in writing . a birthday, a thank you, a plan and a top ten

9 Jan

today is the official first birthday of this little blog and i’m feeling just a wee bit nostalgic — i took some time to go back to the first posts here and it’s pretty amazing to see how much lila and cole have grown and changed in such a short period of time.

i am oh so thankful to have this record of my children, for the encouragement of friends and family to get it started, and for all of you, who check in on our adventures from time to time (or every day) to see what we’ve been up to here in pinksugarland.

taking a few minutes each evening to pick a photo (or two) to share and to reflect on our day has really helped me to be grateful for the lovely life we have — and on those days that aren’t so lovely, to appreciate a happy moment or two tucked in amongst the chaos ;)

looking forward, the plan for this year is more of the same, keeping a daily-ish photo journal of our lives, as well as (hopefully) sharing more of the things we love, make, listen to and wear, and getting a few of the projects on our to do list around the house completed (i have dozens of ideas drafted and just need to sit down and finish one every once in a while!). if there is anything in particular that you want to see more of, just let me know and i’ll see what i can do!

looking back, here were the most popular posts of the last year:
10. easter glitter. glitter, more glitter and a few stripes too :)

9. halloween decor, snacks, and two sets of costumes — perhaps the biggest post all year.

8. airplane valentines still no plan for this year — better get on that!

7. counting down to daddy’s return from africa.

6. our stop motion camping trip one of my very favourites of the year!

5. lila’s fourth birthday letter and photos (which reminds me, i still have to post cole’s!)

4. lila in the window (this one went crazy on pinterest)

3. cole’s birth announcements which i am sad to admit are still sitting here in our house :(

2. the bubble looking forward to bringing the bubble outdoors when things warm up.

1. boxland! these houses are still played with on an almost daily basis.

here’s to another year of awesome adventures. thanks for joinging us for the ride!

30 Responses to “in writing . a birthday, a thank you, a plan and a top ten”

  1. Anne January 9 2013 at 1:05 am #

    Send those announcements, no shame, and its not too late :) They are too cute!

  2. hili January 9 2013 at 6:07 am #

    hi andrea. your blog has been a constant and wonderfull source of inspiration. both for the beautifull photos that you take, and the creative life that you lead . thanks so much for sharing your life here. i’m wondering what are you doing with all these wonderfull posts , will you print a blog photobook ?

  3. kim January 9 2013 at 6:42 am #

    your blog is one of the only ones i read daily. i absolutely adore it and always look forward to your new posts in my reader.

    your stop motion video inspired me to create one of my own as a gift to my parents, who took us on a trip to disney world!

    thank you so much for the inspiration this year! xo

  4. Shabana January 9 2013 at 7:53 am #

    fantastic job on your blog Andrea. and yep, it is on my daily reading list and I have yours listed on my own blog because I want everyone to be inspired by your awesomeness. so looking forward to what you have to share this year :)
    stay groovy!

  5. Urska January 9 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Happy birthday to the pinksugarland! I check on you on a daily basis. You are a part of my morning ritual. You inspire me to try and slow down my life with kids and notice little things. I try to practice gratefulness among the chaos. Thank you for sharing your family!

  6. Lea January 9 2013 at 8:39 am #

    I just want to tell you how amazing is your blog. It’s really a source of inspiration.
    I take a look at it almost every day (as often as I can)! Your pictures are G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S.
    Thank you for the wonderful ideas. xox

  7. sierra January 9 2013 at 9:28 am #

    happy birthday blog! and thank you for the inspiration, idea’s, contests, and your beautiful photo’s!!!

