One Year!

Levi is now officially a toddler-no longer my baby boy. He is a walking babbling big boy. He is FAST. I find myself running ahead of him if I need to get in the basement or bathroom so I can securely close the door behind me. He loves getting into things. I can see more and more of Lily in him each and every day. Uh oh!

We celebrated a few days early at Nonna and Papa’s house. I made him a banana smash cake in the shape of a monkey’s face. He wasn’t really into it. He was into his new ride-on toy from Nonna and Papa though!

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We celebrated his actual birthday by trying our darnedest to get a decent onesie picture of him.

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5 Days

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One Month

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Two Months

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Three Months

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Four Months

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Five Months

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Six Months

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Seven Months

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Eight Months

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Nine Months

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Ten Months

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Eleven Months

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Twelve Months

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Happy birthday Levi! You will always be my baby though, not matter how big you get. Sorry buddy 🙂

Christmas 2014!

I am so behind on posting! Needless to say things have been busy here.

It was so special spending our first Christmas in our very own home. This was also Levi’s first Christmas, so that made it even more special!

We started the day off checking out our stockings and opening presents. After that we had breakfast, played with our new toys, and got ready to go to Nonna and Papa’s house.

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It is hard to believe that not even two months ago on Christmas Day the temperatures reached the low 50’s. Right now in Lowell it is a balmy 7 degrees! I’m getting off track here. Like always, Christmas at Nonna and Papa’s house was a crazy messy blast. We had a great day spent with family.

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Thanksgiving

We celebrated our first Thanksgiving in our new home. We had my parents, my sister and her two kids, and my brother and his wife over for a day of food and fun.

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Because we were all together we decided to exchange a few gifts. We’ve had the same tradition since my brother was in Kindergarten: we pick names and give a homemade gift rather than a purchased one.

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My sister Laura picked my sister-in-law Dawn’s name and made her these cute trays with chalkboard paint.

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Jonathan picked my sister and made her a hand sewn photo book.
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I picked my Dad’s name and made him this cute photo holder (thanks to Pinterest!)

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My Mom made Jonathan fruitcake

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My sister made shirts for my Mom with some of her favorite quotes on them.

Lily is Three!

About a month before Lily’s birthday she was easily able to tell everyone how old she was. Now she can easily tell you (and show you) that she is three.
We celebrated on her actual birthday with fudgy brownies and a few presents.
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The Saturday following we celebrated with family and an Ariel cake.
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Now, about this cake. Lily was very pleased with it while I thought it could be much better. I found the technique on Pinterest which basically involves coloring with frosting. I’d like to try it again with a less detailed picture and I would also think about the texture of the frosting I used to color in.
Lily, you are out little firecracker! You are funny, adventurous, strong-willed and independent. You are a force to be reckoned with 😉 Mommy and Daddy love you so much and continue to look forward to the beautiful young lady you will become.

Meeting Riley

My nephew Riley was born on October 20. I didn’t get the chance to visit him in the hospital, so I was very antsy waiting until he went home with my sister four days later.

He is such a tiny peanut! I always forget how little newborns are. He is so adorable. The girls and I loved meeting him and holding him. I’m looking forward to watching him and Levi grow up together!

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Sarah is Five!

Well, it happened. Our sweet Sarah turned five! We celebrated on the actual day with apple pie and presents. Her Grandma made her a cute dress that matches Sarah’s style to a T.

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Levi was a little cranky, so I treated him to some whipped cream.

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That same weekend we celebrated at my parent’s with an Elsa cake. Sarah was excited to get plenty of Frozen gifts and a few art and craft items.

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Sarah, where has the time gone? You are growing up too fast! We love watching you grow up and are blessed with the opportunity to have a hand in it. You are a sweetheart who loves to help out her younger sister and brother. You love dancing, being silly, and still make the best facial expressions. We love you so much!

Apple Picking

We had our annual apple picking outing at Smolak Farms in late September. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day for it. The only problem was that the apples were pretty scarred (maybe from a rough winter?). We had to work extra hard to find apples with the fewest blemishes.

We were joined by Nonna, Papa, Auntie Laura, and Bridget. This made our outing that much more enjoyable! Before they all arrived we started off checking out the farm’s pumpkins.

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Despite the poorer quality apples we still managed to fill our bag with plenty of fruit for apple pie, crisp, muffins, sauce, and just plain eating. Plus, the girls had a blast as always. This was Levi’s first apple picking experience. He slept through most of it, but once he woke up we were able to help him pick his own apple.

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