2011 In Pictures

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Happy New Year!

As we say hello to 2012, I love the idea of saying goodbye to 2011 with some pictures – a wonderful idea by Robin of Farewell Stranger, with her link up Farewell to 2011 in Pictures.Β I’m also linking up with Jessica of Four Plus An Angel and Ashley of Porch Swing Mom for their 12 Things 2011 link up!

As I look through thousands of pictures, I realized that most of them were of my son. That pretty much sums up the year for me – his 2nd year has been full of milestones, achievements, growing, joy, and yes, some challenges.


I love this picture, taken by my husband. We were on a short holiday in Singapore and just had a leisurely Sunday brunch at a local cafe. Monkey and I were hanging out, people watching.


Monkey’s first drawing! (Okay, I drew the heart) It was one of many firsts for him this year.


My first header the husband designed for me

I started this blog on March 29. I was really into online shopping and looking up awesome things for Monkey (and myself) and found myself sharing my finds on my personal Facebook page. Then I thought, why not start a blog to do that instead? So I thought of a blog name to describe the blog – Mama’s Finds? Mama Thinks You Should Get This Awesome Children’s Toy? Found By Mama? I landed on Mama Wants This!, registered with Blogspot and off I went. I think my first seven posts were all of products I love. Then I started reading other blogs, and started writing my own motherhood stories. Needless to say, where this blog is now, is far from where it started.


Self-portrait of the two of us.


I rarely show my husband’s picture here, but this is one of my all-time favorites. An un-posed, natural picture of my two favorite people. I’d just started taking pictures in earnest with my (then)new semi-DLSR camera, and was pleasantly surprised at how well this turned out.


Monkey discovers bubbles! He’s still fascinated. (and so am I)


July was a big month for Monkey – he weaned from breastfeeding and he moved into his very own bed in his very own room. There may have been tears (mine).

It was also a big month for me – I moved the blog to WordPress and got a whole new look! Which I still love.


I started cooking again in August after a long hiatus and this delicious Spicy Olive Pasta, recipe courtesy of Jen of The Misadventures of Mrs B, got me off to a great start. It’s still one of my favorite go-to recipes.


This happened on September 3.


We finally moved into our long-awaited new home this month. I fell in love immediately. Although I don’t recommend moving house when you’re 8-10 weeks pregnant!


The pregnancy reveal and first belly picture at 14 weeks. It felt good to cross into the second trimester safely after a worrying first trimester (who doesn’t worry in the first 13 weeks?)


Someone turned two!Β I know, he looks a little distressed, but no toddlers were harmed in the photographing of this picture. It was an umpteenth attempt to take a picture with him and he wouldn’t stay still, so, er, this was the result.

Oh, we also found out that Scrumplet is a boy!

Okay 2012, BRING IT ON!!




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  • January 2, 2012 Christine

    LOVE September! And that adorable belly shot. 2012 is going to be major!!

    Also, am I really the first comment? I better hit publish quick.
    Christine recently wrote…2011 PictorialMy Profile

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, 2012 will be MAJOR! Let’s hope I kick its ass, not the other way round.

  • January 2, 2012 Robin

    Oh, I love this! What a year you had. Could you ever have imagined in January what the year would bring? How amazing.

    I love love love that picture of your husband and son. It really is a good one.

    So glad 2011 brought you into my life, and thank you so much for linking up with me! xo
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    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      I didn’t think beyond January, IN January. I certainly didn’t think I’d be blogging!

      Thank you for hosting, and glad to have met you.

  • January 2, 2012 Andrea

    I had wondered where your name came from, now I know! I’m sure 2012 will bring many more firsts. Especially that first brotherly kiss πŸ™‚
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    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      First time mother of two would be a big one πŸ™‚

  • January 2, 2012 Ado

    What a year. What photos.
    But mainly, you really should show more pics of your husband. (-: The two of you make a gorgeous pair!
    Ado recently wrote…1 Year, 7 New Year’s Resolutions, and 1 VideoMy Profile

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      Haha!! So much for trying to keep him anonymous!

  • January 2, 2012 Kiddothings

    I prepared a Picnesday post like this and didn’t know Robin’s link-up ends today. That’s for being out of blogging for awhile.

    Love the pictures. I remember that 1st pic – it made me click on your site to find out who this mysterious mama is. A blog, a new place and a new baby – what a great year you had! Happy 2012! πŸ™‚
    Kiddothings recently wrote…Holiday HangoverMy Profile

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      I wanted to stay somewhat anonymous in the beginning, but decided to show my face after a few weeks, haha!