  8. Christine January 9 2013 at 9:45 am #

    yay, happy birthday, pinksugarland! You and your blog are a constant source of happiness/inspiration – thanks for that :)

  9. Life with Kaishon January 9 2013 at 9:54 am #

    It looks like you have had an absolutely beautiful year. Your children are beyond adorable. So precious. Here is to another great one. Love, Becky

  10. Ingrid January 9 2013 at 10:08 am #


    Congratulations on a wonderful life shared & Happy Birthday to a blog I need to visit daily. It’s beautiful, your photographs, your words, your crafts & the love you put out there. Simply beautiful. I hope you continue to record your lives and look for those little moments that make us all smile.

  11. Melissa January 9 2013 at 10:22 am #

    Incredible, every last bit of it. You rock.

  12. Tracey January 9 2013 at 11:10 am #

    I love your blog, your work, your FB page … all of it. Send the announcements out together with an updated photo of him. They are beautiful and people will really appreciate having them! Congrats on your birthday and thanks for sharing your creative ideas and your beautiful family!

  13. cindy d January 9 2013 at 11:27 am #

    happy blog birthday pinksugarland! loving all the happiness and fun that you bring to our household. the stop motion camping trip video still gets watched by my kids. we adore it.

  14. Emilie January 9 2013 at 11:45 am #

    I don’t always comment but I love your blog, this is so inspiring. You need to send this birth announcement, this is too cute!

  15. Fiona January 9 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Love your blog! We are building a house I am going to try to make a stop motion movie for parts of it. I just love that look so much more than a movie :) Looking forward to seeing what 2013 has in store for your sweet family.

  16. Nani January 9 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    I have seriously loved following your blog this year (and Lila was here the year before that) and I cannot wait to see what 2013 has in store for your family.

  17. robyn January 9 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    great post, andrea! and happy birthday to the blog. You must get those annoucements out! way too cute not to share.
    Kinda random, but I’m wondering where your sectional sofa is from in the bubble picture? it looks super comfy!

  18. karen January 9 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    congrats!! those announcements..ouch. so something i would do. i mean well though.

  19. Evan January 9 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    this blog needs more cowbell.

    don’t send out the birth notices. They’ll be like those limited edition non-circulation collector coins that the mint puts out from time to time.

  20. Erin January 9 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    Andrea, your blog is amazing, an absolute inspiration. I look forward to checking your posts everyday and I tell everyone what a talent you are. Best of luck in 2013, can’t wait to witness more of your genius!

  21. Lindz January 9 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    pinksugarland….THANK YOU for all your inspiration, creativity & AWESOMENESS!

  22. Ann January 9 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    What a year 2012 has been your family! Here’s to the new photos of 2013 : )

  23. cheyanne January 10 2013 at 7:56 am #

    happy birthday pinksugarland…

  24. Sara January 10 2013 at 8:12 am #

    thanks for always sharing and for always being inspiring!

  25. Kerri January 10 2013 at 8:29 am #

    love all that you share andrea. you have given me lots of inspiration along the way and i am so very thankful! i have to admit my online shopping has certainly hit an all time high since following pinksugarland;) thank you for all that you are and do!

  26. Amanda January 10 2013 at 9:26 am #

    *sigh*. i adore your blog – the pictures, the fashion, the decor, the crafts. everything! one of my go-to blogs first thing in the morning. i would love seeing more of your mad decorating and crafty skills! you were an inspiration for much of my christmas decor. i also love seeing what your adorable kiddos wear – i have an 11 month old boy, so cole is his fashion buddy ;)

  27. Tarnya January 11 2013 at 3:29 am #

    Happy first birthday, beautiful blog!

    Andrea, your 365 project with Lila inspired me to undertake one last year and when I’d finished that and wasn’t sure where to go next, I turned to pinksugarland for even more inspiration. Thank you so much for being incredibly generous with your talents and your life.

    I really hope to be sitting here next year, wishing your blog a happy second birthday.


  28. Amber January 11 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    As you already know, I’m a huge fan! Look forward to seeing more :)

  29. Hili January 17 2013 at 5:46 am #

    Also , since you were asking,
    I think you are a gifted photographer ,
    and I would love to here anything you have to say about photography and shooting your family

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