2009 In Review


We had just gotten back from a dreamy vacation in Jamaica and literally the first thing we did was pick up Pesto from Maryland. We added a new member to the family! Will we ever adopt a dog in the middle of winter again? Probably not.

Our female cichlid laid EGGS and we made a homemade tumbler. Only one egg eventually made it to be a full-grown adult. What a trooper.

We experienced a historical day...from our couch.


I cooked a 5-course meal on Valentine's Day. I enjoyed it and hubs did too!

I spent A LOT of time on my blog layout. In the end, I went back to something simple and clean and am sticking with it for 7 months and counting.

I cooked Hong Kong Style Pan Fried Noodles. It is one of my most popular posts! Unfortunately, I haven't cooked it again since...


Beef Noodle Soup. Another one of my most popular posts! It is frequently searched.

My dad turned 70.

At the tail end of March, my mom and I went on our first mother/daughter trip - Madrid and Barcelona! It was a great trip with new experiences.


After nearly 4 months, Pargo and Pesto were finally getting along. We breathed a sigh of relief.

Not to toot my own horn, but the photos I took at the White House Gardens and Grounds Tour were pretty awesome.

In honor of our 6th Date-versary, we dined at our favorite little bakery.


Hubs was taking a crazy number of classes, but we still kept in touch.

We went to Ireland!! It was a once-in-the-life-time trip.


I got crafty and busted out several projects, including fabric covered magnets, marble magnets, and freezer paper stenciling. Fun times.

I learned to use my big camera properly (1 and 2).


OMG, we are pregnant! Baby A will make her debut in March 2010.

I got into a minor fender bender. Ended up not fixing the car and walked away with enough money to cover our upcoming Disney trip.


Life in general came to a halt when I was hit with morning sickness, food aversion, and fatigue. I only posted 7 times in August.

After hearing the baby's healthy heartbeat, we told our family the baby news at 11 weeks.


We celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary and went on our annual Disney trip. I still haven't finished blogging about it.

I announced my pregnancy to the blogging world and received many kind comments.


I got promoted at work! I was completely surprised, but really secretly hoping it would happen. On that same day, my mom turned 60. We went to Bob Evans for dinner.

We found out Baby A is a girl and I started shopping for maternity clothes.

I did not get a chance to write about this: hubs completed his MBA program! Welcome to the club, babes.


Another slow month - I only posted 8 times. Highlights included eating yummy cupcakes and noticing Baby A's first kick. I also found some good baby bargains.


Instead of jetting off to someplace exotic, we spent the holidays at home for the first time in 3 years. We got hit with 20+ inches of snow! We stayed nice and cozy and I got a bonus day off from work.


  1. Wow, the last final gasps of air by our former lives. Good thing it's all captured in this blog. 2010 will be one hell of a ride, Anna will definitely make sure of that. Life goes on...

  2. You had an awesome year there! I hope 2010 is just as full and exciting for you and yours!


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