Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday Favorites....What a Year!

I cannot believe it is the last Friday of 2016!! This was one of our best years yet! I am so excited for 2017 and what it will bring for this little blog. I am kicking off with a focus on food in January. Starting on January 10th, I will be sharing my Meal Plan Monday. 5 healthy, simple dishes you can put on the table each night. I will be sharing recipes & tips to tweak some dishes for little taste buds. So if you are not sure to click at the bottom of our blog to follow us... you can also check us out on Facebook or Instagram!
And  since it's Friday......I am linking up with  AndreaNarci, and Erika to share my favorites from this week.  Make that my favorites from this year!
What better way to end the year than sharing my favorites from each month of our year! I'll be sure to link what I have blogged about, so you can catch up on anything you missed!
January in Buffalo, January means cold & snow. And in January it's fun...we sled, ski, make snowmen. The snow is fun and I loved this picture from last January. ps- Maddie is a huge fan of the snow! 
Florida! Every winter break we take a break from the snow and head down to Florida to visit Paul's parents. The past few years we have driven down and try to stop and have an adventure or see something new on our way home. This past trip we stopped in Crystal River, FL to swim with the manatee and it was such an amazing experience!
In March we celebrated sweet Maddie's first birthday. We had paw print paper plates & hats... and I made her a peanut butter treat. Her friend Arthur came to help us celebrate!
Luke turned 7! We had a fun football themed party to celebrate. He wanted to play football for the party, but it snowed and was freezing. Yes... in April. That snow I said was so fun in January is not so fun in April! The boys pinned the ball between the goal posts, wore their favorite team jersey, and got to make their own jerseys too!
Ella made her First Holy Communion. It was a very special day for her. We were happy to celebrate this day with our parents, Ella's godparents, family and good friends!
Yay! School's out!!! Can't beat the end of school and the start of summer!!! June also brings Ella's dance recital & Luke's baseball season is in full swing!

Oh I love summer so much!!!! It's really hard to narrow down memories to just one for these summer months...we try to soak up everything we can. We take full advantage of the longer days!! I loved our town's 4th of July parade, Paul & I had so much fun with friends at the Zac Brown concert, lots of boating, paddleboarding, first time to the drive -in movie., swimming, backyard fires, lemonade stands...July was awesome! I guess this pic sums up how great July was!
Well... August was a continuation of July's fun Summer stuff! We also went to Star Wars night at our baseball park, went to visit friends at the beach for a few days, and Paul's parents came to visit from Florida. We had a record setting beautiful Summer and we did not miss a minute of it!
Back to school, celebrated Ella's birthday, and launched my blog. September was filled with all things apple! You can check out some of my apple posts here and read all about Ella's fun Hollywood party here.
All things pumpkin!! Pumpkin patch, pumpkin recipes, fall hikes, leaves and Halloween!!! You can catch up on our Halloween happenings here.
Gosh, November was busy! We had a wedding, friends in from out of town, a great fundraiser for my sister's dance company, celebrated Thanksgiving, Ella's first chorus concert... another great month! My favorite memory is our Thankful tree. You can catch up on that tradition here.
My favorite month of the year!!! Our annual gingerbread party, visiting Santa, making cookie, caroling, decorating, gifting, the elf and all the magic of Christmas. This is by far my favorite photo from December.... sums up the magic of it all.....

I am so happy you have chosen to follow along with us. I have had fun sharing things to do as family... sharing recipes & tips...... and some fun ideas for sweet parties. I hope you will join us  to see what 2017 will bring...there's always room for one more at our family table.
I wish you all a very Happy & Healthy New Year!!!!


  1. Looks like an awesome year! I'm
    loving the Hollywood sign for your daughter's birthday! Cheers to 2017!

  2. Love the parties! I'm new to blogging this year and am starting a blogger link-up in 2017. I hope you will consider joining in! Happy new year!

    1. Thanks... and yes I would love to link up! You can email me details

  3. I love looking at recaps from the year! So many exciting things happened for you in 2016 :) Here's to 2017!!