Follow Friday: This Week’s Favorite Finds

I have been so incredibly busy lately, but it’s been a good busy.  I have to admit that I as much as I dreaded our move to El Paso, this has been one of the best tours of my husband’s Army career.  While the terrain isn’t my style – I’m more for water nearby and lots of green foilage – the people I’ve met here are wonderful.  I think I’ve made more friends here than all of our other duty stations combined.  What this means is that I’m constantly busy with outings and social events and I have to admit that it’s been really nice to be busy doing fun things.  December is always a very busy month anyway, and it seems like we have a party to go to every day or two.  I haven’t had a lot of time for genealogy or blogging this week – but I did manage to spend my snow day (yes it SNOWED in El Paso) scanning in some documents, which I will be posting this coming week.

And on to this week’s favorite finds:

  • I’ve really been enjoying everyone’s Advent Calendar posts. I loved Heather Kuhn Roelker’s post about Santa Claus - he kind of creeped me out as a kid too.
  • I don’t think I have any famous artists in my family tree – or if I do, I sure didn’t get those genes.  I draw stick people – and not very well!  I loved the post Mini Bio: Carrie York, Minneapolis Artist over at GeneaMania.  It would be nice to have some of these family heirlooms!!!
  • The 112th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is up at Creative Gene- and it’s all about “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving“. The next edition is “A Charles Dickens Christmas” and submissions are due by January 1st.
  • Tonight’s edition of Geneabloggers Radio is entitled “Genealogy Gift Guide”.  Maybe I should make my husband listen to this one?  He’s always saying that I’m SOOOO hard to buy for and I don’t believe it.:)
  • Marian had some great tips on preparing for a genea-trip.  I confess that I’ve made a few not-so-prepared trips and have wasted precious time.
  • Heather Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy had a great post about Pearl Harbor – with precious interviews.  and we got to hear the final twist to “My Dad’s College Paper”.:)

And a few pictures from my week…

Yes, this would be the miniature snowman my daughter made with our inch of snow.:)  He is now living in our freezer in front of the ground beef, because all of our snow melted.

Have you ever tried to get a family photo done??  I’ve been so busy taking pictures of other people’s families these past couple of weeks (everyone wants Christmas card pics), but I finally decided that I needed to get a picture of my own family.  I set up the tripod and put the timer on.  It was easier said than done.  What a comedy of errors!!  Trying to get 7 people to look at the camera all at one time – with no one actually behind the camera- was interesting.  Which do you think we should put on the front of our Christmas card??:)

Yeah, I think we might be trying this again!

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  • Cynthia Shenette - December 9, 2011 - 7:44 am

    I LOVE all of the photos! My absolute favorites are the one at the very top with you and your husband, and the one with your daughter and the cell phone. That one is just screams teenager! Happy Holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Randy Seaver - December 9, 2011 - 10:00 am

    I like the last one best. The top one is good too…it’s hard to get 7 people to smile at once, eh?ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - December 11, 2011 - 1:47 pm

    I love all of the photos, but the first one is best. It’s practically impossible to get everyone to look at the camera at the exact moment. But the first shot seems to capture everyone’s lovely happy spirit!

    Or, Shutterfly lets you select a card that will accept several photos. You could include a couple of the photos with this story! I would love a card like that!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqi - December 12, 2011 - 11:39 am

    Only a family historian would have a daughter who preserves her snowman in the freezer!

    The pics are great! The first one is great, but so are the others. I’d say go for a card app that allows more than one shot. Don’t worry about getting the perfect picture with everyone coordinated and smiling. Candid is best!ReplyCancel

  • Dee - December 18, 2011 - 7:56 am

    I like all of them, but the first one and the last one are my favorites. Which one did you choose?ReplyCancel

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