I'm starting a new project. It's one that won't take hours of my time, nor is it one I think I'll fail at doing.

Two months ago, I purchased a new personal assistant/entertainer/camera/running partner/personal trainer/weather man/alarm/library (I just keep thinking of things!). It's called the iPhone 4s. I've loved snapping pictures and taking video with my new device because it's easy, it's always around, and the quality of the images is relatively good.

My new project can be found in this post-- I will combine, at the end of each month, a collage of my instagram photos detailing my life, along with a brief description of each photo. I hope this will appease those of my far-away family members who have insinuated some displeasure at my lack of personal blogging lately. :)

Here's how our December went down, more or less ::

 Dec2011Instagram.jpg
1. Paco, the Portuguese Elf came to our doorstep on Dec. 1st and watched us carefully, reporting to Santa each night on our behavior.  No one can touch Paco, or he'll disappear.  On Dec. 24th, we found him in the Lucky Charms box on the counter.  We think he was picking out all of the marshmallows.
2. The weather is finally cool enough that I have to wear shoes.  Sometimes.
3. Rowan and I took an afternoon during the holidays and had our toenails done... red with white dots (snow) and a star.
4. Rowan dressed herself.  She does this often, but I don't always capture the end product on film.
5. Elias got an award at school for Academic Achievement. 
6. Molly the dog has taken to doing Puppy Yoga.  I have no idea how this pose is physiologically possible, but she does it all the time.  Crazy animal.
7. Maura & Elias enjoyed candycanes.
8. Maura's first candycane.  It ended with her screaming (literally) for more.
9. Rowan, dressed with fairy wings, sparkly shoes and the mandatory helmet, goes for a bike ride on a sunny December day.
10. My folks came to visit!  The kids with my Dad.
11. Nonno gets a hug from Maura.
12. Nonno & Nonna with the three littles.  I hate living so far apart.
13. Crazy hair day at school.  And missing teeth.
14. Rowan the baker.
15. Homemade marshmallows (courtesy of Martha Stewart-- thank you Marci for the tutorial!)
16. My folks gave Rowan my old cassette collection (minus the Bangles & Wilson Phillips... where did those go?) and an old RCA tape player.  She is IN HEAVEN.
17. Elias makes a craft at his school's Christmas party.
18. JT and I rock the ugly sweaters at the Ugly Sweater/White Elephant party.  (The gift I ended up with is a brown t-shirt that says, "I pooped today." with a little star on it.)
19. Watching the Smurfs on the projector.  Lots of lovely, lazy evenings this month.
20. We surprised Elias and I took him to a matinee of Wicked on Hollywood Blvd.  He loves the soundtrack and kept asking to see the movie.  As there is no film of this production, we decided it was time to introduce him to the theater.
21. E & I inside the Pantages Theater.
22. The LA LDS Temple lights. 
23. JT & Rowan on the train.  We bundled up (yes, it was actually chilly one night!) and rode through a small light set-up.  A fun new tradition.
24. Elias, Maura and I on the train with a creepy guy behind.  I never saw him get on, I never saw him get off.  The ghost of the small light set-up??  Hmmm.
25. Can you say, "leftovers"?
26. Santa brought Maura a rocking horse.
27. Santa brought JT a new bowtie.
28. I make pasta.
29. Maura and Peyton, 5 days apart in age, figure out a smartphone.
30. Elias plays the Wii (a gift from Santa)... we have yet to teach him how to play while sitting down.
31. Elias looses another tooth.  Four current holes in his mouth, 2 more loose.  Oy.
32. All the holiday fun finally makes Maura melt down.
33. It was too dark for the camera to focus, and yet it produced my favorite image of the month.  Rowan and the Christmas tree.

I hope you've all had a happy and meaningful Christmas Season!  Happy New Year's Eve eve!

I'm starting a new project. It's one that won't take hours of my time, nor is it one I think I'll fail at doing.

