Monday, January 02, 2012


it's a new year! twenty twelve is upon us!
i think it's especially fun to say "twenty twelve", don't you?

i trust your christmas and new year celebrations were a joy.
ours were. even though i was sick.
double ear and sinus infection of death.
my sister said, "i thought only babies got double ear infections?"
well, believe me, i was acting full on baby. whiny, helpless mess. praise jesus it's over.
the sad thing is, i didn't really pull out the camera. the happy thing is, we smiled and laughed a lot.

christmas morning was magical. elijah was an adorable bundle of excitement.
he loves paper and ripping it. he was in heaven with several sweet gifts to open!
patrick was off work for days, which not only blessed our holiday even more,
but really helped the old sick mama;)

two days after christmas, a certain busy boy turned three!!
his little party was postponed due to my near deathness.
later today though, three little friend fellas will join us for cupcakes
and such to celebrate our little elijah grey's birthday!

my sister and her sweet little family joined us new year's eve.
they were away for christmas, so we celebrated christmas again with them.
delicious snacks and drinks, delightful conversation and laughs made it a cozy holiday night.
what a blessing that they live so close!

also, we have snow. finally. our christmas was a warm forty degrees.
super weird for this usual frozen tundra we call home.
from now until spring, i will live in my big, comfy boots.

since it's a brand new year and all, i thought i'd freshen up my bloggy home.
a happy new button included:

annnd, i am now offering advertising! read all about it here. january is free. holla.

happy new year to you, dear ones!
i'm eager to learn and grow, how about you?

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness
and the power and the glory
and the victory and the majesty,
for all that is in the heavens
and in the earth is yours.
Yours is the kingdom, O LORD,
and you are exalted as head above all.
1 chronicles 29:11 esv

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  1. yep yep soooo excited to learn and grow - and see where 2012 takes me with Jesus. So excited (post coming on that in the AM).

    i freaking love the spider-gift-opener. too much.

    happy birthday big guy! :) big three is SO exciting :)

    happy twenty twelve friends mcfrienderson!

  2. hehe I also love the opening of gifts while wearing the spider man mask. the joy of a child! sweet:)

  3. Hope you are feeling better now love! :)

    Twenty twelve...I do like that! :)

  4. Sweet post. I hope you are feeling better now! Happy New Year!

  5. how much do i love that face mask while opening presents? and the little line of cars? i fall in love with the idea of little boys all over again through pictures. :) sorry you have been sick! winter-- ugh. my addi is i am mad jealous of your obvious computer skills. :)

  6. Happy New Year Hannah! May God richly bless you and your wonderful family.

    would be grand beyond words to see your sweet face :)


  7. We had that same cheeseball at our Christmas! I love it!

  8. we haven't had snow yet which is crazy and it has been in the 60's ?!? ...which is even more crazy :) Glad you had a good Christmas...minus the ears :)

  9. I love the spiderman mask! Too cute. Yay for snow!

  10. ok. the spiderman mask? stop it! too cute! looking forward to the new year. xoxo
    also, I would like to advertise please ;)

  11. I love your new blog look! So glad to hear you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's. So sorry to hear you were sick :(

  12. i hope you're feeling better!!! and i love the new blog look.

  13. Lovely new header and such. Glad you are feeling better... seriously though mommies should be exempt from double anything infections!

  14. Looks like you had a great Christmas, but your ear and sinus infection does not sound like a joyous experience at all! Booo. :(

  15. Love the new look! We have all been sick, too. :( Hope you are feeling better!

  16. Love your new look:) so spiffy and so happy..... Like you! And I'm so glad you survived your ear infections...feel better! Ok? Xo

  17. The car's cars look very familiar. ;)

  18. it's looking so pretty around here!

    girl, so sorry you felt like dying. you poor mama. glad you're on the up and up.

    i like saying twenty twelve. something about it being an even number sounds more complete to me.

    have a lovely new week in this new year!

  19. So sorry you've been sick...but glad to know you're back in the Land of the Living! One of the really good things about being sick is that you appreciate health SO MUCH when it is restored.
    Happy Birthday to your dear boy!
    (Of course I love your blog look...I love ALL of your blog looks because you have that artsy, cheerful touch.)
    Happy (Healthy) New Year!

  20. Lovely Lovely post! MINUS the near deathness, that is never lovely is it? ;0) Glad your back and feeling better my dear!

  21. Love the new look! Glad to hear you are feeling better. Happy New Year!

  22. i love that picture of elijah opening presents in the spiderman mask. too funny.

  23. merry merry christmas and happiest of new years hannah! I am sorry to hear you were sick, hope you are better, a double ear infection....hahaha funny sister!!!

    Glad to see Christmas was still beautiful, how could it not be?!

    My girl was sick,'s not fun to miss christmas as a teenager...

  24. hi hannah!

    happy new year to you and yours.

    so sorry you were sick. i'd act like a bay too if i had a double ear infection. OUCH!

    your new blog look is so cheery.

  25. Sorry for your yucky infections! I hope you are doing better now! Glad you were able to make some sweet memories in spite of things.