Tuesday, February 7, 2012

LOAD212 - Day 6 - Christmas Card 2010

The prompt for Lain Ehmann's Layout a Day challenge for Day 6 was: Little Girl Dreams. Or big girl dreams, or your kids' dreams, or the dreams you have with your spouse. Basically what dreams in your life have come true, which ones haven't, etc.

Well, as I showed yesterday, I forced myself to do the daily prompt and didn't love the end product. So, today, instead of racking my brain and coming up with a page that's only so-so, I decided to do a page that's on my never-ending to-do list.

Each year, I scrapbook our family Christmas card and put it into an album. Each page lists info about the Christmas card selection/creation process and details about getting the photo taken. I thought I was two years behind (needing to do 2010, and 2011), but when I grabbed the album, it turns out that I am three years behind. Problem is, I can't find the 2009 card. OOOPS. I'll have to look a little harder.

I completed the 2010 card:

Journaling Reads:

Yep, back to the photo card this year. With an infant in the house bringing the offspring total to four, a full time career, and a husband who travels to Indiana every week for work, convenience is the name of Mom’s Christmas card game.

The theme of this year ‘s card was Joy. Something we all tried to find more of this year in the face of Poppa’s illness.

This photo was taken in the fall shortly after Poppa was diagnosed with brain cancer. We joined Mom’s side of the family for a professional portrait session in October with the knowledge that Poppa wouldn’t be with us much longer.

While the photo session was bittersweet, it was wonderful to spend this time together. Coordinating schedules for three active families, however, was no walk in the park. But, we finally found a date that worked for everyone and got a lot of fabulous pictures taken. With three families at the portrait session, plus the group shot, we were at the studio for quite a while. Fortunately, all eleven of the kids were extremely well behaved. And, luckily, the parents behaved, too.

Afterwards we went to dinner at Outback.

It was nice to have the Christmas cards printed in October. Talk about being ahead of schedule!

The focus this Christmas was definitely on Poppa and Gramma. It made us all understand that the true gift of Christmas is family and the importance of spending and cherishing the time we have together.

Life is short. Live it joyfully.

Some observations about the process and the products used:

  1. Done IS better than perfect.

  2. Looking forward to doing our 2011 card.

  3. Need to find our 2009 card....anybody out there who is an organized hoarder like me still have it?!

  4. Watched Modern Family on Hulu while I did this layout. What a funny show!

  5. DCWV Christmas Stack patterned paper.

  6. On Day 6 of this challenge, I already had to refill BIG RED.

  7. Doing a layout a day is productive, but exhausting.


Kim said...

Love it!

I have your 2009 card if you need it. I do however have it in a book with holes punched in it. It is a picture of the 3 kids with text on the photo with a black boarder.

Let me know.

xxxxx said...

Bittersweet memories...