Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011: Looking Back

As far as blog posts go, my 2010 year-in-review was one of my favs. 
I love a good tradition, so here comes a look back at 2011.
{And a chance for you to link up your 2011 highlights}

We hit the 'Hamas.
I write the first of my many lists for the year {11 for 2011}
We get serious about getting organized.

My car-loving boys do the auto show.
A love/hate relationship with morning swimming is born.
Mady has a new seat at the table.

I run my first ever 5K!
We enjoy family time in our favorite big city.

There's a new {used} van in the garage.
Job change: Matt's back at Grand.
We Walk for Water (again).
I discover the connection between my heart and my hands
and the relationship between the spiritual and the physical.
{it was a big month}

Mady is 18 months old!
We celebrate our first decade together.
My four year blog-versary.
Ella graduates from preschool.

Dylan finishes up Kindergarten
and plays his first season of t-ball.
We relax {kid-free} in Punta Cana.
I run my first 10K.

We try to stay cool during our Wolf Lake cottage week.
We scoot, bike and swim our way through the summer.
Dylan's teeth are dropping like flies.

Ella learns to swim.
Our picture blog turns one year old.
Hello, Year 32.
We're still organizing...this time it's our toys.

We send a Pre-K-er and a 1st grader off to their first day of school.
Ella's back at 'nastics.
It's soccer season...again.
I discover Pinterest and my inner craftiness.
Ella cheers at her first football game.

Couples Retreat: wine country.
Craft night is born.
It's applesauce canning season!
We almost have a run-in with a hurricane.

I run my first 15K.
Mady moves up to a big girl bed.
Birthdays five, seven and two.
Eek! Mice!
An unforgettable weekend away in Chicago.

We did it! 52 weeks of working out complete!
Wrapped and done by December 1.
Now that's Pinterest-ing, kid edition.
We stage our annual Christmas close-up.

And now it's your turn to take a look back...


  1. What a great year! I love this post:) and when we rid our computer of it's virus I will link up:)

  2. You guys had a great year! Such cute kiddos :)

    Thanks for inviting me to link up! Happy New Year!! I'm a new follower of your cute blog!

  3. Thanks for the invite to link up today! I look forward to following you, hope you'll follow me.

    Happy New Year,

  4. What an adorable family you have! I'm glad you commented on my post today and invited me to share my "year in review".
    I'll come back later to read your posts - nice to "meet" you!

  5. Your children are adorable. I can't wait to come back and explore your blog some more! Thanks for the invite to link in with my year in review!

  6. Love your round up of 2011..thanks for inviting me to join your linky.

  7. I love how you structured your 2011 review - so fun!! Thanks for the invite to join the linkup :)

  8. Okay, seriously best year end review EVER! Love it! I'm copying next year! LOL! I'm following you here, too! LOVE it!!! Glad to know about your blog and happy to be inspired by you! You go girl with a 15K! Whatever!!! :) I'd love to have you enter my giveaway and crossing my fingers you win!!!


    XO, Aimee

  9. I love how you did your recap! Looks like it was an amazing and busy year! Thanks for the link-up!

  10. What a beautiful little family you have!
    This was a great review post!

    I'm adding a link back to your page in my 2011 Review post!

  11. Lovely family and congratulation with the 52 weeks work out. Now, I'm wishing I stick it out with mine. I only lasted 8 weeks. Maybe I should give it a try again in 2012.

    Have a wonderful 2012!

  12. Your family is beautiful an your kidlet pictures are adorable! Thanks for the invite to join you; I'm so glad I made the visit here! :>

  13. I absolutely love your blog! I can't stop reading these posts. You make me want to get organized with your organized post. I definitely need it! And Punta Cana kid free? We went this year too, but we can't do kid free yet. Maybe one day soon :)
    And I LOVE the 52 week post. It's truly inspiring! I agree that taking care of yourself makes you a better wife, mother, etc!

    Great review! Next year, I'll have to add pictures to mine. Thanks for asking me to link up. Have a great new year!

  14. I love the one picture choice for each month as well. I am so going to have to do this!

  15. Since you love Chicago so much, I had to link up my Chicago home diy project review for 2011 ...

  16. I am so impressed with all the races you were in this year! Congrats!

  17. Fabulous round up - and thanks for the linky!!

  18. Wow, what a great year, your kids are gorgeous and your two year old reminds me of mine... always right next to the big kids doing what they do.

  19. Thanks for the linky! Love your blog header!

  20. Great year for you guys and I adore the pictures. Beautiful family you have. Happy New Year!

  21. Thanks for inviting me to link up! What a wonderful year you've had. Congrats on the 15K!

  22. Your organization is in full swing here in your post...puts my thrown together version to shame. Loved all the cute pics and the look back over your year. Congratulations on all you running success and 10 year anniversary!

  23. Oh my, what FULL year you've had!

    This is a beautiful wrap up post!

    Here's to all the best in 2012!

  24. Hi Katie, I found your site through a comment that you left over at Simple Organized Living. It looks like you had a busy, yet fun 2011! I love your recap and am enjoying looking around/catching up with your blog. I just wanted to say "hi" and wish you a happy New Year!

  25. how adorable!
    and what an awesome idea!!

    ps. i am having a giveaway if you would like to participate :)

  26. I would love to have you link up with us at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!


    I hope to see you there!



    The Chicken Chick


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