December 31, 2009

happy new year

This last year our family has been though many struggles so I am looking forward to the new year and a new start. To begin the New Year my niece Laci is getting married tomorrow. She has overcome so many trials in her life so seeing her married will be one of the happiest days in our family!
photo: Olivet

December 29, 2009


Noah turned 18 months on Christmas Day and we had so much fun with him this year. He loved everything about it. The ornaments on the tree (trying to take them all off), opening all his presents, playing with the boxes they came in, all the yummy chocolate and spending the whole day having fun with his family!
On Christmas Eve, Noah had one thing to say: I'm Not Sleepy!
He was so fascinated with this toy even though it didn't cost hardly anything. He pressed the button and the little airplane would light up and spin.
Noah's new jammies from his Aunt Danielle
Every year since our kids were little my brother Bob has given all of his nieces and nephews money for Christmas. That 40 dollars each adds up to quite a bit since their are 17 of them. They are so blessed to have such a generous and loving uncle who as you can see in this photo, is their Mr. Wonderful!
My daughters have been cooking up a storm this year so I gave them each one of my favorite cookbooks. Danielle and Matt sharing a Christmas moment.
My mother with her newest little great granddaughter Kenna Mae.

December 22, 2009

wise words

I love this quote I read today from our President:

Barack Obama:

“One of the things that I’ve felt very strongly about during the course of this year is that hard stuff requires not paralysis, but it requires going ahead and trying to make the best of the situation that you’re in."

via: Michael Crowley

December 19, 2009

cookie centerpiece

I was baking Christmas cookies tonight and catching up on Martha Stewart shows when I came upon this adorable idea for a centerpiece. It would also be really cute as a hostess gift. What I loved about it is how easy it is. You can get these pretty jars at Crate and Barrel. Then you just fill it part of the way with sugar. Next use small cake plates to stand up decorated cookies. Lastly add a few peppermint candies and a cute red bow at the top. I love watching Martha Stewart's holiday shows with all her wonderful inspiration!

not loving santa

I guess you could say that Noah and his cousin Liam where not really happy to see Santa this year. They are both between one and half and two which is obliviously not the greatest age to be lovin Santa. I am sure when they get older they will look back on this and get a big laugh!

December 11, 2009

my children's christmas stockings

One of my favorite possessions is these Christmas stockings my mother made for my 3 children. Many years ago when my father was ill and mostly sedentary she wanted to find a hobby so she could sit with him for long periods. She thought cross stitching would be perfect and went to work on these stockings even though she was a novice. I love Christmas time when I can pull out these beautiful stockings and hang them over the fireplace to enjoy!

December 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Matt!

This is one of my favorite pictures of Matt taking his first steps when he was learning how to walk. This week (twenty-two years later) he took another big step when he packed up all his belongings and we helped him move into his own place. I'm always happy for my children when they become independent, but it is oh so heart wrenching when they move out of your house for good. I immediately have flashbacks of them sitting at our kitchen bar visiting and fixing food for them when they get home from school or work. Hearing them calling out Hi as they come through the door. Coming in their rooms and seeing the familiar sights and sounds of their life. Having them come home late at night and enjoying long talks with them about their day. All the million moments that having them in my life has brought me joy. It's not like they are gone for good, you will still be seeing them when they visit. Somehow though in your heart you know things will never be the same again and as they turn and kiss you goodbye, it hurts.

December 6, 2009

cupcake tree

When you don't have room for a real tree, a modern cupcake tree from sweet paul.

December 3, 2009

sweet baby things

Adorable baby gift tags from Deejan on Etsy
Oh so sweet owl top from LittleBlueWren on Etsy
via: My Notting Hill