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Xmas XOXO

December 31st, 2012

Thanks to all my peeps out there that sent us Christmas cards…

I loved going to the mailbox everyday to find stacks of envelopes that weren’t bills or junk mail!!

I’ve seen tons of cute ways to display them on pinterest, but call me old fashion.  I just like to stick them in my card holder that’s hanging on the wall in my kitchen.

see any familiar faces?!

{hey there- lylah, sutton, luke, quin, battley cate, hayden, liam, henry, margaret, trav, gus, maddy, philip, lily, davis, graham, abbie, wade, holland, leah, edie, griffin, alice, sadie, judd, cooper, bobby, evie, peliah and heis}

Did everyone get our card in the mail?

Sorry- inside joke, as these vB’s didn’t get around to xmas cards this year.  Not sure why.  Maybe it’s the sky-rocketting cost of cards these days, or not finding the right photo?  Perhaps you’ll all find Valentine’s Day cards from us in your mailbox come February.  But don’t anyone hold their breath.. ha-ha.

I did want to share some cute family photos that we had taken a few weeks ago… Several were in the running for the “xmas card that never happened”.

And my favorite of them all…

Happy {and Safe} New Years Everyone!

xoxo the vB’s

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Things That Make Me Happy

March 30th, 2012

Definitely this Guy..

And His Daddy Too…

These…

And Those…

Happy Friday!

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Happy 2012!

January 2nd, 2012

Happy New Year Everyone!

I’ve been lucky enough to have the past 8 days off to enjoy family, food, and hanging with my little dude and his daddy 24/7.

I’ve loved EVERY second, but alas it is coming to an end.  Thought I would try to sneak in a quick recap of the Holidays before things get crazy again.

Let’s start with all the playing we did…

van made out like a bandit with Santa.  Apparently he was a VERY good boy this year!

He got a kitchen, a shopping cart, a rocket, some books, and a cute stool with his name on it.  And that doesn’t include what he generous grandparent’s and aunties/uncles/cousins gave him!

We also said “see you soon” to van’s Day-Care provider.  {Now that he has turned 1, it is time to move on to another day school as Ms. Sutton only watches infants.} Thankfully she still babysits after hours, so Mr. vB and I might have snuck in a date during my week off.

{disclaimer- I love this woman.  She is like van’s 3rd grandmother.  Who knew I would get so attached??}

Somebody also got his first hair cut!

Here he is pre-cut..

He was a trooper during the trim process.  No tears and minimum squirming!

Thanks Jay {at Wyldology}!

Lastly we have fit in a lot of time being outside in this amazing un-December like weather. {for those readers that don’t live in Virginia, we have had several 65 degree days lately!}

“look ma- both hands!”

Now on to some new recipes we made…

For Christmas Breakfast with my family I was in charge of a yummy treat.

This receipe for sticky pecan rolls has been ALL OVER pinterest lately, so I thought I would give it a shot.

Photo courtesy of Nicole at The Jones Way

OMG! They are SOSOSO easy to make and SOSOSO good!

My little sous chef even got in on the fun of making it!

I highly recommend trying it out for yourself!

And then last night I tried my hand at making fried chic peas.

I have had them several times at a local wine bar in town and the waiter told us it was just chic peas, with a little panko crumb and salt.  I thought how hard could that be?

Well, it wasn’t hard and I ate them so fast I didn’t get a photo.  OOPS.

I searched the world wide web for a good receipe and none that I saw mentioned panko crumbs.  I took libertys with this specific recipe and kinda made it my own.  Even van liked them- {but he likes almost everything so that’s not saying a lot!}

I used them as a side for the main course of greek chicken pitas, but they would also make a great appetizer or snack!  Definitely another easy, must try recipe!

Finally, being stuck at home time twice a day for naptime might have lead to some furniture rearrangement.. {blame van, not me}

The Goodwill Gold Velvet chair has moved out of the living room to make room for the mini kitchen

Not my favorite location, but what else you gonna do in a small house?

I have thought about moving it to the back room, but the tile work that we started 4 months ago is still not complete.  So maybe one day that room can become the make shift playroom.  Maybe.

I also moved that big {5 shelf} bookcase out of the the hallway, orginally thinking the mini kitchen would go there.  I’m kinda digging it empty though.

I think it would be cool to do a picture wall on that left side with a variety of black frames and stuff.

Something similar to what the gang over at younghouselove did.

photo courtesy of younghouselove.com

You might have also noticed that I moved some of the rugs around.

{who am I kidding- no one noticed but me!}

Sorry about the bad lighting, but the sisal with black band use to be in the hallway and the oriental that is currently under the sofa was by the front door.

Here it is from the other direction.

Eeh, I’m not sold on the switch-a-roo, but am too lazy right now to put them all back to where they were originally!  So for now they stay put! ha-ha

Perfect Timing.. the wee one is starting to stir from his nap, so time to wrap this up!  I hope everyone had a safe and happy Holiday and here’s to a great 2012!  I’m hoping to debute a new look for b&t.com in the next couple of weeks.  I’m serious this time!  I’m working with a designer friend to get the new look I want and then my web-developing hubby is going to make it work.  I also hope to update you soon on some new projects we are undertaking in the new year.  They include but are not limited to drywalling the ceiling in the basement, tiling the downstairs half bath, and MOVING!!!

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And we celebrated!!

November 21st, 2011

Our boy is officially ONE and what a blast we had helping him celebrate!

I’m working up a full post with photos and details… stay tuned!

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So Much To Catch Up On!

October 17th, 2011

Here’s a recap of what we’ve been doing the past 2 weeks…

1. Philly Day 2011 - we took our nephew Philip out on an adventure for his birthday.

First stop was the State Fair.

