A Look Back at 2014: Part 2

We’re taking on the second half of 2014 in this post. In case you missed it HERE is the link to my post from yesterday…

In effort to counteract such sadness and to welcome the hope and promise of the year ahead let’s look at some pictures. Cause pictures always make me feel better. And if you don’t already you really should follow me on Instagram @mrseyebrowz. Because I post there way more frequently than here. Also…pictures of Iz sleeping in all manner of weird spots and positions on a regular basis.

JULY – Tracey and me. First we saw The Wailers (yes, Bob Marley’s band) at this year’s Common Ground music festival and then we had the absolute pleasure of watching The Violent Femmes perform the entirety of their first album, first to back. This was an adolescent dream come true for us. We sang along with every single word of every single song. LOVE.
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When we go to Chicago for vacation, we know people. Like our buddies Kennedy and Chase who met us at the Shedd Aquarium for some fun times! Their faces in this picture. I die. IMG_6582
These four minis had an awesome time tearing up the Shedd. IMG_6599
Clearly, Isora was NOT impressed with the crying baby next to us OR the dolphin show. IMG_5433
The coolest thing EVER. We got to pet Stingrays. We loved this park of Shedd. IMG_5453
Such a fun day at the Lincoln Park Zoo with André and Merissa. They showed us a great time in Chicago. IMG_6632
AUGUST – Nothing like having a few friends over to remind us of how awesome our new backyard is. And by a few friends I mean a thousand mosquitoes. They made a meal out of poor Izzie’s face when she spent over two hours playing in the sand box. Clearly it didn’t even phase her. Look at that smile. IMG_6669
That one time when Isora passed out in the car and we brought her into Culver’s and she slept the whole time we ate.
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The Kitty Ear Krew. Merissa bought these Kitty ears for Cedella. And she has rarely taken them off since. Then it became a thing. We wear Kitty ears on Wednesdays. IMG_6841
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Me and my girls. Relaxing up north in Tawas having the best ice cream ever. IMG_6858
Up North. On Lake Huron. Fire circle. Grandma Linda’s natural habitat. Love this picture. IMG_5735
At Dinosaur Gardens. Where we always act like complete idiots. I cry with laughter every time I see this. IMG_5819
I’m obsessed with this picture. And this is why I love Lake Huron. It’s wide open beach. Very few people. A whole lotta sand.
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This summer’s trip to Oscoda was just us girls. Memories. Made. IMG_5864
SEPTEMBER – First day of Junior Kindergarten to be precise. The look of pride on her face is just everything.
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Cedella and her absolute BFF Anna. Don’t they suddenly look so old?IMG_6024
Hanging out at the Michigan State Homecoming parade. Go Green!! Go White!! IMG_6065
This is what Izzie does while Ella is at school. Sleeps in weird places. It’s a glamorous life. IMG_7003
This may be my favorite photo of the year. This one Tuesday in September it was super hot and me and my besties Leslie and Nicole and all of our 6 girls piled into the cars and drove out to the beach at Holland State Park for the day. It was SO good. And not long after this picture, like days, me and Nicole found out we were pregnant. And almost a month after this picture Leslie found out she was pregnant. A little bittersweet but still so perfect. I love all of these girls so very much. IMG_7042
OCTOBER – For a birthday gift for me, Tracey and our bro Robbie (all born within 2 weeks of each other in Sept/Oct) I got us tickets to see Neil DeGrasse Tyson speak. We love this man. You know who loves him too? Cedella. She is obsessed with Cosmos and knows his name and was thrilled to join us for this lecture. She even stayed awake for nearly the whole thing. IMG_7164
The Sims Kids (minus 1). We geeked out on this so hard. It was fantastic to be with these two for the night.
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The Coolest Astrophysicist in the Universe. IMG_6072
Mom’s ‘Retirement’ Party. I say ‘retirement’ because she is still working 40 hrs/week. But they threw a lovely party for her at the library and we all came together to celebrate her kind of ‘retiring’.IMG_6179
HALLOWEEN – Padawan Ashoka Tano and Jedi Master Yoda. To say I love their geekiness is an understatement.
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Trick or Treating with Superman and Star Lord on the absolute coldest day of the year. IMG_6309
And the Great Pumpkin Walk with their besties Owl (Mia) and Wolf (Anna). IMG_6285
NOVEMBER – Was. Hard. So very hard. Nicole and Leslie and me. And our bumps. Two days before I lost Miles. This picture is one of my favorites and also the hardest one to look at. 
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We lost Miles the week before Thanksgiving. All of our Canadian cousins drove in to spend a long weekend over Thanksgiving. And though I was absolutely distraught and physically exhausted, family was truly the best medicine for my broken heart. Just look at Ella feeding her sister. They love each other so much. I’m clearly doing something right in that regard. IMG_6356
I just love the relationship these two have. Cedella and her Jiddo John. Always goofing around and playing together. He’s her best buddy.
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Despite how heartbroken in made me to meet these two new little boys in our family, it also brought so much love to my soul to hold them. This is Adam. Cedella is obsessed with him. Look at what a great big cousin she is.
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And with Mila and her new little brother Leo. Cedella also loved Leo. She just loves babies in general. I love these children so much my heart could burst. IMG_6394
DECEMBER – Though I was feeling only slightly human, we had to make Christmas the best ever for our girls. So out to the Christmas tree farm we went. This was our first attempt. There wasn’t a good tree in sight, but Isora had a great nap on my back. Doesn’t she look cozy back there? She woke up and looked around and said “This is the most beautiful place ever. Look at all the Christmas trees!!” Love this kid.

