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December is more and more becoming a month full of places to go and people to see. My December was full of fun parties with really good people and of course delicious food and drinks.

One thing about Christmas that I love are my family’s Christmas traditions. This year my Ma started a new one- using my niece to create some really fun Elf on the Shelf photos for instagram.

Other Christmas favorites include: my parent’s annual Posada party, our semi-formal Christmas eve dinner at my Aunt’s house in Laurelhurst- this year marked 29 years of her hosting the glorious dinner, Christmas day at my parent’s house and our traditional tamale dinner, and of course our secret santa exchange with the cousins. This year I scored adorable vintage water glasses from my cousin Juan.

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Another exciting December event is that we finally moved into our new house. My Christmas wish was that we would be there by Christmas and it just worked out that our first night in the house was Christmas Eve.

One thing I have learned about myself is that I really enjoy entertaining. When we lived in the condo I had an annual cookie party with girlfriends in December. We would all decorate and exchange cookies while drinking hot apple cider. It was not the most glamourous of gatherings but it was an excuse to get together and be festive. Since moving out of the condo and being in our weird housing limbo I have been looking for a reason to host a party.

Thanksgiving weekend provided the perfect opportunity. Some of my best and brightest were in town and Mike’s parent’s large empty house provided the prime location. The menu was easy and delicious, it was a potluck brunch so each girl was able to show off her talents: quiches, champagne, mango juice, salads and baked french toast.

Can’t wait to do it again, but this time at the new house! Thanks for joining girls.

August was legit. Mike and I got hitched on my uncle’s farm at our own perfect little hippie inspired fiesta. See more pics here: http://statigr.am/tag/mikeyly/

In addition to getting married I had a two week stay-cation which was super duper nice. Once my two weeks were up I was thrown into two weeks of photo and video shooting with Mike’s agency so we got a quasi-honeymoon with our favorite work friends in NYC, Austin & LA.

Now it is September and I am already layering up in boots, chambray and vests to disguise my summer dresses.

editor’s note: you can see our wedding photos here: mikeylyfotos.tumblr.com

July 2013:

  • bike rides
  • 4th of July
  • quality time with my QT pie niece
  • delicious huevos rancheros on set in LA
  • a super sweet bridal shower with my girlfriends

A busy month of June. Highlights include:

  • a trip to Bend with my family for a super fun wedding
  • a silly bachelorette dinner and night out with college friends in Seattle
  • my sister’s 18th birthday with a delicious homemade birthday cake
  • 'real life' pinterest and Mike calls it and adventure with AirBnB
  • beautiful summer weather and front porch hang outs with friends and family
  • chalk art with my family
  • two more weddings that acted like mini HS reunions for Mike & I

May was BUSY! Lots of travel and lots of memories for the memory bank. We visited Hawaii, SF & Indiana for two big family events with both sides of my family. My cousin Annie got married and my grandmother turned 90.

Other highlights include:

  • a super fun manicure and the discovery of my new go to nail girl.
  • seeing my friend Amy in SF & hearing all about her new gig and life in one of my favorite cities.
  • photobooth fun at Annie’s wedding with my cousin Enriq and his ready to pop wife Ali.
  • and rounding out the month an ambush/surprise (week late) birthday dinner for my dear cousin Marie.

March 2013 highlights include:

  1. A little Annabella and Lu playdate
  2. Bridesmaid shopping at Urban Outfitters
  3. Suit shopping with Mike- we found a winner!
  4. A super fun night out with friends for HAPPY MICHAEL st PATRICK MCGRATH DAY
  5. Beautifully dyed Easter eggs at my ma’s house
  6. Easter weekend spent at Trout Lake
February of 2013 came and went. Jam packed with work and a little play. I am also now committed to at least updating La Vida Lauer with easy monthly installments with the help of Instagram. Left to right & top to bottom.
The latest Nike Women limited edition tights & a long over due session at Barre3.
A quick overnight at the Cabin in Trout Lake has me committed to monthly trips. 
My family celebrated the first birthday of my adorable Niece Annabella early on in the month.
A twenty dollar Forever21 sweater helped me share the love.
A work trip to LA provided a much needed escape from the grind & the rain. What you see here is breakfast at Cora’s Cafe in Santa Monica.
This weekend was a nice intro to March- good weather & an enjoyable weekend.

