Friday, January 31, 2014

Quick Yearly Recap

So the word quick is relative.  Because I'm going to basically sum up an entire year of updates in one blog post. The last update I gave was when Peanut turned 13 months. I never blogged about her birthday party, turning 1, any of her milestones as the year progressed or the fun things we did as a family in 2013.  So I'm going to give some highlights to catch this blog up to where we are today. WARNING: Post seems long but it's mostly pictures!

Peanut turned 1 in March and we celebrated with a Minnie Mouse themed birthday party with all of our family and friends. I hand made a majority of the decorations and banners so I was very proud of that accomplishment and the fact that I was able to do it all in time for the party. Peanut had two different 1 year photo shoots - one with a smash cake and one with her Minnie Mouse theme. 

Decorations.  I made the pom poms. 
Celebrate birthday banner that I made. 
Happy birthday banner I made.
Minnie Mouse cake I made.  You can see the Minnie Mouse cookies in the background.  I had a hard time finding the right coloring for her face so I wasn't 100% please with how she turned out. 
With her MeMe wearing her custom birthday outfit. 

After celebrating the big first birthday time flew by.  We celebrated Easter and then prepared for summer. We sold our home and moved in with the hub's parents.  Also living there were his sister, brother in law and their son who is 3 months younger than Peanut. Needless to say it was a packed house.  It was great saving money but we were looking forward to owning our own home again.  So we signed a contract to build our a brand new house. Summer was spent watching the house be built and lots of afternoon play time with the water table. 

 We spent a week at a beach house on Anna Maria Island in Florida. It was bliss. We went to the beach, the pier, shopping and to the zoo in Tampa. Which was hands down the best zoo I've ever been to.  

Playing in the splash park at the zoo.

Beach week ended with a trip to Orlando where we spent at day at Universal Orlando and a day at Magic Kingdom. For some reason I didn't take a ton of photos there. I'll have to remedy that the next time we visit! After beach week we settled in to prepare for fall. We took a quick weekend trip to Topsail Island in North Carolina over Labor Day weekend and visited with my favorite Smeek Dani!  LABOR DAY FOREVAAA!

We then took a trip to St Louis later in September and MeMe and PopPop came up for a visit to the pumpkin patch in October. 

At the end of October Peanut and her cousin went trick or treating together as Mario and the Princess.  They were freaking adorable!

November brought Thanksgiving and a short weekend trip to West Virginia to watch Iowa State in a football game.  By December our new home was finally ready.  So we packed the things we brought to the in-laws and moved in!

The year ended with Christmas in our new home and then a cold winter filled with snow. 

Peanut Milestones at 23 months:
  • Speaking in full sentences
  • Can count to ten
  • Singing the words to songs
  • Can identify all farm animals and their sounds
  • Knows all the names of the characters on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  • Can name and locate all of her body parts
  • Knows and identifies all of her family members
  • Loves bath time
  • Can take off clothing
  • Assists in putting on her clothing
  • Knows too many words for me to even counts.  Words I didn't even know she knew!
She has grown by leaps and bounds over these past 10 months.  I can't believe she turns two in a month. I've started the birthday planning process and think it will be quite a fun theme.  She is also quite excited to welcome her new little brother into the world in June. ;-) 

Moving forward this blog will hopefully keep up with what's been happening around this place.  Including getting our house decorated and moved into fully, bump updates, Peanut's adventures and of course, the welcoming of little Austin!

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