Back to reality…


I hope everyone had a Happy Christmas! This Christmas was absolutely wonderful! It was so fun to spend time with our families, enjoy family traditions, watch the cousins act out the nativity, eat good food, watch movies, eat more treats and watch my little boy open his presents. His excitement made everything worth it! Here are a few of the highlights…Starred Photos3

Another highlight was when my husband surprised me with this canon rebel for Christmas!


Holy cow!! Words can’t describe how excited I was. I was shocked!! I pulled it right out of the box and started snapping away! I love how it can capture the EXACT moment and the exact expression on my babies face. Ever since I’ve had kids I’ve dreamed of having one of these cameras so I could capture moments like these…




I just couldn’t capture that sweet smile, those blue eyes, the little baby acne and chubby cheeks with my old camera. So I am forever grateful to my husband for this wonderful gift! Btw this pic is also unedited and on the VERY basic mode. It will be fun to learn more about editing ONE day.  I really can’t wait to figure out all the cool features on this camera! I’m thinking about taking a digital photography class next semester to teach me more about the aperture, shutter speed and all the other things that scare me on the camera. lol. Anyone want to take one with me, or know of a good class? I know a lot of people have taken classes online as well. If you’ve found any good websites or blogs that have been helpful to you, please let me know! I’m so anxious to learn EVERYTHING I can.

Well I hope everyone had a great Christmas! We enjoyed today by relaxing, watching Christmas movies and eating lots of Christmas treats… but I’m afraid tomorrow is back to reality! I have got to start eating healthier and get this house organized! The last 2 months (since my baby was born) I’ve kind of put everything on hold. The little things just didn’t matter. Now that I think of it I don’t think my house has been dusted this whole time. lol. But I’m ready to get back in the swing of things… I always love starting a new year and having a fresh start. We also have a few fun projects planned this week that I can’t wait to show you! Until then…



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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Missy Luukkonen posted on December 26, 2010 at 10:31 pm (#

    I am glad that you had a great holiday!! We did too! Maggie Holmes teaches a wonderful on-line digital phot class, her beggining one goes through everything you need to learn. She is very helpful and explains everythign so well, she fills up fast, I would check out her web site and see what she is planing for the new year!! Good luck! I love my slr!!

  2. Jayna Rae posted on December 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm (#

    I am so glad that your holiday turned out so well. I can't wait to see what you have planned for us in 2011. Oh yes, I tried your oreo brownie recipe, but with the mint oreos because they were out of candy cane. So, to match I also used Andes mints on top. They were wonderful. My dad thought they were a great gift. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. marissa posted on December 26, 2010 at 11:40 pm (#

    you lucky girl, have loads of fun playing with your new toy

  4. Life In The Thrifty Lane posted on December 26, 2010 at 11:54 pm (#

    We received the same gift!!!!!

  5. Stephanie Vogel posted on December 27, 2010 at 12:35 am (#
    ) will teach you everything you want and need to learn to get the most out of your camera. It's all free and has clear, easy to understand explanations, from editing to taking pictures.Check it out. I have the rebel t2i. LOVE. IT!

  6. Leslie posted on December 27, 2010 at 2:43 am (#

    Looks like a wonderful christmas! I just know that you will love that camera. Someday I would love to get the same one.
    Have a happy new year.

  7. Shileen posted on December 27, 2010 at 6:04 am (#

    What a beautiful family! And what an awesome camera! I was happy to get a new littl point and snap camera because mine was so old but a Canon is my next step!

  8. adventuringsmiths posted on December 27, 2010 at 6:50 am (#

    I got a Nikon D5000 last Easter, and I still haven't figured out all of the different features! I've learned a few of things, but there is so much and with a 23 month old and a nine month old, my days are pretty busy! Glad you had a great Christmas!

  9. Michelle ( posted on December 27, 2010 at 7:15 am (#

    Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! So excited (and jealous!) of your new camera! Enjoy learning all the new features!

  10. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition posted on December 27, 2010 at 7:48 am (#

    taking a class is SO worth it!!

  11. The Wife In Her New Life posted on December 27, 2010 at 8:36 am (#

    YAY for the camera!! Looks like you had a fabulous Christmas with your family =)

  12. Alison posted on December 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm (#

    I got the same gift, and can't wait to learn how to use it!!! I'll be learning right along with you!

  13. Karen @ The Busy Bug posted on December 27, 2010 at 11:47 pm (#

    Congratulation! Beautiful pictures! TFS.. Bug Hugs.

  14. Caitlin Jane posted on December 28, 2010 at 8:58 am (#

    I found Pioneer Woman's tutorials to be super helpful in understanding the big basics.

    (one's found here for example,

    Hope it helps! Happy New Year!

  15. Summers Camp posted on December 28, 2010 at 10:42 pm (#

    Ok, so random question: are you a Metcalf?! Because I SWEAR, your dad (if that man in the picture is indeed your father) looks freaky familiar. *B

  16. Lisa posted on December 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm (#

    So fun! I know you don't really know me, I am actually a friend of your mom and dad's. :) I am enjoying your blog and your craftiness! Keep it up!! :D

  17. Leslie posted on December 31, 2010 at 7:47 pm (#

    Gotta tell you .. I went out this morning at bought a Rebel!!! well, sort've.. I put a down payment on one. I can't wait to get it home and start snapping pictures. I am excited to see what you learn.
    Happy New Year.

  18. Diane Murray posted on April 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm (#

    What adorable little bunnies! Not nearly as cute as the adorable little baby girl and little man on this page though!