1: 2011 | We had a wonderful year of time with friends and family. Dan began his pharmacy rotations and Brittney continued to work as Will & Annika's nanny. We wrapped up the year with a vacation to Mexico and a great holiday season.
2: Burkley gets dedicated. | J a n u a r y
3: February | On February 2nd there was a blizzard. Everything was shut down so we enjoyed the day off of work by shoveling out our cars and playing in the snow.!
5: Getting ready for our 3rd annual Valentine's Day Party!
6: We made homemade pizza and had a lot of delicious desserts!
9: Will and I found a new donut shop: Spunky Dunkers. It quickly became a favorite breakfast spot! | Annika and I had a little Valentine's celebration of our own!
10: March | Leah comes over for a tea party
11: Annika's 3rd Birthday! I made her bracelets and we went to the Cheesecake Factory for chocolate cake!
12: We went for a "spa weekend" at the Eagle Ridge Resort over Dan's spring break. | We tried the S'mores dessert at Trax. It was delicious!
13: Brittney's parents came to Deerfield and we all attended the marriage conference: A Weekend to Remember. At the end of the weekend we played the Wii.!
14: April | Happy Easter!
16: more Easter fun...
17: Learning to write the number 7.... she was very excited!
18: May | We set up a "sports bar" and watched the Bulls in the playoffs!
19: Marcus, Adrienne, and Burkley came to Deerfield for Brittney's birthday weekend. We went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner and Becca & Travis joined us for dessert afterwards.
20: That same weekend Travis & Becca moved to Moline. Sad for us, happy for them! | Burkley always likes to stay up late when he stays with Uncle Dan and Aunt Brittney!
21: -Memorial Day Weekend- We started off by making s''mores around the fire..... | I apparently had soot on my face the whole night, but no one notices until we got inside in the light!
22: On Memorial Day we went to a service at the Arsenal Island and then spent the rest of the day grilling out and playing bags. It was a very hot day!
25: Dan played in the Moody Softball League for the Home Invaders. Brittney worked as a scorekeeper. | We had some really hot summer days.... | June
26: Andrew and Christine got married on June 11 and we had so much fun celebrating!
28: We went to Sandwich, IL to celebrate Father's Day. We went antiquing and went out for lunch. | Dad decided to give Burkley a lemon....
30: A huge storm hit and the power went out in Deerfield for three days. We lived by candlelight!
31: Celebrating Joel's 8th Birthday
33: July | Pepper's first time outside.... she didn't like it! | Fourth of July
34: Happy 4th of July! We saw fireworks with Dan's family in Deerfield.
35: Celebrating our 3rd anniversary. We stayed at the same hotel we stayed at for our wedding night. Dan surprised me with a small cake on the the 12th!
36: Celebrating Adrienne's 28th Birthday
37: Uncle Jerry McMillin's funeral. Although we are sad he passed away it was nice to see family members that we don't see a lot. Afterward, we went out for dinner and took up half the restaurant!
38: Burkley is so cute!
39: Leah helped me paint the living room! Adrienne, Marcus and Burkley stopped by Deerfield on the way to and from their New Mexico vacation! | August
40: Brittney's mom came for a visit and caught the last Home Invader's game of the season! | Brittney worked as the Shared Services Director for VBS and was able to bring Will and Annika for the week as well!
41: September | Labor Day Weekend Dan's family came to Moline!
42: We visited the John Deere Commons and did a scavenger hunt around downtown Moline. Boys vs Girls!
43: We celebrated Brandon's 23rd birthday... better late than never!
44: Pepper had to have surgery. We found out she had gum disease and she had to get a couple of teeth removed. She slept a lot while she was on medication recovering!
45: Phil and Sharon's Wedding September 17
46: October | Trinity Homecoming Weekend
47: We planned Burkley's birthday cake that weekend! He approved the size of the cake by fitting in the pan! Brandon and Amanda came up for part of the weekend as well!
48: A visit to Didier Farm
49: We went to Louisville for a weekend to visit Buni.
50: Burkley's First Birthday!
52: After Burkley's birthday party we went out for dinner to celebrate Dan's birthday!
53: Out to dinner on the 20th for Dan's 28th birthday at On the Border Mom and Dad came into town the next week and again we went out to On the Border!
54: Finally getting a chance to celebrate Dan's birthday with his family | At the last minute we decided to go to Moline to watch the Cardinals WIN the World Series!
55: Becca's Baby Shower! They had an ice cream bar and we all made pages for a scrapbook for the baby.
56: Burkley plays Scrabble! | We randomly met Brandon & Amanda in Schaumburg at Lou Malnati's for dinner!
57: November | Happy 7th Birthday Andrei! | Hot cocoa for a cold day!
58: Ionescu Thanksgiving | Buni's friends Andrei, Samantha, and their daughter Sophie spent the day with us
59: Carleton Thanksgiving
61: Burkley learns to walk... and takes over our Dominoes game!
62: December | Leah, Valerie, and I had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory! | Val was so hungry so literally asked for "the biggest thing on the menu!"
63: Mexico | We took a vacation from December 10-17 to Cancun, Mexico. We stayed at the Avalon Grand Hotel. | We caught an early flight requiring us to leave the house at 4:30am! So when we arrived we were happy.... but tired! | The restaurant at our hotel served the greatest ice cream dessert!
64: We spent most of the week reading on the beach outside of our hotel... it was so relaxing!
65: Dan found that Bubba Gump's was playing the Bears game.. They even gave us a room to ourselves to watch the game. Too bad they lost in the end!
66: We had a balcony with a view. We loved spending time out there and sleeping with the doors open with a warm breeze coming in. | We spent a lot of nights going for walks and then playing cards and eating snacks!
67: One day we took a ferry to Isla Mujeres. We played with dolphins and then went to Garaffon Park They had a beautiful infinity pool and we took a bike tour to the end of Mexico.
70: Enjoying the dolphins and the view before we took the ferry back to Cancun.
72: Last picture before leaving Cancun. On the way home Dan decided to snack on Halls cough drops.
73: Merry Christmas to Will and Annika! I got them sleds and Will got me a chocolate calculator.
74: Sebi was in town so we spent the day watching the Bears game, hanging out, and playing games.
76: One night while Sebi was in town we played video games until 4AM and ended up staying the night!
77: Surprise party for Loredana's 40th Birthday!
79: The kids came over for our annual tradition of making Christmas cookies.
80: Ionescu Christmas
82: Carleton Christmas
85: The day after Christmas I met with Mary & Chris for breakfast. Then I went to meet baby Levi Blake Bacon for the first time. He was born on December 2nd, so he three weeks old when I finally got to hold him!
87: Happy New Year! | We had a wonderful 2011. Looking forward to an amazing 2012!