It was really hard to pick just one favourite from each month! We had such a crazy year. Moving, buying a house, renovating the house, moving again, getting pregnant and starting more renovations. All with little Lucy tossed in the mix! Whenever I think that she hasn’t changed that much since the beginning of the year, all I have to do is look at some of the earlier pictures and I realize that, wow, she has grown! Here are my favourites from each month of the Project 52.
52-52 There it is. The last photo. I kept thinking I would try and capture some epic christmas moment for the last photo; perhaps a big reaction or an exciting scene. What ended up happening though was that after a very busy Christmas season with rehearsals, concerts, parties and family events I got ridiculously sick the DAY that it all slowed down (…Christmas Eve). I ended up being so out of it I only really picked up my camera twice–Christmas eve (to quickly get a picture of her in her dress) and Christmas morning (for about 5 minutes).
Lucy loved Christmas. She loved spending time with her cousins and as a bonus, she did really well with eating (we learned that stuffing is a new favourite).
For gift giving, we follow the mantra “Something you want, Something you need, Something to wear, Something to read” for her. It helps to keep the budget small and hopefully once she’s a little older and understands more, her expectations for gifts won’t be of something grand.
Just as an example for the presents we did:
Want: Duplo! Lucy has been obsessed with Lego lately and since Dave and I have also always been Lego people, we were really excited to add a new set to her little collection.
Need: A Melissa & Doug mop and broom set. She loves to help clean and I wanted her to have something in her size so that she could learn about helping out around the house.
Wear: A new pair of pants and a cute shirt for winter/spring transition. For the first time ever, Lucy has grown out of her pants not in height but in width. Wow!
Read: Mickey Mouse 5 Minute Fairy Tales. A new interest of Lucy’s is Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. I liked that this book had very classic style Disney illustrations with a bunch of classic fairy tales.
I say it every year, but it’s hard to believe that this year is over. So much happened! We are looking forward to 2016 and all that it holds. I don’t plan on doing the 52 project anymore. It’s been a great tool to capture the first 2 years of Lucy’s life in a way that I never would have without the project. I’m hoping to be a bit more relaxed in my photo taking in the next year though. With a new baby and about a bajillion home renovation projects (yup, we’re at it again in January) I think the camera and the blog need to take a bit of a rest.
51-52 It was one of those weeks were I just couldn’t pick one picture to share. We had our FIRST snow of the winter and it was so exciting! I mean, it wasn’t much but it’s long overdue so we were excited. Lucy is wearing my snowsuit that my mom made for me when we lived up in Northern BC. I’ve been hoarding it away and hoping that it fit her at least once on a snowy day. So here’s our proof! She was so cute in it. I love how kids walk in snowsuits. At one point (before we were outside) she fell over and lay on the ground like an upturned turtle saying “help! help!”
But seriously. Just look at that face.
Also, can I just point out how irritated I get when people say that blue is meant for boys? Um, look how pretty Lucy looks! She’s my little snow bunny.
50-52 We’ve been having a lot of conversations about waiting lately. When she first saw the presents under the tree she said “presents!!” grabbed one, brought it to me and said “Open it!” After I explained to her that at Christmas time, we have to wait till Christmas day to open the presents, she spent the next 20 minutes talking herself down (through tears) and reassuring herself about waiting till Christmas. The very next morning, she ran to the presents and the first thing she said was “Look at all the presents! We have to wait.”
When I asked her what she *thought* she was getting for Christmas looked up and said “Hmm. Let’s see. I think books. And toys.” But when I asked what she *wanted* for Christmas, she said “A tiny mommy and a tiny Lucy and a tiny Pug.”
I can’t wait to see her reaction to Christmas day this year. I think it’s going to be so much fun!
On another note, it appears I had the same idea last year on the same week for the picture, because it’s basically the same image. Haha!