March 26, 2014

Growing Older

Last weekend, Zoe and I took a quick trip out to Utah. We hit like 4 birds with one stone and were able to see lots of friends and family in the span of just a few days. 

One of the highlights of the trip was getting to celebrate my Grandma's 88th birthday!
I'm so glad we've been close the last few years, and Zoe has been able to get to know her great-grandparents, that is a privilege denied to so many. 


As if Zoe didn't already look like she was getting older, here is the proof. She looks WAY older than almost 6 to me. I catch glimpses of how she might look in another six or ten years, and it both makes me smile and want to cry.

She's lost two teeth already (although the new ones have quickly grown in, so she didn't have much of a chance to be toothless) and she's reading like a champ. This age definitely has it's perks.
I finally got a chance to do some scrapbooking. With school and work, my scrapbooking has taken a back seat, but when I do have a few minutes to create, I'm loving that I have these fun milestones to document.


We are getting excited for the summer.
Yesterday it was almost 70°, and we spent hours outside at the park. However, it's supposed to snow tomorrow so our mini heat wave was short lived. Still....we have stocked up on shorts and bathing suits, just waiting to break them out when the time is right.

Finals are coming up soon, and life seems to be bursting at the seams with things on the to-do list, but we are trying to hold it all together for the last 18 weeks of student life!

XOXO,
Holly &Co.



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February 28, 2014

Snail Mail

I know I've said it before, but I really struggle with cards. I love handmade cards and I think there are some amazing card makers out there....I however am not one of them. But, I do try, and occasionally, I make cards that I think are worthy to send to people.

 My last favorite set werethe Neon Glitter cards, those were awesome and so much fun to make.
  You can click on the picture to see how I made them.



To motivate myself and others, I came up with the Snail Mail Challenge!
To complete the challenge, mail two items to family, friends, or whomever. You can mail whatever items you want; cards, packages, letters, it all counts. I made some pretty envelopes just for the occasion.

Once you have placed them in the mailbox, come back here and enter the giveaway(s). For each entry, I'm asking you to send two pieces of snail mail. If you want to enter all three giveaways, you will need to send six pieces of mail. (You can always send more)

Supplies: Paper: Pebbles, INC Stamp: Studio Calico/Lindsay Letters
The three different prizes boxes are:

                         Box 1: Scrapbook Box - will include 12x12 papers + embellishments
                         Box 2: Card Box - will include 6x6 papers + stamps
                         Box 3: Project Life Box - Assorted 3x4 & 4x6 cards + embellishments

For each entry you must send 2 pieces of snail mail. You may enter each entry one time. 
I am using the honor system, so you don't need to post tracking numbers or pictures or anything. This challenge is supposed to be fun and to share some love with family and friends!
(Shipping to US only, winners will be posted Friday, March 7th)


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February 21, 2014

Lily's Baby Book

As a gift for my sister, I started the foundations of a baby book for her. Right now it only includes these three pages, but I will passing over the album and supplies for her to complete the rest of it. 

Title Page
It's a little crazy to think that my little sister in now a mother, but becoming a mother is such a special thing. My favorite part about the page is the Cosmo Cricket sticker that says,
 " Dear Self, I know you can do this." 
I included this because those first few months of motherhood can be awfully daunting. I wanted her to know, that I know, she can do this!

 Also, a fun thing that my sisters and I now share, is that we all have daughters. I'm excited for future female based gatherings, involving, but not limited to, chocolate, lots of laughing, and some nail polish.


I finally got to use my favorite stamp set ever, by the fantastic, Lindsay Letters for Studio Calico. Could there ever be a more special delivery? I doubt it!


For the rest of the album, I included a 6x6 paper pad, Project Life divided page protectors, Simple Stories journaling cards, and a few other embellishments! 
I'm excited to kind of have another scrapbooker in the family.


XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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February 18, 2014

Baby Lily

My little sister is now a mama! We went down to Utah a couple weeks ago, for Lily's baby blessing. Zoe was in heaven with her tiny little cousin. She spent a lot of time just sitting next to her. Lily was a good sport and even gave us a couple smiles while we were there.


Natalie asked me to take a few pictures for her while we were there. I haven't really been focusing on photography the last year or so, and have only done a couple photo shoots. but I agreed anyway.

Thankfully, the light in my parent's room is beautiful, and definitely made up for my shortcomings as a photographer. My beautiful sister and her sweet little babe. The blessing dress she is wearing was Natalie's blessing dress, made by my Grandmother. It was hard to capture all the exquisite details of the dress, but I did the best I could. Such a wonderful day, for such a sweet little girl.

 

Welcome to the family, Lily!

XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I had a chance to work with this sweet collection, Yours Truly, from Pebbles, INC. I love the hand drawn element's and the graphic simple embellishments. I always love a good blue thrown into a Valentine collection. 
(The pictures are of my sweet friend Aly and her family that I took in December)



This page is one of my new favorites. Since Zoe has starting reading and writing, she leaves Ryan and I sweet little notes all the time, and I've needed some place to put them. It gives me a good chance to use up my stock of decorative envelopes.


We started our Valentine's Day with pancakes, hugs and kisses all around! I'm off work today and Zoe is off school today, and it's snowing outside, so we are planning on enjoying a nice day together inside!

Happy Valentine's Day!

XOXO,
Holly & Co.

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February 4, 2014

Valentine Favorites



1 Emily McDowell Card - This is the card Ryan is getting for Valentine's day. I bought another card of Emily's too. I love the honest sentiments and her hard lettering and illustration.

2. Godiva strawberry milk chocolate truffles  - These truffles are amazing! I bought them to save for Valentine's Day, they didn't make it more than a few hours in our house.

3. Julep Betty - I got this as a treat for meeting a health goal, and it's such a beautiful glitter nail polish.

4. Lindsay Letters - I have dreams about owning lots of Lindsay Letters canvases, and hopefully one day I will. I having been eyeing this one for a while now. So sweet for Valentine's day, or anytime of the year.

5. Socks - My mom started the tradition long ago of giving us cute socks for Valentine's Day and now I do the same for Zoe. These cute socks will be a big hit with Zoe.

What are your valentine favorites? Anything you are hoping for?

XOXO,
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January 29, 2014

Longing for Fall

As I've been catching up on my scrapbooking from 2013, I'm missing fall. Fall in Idaho is so fun. I'm going to miss all the seasons here when we move. I took these pictures right outside our apartment, just before they cleared away all the leaves.  These pictures are probably some of my favorite from the year.

The nostalgia is also increased by the negative temperatures and several inches of snow as of today.


I actually used a bunch of items from my stash for this page, and I feel like I'm starting to get better at incorporating things that are in boxes, not just what is on my desk.

I loved using pink in a fall colors page. I typically wouldn't do that, but the pink from the October Afternoon leaf paper was just too pretty not to include. I've been looking at colors schemes a lot lately, not just for scrapbooking but for home coordinating.

This has been a new favorite palette of mine. I'm thinking of doing Zoe's future bathroom in this color scheme.
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XOXO,
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January 28, 2014

Crafting with Kids: Pipe Cleaner Flowers



Crafting with Kids will be a new series on the blog. If you have any kid craft ideas and would be interested in guest posting, please send me an e-mail at holly.humbert@gmail.com. I would love to feature other crafters and bloggers.

My goal for this series is to create projects for kindergarten aged kids, that can be done mostly on their own. Supplies will vary from project to project, but I put together a good basic kit for under $10 that we will be using in a lot of the projects.

Supplies
- pipe cleaners
- pom-poms
- glue

The process is pretty easy, and below are step by step pictures. I found the best way to have Zoe make them, is have her watch me make one, start to finish and then let her go to town. 


These easy flowers make a great decoration or gift for teacher. The supplies are inexpensive and provide lots of entertainment. Hope you and your little ones enjoy this craft as much as we did.

XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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January 26, 2014

Playing Catch Up

I really haven't scrapbooked much the last six months.
Not sure why. 
I did a lot of creating and other things, but scrapbooking just kind of fell down the to do list. I use to crank out about a page every day or every other day.

So for the first time in a long time, I'm behind.
I've started pulling out pictures from last fall to work on and the creative flow is starting to come back and it's been really nice. It was also probably because I placed a large order at Paper Issues for some items I've been eyeing for months. 

(If' you've never ordered from Cassie at Paper Issues, I would highly recommend it! She always has coupon codes floating around and her shipping is lightening fast!)

For Zoe's first day of Kindergarten, I was with Ryan in the hospital having his back surgery. My mom was with Zoe for her first day. Before I left, I gave her a 30 second lesson on how to use my SLR camera. I was happy that she was able to be with Zoe and capture these for me.

I have been loving the new October Afternoon mini lines, and the Milk Money collection I knew would be perfect for these school pictures. Most of the items on this page are from that collection, with a few other bits from my stash.

In addition to using up new supplies, I've also been working on using bits and pieces from my stash. I try to use at least one item from my stash on each project. At that rate it won't really make a dent in anything, but it at least gets me digging through my stash so I can remember all the beautiful things I already have. 

Before I sign off, I've been working on a budget scrapbooking post and I would love to hear your thoughts or any tip or tricks that you have or use to keep yourself on track.

XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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January 23, 2014

#newyearnewyou

I've decided to start posting on my other blog about my weight loss journey. 
This blog will remain my crafty sanctuary.




XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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January 18, 2014

Not So Little


I took this picture back in November, on Thanksgiving day. It doesn't completely show how tall she is or how grown up she acts. As my sisters and friends continue to have babies, I think how fast the time goes. I'm afraid I'll blink and she'll be in middle school.

Right now she has wiggly teeth and she likes laying in bed listening to music - Really. The baby years are definitely over. But this age is bringing some pretty fun things. She is reading and we are enjoying lots of time at the library because of it. She loves to do crafts and art projects, even photography. I love that I'm getting to share my passions with her.

This page was made with a mish-mash of items from a Studio Calico last call sale and the American Crafts warehouse sale. I'm really trying to use up my stash this year, since we are moving (again) and I don't want to haul everything I've got. I'm discovering some favorite items that had gotten lost in the shuffle, and I'm excited to put them on real pages.

XOXO,
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January 15, 2014

DIY Anthropologie Heart Pillow



While looking for new items for our apartment and future home in Texas, I saw a pillow on Pinterest and thought it was so cute, but then I saw the price tag....$198.00! Yikes. As I looked closer, I noticed the fabrics were linen and my quest to make my own {less expensive} version began.

I settled on some linen from Robert Kaufman, I used the colors Natural (background) and Linen (hearts). I ordered 1/2 yard each, and my total was around $8.00. I used an 18" pillow form, I already had, but you can buy pillow forms at most crafts stores for around $5-$10.


Cuts:
Natural Fabric
2 - 18.25" x 18.25" pieces

Linen Fabric
1- 4" x WOF piece
1- 3" x WOF piece
2- 2" x WOF piece


From the Linen strips, hand cut hearts of different sizes. They don't have to be perfect as the edges will get washed.

Sew hearts onto one 18.25" square Natural piece. I looked at the original pillow and then just started stitching. Start in the middle and work your way out, alternating and even overlapping some hearts. Continue to sew hearts until you have about an inch border around the edges that is not covered.


Place both Natural fabric squares RST and sew three edges. Wash and dry cover.

Insert pillow and use a ladder stitch to close the cover and finish the pillow. {great tutorial here}
























Totally worth the savings of about $190! What about you? Are you getting the spring cleaning/redecorating bug yet?

XOXO,
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January 5, 2014

A Moment Captured

My dear and amazing photographer friend, Aly, asked me to take some family pictures for her before the holidays. I haven't really taken photos of other people for the last year, so my skills and confidence were not where they have been in the past. None the less, we got a few images that I'm proud of, the one below being one of them.


This page was so fun to make, adding the pops of color to each frame, and cutting apart the tiny phrases. Rather then add embellishments to the page, which would cover the cut frames, I added them to the photo.

It's that time of year again, when lots of new scrapbooking products are coming out, but instead of looking at buying new items, I'm going to be working on the stash I already have. With moving in a few months, I need to lighten up the amount of stuff we need to move, so be looking for some giveaways, coming soon.

XOXO,
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January 2, 2014

Thoughts on Project Life

In 2011 and 2012, I attempted a weekly project life. I managed to get about 12 weeks each year, but that was it. The weekly format for me was just too much. I felt guilty, got behind, and it wasn't really turning into something I wanted to do.

For 2013, I still wanted to capture the smaller every day moments, so I moved to a monthly format. While that worked much better than previous years, I still struggled when I got behind, mostly due to lack of planning and busyness.


Things I really like about the monthly format.

  • Monthly reviews. After each month I typed up an overview of where we went, big events, small events, anything I wanted to remember. I've really liked being able to read these months later.
  •  Memorabilia. I added an 8.5x11 page protector for each month to hold drawings, cards, e-mails, etc. and it's nice to have a place to hold all those. I'm thinking the giant envelope page protectors would also work well.
  •  Less space to fill. With only one spread to fill per month, it's pretty easy to get it filled up quickly.




Things to improve for 2014.
  • Get a good camera phone. Currently I don't have a phone with a good camera, which makes taking on-the-go pictures a lot harder. I scored a great deal on a new phone and it should be here soon. Really looking forward to having a camera with me at all times.
  • Print pictures often.On the 1st of each month, spend 1 hour printing pictures. That is always the hardest part.
  • Take notes. E-mail myself notes throughout the month. I'm pretty good at writing down sweet things that Ryan said, or funny things that Zoe did throughout the month, but I could do better.
  • Simple. Sometimes I try too hard in my spreads to add the perfect embellies, etc. I think I'm going to work more on plain and simple this year.
I'm looking forward to adding a few more vacations and trips to 2014.With my OLW being Adventure, I'm planning on doing just that. I'm already making plans to visit the Grand Canyon and several fun places in Texas

I'm also looking forward to designing more cards for this year. You can see all my free downloads here. If there are any phrases or types of cards you'd like to see going forward, let me know, I'm happy to take suggestions.

XOXO,
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January 1, 2014

Our Merry Holidays

This year was our first year at home, just the three of us for Christmas. We had plans, but due to illness and work schedules, those plans of grandeur turned into a quiet celebration instead. Our families celebrate Christmas very differently, and each year as we've attended the alternating styles, we still hadn't really decided what we wanted to do for ourselves, when it was just us. We created a mash-up of the old and the new for this year.



Traditions we kept:
  • Making homemade pizza on Christmas eve
  • Opening on present early on Christmas eve
  • Big breakfast Christmas morning, although we did change the menu

Traditions we added:
  • Watching the Grinch Stole Christmas with popcorn and peppermint hot chocolate
  • Having a fancy dinner on Christmas Day

We also visited Santa Claus this year, a little bit earlier than usual, but it was still as magical as ever. I realized the last three years, without meaning to, I've titled the layouts on her visits with Santa, all the same thing...Pure Magic. I think it is one of my favorite things about being a mother, is watching all the magic in her face each and every year.


We didn't get to sending our Christmas cards this year, but without the cards, we still wish you and yours a very merry holiday and a happy new year!

XOXO,
Holly & Co.


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December 31, 2013

One Little Word 2014


2014 is going to be the year of adventure!

Ryan has accepted a position with a great company in Ft. Worth, Texas and we will be moving at the end of July, just after graduation. 

We are moving over 1,000 miles away from our families, but we are ready to start this new chapter in our lives. One major perk of living in the mid/southwest, is that we are a lot closer to more states, states we've never been too. I'm excited to take some weekend trips visiting brand new places and making some awesome memories.

This year will bring another move for our family (I think that brings us close to 8), new schools, new jobs, new routine, new people, new places and new home. I've already started a Pinterest board for decorating our new space. It will take months, if not years to get it all decorated, but I figure if I have a plan, it will come together more quickly.

We still have 7 months of school, work and planning to get through, but I'm sure the time will fly and before we know it, we will be saying good-bye to Idaho.

I chose adventure as my word to help remind me that all these changes are positive things. Rather than be nervous or worried ( which let's face it, I already kind of am) I want to enjoy the new things coming for us. I want to get out more. I want to make the most of where we live, and spend time exploring and finding "our" new places. 

What's your One Little Word?

XOXO,
Holly & Co.

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December 30, 2013

Revisiting My One Little Word


And grow I did.

I have a year of college under my belt, and in one more, I will have my associate's degree. 
I have returned to work.
I got pregnant, miscarried, and managed not to crumble.
I have learned Adobe Illustrator and created some fun downloads for my blog.
I survived my gall bladder surgery and Ryan's back surgery.
I lost the 20 lbs. I gained in 2012 from fertility drugs.
I have spiritually grown closer to God, and embraced my new calling as a Sunday school teacher.
I hosted Thanksgiving dinner.

I feel like 2013 was our best year yet in the Humbert household. That may sound strange considering a few events that could have been seen as devastating that have occurred for us this year. Car accidents, multiple surgeries, losses, struggles, etc, but truly we are better than ever. 
Growing was exactly what I needed in 2013. A chance to stretch my muscles, all kinds, creative, physical, academic, spiritual, emotional, I feel like I'm back to me again, something I felt I missed for a good portion of 2012. 

I'm happy and excited for what 2014 will bring, come back tomorrow to see my one little word for 2014 and an announcement!

XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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December 19, 2013

Baking Together

Sugar cookies are a long standing tradition in our family. I remember making sugar cookies with my mother and grandmothers, it's just a part of the holidays for me.

Zoe and I participated in this necessary event a few days ago. My mom even gave her the perfect apron on our last trip back home.



We even got to use our woodland creatures cookie cutters from Ikea, I think the snail and moose are my favorite, Zoe definitely loved the squirrel the most.
I also tried desperately to get a picture of us together, but with the terrible light in our kitchen and no camera remote, this blurry picture was the result. But I suppose it's better than nothing.


The version of sugar cookies we use is my mother's recipe, and there is also a chocolate version. 

XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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December 10, 2013

Snowfall


Besides having lots of snow around here....it's been the coldest it's been since we moved here three years ago. Negative temps every day, and frankly it's just nasty outside. 

Lots of inside time for us as of late, which means some fun projects to share soon.

 I hope you are staying warm!

XOXO,
Holly & Co.



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December 4, 2013

Welcome to Winter Cards: Set 2

 I'm excited to share Welcome to Winter Card set #2!
 These cards are a mix of sizes and they coordinate with Welcome to Winter Card set #1.


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Enjoy the cards and please share anything you make with them. I would love to feature some projects here on the blog.

XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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November 28, 2013


This year is our first year away from our extended families for Thanksgiving. I was worried, since we are just a family of three, that it wouldn't feel the same. It does feel a little different, a little less crazy, a little more simple, and a little more our normal pace. 

It's hard to know when to stop visiting family for holidays and start making your own traditions and plans. This year we were kind of forced into that decision by circumstance, but so far it's proving to not be so bad.

We are lucky this year we have some good friends coming over to join us for our dinner, I might not make the effort for the full dinner otherwise.

Zoe said something yesterday that really struck me. We were discussing what restaurants in our tiny town would be open today, and McDonald's came up. Zoe then said, " Thanksgiving is not about happy meals, it's about being thankful."

She was absolutely referring to the McD's actual Happy Meal, but the phrase made me stop and ponder in a different tense. It is not about making sure we make all the kinds of pie, or grandma's rolls, or dad's amazingly juicy turkey, but about gratitude. 

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!
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November 25, 2013

Welcome to Winter Cards: Set 1

While I've been putting together my December memories book for this year, I've been trying to use up some of my stash. After gathering from my stash, I was needed some more pops of color so I decided to put together some cards for the occasion. 

I had so many ideas I had to split them up into two sets. Look for the next set coming up in a few days. You can follow me on BlogLovin' to make sure you don't miss it. 

I usually use white smooth cardstock for my printables, but for comparison, I printed them on different types so you could see the colors on each kind. I actually am leaning towards kraft smooth  cardstock as my favorite.
welcome to winter PL card set #1 - Holly & Company

To make sure the cut lines show up correctly for each cut, make sure to cut down the center first. The subsequent cuts don't matter but that first one does.

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Let me know what you think. Do you prefer the 3x4 size or are you looking for smaller or different sized downloads?

XOXO,
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November 23, 2013

7 Things You May Not Know About Me

I saw this number game going around on Facebook and thought it would make a great blog post.



1. I love to dance. These days it's usually car dancing, but I love rocking out to a good pop song. If you ever drive past us, and see me and Zoe going crazy, it's normal, don't woryy.

2. I love baths. I take at least one bath a week.

3. At 18, my life plan, was to go to college, marry an older guy and spend the next 10 years barefoot and pregnant. Yeah, ambition was not my middle name. Very glad my life plan turned out quite differently.

4. I'm a people watcher. I never really noticed that I did this until a few years ago, but I think part of it stems from my ability to read people in a sense. While I'm not as outgoing as I once was, I like imaging a story and life for each person.

5. It took me a long time to find my talent. In the process, I played three musical instruments ( flute, harp, piano) played three sports (softball, soccer, volleyball) did speech and debate, jewelry, pottery, and many more things.....I kept waiting for something that came naturally for me. I scrapbooked throughout all these many things, but never considered it as a talent. It was really my parents who opened my eyes to the fact that I had already found my talent.

6. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorders when I was 17. I spent about a year on medication and 6 months with a therapist. I feel very strongly about caring for your own mental health. I think it's often times ignored, or put off as mood swings, when in reality, it's an illness.

7. I'm never satisfied with my hair. I have had all kinds of cuts and length and I never really stick to any one of them for very long. I usually cut my hair short about every 8 months, then spend the next 8 growing it back out. During high school (see #6) half my hair fell out due to stress and it's never really been the same since. I'm hoping one day to find the perfect style/cut that I'll keep forever, but for now, it will be ever changing.

If you'd like to play along, leave a link you your little known facts, I would love to read them

XOXO,
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November 16, 2013

Because these pictures matter....

Supplies: Elle's Studio, Freckled Fawn, Cosmo Cricket, Basic Grey, American Crafts.

I love my goofy girl. The fake mustaches at the dollar store provided many minutes of entertainment to us on a Saturday afternoon. It's pictures like these that make me wish digital cameras had been around much longer. What I wouldn't pay to have pictures like this of my parents and/or grandparents.

I was fortunate enough to get a hold of some of my grandparents pictures from their early years together. This particular one is a favorite of mine. This is a high school dance photo. Aren't they just adorable?


I love getting a chance to re-live history a bit through photos. I even go back through my own photos and reminisce about the last 10 years and how much has changed....


This was almost exactly 10 years ago, I was helping some friends get ready for a dance. I don't remember which one, but I do remember that black polka dot shirt was a favorite of mine. It was my lucky shirt. 

As someone who takes thousands of pictures a year, I often find treasures when I go back through my photos. If you haven't taken a walk down memory lane in a while, I would encourage you to open those archives and take a peek. 

XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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November 14, 2013

End of the Season


Season one of soccer is over! The soccer season around here is rather short, I think it was 6 or 7 weeks, which I don't mind because in October, it drops about 20 degrees.

Zoe had a mostly good time playing soccer this year. Her team was the Purple Monsters. Each kid got a medal at their last game, and it is now Zoe's prized possession. I have to beg her to leave it at home, because I don't want her to lose it.

Zoe and her best friend were on the same team, and they were the only girls. Zoe made quite an improvement from game one, where she cried and was upset the boys weren't giving her a turn. Thankfully, she figured out how to "get a turn" and actually got some time with the ball.

I bet she ends up playing in the spring, but we haven't talked about that just yet.

XOXO,
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