Wednesday, December 28, 2011

11 in 2011

11. Favorite Movie You Watched
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2
Hubby and I always wait to see the HP movies until our anniversary (July 19th). Sadly, this year was the last time we would be able to do so. On our way home we discussed how weird it will be that our children won't have the anticipation of a new HP book or movie coming out each year. Instead, they'll have them all readily available. I wonder if there will be a series huge like this when Nolan is older!

10. Favorite TV Series
This is always a tough question for me! I can never choose just one, but I think for 2011, it would be The Vampire Diaries. At the end of every episode I'm literally left saying, "WHAT?!?!" I don't know how they have a surprise at the end of almost every episode, but they do! Plus, Stephan isn't all that bad to look at, right?

9. Favorite Restaurant
Also tough to choose just one! I think I'll have to go with a local restaurant though, North Shore Grill. I love their crabcakes and salmon!
8. Favorite New Thing You've Tried
 This might sound silly, but we finally began planning our dinner menu for the week. What a difference that has made in our nightly routines! It makes life sooo much easier! 
I got the idea from this pin:
Then I changed it up a bit, so our menu looks like this:

7. Favorite Gift You Received
It's not necessarily a gift, but my favorite item I received this year was the Christmas card from my Hubby. He usually doesn't write much in cards, but this one was super special because of the things he wrote in it about the journey we've been through this year. And, of course, I wrote hardly anything in his this year as I was holding Nolan and finishing the card 5 minutes before exchanging gifts! *sigh*

6. Favorite Thing You Pinned
I love and made my own versions of these two onesies for my little guy. Such cute ideas! All of my favorite pins are baby related, shocker!

5. Favorite Blog Post
Let's Go Fishin'!
Flower Parts
I'm Still Here!
These are a few of my favorite blog posts from this year because they show some of my favorite games/projects that we do throughout the year. Of course, I had to include the Pete the Cat activities we did at the beginning of the year. Pete is one of my newest favorites!!

4. Favorite Accomplishment
Nolan Lee Cooper 
Need I say more?

3. Favorite Picture
There is an absolutely gorgeous photo that the photographer at the hospital took of Nolan that I LOVE, but we haven't received the CD yet, so this one will do:
and...since my little man is a WEEK old today, I was being a mommarazzi and got this SUPER CUTE shot:

I'm no photographer, so I get SUPER DUPER excited when I actually get a good photo! Someday I'd like to take a photography class and learn how to use a fancy-schmancy camera instead of just point & shoot digitals.
2. Favorite Memory
The birth of Nolan Lee. December 21, 2011 @ 12:12 pm 
I'm not sure if anything will ever top that one!

1. Goal for 2012
Get as much sleep as possible. Sleeping when the baby sleeps is hard; I want to get things done around the house instead! It's hard to just let things be when you have slight OCD.
I think my real goals for the year are
      1. Lose the baby weight (obviously)
      2. Find the balance between being a new Momma and going back to work in a few weeks. That will be interesting/difficult.
     3. Be the best Momma, wife, teacher I can be and realize that my best is all I can do...don't stress about it! Prioritize and do the best I can with the time/resources I have. Family comes first, then school.



Congrats on your precious baby boy!! He's beautiful! Can't have a better gift than that:) My babies are 15 and 18 now:( They grow up way toooooooo fast! Enjoy!

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Amber Polk

Your baby is so precious!

I LOVE Vampire Diaries. My boyfriend lives outside of Atlanta, about 40 minutes from where they film Vampire Diaries. So I just had to go and visit Mystic Falls (sadly it's not actually called Mystic Falls. haha). I didn't see Damon as I had hoped.

Love the blog name! It made me laugh!

I am a new follower!

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Kelley Cirrito

I love Harry Potter! It is one of my favorites! Also I think your menu sign is super cute! You are very creative and crafty!

Heather's Heart

I love that dinner idea...that just tells me how super organized you are! Your little one is adorable and a priceless gift. I am excited to be a new follower and would love for you to come check out my blog and grab LOTS of *freebies*!

Heather's Heart


Thanks for linking up!
Nolan is ADORABLE! Congratulations!!! Love those pictures!
And I love that dinner menu idea - so much cuter than the one I keep on the back on an envelope or scratch paper!
A Teeny Tiny Teacher


Congratulations! Being a mom is the best gift I've ever received. Nolan is adorable!
Funky First Grade Fun


I ran across your blog through Pinterest...I do weekly menus...what is your menu done on? That is so cute! Congrats on the little one. They are definitely life changers!


Congratulations on the precious gift from Heaven. Love your blog. I"m your newest follower. I hope you have time to visit my blog (LOL).

LeAnne Cooper

The menu is made from a photo frame from Target ( Then I cut scrapbook paper for each individual frame and wrote the day of the week on it. When we fill it out each week, we use a dry erase marker. It works great!


Just stopping by from the Top Three Linky Party! First off, congratulations on becoming a new mommy! I enjoyed peeking around at your blog and just pinned your flower parts activity! I'm your newest follower on GFC!

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Tanya Solano

Happy New Year and a huge congrats on your new little bundle! I just happened upon your blog and am in love with it! I will for sure be back often to check out what's happening'. Also, I pinned the menu planner-what a wonderful idea. I hope it will alleviate our daily "what's for dinner" problem.
Ms. Solano's Kindergarten