February of 2013 came and went. Jam packed with work and a little play. I am also now committed to at least updating La Vida Lauer with easy monthly installments with the help of Instagram. Left to right & top to bottom.

  • The latest Nike Women limited edition tights & a long over due session at Barre3.
  • A quick overnight at the Cabin in Trout Lake has me committed to monthly trips. 
  • My family celebrated the first birthday of my adorable Niece Annabella early on in the month.
  • A twenty dollar Forever21 sweater helped me share the love.
  • A work trip to LA provided a much needed escape from the grind & the rain. What you see here is breakfast at Cora’s Cafe in Santa Monica.

This weekend was a nice intro to March- good weather & an enjoyable weekend.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Here are a few favorite snaps from our Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. We are lucky enough to be enjoying some time off and catching up with family & friends. 

A favorite Christmas Eve tradition- Brunch in my parent’s neighborhood with good friends & neighbors. Mike with our little friend Paul.

Christmas Eve dinner with my favorites. Cousins- Beto, Anni, Alma, Joaqo & Ari. Sister Dita, Brother Nando and Mike.

My mother’s poodle Rosie & niece Annabella posing waiting for Santa.

Cute cousins- Katie, Ellie, Sylvia, Arturo & Annabella.

Christmas day dogs- Baron, Rosie & Lia.

Happy 32nd anniversary a mis padres. #love #family cc: @quetachapa & @timlauer #throwbackthursday #tbt (Taken with Instagram)

The weekend before last Mike and I flew to the Chicago area to spend time with both the Chapas and Lauers. The occasion was my cousin Elena’s 15th birthday, in our culture a girls 15th birthday is a big coming of age/entering womanhood celebration. I had my own 13 years ago. The party did not disappoint. We had the best time ever on the dance floor and at the after party that lasted til 3AM at my Tia Maria’s. The boys even had their own after after party ;) The rest of the weekend was spent celebrating my Nana Lauer’s 83rd birthday and lots of cousin time. Love to the entire fam! Until next time.

We had a fun and sunny Fourth of July. A day off in the middle of the week is pretty nice too. Here are some photos from the annual parade in my parent’s neighborhood- always fun to see the kids with decorated bikes and of course photo ops on the firetruck. And in my family the dogs get into the spirit too- with festive attire.

Now on to a two day work week and then a 3 day wedding weekend, summer in the PNW is finally here!

Even though the gift giving is over for the time being, I wanted to share this fun DIY craft that we put together for some babies in our life.

Mike & I made ‘family flashcards’ for two of the babies in our life. McKenzie, Mike’s Niece lives down in Santa Barbara and we don’t get to see her enough, she is 16 months and starting to memorize the name of those nearest and dearest. To help her in putting our faces to names & since she lives so far away, we made her a collection of flashcards with the names and faces of her cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. It was really fun to see her try to read them and match the faces on the cards with the people in the room.


For my 11 month old cousin Arturo we made him a set of flashcards of most of our family in Portland that he sees on a weekly basis. He was more into biting on the cards, lucky we laminated & gave them rounded corners, than saying the names but he was off to a good start recognizing the faces and babbling.

This was a pretty simple project and just required family photos & a laminator. It is a great birthday present for any baby or toddler in your life & a real hit with the parents!

Below are some pics of Arturo playing with his cards.

This weekend marks Father’s Day so here is a little la vida lauer love for my daddio.

As you can tell by the photo above he is one cool guy.

I get my techno lust and geekyness from him. He is a big time NERD- but in the coolest sense of the word. One of his former job titles was webmaster after all.

He has been on Twitter since the beginning and has way more followers than I could ever dream of.

He bikes to work, is a devoted Apple user and non stop photographer.

He is currently the principal of Lewis Elementary here in Portland, OR and I love visiting his school. The kids think he is really big stuff!

Happy Father’s Day @timlauer :) thanks for influencing me in all the right ways.

This Memorial Day weekend marked Mike’s graduation from law school, lots of time with family & friends & a lot of good food. Yesterday afternoon was spent riding bikes in the sunshine and visiting my uncle’s farm about 25 mins south of Portland. The weather was perfect I ate watermelon and potato chips and explored the property with my brother and sister along with Rosie & Baron. It was a great reminder that Summer truly is right around the corner. One of the good things about returning to work after a 3 day weekend… 4 day work week, enjoy!