Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Vacation 2011

Of course, another highlight of our trip to Utah was seeing our niece.  It was so much fun to see her and Lennon together.  They love each other!  Lennon just watches Morgan's every move.  Morgan makes sure that Lennon is taken care of at all times.  They are best friends already.

My mom and sister were so nice and threw a little get together for our extended family to meet Lennon.  

We were also lucky enough to have Tannon's aunt do the same thing on their side of the family.  

We did a lot of eating, playing, talking, and eating.  We got pedicures, saw some friends, watched movies, and relaxed.  

Christmas Eve we went to dinner with Tannon's family and my family.  It was fun to get everyone together.  

That night, we stayed up late baking, wrapping presents, and playing Guitar Hero.  We slept at Missy's house and woke up and opened presents.  It was so fun to watch Morgan get so excited about hers.  Kids make holiday's fun.  In the afternoon, we went to my Grandma's house for dinner for the entire extended family.  Then, it was off to Tannon's parents where we were able to spend time with his whole family and open presents.

We couldn't have asked for a better Christmas.

utah - the canyons

I guess it's time to update this old thing.

Tannon, Lennon, and I just got back from an amazing time in utah with family.  It was crazy, went by way too fast, and we had a wonderful time being with our families and seeing some friends.  

First stop off the plane?  Leatherby's, of course.  Both of our families met up there while we had some delicious ice cream.  Then it was time for us to head up to Park City with Tannon's family.  Tannon's 2 brothers work at The Canyon's resort, so they hooked us up big time.  We stayed two nights in a really fancy hotel with a kitchen, a loft, and I think either 3 or 4 rooms?  I don't know, I never even made it upstairs.

Caitlin was the photographer for the weekend, and I'm glad because I was awful at getting any pictures. {Caitlin, I hope it's okay that I'm stealing these}.

I had forgotten how great it feels to feel the snow beneath my board, and the wind in my face.  It was the perfect day.

Also, The Canyons just opened up a zipline tour, which was awesome.  The longest zip was 2500 feet and is about 260 feet above the ground over a canyon.  I loved it.

Our view from our room.

 Brinton & Caitlin
What a doofus.

Getting ready for the zipline.

Brinton & Mowgli are the absolute best for planning one of the best weekends ever.

Friday, December 2, 2011

christmas tree lights

i wonder how many more christmases he'll be more interested in what's on the tree than what's under it.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

thanksgiving 2011

this year was our third annual meads/vogel/newland thanksgiving.  i love having "family" within driving distance so that we can enjoy this tradition while we are all living in the east.

it was our turn to host this year.  the menu:

deep fried turkey
salad with this dressing
caramelized green beans
dinner rolls
sweet potato casserole
mashed potatoes
cranberry sauce
nutella pie
apple pie

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

sunday best

Thursday, November 10, 2011

birthday girl

today is this lady's birthday.  lennon calls her nana.  i call her mom.

my mom is the best.  she has the biggest heart and has a lot to give.  i hope to care for my kids as much as she did hers.

we are so lucky to have her.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


i don't know what it is, but this halloween was one of my favorites.  maybe it's because we have a kid.  maybe it's because i'm not working.  either way, it was awesome.

the festivities started on friday with a parade at tannon's school.  it was so much fun!  i love all of the fellow dental students and their wives/families.

we don't really know what lennon's costume is supposed to be.  i found it at a consignment sale for a few bucks.  we went with stink bug.  whatever it is, he sure looked cute in it.

that night we went to our ward trunk-or-treat at our church, where there was a chili cook-off.  i made this.

there were some really awesome costumes there, but the following two were my absolute favorites:

captain jack sparrow and a gorgeous asian.  isn't she the prettiest thing you've ever seen?  if you know her dad, this costume is much funnier.

remember how i thought lennon was a stink bug?  that was until we ran into mario and princess peach.  he is clearly a yoshi egg.

halloween night, we had chili, cornbread, and home-made root beer.  we chased it all down with pumpkin donuts.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

caramel apples

autumn would be one big waste without caramel apples.  we had some friends over and made some, which turned out delicious.  i used this recipe, which is actually for caramel syrup, but makes excellent caramel apples.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

lennon loves his papa


while my dad & chris were in town, we took a quick trip to gettysburg.  it was a gorgeous little town and it was really neat to learn about all of the history that took place there.  sad, sad stuff.

utah utes

my dad and brother-in-law {chris} came out to:

a} meet lennon
b} go to the utah vs. pitt game

we were a little nervous to be sitting in the middle of the Pitt student section {think MUSS} in our crimson red, but luckily we didn't get boo'd right out of there.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

nerd newlands

tannon's brothers and their wife/girlfriend came out to meet lennon. he is so lucky that he has so many aunts and uncles that love him! they are all so cute with him and it was so much fun to have them all here! {lennon is the first baby on tannon's side}.

i am incredibly blessed with the family i married in to. tannon and his brothers have always been very close and caitlin has become one of my best friends.

tannon's sister was going to come out with them, but needed to stay home last minute. we missed her.

we were able to squeeze in some fun things in the week that they were here. we ate way too much. would you have guessed? me neither.

we ate at: pamela's, church brew works, joe mama's, lobello's, oakmont bakery, and got some yummy food/treats at the strip district.

caitlin, candice, and i love to bake, so we were able to squeeze some of that in, as well.

we made pumpkin monkey bread and mini's chocoholic cupcakes.

we rode bikes along the monongahela river, drove to ohiopyle to visit falling water, went boating/wakeboarding, and changed a lot of diapers.

 uncle B

 aunt caitlin

 candice & mowgli.  we hope candice is part of our family soon :)

 that's mowgli.... not tannon

uncle mowgli

2 months

2 Months

i seriously kiss these cheeks all day long. lennon is still rocking his mullet that his dad won't let me touch. he is a lot more interactive and so much fun. he's starting to like to watch t.v. {oh dear}. he's weighing in a little over 12 pounds and is 24 inches long. he is sleeping better at night and is getting more smiley. our favorite part of our day is when we snuggle up on the couch and take a nap together in the afternoon. love this little man!