December 31, 2011

A look back at a great year

I have to say, 2011 was a pretty awesome year.  The best year I've ever had.  And I've had some good ones!  I thought it would be fun to look back and see what happened during the year!


Our precious baby, Kyla Pearl, was born on January 9th (9 days early)!

And on January 11th, we got to bring our baby home!

We started to get settled in at home as a family of three.  Tyler and I continued to figure out what we were doing with the whole parenthood thing.  


Kyla celebrated her first Valentine's Day.

She continued to LOVE bath time!

She started sleeping through the night!  Yay!


Kyla had her 2-month checkup and got her first set of shots.  She was such a tough girl!

Kyla had her first visit to the Bennett farm!

She got stronger every day and was already rolling over from her belly to her back!


I made the final decision to not go back to work.  As you know, this was the best decision we ever made!

We celebrated my Grandpa Jack's birthday!

On May 8th, we celebrated my first Mother's Day and Kyla was baptized.

Daddy graduated from UW-Madison with his Masters!


We celebrated Daddy's birthday and his first Father's Day.

We enjoyed taking walks as a family and swinging at the park.

Kyla visited the zoo for the first time.


Tyler and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary.  We treated ourselves to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and it was phenomenal!  And as a side note, Tyler got a gift card for there for Christmas.  Mmm, I can't wait to use it!  :)

Kyla got her first two teeth!

We couldn't believe she was already 6 months old!

She started eating solids!


We went on our first vacation up to Hayward.  We had a great time at the cabin and on the lake!


We had the Wilson's over for a picnic.

We were excited for Badger football!

We celebrated my birthday.

I decided to sign up with Thirty-One.  Another great decision!  :)  Kyla enjoyed playing in my enrollment kit box!
We rooted the Brewers on in the playoffs!

We celebrated with family at my cousin Christine's wedding.

We celebrated Kyla's first Halloween.  Wasn't she the cutest pumpkin you've ever seen?


We celebrated Thanksgiving with our wonderful families.

We decorated the house for Christmas!


We enjoyed our first Christmas as a family.  We are truly blessed!

I can't wait to see what 2012 brings!  It's going to start off with a birthday bash for our sweet girl.  I can't believe she is going to be 1 in 9 days!

Happy New Year everyone!


  1. What a great look back. Beautiful family picture

  2. How fun to look back at your year! It looks like it was such a special one with Kyla!

    Love that picture of Kyla in your Thirty-One box! If you want, email it to me and I will put it on our group page under the album I just created! :)

  3. Happy New Year! I loved seeing your early pictures, before you had your blog. Kyla was such a cutie then too! I think you should post "early days" pictures from time to time, since we all missed out seeing them back then ;-)


  4. Its crazy how much babies change in just one year!!! It has gone by so fast. :D HAppy new year!

  5. Love the picture with Grandpa Jack! You will cherish that one forever. So glad he got to be around her for a few months and the other great children!!! Finley and Lily loved going to see him.

  6. I meant *great grandchildren.