Christmas 2010 Link Up

by Janice

Merry Christmas!

Our Kids - Sophia, Olivia, Julia, and Jackson

Our Kids - Sophia, Olivia, Julia, and Jackson

It was a dash to the finish line, as usual. Last week, as we rushed to get all our work done — and shop, wrap, and attend all the kids’ Christmas concerts — my hard drive crashed on my laptop.

I think for us online moms, having your hard drive crash is like having the Norwalk virus ravage your family — it completely derails your life!

So, while my computer spends the holiday at the computer “hospital” waiting for employees to return to their posts next week and restore it to health, I am attempting to go through my holiday photos on an old, slow laptop without my beloved Lightroom. (This one has Photoshop Elements on it, thank goodness. But I still desperately miss my Lightroom.)

Olivia - 3 years old

Jackson - 8 years old (almost nine!)

Sophia - 3 years old

Sophia - 3 years old

Julia - 5 years old

Julia - 5 years old

I often say, I can’t imagine how I survived before Lightroom — but I never wanted to actually find out. To have Lightroom and then suddenly be without is like losing indoor plumbing. The bathroom right out back is not very convenient — nor comfy.

So, I don’t have all my photos edited and sorted. I don’t have the white balance corrected as I like it. And doing the small amount of work I did do took far too long.

Lesson to share: Get Lightroom. Life is better with it.

You might think it is a strange thing to worry about at Christmas time. But for me, my photos are a huge part of how I process, savor and enjoy the holidays. After everyone goes to sleep, I open up my laptop and go through my images. A great photo is one of my favorite highs in life.

Link UP!

Did YOU get some fabulous holiday photos? Have you posted your memories?

Link up your holiday and Christmas posts here by pasting the URL of your posts in one of the linkies below. Then hop around and read other posts! It will be a festive way to meet new friends and visit old ones.

It is kind of like a bloggy sleigh ride…

Add your link below:

Here’s a Thumbnail style Linky…

Or a basic style Linky if you prefer…

P.S. In case you are confused — Olivia and Jackson are my kids, and Sophia and Julia are Susan’s.

P.P.S. If you love your holiday shots — there is still time to get a Free Canvas or a $55 gift certificate for a larger canvas from The Canvas People. I am obsessed and eventually all of my walls will be covered! LOL

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Written by Janice, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom. Talk with me: @5minutesformom and

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at

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1 Tarasview December 26, 2010 at 9:30 am

beautiful pictures Jan! *hugs* to both you and Sue – I hope you get some time to relax this week :)


2 Charlene December 26, 2010 at 10:03 am

I got my canvas print for Christmas and I lLOVE it, totally thinking about getting more, especially since I got a coupon for another free one with my print. So awesome! Thanks for telling us about this crazy, wonderful deal! I’m addicted too :-)


3 MomAgain December 26, 2010 at 3:35 pm

They are so pretty! Looks like you had a very festive time! Best wishes! :D


4 Karen December 26, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Computer battles are never fun!! The photos are still making me smile though…happy faces! :>


5 Adventures In Babywearing December 26, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I can not believe how big they all are! I remember when you were both pregnant with the girls… wow.



6 Mothers' Hideaway December 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Your family is beautiful! I’ve never had Lightroom, but I want to get it :)


7 Lorie Shewbridge December 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Janice, even if the photos took you a while to edit, you did a marvelous job, they look gorgeous. I love how they like to take photos together – it will bring such great memories when they get older!
Thank you for sharing your Christmas with us, wishing you all a very happy new year.
BTW, my grandson LOVED the call from Santa, thank you SO much again!


8 Blogger Broadcast December 27, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Those are fabulous photos of the kids. Beautiful smiles and sharp outfits. Have a wonderful Christmas!


9 Self Sagacity December 27, 2010 at 11:09 pm

I am just stopping by to wish you and your family a fabulous Christmas. My goodness, I had no idea what a light room is, so that is my homework, to find out. I used to be the same way with my daughters’ photos, after I took some, I go through them and stare at them endlessly. Great photos.


10 Carissa December 29, 2010 at 3:21 am

I actually WAS confused. I was all.. TWINS?? What the What??
And I would have believed it and EVERYthing! :)


11 Stephanie December 31, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Jackson is so grown-up! And that picture of Julia is stunning – she looks wise beyond her years.


12 Nell January 3, 2011 at 12:14 am

Jackson looks like a little man now! So wild. How in the world do these young, beautiful years seem to go so fast?!



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