  • January 2, 2012 Jessica

    So glad you linked up, love taking a look back at your year. I’m so glad we connected in 2011 Alison, it has been great getting to know you and I look forward to little Scrumplet’s arrival in 2012.
    Jessica recently wrote…Looking Back at 2011My Profile

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jessica! I love that I found your blog so early on. Scrumplet’s arrival this year will be the highlight I think πŸ™‚

  • January 2, 2012 Vivian

    Love the pics! Your son is so adorable & congrats on the pregnancy. Another boy! Yay! That’s my dream right there, altho I love my girls to pieces. You have such a cute baby bump!

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Vivian!

  • January 2, 2012 Rachel (Totally Ovar It)

    I LOVE THIS!!! You take such great photos, I’m loving every minute of your (seemingly) fun-filled, and even if not completely fun-filled, hilariously punctuated life! I look forward to living 2012 with you in my life!
    Rachel (Totally Ovar It) recently wrote…SOC: What Did I Do?My Profile

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Rachel! I’m still working on my photography, I’m just an amateur πŸ™‚

  • January 2, 2012 Kadie

    How did I miss that you were pregnant?! Congrats!!!
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    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Kadie!

  • January 2, 2012 Carri

    I love the pictures! Happy New Year!
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    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Carri, happy new year!

  • January 2, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Love this recap in pictures, Alison!! Happy 2012!
    Runnermom-jen recently wrote…New Year’s Resolutions I’ll Never KeepMy Profile

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jen, happy new year!

  • January 2, 2012 Elena

    Great picture recap! I love seeing your hubs in this space. You are seriously so adorable pregnant. What a fabulous year and so many more wonderful things to come for you in 2012.
    Elena recently wrote…One Year Ago TodayMy Profile

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Elena! As for the husband appearances, we’ll have to see, haha!

  • January 2, 2012 Just Jennifer

    I did this too!

    My fave pic is the bubbles one. Second fave is your belly shot. Love baby bumps!

    And you’re having another boy! Congrats!
    Just Jennifer recently wrote…I am a Blogger.My Profile

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      Gotta check your recap out! And thank you!

  • January 2, 2012 Jessica

    2012 will be full of awesomeness for you Alison.
    Jessica recently wrote…What A Long Strange Trip It’s BeenMy Profile

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      It certainly will. You better be around for it, Assy Lady.

  • January 2, 2012 Leigh Ann

    I never knew where your blog name came from! The pics are fantastic. It’s so fun to see kids grow throughout the year. December’s is my favorite.
    Leigh Ann recently wrote…Four requirements?My Profile

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      It is kinda fun to follow someone on their blog and literally watch their children grow up (and I’m talking about you and your 3 girls too). I love the December picture too, it cracks me up!

  • January 2, 2012 Kimberly

    It has been one heck of a year! 2012 will be full of great things for you. xoxo
    Kimberly recently wrote…Lessons Learned and Making ChangesMy Profile

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes it has! So glad you were part of it. Here we come, 2012!

  • January 2, 2012 My Inner Chick

    1. Love the new house…So open, shiny, and light.
    2. The photo of hubs and Monkey is Fab.
    3. You are adorable.
    4. You look sooo damn cute pregnant. Damn you!
    5. You Rooooock, Mama.
    6. Xxx 000 Kiss Hug.

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      1. I love it too.
      2. Thank you!
      3. Aw, shucks.
      4. Hee! My only saving grace.
      6. You rock too, Kim!
      6. XOXO

  • January 2, 2012 Ann

    Love, Love, LOVE it! This was such a great look at your year! I understand about wanting to keep certain aspects of your private life private…but I’m glad you shared the picture of Hubby and Monkey – it’s a fantastic photo!
    Ann recently wrote…Charcuterie (Pork and Sauerkraut)My Profile

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      Actually, I wasn’t sure if the husband wanted his face on my blog or not, so I largely kept him out of it. Until he saw the 2nd birthday video I made and asked why his face was cut off in some of the pictures, haha!!

  • January 2, 2012 Mirjam

    I love this post! That first picture is beautiful, I love it! And your husband is cute! πŸ˜‰
    Mirjam recently wrote…New beginningsMy Profile

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Mirjam! I’ll be sure to pass on your compliment to my husband! πŸ™‚

  • January 2, 2012 tracy

    These pictures make me all kinds of happy this morning.

    Happy New Year sweet friend. xo
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    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Tracy, you’re the sweetest. Happy new year to you! xo

  • January 2, 2012 liz

    The photo of you two from April is my favorite. Happy New Year!
    liz recently wrote…10 New Year’s Resolutions that I’ll Never KeepMy Profile

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Liz! His cheeks are so chubby there!

  • January 2, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    You have had such an amazing year! What a difference a year makes.

  • January 2, 2012 Maureen

    Beautiful pictures, Alison. Love the bubble picture. πŸ˜€ Happy New Year, lady!

    • January 2, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Maureen, happy new year to you too!

