Today is Owen’s first birthday!! It’s so crazy to think that he’s already a year old! We had a busy day and had a joint nautical themed bday party for him and the baby I nanny for who turned one on the 4th! More pics and stuff relating to that later, but I just wanted to wish my baby boy a very happy bday! πŸ˜€ I love you Bub!!

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Yep, we had the local news announce his bday! We didn’t let him get too messy…maybe later we will πŸ˜‰

And I have to post a pic of him eating a cupcake lol πŸ™‚

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I love these two guys!

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I wanted to dedicate this post to little Haley and Hazel over at HSquaredblog – happy first birthday sweet girls!!

Emily, you truly have amazed me with how you handle everything with the twins! The girls are so beautiful and you make me jealous that Dan and I didn’t have twins LOL!

Happy birthday!!

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Trader Joes makes sesame honey cashews that are SO addicting! So instead of buying a bag, I thought I’d try to make my own πŸ˜€ The original recipe is from Two Dancing Buckeyes, but I tweaked it a lil.

Sesame Honey Cashews
Ingredients
2 cups raw cashews
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 teaspoon sugar
Sesame seeds (as much or little as you like)

Directions
β€’ Spread the cashews evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and roast them in a 250Β° oven for about 8-10 minutes, until they just start to brown. Move them around a bit halfway through to make sure that they don’t burn.

β€’ Meanwhile, melt the butter and honey together. As soon as you pull the cashews from the oven, toss them in the honey-butter mixture so that they are evenly coated.

β€’Then sprinkle the sugar, salt, and sesame seeds and toss them again – I like mine like the Trader Joes version – heavily coated with sesame seeds. It balances out the flavors, I find. Dan made a good point and said that shaking them in a baggie with the sesame seeds might coat them more evenly.

β€’ Put them back in the oven for 8-10 more minutes and watch them to make sure they don’t burn. When they come out, toss them once again to pick up any stray sesame seeds, then let them cool completely on the sheet.

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Today Owen turns 11 months old! Eek! My lil baby is growing up! 😒 Haha πŸ˜‰
He’s walking 85% of the time now, can wave, let’s me know when he’s done with food (will mimic “all done” if we sign it), and is slowly learning how to say “night night” and it’s meaning!! He knows his name and comes over when we call him (which is really handy now that he can walk – I don’t hafta pick him up anymore whenever I leave the room, he just walks over)!

There’s a lot to be thankful for these days! πŸ™‚

β€’ Our car got hit while someone was trying to parallel park in front of it – tho this may be a bad thing, the person luckily has insurance and our car’s gonna get fixed. Yeah, it’s inconvenient but at least no one got hurt and the car still runs! Plus it was hit in the same spot where Dan accidentally hit a pole earlier, so it’s really nice that we’re getting it fixed!! Gotta be thankful about that!

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β€’ I’m so thankful that Dan was able to watch Owen and put him to bed on New Year’s so I could meet up with a couple friends – Danielle and Amy! We went to the Driftwood Room downtown and had a lot of fun catching up (plus it was nice to have some baby-free time)!

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β€’ The family I nanny for have an 11 month old who is 5 days older than Owen, and they have offered to have a joint birthday party for the two at their house!

What things are you thankful for that have occurred within the past week?

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Hi everybody! Ok, so WordPress just emailed my stats for 2012, and tho my numbers may seem low, I’m actually pretty surprised that they’re so high! For my first year on this blog!

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

My post Blessings (10/31/12) had the highest views (168!). And there are people from 31 countries that read my blog (mainly the US, Canada, and the UK)!
Click here to see the complete report.

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Pretty cool!

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This year has been a whirlwind – being pregnant, going through labor and delivery, holding my very own baby for the first time, moving, the fire, moving again, moving once more, going thru drivers ed, getting my license, buying a car with Dan, getting my boating license, getting baptized, rehoming my dog Maisy, the world ending, starting new hobbies like sewing, being a SAHM, then getting a job as a nanny, and finally paying off all of my debt! (Yep, I’m going into 2013 debt free baybay! ;D)

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20121230-204607.jpgPicking my brother up from the airport – he was in NY during Hurricane Sandy :/

20121230-204704.jpgEnd of the World party for Dan and I πŸ˜‰

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What a year!

My plans for 2013:
β€’ Start school again
β€’ Donate at least 10% of my income
β€’ Get a pass to SWCC and take Owen swimming on a regular basis again!
β€’ Get back into eating healthier and working out regularly again (this is a must)
β€’ Do more stuff with Dan – fishing, crabbing, shooting, movies, dates, kissing, camping, concerts, tubing – anything! Having a baby is such an interesting experience; we are obviously together a lot to take care of Owen, but at the same time we can seem so distant because everything is about raising a baby and it can be easy to forget to nurture our relationship too. So more time with Dan doing the things we want and love to do is goin on the list πŸ™‚

Well that just about wraps up this year! Thank you everyone who reads this! I hope you all had a great 2012 and an even better 2013! πŸ˜€

Christmas Eve
Dan and I took Owen to the candlelight Christmas Eve service at Rolling Hills.

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The Solid Rock service was actually on Sunday at the normal service times and locations. Rolling Hills did not provide childcare during the candlelight services because they wanted the entire family to enjoy them. There were a few times when Dan got up and walked to the back of the church holding Owen so he didn’t interrupt anyone (thanks Dan!!), but overall I think he did ok.

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Then when we got home it was just about time to open our stockings, give Owen a bath, read him “The Night Before Christmas”, and put him to bed.

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Christmas #2
The day after Christmas, Dan’s kids came over and we celebrated with them! It’s always so fun to see them all, especially since Dan absolutely loves them to pieces and is always so happy when they are around. πŸ™‚ We exchanged gifts, ate pizza, and had a great time! Of course, Hallie and Owen were getting in trouble together hahaha but it’s so hard to get angry at these adorable faces πŸ™‚

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Isn’t it so funny that they have the same expression on their face?? And Owen looks like a Hobbit in this pic with his fat foot sticking up LOL!
Owen got more clothes, a pair of new sneakers, and a couple of rubber duckies (which he loves)!

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Preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas was at times stressful, but it was so worth it. We all had a great time. We’re so blessed to have those in our lives – my family, Dan’s kids, and of course friends. My favorite part of Christmas used to be opening my presents, but now my favorite part is watching family and friends open my presents to them. πŸ™‚
It’s so weird that the holidays are (just about) over, now we can plan Owen’s first birthday! 😐 How is that sneaking up on us already?!

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