At the beginning of every year like most people, I try to set a few goals I would like to accomplish. I forwent the one word theme. I started the year out by organizing our files. Something I appreciated all year long.
My youngest son celebrated his birthday with an epic knight pajama jam birthday party. A really simple party that the kids still talk about. We setup our tent in the living room with twinkle lights, had breakfast for dinner, the kids watched a funny movie, a chocolate donut tower for a cake, and an epic foam sword fight!
We are still finding our way through this ordeal. He is fine and doing better every month. We are almost one year out! I may share his story someday soon. When he was in the hospital I shared this on instagram.
We are so grateful to all our family and friends who came to visit, prayed, called, and to those who helped with the children, which is no easy feat! I wanted to say a special thank you to my blog friends who thought of me and my family during this time. It's a wonderful thing that this blog has awarded me friendships with amazingly talented women scattered across the world, some of which I have never met in person.
In April, I participated in the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge. It was a complete honor to have been chosen and a dream come true. To read more about our patio style challenge head on over to the Home Depot Apron Blog.
I couldn't do a patio makeover featuring a dining set without a colorful tablescape and my favorite flowers, tulips. As part of my challenge I did a tutorial on how to repaint a concrete porch.
During the summer we got to spend 5 weeks in Houston. The kids and I explored the city during the day, swam in the pool in the evening, and ate all sorts of delicious foods. I decided to do a photo series to document our time in Houston and our one day trip to San Antonio.
In August, I participated in another Home Depot Style Challenge. This time around it was all about Halloween meets my front porch. This was extremely fun for the kids and I and completely took me out my comfort zone, in a good way. To read more about my Halloween style challenge head on over to the Home Depot Apron Blog.
September is my favorite month! It's my birthday month and the month I started this little ol' blog of mine. It marked 3 years of blogging, I just can't believe that. I started a new job outside the home and met Eddie Ross! He's fabulous and his book it beautiful!
I made my first blog paycheck in the month of October! I was elated! I got to meet John and Sherry Petersik from Young House Love. They were so nice and I got a chance to set in on a talk they gave about their new book.
One of my favorite craft projects last year was my polka dot treat bags. I thought they turned out super cute and they were easy to make!
I shared a new recipe, the first one of the year, pumpkin puree to kick off the fall holiday season. Delicious and pure!
Back in November I started refreshing our living room, as part of the refresh I built a leaning blanket ladder. In honor of the last day of fall I did another photo series featuring my son's cub scout camping trip back in October.
I tried my hand at canning and shared my mother-in-laws cranberry sauce recipe. My holiday home tour came later in the month and highlighted our pared down Christmas.