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One Community: January 2014

This year I wanted to take part in a link-up project, but not one that required me to do something every day or even every week.  Lo and behold, I “met” Sarah and her blog, Beauty School Dropout via Missouri Women Bloggers. She is one of the hosts of the One Community link up.  I loved the concept:

One Community Link Up

One Community is a monthly photo project in which participants photograph their homes and communities with a theme in mind. The theme varies by month. The goal is to both showcase similarities and differences in our communities worldwide – and bring us all closer together in understanding through art.

The Rules:  Post one or more photos interpreting the words for the month, and add your blog post to the link-up.  Please include a link back to the link-up post on your One Community post, and take a look at some of the other links and comment on them.  After all, this is all about building community!

I am not a photo blogger, but I loved the idea of seeing how other bloggers interpret for words visually each month, and how those interpretations might contrast or unify the communities that we live in. If you would like to join the One Community photo blogging project, leave a comment on Sarah’s January One Community post and she will email you the words for February.

The words for January are Treasure, Silver, Resolution, and Winter


treasure - lego box and mapBetween all the snow days and the holiday break, we have had lots of family time lately.  Our five year old made a treasure chest out of his legos, hid it in the upstairs bathroom, and drew me a treasure map so that I could find it. I am loving his creativity, all the time at home, and all the great memories we have built as a family. (Even if it does mean searching for treasure behind the toilet.)


silver face paintingThis year for New Year’s Eve, we ventured into downtown Springfield to check out First Night.  The kids had a blast. One of the favorite activities was face painting, complete with silver glitter.  We had a great time at First Night – it’s such a fun family-friendly event.


resolution - fit bitI am 35 this year, which I consider to be officially old.  I am also in the worst shape of my life.  But, I am working on doing something about that!  This is my Christmas Gift – a fit bit.  It has really been helpful in keeping me motivated and identifying when/where I can be more active.  And I’ve only dropped it in the toilet once so far.


winter driving in SpringfieldWe are really paying for the mild winter we had last year.  This is at a major intersection in Springfield – I couldn’t believe how bad the roads were!  Turns out it was so cold, that the plows stopped trying. They decided it was better to leave the packed snow on the roads rather than scrape it off and just leave ice.  Google adds snowfall to all of the photos that I take with my phone that have snow in them.  Kitschy technology – what’s not to love?

winter snowballsSorry, I couldn’t hold myself to just one photo for Winter, since we’ve had so much of it!  For Christmas we got the kids snowball makers – they were thrilled to try them out, regardless of the negative 20 degree wind chill…hence the darth vader masks.  I ran out to the garage to take this picture and then ran back in!



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8 Responses to "One Community: January 2014"

  1. Is 35 officially old? Dang it… I’ll be turning 35 in a few months! =( I don’t feel old!

    I love your snow pictures — I think those face masks were the key to playing outside. We don’t have any, and it was just WAY TOO COLD.

  2. Nicole says:

    I’m 31 so I guess I’m right behind you in the OLD line. Haha

    I have a fitbit and I absolutely love it. It has become such a part of my daily routine that when I forget to put it on I feel like something is missing.

    We are also paying the price for a couple of mild winters. Payment so far as been tornadoes in November and 20 inches of snow in December. Yeesh!

  3. 1. LOVE that treasure map idea, brilliant!
    2. Sounds like you had fun and the face painting is lovely.
    3. Fit is a good idea and congratulations for dropping your new device only once in the toilet!
    4. We are having a very mild winter so far… A “proper one” will probably arrive around spring time!! xx

  4. Ashley says:

    I have questions about the fitbit thingy. Is this the one that does the sleep too? What all does it tell you? Is it worth the money? I may come up with more later…

  5. Fawn says:

    Ashley, it is basically a fancy pedometer. Yes, it does monitor your sleep as well, but basically just based on movement. It gives feedback on steps, calories burned (based on data you enter, not HR), flights of stairs climbed, total distance traveled (based on number of steps). It also has a clock and a silent alarm. I got mine at Best Buy with a combo of gift cards and 15% coupon. I’m not sure if it’s worth the $99 retail or not yet (have only been using it about a week and a half), but I do like having the general feedback every day. I am learning that I am not as active in an average day as I thought I was. It’s not going to be the best for monitoring workouts – I have yet to take it running, but like I said, it doesn’t monitor heart rate, and that’s kind of a big deal for super-athletes like you, but for constant monitoring of just every day activity, it’s a nice resource. I’ll probably do a blog post on it sometime in the next couple months, so do let me know if you have more questions – that will help me write the post!

  6. Fawn says:

    Well, I just feel like I am officially an adult now that I’m 35 – the wrinkles, grey hair, slower recovery times are all there to prove it. 😉 You’re as old as you feel, right?

    On a side note, I just realized last night that we are both pinners for the SGF airport group board. I don’t know how I even got invited for that! Do you?

  7. I got invited because I used to work at the airport!

  8. (Commenting late but am joining the One Community in Feb) I love that he drew you a treasure map! Kids & their creativity is so awesome to witness. I love that Google added snow to that photo! And at first I thought you darkened the kids’ faces for privacy reasons ;).

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