Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Our January

Can you believe we're already a month into 2017?  Our January has been pretty low key...fighting colds, hanging out at home because it's been too cold to go outside, doing house stuff to get ready for settlement, nothing too thrilling.  I haven't really had much to post for the month so I thought I would wrap it up with all the miscellaneous pictures I've taken the past few weeks.

Sisterly love

Mommy and Noelle

Noelle & Natalie

Hanging with Pop Pop!  We went to visit them for a few days over MLK Jr weekend.

One of my favorite sights....they often like to have their own space but on this day Natalie sat down first, patted the spot next to her on the little couch, and Noelle chose to sit with her instead of her own couch.

This one seems to think I'm going to forget her breakfast one day.  Each morning she stations herself next to the pantry as I make lunches and won't move until I feed her.

When your sister has a dino hat and won't let you wear it...even though you had the chance to make your own at daycare and refused.

Diva much?  Noelle grabbed the sunglasses as I put her in her high chair for breakfast and wouldn't take them off.

We spent one weekend at the World Pet Expo at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.  The girls LOVED it.  They did a great job holding our hands as we walked around and excitedly pointed out each animal.  They especially loved seeing so many doggies!

Kinda hard to see but a baby baboon!


Two-toed sloth in the laundry basket

Noelle liked clapping for the dock dogs.

Dock Dogs!

Instead of diving in after the bumper, this dog ran up to the edge, peered over, and then jumped in!

Daddy and Natalie


One of the dogs checking out the sheep

Mini Horse and Fainting Goat

We made pumpkin bread one day and my little sous chefs enjoyed "helping"!

All the family watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Probably another night of watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse


I'm trying not to think too much how tomorrow is February and that means we're less than two weeks away from having two TWO year olds! How are they almost two?!?  We have lots of plans for February including birthday celebrations and settlement!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 in Review

I feel like this year has flown by...it was summer and then I blinked and now it's the beginning of a new year.  How many days does it take you to get used to writing 2017??

Here's how our 2016 shaped up...

  • I lamented over the fact that my babies were 11 months old, meaning only 1 more month till they turned one!
  • We got hit with a little blizzard nicknamed Snowzilla and had over 29" of snow, 3" over the old record!  Schools were out for over a week (goodbye summer) and the girls had their first experience with snow, which was really them sitting in holes we dug out for them since their snow suits were too puffy for them to move in.
  • February was probably our biggest milestone of the year with our two little babies turning ONE!  We celebrated with two parties, mama cried a little at her babies officially becoming toddlers, and they were spoiled by our friends and family.  You can see their birthday post here and their individual years in review here: Noelle and Natalie (as I write this I can't believe we're about to celebrate their second birthday!!! Ahhh!)
  • Both girls took their first independent steps.  Natalie was first followed by Noelle about a week later.  They started walking and never looked back!
  • Looking back at the blog, I mostly wrote about the girls' birthday celebrations in February.  In March we celebrated Ben's 29th birthday (last year before 30!) and Chessie's 20th birthday.  I guess I didn't take any pictures for those celebrations!  I'm already looking forward to celebrating their big birthday's this year, 30 and 21!!
  • We celebrated Easter with Ben's family.
  • Biggest part of April was co-hosting one of my best friend, Kaitlyn's bridal shower!  Kaitlyn and I have known each other since middle school (we actually didn't become friends till high school) and she asked me to be her matron of honor in her June wedding.  Her maid-of-honor and soon-to-be sister-in-law, Kara and I hosted a shower together to celebrate her!  
  • My friend Kayla and I took the girls to the zoo for the first time! It was hot, sweaty, and crowded but we made the best of it.
  • Celebrated Mother's Day with ice cream and brunch.  Ben gave me one of my favorite crafting machines, my Silhouette Cameo!
  • Attended the bridal shower of one of my other best friends, Kayla!  She also also asked me to be in her wedding, which was in July. 
  • Went to our first wedding of the season, one of our friends from college.  Congrats Katie & Mike!
  • Celebrated my brother's birthday and my father-in-law's birthday.
  • Said goodbye to the bottle! This was harder for mommy then it was for the girls!
  • Our first big event in June was dedicating the girls at our church.  Our family & friends came for the service and then we had a nice lunch after at my in-laws house where we celebrated with a few special gifts and cake!
  • The second of our three big events was my friend Kaitlyn's wedding!  Ben's parents kept the girls for the weekend and we had so much fun celebrating Kaitlyn & Joel as they started their new life together.  
  • At the end of the month my mom and I took the girls to South Carolina to visit some family friends.  It was the girls' second time on a plane and I can say it's much harder at 16 months old than 5 months old!
  • Spent the Fourth of July at the beach! Beach Babes Part 1 and Beach Babes Part 2.  
  • We also celebrated my mom's birthday while at the beach and my dad's birthday a week later.
  • Took our first family vacation just the four of us!  We went to Dutch Wonderland and had a great time!  The second day we visited the Strausburg Railroad Museum.
  • At the end of the month I got to stand up next to Kayla as she said, "I do" to Tom!  We had so much fun at their wedding, our third one of 2016.
  • We went to the Queen Anne County Fair and the girls had a blast, especially with the animals!
  • Started mentally preparing myself to go back to school.
  • We celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday!
  • My cousin Stephen got married!  This wedding was extra special because the girls were flower girls for the first time!  
  • We visited the pumpkin patch and picked our pumpkins!
  • Ben and I decided to sell our house and hopefully find a house with a bigger yard to run around in.
  • Halloween with Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck.  Daisy was sick for the actual Halloween trick-or-treating but Minnie had a blast.
  • We officially listed our house and spent time every night cleaning it and picking things up.  Talk about tiring!
  • I celebrated my 29th birthday with my family.
  • We went to meet Santa the day before Thanksgiving.  There were tears but not because of Santa but because the elf took his sweet time taking the pictures.
  • Thanksgiving this year was with Ben's family.  As much as I missed seeing mine, it was nice to stay local and not have to drive as much.
  • December was crazy which left little time for pictures and posts.  
  • Christmas was big this year!  You can read all about it in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3!
  • Ben and I rung in 2017 by sitting on the couch together, watching the ball drop, and toasting to a new year!