Saturday, January 1, 2011

Reflecting and Anticipating

The coming of a new year is a time when I like to reflect and take stock of my life. I like to look back over the last year, think about where I've been, evaluate where I am, and plan where I want to go in the year to come. The past year was full of so much joy for our family. Big, beautiful, exultant highs. And a few lows too.
We had a great loss in our family.

But we also had three beautiful additions. First my brother's baby girl, who will turn one in a few days. Then my brother-in-law and his wife had their lovely daughter.

And then of course, our beautiful Lass.

There were many changes and exciting times in 2010. We traveled far.
And we hunkered down at home.

We (reluctantly) dipped toes in the ocean,

played in the lake,

and spent countless hours splashing in our local pool.

We have upgraded some of our equipment.

And we have grown so much. All of us.

My first baby girl

has become a big girl.

And we had another baby girl.
Our little teeny tiny (well, 10+ pounder)
is getting so big. She was 16 lbs at her 4-month appointment yesterday.
She has the most wonderful little personality,
and we think she's getting teeth!

I have so much to cherish from 2010 and to try to pack away forever in my memory. I am filling up baby books (yes, even for Lass, though everyone laughed at me when I mentioned doing a baby book for baby #2) with notes, photos, stats, and anecdotes. I'm writing down the funny things Miss says. Like how she says "bonnet" for "bottom," "eemoop" for "oatmeal," and "beenah" for "banana." I am trying to finish (okay, start) photo books for both girls. I don't want to forget a moment. I loved 2010. 2010 was just full to bursting with goodness and love and warm fuzzies all over the place.

I am eagerly anticipating 2011. There is so much to look forward to. A trip to Arizona to visit treasured friends. A second birthday (yikes!!). A trip to Florida to see my beloved Grandpa C and Grandma B. Hopefully a trip to visit my Auntie and Unka sometime this spring. Lots of other family time, play dates, and making new friends. I'm planning to run this race in July, and am trying hard to get in shape enough to do it. There are all sorts of firsts to look forward to again, like first steps, first words, first foods, and of course another first birthday (wasn't Miss's first birthday just yesterday??). And my hubby and I agree, that we would like to grow our family by at least one more little soul, so maybe 2011 will bring another tiny bundle our way. I have so much to be happy about and to look forward to, as does any parent of wonderful little people. Happy New Year.


  1. very sweet post :) love the pictures too... you make me smile :)

  2. This is such a sweet post! I love it! :-)