and then she snapped: 2011. in photos.

2011. in photos.

Ashley Sisk hosts a fun linky every year called Memory, Dreams and Reflections, meant to get you to look back through the year and choose your favorite photos to fit the suggested "themes". I wasn't going to do it this year, because, well, it takes a long time! But then I remembered that I had tonsil surgery on Tuesday and I'm still recovering, so really, what else am I going to do? (And I was right, it DID take a long time!). But, I had fun looking back through the year's photos...I hope you do too!

Without further adieu:

This one is pretty self-explanatory. It's me. End of story.

I Love You
I love these boys.

Still Laughing...
This photo probably isn't very funny to you. At all. But it reminds me of a time when we literally could not stop laughing. Chris and Jeremy were facetiming each other while sitting right next to each other, and, all I can say is it was HILARIOUS.

Winter Wonderland

Charlie's First Birthday. He had a donut party. It was awesome.
This was from the same trip as the facetiming photo above. You can see the kids are just as hilarious as their dads are.

I Was AM Inspired...
I'm always inspired by this woman, my Grama. She's 92 TODAY! She raised 7 children as a widow, and she did a damn good job at it. Happy Birthday, Grama!

Spring Fever & Macro

Travel or Vacation
This was taken on a long weekend that Chris and I took to San Francisco, out the window of our hotel room. I experimented with HDR on this shot and really liked how it turned out.

Summer Days
I love this shot of Camden playing with a bucket of water.
A Day In My Life
Feed the baby. Clean up after the baby. Repeat.

All Smiles
This picture makes me smile, because WTF is Charlie even doing?
Autumn Harvest

Family or Home
My crazy family. Near our home. (See how I used both prompts? I'm THAT good).

Nothing says "celebrate" quite like fireworks! (and without the hangover!)

Let's Do It Again...
Why yes, that IS a photo of me and THE Mama Kat. She's famous, you know! I met her at a blog conference I went to this year and I would LOVE to go to another conference. It was really fun meeting people whose blogs I already knew!

I Miss You
I don't see my dad as much as I would like to. I miss him!

 Grace is beautiful, inside and out.
(how cheesy is that?)

Dress Up
A monkey and his banana. You know.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, but Christmas is my favorite holiday to photograph.

My Favorite
I love everything about this photo. It cracks me up, and it signified the END of my Project 365! 

Don't Ever Change
I love the relationship between father and daughter. They are such good friends and have so much fun together, and I hope that never changes.

Just Because...So There!
Just a photo that I like.
For no specific reason. 

Hopes and Dreams
Don't let anything keep you from soaring to new heights in 2012!

Thanks for all of your support over this past year. I hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. If you've got a couple hours to spare I highly suggest you join in too. It was fun!

Happy New Year!


  1. Love this whole set Rachel! Happy birthday Grandma!

  2. Great photos. I love the one of Charlie looking at his belly.

  3. Way to go! Great pics. I wanted to do it but seriously...takes SO long.

  4. Hi!
    Great pictures! Love Your Favorite, it made me smile. Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

  5. Your pictures are wonderful but I LOVE your Holidays photo. Just perfect.

    Happy New Year

  6. Such great photos, Rachel! Looks like a wonderful year. Happy Birthday to your Grandma, and Happy New Year!!

  7. Great collection of photos! Without really knowing her, I would say your cheesy Grace comment is right on...and I hope her fun friendship with her dad continues too! One of my favorite photos from last year is my husband playing with my daughter's veil before they walked down the aisle. silly. them. And I've loved all your Christmas photos!

  8. Banana costumes are super legit! I loved your recap.

  9. Loved every last one! Thanks for the photo inspiration this past year!

  10. Love the selfie- you have INCREDIBLE eyes.

  11. Well I'm glad you did find time to participate. I'll be honest, I didn't finish mine until today. What a slacker!

  12. O I loved this! thanks for taking the time to put it together (and hope you feel better ;)

  13. Great year in review Rachel!!! i love your blog!!! :D

  14. So fun to see your year in review. Nice shots.

  15. Love it! Love you and your family! Thanks for inspiring me! xoxo

  16. This is such a great way to catch up on the important things I missed. Love your photos and am honored to be included. :) Thank you!!

  17. Excellent set! Looks like you had a wonderful 2011. :)

  18. Awesome shots Rachel! I know you didn't know it at the time, but you helped me see how to make a hobby for myself-THANK YOu for being a photography and blogging inspiration. Here's to 2012!

  19. What a fun year Rachel! You got some camera skills mama!

  20. Looks like such a great year. Love these photos.

  21. loved looking back with you, rachel. and, i love the monkey & his banana photo. awesome!

  22. i love it!! i love how you sort of wrote some goals while you were reflecting - like how you want to see your dad more. Your kids are the cutest!!! and that facetime incident with Jeremy and Chris - I wish I was there! Happy 2012!

  23. What a great trip down memory lane! Thanks for taking the time to put this together - I know how hard it is! I enjoyed seeing all of them, and reading about your favorite is Charlie and the can only wonder what he was doing/thinking! Great job!


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