Monday, December 31, 2012

2012- The year that flew by!

January
January started off strong for me in regards to blogging. I celebrated a few birthday’s including a special 30th birthday celebration for Mrs. Organized and Sister Glamorous celebrated her 21st birthday!

My little family started the year with a hike in Casper’s Wilderness with some family friends.
We rounded out the month with our one year anniversary as homeowners and our first big mishap when pipes under our floors burst. That began our relationship with a great plumber who helped when Little C got super mischievous many months later.
 
February
A very eventful month! February marks my mom’s birthday month. I went to my very first and only Blogger Meet-Up so far with Nurse SC and Designer KR. I participated in my first blogger swap in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Little C and I ventured to an amazing location near us called Pretend City.  I hosted a playdate for Little C’s friends for Valentine’s Day.  My Hockey Husband who is an amazing chef surprised me with the best dinner a girl could ask for. Filet and lobster tails- yummy.

 
March
Hockey Husband and I celebrated another year together and continue to grow in our relationship and marriage with one another. I absolutely love this man.
My parents came to visit and spend sometime with us and get to do so Easter fun with Little C. Sister Outdoorsy had a birthday along with many more birthdays from family and friends.
After participating in my first swap, Nurse SC hosted our very own blogger swap- Spring Sweets Swap and it was a ton of fun!
cowboys
April
Around this time, I fell off the blogging wagon. My home daycare picked up and Little C and I had lots of Spring fun. The birthdays continued into this month starting with Cousin Ballerina and my Rancher Dad who had an awesome birthday. Easter Sunday rounded out this month and we saw Little C really get into egg hunting for the first time. We participated in our town’s Spring Fling and I learned about the local Mom’s club.

May
I ventured off to visit Sister Outdoorsy as she graduated from college with her B.A. in Psychology.  I also got to spend the weekend with my mom for Mother’s Day a first since I moved away five years prior. I debated about what phone to choose.
June
Summer began with a family visit to the San Diego Zoo. Even though my blogging and subsided I was keeping my twitter and instagram feed up to date with cute family pictures of our visit.
 
July
We celebrated Little C’s second birthday.  We spent a week visiting my family amongst the relaxing backdrop of mountains and a lake.  Hockey Husband and I went on a getaway to Banff, Alberta, Canada.  My family hosted the first annual Lx6 Trail Ride through beautiful horse territory.
August
Sister Outdoorsy came for a visit after her graduatiing and finishing her job with her university. We had a great time as we visited Sea World and lots of LA attractions. My maternal grandmother passed away this month meaning an impromtu visit with my parents and the loss of my last grandparent. The month ended on a cheerful note as we celebrated Hockey Husband's birthday with a big bbq in the park.  
September
We had another family trip to Sea World, announced our pregnancy to friends. Hockey Husband and I attended my 10 year high school reunion.  After a fun and relaxing summer the daycare was in full swing starting with fun toddler preschool activities. We finished off the month with a family dinner in honor of MIL Loves-to-Cook.
 
October
Little C began his train obsession this month. He actually starting building the tracks that we have had for over a year and constantly playing trains. This is an ongoing thing. Little C had a blast when we hosted his cousins for a sleepover. We really got into fall activities when we visited a pumpkin patch and an apple orchard. Halloween was a blast because Little C is really getting the hang of this holiday thing and it was his Cousin Dirtbike's birthday so win-win!
 
November
My birthday month!! Hockey Husband hosted an amazing Italian dinner with pasta made from scratch including fettuccini and an amazing lasagna. Thanksgiving was hosted by Grandma Owl followed by family pictures the next day then family poker tournament.
 
December
After a drought on the blog I started to blog again mainly because Hockey Husband casually mentioned I enjoyed reading your blog. (well, that's all this girl needed to hear!)
MIL loves-to-cook hosted a beautful Ladies Tea to celebrate the holidays. We celebrated some birthdays and hosted a Christmas celebration at our home before spending the holidays with my family in another state.  We were welcomed to a white Christmas.  Finished the month off with some family pictures on this side
 
 
Tonight will end with a roaring bonfire in the snow! Happy New Year to you all!
 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A little about me...

