Saturday, December 31, 2011


I can hardly believe that 2011 is winding to a close in just a few short hours.  This year has provided me with much joy, growth, and even a few challenges. 

The best way I could think to commemorate our year was to show a few photos from each month that represented what we did, saw, learned, etc....

I've had such fun looking back at our year, especially seeing how much Connor has changed since one year ago.


Connor was finally big enough for a "big boy" carseat (although he is still rear-facing)

fun trip to Gatlinburg (with the Egnew and Davidson grandparents)


Connor's first-ever stomach bug  :(

Date night in Nashville for Valentine's Day (Connor did not go along)


Connor received, from Mimi, his beloved "guppie" (Yo Gabba Gabba blanket), which he still sleeps with.

Connor also received, from Aunt Mary Beth, his favorite stuffed figure of all time, Muno, which has he only, begrudgingly spent one night without since its arrival.  Muno still goes everywhere Connor goes.

fun times at Leila Grace's birthday party in March


Connor and Daddy cheering on the Cats in the NCAA tournament

first time ever attempting to recreate Lynn's Paradise Cafe's bourbon ball French toast

Easter 2011


Jason and I were blessed in May to be able to help chaperone the senior trip for RCHS.  (Thanks, Candice!)

Dream come true -- I got to play the "Big" piano!

after seeing Wicked on Broadway

about to see the Statue of Liberty

Times Square

My Mother's Day breakfast-in-bed from Jason and Connor

Mother's Day 2011

Mother's Day 2011


Connor's first plane ride (to Seattle) was in June 2011
best part of June -- Alaska -- Tracy Arm Fjord was the most gorgeous sight ever

Mendenhall Glacier


hiking to Mendenhall Glacier

cruising to Alaska


our birthdays

my big boy

We spent part of July in Chicago -- favorite food there is definitely Giordano's pizza

Lincoln Park Zoo

the most rewarding part of our Chicago trip -- volunterring at PGM


fun family trip to Nashville before starting back to school

Gma and Paca took Connor to a Louisville Bats game

bath time -- C loves baths!

first-ever merry-go-round ride

lots of time was spent outdoors in August

time with my sis

Connor had lots of good days with his friends at daycare

made my first carrot cake

Lindsay's baby shower

Kentucky State Fair annual trip


more time outside on those mild September days

Connor's  birthday celebration (on his actual birthday)

Connor's 2nd birthday party

more party guests

opening gifts

hugs to his pal DJ Lance (aka cousin Jared)


Fall Break brought a romantic getaway to Asheville -- the best

Grove Park Inn

Bearwallow Pumpkin Patch with Mimi and Pops

pumpkin patch with the Jessops

pumpkin patch with Grandma and Paca

St. James Court Art Fair

Halloween 2011


the highlight of Connor's month was getting to see Yo Gabba Gabba live

at Gabba Live

Mom turned 50 in November!

Thanksgiving in Lville

Thanksgiving in Cincinnati

November photos by Candice Robertson

my sweet 2 year-old (by Candice Robertson)

(many more photos of Cmas to come in my recaps)

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

more ugly sweaters

and even more hideous outfits

decorating Gran's house

dyed my hair brown for the first time ever

December was full of several Christmas Movie Mondays

Christmas Eve Eve at Gran's

Christmas night in Lville

Here's to hoping that 2012 has as many wonderful memories and experiences as 2011!  Happy New Year, friends!