My Everyday Life: Week 52

Last week of 2012!!!!!

I added a bit of pink to my Christmas wrapping this year. My mother-in-law inspired me with her wrapping.

The tree before Santa came.

On our way to my parent’s house…crossing the Golden Gate Bridge while the sun went down.

Christmas Eve at my parent’s house. Crackers! Always!

Someone was VERY excited about the presents under his Nana’s tree.

A pink Christmas tree caught my eye.

Stuck in major traffic on the way home from work.

Life is beautiful.

I woke up to this the other morning.

And to my mom’s coffee cake!! Made by my mom!!

A moment of quiet.

Our family room is almost organized for Christmas Day.

I didn’t take any pictures while entertaining! But I did wash all of these wine glasses…

For dinner, I made a standing rib roast with horseradish cream sauce, Italian fries, creamed spinach & salad. Everything went well! No fries left…I thought that would be the case!

The day after Christmas…..CHAOS.

Roasting breakfast sausage in the oven is the easiest way to do it.

Breakfast was simple. Toast, sausage & eggs for anyone who felt like eating. I also made Bloody Marys

Jujyfruits & Carmex from the night before….don’t ask.


Dana hosted a wonderful lunch for our friend Megan who was in town from Seattle. Tartines!!

The view at Dana’s house is amazing.

The sun going down.

I have been here before. It’s true.

About to get groceries.

Waiting for pancakes.

Afternoon light in our bedroom.

We spent all of Saturday in bed watching movies & playing video games to decompress. Much needed quiet family time!

Currently on my fridge.

Contemplation…like why didn’t I take the week off from work? Talk about CRAZY.

That’s it! That was my last week of 2012. I thought about stopping this project but I don’t think I can! I really enjoy the challenge of finding beauty in my everyday life and I think I’d be lost without it. It’s also been fun to look back and see what I was doing each week. I’m unfortunately not a person who regularly keeps a journal these days, so having a photographic record of our life makes me super happy.

Thank you for your comments and your encouragement! Hearing from you kept me motivated to complete another year of photographic documentation.

Here’s to 2013!!  HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS!!

  • Amy

    I’ve loved these posts so much!!! So inspiring!!! I’m super glad you’re going to continue for 2013! Happy New Year, friend!!! xoxoxo

  • Aeshna

    Happy new year to you, Tracy! So happy to hear that these posts won’t be stopping. Also – you look so very pretty in that haircut 🙂

  • Elizabeth

    I’m so happy you’re going to keep this up for next year! I absolutely love seeing what’s in your everyday life each week.
    Happy new year!!

  • Amy

    I’m so glad you’re continuing this project in the new year, Tracy—love these posts. Happy 2013!

  • colleen

    what a beautiful week/year had!

  • Kristen M.

    Wonderful pics as always!

    p.s. did you mean to go partial feed all of a sudden?

    • Tracy

      I didn’t! I have no idea how that happened. If it happens again, rest assured that I will fix it! Thanks

  • Jane M

    PLEASE.DONT.STOP! And Happy New Year! Looking forward to a wonderful 2013!

  • Kanto

    Happy New Year! I love this project and excited that you’ll continue it!

  • jenny

    yay, tracy! I’m so glad to hear you’ll be continuing this series into 2013. I love glimpses of your life and your world from across the country–it’s like a mini-vacation for me each week. 🙂 have a very happy new year!

  • Hilary

    You looks so much like Ginnifer Goodwin in the last shot!
    Love your Everyday Life posts and can’t wait for them to continue 🙂
    I’m even inspired to begin my own ‘Everyday Life’ sort of thing as well!

  • Courtney

    Hi Tracy! I am SO happy you are continuing this series. I absolutely love seeing your photos and look forward to it every week. It inspires me to find beauty in my Everyday life too. Happy 2013!

  • Melanie

    Thanks for continuing these posts! They are my favorite-I look forward to them every week. Maybe I’ll try my own photo diary, too.

  • Kerry

    So happy to hear this is continuing… you have a beautiful gift of capturing the “every day” with a wonderful perspective! Happy New Year!

  • Ashley

    I am thrilled to hear that you are continuing! I love this project!

  • Heidi

    These are actually my favorite posts that you do — despite the fact that they make me feel a bit lazy and unexciting in comparison (still amazed at how much you fit into a week!)! Also, I thought those were fancy drinking flutes with your latte . . . but they are just reflections of lamps in the marble. Happy New Year!

  • Julie J

    Happy New Year Tracy! So happy you’ll be continuing this project. Love it! It’s my Sunday morning go to! Now, please convince your friend Dana to do the same. Love you both!

  • Denise

    No, you cannot stop these posts, the inspire me to do the same. I love reading a slice of your life – it is almost like seeing you every week! So happy that we had a chance to catch up at Dana’s lunch. Always makes my day having some Shutterbean time! Looking forward to more of it in 2013! xxoo

  • Christine

    Happy New Year, Tracy! I love your photo project! It’s cool, it’s awesome and so simple. I tried to write a journal in 2012 but it didn’t work for me. I’m inspired by you and your work. Maybe I should try it too.

    Thank you so much, have a fabulous 2013!