Two months ago, I purchased a new personal assistant/entertainer/camera/running partner/personal trainer/weather man/alarm/library (I just keep thinking of things!). It's called the iPhone 4s. I've loved snapping pictures and taking video with my new device because it's easy, it's always around, and the quality of the images is relatively good.

My new project can be found in this post-- I will combine, at the end of each month, a collage of my instagram photos detailing my life, along with a brief description of each photo. I hope this will appease those of my far-away family members who have insinuated some displeasure at my lack of personal blogging lately. :)

Here's how our December went down, more or less ::

 Dec2011Instagram.jpg
1. Paco, the Portuguese Elf came to our doorstep on Dec. 1st and watched us carefully, reporting to Santa each night on our behavior.  No one can touch Paco, or he'll disappear.  On Dec. 24th, we found him in the Lucky Charms box on the counter.  We think he was picking out all of the marshmallows.
2. The weather is finally cool enough that I have to wear shoes.  Sometimes.
3. Rowan and I took an afternoon during the holidays and had our toenails done... red with white dots (snow) and a star.
4. Rowan dressed herself.  She does this often, but I don't always capture the end product on film.
5. Elias got an award at school for Academic Achievement. 
6. Molly the dog has taken to doing Puppy Yoga.  I have no idea how this pose is physiologically possible, but she does it all the time.  Crazy animal.
7. Maura & Elias enjoyed candycanes.
8. Maura's first candycane.  It ended with her screaming (literally) for more.
9. Rowan, dressed with fairy wings, sparkly shoes and the mandatory helmet, goes for a bike ride on a sunny December day.
10. My folks came to visit!  The kids with my Dad.
11. Nonno gets a hug from Maura.
12. Nonno & Nonna with the three littles.  I hate living so far apart.
13. Crazy hair day at school.  And missing teeth.
14. Rowan the baker.
15. Homemade marshmallows (courtesy of Martha Stewart-- thank you Marci for the tutorial!)
16. My folks gave Rowan my old cassette collection (minus the Bangles & Wilson Phillips... where did those go?) and an old RCA tape player.  She is IN HEAVEN.
17. Elias makes a craft at his school's Christmas party.
18. JT and I rock the ugly sweaters at the Ugly Sweater/White Elephant party.  (The gift I ended up with is a brown t-shirt that says, "I pooped today." with a little star on it.)
19. Watching the Smurfs on the projector.  Lots of lovely, lazy evenings this month.
20. We surprised Elias and I took him to a matinee of Wicked on Hollywood Blvd.  He loves the soundtrack and kept asking to see the movie.  As there is no film of this production, we decided it was time to introduce him to the theater.
21. E & I inside the Pantages Theater.
22. The LA LDS Temple lights. 
23. JT & Rowan on the train.  We bundled up (yes, it was actually chilly one night!) and rode through a small light set-up.  A fun new tradition.
24. Elias, Maura and I on the train with a creepy guy behind.  I never saw him get on, I never saw him get off.  The ghost of the small light set-up??  Hmmm.
25. Can you say, "leftovers"?
26. Santa brought Maura a rocking horse.
27. Santa brought JT a new bowtie.
28. I make pasta.
29. Maura and Peyton, 5 days apart in age, figure out a smartphone.
30. Elias plays the Wii (a gift from Santa)... we have yet to teach him how to play while sitting down.
31. Elias looses another tooth.  Four current holes in his mouth, 2 more loose.  Oy.
32. All the holiday fun finally makes Maura melt down.
33. It was too dark for the camera to focus, and yet it produced my favorite image of the month.  Rowan and the Christmas tree.

I hope you've all had a happy and meaningful Christmas Season!  Happy New Year's Eve eve!



Comments
Jen says:

Love, love, love! So fun to see what your awesome family is up to!

(12.30.11 @ 01:48 PM)
Kristie says:

So loooooooove these photos!! Such a fun December!! xo

(01.01.12 @ 10:56 AM)