Today I'm introducing myself through a series of random questions hosted by Neely and Ashley. Come join the fun and click below.

Sunday Social


What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream, hands down. Unfortunately I could eat a carton in one day. 
so simple. so delicious.
What is your favorite smell? 
hmm, tough one. Want to say pine or peppermint, but that's just because I'm wrapped up in Christmas.
I would have to go with Old Spice because it smells like Hockey Husband :)
What is your favorite TV commercial? (Past or Present)
None- I despise commercials!
What is your favorite day of the week?
Sunday, they mean family days, long breakfast together, and usually Disneyland.
What is your favorite way to waste time?
honestly, pinterest.
What is your favorite article of clothing?
It changes on a monthly basis. Sometimes I'll be in love with a sweater, or particular shirt. Right now it's my maternity jeans from Macy*s love them. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

'Tis the season...

for lots of mail!

I hope everyone is enjoying receiving cards in the mail! It really does make this time of year extra special. Does anyone send an annual letter? I've always wanted to, but don't.
I'm sharing my cards with Kristen from all in my twenties and SITS gals!

This year we sent out a pretty simple card just featuring Little C! Getting a family picture around the holidays was taking to long and I had to get these cards out! So we had a mini photo session and voila!

 
Here's a look at our card last year.
 

I loved this design, but the "Merry" couldn't change colors and blended into the snow. So I only ordered a few of this scheme and I kept one.
 
It's crazy to think that next year's card will have a another child in it. Wow.
If you would like to see an alternate photo to the Little C photo shoot I shared one on a Saturday Snapshot post. Which one would you have chosen?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday Tea at the St. Regis

One of my newest and favorite holiday traditions is the Ladies Tea hosted by my Mother-In-Law Loves to Cook. It is a wonderful event to get all the women in the family to enjoy an afternoon together and some scones and tea definitely are an added bonus!
Atmosphere
The atmosphere at the St. Regis is grand and luxurious. After pulling up to valet and walking through the large wreath adorned entrance we were greeted by an elaborate sand sculpture. Down the stairs we walked right into Motif the restaurant where their afternoon tea and Sunday brunch take place.

Menu
The afternoon tea is served buffet style. One of the first things noticed was the amazing selection of tea sandwiches and each looked delectable. So many details were put forth into the menu and it's obvious. The sandwiches were also very appetizing. Desserts included scones with jam, butter, and Devonshire cream. Crème brûlée, macaroons, mousse, and dozens more personal servings of sweetness.
Attire
You won't find any feathered hats here. Everyone I observed was dressed nicely for a cool Autumn day rolling into winter on the beaches of Southern California. Elegant, but relaxed. There were scarves, boots, nice pant suits. Our group had a little of everything including skirts and dresses. We had dashes of patterned black and white, holiday red, jewel tones, and some sparkle.
Tea Service
There were about twelve teas to choose from, I went the with a decaffeinated choice. Your tea comes already brewed in its own pot. I was drinking quite a bit of tea and never once needed a refill nor did it get to cool to drink.

Overall
The service is as great as you would expect from a St. Regis and the Monarch Beach location does not disappoint. A server took our tea orders and kept up refills on any other drink order. I never had to ask for anything as needs were anticipated and plates cleared quickly for other courses.

If you would like to read more about this tradition you can check out my post from last year. And make sure to head over to Nurse SC's blog Stress Case for her post on this delightful afternoon and more pictures!


The Details
What: Holiday Afternoon Tea, Saturdays 1-3 pm
Where: St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa in Dana Point, California
Price: $49/per person
Parking: Valet $5 after validation from restaurant

Thursday, December 13, 2012

It's cookie time!

Do you bake around the holidays? Chances are probably a yes! If you have an advent calendar full of activities- making cookies might even be on there. 

Yesterday, Little C and Cousin Dirtbike baked some sugar cookies. With guidance of course, but really they did all the hard work!

Now, our cookies looked nothing like the ones above after all was said and done, but they were definitely masterpieces in their own right. 

