This is it folks! The last day of 2015. I spend so much time thinking about the Christmas holiday season that the new year ends up completely taking me by surprise. This year has been no exception. I don’t feel prepared to think about a new year, but regardless, the new year is upon us. I thought I’d take a moment to look back over the past year before we say hello to a new one.
*I know it’s such a simple thing, but these memories of bathing Oliver in the sink, with the help from a tender hearted big brother, will be held near and dear to my heart for the rest of my life. But then, Oliver graduated to the big boy tub and that’s an image I’ll hold just as dear. Something about naked babies, I tell ya. *Theo and I have had so much fun in the kitchen together this past year. Here, we are making soft pretzels together. It is truly so much fun to bake with him. *This spring, I took Theo to an open house at our local arts center where he got to throw some clay on the pottery wheel with his Aunt Rhiannon. Theo loves to learn new things, especially when it involves working with his hands! (Also, how pretty is Rhiannon?) *Theo rode in our village’s Memorial Day parade. He was adorable and did so great! He rode the whole way, completely confident on his bike.
*Pregnant with baby number 3, and ready to tell the world!
*Teaching and practicing yoga was a definite highlight of this past year. I grew my personal practice so much, all the while having a blast teaching others yoga. Not to mention, I love being on the mat with my two little guys. I love them seeing their momma pursue something she loves, conquering obstacles, taking care of herself physically, and maintaining a personal passion.
*We took Theo to his first baseball game this summer and had so much fun. Theo also got his first skate park experience with Uncle Josh. Next time we go, it will be without training wheels! Look out world!
*Baby Oliver was still my baby in 2015. And that is special.
*I read a lot of great books in 2015. One of my favorites was We the Living by Ayn Rand.
*Our trip to Savannah and Tybee Island Georgia, and also our first family vacation, was incredibly special for me. Our boys discovered and fell in love with the ocean. Theo learned to love to swim. Mike and I were refreshed by being a place that means so much to us individually and as a couple. And we had so.much.fun. I got to read two books. We laid in the sun all day. We ate amazing food and drank incredible coffee. This trip was so much more than a vacation, it represented all that we are and love, and all that we want our family to be.
*Mike and I celebrated 10 years of marriage this year. What the what? How did that happen??? I love this man more than words can say.
*This picture. Hands down, best.picture.ever.
*The moment we found out we were having a girl.
*I fulfilled a goal I’ve had for several years of running a 5K while pregnant. 32 minutes flat isn’t too shabby for being almost 8 months pregnant!
*I turned 31 this year. Definitely less dramatic for me than turning 30.
*Fall was so much fun with two toddlers this year.
*We said goodbye to friends who are family this fall. It was incredibly sad, but since then I’ve been reminded that these bonds, the bonds between people you choose to include in your tribe – can never be diminished by time or distance.
*I desperately wanted to do maternity pics this pregnancy, but money was tight. Then, a friend of mine offered to take them for me and not only is that a gift in itself, but I will forever treasure the beautiful images she captured of me pregnant with my first baby girl.
*And finally, the moment I met our Beatrice Willow. I birthed my baby girl in a gentle, peaceful setting, and my hands were the first to touch her little body and draw her to my chest. Bea’s birth was a gift. The presence of her aunt, Rhiannon, was a gift. And truly her life is and place in our family, is a gift.
Happy New Years, dear readers! It’s be a wonderful year with you. Thanks for being along for my journey. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store!