dinner.

16. Let's Do It Again


I know it seems a little bit odd, but we had so much fun time participating in the zombie walk this year. Definitely would love to do this again next year.

17. I Miss You


I think it is pretty awesome to say that I love my in laws. They are amazing people. Unfortunately, they live in Idaho so we don't get to see them much. This is a picture of my mother in law with my hubby and Parker. Nolan didn't say it out loud, but I know that he really missed seeing his family for the holidays.

18. Beautiful


My daughter is an amazingly beautiful person, inside and out. I hope she always knows that and never loses who she is.

19. Dress Up


Parker wearing his bunny set this past Easter. Probably the only time I will get away with having him wear this.

20. Macro


My daughter holding a snail, which I find a rare picture as my daughter is not very fond of slimy creatures.

21. Holidays


Happy New Year!

22. One Of My Favorites


I had way too many favorites to choose from, this photo is probably my most recent favorite though.

23. Don't Ever Change


I love the relationship my kids have with each other. Even with the huge age difference they love each other so much. I hope this never changes and that they always realize how important sibling relationships are. I hope they always respect each other and look out for each other.

24. Just Because...So There


Love my Picasso

25. Hopes and Dreams


Sitting back and seeing where 2012 will take us!

In 2011 my resolutions were,

I had planned to take the kids outdoors more, do more activities together. I definitely feel that I achieved that part of it. I had also planned to take more pictures of myself and be less self-conscious. I don't think I fully achieved that one, but it is a work in progress. I have learned A LOT about photography this year and hope to continue to do so this next year.

My "resolutions" for 2012

Most of my resolutions are family based this year and I'm really looking forward to 2012.

1.We decided that we want to take a family vacation camping trip. We have talked about going camping every year and it never happens.

2. We have decided to try to have another baby either the end of this year or Spring 2013!!

3. We are almost out of debt(minus our student loans.) This year we plan to use our income tax refund to pay off any remaining credit card debt. We don't have a lot of credit card debt but, when you live pay check to pay check the little debt you do have feels like a mountain each month when deciding what bills to pay.

4. Finally, 2011 was a rough year financially. We don't want to have another year like that. We are planning to put together a budget and stick to it. It's not that we spend frivolously, but when you have little to start with, every purchase you make has to be carefully thought out.

As far as some more personal resolutions

1. Being more health conscious
2. Taking time for myself
3. Spending more one-on-one time with Nolan. I honestly can't remember the last time we had a "date night" without kiddos.


  1. I am right there with you on your goals for 2012 and living paycheck to paycheck. :) Loved getting to know you through this post!

  2. It looks like you had a great year and it looks like 2012 could be really exciting for you. I hope all your dreams come true.


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