Saturday, December 31, 2011

Reflections from 2011

2011 Reflections


This picture was taken exactly one year ago. My how things have changed!

We found out we were having a baby girl! We knew her name would be Sophia Grace but we didn't tell anyone!

We also found out she'd be a little yogini. She still sleeps in that position...toes to the forehead.


We finished our remodel in Spokane Valley and got our house ready to sell. 


We had lots of snow and a successful first year of Kyle's snow plow business. 

A friend, Suwanee, took these maternity photos for me in the snow! I loved them! I was 28 weeks pregnant. 


In April we had more maternity pictures down with Mary Banducci. I LOVED these, too!
I also worked on a few knitting projects for my wee one. 

I also created a styled engagement shoot for our cousins Shayne & Stacey. Ifong took this picture below. I was ready to pop but loved spending the day in a field of cherry blossoms!



In May, my mom hosted a lovely baby shower for me with some of my closest friends. She made the quilt in the picture below for Sophia. 

I was 38 weeks in this picture and ready to POP! I can't believe I carried her almost 6 more weeks after this photo was taken. 


Two weeks after her due date, I finally coaxed Sophia into this world with everything I had to avoid being induced. After a very long and excruciating labor, she was born on June 7th, 2011 at 1:20pm. My birth was nothing I had hoped for or expected. But we are so happy Sophia was perfectly healthy and I was OK afterwards. I love the picture above of Kyle holding my hand and foot. That picture speaks many words about my birth and how much stronger our marriage became by going through that experience together. He was my foundation the entire strong!

We had Sophia Grace baptized a few weeks after her birth. We chose Amy as her godmother and Kyle's Uncle John as her godfather. Amy has been the best godparent anyone could ever ask for! And she lives less than a mile away which is a huge bonus!


In July, we moved from Spokane to Coeur d'Alene. I was SO thankful to move back to Idaho and to be closer to my family. We live in a regular old subdivision in town (totally not us) but for now it works. I am about 2 minutes from my nursing job and about 15 minutes from my parents who watch Sophia all the time for us. 

This picture below is from Mary Banducci at Lydia's wedding. That was a hallmark of our year...taking Sophia to all of the various weddings I helped create and design. Lydia's was one of my favorites. Sophia tagged along to all the weddings I did in 2011. She was a trooper and so was my husband, parents, and friends who helped me so much with all of the amazing weddings I got to be a part of in 2011! So thankful for those people and experiences!




In August we got to be guests at Kyle's cousin's wedding. Shayne & Stacey were married in Spokane and I helped coordinate and design their wedding. It was another one of my favorites and it was so fun to get to know Shayne & Stacey and their families better!

We also took Sophia on her first boat ride on Coeur d'Alene Lake with our friends, Ron & Deanna. She was so curious!



In August and September, one of my business dreams became reality. With the help of my parents, I started the Attic | A Vintage Rental Company. This was an idea I tossed around for a long time. My family and I have collected antiques for my entire life and we love creating and building new things. I'm so excited and thankful this business has taken off so quickly in our area. I am thankful for all of you who support it!


In October we met our family from Italy, California, and Minnesota in San Francisco. Sophia did awesome on her first plane rides and all over the city. 
Above is Gaetano, Angela, and Sophia. They are all second cousins.

Kyle was so excited to take Sophia to the ocean for the first time. He dipped her little toes in the cold waves and she loved it! We also made a trip to Catalina, as well. That and Napa Valley were my two favorite parts of the trip!

October also brought Sophia's first Halloween. She was the cutest little ladybug!

We had some family photos done by Lisa Wise when Sophia was four months old. These are two of my favorites. 


We prepared for our second season of snow plowing. We had more family pictures done at my parents' property. 


In December I focused on making Sophia's first Christmas relaxing and special for our little family. Christmas is so much more fun with a little one!

We are really looking forward to what 2012 will bring and are so thankful for those that have blessed our lives in 2011!

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  1. What a great year for you! Loved this post.

  2. loved reading this! thank you for choosing me to be Sophie's God Mama! I am loving every second of it!
    Love you all,
    Sophie's Auntie Amy

  3. Sounds like a most wonderful year. Sophia is adorable, too!

  4. Thank you! Looking forward to an even better 2012!