Around Here Right Now

I think I’m still trying to recover from my “Week in the Life” project, and seven straight days of blogging! I’m going to wait a few days for inspiration to catch up with me before I write something serious.

But in the meantime, here’s what we’re up to right now:

Eating…these homemade granola bars.

Absolutely delicious. If you knew how good they were, you would go make them right now. Gluten-free, sugar-free, no crazy ingredients, healthy for you so there’s no guilt in eating the whole pan in one day, as we basically have. There may be one or two left….

Listening…to Christmas music! We’re loving Michael Buble, Josh Groban, and Boney M, but we try to find a new Christmas album to enjoy every year. Ben got some Celine Dion going on Grooveshark, and she’s always fantastic, but hearing her voice singing Christmas carols leaves me feeling like it’s just Christmas on the Titanic…

Watching…Anika’s final performance from her fall musical theatre class at Manitoba Theatre for Young People. She was very disappointed that some family members had to miss the play, and has been begging me to put the video on my blog. So, here’s the link to the video of Anika’s performance, for anyone interested in that kind of thing. (Kaylia is extremely interested in it. She watched it about 10 times yesterday, and has all the songs memorized!)

Readingthis book, which I got Ben for a grad gift. But I started reading it, and it’s so good!! It’s just a little book, but it’s packed full of great stuff. I’m thinking we should be buying a few more copies to give away as Christmas gifts.

Planning…for speaking engagements for in the New Year! I’m speaking at a ladies’ retreat, as well as a couple of other functions, and I’m really looking forward to it!

Wondering…what kinds of topics all of you readers would be interested in as I plan future posts. I have a ton of ideas swirling around in my head, but I’m curious as to what kinds of things you all are interested in. Why do you show up here? What do you want to read about? What’s on your mind and heart these days?

Crazy?

So I know that some of my friends and/or family think that I am slightly crazy when it comes to the projects I take on with my pictures.

I started scrapbooking when we moved to camp, because that is what ladies do here on Monday nights, and I’ve always kind of enjoyed that kind of thing. So I decided to make a scrapbook of our first year here at camp.

It has over 100 pages in it. I won’t be doing that again with the pictures from any of our other years here, because… that would be crazy.

Then I started blogging, at first on the camp blog, and I wrote “365 Things I Love About Camp” and took a ton of pictures all year for that. Won’t do that again, either. It was fun while it lasted, but it was a pretty time-consuming commitment.

My project for this year was something called “Project Life.

It’s this big kit that I bought, and the idea is that you take a picture every day for a year, and write down something about that picture on a little card, and put everything all together in one big book. And I have loved it. I can’t keep a journal worth anything, but I can write little cards. And I can take pictures!

People think it sounds hard to take one picture a day, but really, I’ve got small children in the house. I’m taking pictures all the time, anyway. If I happen to miss a day, I take pictures of my favorite food, or the shoes I’m wearing all the time, or the books I’m reading, or a room in our house and what it looks like right now, or anything that would work for any day.

And when this year is over, I will have all of my pictures, plus my journaling, in one (honkin’ huge) book. I already love looking back to the beginning of the year, because Kaylia has changed so much, and it’s just interesting to remember life stuff, even from a few months ago. (That makes it sound like I just lounge around on my couch all day, looking at pictures of our family, but I don’t. Really. I’m too busy taking more pictures…)

Anyway. I’ve started a new project. It’s called “A Week in the Life.” It could possibly drive my family nuts by the end of the week. We’ll see. The idea is that you take a picture of everything you do all day, for a week straight.

I took 140 pictures yesterday. Which sounds like an insane amount, but it isn’t my fault. Think about it – I’m taking pictures of a very active and unpredictable toddler, a girl with a mind of her own who has decided she doesn’t want her picture taken anymore (wonder why??? 🙂 ) and a husband who loves to make really dumb faces in pictures to wreck them. And then I have to keep taking pictures until I get a good one.

See? Not my fault. So out of those 140 pictures, I deleted at least half of them.

And today, I only took 50! And deleted a bunch of those, too.

So, why would I do something like this? There are a number of reasons:

1) The life we live right now is not a normal one. Someday, when we’re living somewhere else and have a totally different kind of lifestyle, I want our girls to remember this time, and the unique schedule that we have right now.

2) I love the challenge of capturing pictures of things I don’t normally take pictures of. And I want to remember this stuff forever.

3) It’s all going to go into a pretty little book, and the whole project just brings joy to my life, for whatever weird reason. (My sister says, “Why would I want to remember, 20 years from now, what I ate today??” I don’t know! Maybe it will be interesting by then!)

So, for anyone who’s curious what kind of pictures I’ve taken so far, here’s a peek:

MONDAY

Reading “A Little Princess” to Anika:

Afternoon yoga:

Hanging pictures in Kaylia’s room:

Stew for supper:

Supper dishes:

TUESDAY

Driving to the city:

Physiotherapy appointment:

Grocery shopping:

Filling up gas before the drive home:

Sitting in the van:

Bags of groceries to clean up: