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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Memories, Dreams, and Reflections 2012

Happy New Year!  I hope 2013 brings you an abundance of God's blessings!  That you don't keep all to yourself but pass along to others as well!

Before moving forward, it is often good to look back.  Ashley gives us that opportunity with her Memories, Dreams, and Reflections photo challenge.  It is always hard to narrow down just one photo to go with each category, but I finally managed it.

So without further ado, here's my look back at 2012 ... 

Yep, that's me getting crispy on a beach watching my babies play in the water.  :)

{i love you}
i love you
I had Keira take a photo of Doug and me on our 16th wedding anniversary in November.

{still laughing}
still laughing
Our sweet Honey was entranced by an abandoned worm nest in the neighbor's tree.  She stared at it, growled at it, and jumped up at it for quite some time.  It still makes me chuckle to look at these pictures.

{winter wonderland}
winter wonderland
This was actually just taken on Saturday.  Yep, we're in the middle of a winter wonderland right now.

We took pictures for Keira's 14th birthday a few weeks late.  But we had a lot of fun when we finally did.

Parades are always more fun when shared with friends.

{i was inspired}
i was inspired
I can't name exactly who inspired this hazy photo, but I was excited to capture it (in camera, not in processing).

{spring fever}
spring fever
The trees were absolutely gorgeous in the spring.

{travel or vacation}
travel or vacation
We took a day - before school started back up - to have some fun at the beach.

{summer days}
summer days
Our summers are pretty laid back - swimming, playing at the park, or looking for crayfish in a local creek.

{a day in my life}
a day in my life
I actually did a blog post back in January on a typical day in my life.  Back when Alex was still in afternoon Kindergarten and was my buddy each morning.  This is one of the collages I made.

{all smiles}
all smiles
Alex wanted a picture with his new Polar Express cargo car.  He was all smiles after getting it.

{autumn harvest}
autumn harvest
We know it is fall when we get to attend our county's annual farm tour.

{family or home}
family or home
Taken on New Year's Eve ... me and the kiddos celebrating at home.  We couldn't talk Daddy into getting in the picture with us.

Alex and I celebrated Independence Day in Children's Hospital this year.  However, we had a really good view of the city's fireworks display.

{let's do it again}
let's do it again
This was a hard prompt because many of the things we did, photography wasn't allowed.  But we did squeeze in a show (How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular) this summer - between the hospital stay and school starting - and we look forward to going to another one.

{i miss you}
I miss you
My nephew, Kyle, is a marine and is currently stationed in California.  We did get to see him for Christmas this year though.

One of the senior photo shoots I did this fall was of Anna.  She is a beautiful girl, inside and out.

{dress up}
dress up
My friend, Laura, took this picture.  She had Keira and Nick over for a few hours during the time Alex and I were in Children's Hospital.  For some reason when our kids get together, they end up playing dress up.  :)

For some reason this was the first time I took a macro shot of one of the Monarch butterflies we raise each summer.

We host the holidays at our house now.  Which means I do most of the work, although I don't mind.  My mom usually helps out a lot and this year at Thanksgiving I wanted to be sure to document that.  Thanks, Mom!

{my favorite}
Another tough one.  How do you pick ONE favorite photo from among thousands?!?!
I picked this one because it is probably a once in a lifetime opportunity - to see the Penguins on Parade at the zoo.

{don't ever change}
don't ever change
My baby girl is growing into a beautiful, smart young lady.

{just because ... so there!}
just because
We had the privilege of seeing the sweet baby gorilla that was born at the zoo this past February.  Unfortunately he only lived about 3 months, which makes this photo even more precious to me.

{hopes and dreams}
hopes and dreams
I have so many hopes and dreams for my babies.  Too many to list here.  But one for certain ... that they continue to grow strong in the Lord.

Happy New Year!


Laura said...

I just ordered pictures from the parade and dress up days. :)

Free shipping at yorkphoto was extended a week. Might have to work in another order and be done with it!

Misty said...

I enjoyed each and every photo. It was so fun to catch up on your past year in one blog post considering I have been out of the blog loop that long. Looking forward to this coming year amongst all my photog buddies again. :)

Emily S said...

You have such beautiful photographs! I enjoyed looking through your year. Best to you for 2013!

Jaymi said...

I love your winter wonderland and i was inspired shot! Your macro for spring fever is just beautiful too!

Silvina Soave said...

Hermosa selección de fotos, todas tus fotografías son muy buenas!! Un abrazo grande y mis mejores deseos para ti en este nuevo año.

Rainey said...

Great picks for all the categories! I love the collage of Honey, of course!

Rainey said...

Oh! I love the new cardinal shot, as well! :-)

Gina @ Kleinworth & Co. said...

I knew I would love this post. You always amaze me with your talents. Beautiful year in photos!

Emily said...

What a beautiful year in review, so many amazing photos! Thank you for sharing them and for commenting on my blog. I am very impressed that you completed 3 Project 365s, wow! I can understand the need to take a break :o). I can't wait to follow along this year and see your photos!

Jenn said...

Gorgeous, as always, Kimberly! Praying for a God filled 2013 for you and your family!

Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud said...

So many beautiful photos! What a great 2012 you had! Happy New Year, Kimberly!