DSLR Video Project 2014 – November

In case you haven’t been following along, I’ve been challenging myself this year to make monthly family videos from video clips I’ve taken using my DSLR.

If you missed my previous videos, you can watch them here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October.

I’m a little behind getting this video put together and posted, but it’s finally done! I didn’t get as much footage as I’d have liked in November, but it’s still a decent length. I think December is shaping up to be the longest video yet. I can’t believe my 2014 video project is almost done. Only one to go!

Advent 2014 – Continued

So our Advent activities haven’t exactly gone according to schedule. Getting settled into our new home has been a lot more time consuming than I expected. We’ve been in our new house for a little over a week now, and there are still tons of boxes to unpack and lots organizing to do. I’ve spent most of my free time getting the house in order, so I haven’t been able to put as much effort into Christmas festivities.

We’ve still had a good bit of fun though. We’ve even done a few things that I didn’t end up photographing. Sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy stuff without having to worry about documenting it. I have taken a good bit of photos though. Below is a sampling of some of the stuff we’ve been up to.

Read Christmas books at the library

Rosen loves going to the library, and this time it was a fun challenge for her to look for Christmas-related books to read. Saxon enjoyed cruising along the stacks of books during our hunt.



Make hot chocolate

Hot chocolate is pretty essential during the holiday season, so Rosen helped me mix up some for us to enjoy. Saxon even tried a little, but wasn’t too impressed.







Watched Bubble Guppies Holiday episode

This is the third year we’ve watched this episode during the Christmas season, so it’s become a bit of a tradition. Rosen loves watching Mr. Grumpfish’s change of heart :-)



Put Up the Tree and Welcome Our Elf

After moving into our new house, the first order of business was to put up the tree! We also welcomed our Elf, Fiddles, into our home for the season. I don’t do much other than change his location every day. Coming up with new scenes of mischief each morning is a bit more effort than I’m willing to put in this year. Perhaps next year I’ll feel more creative.


Color Paper Ornaments

I found this little activity pack in the $1 section at Target. Rosen loved coloring the different ornaments and even got a little help from Saxon, too.






Decorate the Tree

It took several days after putting up our tree before we actually got around to decorating it. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m one of those people who loves to put up the tree as soon as soon as possible, so having to wait was torture. Unpacking all of our stuff from the move ending up taking precedence though.


Stone Mountain Christmas

This is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. We go to Stone Mountain for their Christmas celebration every year, and always enjoy seeing all the lights, riding the sing-along train, seeing the 4-D Christmas movie, and much more. We even got to meet Bumble from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.






“A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”


Rosen: She’s so happy we finally have our Christmas tree up. She took a lot of pride in putting ornaments on the tree all by herself.


Saxon: Thankfully this little guy hasn’t tried to mess with the tree too much yet. I don’t want to have to keep the bottom half of it bare!

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project.

Saxon – 10 & 11 Months



On October 27th, Saxon turned 10 months old, and on November 27th, he turned 11 months old. I’ve really dropped the ball on his updates lately, so I’m doing two at once to catch up.

Saxon Lately:

  • He hasn’t had a checkup since 9 months, so I don’t have his current stats, but he is wearing 12 month clothing and size 4 diapers.
  • Saxon has become quite the adventurous eater over the past couple of months, and will eat just about anything we let him try. He still eats some baby food, but is starting to eat more and more finger foods.
  • His sleeping habits continue to improve. He’s still not sleeping through the night consistently, but he has done it a handful of times over the last couple of months. I think his constant teething has been interfering with his sleep, and he’s been sick a couple of times which has affected his sleep as well.
  • Speaking of teething, Saxon now has 9 teeth, including one of his first molars. I was pretty surprised to see that one appear since I read they don’t usually erupt until 14-18 months.
  • He proved that he could walk on his own at 10.5 months, but has been very cautious since then, and still mostly just cruises around furniture and along walls. He’s only comfortable walking on his own for short distances. Now that we’re in a house with more carpet, he’s getting more and more confident.
  • He did technically start walking before crawling, but he has started crawling as well. It’s not a traditional crawl—he scoots around, or walks like a bear with his hands and feet on the floor, or has one knee down. It varies, but is not usually a normal crawl. He definitely knows how to get around now though. I really have to keep a close eye on him.
  • I think he’s ready first his first haircut already. It’s getting a little too long in the back and is starting to look like a little rat tail. We’ve got to take care of that soon!
  • Saxon is getting very vocal. He’s figured out how to say “mama” and “dada” but he’s usually just making those sounds, not actually saying our names. He experiments a lot with sounds and is really into growling right now. It’s pretty funny.
  • He’s still napping twice a day. He usually naps about 1.5 hours in the morning, and 1.5-2 hours in the afternoon.
  • We’re transitioning him right now to a sippy cup as well as whole milk, and he’s doing well with both. I don’t think he’ll be using a bottle much longer.
  • As far as personality goes, he’s still a pretty easygoing and happy baby. He loves people and is a huge flirt, always flashing a smile at anyone giving him attention. He also lets just about anyone hold him.

