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Wrapping Up and Starting Anew

January 2, 2012

I had no idea what to write for my first post of 2012. So instead of summarizing the year 2011 — or listing 2012 resolutions — I’ll share with you a few random New Years thoughts.

… Something about the new year made me want to purge everything from the home. Well, not everything. But I went through old papers, cabinets, clothes, food and the like and either tossed, shredded , or donated it. Feels good to start the new year fresh.

… I made Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls this morning. They are incredible. After you eat them, you’ll realize why you can never again buy the refrigerated pre-made cinnamon rolls. It made so many I froze an entire pan (and that was cutting the recipe in half).

… While I’m not big on making resolutions (because I feel like everyday is a new start to do something), I did set a goal to finish the children’s story I’m working on and query it. I read the first draft to Sophie yesterday. Reading it aloud was helpful; as it’s a children’s story I wanted to test the length and hear how the flow.It was quite rewarding seeing her reactions to the story. I saw her eyes change with emotion in the different scenes I described. When I finished, she had a big smile and also told me what else she (as the main character) would do. Ah yes, she’s already giving me edits.

… I finished Project 365, my photo-a-day challenge for 2011 (although I did miss a few days here and there). You can check out all the photos on the Project 365 page. I am not doing a photo every day of 2012. Instead I’ll make Wednesday “Wordless Wednesday” to showcase a photo.

… Here’s a look at 2011 in pictures. I made the photo collages with Picnik (also how I made the Year in Cooking and Reading graphics). Picnik is free, or you can pay a very minimal fee for the upgraded service (which I do). The collages below are actually seven groupings of nine photos each. A big “thank you” to Meg at Whatever who inspired this idea.

Thanks for all your support and comments through 2011! HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

35 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2012 2:25 am

    Looking forward to your posts.

  2. Jeannie Lubic permalink
    January 2, 2012 3:49 am

    Great pictures!

  3. January 2, 2012 4:45 am

    I’ve always wanted to try PW’s cinnamon rolls. Are they really fluffy?

    • January 3, 2012 1:16 pm

      Yes, they’re amazing! And they taste super light and not heavy. You must try them.

  4. January 2, 2012 5:13 am

    Thank you for sharing your life with us Leah! It’s been great getting to know you and your family! And I love that Sophie is giving you edits — some of my best edits have always been, and remain, from my kids. Happy New Year and can’t wait for more great photos and posts!

    • January 3, 2012 1:17 pm

      Thanks, Julia. I’m glad you said that about your kids giving you the best edits. I figure since it’s a childrens’ story, she really is my biggest critic!

  5. January 2, 2012 6:27 am

    I love the pictures Leah! Blessing to you and your family in 2012.

  6. January 2, 2012 7:23 am

    Great photographs! I’m excited that you finished writing your children’s story. Congratulations, and a very Happy New Year!

    • January 3, 2012 1:18 pm

      Thanks, Monica! Now the editing and querying begins!

  7. January 2, 2012 7:49 am

    I love that you involve Sophie in your writing, Leah, and it is also very brave as family can be the toughest critics! 😉 Loved the collage of pictures, too. What a beautiful year you all had.

    • January 3, 2012 1:18 pm

      Thanks, Jolina. I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings for you too!

  8. January 2, 2012 8:21 am

    Beautiful pictures, look forward to checking out Picnik. Best of luck with your children’s story and look forward to more Leah’s Thoughts in 2012!

    • January 3, 2012 1:18 pm

      Thanks, Caryn! You’ll love Picnik (it’s addicting).

  9. January 2, 2012 9:29 am

    Leah, I’m so excited you finished your children’s story. You had such an accomplished year, and I loved seeing the photos behind your year. Congratulations!

    • January 3, 2012 1:19 pm

      Thanks, Susan! I’m nervous/excited to start getting the story out there. But I must press on!

  10. January 2, 2012 9:29 am

    Leah, I’m so excited that you are making a goal to finish your book and query it! Yay for you! I’ll be watching for updates. 🙂

  11. January 2, 2012 10:05 am

    So much joy in these photos; they make my heart smile!

    I’ve given you an award, Sweet Leah. Pop on over to find out more 🙂 MJ

    • January 3, 2012 1:20 pm

      Thanks, MJ! And thanks so much for the award! I feel honored.

  12. January 2, 2012 11:48 am

    Wow you covered a lot of ground. You made my tummy growl with them rolls. I may have to try them sometime. Congratulations on finishing your book. That’s an awesome accomplishment. I hope you’ll get it published soon. Your photos are trully amazing and filled with love and laughter. I look forward to another year of visiting, posts and comments with you. Wishing you and your family the best year ever. 🙂

    • January 3, 2012 1:21 pm

      Thanks so much! It’s so nice to hear that the joy comes through in the photos. Makes me smile too 🙂

  13. Becky permalink
    January 2, 2012 12:43 pm

    I made cinnamon rolls from scratch for the first time on Christmas morning! They were so good–had an open house for the neighbors with coffee & hot cocoa after everyone opened their presents. It was a great morning. Can’t wait to see what’s on the horizon for you in 2012!

    • January 3, 2012 1:21 pm

      Aren’t the cinnamon rolls from scratch the best?! I want one now!

  14. January 2, 2012 1:37 pm

    I LOVE throwing stuff away from my house. It’s the only thing I like about moving. I take like ten bags to Goodwill every time. I don’t like having a lot of objects around, it makes me feel crowded and kind of panicked.

    • January 3, 2012 1:22 pm

      Same here! I start going a bit agro when I have too much stuff. I really do like living as a minimalist. It’s a good feeling.

  15. January 2, 2012 5:54 pm

    Hi Leah! It was a GREAT year and I’m so thankful I got to meet you in the bloggy world! I am SO excited that you’re writing a children’s book….You have the perfect editor in Sophie, too! Thanks for sharing your year in pictures!

    • January 3, 2012 1:22 pm

      Thanks, Ann. I’m excited to share more about the children’s book as I get it more flushed out. And yes, Sophie is my muse and editor!

  16. January 2, 2012 11:46 pm

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts Leah and continuing to be such an inspiration to so many. I always love to hear what your family is up to, and you give me hope for the future of the family unit in North America. All the best to you in 2012!

    • January 3, 2012 1:23 pm

      Ah, thanks Elizabeth! I’ll do my part to keep the family units intact and functioning!

  17. January 3, 2012 10:28 am

    I use picnic, this is super cute. Howd u stack them all up like that into one collage? Did u do that in picasa first?

    • January 3, 2012 1:23 pm

      Thanks! All I did was insert them one after the other in WordPress. It was super easy.

  18. January 6, 2012 11:15 am

    I’m so impressed with your ability to make the photo montage of your year (and your books). Maybe I should make a resolution to figure out how to do more with pictures on my blog. I would love to word-wrap around them and the like. You are endlessly creative.

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