  • January 2, 2012 angela

    What fabulous photos! I love how much your blog has transitioned, and I can’t wait until you have another scrumptious scrumplet to photograph πŸ™‚

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      This blog has come a long way πŸ™‚ And yes, you guys will be inundated with baby pictures soon!

  • January 2, 2012 Natalie

    Awww what great photos! Can’t wait to see what 2012 will be like for you! I’m sure amazing with your new addition and little monkey. So glad you started blogging and that we are bloggy friends!
    Natalie recently wrote…The Christmas RecapMy Profile

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      So glad we met too Natalie, happy new year!

  • January 2, 2012 Shell

    I don’t think I had known the story behind your blog name.

    Love the bubbles pic- and your cute baby bump!
    Shell recently wrote…Old Resolutions and a Confident New YearMy Profile

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      I love that although I started the blog with different intentions, the blog name is still somewhat relevant πŸ™‚ And thank you!

  • January 2, 2012 Kristen

    What a fun look at your year through photos! I’m sure with the love that comes across in those photos that 2012 will be just as amazing for you. Happy New Year!
    Kristen recently wrote…I’m Back From My Blogcation…My Profile

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kristen, happy new year!

  • January 2, 2012 Kimberly

    What an amazing ride for you eh?
    I’m so glad that I started reading your beautiful blog.
    You’re an amazing person.
    Cheers to 2012!
    Kimberly recently wrote…TransformationsMy Profile

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      It has been truly wonderous. So glad we met, Kim. xo

  • January 2, 2012 Barbara

    You are going to have an amazing 2012! I love the recap.
    Barbara recently wrote…The wrap upMy Profile

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      Oh, I sure hope so!

  • January 2, 2012 Mrs. Jen B

    I love your pictures! You’ve reminded me of the need to capture the seemingly ho-hum, everyday moments. I should focus on that this year.

    And thanks for the shout-out! I was so happy to see that! πŸ™‚
    Mrs. Jen B recently wrote…My 2012 PhilosophyMy Profile

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      Some seemingly ho-hum moments are the best ones πŸ™‚ And I LOVE your pasta recipe!

  • January 3, 2012 Coffee Lovin' Mom

    I love all the pics! Can’t wait to get a glimpse of your 2012!
    Coffee Lovin’ Mom recently wrote…Hottest Drink your New Year can’t do without..My Profile

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      Thank you! Stay tuned for more this year πŸ˜‰

  • January 3, 2012 Nichole

    Just beautiful, Alison! (Your April photo is stunning!)
    May 2012 be filled with tremendous joy for your family!
    Nichole recently wrote…All That We Have: 2011 in ReviewMy Profile

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Nichole!! And may your 2012 be filled with joy too. xo

  • January 3, 2012 Kid Id

    What an attractive set of people in your family! Sheesh! And what a (re)productive year : )
    Kid Id recently wrote…The 10 Phases of a One-Year Blogger: A Farewell LetterMy Profile

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      Hee! Thank you Kid Id! Have a great year ahead.

  • January 3, 2012 RoryBore

    I so heart that picture of your husband and son in the rain — amazing moment to capture. And you are so lovely in your 14 week pregnant picture!
    Happy #2 to boy, and Happy New Year to all of you!
    RoryBore recently wrote…Happy New Year!My Profile

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Rory! That was actually a fountain (of sorts) and I was on the opposite side, playing with my camera πŸ™‚ Happy new year to you and yours!

  • January 3, 2012 Nicole

    I have my Year in Review up, now I just need to do the photo version! I love this idea!
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    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      I read your review, awesome! Can’t wait to see your photo version!

  • January 3, 2012 Jaime

    Very, very cute. Most of my pictures from 2011 consisted of my Annabelle, but she’s so photogenic!
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    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      It’s not surprise that our photos mostly consist of our children πŸ™‚

  • January 3, 2012 Tina

    What an awesome and exciting year you had! Love your May photo, beautiful! Can’t wait to see where you are headed in 2012!
    Tina recently wrote…2012; The Year of GrowthMy Profile

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Tina! 2012 should be… interesting πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!

  • January 3, 2012 Jessica

    I love this post! All of your pictures are fabulous! Happy New Year! I hope 2012 brings you only the best! xoxo
    Jessica recently wrote…5 Blogging Tips from Lessons Learned in 2011My Profile

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much Jessica!

  • January 3, 2012 Jackie

    Congratulations on an amazing year! So many wonderful things happened for you & I hope that they continue to in 2012!

    Best of luck with the pregnancy too!

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jackie, it was a pretty good year πŸ™‚ Happy new year to you.

  • January 3, 2012 Janice

    I just found your blog through “From Diapers to Diatribes.”

    Great pictures, and I swiped the spicy olive pasta recipe–I’m always looking for great pasta recipes, so thanks!

