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There was some serious Christmas magic in the Buehler household this year, oh yes there was.  This year was a pretty special one for us; it being Amelia’s first Christmas as well as the first Christmas where Everly truly got a taste of the season and all of the merriment that goes along with it.  It was so exciting to see everything through her eyes and for Marty and I to start some new traditions that we’ll be continuing with the girls over the years.

Everly and I managed to sneak some cookie baking in on the day before Christmas Eve (we made these sugar doodles which were amazing!). We also watched lots of Christmas programs and read plenty of Christmas stories (The Polar Express and Twas the Night Before Christmas- a recorded book narrated by Everly’s Gobble himself).

On Christmas Eve, Everly and Marty set out cookies and Maker’s Mark for Santa (Marty insisted) and left a few carrots and celery for Santa’s reindeer.  The Big Man definitely appreciated the refreshments too, as he left Everly and Amelia a nice little stash of presents and maybe even a few for Marty & I.  After opening her gifts, Everly was happy to put on her new apron and help make breakfast before the rest of the family festivities.

All in all, it was a very happy holiday for us.  Marty and I are just truly thankful for two happy, healthy girls and that we’re able to spend the holidays with those who mean the most to us.  We couldn’t ask for anything more.

Hope your Christmas was merry and bright, and full of love and laughter. Wishing you all the best in 2013.

Love,
E

Christmastime


It’s been very Christmasy around these parts lately.  And just as we suspected, Everly took to the holiday like an old pro, even though it’s only her second Christmas to date.  She went crazy for Christmas lights and decorations, so much that we decided she just needed her own mini lit-up Christmas tree in her room.  Why not? 🙂

We enjoyed plenty of Christmas cookies and old holiday tunes on the record player, but most importantly, it was great to spend time with family.  Everly had such a blast seeing all of her little cousins, Aunts & Uncles (Great Aunts & Uncles too) , and getting spoiled her Grandparents and her GG.

And on Christmas morning, she woke up with an extra twinkle her eye since we told her the Big Man would be making a stop at our home this year with a few little surprises for her.  Some of her treats included a tea set, wooden play food, and a special table and chairs set for tea parties.

I can’t believe we’re just a few days away from 2012… We’re so thankful for having such an awesome year and are already making our resolutions for the next one.  Hope you all had a very happy holiday and wishing you all the best for 2012!

Love,
E

2010 in Review

Wow, 2010 has come and gone faster than the blink of an eye and it’s most definitely been the best year of our lives.  While we are totally looking forward to all the surprises and new experiences that 2011 will bring, we realize that 2010 would not have been as special without the people who lived it with us.  You all know who you are.  We are so lucky to have had each and every one of you by our side throughout every waking minute of the year.   Thank you for being the best family and friends that anyone could ask for.  Without you, 2010 would not have been the same.  Here’s a look back at some highlights from our year:

January
Surprise! We’re pregnant!  I started this blog and began gearing up and dreaming about becoming a Mama.  I had no idea this little online space of mine would be admired by so many.

February
I’m still barely showing and wishing I looked more pregnant than I actually do.  We start taking belly pics anyways.

March
You’re hired! Marty and I both take new jobs and major career strides with two of the best companies St. Louis has to offer.  And… we find out we’re having a GIRL!

April
Not sure what happened in April.  I’m sure I was eating my weight in cheeseburgers and Pappy’s Smokehouse.  Anyways, here’s a picture of my hot husband.  Isn’t he handsome?

May
The Loo.  Yup.  Month One of our Bathroom Renovation project.  Being as I am 7 months pregnant, we decide gutting/remodeling our bathroom during this time is not the smartest idea.  Live and learn, right?  We also clink glasses to celebrate 4 years of marriage.

June
Hello Baby Showers.  We get ready for this little girl with our family & friends and have a blast setting up  her bedroom.  And the bathroom is finished!

July
Holy hell it’s HOT outside & what happened to my feet/ankles?  I am as big as a whale and I’m due this month.  My family goes on the beach vacation that we were supposed to attend and there’s nothing left to do but eat popsicles and float around at the lake.  Despite my HUGENESS, I rock an old yellow bikini since I refuse to spend money on a maternity swimsuit.  Marty is quite amused by this, though make him promise never to speak of it again.  I start writing letters to Everly to share with her when she’s older.

August
… And then our life began.  Happy birthday Everly Grace Buehler.  I’ll never forget the moment when we first laid eyes on each other and how completely vulnerable I felt.   Marty and I are reborn are parents and life has never been better.

September
Still sleep deprived and adjusting to our new life with baby, I return to work and begin juggling life as a working, breastfeeding/pumping Mama.  Holy shitballs this is hard!  We also start venturing out more with Ev.  I learn to do all sorts of crazy things – like how to change a poopy diaper using your lap as a changing table while in a tiny 3 ft by 3 ft restaurant bathroom.  Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.

October
30.  Despite the stigma with this age, I feel amazing!  I’m right where I want to be & have never loved more.  After having a baby, I appreciate my body more than I ever have in life, even with a few extra pounds to lose.

November
So much to be thankful for!  Babies, husbands, families, friends, the grace of God, the air I breathe, the good times & even the bad.  Everly sees snow for the first time and we embark on her first Christmas.