  • Laura @FoodSnobSTL

    Major props to completing this! I could never stick with this week after week – I tried and failed many times.

  • Betty

    I love these weekly posts! You have definitely inspired me to look around at my everyday life and appreciate the little things that make life so great. Cheers to a fabulous 2013!

  • Shana

    I’m so glad you are continuing for 2013, it’s a good reminder for the rest of us to try and find the beauty in everyday too. Thank you Tracy.

  • Jerri

    Glad you will continue the wonderful photos each week! I love looking at them. Happy New Year!

  • Caitlin

    Love your blog! Has inspired me to do more photography. You and Joy are amazing, always trying your recipes. Thanks!

  • Sarah Jayne

    I’m looking forward to this in 2013 and am glad you’re keeping it going! It challenges me to find beauty in my life, too, so thank you for the inspiration! Happy New Year!

  • Sarah

    Thank you so much for the inspiration all year long! I love peaking into your everyday life and it gave me the inspiration to do this myself in 2013!

  • Sarah

    I love these posts! I am happy that you are doing this again! I think I am going to do this too.

  • Kay

    The personal touch and insight that these posts add to your blog is so lovely. It makes me feel like I “know” you a bit! You have me inspired to do something similar…I think it would be so amazing to have something to look back on. It’s those little moments, so easily forgotten, that can be the most precious! Thank you!

  • Katie

    I love these posts too, so glad that you’ll keep it up. Happy 2013 (even if it is an odd number!)

  • Jessica

    Happy New Year Tracy. Keep taking a photo journal this year. Your pictures aren’t just a journal they’re art, good art. My favorite picture of Cam is one that you took. It’s a perfect picture. But it also reminds me of a great day I would probably have forgotten 10 years ago.

  • Rachel

    What a great final week of photos in your everyday life! Happy New Year, Tracy!!

  • Andrea H.

    I’m so glad that you are continuing this series. It is a great way to start the week. 🙂 Thanks for your blog and all your idea sharing.
    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  • cindy

    Happy New Year, friend!! XO

  • Khadijah

    im so excited ur going to keep taking pictures!!!

  • Stephanie C.

    I really do enjoy this part of your blog, especially the pictures from restaurants. I make a list so I know where to go when I get into the area.

  • Jessica Gunsell

    I’m glad you are planning on keeping up with the Everyday Life posts, they are something I look forward to each week. Thank you for your beautiful photos!

  • Ronni

    Happy New Year! This blog and your podcasts really do bring a little joy (ugh, sorry) into my life each week. Thanks, Tracy!

  • Shannan

    You should check out Project Life (a scrap booking product) if you want to have a physical book for photo a day – it’s awesome.

  • Denisse

    Great series, I hope you’ll continue with it. And thanks for the tip about roasting the sausages, what a great time saver when you’re making breakfast for a crowd!

  • Ellen

    Happy new year!
    It’s so cool you guys do the Christmas crackers. We sometimes do that in my family and they always have such silly jokes inside…

  • Jenny K

    So happy you’ve decided to continue these posts. Love the beauty in our everyday lives. Happy New Year!

  • Danielle

    Happy New Year Tracy! So happy you decided to continue with this series. I love your blog and every week I look forward to seeing what your “everyday life” looks like! : ) Happy 2013!


  • Nicole

    I’m so glad you’ve decided to keep doing this series in 2013! Your photos are beautiful. Happy New Year!

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  • Elise

    I really love your haircut!! Please don’t stop the My Everyday Life posts! They’re some of my favorites!

  • Megan Gordon

    Oh gosh, how happy it made me that I was a little part of this past week .. so great seeing you + getting to catch up just a little. Now: to get you to Seattle! Happy New Year!

  • SharonM.

    Happy New Year Tracy! So happy we are friends outside of school too! I seriously love your blog : )
    Q: do you have the recipe for your mom’s coffee cake? It looks delish! Thanks for sharing all your amazing secrets with the world… Here’s to a fabulous 2013!!

  • Victoria

    My everyday life should definitely continue in 2013! They are awesome for us and for you 🙂

  • Mandy

    I love love love your posts! When I heard your contemplation on stopping my heart sank a little. Of course I want you to follow your bliss but…I’m happy you’re not stopping quite yet! xo

  • Nicola

    Don’t stop! Please!

  • Freddi

    Tracy, your house looks quite amazing, what a nice space you live in 🙂

  • l. chau

    I’m really excited you’re keeping your Everyday Life posts. I love them! Happy 2013!

  • Muriel

    Happy New Year Tracy! Thanks for sharing so much of yourself throughout the year. I wish you and your family all the very best this new year and I look forward to your recipes and pics. BTW, you’re rocking that haircut!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Cheers to more of this beauty in the everyday in 2013. I adore this series. Your photos and thoughts are inspiring and comforting. & I am obsessed with your haircut.
    Heidi xo

  • Dayna @kaleidoscopebrain

    Love the haircut Tracey! So cute! ha, I know I already told you, but seriously I love it! It makes me want to get mine trimmed!

  • Dana

    I’m so glad you’re continuing with these, they always make me smile!

  • Julie

    I’m so glad you’re keeping this feature! I really, really enjoy it.

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