    Happy New Year!
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    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      Thanks for visiting, Janice. And the pasta recipe was swiped from my good friend Jen of Misadventures of Mrs B, you have her to thank for it πŸ™‚ Happy new year to you!

  • January 3, 2012 Missy

    I LOVE your pregnancy pic! And you have a handsome hubby – you’re right – I don’t think I’ve ever seen him!
    Missy recently wrote…New Year, New Plans, New Challenges, New OpportunitiesMy Profile

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      Haha I’ll be sure to tell him that!

  • January 3, 2012 Galit Breen

    YAY you! Loved this recap of your busy, full, fabulous year!

    So very happy to have connected in 2011 and seriously can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store!

    Galit Breen recently wrote…Softly FocusedMy Profile

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      You, my friend, have helped make my year a fab one. Thank you.xo

  • January 3, 2012 Ila Hassan

    Owh… Love reading your post. It’s a great start for me to keep reading your blog. SUKA la… πŸ™‚

  • January 3, 2012 Erica M

    You had a wonderful 2011! Yay 2012! Your hubby is a handsome one. And your new house! So pretty. I’m excited about finding out more about you this year πŸ™‚

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      Yay 2012 indeed! I shall inform the husband he’s very popular on my blog, haha!

  • January 3, 2012 Iris

    Great post! I love that first picture and you are so cute with that tiny baby bump.
    Iris recently wrote…Another year, another set up for failure.My Profile

    • January 3, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Iris! That bump isn’t so tiny anymore πŸ™‚

  • January 3, 2012 Christa the BabbyMama

    Looks like you had a beautiful, amazing year! Here’s wishing you all the best and more for 2012 πŸ™‚
    Christa the BabbyMama recently wrote…What I Want to Do In 2012: The Abbreviated VersionMy Profile

    • January 4, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Christa – have a great new year!

  • January 4, 2012 Not a Perfect Mom

    Happy New Year! what an awesome recap!
    although I may not like you anymore, seeing as how you’re one of those cute pregnant chicks…sigh
    Not a Perfect Mom recently wrote…My New Year (Un)ResolutionsMy Profile

    • January 4, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Holly! I may have looked cute at 14 weeks, but now at 22 weeks? Notsomuch!

  • January 4, 2012 Janice

    I heart that belly shot. And I remember when you posted the bubbles photo. Totally adorable! I hope you have an even better year this 2012. Happy New Year!
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    • January 4, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Janice, have a great year ahead!

  • January 4, 2012 Asianmommy

    Happy New Year! What a great series of pics.
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    • January 4, 2012 Alison

      Happy New Year to you too!

  • January 4, 2012 Dina

    I love the photo with the bubbles, the look on his face just captures the wonder of childhood.
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    • January 4, 2012 Alison

      I love that look of wonder, he still has it!

  • January 5, 2012 Charlotte

    What a fantastic year 2011 was for you. Wishing you more good things to come in 2012–and so excited about your second pregnancy! You look so radiant in your belly pic, beautiful girl πŸ™‚

    • January 5, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Charlotte! I think 2012 will be fabulous – for you and me both. πŸ™‚

  • January 5, 2012 Miss Marina Star

    I love this! Such a great way to sum up the year. I missed writing for the memes, but am enjoying everyone else’s.

    I’m so excited for your next year in pictures!
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    • January 5, 2012 Alison

      Oh, me too! I’ll have TWO boys to photograph!

  • January 7, 2012 Elaine

    WOW! What a year for you all! Moving, new baby, staring the blog! Kinda sounds like my 2009 (minus the blog part). Love that photo of your hubby and son – so sweet.

    It’s hard to believe you’ve only been blogging for like 9 months, Alison!

    Happy New Year – so excited to “meet” your new little guy this year! πŸ˜€ xo
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    • January 7, 2012 Alison

      Sometimes I find it hard to believe it myself too, it seems so much longer than 9 months πŸ™‚

  • January 8, 2012 Krystyn

    Wait, you’ve only been at this nine months? So, I guess your blog is now “born!”

    Moving, new baby, weaning and own room…I think I would have been an emotional wreck!

    Happy New Year!
    Krystyn recently wrote…Silly girls…only regressing a bit.My Profile

    • January 8, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, happy new year to you too!

      (it’s been a little stressful at times, yes!)

  • January 9, 2012 francerants

    I liked this post, what a great idea. (as you can tell, i am catching up from being mia)

    • January 9, 2012 Alison

      Thanks France, for taking the time to click back πŸ™‚

  • January 9, 2012 Amy

    visiting from 12 things 2011 … better late than never, right?!

    Congratulations on the pregnancy. The picture of your little one sleeping is precious … my little ones will not stay still either; in your case no such a bad thing December is a great capture ~silly pictures are my favorite!
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    • January 9, 2012 Alison

      Thanks for visiting Amy!! And thank you, I do love the December picture too.

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