Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Capturing December Photo-A-Day Challenge; Days 1-15

Early in December, I came across this list of photos to take each day in December. I really liked the idea and wanted to partake via Instagram. I'll split it into two posts since there will be lots of photos. I'll add in other photos as well of our early December activities.

12/3 (the day I started the challenge) Red:
My comfy bed deserved to be recognized, especially with our electric blanket to keep us warm in these cold Minnesota winters.

12/4: Joyous:
The nativity scene Nick collected growing up.

12/5: Today's Temperature: 
This wasn't all that bad for early December! 

12/6: Shopping
I didn't shop that day (it was a Thursday anyway), but can show you my elf station. I did a lot of card making this Christmas to give away sets of cute blank cards:) 

12/7 Bright:
Our fresh snow sure brightened things up.

 12/8: Ornament(s)

12/9: Something You're Reading
I wish I could say I'm reading a great book, but most of my reading these days are blogs I follow. This one is Kelly's Korner, one of my favorite daily reads.

12/10: Wrapping Paper

 12/11: Green
The first year of our stockings - I love them! I got them last year on an after Christmas clearance at Pier 1 and got them for a great price.

12/12: A Beautiful Sight
Our nativity scenes and the glow of our Christmas tree.

12/13: Family
An old family classic:)

12/14: Christmas Tree

12/15: Favorite Holiday Song:
I didn't have anything to take a photo of, so used this one, but I truly enjoy all Christmas songs. I really like "Baby it's cold outside (love it in Elf:))", I've always loved "Christmas Canon" aka Canon in D by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and songs celebrating Jesus. Christmas songs just melt my heart. 

We also had a huge winter storm early December that dumped about 12 inches of snow:
It snowed ALL day Sunday and made for a messy commute for the next few days. 

We enjoyed Christmas with Nick's extended family in Northeast Iowa as well:
Santa made his annual appearance 

 We all enjoyed admiring my SIL's baby bump:)

Family photo with Grandma Lucy 

Typically this may be a husband and wife shot (which we got some of those too), but I really just wanted to show Amber's bump :) and the proud uncle. We can't wait to meet this little guy!!

I whipped up a batch of peppermint mini cupcakes to take to family Christmas as well. I used this recipe I made before and added peppermint instead of vanilla and swapped the butter to dairy free butter and used gluten free flour so I could enjoy them too. I received many compliments on these! 

In appreciation of the tree that brought many warm and fuzzies this Christmas season:
Part Two of Capturing December and the rest of our Christmas' coming up next. 

Today's New Year Pinspiration (and Happy Birthday to my mom, a New Year's baby!). This Pinspiration something I strive for:

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