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2011, a year that was AMAZING!

1 Jan

I always look on the bright side. I believe that God has a plan for us all and we all just need to hold tight, go for the ride, and take the appropriate off ramps. Our household has had an amazing year, albeit a busy one. I started my blog during a time that we had a lot going on, and due to that, I have been unable to post as much as I have wanted. I have all these ideas and wonderful things spinning around in my head, but often I am unable to get them onto the paper.

2012 is going to be a great year. There are so many things I want to do and be a part of, experience and get done. I put a lot of time in my yearly goal list, and this year it’s 21 Goals for 2012. I’m excited to get it done and hanging on my wall. In the meantime, here is a quick recap of my year.

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We started the year off with a visit from my sister. We celebrated her 21st birthday, had some laughs, and she dressed up as Elton John and we took some pictures. It was her first time meeting Kirby, and it was so fun.

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In February we embraced the cold weather and played in the snow, and had a really great Valentines day as a family.

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March was great. Kirby really started to come into his own, and we spent many days cuddled by the fire.

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In April, Harold’s side of the family threw me a surprise baby shower, I turned 20, we went to our first Mariners game with Kirby, and I got a new camera, and I got a new job as a barista. Our niece and nephew welcomed their son, Liam, who is such an amazing little guy. We also looked at a house that we later closed on in July!

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May rolled around, and my father and I took Kirby down to visit the paternal great grandparents for the first time. He got to see his first waterfall (Maltnoma Falls down in Oregon), and go on his first mini road trip (four hours). It was such a fun trip and we made so many memories. My paternal grandparents are so important to me, and are the best model for a perfect marriage. Just thinking about them makes me misty eyed. They are true soul mates.

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In June I threw Harold a 32nd birthday party! We had a great time getting things in order for the Summer and learning about the home buying process. We also celebrated our first full year of marriage by going to Wild Waves!

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July happened so fast, and it was so fun. We bought a new car, went to Eastern Washington for a weekend for one of the many family pig feeds, closed on our first home, and had a great time at our local town festival. If I could relive this month over and over again, I would.

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In August, Daphne turned 5, and Kirby turned 1! We started the move into the new house, and it was a great month of growth and accomplishments.

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Holy moly September! Daphne had her first day of kindergarten, and we got completely out of the old house. We went to a fair, watched children ride sheep, and Daphne got to ride a camel. It was amazing!

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It should have been called Craft-tober! I made the Halloween costumes for Harold, Kirby, and I, and Daphne’s mom made Daphne’s dino costume. I took a day trip to Salem to visit my best friend and celebrate her birthday. It was full of new great things.

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In November, we really started getting our house just how we like it. We went to my paternal grandparents house for Thanksgiving, and it was so fun! Kirby and I also braved Black Friday with Harold. It was a successful mess!

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We ended the year in style. We chopped down our tree together, had so many Christmas celebrations, adopted Shadow, and I started my new career. It was so fun and great. A wonderful way to end the year. Harold and I brought in the New Year together, and nothing could be better. I also learned that sometimes my car radio and heater make a KATHUD and I’m stuck at the temperature and radio channel that I was currently on. This was great for Christmas music though, it was always the holidays in the sable! Then as soon as Christmas was past, it fixed itself.

Now it’s back to my gansta rap while I drive to work to get me pumped up for an amazing and busy day… Can I expect this every holiday season?

I can’t wait for what 2012 has in store for us, and I’m sure it will be nothing short of amazing!

Making lists and breaking hearts,

Caitlin

Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming! So I feel like I need to be ringing a large bell.

25 Nov

Kick the turkey off the table and grab the tinsel and the Christmas lights! Well, unless you have a hungry pup hiding under your table that might not be the best idea. Turkey is really great frozen in bags for sandwiches later and the carcass is really great for turkey stew! I’ll be posting my recipe for turkey stew with sweet potato dumplings a little later in the week. But, since now we are really in the beginning of the Christmas season, it’s time to get down the brass tacks.

 

Have you already taken your Christmas family photo that will be sent to all of your family members?

Oh, you haven’t? Is that because yesterday was only Thanksgiving and you think you have more time? Well, let’s break it down. Christmas is 30 days away. You still need to take your family photo with everyone wearing matching reindeer sweaters in front of a crackling fire, or snow capped mountains, or maybe even your Christmas tree. So that’s going to probably take you about three days to set up, we are now down to 27 days ’till Christmas. Then you don’t upload it to your computer for several days. Now you have 23 days till Christmas. You look on tinyprint.com and find your perfect holiday card, and order it. Let’s say it takes on average nine days for tinyprint.com to create, and mail you your cards. I mean, you ordered at least 50 cards for all your loved ones this season so that’s pretty fast. Now you have 14 days till Christmas. Then they sit there for 2 days because you are in the middle of throwing holiday class parties for your kids and running around making sure everything is perfect. 12 days till Christmas. You address all your cards and get them in the mail. The USPS website says that standard mail delivery can take anywhere between 2-9 days. Let’s go with nine days so we make sure that all your relatives get the cards. IT’S THREE DAYS ‘TILL CHRISTMAS! Wow, so you DO have enough time! It’s the PERFECT time to take your holiday family portraits!

