2014 Goals



  • get back to blogging!!!
Hi! Here's a quick list of some of my goals for the coming year...both personal ones and home projects we'd like to tackle. Maybe now that Maura is in pre-school two mornings a week (she had her first day on Tuesday and loved it!) and Ian is sleeping through the night (just started a couple of weeks ago after some sleep training), I'll be able to get some stuff done around here:)

Home Projects:
  • convert family room to playroom and thus living room to family room
  • add mud room like area to kitchen
  • finish Maura's big girl room
  • create gallery wall above stairs with new and old family pics
  • replace carpet on stairs with wood
  • redo master bedroom 
  • paint Gram's bow front dresser (finally!)
  • stamp dining room curtains with block from Brimfield

{I bought a carved wooden design that was used for block printing in Pakistan at the Brimfield Antique Show this fall...I'd love to use it to stamp these drapes in our dining room...I hand-stamped the curtains in Ian's nursery last spring - it was so super fun and easy to do, just time consuming!}

  • learn how to use my DSLR in manual mode
  • make a Blurb book of all our photos from 2013
  • start exercising again
  • go on a real family vacation
{our first and only road trip as a family of four....to my good friend's wedding in NY...here we are cruising the "Walkway Over the Hudson"}

Christmas 2013



Well, hello there!! How has everyone been? Trying to slowly make my way back to blog land (oops, last post was in October!)...thought I'd start with some pics from Christmas. I know its a little late, but better than never:) And selfishly, this is more for me than for you guys;)

{picking out the tree..photo courtesy of tree lot guy}
So, there's this guy! He's 7 months old now. Say what?! Looove him!!

He even got in on the tree decorating action...hung out in the Baby Bjorn while I put on ornaments. (He loves this thing! I start to strap it on and he knows he's going in it and his face lights up...yes, he's a Mama's boy!)

We tried something new this year that I had wanted to do for awhile - constructed and decorated a gingerbread  house (bought the kit at Michaels). My sister was here from London for the holiday and she and Maura really got into it! (I was in charge of piping the frosting along the edges to make it look like snow was dripping off the roof.)

We had so much fun that I've decided we're going to have a gingerbread marathon next year....get the whole extended family into it and make a couple of houses/buildings/whatever:)

{we went for a snowy house in the middle of spring kinda look, thanks to a lot of edible green glitter}
We went and stayed at my parents house on Cape Cod for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We made and decorated sugar cookies on Christmas Eve to put out for Santa and even the "adults" wanted in on the action.

Maura wrote this note to Santa. It says "Dear Santa, Hope you enjoy these delicious cookies! Love, Maura and Ian". Next year I'll do a better job of prepping for this part of Christmas Eve and get some better stationery!

We also started a new holiday tradition this year....we gave the kids each one present on Christmas Eve - new Christmas pajamas to wear and a new Christmas book to read before bed (totally stole it from Pinterest). Maura loved it! (Note to self: shop earlier next year for the pajamas...could not find any Christmas feetie pajamas in size 9 months for Ian! He ended up getting stuck with a reindeer and a penguin driving a Christmas taxie!)

I was so proud of Maura on Christmas morning. We didn't start opening gifts until everyone was awake and had eaten breakfast and she waited so patiently. She was truly grateful and excited about each present and she spent some time playing with each one before going on to the next. 

{Paul and I got her ice skates as one of our gifts...coincidentally she had her first ice skating lesson this past weekend and we will now be returning these and buying her different/real figure skates}

{modelling her new hat and gloves}

Paul's parents got Maura her first American Girl Doll (Caroline from 1812)! She is very into the whole wearing-the-same-clothes-as-your-doll thing.

We had a wonderful holiday (hope you all did too)! Extra special with Ian around this year:)

I'm hoping to start blogging more often now that the craziness of last year is over. Coming up...2014 goals, Ian's nursery, Maura's big girl room and converting our family room into an official play room.

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