Too bad Philip fell asleep shortly after eating the biggest corn-dog EVER, cause he missed

the chickens

And a Bull with REALLY big horns!

But he woke up in time for us to also go to Build-a-Bear.

and build him a bear. Kung Fu Bear to be exact!

vanny seemed a bit bored with it all..

But in the end we were all smiles!

2. Birthday Party Sneak Peek- I started prepping for the big Birthday Celebration next month.

It included some of this..

A Balloon Wreath

And the Prince’s Throne.

3. Tile Demo Anyone? That’s right.  Bye-Bye Orange Tile!

4. Making a Halloween Costume- any guesses as to what I am making?


5. And Keeping up with my little dude!

I’ll hit you guys with more details on everything shortly!


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Beach Week 2011

September 20th, 2011

That’s right, the vanEdwardscom families just returned from our 2nd annual beach week…

We had a packed house full of grandparents {Honey and CeCe}, great-grandmothers {Mamie}, Aunties and Uncles {Marty, Travers, Me and Mr, vB} and the 3 cutest grandsons ever {Travers IV, Gus, and of course vannyB}!  Oh, Boots and Bailey went too!

Our cottage was located in Duck, NC and was just perfect for a week’s getaway.  It was beach front with a fabulous pool and porches to relax on!

I tried to stay away from all technology- iPhone, laptop, TV, but couldn’t resist snapping a few photos.

Mamie and van

Gus-sie

Trav

Before and After Mr. vB buried van’s arms in the sand…we all see how that turned out!

Honey and his boys

We had to put Big Travers in time out

van’s 1st chocolate donut!

It was a great week letting the boys play in the sand and surf and despite no photo evidence- the adults had a blast too!

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Beach Babe!

July 10th, 2011

So last weekend me, Mr. vB and the boy headed down to Myrtle beach for some 4th of July Festivities!

I was a bit tentative about how the 6 hour drive would go, but the boy{s} did fine.

Vanny stayed entertained with his toys, one of which was his momma’s iPad.

And Mr. vB was entertained by walkie-talkie-ing his brother who was in the car behind us.

We had a great 4.5 days of beach, sun, food, and most importantly hanging with family!

Here’s some photos of our fun, in no particular order…

{cousin lily anne}

{vanny LOVED the sand almost as much as he loves his daddy}

{van channeling his inner Bruce Springsteen}

{the vB’s}

{the other vB’s}

{I should’ve brought a hair clip!}

So my days of relaxing at the beach are officially over.  Van loved the sand and he was non stop the entire time we were at the beach.  By the end of each day we were BOTH covered head to toe in sand.

Thanks Gigi and Hootie for the great southern hospitality!  We had an awesome time!

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Happy Mother’s Day!!

May 8th, 2011

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mums…

She is a beautiful, talented and amazing woman.  Some of her many talents include sewing, gardening, cooking, playing scrabble, and babysitting her grand-boys.  I hope that I can be half the mother to vannyB that she has been to me!

Also have to give Mother’s Day shout-outs to my Mother-in-Law, my sister’s-in-law, and my many girlfriends that are mothers or soon to be mothers!  I love you all!

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2 Months Old!

January 20th, 2011

Time is a flyin! Our boy turned 2 months old on Tuesday!  I can’t believe it!

We celebrated by giving him a bath which produced quite a happy baby!

He is smiling and cooing more and more every day.  I just find it hard to catch those moments with the camera. But believe me- he’s a heart-breaker!

We also celebrated Mr. vB’s birthday this past weekend with a family trip up to Wintergreen.  {For those of you not from the Old Dominion, Wintergreen is one of 2 ski resorts that our great state has.} We were joined by his mom and step-dad, his bro and his family, and his step-sister and her kids.  It was definitely a packed condo, but we had a blast!!  We ate cake, relaxed in the hot tub, hit the slopes, and enjoyed some great family time!  Here are some pics…

Gotta love homemade Birthday Cake!  Thanks to my mums for making it!

VannyB tested out his older cousin’s high chair and I think it was a hit!

“Look ma, I can kick my feet!”

The older kids did some snowboarding…{Justin- where’s your cell phone?!}

While the younger ones watched Scooby-doo on the ipad.

The one thing we didn’t do was get a family photo!  SHAME ON US!

So instead I will end this post with this funny photo of my nephew Philip!

what a cutie!

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New Year’s Resolutions

January 7th, 2011

Happy 2011 everyone!

Mr. vB, van and I rang it in in-style over at my friend Greta’s house… If you can believe it I actually stayed up to see the ball drop at midnight, but then was promptly ready to go home and put my pajamas on.  {ha-ha}

So this year instead of doing personal resolutions, Mr, vB and I have decided to do home resolutions. {I was just informed by Mr. vB that statement really doesn’t make any sense.} So for clarification purposes, we resolve to finish the following house projects in 2011.

1. The Exterior of the Back of the House {siding, etc}

2. The Interior of that Back Addition {new tile floor, new paint, finish window trim}


3. The Half Bath on the First Floor {new tile floor, finish window trim, new faucet}


4. The Fireplace and Hearth in the Living Room {new tile surround and fireplace cover}


5.  The Banister and Stairs to the Second Floor {finish stripping, stain, and paint}


6. The Windows in the Office {finish window trim}


7. The Guest Room and Hall {new windows}

8. The Basement {drywall the ceiling, new stairs, replace windows}


9.  The Exterior of the Front of the House {repaint railing, patch porch roof, repaint window trim}


10. Landscape Front Yard {new plantings, sprinkler system}

Wow- I think that is all.

Good thing we have an entire year to accomplish it all and a great Cheerleader to keep us going!

Go Team vB!


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