A Cropping we will Go

I am going to my first crop in a *long* time tomorrow. I just really haven’t been motivated to scrapbook for a while. Last year found me bummed a lot of the time, and I’m always so tired that I’m embarrassed to be the first to leave because I have to go to bed.

Tomorrow is an afternoon crop, though, so it’ll be a good one to start back with. I spent today looking through layouts and sketching pages so all I will have to do when I get there is crop my pictures and stick them on. I think a lot of what frustrated me was staring at a page and having no idea what to do with it. Hopefully preparing like this will help me.

I really do need to get back into scrapbooking. I am literally almost two years behind. On Sunday, I’m planning to reorganize my cluttered scrapping area. Maybe that will help as well. I’ll post pictures of whatever pages I finish. I love your feedback!

Good Riddence, 2008

I have never been so happy to ring in the new year. I was glad to see 2008 go. It wasn’t all bad, as Joe reminds me, but it’s filled with the sadness and frustration of infertility plus the loss of my first cat, so I’m definitely ready to move on. This year is going to be great. In just two months, we should be pregnant!

We had a low-key New Year’s Eve. We met Joe’s parents at their cabin in Blue Ridge, Ga., and headed out to the neighborhood where all their friends live for a party. There were fireworks and sparklers which were fun, but Joe and I didn’t stay long because my ankle and knee started acting up. I was in so much pain that I was close to tears. Joe’s dad dropped us off and headed back, and we got into our pj’s and relaxed.

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About 30 minutes later, though, Joe’s parents showed up. It turns out that by the time Joe’s dad had gotten back, most of the people at the party had left and the rest were packing up. Joe’s mom said if she had realized the party was dead, she would have come back with us! So, instead of hanging out downstairs by ourselves, we all rang in the new year together and watched the ball drop online. That made me happy because I have never missed a year watching the ball drop, and I was bummed about missing it this year. To me, that is New Year’s Eve. And, of course, we broke out the party hats that Joe and I had brought.

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The next day, we were all up relatively early considering we had stayed up until 1 a.m. (I can’t remember the last time I was up past 11 p.m.!). I relaxed in the living room with Twilight, my mil’s laptop and my leg propped up (per my mil’s orders!) while the boys made pretzels. It was entertaining to watch, and the pretzels were really good!

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And Joe tried to impress me with his dance moves.

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We had the traditional Southern New Year’s Day lunch: collard greens for money (I was actually telling Joe he needed to eat a lot of these when I fell and sprained my ankle during our hike), black-eyed peas and rice for luck, and meat. It was delicious. My mil’s such a great cook!

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And, no trip to the cabin is complete without a nap. It’s hard not to fall asleep because it’s just so relaxing.

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(Joe’s a little grumpy when he wakes up!)

So, how did you guys celebrate the new year, and what are you looking forward to in 2009?