Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Review

January:

Baking, baking and more baking.  It seems my love for baking has turned somewhat into obsession.
My big sister told me that I needed to start posting about some of the yummy food I was making....and so I did.  {And now you know a secret...if my big sister tells me to do something, I do it}  Things like this Mocha Fudge Cake.

And one of my most requested, Red Velvet Cupcakes.

We went through a horrible teething stage with Levi - he was up every night, 3 or 4 times a night, for 45 minutes or more.  It lasted for about 3 months or so.  

February:

We took a trip down to Beaver Falls {& Pittsburgh}, to visit baby sis & her husband.  During Superbowl Weekend.  

Some of the amazing Superfood we had.  

Getting crafty & silly on Valentine's Day.  One of my favorite pictures of Lincoln!!

{Pictures by Andrew} My aunt hosted her annual Valentine's Day/Sledding Party - Linc absolutely loves sledding...can you tell?  

I opened Mooies, a children's vintage clothing shop on Etsy!

March:

We threw a Pinwheel & Pennant Birthday Party for Malacai's third birthday.  One of my favorites.  

April: 


Our venture into farm life started...we got chickens!! {Well, my mom got us chickens...}

May:

My Mother's Day was divine {minus a little bit of sickness}...the day started out with Strawberry Stuffed french toast served in bed!

Levi turned one!  We celebrated in Nautical style.  My most popular post of the year.  

{Photo stolen from here}  My sweet baby niece had heart surgery...and is doing better than ever now!

June:

We celebrated my mama's birthday - riding double and with a strawberry lemon cake {which I never blogged about...eeps!}

{Worst.picture.of.me.ever.  And we are dorks because we staged this picture!} I participated in my first ever 5K with my mama and my cousin Jessica.    

Lincoln turned 5...and we celebrated camp-out style.  

My baby sister & her husband moved to California...so hard to be so far away from them, but we know they are enjoying their time out there.  Haa...this picture!  Do I look stoned?  I was.  This was coming off a kidney stone attack {and ruined plans for a surprise birthday party for myself!}.  

My baby boy was in his first ever school play {The Three Little Pigs} and he graduated from preschool!

July: 


A fun little backyard vintage picnic {that I was late posting on...but it happened in July}

Family vacation to the Adirondacks....where we caught a mountain man bathing in a waterfall!  Haa {just kidding for those that don't recognize my baby brother}.  

August:



An amazing surprise 30th birthday party my family threw for me, which included a backyard drive-in!! {The party was in July, but I turned 30 in August, so...}

A little Milk & Cookies get together that I never blogged about!  Such a fun night with Marla, Rachel & Victoria.


My Grampa passed away on August 31st.  {This is one of my favorite pictures - it's a polaroid my mom has had on her fridge for quite some time}

September:


My little Lincoln James started kindergarten!!  And we threw a back to school feast.


I participated in Fall Fashion Week and ended the week at my cousin's wedding  - doing a sibling/niece photo shoot!

October:


We started the month out on a fall weekend get away in Saratoga and then spent the month enjoying my favorite time of year!

My niece, Fabienne, turned 1!  I made some desserts for her woodland themed party.

Family o' lumberjacks for Halloween!

November:


Took lots of family photos for the calendars we make for the grandparents.  {Our five and Mike's brother's five}.


We had lots of Thanksgiving day fun...and two hungry boys.

December:





Lots of Christmas-time fun throughout the month.  {The boys all had reindeer sweaters for Christmas Eve - and so did Uncle Craigie!}

Thanks for sharing the year with me - looking forward to 2012!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Levi's Vintage Style: Plaid Jacket

This is what Levi wore on Christmas day.  I found this sweet little vintage jacket a few weeks ago while out thrifting and was so excited that it fit Levi.  The vintage Converse were a gift from Cait that he opened on Christmas morning - how amazing are they?!  And how perfect to go with this jacket!  They are a little tight on him, so sadly he won't get much use out of them.
This little guy has had a rough few days - he got a pretty bad cold Christmas Eve that he's still suffering from.  And he's had quite a few falls lately and is looking pretty banged up...tis the age.





Jacket: vintage thrifted | Pants: thrifted | Shoes: vintage, gift from Cait

Linking up with Little Vintage Style and Small Style.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wishing you...{a bit late}

a very
{photo by: Cait}

Hoping you had a wonderful Christmas day filled with love, joy and happiness.  We had a couple of sick boys but still had a wonderful time celebrating with family.  It is so good to have little brother & little sister home.  And to be with family we don't get to see very often.

“I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.  The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!"

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Monday, December 19, 2011

In case you were wondering...

what it's like to live in my house, here's a two minute glimpse.  {And those with little boys in their house will just smile and say, ah yes, and agree with me that this actually is a bit more on the mild side for the exuberance little boys can have for life}


{shot with my iphone}

{My favorite part: when Cai is up in the camera and says "I don't know what's happening".  Haa!!  I'm thinking that all the time buddy!}

Also, confession: I sometimes have to hide that little vintage popper toy.  So cute - but so LOUD & ANNOYING.  Right now, it's tucked away in the corner of my room.  :)

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Friday, December 16, 2011

DIY Vintage Photo Album Book

I can't believe that I haven't shared this photo book with you before.  Cait made this sweet little photo album book of the boys and gave it to me last year for Mother's Day and it's one of my favorite gifts!

She took an old book, ripped out pages, glued photos on those pages, laminated the photo book pages and then bound the pages together using a needle and string.  {I think...correct me if I'm wrong Cait!}.  Pretty simple to do and such a sweet gift.  And, if you really want to make it good like Cait did, coordinate the book pages with titles that go along with your photos!!  

{I'm sharing too many pages of my book because I just love them all and can't choose favorites!}


How perfect is that chapter title for this book since she was giving it to me on Mother's Day?!

The boys have a cousin named Charlie and think he's the bees knees {& Charlie also loves tractors}, so that page is perfect.  And at the time, Malacai's lovey was that little bear.






Can you see Malacai running away in that first photo...."how to avoid work"- love it!!  And so true of Malacai, even to this day.


Weren't all the book captions so funny & perfect?  Just makes the book even better!  So go make one - and if you do, take photos - I'd love to see it!   Thanks so much for the lovely gift Cait - you're so creative & inspiring - xo!!

Also, on a completely unrelated note, while I was typing this post up, Levi woke up from his nap, so I went to get him and he had got his leg stuck in the slats of his crib!!  Eep - after pulling and prodding for a bit, I had to call Mike, who managed to talk me through getting him unstuck.  How Mike can figure it out over the phone and I can't when I'm right there...

Happy weekend loves!

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