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And the following weekend we made it out to the Peacock Rd Tree Farm. SCORE! Here’s my crazy family getting ready to cut down our beautiful tree. 
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And this one night, after we had the tree all decorated, I was just sitting by myself watching a Christmas favorite when all of a sudden the tree dropped. Like TIMBER in five seconds flat. I didn’t even have enough time to react. And couldn’t get it back up by myself. Enter the Two Drunk Mikes. The figured it out, eventually. It was pretty hilarious to watch. BONUS POINTS if you know what movie I was watching.
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Christmas Cookies with Grandma Becky!! The girls loved every minute. IMG_6578
And finally, Crafts with Santa time at Grandma Linda’s library. The girls have been every single year since they’ve been alive. Except for Cedella puking all over herself on the drive down to Detroit, ruining her fancy dress, and the following stomach bug that all of us (even Grandma and TeTe) suffered, it was SO much fun!
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So other than our 7 Christmas celebrations (that’s a post for another day), this was our year. Looking back on it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Sure we had a lot of heartbreak when we lost Miles but buying a house and another year of watching these amazing girls grow was incredible.

And while I’m not interested in making any actual resolutions for the year, I will say this: 2015…the year for counting my blessings each and every day.

That’s our year. How was your year? Any highlights? Thanks for spending a little time at Babies & Bacon today.

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: 2012 Wrap Up

2012 was quite a year. A crazy, busy, exciting, brilliant, exasperating, joyful and crazy year. We started the year with one independent child and ended the year with an independent diva and a smiley new toddler. And we took an awful lot of pictures along the way.

Wordless/Wordful/Nearly Wordless Wednesday are a staple around these parts. Some weeks these are the only posts I do. Cause I know the pictures of my sweet babies, that’s why you’re here, right?

The hard part? Picking the pictures for this post. I have a bit of an editing problem. Especially because I love every single picture of my girls. Every. Single. One.

So this is one (or maybe two or three) picture(s) for each month of last year from one of my W Wednesday posts. Enjoy!!

JANUARY Bang the Drum. Cedella got a set of drums for her 2nd birthday. This picture captures her personality so completely. Adventurous, silly, joyous and so incredibly noisy. Just the other day my Mom asked “Does she ever shut up?”. And the answer is…nope.

FEBRUARY Social Butterflies. The month of February we were super busy. Showers and playdates. Paczkis and Valentines. I was only a couple weeks away from giving birth and was big as a mobile home. But a pregnant tired Mommy doesn’t really mean much to a busy little Monkey. Here she is, acting a fool, at my cousin’s wife’s baby shower. And bonus…me and Katie. Her daughter is only a month younger than Isora. No, really, I was HUGE.

MARCH In These Quiet Moments was written two days before Isora was born. I will never forget the sweetness of this moment with my Monk. And the before we knew it… She’s Here. Isora Rose was born on an 80 degree St. Patrick’s Day. It was glorious. Wanna read her birth story? HERE you go.

