One of my interpeeps over at The Roost is hosting a sort of “year in review” picture party, and I’m joining in. The funny thing is that I don’t have any pictures before May, because I didn’t know how to download picture before May. Because I’m just that clever.
So, here is my 3/4 of the year in review, in no particular order…
Tippy toes, pudgey nakedness, a tutu…C.U.T.E.! I took this picture on one of the first warm days of the year. She was looking for her daddy, who was outside mowing the lawn.
Our first trip to the pool! Notice the two missing teeth, and the faint goggle marks around the eyes. And the teeny tiny beginnings of summertime freckles.
Ella’s very first birthday. I said goodbye to the baby girl, and hello to the toddler. I miss that baby. But I sure do love the toddler.
We celebrated Henry’s last day at Auditory Verbal Therapy with a trip to the ice cream shop. I mean THE ice cream shop. Yum. It was strangely bitter sweet. The closing of a two-year chapter in our lives. And the beginning of a life-long chapter. Oh, and check out those freckles!
William after his first base hit of the year. (I don’t know who that guy in the background is. Just ignore him.) Look how happy he is. His mom sure was happy, too.
Discovering a new friend. What could be better? (okay, I cheated a little on that one, but the series of photos says it so much better than a single photo would).
Ah, yes, the trip to Blacksburg. Who could forget that? My husband and I vowed to never go anywhere ever again on the way home from this trip. Good times. And proof positive that parenting causes insanity, we have planned TWO vacations this year.
Autumn at my house. For some reason, this picture speaks to me. The dappled sunshine in the woods, the leaves on the patio, the quiet stillness, the stone. Autumn was especially beautiful this year.
Losing his first tooth. And getting older by the moment. And notice the freckles. I have a thing for freckles, clearly.
And finally, here is Ella, redecorating the tree. I guess I didn’t get it quite the way she wanted it.
As I looked back, I noticed something. We didn’t take any big vacations this year…
We didn’t have any major additions to the family, like a new baby, or a new dog…
We didn’t have any major life changes…
But I realized that so much happened in 2008. So many beautiful memories, and all of them were just in the day-to-day life we live. It has been a year of first steps and first words… last visits to therapy and last bottles given. We have lost teeth, and gained gray hair. We have learned to read, and ride a bike. There was baseball, and soccer, and dance, and swimming and cub scouts. Birthdays, and holidays and camping and football games and a spring break that we all survived, though we all — yes all six of us — had the flu. I have so much to be thankful for.
It is a wonderful life.