Last night we spent a very boring New Year's eve watching the Twilight Zone marathon on tv. Greg, Anton (my eight year old), and I kept falling asleep on the until it was time for the ball to drop. Leo joined us for the final seconds of the countdown, and we all yelled "Happy New Year" and quickly went to bed.
Today I took everything off the tree, and put most of it away. The rest of the decorations still need to come down, and the tree needs to be put outside. It is a complete fire hazard at this point, but it was raining all day, and never got taken out. It's always sad when Christmas is over, and the presents have all been opened. Everything starts to look a bit cheap and tawdry, like Vegas in the day time.
I also spent some time working on an art journal page about my mixed feelings about Christmas trees and wrapping paper. The page is as ugly as sin, so I'm not sure if I'll post it, or not. I am making a commitment to spend some time every day working on the journal, inspired by "Art Journal Every Day" with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. The spiral bound book I'm working in is one I've had for some time, and some of the pages have been prepped with gesso and acrylic paint from a class (Art Journaling 101) I took with Dina Wakely a few years ago. That's as far as I got in the class. I just kept thinking how ugly they were. When you slap a bunch of other stuff on there, the background hardly shows! Is that the key to making a good art journal page? I'm definitely still in the learning stages of this process.
In scrapbooking, I have discovered a creative outlet which includes my love of photography and family history.
I am a fifty something working mother of four kids ranging in age from 11 to 18. My husband, Greg, is a UPS driver. We live in Central California with our dog and cat.