APRIL The New Girl was just sleepy and squishy enough to let me take some really pretty newborn photos. Who needs a photographer when you’ve got Pinterest for inspiration and photography tutorials? I can’t even handle how wrinkly and roll-y she is in these pictures. And the light. Swooning.

MAY We celebrated 50 years of marriage of my amazing Grandparents with a really lovely party. And we struggled with the onslaught of sibling rivalry and Cedella’s inevitable sense of displacement in My Beautiful Monster (I ridiculously love this picture of her).

JUNE For the love of the beach we spent ten days at the cottage on Lake Huron. And it was relaxing, rejuvenating and so much fun. For seven days it was just me, my girls, my sisters and my mom. All us girls. Thrifting and eating and sunbathing and playing board games. Can’t wait to go again this year.

JULY Saw our first trip to the ER and Cedella’s First Battle Scar. It was gut-wrenching and horrible but in the end a rite of passage and a truly eye-opening experience. We learned how incredibly brave and resilient our dear Ella is.

AUGUST The Olympics enraptured us for several weeks in August. Getting to share the triumphs and joys of the Fabulous 5 with my daughter was super cool. And now she’s in gymnastics class where Jordyn Wieber got her start. But it was Usain Bolt that really got us jumping out of our seats.

SEPTEMBER Where the Wild Things Are captured an awesome family trip to the zoo. Cedella became obsessed with maps (thanks Dora) and me and Izzie put on babywearing demos throughout the Detroit zoo. And we celebrated TeTe’s birthday at a super delicious restaurant. Lots of family fun…

OCTOBER This was the second year I participated in the Week in My Life challenge. And boy did we have a busy week. We started out on Monday at the pumpkin patch and by the end of the week we were trick-or-treating (with some baby smiles in between). It was a busy busy month and I barely made it to post every day (never did get Saturday and Sunday published).

NOVEMBER I didn’t publish a single WW post in November. In fact I only published one post in the entire month. Guess we were busy. But I did post our pics from Silver Balls in December even though it happened in November. Though if I was on top of things I would have had a whole post about our Thanksgiving road trip to South Carolina. But no, all I have is us at Silver Balls and the girls through the years (which I LOVE looking at)

DECEMBER We began Teaching Democracy when we protested right-to-work laws at our state Capitol and even got to meet our Mayor. And tis the season for Here Comes Santa Claus as Izzie had her first encounter with the big guy.

Wow. It was quite a year. Looking back on it, it was a really really good one. Hope you enjoyed going through these pics as much as I did.

If you haven’t checked it out yet please take a look at my Life List post from yesterday and check out all the great posts through the linky.

Happy Wordful Wednesday everyone!!

 

Week in My Life: Thursday

Compared to Wednesday our Thursday was a veritable walk in the park. Or Halloween walk down the block as it were…

We started out a bit later than normal. Neither of the girls was up until well after 8. Guess we were all exhausted from the day before.

So instead of rushing around and getting dressed all of us stayed in our jammies and went downstairs for some cartoons and cereal and applesauce. Izzie Bizzie loves applesauce.

Somehow Cedella managed to sneak the iPad out from it’s hiding place so she could watch Diego while I was watching the Today show.

And somehow Izzie managed to crawl around the ottoman across the room to the piano. Cause she LOVES that little red piano.

Around 11 she finally went down for a nap, Daniel Tiger was on PBS and I worked on our Halloween costumes again because they had to be done for that evening’s Great Pumpkin Walk in East Lansing.

Me and my Singer. So glad I busted out my sewing machine, it’s just like riding a bike. And now I’m inspired to make all manner of Pinterest projects and adorable children’s clothes. Look out Etsy…here I come!

After a really chilled out morning it was finally time to put on a bra because we had company coming over to cook us lunch. What a treat, huh?

My dear friend Lucy and her mother Kathy stopped by with arm loads of groceries to make a hearty home-cooked lunch for all of us girls.

Kathy was in town visiting from Arizona and we’ve never met so it was lovely to spend the day with her. Izzie took a special shine to her because Kathy kept giving her delicious carrots to eat. She loved her carrots so much she fell right asleep when she was full. In her highchair.

And because like most mothers and daughters they don’t have very many pictures together I took a few of them in front of the fire maple in our yard. Aren’t they the cutest?