December
Promoted!  And we’ve only just begun.  I start a new position and get a fat raise – Holla!  Everly gets baptized.  We celebrate our first Christmas with Buggie and Santa brings us a fancy red Kitchenaid mixer.  Everly starts solid food. She loves her rice cereal and sweet potatoes.  And this New Year’s Day, we woke up with a smiling baby in our bed instead of a hangover.  Life is great!

Thanks for making 2010 such a fantastic, memorable year for us and here’s to 2011.  Happy New Year!  Cheers!

Love,
E

The Best Gift Ever

Everly’s first Christmas was quite magical, I must say.  Christmas Eve was met with big, fluffy snowflakes that amounted to a beautiful white blanket which covered everything… it was the White Christmas that I’d secretly been wishing for ever since I learned I was going to have a little girl of my own to show what Christmas was all about.  We spent Christmas Eve with the Devine’s and Chinese food – our own Christmas Eve tradition – and had too much fun watching Everly open up presents and get spoiled by her grandparents.  She was happy staying up past her bedtime and listening to The Beatles on vinyl until midnight in her Christmas jammies, but we knew we had to hurry home to bed so Santa could come.

On Christmas Day we woke up to a Christmas tree full of presents and couldn’t wait to open them with Everly and show her all her new toys.  Mom and Dad stayed in PJ’s too and had coffee and scones and relaxed a little before starting the holiday hustle and heading out to all the family gatherings.  It was so nice seeing everyone but we are officially exhausted.  Luckily we had a long weekend to relax and get a little extra sleep.  Hope everyone’s Christmas was as wonderful as ours.. we can’t wait until next year!  Here are a few pics of our fam and our sweet little Christmas baby.

Ho Ho Ho

Guess who went to go see the big man the other day?  Everly was an absolute doll when we took her to the North Pole, dressed like a little elf, to see Santa Claus for the first time.  She gazed up at him with her big blue eyes as if she was thinking about how she’s been such an angel all year long.  I told Santa she wants a pony and a baby grand piano for Christmas.  Hope he listens.  I’m thinking I need to break out the good stuff instead of the usual cookies and milk for that to happen…

Shh! Look what Santa’s Bringing Everly

Our Ev has been such a good girl these days that Santa is definitely making a stop at our house this Christmas.  While I know she’d probably be just as happy to get her hands on a cardboard box or a sock, there’s a few things that Santa will be sneaking into her stocking this year…

Sophie the Giraffe

We hear great things about this all-natural rubber teething toy that’s been a top pick since the 1960s, and with Everly starting to teethe, we’re hoping this cute lil’ lady will bring our girl a little comfort while those choppers are cutting.

On the Night that You Were Born
by Nancy Tillman

I am a huge reader, so books are definitely something that I want Ev to enjoy.   This one sounds absolutely adorable.  And who doesn’t ask their parents to tell them the story of when they were born?

Here’s a little except:

“On the night you were born, the moon shone with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered, ‘Life will never be the same.’ Because there had never been anyone like you… ever in the world.”

So.Darn.Cute!

GroVia Hybrid cloth diapers

Yep, we are still planning on cloth diapering and are have decided to invest in a diaper package from the eco-friendly company, Grovia.  Throwing away disposable diapers makes me feel terrible, and while I understand cloth diapering will require a little more effort on our part, we have decided to give it whirl.  We like these because we can use a cloth insert at home and disposable liners when we’re on the go.  It’s less waste and it will save us a TON each month on diaper costs.

These are just a few treats that Santa has tucked away to put under the tree for Everly.  We just can’t wait to wake up with her on Christmas morning for the first time!  Christmas was such a magical time for Marty & I when we were little ones so we are gearing up to enjoy every second of the season with Everly.   Although presents and surprises are always fun, we’re really looking forward to spending time with our families and teaching our little girl the true meaning of Christmas.  We are so thankful for each other and pinch ourselves every day, wondering when we’re going to wake up from this amazing dream.

 

4.Months.Old

Our little summer baby is getting her first taste of winter and we couldn’t be more excited!  I can’t believe my little Buggie is 4 months old already.  It’s crazy to think that last time this year, I was cooking up my first turkey and humming around my kitchen with stars in my eyes trying to wrap my head around the idea of a growing baby inside of me.  And now she’s here and life’s never been better.

This past week was quite the whirlwind but we had reason to celebrate – it was Everly’s first Thanksgiving and this year we all had a lot to be thankful for.  And of course, a little winter magic did just the trick to get me into the Christmas spirit and giddy over Everly’s first Christmas.  As we were finishing up some cooking Thanksgiving morning, we were surprised to peek out our windows and find giant, fluffy snowflakes coming down.

Look Mom, SNOW!

And that was all it took for the switch to flip and the Christmas magic to get the best of me.  Showing Everly the snow for the first time brought back all those familiar feelings about the holiday from when I was a little girl and how excited I am to share that with her.   That weekend, the tree went up, stockings hung on the mantle, and before we knew it Marty and I were listening to Christmas music and snapping pics of Evie by the tree.   Our little festive photo shoot was too much fun & Everly had quite the ball.  I think she’s feeling the Christmas magic too.

Everly & papa inspecting the tree, Look at that belly!

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