2013 Retrospective

Just like last year, I have created a Videogram via Shutterfly, documenting my adventures throughout the year.  I really love making these.  The craziness of the holiday season tends to force you to live in the moment.  But in making this retrospective video, it encourages me to reflect on all that has happened this year.  This has been a mostly happy year for me, and I am really looking forward to what’s in store for 2014.

Best wishes to you for a very happy 2014!


Wishing You a Happy New Year

I will be away from the blog for a few days, but I thought I would post one last message for the year before signing off.  I hope to have lots to share when I get back!

2012 has been an amazing year for me and Tadd, and I decided I wanted to make a keepsake of all of the happy times I shared with friends and family over the past year.  I decided to try out Shutterfly’s Videogram feature.  You basically select a group of photos or video clips, choose a display style and music, and it puts together a really cute video slideshow for you.  Once the video is to your liking, you can purchase the digital file in one of 3 different resolution types.  I chose the middle option for $4.99 and think it was well worth the price.  I was able to save the video file to my laptop, share it on Facebook, and post it to YouTube.  So far everyone has loved it, and I told Tadd that it would be fun to do one of these each year.

Wishing you all a very happy new year!  Here’s to 2013!  See you next year!!!

P.S. Above opinions regarding Shutterfly and their Videogram product are 100% my own.  Not being compensated in any way.


Hope everyone’s weekend was nice!

I just wanted to take a quick second to let everyone know about the brand new blog of a dear friend of mine.  Her name is Carol and she is actually the mom of one of my very best friends.  My family has known her family since I looked like this:

That’s me in the center, and Carol’s daughter on the left!  Ha ha!

Anyways, Carol is starting a brand new blog called Hodgepodging.com about all kinds of topics; health, weight loss, travel, shopping, etc.  I know she would appreciate some new readers and  friends over at her new online home.  Please check it out!

Halloween through the years.

With Halloween weekend upon us, I thought it would be kind of fun to go back through Halloweens past and see what costumes Tadd and I wore each year.

In 2004, a mere three months after we were married, Tadd and I were a ninja and a geisha.  I really loved my costume this year.  So comfortable and pretty!  Tadd really got into embellishing his costume with nunchucks, face paint, and electrical tape.

In 2005 we were the Disney version of Alice and the Mad Hatter.  Unfortunately, I can’t find a picture of us from that year at all.  Too bad, because it was really cute!  And for some reason, I can’t recall what we were in 2006 (and again, can’t find pictures).

On to 2007!  That year, I was an angel and Tadd was a devil.  But not just any devil, a devil who was also a snazzy dresser!  You can’t really see in the photos, but his tie has little skulls on it.

In 2008, I had a hard time finding costumes I liked.  It was just one of those years where nothing was really clicking or inspiring me.  I eventually settled on a medieval maiden costume, which made Tadd happy because that meant he could be a knight.  Unfortunately, we didn’t take a lot of pictures that year, and this is really the only one I could find that shows the costumes.  And yes, those are giant glow necklaces around our necks.

In 2009, to be honest, we were going to skip Halloween altogether.  We were in the midst of trying to buy our house, and things weren’t going well.  Our closing date kept getting pushed further and further back and at one point we weren’t even sure that it was going to happen at all.  Our lives were in upheaval, and we just weren’t in the mood.  Last minute, we decided to just throw together some costumes and go to a party to lift our spirits.  We wore clothes we already had, and bought a few 1920s gangster/flapper accessories and I thought we ended up looking pretty good for super-last-minute!

Last year, we had another plan in mind, but couldn’t find the right parts for it at the thrift store, so we are going to save that idea for another year.  In frustration, we settled on a 1950s theme.  I wore a poodle skirt and Tadd was a greaser.  They actually ended up being really fun costumes and I’m glad we decided to do it.

On Sunday, I will hopefully be back with one more picture to add to this collection!  We are going to a Halloween party on Saturday night, and have our costumes just about ready.  Can’t wait!

What were your most memorable costumes over the years?  Do you share what you’re going to be for Halloween, or keep it a secret until the day of?