1. Peekaboo with my little sunshine :)
2. I’ve had my mom’s sewing machine sitting in my garage for years unused.  I really, really want to figure out how to use it now so I got it out, cleaned it off, and put it all together.  However, I need some instruction on how it works and the sewing shop near us doesn’t service these machines.  I’m thinking of just getting a new (much, much lighter) model, learning on that, and still keeping Mom’s just in case.
3. Andrew saw these gingerbread slippers in a store in early fall and asked and asked about them.  I caught them on sale later and he was so pumped!
4. Pretty Indy.
5. Caroline and I accidentally ended up wearing (almost) matching PJs one night.  Ben thought it was too cute :)
6. My morning barista.  This kid gets mad if I try to make my coffee without him.  He loves to press the buttons!
7. This was my happy place during many nights in December.  Despite the hectic month, I still made time to sit by the Christmas tree with my knitting several evenings.
8. Daddy and his girl.  This is one of my favorite pictures ever.
9. Trying on my new shoes.
10. After a freakishly warm start to the winter, we finally got a few good snows.  Andrew was SO excited to go out and play in it.  We got all bundled up, and then he lasted five minutes.  It’s possible he just wanted the cocoa when we came inside.
11. Ben and I took his parents to Alinea in Chicago as our Christmas gift to them, and to each other.  It was an absolutely perfect night and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate.
12. A coworker who is pregnant found out the sex of her baby just before Christmas, and asked me to make some cookies to give to family for a gender reveal.  It was such fun to make those cookies!
13. The holidays were so busy but I made sure that we had a few days at home with no plans whatsoever.  The morning of Christmas Eve, we woke up after the sun was up (!!!) and Andrew requested waffles.  Such a nice change from the typical rushed morning routine.
14. After breakfast, Andrew asked to make cookies for Santa.  He did such a great job!
15. The kids all excited before bed in their special Christmas PJs.
16. On Christmas day with my buddy!  We had a wonderful day spending time with lots and lots of family.
17. Ben and I had a date night about a week ago, and when we came out of the restaurant it was snowing huge, gorgeous flakes.  So pretty!
18. This time of year I always get the urge to organize and redecorate.  Right now the focus is the kids’ playroom.  It’s getting a major overhaul, starting with paint.  I am so glad to say goodbye to the boring decorator beige in that room!
19. Family dance parties are one of our favorite indoor activities during the cold winter months.  Andrew is especially fond of Gangnam Style at the moment.
20. We had a low key New Year celebration this year, enjoying homemade pizza and wine with my wonderful brother and his wonderful girlfriend.  It was a nice way to ring in the new year.

Most of these images are from my personal (private) Instagram account.  You can follow my public stream here: user annieseats.

  • Laura

    That picture of Ben and BBQ warms my heart, girl. And, the Gangham style. One of our family dance party favorites from ’12 too!

  • I especially love the peek-a-boo, the b&w pic with daddy, and the matching jammies. Adorable!

  • thatawesomeshortkid

    Gangnam style dancing lol (:

  • Caroline L.

    Beautiful pictures! December is such a family-centric month – I love it :) And those new shoes – sooo cute :)

  • Amanda Ferraioli

    Annie, these are all beautiful! Such a strange question, but I love your pajamas…do you mind sharing where they’re from?!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    Are those pajamas from JCrew?! Pretty sure I almost bought the same pair last week.

  • lizardmom

    As the family sewer, the best present I ever gave to myself, was a new sewing machine! I had both my high school graduation gift machine (circa- before you were born!) and my late mom’s which is even older. About 10 years ago, I put sentiment aside and got something with all the bells and whistles- my mother’s still sits in the back of a closet at my daughter’s house on the east coast where I use it for grandmotherly sewing project while visiting. Last Christmas, I bought my daughter-in-law a very reasonably priced machine. She has enjoyed learning to sew, without the frustrations of a “vintage” machine:) Get yourself a new machine and let the memories of your mom come from something else.

  • Ann Ever Ainsworth

    I love using my grandmothers old sewing machine, much less finicky than the newer light ones. I also had no idea what I was doing when I started. YouTube the make and model and videos should come up on how to thread it and simpe stitching…it gets really easy once you start.

  • annieseats

    Ben got me these as a gift, but I’m pretty sure they are from Victoria’s Secret. You are right though, J.Crew does have some similar ones! (And that’s a good guess, considering I’m wearing them :)

  • annieseats

    I believe these are from Victoria’s Secret.

  • agibson60657

    I realy love the monthly photo collage – what do you use to put them all together??

  • I love this inside look at your life each month. Thanks for sharing! :) The Gangnam-style dancing pic is my favorite. My almost 4-year-old and 18-month-old LOVE dancing like this!! :) Also love your chevron top – I’m currently obsessed with chevron!

  • SillyTwilley

    You’re family is adorable. I am a geek because I was very excited to see the sewing machine. You can do it! Sewing and cooking are very similar in practice. Make something for that baby girl. Kids clothes don’t take as much fabric or time and always look cute on. Good luck! Thanks for continuing to be a inspiration.

  • LadyMichigan

    Hi, try searching for the owners manual for the sewing machine on line, even if it is older you might still find it. or one of the same brand that would give you an idea of how to work the machine,

  • annieseats

    Yeah, I tried that. Unfortunately we can’t figure out what brand it is.

  • annieseats

    I use Adobe Lightroom.

  • ElisabethTurner

    That machine looks similar to one that I just got. (yes, I got a VERY old machine for Christmas–I couldn’t be more thrilled!!) Mine is called a Pinncrest. Sorry your shop doesn’t service that type of machine, if that’s what it is. I’ve heard they are very reliable and durable.

  • ElisabethTurner

    looks like a Penncrest

  • Heather W.

    I bought a cheap machine from Walmart and taught myself to sew. I started with baby blankets. They are super easy to start with. Good luck finding out what machine you have and learning how to sew!

  • Just gave away the last BLUE onesie cookie last night. Everyone loved them! Thank you so much for making them for us!