Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hosting Madonna-Holland Christmas 2014

We hosted Christmas for Milly, Lance, Morgan, Vann and Grandma. It was wonderful!

Vann's 1st Christmas Dinner

Grandma's tradition

Santa filled stockings for all four of them

Christmas morning discovering them

Monster High, of course

for Abigail too

I am teaching them to toast with 'champagne'

stylish new jacket

Sedona for the day

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Holiday Season 2014

milk & cookies in bed at nanna and grandads

JW Marriott gingerbread house display

school party

I donated the dishes from my wedding - they were looking beaten up

nanna bought me a new set for Christmas

nanna bought them tickets to this fabulous performance

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bryony turns 4

It's probably not a surprise that Bryony chose Disney's 'Frozen' as the theme for her 4th birthday party. In fact, I'm sure every 4yr old in America chose it this year. She invited tons of friends (too many as it turned out, it was a little hectic). but had a blast. Can't believe my 'baby' is FOUR!

I used flaked coconut for the snow

both grandmothers helping with the cupcakes

opening presents and cards

she even made a Frozen Build-a-Bear

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fall 2014

sometimes photos from the every day are the best

High School Musical at Xavier

what seven-year-olds are in to

our 12th anniversary at Olive & Ivy - we had just found out about mini-Madonna #3 too

Aunty Alex preparing for her first baby

he/she will need an Arsenal onesie of course

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

Jake Skellington

Catty Noir from Monster High & Princess Anna of Arendelle

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mini-Madonna #3

As mentioned before, we found out in October 2014 that we were expecting a mini-Madonna #3. Again. I suppose that made it mini-Madonna #4 (see Feb 2014 loss). We were thrilled. As per usual protocol, I quickly succumbed to ugly morning sickness, but it was all worth it when we got to the confirmation ultrasound and our bean had a healthy thumping heartbeat.

Still, we waited until 14wks to announce and used our Christmas card to do so:
our Christmas card 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Ten years after Mimi died, Jake finally gave in to me and let the girls get a cat. Abigail had buried five fish since her birthday so we needed to upgrade pet level! Ten minutes in the Humane Society, and both girls had fallen in love with Tina. She was in the back of our car another ten minutes after that.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

My second book of the summer (I was on a roll, for me, ha) - recommended by Aunty Alex. This started out really good but I began to pick holes in it about two-thirds through. It was a nice change of genre for me though, which I enjoyed. And I still chose reading this every night over the drizzle that's on TV in the evenings .... 

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

My first book of the summer - and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommended it to Grandma and she finished it 48 hours later!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Abigail - 2nd grade

she has a lot on her plate, or post-it-note