I can’t believe he’s going to be a year old in a few short weeks! Hopefully I get his 12 month update up in a timely manner!

Saxon month-by-month:



“A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”


Rosen: She loves visits to Barnes & Noble so she can play with the train and Lego tables.


Saxon: So many new teeth! He’s already got one of his first molars.

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project.

Advent 2014 – Day 1

Last year for Advent, we had a daily Christmas activity or treat delivered to us by our Elf, Fiddles. This year is going to be a little different, mainly because we are moving in FOUR DAYS!! More on that later… Anyways, I didn’t take the time to fish our elf out of our Christmas storage boxes before they got covered with stacks and stacks of other boxes of our stuff, packed and ready for the move. Seriously, it’s like a mountain, and there’s no way I’m going to try to go through that just for our elf. So, we won’t get to welcome Fiddles into our home until this weekend. We are starting on our daily Advent activities though, but it will mostly be easy stuff. We’re not busting out any crafting supplies until after the move.

I’m looking forward to the challenge that comes with our Advent stuff though. I’ve been neglecting this blog a bit over the past few months, so having so much festive stuff to blog will help me get back into it. Plus, I love the photography challenge that comes with capturing each activity. I was just looking back on all our pictures from last year, and I cherish each and every one of them. So many fun memories captured!

To kick of the festivities this year, we went to our local tree lighting ceremony. It was actually supposed to be a week ago, but it got postponed due to rain. I’m glad it did because a tree lighting ceremony is the perfect way to start Advent—even more so because I can’t put up our tree until we move. That has been a huge bummer for me, but I will just leave our Christmas tree up extra long after the holiday ;-) .


Rosen got to paint an ornament and was so proud of her work. Too bad our tree isn’t up yet!






Rosen and Saxon also got to see Santa again. Saxon didn’t want anything to do with him this time around though.









We’re also doing the 25 days of Christmas books again this year, so each night we’re going to open up a Christmas book for us to read together before bed. I’m using pretty much all the same books from last year. They’ve been hidden away all year, so I’m pretty sure Rosen doesn’t remember any of them anyway. This is one of my favorite traditions, and is such a sweet way to end each day. I love that it helps the kids learn more about all the holiday, and seeing Rosen’s excitement in particular is really fun.


Portrait With Santa 2014

I had a good feeling that the kids’ portrait with Santa would be a good one this year. Rosen cried in her first photo with Santa when she was one, and scowled in the second when she was two. Now that she’s about to be three, she’s so much more into Santa and all things Christmas, so she was really excited to go visit him. She even planned what she was going to ask him for Christmas (a Tinkerbell doll). She’s also a lot less timid around new people these days, so I was confident that she’d go right up and sit on his lap without a problem. Saxon is a pretty easygoing baby and will let just about anyone hold him, so I wasn’t too worried about him.

Just as I’d hoped, the visit went great. Rosen enjoyed chatting with Santa and smiled easily for the camera. Saxon sat on Santa’s lap for a minute or so, just long enough to get a photo, and then started crying. We weren’t able to get him to smile at all, but he’s looking at the camera, so I’m happy. He did a lot better than Rosen did when she was his age, so I can’t complain. I can’t wait to see how these photos change over the years!



“A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”


Rosen: She wanted to put the candles on Grandpa’s cake, and of course, blow them out too.


Saxon: Hanging out with Grandma over Thanksgiving weekend.

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project.