Year in Review

posted on: Tuesday, December 28, 2010

In the year 2010
Our house went from looking like this

to this

and we finally filled our big empty room with furniture. It's no longer called the "pumpkin carving room" (or other applicable seasonal holiday activity) it can now be formally referred to as the much more grown up sounding "family room"

Not shown: the new end table Santa left me or all of Weston's toys which I hid

Wes had a lot of very important firsts

First elephant ride, hello!

first time for me too

First kayaking trip

First time seeing the ocean

First Easter egg hunt

and of course his first visit to the Castro

What? I thought he might like it, he is quite the snappy dresser (note the pink shirt above)

I had some good times myself this last year...

There was that brief moment post pregnancy and pre-pregnancy where my abs and I were blissfully reunited

I love you Tony Horton, we shall meet again

I also had my first visit to San Francisco and all of its architectural glory
I got to see this beauty in person (swoon)

and one cannot consider one's life to be complete until you have seen the honest-to-goodness-real-life Full House house

and although 2010 was Josh's big year as far as birthdays go, his 30th did present the opportunity to fulfill a life long dream of mine

So, here's looking at you 2010. This next year has some big shoes to fill and personally, I can't wait to see what's in store

Highlights from the Holiday

posted on: Sunday, December 26, 2010

I got some really fantastic stuff this Christmas

First of all, there was this...

And these...

This made me cry

 (If you don't have a Mylisa you should really consider it)

And then there was this (!!!)

And this to look forward to (how lucky am I?)

and speaking of things to look forward to...

But mostly there was this

Let's just say this was a very merry christmas

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

posted on: Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My favorite things about the holiday season are

the first time it snows

Wrapping presents with really fancy bows, even though this tradition consumes ridiculous amounts of ribbon every year, I just can't help myself

Pecan tarts. If you've never had one, you have not lived.

Josh having an imaginary phone conversation with Santa to trick Wes into being good

ALL Christmas movies (my all time favorites are "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "A Muppet Family Christmas"). Holiday viewing can acceptably begin as early as September.

Presents, duh!

Wes screaming in delight every single time he sees Christmas lights on someone's house at night

Valiantly getting all bundled up and marching around the fields of the tree farm for what seems like hours scrutinizing every single tree in search of the very best to cut down and make our very own, only to (as expected) end up selecting one from the pile of pre-cut trees

Making paper snowflakes to decorate my house with (even though I am shown up annually by my creative and talented paper-snowflake-making family and friends) 

Hot chocolate in a bowl (my dad's uber rich version of hot chocolate. And I don't even really like chocolate)

When the first radio station starts playing christmas songs 24/7

Watching Wes and Josh play in the snow together while I spectate from inside warmly and safe from erroneous snowballs

Real fires in our wood burning fireplace (they smell amazing!) and fighting Georgia (a certain pug/beagle mix who does not smell amazing) for the warmest spot right in front

having four stockings hung this year

my big extended family and my little one at home

On Time and Wanting

posted on: Friday, December 17, 2010

I have two bottles of nail polish. One is brownish, one is clear. That's it. I haven't painted my nails in so long I couldn't even tell you when the last time was. I soooo long to be the type of girl who has time for such things.
(Also, I'm pretty sure clear nail polish isn't even really considered polish, it's top coat)

So, I have been feeling melancholy lately and a little down on myself.  It's just that there never seems to be enough time for all the things I want in my life. I have been dreaming of the kind of girl I could be if I just had a little extra time (okay a lot of extra time)

I want to not have to write this blog on my lunch break at work. I want to read fashion magazines and try new kinds of makeup. I wish I could spend hours shopping the web or even in real stores looking for cute clothes and styling fun outfits. I wish I had more time to learn new things. I want to take up piano and expand my knowledge of design and architecture. I want to read more. I want to discover new music and spend hours listening to a record over and over again, memorizing every word.

I want to catch up on the tv shows I have DVR'd.

But, at the same time I also want to spend all my time with Wes and teach him new things and discover the world with him. I want to make sure he is getting plenty of attention and affection. I want to make sure he is learning new things every day. I want to play with him more. I want to paint water colors with him. I want to spend hours talking to Josh in bed in the dark before falling asleep. I want to get more than a few hours sleep at night too.

In other words, I really need to figure out how to ditch this full time job of mine.

Alright, I realize that's not going to happen anytime soon and I have to keep reminding myself I should be thankful that I even have a job. And with the baby coming, time is going to get even more crunched. I need to find a way to be okay with all the things I'm not.

I'm working on it.

Our 2010 Christmas Card

posted on: Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It's here and I love it!

I have come to look forward to this annual tradition ever since Wes was born and even though we kind of rushed this one out this year, I am pretty happy with how it turned out. This will be the last year with just the three of us in the picture.


Anyway, for your viewing pleasure here are the last two years cards as well. It's amazing how much Weston has grown....sigh

Things of Interest

posted on: Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Here are the exciting goings on of the last few weeks!

Finding our perfect Christmas tree

Seeing our baby on the ultrasound (even though our tech was new and the pictures are questionable at best)

What's with the skeletor look going on here?

Eating lots and lots of these (thanks mom!)

Taking Wes to see Santa even though he didn't say one one word to the poor man

And we finally, FINALLY got a website at work, so check out what I do for a living not to mention the fabulous video my husband did for the company which can be found there as well!

Next time, I promise not to go so long between posts, I promise!

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