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2010 in Review

By Tara Zandra | December 31, 2010


This was actually taken late New Year’s Eve. We played karaoke, ate, used noise makers, and I know there was a ton of confetti involved.



This was Daisy’s birthday. We stayed overnight at the Disneyland Hotel to celebrate her turning 5. Even though my kids don’t go to school, for some reason age 5 still seems like a milestone to me. Consequently, we had special hotel stays for both girls on their 5th birthdays.



We had promised Tabitha a trip to the snow. As I hate the snow, I always put it off. When it was suddenly the first day of Spring we figured we better make good on that promise. It was a lovely 60 degrees and we had fun painting the snow with colored water, making snow balls, and sledding with makeshift sleds.



Taken at an early Easter celebration at my in-laws’ house. We had a big group as it was us, my BIL, his girlfriend, and her kids. Egg hunts are always more fun with with other people.



My 36th birthday at California Adventure. It’s a giant box for a Toy Story 3 toy and the front is really covered in plastic. As soon as I saw this prop earlier in the month, I knew that’s what I wanted for our family picture.



The day of the girls’ dance recital. Tabitha did a jazz dance to “I’m a Believer” by Smash Mouth and Daisy did a tap dance to “I’m Gonna Wash that Man (Right Outta My Hair).”



This month marked our 14th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, we never got a family shot in July. But Tabitha happened to take a picture of just Chris and I, which is rare. I also got a pic of the girls together which is much less rare. Notice, I am wearing the exact same shirt as both the May and June photos and Chris is wearing the same as the May photo. Apparently we have our favorites.




This photo is strange because we’re all wearing funny hats. The back story is Tabitha was slated to join a new Girl Scout troop. For various reasons, she ended up finishing her Bronze Award project on her own and then needed to bridge to Cadettes. One of the bridging requirements is planning your own bridging ceremony. So Tabitha had Daisy announce her, complete with trumpet fanfare, then she gave a speech, then she switched to her new Cadette vest where I pinned her Bronze Award on her. Oh yes, and she had us all wear the funny hats. That much she knew was going to happen from the moment she planned the ceremony. That’s why 11 year olds are not traditionally event planners.



Here were at the LA County Fair. It had been a long, hot day and I decided to crowd us into a photo booth. Poor Daisy got crammed to the bottom and she was less than pleased that part of her was cut out of the shot. But it was definitely a fun way to end the day. Okay, I just realized I’m wearing the blue shirt again. Apparently my New Year’s resolution needs to be to buy more short sleeved shirts for variety!


Halloween night when we stopped by in-laws’ house. Tabitha’s Evil Fairy costume was made by me. Daisy chose to be Princess Tiana though she still hasn’t seen the movie. Honestly, she decided sometime in the summer and I really think she just liked the dress.


Chris’s 36th birthday which means we’re at Disneyland! More accurately, this is California Adventure. We’re pictured with Duffy the Disney Bear who is an import from Tokyo Disneyland. He is one of the most popular characters there, but no one ever comes to see him here. Chris decided this is where he wanted our family picture for the month.


This was our annual Christmas trip to Disneyland. The girls are wearing dresses I made, plus Christmas ear hats. We’re inside a cabin in Frontierland where Santa greets guests. It’s so homey in there and seeing Santa is always magical. I have to say, I’m extremely pleased with how this picture came out.


I will absolutely continue taking a family photo every month. I think it’s a wonderful way to see how we all change. As Mom, I’m not in a lot of photos. I think that’s common in a lot of families. I know Mom is usually the one taking the pictures but also, Mom usually hates the way she looks in photos. But the real tradegy is when the kids grow up, they don’t have pictures of their mom from when they were kids. I’m not fond of how I look in a lot of the pictures, but my kids love me and the reality is, that’s how I look! I’m not going to look different in their memories by staying out of photos. But regardless of personal body issues, the one thing you can see in every one of these photos, is how much fun we’re having, and our love for each other. That’s worth every perceived bad photo of me and I will not shy away from being in pictures. That’s my gift to my future grown up kids.

Happy New Year everyone!

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4 Responses to “2010 in Review”

  1. Mandi Says:
    December 31st, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Love the pics Z. Your family does indeed look like a happy, loving family. :) It is interesting to watch Chris’s hair change through the year (facial hair included). I think he changes his look more often than his girls. LOL

  2. Robin Says:
    December 31st, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I think you look nice in every picture you are in! Very well done!

  3. Aunt Kari Says:
    January 2nd, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I love all the pictures. You are so right about moms not always being in the family pictures I think your shirt issue is so funny, a good excuse to go buy a couple of new shirts.

  4. Mel Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    That is really cool. You all look so great and like you are having a wonderful time. I admire you for putting yourself in the photos so much. I am one of those moms who hate to be photographed so I rarely am. No one ever thinks to ask to take one of me and I’m not about to offer especially with all the weight I put on this year.