Lucy and I even managed to talk Kathy into taking a picture of us. I love that girl :)

By the time the left we had a scant 40 minutes to get ready for the Great Pumpkin walk and a date night for me and Michael:

1. Finish sewing the costumes.

2. Pack Cedella’s overnight bag.

3. Pack Izzie’s jammies, diapers, bottles and milk.

4. Pack shoes, makeup, purse and accessories for me.

5. Take stroller out of the car in exchange for the wagon.

6. Find Halloween candy buckets.

7. Get everything in the car.

Somehow I managed to get it all done in about 50 minutes. And I finally got in the car realizing I wasn’t going to be too late and pulled down the street only to realize I had forgotten the bottles and milk at the house. DATE NIGHT FAIL.

After consulting Michael we decided that if we needed to we’d go back for the milk later that night.

As we arrived at Spartan Spirits to unload the car all our friends were there too. Gotta love seeing all your grown friends and their babies all dressed up and into the Halloween spirit. Well, most of them anyways. Why is it that Dad’s are so immune to the Halloween spirit? Boring…

And then it happened. Cedella and Anna saw each other. And I thought Cedella might die. Anna dressed as Kermit the Frog (with a super sweet homemade costume thanks to her Meema. Nice work Janet!!) which is only Ella’s favorite Muppet ever! They were so stinking cute. As usual.

Then we got our Great Pumpkin Walk on. It’s one of my favorite family events of the year, if not for the people watching and general silliness but because we always run into a bunch of people we know and it’s a great time to socialize.

Here’s me and Leslie and our brood on MAC walking towards the MSU Greek society’s Safe Halloween party. And yes, that’s a Mama Juice in my hand. When in Rome, right? How cute are the girls holding hands?

So Cedella is obviously a Chicken. But who can guess what my costume is?

All the sororities and frats have tables in front of their houses with candy or drinks or cookies or facepainting. And there’s a dozen bounce houses, a super loud DJ spinning Michael Jackson and (for the Dads) hundreds of scantily clad co-eds. And crowds.

We even got to pet a police horse named Red.

It was literally 70 degrees and I was wearing Isora AND fifteen layers of polar fleece but it was still a blast!

Cedella found a new passion for Sour Patch Kids. Her face cracks me up.

And Michael, good sport that he is, dressed as a farmer and pulled the wagon most of the night. Thanks Handsome :)

Anna and Ella got adventurous in the bounce houses.

And Andy Warhol Jr. borrowed Farmer Eyebrowz hat for a while.

How cute are these costumes?

After the Pumpkin Walk fun we headed over to Georgio’s pizza and literally ran into everyone we know. It was awesome seeing Kelle and the Vicknair kiddos. Addi, Evan and Junebug always have the coolest homemade costumes. Bravo to Kelle for their awesomeness every year.

And Anna finally got some facetime with her newest obsession…Isora. She loves our baby so much. It’s adorable.

And Leslie and I got a picture, much like last year’s, with one major difference. Now both of our peanuts are on the outside. Her little Amelia was sleeping the whole time so it was hard to remember that she was there. But her little Joey kangaroo hat? Priceless.

After pizza we brought the girls over to Teta and Jiddo’s house so that Michael and I could go out for a friend’s birthday.

We rushed over to Beggar’s Banquet and got there just in time to meet some new friends and enjoy a few excellent beers. They even had my fall favorite Southern Tier’s Pumking and I just about died and went to heaven…

My sassy date night outfit…

Me and my Handsome…

Around 11:30 we started to make our way to the door but it was clear that some rides home were going to be necessary. For our friends folks, not for us. So Michael agreed to take the Birthday Boy home and I went to pick up Isora from her grandparents house.

After some shenanigans we realized that the keys to Michael’s car were in my car, so I had to double back to the store to drop them off. After doing a bit of mothering for our sick friend I got back in the car, stopped at BK on the way home, put the baby back to sleep and called it a night.

It was fun getting out, and considering how great both girls were, we will be doing it again very very soon. So thankful for my inlaws living so close and being so incredible with the girls.

That was our Thursday. And that was a slow day. WHEW. I’m tired just writing it all done.

How was your Thursday? Can’t wait to read all about them…Check out Adventuroo for more Week in My Life goodness.

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