Saturday, January 1, 2011

Farewell 2010

2010 was by far one of the very best years of my entire life. This year was quite the transformative year for me and our little family, and overall it was an incredibly special time for us, from getting closer as a married couple, going through my pregnancy, buying our first home, and finally, having our beautiful son! Feel free to browse my archives on the left hand sidebar to revisit old posts, or discover new ones you may have missed.  They're organized by month and day, so it's definitely a fun little tour through our 2010.  And if you're feeling really ambitious, you can click the tag under this post "year in review," and check out my way-too-long multiple post review from 2009. 

In January we celebrated a new year...and it's pretty fun to think at this point we had NO idea about all of the amazing things in store for us.  We spent New Year's Eve at my parents' house, toasting with sparkling cider.  Previously we'd always had more of a wild celebration with friends at a show and it was the first year in awhile we'd stayed in, which we loved.  This year definitely followed suit.

my true love

love that little face


February was a great, low key month.  One of my favorite memories from this month was our Valentine's Day evening...the very last one I'd ever celebrate with only one Henry as my Valentine!  Another fun time was our friend Jason and Lexy's wedding- it was absolutely beautiful.  I also started to amass items for a future baby's room- little did I know it would be sooner than we could know!


gorgeous dress

our table

our new little cuties

In March I went to Hawaii with my mother-in-law to get the beach house in order, and it was a lovely, wonderful trip. So relaxing and it was absolutely hard to come home and leave the view from our backyard (see below!). 

Hawaii uniform = sundress and bun

loving it!

Hawaiian sunset

In April I started to really feel pregnant...even though we still hadn't announced our pregnancy!  It was so hard to keep it within our close circle of friends and family, and every day at work I wanted to shout it to the rooftops!  We also spent a lot of time outside, and I spent a LOT of time not taking photos, since I started to feel kind of "off" due to being pregnant.  Mamas I'm sure you can feel me on that one.  I think the photo below was the last outfit photo I took. Excuse the wrinkly skirt, what was I thinking?! ;)  My hair also starting growing like a weed- thank you pregnancy hormones! Oh, and a special little Boston celebrated her 2nd birthday, too!


daily outfit, 3/28

the longest my hair has ever been!

Happy 2nd birthday, Madeline!

May was great, as it always is because it's my birthday and our anniversary month...and it's the month school is out for the summer!  We announced that a baby was on the way, and my belly also started to grow (in my mind at least).

The day found out I was pregnant!


If you squint your eyes and look reeeaallly closely...

In June we headed back to the Hawaii house to celebrate our wedding anniversary and had the absolute best time. We treated it kind of like a "babymoon," because we knew it was the last large trip we'd take together before Henry was born! We also found out our baby was a boy!  Oh, Henry!

beautiful, sunny day!

after beach snack on the lower lanai

Hank at the beach

Here's our little boy! (19 weeks)

Oh Henry indeed!

July was another fun summer month, filled with a lot of day and weekend excursions.  One of my favorite trips was to Lake Powell to spend time on the houseboat with Hank's family.  It's always a great time and it was nice to get some relaxation in before school started again in August.  There were also a lot of lazy days spent downtown, walking around the square and...eating snowcones with one of my best friends! Yum!  At the end of the month we also went to Comic Con in San Diego like we always do.

Lake Powell

perfect summer day



August came along and I went back to work, but this time sporting a new belly bump!  I ended up getting some of the best classes I'd ever had in my six years at PHS and I really and truly fell in love with my job.  Go figure, right? We also got a lot closer to buying our first home, and we continued to cross our fingers that we'd find the perfect place soon. My sister also began her search for the perfect wedding dress and I was happy to go along as her over-ecstatic matron of honor!

I haven't showed this side before! 23 weeks

wedding dress shopping with Lauren

September was a wonderful month- and we finally closed on our new home!  It was surreal, moving things in with just two months to go in my pregnancy, and it was incredibly exciting to imagine all of the great things that were to come in our new home.

snapshot of moving

Big ole pregnant belly, and you can kind of see my new hair color. :)

October marked one month to go until Henry's arrival, and my friends and family celebrated along with us, throwing me a fabulous baby shower.  It was such a great day, and topped off a wonderful month that had been so full of fun and loved ones.


the ladies!

35 weeks

Then...November came, and I gave birth to our sweet, sweet Henry.  Life as we knew it was forever changed for the better, and our hearts grew in leaps and bounds.  I felt complete and happier than I'd ever been. 

36 weeks/9 months pregnant

love my darling boy

Happy birthday sweet boy!

In December we began to learn how to become parents, and the adventure was many things; exciting, beautiful, trying at times, tiring at all times, but overall the best journey we'd ever been on.  Lucky for us, it's only the beginning!

family photo, 12/5

father and son

Henry IV

So here's to 2011- may you bring more happiness and love into our lives, and be a year full of new discoveries and peace.  Happy New Year everyone!  I'll be back tomorrow with my goals post- have a great Saturday!


  1. Happy new year to you and your family! 2010 looks like it was a wonderful year for you, I hope 2011 treats you just as well.

  2. you all look so happy! 2010 was good to you!

  3. Happy new year and thanks for sharing your life with us, I'm really glad I found your blog in 2010, and looking forward to read more from you in 2011, the best to you and your family.

  4. This makes me miss your outfit picture posts!

  5. Such a lovely year in photos, its lovely to see everthing that happened. good luck in 2011


  6. Happy New Year, Dani!! :)


  7. So, so beautiful, Danielle. What an incredible year for you two. I can only imagine the great things 2011 will bring for you three!

  8. <3 u friend! loved seeing your wonderful year unfold, and hears to more beautiful ones to come

  9. Happy New Year, friend! You have a beautiful life!

  10. I'm so happy I stumbled across your blog a few months back. I have truly enjoyed watching your family grow.

  11. Beautiful post as always. I just love how much has happened for you in twenty ten. Such a journey. I can't wait for this year to unfold.

    Happy New Year!

  12. happy 2011, dear! what an incredible year for you!

    have you ever given a house tour? the little peeks into your living space had me seriously drooling. i love interior decor!

  13. What a beautiful post. I have absolutely enjoyed following your blog over the last year. All the best for the new year.

  14. lovely, lovely post! happy new year..and i love you rib tattoo! so nervous mine will stretch when i get preggo one day, but yours looks amazing- so that gives me hope!

  15. Happy new year - what a wonderful year in review for you :) here's to 2011 and more memories

  16. Happy New Year to you and your adorable family! I hope it brings many more happy memories!

  17. love all these photos so so great! you and your family are so adorable! hey that dress the wedding dress with the girl with the sleeve i wore the same one this past july..awww. so cute and yr boston is amazing! xx

  18. What a beautiful year - I can't wait to read along with 2011!

  19. danielle, i've so enjoyed sharing this year with you... what a joyful, amazing time! i'm so happy for you & your awesome family, henry is the most precious little addition to your world.

    so grateful for sweet blog friends like you. <3 happy new year!

  20. Your year looks and sounds wonderful! Happy new year!

  21. enjoyed the recap, you're adorable! cheers to a new year! :)