Thursday, November 24, 2011


Wishing everyone a blessed Thanksgiving. We all have so much to be thankful for.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Year in Review {Part 2}

As promised, I am back with the second half of our whirlwind of a year in PA. You can check out the first half here.  I think that when we left off, it was February and we had just closed on our house. So on to March.

After painting a few rooms, moving in, and beginning to make the house into a home, I was feeling a little homesick. I hadn't seen my family since we moved (with the exception of my mom's visit in October) and a trip back home was just what the doctor ordered. And boy was he right! The hubby was busy planning the lenten season and was not able to come so the girls and I boarded a plane (all by ourselves!) and headed back home to see my parents.

Only it wasn't exactly home. You see my father is a state legislator and they were in session at the time.  So instead of flying home, we booked our tickets to fly into the capital to see my parents. And it just happened that my sister was there visiting at the same time so it was a double bonus to see them as well.

(sadly, this was the best picture I could get with all the girls)

Our trip was short, only a few days but it was jam packed.  We visited family...

and the girls got see my dad in action and visit him on the floor of the legislature!

We visited the top of the capitol... 

..and had lots of snuggles!

(sorry for the blurry iphone pic)

The trip was much too short and before we knew it we were back on the plane to come home and see daddy.  Just in time for Easter!

And fast forward a few more months and Addy celebrated her first friends birthday party. My baby girl is growing up so fast and in order to celebrate we threw her a Pancakes and Pajamas party for her and a bunch of her 6 year old friends. I originally found the idea here. What a blast! The girls all showed up in their pj's. They made cereal necklaces and decorated goodie bags for the pinata.

(that's me, helping tie on Addy's cereal necklace that she made)

We ate awesome pancakes... and had an all around good time. And I survived the milestone to tell the story. 

More importantly Addy had fun and that was what it was all about!

Fast forward to July and our house was turned into Grand Central Station. But I wouldn't have it any other way. My family came out to visit and we had good friends from back home drive out to spend a few days with us also. It was a good month. 

August brought more visitors as my mother-in-law came out to visit for a week with a good friend of hers. I would post pics from their trip but unfortunately I have been threatened to be disowned if I ever showed anyone those pictures. So in proper honor your mother-in-law fashion, I will have to refrain from posting them for the entire world to see. Just know that they had a great time and we loved having them. In fact the girls can't wait for them to come back. They have been practicing up on their drama skills and are anxious to put on another show for them.

So that about sums it up! One year in its entirety. I can't say it enough but it seems like the time has flown by. I am excited for what the next year will bring. I have faith that the next year will be just as good as the last. Maybe even better. Who knows? I guess you will need to stay tuned to find out!