I tried snapping pictures as we went, but didn't get a lot of great shots! Cousin Dirtbike is so tall and Little C just isn't there yet! Plus I'm a total picture taking newb! The boys had lots of fun adding all the ingredients and blending them. And, of course we were covered with some flour. 

The boys' awesome cookies after decorating:


It was a fun experience all around and I hope they both start making memories from it. Happy Baking everyone! 
This recipe was delicious and found here





Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Headaches and Heartburn

This is week 25 of my pregnancy! I loving it. I love my pregnancy belly and the fact that we are getting a little closer to meeting this baby. What I'm not loving so much are my constant heartburn and headaches.

I didn't even know headaches were a thing in pregnancy until I went to google one night and found out it's pretty common. This pregnancy has definitely been different than the first. It started with nausea and once that subsided I had heartburn to keep me company.

Little C was born with lots of hair and the old wives tale goes that heartburn leads to hair. I only know this because everyone would ask me if I had a lots of heartburn during pregnancy and I didn't at all. Pretty nice, but the heartburn really isn't that bad. Tums are my friend, I sip lots of water through the day, and try not to eat close to when I sleep.

The headaches on the hand...not much I can do about them. The headaches really are not that bad, I'm just not used to ever having headaches.

Only 15 weeks to go and still Team Green. 
Still excited about that but super curious as to whether I'm having another boy or girl this time!

Friday, December 7, 2012

DIY Keepsake Ornament

For Little C's first Christmas I made the cutest little ornament. I'm sure you've seen a variety of them, it was his hand print. It's already the most treasured ornament hanging on my tree two years later. I cannot believe how much his little hand has grown!

I wrote his name and the year in a fine point sharpie added a red grosgrain ribbon and it became a keepsake. I actually made about three that year and gave them to grandparents also.

I know the salt-dough recipe is going around, but I used Sculpey clay. With a 40% off coupon at Michael's you've got a pretty good deal.

I took the clay and rolled into a ball. Smushed and flattened it down real good! Then took Little C's itty bitty 6 month old hand two years ago and imprinted in onto the clay. Baked in the oven per the directions on the package for a great DIY heartfelt ornament and gift!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Wrapping with Glitter Paper

I found this beautiful red wrapping paper with a damask print in glitter!
I also picked up a gold wrapping paper with glitter stripes. Incredibly exciting, until I started wrapping. 












Good 'ole tape was not doing the job. Not only was the tape not sticking to the glitter, if I did get it to stay the tape was too visible. It wasn't seamless and transparent and I am all about pretty presents. 






Ignore the scraps of paper here- trying to be resourceful with some pretty paper :)

The solution: Glue Dots!
I used glue dots to adhere the paper to itself instead of tape and voilà seamless wrapping that stays. 



Monday, December 3, 2012

101 in 1,001 update

Hey there!
I'm here to do a little update on my 101 on 1,001 list. It's always available at the top for easy reference. I'll admit I have been seriously slacking on blogging about what I do, but I have been doing okay when it comes to actually accomplishing these goals.

It's crazy to think that it has been over a year since I wrote that list. A lot of what is on there are still things I want to do in my life. And, I was surprised to see that I actually have been doing a few of them.

Let's start with the first section:
1. Read 50 books (5/50)
2. Give a 100% tip
3. Do an anonymous favor
4. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day Done this a few times, but want to document with pics
5. Go jogging 3x per week for 3 weeks (completed April 2011)
6. Lose 25 pounds by day 275 (01/14/12) I lost 21 pounds by that date, and 25 pounds eventually
7. Keep off lost weight until baby #2, Sure did! Quickly coming back now that I'm 24 weeks along
8. Drink water as my only beverage for 1 week 
9. Run in 4 5ks I have ran three so far with another planned for May 2013
10. Run a 10k
11. Run a half marathon
12. Participate in a trail run
13. Take a yoga class
14. Write a great review and send letter and flowers for positive customer service experience  I have wanted to do this sooo many times! Which is why I have it on my list of things to do- because I don't do it often enough when it's needed. 