 

Now that you are all excited because you have enough time to take photos, I’ll show you a few of my favorite options from tinyprint.com

 

I always put the wonderful Holiday cards we get on the Christmas tree (making sure they are far away from any light that might catch them on fire) and at pleasing levels. Now, Tiny Print has done one better; they have made the photo card into an ornament!

Isn’t this great? I’m sure that everyone in the Wellington family was excited to receive this and hang it on their tree, just like yours will be.

P.S. It comes with the satin ribbon to tie at the top. And I also don’t actually know this delightful Wellington family that is pictured here. But I’d like to pretend we are greeting card kindred spirits.

 

In high school I thought about being a graphic designer. I love bold clean type and font’s that inspire you and remind you of things you love.

This card is perfect for that. The Holly Jolly Christmas song is really one of my favorites. Especially because I grew up watching the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer movie every single time it played on CBS. Nothing gets better then good old childhood memories.

 

Now, sometimes I know that people don’t put things on their Christmas tree. Everything has a certain place and reason for it. In our house growing up, the wicked witch ornament had to go on the opposite side of the tree from Miss Gulch, and this was not to be messed with. Otherwise the ornaments would realize that they had an alter ego in Oz and it would probably all go down hill from there, little fights on the tree, the tiny Christmas raccoons jumping in the corvette ornaments and speeding to the other side of the trees while the angel bears flew and protected the nativity scene at the foot of the tree. For that reason Tiny Prints has created this gem!

This would go great on anyone’s hearth, Christmas table, coffee table, or book case. A great option if you want to share several photos as well.

 

It’s a great time to plan ahead and be less stressed, and getting your holiday cards in order now is a great way to start. You can browse the selection of Tiny Print holiday cards here and see any of the above cards by clicking the pictures above.

 

Happy jump start on the holidays!

Caitlin

A menagerie, sequins, and early mornings; the signs of an enthusiastic mother

8 Nov

Autumn is in full swing. The maples are golden oranges and crisp yellows, the chill in the air takes the breath right out of you, and there is always an extra scarf in the car. This month, everyone is thankful for things, new things, old things, superficial things, and deep meaningful things. I am thankful for October ending on a high note, for a little girl who would willingly give me her candy for a batch of monster cookies, and adoptive family that have your best interests at heart and want you to succeed in the real world.

Here is a recap of our October.

When I look at this the song from Saturday Night Fever plays in my head.

My little Halloween mouse!

The obligatory picture of babies in costumes.

The menagerie.

We are lucky enough to have a town that closes the streets and opens their doors on Halloween, making a fun and safe evening for all who participate. Sadly, this meant that we got no trick or treaters at our place, but I’m okay with that. More candy for me!

One of the reasons I love this time of year is it’s party dress time. I try to buy one fun party dress to last me through New Years. With fun holiday parties and going to the Nutcracker, it’s always a fun time to dress up. I like to look at dresses that are fun, sparkly, and can be paired with different accessories to mix it up. If I’m buying one dress to get me through three holidays and at least five functions, it needs to be versatile. If I can pair it with different blazers, tights, and a scarves, then I’m happy, especially if I already own the accessories. Here are the front runners for this year;

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This is the front runner. I love the small circle sequins, almost like fish scales, and the gold is divine. I love gold. I’m a gold person.

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This is fully lined, and would work for different things besides holiday parties. I love the sleeve length and the lace detail.

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I love this, and it borders on ice skater ish because of the mesh top, but the sweetheart neckline is great. One of the things I dislike is that I’d need a sweater with it, and I’m not a big silver person. I’m a rosey gold person. I do love it though, very 50’s cocktail party.

Maybe I should think about which dress would be easier to bend over in and not shame myself…hmmm

Happy Tuesday!

An update as I try to get things in order around my own home

3 Jul

It’s a long slow road for me to find time to sit here and peddle out the words that are an accurate description of my day to day life. In the past couple of weeks we have been dealing with closing on our house, throwing a 32nd birthday party for Harold, and going to a million family events as summer gets into full swing.

There is an add for something call “flirty girl fitness” on my television, and it says you may lose up to three inches in 2 weeks. It sounds great, but the whole concept is that you dance provocatively in front of your TV and it makes you burn calories. I would be too embarrassed to dance like that in my own home, mostly because I have windows and I think that if you saw me doing that you would want to run and dunk your face with your eyes wide open into the large body of salt water only 20 yards away from my door.

Harold’s birthday party went off wonderfully, with BBQ chicken, a potato bar, fruit, salads, and sweet tea all at everyone’s finger tips. We finished it off with red velvet cake that had “Harold” and “Sean” in chocolate written on top. It was a great experience that had everyone enjoying themselves and not stealing all my valuables after I crawled into bed and a slightly drunk Harold was left in charge. What can I say, I trust my husband!

Kirby is not only crawling everywhere, but he is pulling up on things as well and having a great time. He lowers himself oh so gently to the ground and a KATHUMP is heard round the house as his big ol’ booty crashes the last three inches to the floor. Daphne is enjoying her time in the sun, drinking sweet tea (we really love our sweet tea) and sticking her toes in the sand. Summer is a great time for everyone and I am so thankful that the sun is peaking itself out earlier then usual in our part of the county.

I hope everyone has a safe Independence Day and spends some quality time with loved ones.

Sincerely,

I don’t have to share any of my potato chips because it’s nap time and now I have to go do the dishes,

Caitlin