Since I first decided to embark on documenting December, it was my intention to work on the album a little bit each day throughout the month so that it would be done relatively early in January. “People don’t want to read about Christmas anymore after New Years,” I told myself. But my intentions were, as they often are, a little too lofty. Once we arrived back in our home state of Michigan, all thoughts of being productive went out the window, and I chose to focus on enjoying what little time we get with our families instead (a decision I do not regret!) So, here we are in mid-January, and I’m just finally getting around to finishing the album, but I’m okay with that. I hope you are too! When I last shared my progress, we left off at December 14. This post will contain only December 15-31, so if you’re interested in seeing the album as a whole, feel free to check out the previous two posts for week one and week two.
December 15-20’s pages included each day’s 30 Days of Lists prompt responses, as well as documented watching A Charlie Brown Christmas, getting a very interesting interpretation of beef stroganoff from a food truck for lunch, my office’s holiday party, and the goody bag treasure hunt my boss set up for the staff to thank them for a year of hard work. I also documented the difference in holiday decorations at my office versus Jeff’s and our road trip back to Michigan, during which we decided for the first time to listen to podcasts the entire time instead of debating over what music to listen to. (Our podcasts of choice this trip? This one, this one, and the Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam West episodes of this one. All highly recommended.)
December 21 and 22, I documented lots of cookie baking and adult beverage recipe experimentation, a surprise visit from my mom and brother that everyone knew was happening but me (I wasn’t expecting to be able to see them until Christmas day), playing Mario (and being terrible at it), bologna salad for lunch, and watching a Winnie the Pooh Christmas special on Netflix. At this point in the album, my attempts to retroactively catch up with the 30 Days of Lists prompts failed miserably, so I went rogue and created my own prompts for most of the remainder of the month, though I did use a few of the official prompts where they fit.
On the 23rd, I documented a trip to a semi-local meat market to pick up Christmas dinner, going to see Big Hero 6, wrapping gifts, and Jeff’s excitement at finally finding Blue Moon ice cream after a failed attempt to locate some earlier in the week. On Christmas Eve, my mom and brother came back to Jeff’s family’s house, and I documented the movies we watched, as well as watching Jeff sort through his shot glass collection.
Christmas day, I captured gift-opening, our tradition of receiving scratch-off lottery tickets from Jeff’s dad and candy bags from his grandma, food prep and eating dinner, playing Ticket to Ride with friends of Jeff’s mom, and playing a lot of Mario Kart at the end of the day.
On the 26th, I captured our tradition of eating ice cream on our monthly wedding anniversaries (hence the Blue Moon hunt), and a visit to my aunt’s house for lunch where I got to visit with my dad for a bit as well.
The 27th was probably our most low-key day back home, when we basically lounged around the house for most of the day, with the exception of returning bottles to the store and stopping for coffee on the way back home. I also captured my first attempt at wearing Jamberry nail wraps that I ordered from a friend who sells them.
On the 28th, we headed to Grand Rapids for the day, first making a stop in Lansing for a few hours to meet Kristin and Jeff. We ate pizza, played Power Grid, and chatted about scrapbooking, blogging, and small business stuff. Then it was on to G.R., where we had dinner, drinks, and dessert at Z’s sports bar and watched the Lions game (which, sadly, we lost). Later that evening after my friend Ann got out of work, she met us at our hotel room, we exchanged gifts, and then we all went to sleep.
On the morning of the 29th, we met our other friend Alex for breakfast, exchanged gifts with her, and then went to the mall for a bit. Afterward, we swung by Schuil Coffee, where we stocked up on several bags of whole-bean coffee to get us through until our next trip back to Michigan. Then we checked out a gourmet cookie bakery across the street, and later met up with my mom and brother at Pizza Hut.
The 30th was spent meeting one of Jeff’s dad’s old coworkers for lunch at a Chinese buffet, where his mom received a fortune cookie with the message “Being an able man. There are always.” We all got a good laugh out of how nonsensical it was. Then we went to check out the coworker’s model railroad in his home (it should truly be called a model railroad museum, it was that impressive!). That evening, we met up with Jeff’s friend Nick and his wife for dinner at Logan’s, where I promptly forgot to take any photos (Google Image Search to the rescue!)
On the 31st, we sadly packed up and headed back to the DC area. To wrap up the month, I included some of our favorite highlights, as well as a page protector full of all of the holiday cards we received this year, partially sealed closed with a glue dot (and a sequin to hide it). Upon finishing the album, I realized it was too full to stay closed on its own, so I may need to rubber-band it closed at some point!
And just for fun, a quick flip-through of the entire album using the Party Party app from A Beautiful Mess:
In case you missed it in my previous posts, products used in this album are listed here:
- Digital / Printable scrapbook kit from my shop (full kit or just the pocket cards)
- 6×8″ Simple Stories Snap Album in brown* and various additional page protector packs.
- 3-pack of Uni Ball Signo Gel Ink Pens*
- Dear Lizzy gold glitter alphabet stickers*
- Washi tape purchased from Etsy (mint and white striped, solid gold, gold polka dot, and solid mint)
- Sequins (emerald*, gold, and wood grain*)
- Glue Dots (Craft size* and Mini*)
- Various papers, alphas, and tape from my stash, sources unknown
Have you finished documenting December or is it still a work in progress? Share in the comments!