Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy 2011!

Hello hello friends!! I can hardly believe it has been over 2 weeks since I blogged (Sean managed to do 2 posts while we were away, so a big 2 thumbs up for him!). We just got back from our Palm Springs adventure, which was more like a 2 week nap and snack. It feels like all we did was lay around, sleep and eat. But it felt awesome. It was a hard decision, but I made a point of not checking emails or blogging during that time. Not because I was avoiding "work" (I would hardly call blogging work!), but I would easily classify the month of December to have been the most crazy, hectic, chaotic month of my life, even more so than the December Wren was born prematurely!

On exactly December 1 I was admitted to the hospital, on December 2 I had my appendix removed, on December 3 I was released and spent the entire night throwing up with an allergic reaction to the pain medication (and let me stress that stomach surgery and stiches are not a good mixture with heaving!!). That one night seemed to keep me drained for days. The next week was spent recovering and before the next week was out I had a full blown virus. Turns out that I caught something while I was in the hospital and it was horrible, I am actually still coughing and suffering from a sore throat! But amidst all that we had to get ready for Wren's birthday, finish some patiently waiting client's orders and get prepared to get on a plane on December 22. December 23 was my birthday and we all know how crazy the rest of the month is... so that is where our life has taken us and I am happy to be back in the normal swing of things.

But I thought I would share some photos from our holidays before we continue with our regularly scheduled decorating and some exciting news! (no mom, it does not involve a baby.)

If you remember our holiday back in April when Wren had a total melt down on the plane, you can understand why we braced ourselves for the worst but were pleasantly surprised that Wren was a total doll the whole flight. In fact, I think it was the best Christmas gift I could have received!
Most of our trip centered around the pool and while it was a challenge to get Wren warmed up to her life jacket she quickly became attached to it and was even reminding us that she couldn't go outside without one. It also helped that my dad kept the pool at 85 degrees and it felt like a warm bath tub!
Sean dedicated the first day or two to acclimating the dogs to riding an alligator. boys, right?
Photobucket Wren managed to get a few rides as well, and even convinced Grandma to bring it in the house for more play time!

While we were getting dressed on Christmas Eve to go out for dinner Wren saw a little box peeking through some clothes in the closet and discovered her first gift. Of course we couldn't say no to that face so we were forced to tote her Furry Frenzy dog and his kennel along.
She was Grandma's girl the whole trip!
And of course, no Christmas is complete without tequila shots!

But I wouldn't suggest partying too hard if you have a little one who gets up the next morning! We actually decided to only do gifts for Wren which was a lot less stress and worry for all us adults (who really don't need a single thing anyways!).
Photobucket The rest of Christmas day was spent in Wren's favorite corner of the yard, the waterfall.

I am really happy we kept the whole holiday low key, taking each day as it came.
Sean took us up highway 74 one afternoon and it was beautiful to look out over the whole desert.
Photobucket Until my eyes were stickered shut with My Little Pony stickers...

New Years was also pretty relaxed as we spent the first part of the night with some neighbors from New York (Torri and Elmo modelling their headgear!).
And after that we were so excited to spend the rest of the night with Rebecca, Jessica and their fabulous family! It was a totally amazing night and their new house is fabulous!! Thanks again ladies!
Photobucket New Years day we also held a little get together for Rebecca and her parents as well as the neighbors, but Wren didn't make it through dinner.

But she was back to her usual hammy personality in no time!

We are SOOOO happy to be home, all unpacked and back at the renovations. Sometimes it is best to get away so that you come back home.

Most importantly, we wish you all a happy 2011! Thanks for supporting us, following our journey and patiently waiting while we re-charged our batteries. I don't want to spill his beans, but Sean will be on this weekend with some exciting news and I am looking forward to sharing some goodies as well as a special giveaway to kick off the new year.

Merci Beaucoup mes amis!


Itchin' Stitchin' said...

What a cutey!! It looks like it was a wonderful fun trip.

Rebecca said...

Welcome back! I hope you are feeling well recovered. I can't wait to see more fun things. I've missed it!

lisa said...

so glad to hear you are feeling a bit better. great pics!

Hello My Pretties said...

LOL @ the eye sticker!

Jill said...

Looks like a great time!

I've missed your blog... I think it hides in my reader!

I need to figure out where you're stored to read it more often.

Happy New Year!

Amber's Notebook said...

Happy new Year holly! I missed your posts!!

lena said...

What a busy month, glad you took some time out and are feeling better. Love seeing so many photos of you and your lovely family!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

Glad you're back, I took a nice break from blogging as well. Looks like you had a great time!

Emily@SENSELESSsophistication said...

So happy to see you are back! The dogs on the float is gotta love a hubby that is always young at heart! Can't wait to see everything you have in store for 2011!!!

Calmly Chaotic said...

Those are great pictures! Thanks for sharing!

jandjhome said...

Sounds like December was fun! Glad your back and feeling better.

Pinecone said...

I am so glad you are feeling better and had a great trip!
Happy 2011!

Allison said...

Welcome back, Holly! Happy Belated Birthday, too! It looks like you had a wonderful, much deserved restful vacation with family and friends. Your little Wren is so adorable.

Michael - Innkeeper said...

nice to have you back!

you were missed.

thanks for sharing your pics!

vintage vine said...

I hope you feel better soon! I love your daughters plaid dress! So cute!!! It's good to have you back.

simpledaisy said...

Looks like a super fun holidays:):)

ps...I am having a give-away on my blog if you have a minute to stop over!!!!!!

Preppy 101 said...

What a fabulous Christmas/New Year!! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!
I'm glad you're back refreshed and re-energized!

Margaret said...

Love that you and Torri got together! You both are pretty fantastic! I found Torri through your new blog design and she just did one for me at:! I just did some furniture that is definitely "In the Fun lane" inspired, and I show the how-to, as well!


Corners of My Life said...

What an amazing vacation. Your photos captured it well!

Beach said...

Wow, you squeezed a lot in! Happy New Year to you.

Gina said...

You seriously have the most beautiful family! So glad to see you back :)

Dancing Sweet Pea said...

Glad you're back and so happy that you had a wonderful trip with your family!
Really great to hear you're feeling better too! xo

[e]liz said...

I found your blog via my mom, who has just started reading blogs. She raved about yours so I had to check it out! :) I have to say, YOUR mom is GORGEOUS! In the Christmas photos she has a Jackie O look to her.. what a beautiful shot with Wren in front of the Christmas tree.

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