A few of these in this section I haven't attempted, but still plenty of time! Looking forward to the 100% tip and anonymous favor. 


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Happy December

It's December! Yeah. It has been a very long time since I blogged. I've spent the better part of today reading lots of blogs on my google reader and then decided to write a post of my own.

When I say it's been a long time I'm not exaggerating a two week hiatus. We're talking months, like almost 7 of them. Oh, well. My blog, my diary. So here I am again because I love this time of year. I tend to blog a lot around this time. I have lots to document for myself and I thought I would start with some exciting news!

 I think everyone already knows this, but if you still read this blog and I haven't told you already...

Here comes...baby #2! I've had so much fun reading pregnancy updates all over the web and wanted to share.


Little C's adorable big brother shirt found here
and, the even bigger news...
We're going Team Green! 
Looking forward to being completely surprised by the gender come March!


Sunday, June 3, 2012

My Little C

Writing a letter to Little C...
something that is pretty popular among bloggers to their kiddos and I would guess pretty
popular in general among all parents. Today I found myself compelled to blog again, blog to Little C, for Little C.
*After reading this and seeing a theme thought it perfect for Sunday. You should catch Nurse SC's Grateful Sunday series.

Dear Little C,
I am grateful for every moment of every day with you. Tomorrow you'll be 23 months and then one short month until you turn two. I love when you help me with weekend pancakes. You're so independent and love how you help ladle the batter onto the griddle or how you like to pinch the salt to season our other creations. You're so loving and thoughtful and always have good intentions. Even in those moments where I realize the "terrible twos" is not just a saying I'm grateful I have you. In every crazy thing and in every loving moment you amaze me. My heart always skips a beat when you test your independence. I try to remain calm when you jump into the pool during swim lessons without a fear in the world. You really are fearless right now and it scares me, but I try not to show it. It's something I hope you never lose. Tomorrow, we'll talk about all your favorite things at 23 months.
Love,
Your Mama

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Little C's first word(s) {besides mama & dada}






Little C's very first word that Hockey Husband and I jumped and down over and was truly audible was bye-bye and sounds like buh-bye. I almost died from his cuteness.

(I waited nearly eight months-drafted in October-to write this or procrastinated rather. I wanted to include a video, but having trouble finding it amongst all the others. Thus, publishing anyway without the video)

As I finally get around to publishing this for all of you. I thought it would be good to list out all of Little C's words.
Words at the end of 2011
bye
hi
cat
dog
hot
that
book
bubbles- first said at Auntie Foodie's graduation in December

Phrases
"oh gosh"
"where did it go"
"mama that"

Some new ones this year {2012}

Wordle: first words



new phrases
"ay yi yi" apparently I say this too often











*A long list didn't look too eye appealing so I created a wordle to feature more of Little C's vocabulary*
You can see that he pronounces circle as gurgkle and helicopter as gopter. He really likes that "g".


Friday, May 4, 2012

New Phone: Reveal

I'm back! So yesterday I shared that I got a new phone and a big choice was to be made. I'm here today to tell you which phone I chose.

{drumroll please}

Surprised!?

Now for my thoughts, I'm really loving it and glad I went with it.

First, the quirks/downsides
-it's a little big which while a good thing actually makes it hard to hold in the palm
There's talk of making the next iphone bigger and some saying keeping it small to fit in the palm. It's nice to be able to hold your phone and scroll with your thumb.
- the power button is on the opposite side of my last droid (just something to get used to)

That's about it- I love everything else!

One of the things I loved most about the iphone was the facebook and twitter apps {far superior to my apps on my old droid}
The other, the iphone has waaaay more cases and such beautiful ones too!

In the end...
a nice surprise was that the updated apps on a new phone were the exact same as the iphone apps I came to love. So I get twitter, facebook, and intsragram in all the same forms as iphone. Yeah for me!

As for the cases, I decided to go with otterbox for it's durability so pretty designs didn't matter much.

What I love...
I'm a google user. I have three gmail accounts, I google talk, I use google docs, google + So I love the compatibility of droid with google. I love the google maps and the interface.

