Archive for December, 2011

Farewell 2011

Posted on December 31st, 2011 by Tonia 5 Comments

We’re back home after a wonderful Christmas with my family, but we’re still in full-on-holiday-mode because we’re hosting a rather large New Years Eve party tonight.

The house is full of balsam bows, flowers, candles, snacks, and drinks. Everything is scattered all over the table and floor and we’re running around pulling it all together. Can’t wait to have a house full of our best friends and welcome 2012 together.

2011 was an incredible year- our first full year here at the homestead. The friendships we formed, the things we learned, the challenges and blessings alike made this year remarkably memorable. Happy New Year, friends!

UPDATE 1/2/2012: The party was a riot. I’m not sure we’ve ever started a year off on a better note. Our home was full to the brim with good food, great people, bumpin’ music, laughter, dancing, and there was even a snowball fight.

The living-room before anyone showed up.

Mmmmm, appetizers.


The bar.

In lieu of a bartender, we had a “make {bad word} yourself” sign. And glow-sticks.

A closer look at our yummies.

Friends arriving and mingling.

Good conversations, new friendships forging.

Pretty ladies.

Things eventually degenerated into a rowdy dance-party…

The boys traded their suits and dress shirts for something more comfortable.

My brother, sleepily cleaning up the aftermath.

{Sorry for the cruddy cellphone pictures. Happy 2012!!}

Merry merry.

Posted on December 24th, 2011 by Tonia 1 Comment

We’re at my parents house for the weekend, enjoying their wonderful cooking {an assortment of delectable cookies, ribs last night, lamb roast tomorrow night, my mom’s special braided Christmas bread in the morning, and more}, watching the Chickadees flitting over to the feeder by the big bay-window, and taking long walks through the woods with the dogs.

Thinking about all of you, dear readers, and wishing you the merriest and brightest of holidays!

Homemade Holiday Gifts: Yogi Eye Pillows

Posted on December 22nd, 2011 by Tonia 2 Comments

We’re down to the wire, folks! Christmas is right around the corner. If you’re still struggling to think of a good gift for a friend or relative, here’s another quick and simple project that you can accomplish in about a half hour and will delight your yoga-practicing pals {or anyone who enjoys some quiet time to themselves in the bath, in bed, or in the hammock once in a while}: eye pillows!

My mom is a yoga instructor and she made an eye pillow for each of her students a couple years ago. She used a beautiful silky fabric that was just heavenly. This project uses very little fabric, so it’s a perfect way to use up scraps or maybe re-purpose an old shirt {soft, worn-in fabric would feel so lovely over the eyes.}

I found two great tutorials. The first one is very simple and the second one is a bit more complicated. Personally, I am a little sensitive to lavender, so I will be filling mine with other lovely scents. It’s a highly personalize-able project, which makes it really fun. Have at it!

Christmas Come Early

Posted on December 20th, 2011 by Tonia 5 Comments

Our Christmas weekend with Mike’s family was wonderful and relaxing, complete with delicious food, good conversation, an adorable baby niece to entertain us, and huge cozy chairs to doze in.

We made our niece a rocking horse and gave it to her on “Christmas morning” with a red ribbon tied around its neck. She loved it, and wanted to sit on it to open her other presents.

Uncle Mike read her a story…

…Giving Mom a nice break.

Besides a disappointing Packers game {13-1}, it was a perfect weekend. But who can be upset about football when there is this much cuteness happening? Amelia rocking on her horsey {with her blanket, “Keekoo”}:

Now we’re off to my family’s house to do Christmas again. Gosh I love this time of year.