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!!}


  1. Cathy Schroeder says:

    Happy New Year Tonia and Mike. Sounds like a great party tonight. Wish we could be there. We’ll be celebrating with all the sisters except for Terry and Bob. Hope we can make a winter trip to Pat’s cabin for another Northwoods Stitch and Bitch. We’ll have to add every season to our calendar. Love you!

  2. Cheri says:

    Hi Tonia, I so enjoy checking in on your blog from time to time to see what you are up to. Your photography is beautiful. Wish we were closer, I’d love to take lessons from you! :)

    We miss the Northwoods so much, it is fun to stop here and see that it truly is as beautiful as we remember.

    Many blessings and happy new year to you and Mike!

  3. Tonia says:

    Thank you, Cheri! It would be very fun to have a photography day together sometime. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your beautiful family! Could your grandchildren be any cuter?? I think not. :)

  4. Carly H. says:

    What a party– looks like you guys had an absolute blast! I especially like your sign for the bar! Happy New Year to you and your family, Tonia! :)

  5. Cathy Schroeder says:


    Just am looking at your party pictures. The poufs came in handy didn’t they? My burlap one isn’t holding up very well, I won’t make one with that material again!

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