The big screen while it has it's downside it's awesome for video chatting and watching youtube. Both of which I've done.

The screen resolution, I was jealous of the iphone retina display and I don't know the specs but the bionic is pretty awesome and I'm not jealous anymore.

That's it!



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Time for a New Phone

The time has come for me to get a new phone. It's been time for awhile. I always use an older model and most recently the screen went completely black on my phone. After one whole week of no smartphone use-I needed to choose. You know like getting to the screen so you can use the apps or see missed calls, and oh I don't know get a text message. 

SO now for the big decision: what phone to get? To be completely honest I was kind of hoping I could wait until the iphone 5 is released.  But, I couldn't. So, a choice had to be made. Now, some might say there is no choice obviously picking their favorite operating system. Well, I narrowed it down to two possibilities: droid bionic and iphone. I did lots of research, asked for opinions, held both phones and compared. If only I would have seen this video before I ordered:

Want to know which phone I chose? Come back tomorrow for the reveal!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Break for Spring

I miss blogging and thought since I don't see myself writing this anywhere else I better capture moments of Spring here. Also, I feel like I owe it to myself to blog since I won that spiffy design you see here. It would be a waste to not blog. So,

Our Spring began with a wonderful trip from my parents who came to visit. They took Little C to meet the Easter Bunny, had a fun Easter egg hunt, rode on a train, visited a zoo, and went for pony rides. It's always fun when Little C's Pappy and Nana visit. And, of course Little C got to be a little buckaroo with his Pappy.
That's Little C and his Pappy in their cowboy boots!

Easter week was an amazing week in our household. There were plenty of activities provided by our community and church. Little C's involvement was lots of egg hunts, first year dying eggs, and an Easter basket! This year Little C really got the hang of the basket and that there were goodies inside the eggs. 


Fun with family began early as we made our way to Grandma Loves-to-Cook's house for a decadent spread. I made my beloved overnight, homemade cinnamon rolls-sorry no pics! 
Our family
Some egg hunting fun with cousins

After brunch it was off to Grandpa Racecar's for a delicious Easter dinner.

And, a shot of the four generations...
Grandpa Racecars, Great Grandpa Twitchell, Little C, and Hockey Husband

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Swap Day! Link-Up



Happy Spring Everyone!
Today is also the Spring Sweets Swap Reveal! Thank you to everyone who participated with me and Nurse SC from Stress Case. The overwhelming amount of people who joined in on the fun warmed my heart and made me smile!

Now onto the swap! I was paired with Megan from Mainly Megan.
She wrote me the nicest little note to go with all my indivudually wrapped goodies!

My spring sweets revealed:

Sweets! Indeed! Three different types of peeps, robins eggs (my fave!), some journals, and a cute cup for Little C!!

Little C loves his cup...

Thank you so much Megan!! And everyone who participated and is starting this season off right! Now link up with your swap goodies!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Giveaway Winner Annouced!

Hello Readers! My apologies for being away, the honest truth was I wasn't in the blogging mood and didn't want to force it.
But, I am really sorry because I meant to announce a winner a week ago when the giveaway ended. I set out on Friday to announce the winner, but this person had a lot of entries and I wanted to verify every one so the announcement is today!

and, the winner is
::drummroll please::



Friday, February 17, 2012

A Spring Sweets Swap

Hello Blogworld! I've been a little absent lately. But, I just had to come back today because after my last post which happened to be about a swap I really wanted to participate in another one.
Nurse SC and I decided to host our very own Spring Sweets Swap!
Come make February and March extra sweet and special.
Spring Sweets Swap


Did you miss out on the last swap or really just want to do another one? They are a great way to meet fellow bloggers!
All you have to do is link up below
then Nurse SC and I will pair everyone up
then visit your bloggy partner and make a new friend!
Have fun shopping ($10 limit) & mail your goodies out
then come back here or Nurse SCs page to link up!!


Important Dates:
Sign Ups February 17-March 2
Partners Revealed Monday March 5th
Mail Pacakge by March 12th
Swap Reveal March 20th The First Day of Spring

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