Happy birthday to me! A whole year later and I have completed almost everything. There are still a couple of things that I didn’t quite accomplish but it did give me a little bit more of a drive for the last year. I did make one little substitution…which is completely acceptable …since I make the rules!

3. Have pictures taken of Sean and me together. We had this done a couple of weeks ago and I shared them in two sections, one for just the two of us and the others of the three of us! 

6. Cook something new at least once a month. I might have failed this one for the month. I can’t say that I have done a lot of cooking lately because nothing sounds good and when I do cook, it doesn’t always sound good after it has been fixed. I did fix a huge pot of chili this month though.

16. Attend Zoolights at the National Zoo or something similar at Christmas time. (**We might have to change this one up a little bit because we missed this one around the holidays. Mainly because I was sick.) 

This one didn’t really happen. We tried but since I was so sick in December it wasn’t going to happen. I think we found a replacement for this one though. How about…….Get pregnant! Yes, I think that is an acceptable substitution.

As you saw previously, Baby Caff is due in March 2016 and we are slowly getting more and more excited. If it wasn’t for me being so sick, I would think it wasn’t true but since I have been sick, I know for sure there is a baby in there swirling around.

We have decided that we are not going to find out the sex of the baby. It should be fun!


Here comes the part where I didn’t quite complete everything. Some of these I tried but it just didn’t quite happen.

22. Do a crazy fitness challenge. (squats, planks, lunges….something)  I started this one a little late. Had I done this one right away when I was working on the challenge it would have been much easier. Since I found out I was pregnant the working out has slacked off some just due to how tired and sick I have been.
26. Open an Etsy shop There have been too many ideas floating around on what I actually want to sell on Etsy. I don’t want to make it feel too much like work and currently I am having too much fun making things for others and now Baby Caff for me to do it to make money.
30. Volunteer someplace new. This one just slipped through the cracks, unfortunately. I am sure that in the next couple of months, especially with a new school, there will be new opportunities.


Happy 30th birthday to me and a whole new life to begin in just a few months. We couldn’t be more excited and a slight bit nervous too.

Our little announcement is hitting the internet today. Since we have had the opportunity to tell most of the family, we let the internet in on our little secret today.

You remember those photos that I posted? Well there are more!

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We are super excited if you can’t tell by the photos! #BabyCaff just needs to get over this thing where they like to make me sick. I am 13 weeks today and let’s hope that it will go away soon. Bring on March 24th.

Sean and I hadn’t had pictures taken since our wedding. I was really ready to get some new pictures taken to use around the house. I have made friends with several people in my classes and one of them agreed to take some pictures of us. She did an awesome job.
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I can’t believe that I am down to the last month before I turn 30. Crazy!?!?! Time has flown by this year but it really has been a great year filled with lots of fun and many changes. I am really ok with both! So looking back over the last month, here are some of the new things to mark off the list….and maybe add back on the list!

6. Cook something new at least once a month.  – I was going to make this and then my mom ended up stepping in and helping make this for the big party. She ended up making crab dip. I guess we will still go ahead and count it since it was made in my kitchen.

10. Make something new from Pinterest. –  This turned out better than expected. I am always seeing new quilts on Pinterest and I never really had enough courage to try and make one. I finally got up the courage to make one and for a special little girl too. Her mom and family really appreciated the gift and I can’t wait to see little Stella laying on it when she arrives in September / October!

11. Have a dinner party at our house. & 14. Have someone new visit our home. –  These two combined all culminated in a surprise birthday party for my mother in law. It was so worth all of the planning and the wonderful help from my parents and brother. (I am not sure I would have pulled this off without their help.) Pictures to come soon.

12.  Celebrate Anniversary 3 in a new place. – As mentioned earlier, we ventured down to Charleston, South Carolina for our Anniversary. It was such an awesome trip and I will be posting more pictures very soon.

22. Do a crazy fitness challenge. (squats, planks, lunges….something) – Well, I actually have bad news to report on this one. Time to start over. I dropped off the bandwagon on this one and need to try it again. I will have it completed by my birthday!

27. Complete the basement project. – We have started this process. We made arrangements with the builder and have one more step in talking with a designer for the bar area. That is happening later today, actually. The construction, unfortunately, will not start until November. The contractor is so backed up that November is the closest we can get. I am ok with that though. We have it scheduled and I know it will be done by the end of the year. Had we known that it was going to take that long we would have talked to them earlier.

It was a busy month for us. We had a great time though and I love that we accomplished so much.


Knowing that I was going to need to make a quilt and that it was time to quite putting it off, I searched Pinterest for a new pattern. I knew that I wanted to try something new but I had no idea what I wanted to try. I found this.

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I figured it wasn’t too hard but thought it would be cool to try something like this for my first pieced together quilt. I normally just use squares for my quilts, which I love doing but I knew this would be a challenge.

Actually, this wasn’t too bad, it just took a lot of sewing. The cutting wasn’t bad, the laying pieces out wasn’t bad, the sewing wasn’t bad it just took more time than what I expected it to take.  I also probably should have thought about how I was going to quilt it before I started the whole thing too. It didn’t quite work out the way I thought it would but it was ok because I didn’t have to rotate the quilt as many times under the machine.

How did mine turn out? Well, a little different than the one in the picture but it was good inspiration.

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We can’t wait to see little Stella laying on this when she arrives! 

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