Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Recap: Stream of Randomness Edition

New Year's Eve always causes me to be a little contemplative, and look back on the past year's events. It has been a good year. God has been so good to us. He is so faithful, I am so undeserving. He loves me. He is good. He holds us in the palm of his hand. I can see that He is ordering every step in our family's life, and I can't wait to see what 2012 has in store for us.

This year, we really transitioned from being a family of 3 to 4. Even though Claire was with us in 2010, she was still sleeping a lot and was still pretty low maintenance. She was a tiny thing this time last year. I love that they are pretty close in age, especially now that Claire is older. They have a fun time together. Even though, some days I am really tired, this is the life I have always wanted, and I count it ALL joy. I love being a mom.

Jackson will be FOUR in February, and I just can't hardly believe it. Where does the time go? Jackson potty trained in 2011. That might seem like a crazy thing to remember for the year, but it was a really big deal! We had two children in diapers for several months. Enough said.

I was looking back at last year, and my goal was to lose some weight and eat healthier. I lost between 15 and 20 pounds (depending on what day of the month I weigh in). I feel better, but what I am most happy about is that our family eats a pretty healthy diet, and I have so much more energy. I still can not get into a regular exercise routine. I really want to work on that this year. And continue making good food choices.

Blake got a new job this year. I really think his gray hair is decreasing. For real.

Jackson started to preschool in the fall. I am very interested in parent/teacher conference we will attend in February. It is very interesting being a former teacher, and sitting on the other side of the table.

This year, I want to pray more. Get in The Word more. Be a better wife and mother. Drink more water. Eat less sugar. Have friends over more. Read more books. Laugh a whole lot. Be intentional with everything I do. Be a good Aunt. Savor every moment. And love people.

Thank you, Jesus, for your faithfulness this year. I can't wait to see what God has in store for us in 2012.

Museum Day

Yesterday, Blake and I took Jack and Claire to the Discovery Museum. One of the neat things about Blake's job is that he gets a Museum Passport for our family, and we get to go to all of the museums in town for free. I love free! This passport is a total blessing to our family, and we use it often!

Alabama Christmas

The day after Christmas we headed to Alabama to visit family. I am not sure if I got any other pictures except the ones that I snapped at Cracker Barrel while we were waiting on our breakfast. We, as always, had a great time. Thanks to Sean, Erika, and Sawyer for hosting.

More Memories from Christmas 2011

Christmas Morning 2011

Christmas was really fun this year. Jackson really liked his gifts and showed excitement over every little thing. His favorite gift from us was probably a Batman Geotrax set, or his Mater scooter. Claire is still too little to really care a whole lot, but liked a little Elmo purse we bought for her to play with. We opened our gifts at home, then headed to my parent's house, Blake's grandmother's house, and then the fire hall to see Opem Brad.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Eve

We went to church with my parents on Christmas Eve. Our little family went up to the altar with my parents to light the Advent candle. The children were so good during all of that! Blake and his dad sang, and it was perfect. Jackson did decide to go up to the front and stand with them, and then come down, and then go back up and stand again during the songs, which is very our of character for him. We went back to my parents house for a get together, and then went home to get ready for Santa. Jack put out his reindeer food for Ruldolph, and set our cookies for Santa. Lady ate them before I got a good picture. So fun watching Christmas through the eyes of a child.

Christmas with Nandee and Pop

We celebrated Christmas with Blake's family on Christmas Eve morning. We have done this the past two years, and I LOVE that we have ample time to spend with both families. We got to Donnie and Darla's around 9:00 and stayed until late afternoon. We ate breakfast, and then opened presents. Donnie read the Christmas story, and Jack played with his new toys. He loved his Batman costume, and a set to go with his Batman Geotrax set. Claire got an American Girl Doll (Kit), that Donnie and Darla bought for her at the American Girl Doll Store in Boston. I know she will treasure that in the years to come. We had a great Christmas...full of surprises! :) Brad and Lydia announced that they will become parents in August! We are so excited for them, and can't wait to meet our new niece or nephew!!

Christmas with the Freemans

This year we celebrated Christmas with the Freeman's at Melissa's house. I made these Pinterest inspired snacks to go along with our greedy Santa game.

This is one of my favorite pictures of Claire this Christmas. This was the first present she got to open. I asked her if she needed help, this is "the look" I got. She is a mess!

Christmas Cookies