The 2012 Lyrebird Images Desk Calendar

It started in 2010 as a fun end of year gift for my co-workers and grew in 2011 into a solution for the large number of teacher/family/friend gifts that I need to cover.

All it took was the time to sift through 12 months of photographs and choose 12 seasonally-appropriate favourites(!), some gorgeous templates from Paislee Press (because I’m too lazy to design my own) and a wonderful local photo printer that produced quality prints at a reasonable price before they, sadly, closed up shop at the end of the year. (I’m devastated).

PLEASE share suggestions for equally great and reasonably priced printers in the Portland area in the comments!

The best part about this project is that it provides me with the perfect opportunity to get my photos off the computer and share them with family and friends. It also gives me a chance to reflect on my photos from the past year and see where I need to improve (take more photos of “things”) and how I can make the calendar even better in 2013.

So, here it is, the 2012 Lyrebird Images desk calendar.

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Today’s Photo of My All Grown Up Boy

I had the chance to spend some extra time with Thomas this weekend and was reminded of just how much I love this kid. Right now, Thomas:

  • Is smart, curious and always learning new things.
  • When choosing prizes at the arcade at one of the birthday parties, asked specifically for the Humpback whale and the Orca from the bowl of plastic fish – and then had to teach the guy behind the counter which was which.
  • Has a girlfriend – not a friend who is a girl, a girlfriend. Her name is Sabrina and apparently it’s the real thing because he drew a picture of her on the first page of his “weather book” right next to the pictures of him and Samuel wearing capes.
  • Is now counting his girlfriends. Sabrina is his second – “Remember Elizabeth Mum? She was my first girlfriend.”
  • Is six (often have to remind myself of that).
  • Still has all of his baby teeth but we just discovered a “shark tooth” growing up behind his bottom front teeth. I don’t know whether to take him to the dentist or let nature take its course.
  • Spent most of the weekend playing Lego and superheroes with his brother, with just a couple of small breaks to attend birthday parties. Samuel spent Monday telling his teacher how much he loved playing with Thomas on the weekend.
  • Told me he would like to spend our special Mummy/Thomas day on Friday playing Lego. (hmmm)

Did I mention how much I love this kid?