I started doing these year in review posts back in 2010 and they're my absolute favorites.
I try to limit my pictures, but have a REALLY hard time picking. So here's a bunch!!!
January of 2012 we spent lots of time playing with new Christmas toys and enjoying some beautiful weather outside. We had breakfast with Woody and Jessie and Luke played golf with Haha and Daddy. I chaperoned winter formal and survived the flash flood that brought about "Lake MCA" and Mason started pulling up and came down with a bad case of RSV.
February we celebrated my birthday with dinner out and Valentines Day with our Small Group peeps. We went and saw the worlds worst circus and Luke's imagination ran wild as he ran around dressed like a shark (which tied into his valentines perfect!) and created a "car shop" under our kitchen table. Luke decided that having a baby brother wasn't all bad and told us that he kind of liked going on walks with him - and on a walk is where I captured one of my all time favorite pictures of Mason!
In March we spent LOTS of time outside... exploring the grass, getting dirty and "helping" Haha build a dog house for Motley. The boys worked on "sharing" and Daddy took both boys to the Dallas Auto Show.
We kicked off April with Luke's 4th Annual Birthday Pancake Breakfast as well as Lilly's 7th Birthday Luau. Later in the month we celebrated Mason's first birthday and the boys had a SUPER party. I failed miserably and taking bluebonnet pictures, we met the easter bunny, went to LOTS of friends birthday parties and I got to volunteer with my NHS kids at Special Olympics.
May brought with it more golf, some time with the cousins, a great family photo session and lots of golf with Haha. Luke had the messiest bed ever, the boys watched movies together in the tent and I attended Graduation while Luke and Haha went to Bike the Bricks again. I had the opportunity to chaperone the senior trip and got to spend some awesome quality time with some of my favorite students in NYC and DC.
During June Luke's love of Legos turned into a full-on obsession, we spent LOTS of time at the pool and Mason perfected the art of the tantrum. We finished the kitchen makeover, got a new playhouse, celebrated Father's Day and hung out with our friends, the Smiths.
In July Luke and I beat the heat with a date to see Madagascar 2 and we visited Dallas World Aquarium as a family. We celebrated July 4th at the Parade (and the pool), got in some quality Mc-Family time and Luke attended Vacation Bible School. We got geared up to head back to school and bid adieu to our friends the Gerbrandts with an end-of-the-summer pool/pizza party at the Ranch.
August was a month of high-drama, as we celebrated Dave's birthday with a trip to the ER for Mason, we took the plunge and bought a van and found out that we were having a THIRD BABY! We soaked up the last little bit of summer at the pool (with yogurt on our faces) and in the sprinkler and then got back to the grind with Luke's first day of Pre-K.
I was either sleeping or sick during most of September, but I did manage to get a few shots of Luke at an awesome birthday party of a classmate, my boys on a walk (which they did lots of to let mommy rest - and barf - in peace) and Mason trying to stow away to school. I had a burst of enthusiasm and decorated for Halloween and Luke started soccer - GO GATORS!
October was a ROUGH month for me pregnancy-wise, but seeing our Little Bit for the first time was a definite highlight... as was watching Luke run TWENTY THREE laps in his first Jog-A-Thon, spending some cooler evenings on walks with Gibi and visiting Pumpkinville. We had a fun photo shoot at home with Shannon Hunt, celebrated as Lilly was baptized and Luke decided he was too big for "matching pajamas". As always, we ended the month with two of our favorite events - our BFG Harvest Party and Halloween!
November was a BIG relief for me, as I was able to stop taking Zofran multiple times a day (YAY!) and we found out that we were having a baby brother! We worked outside, fostered our love of pumpkins and celebrated Mark and Diana's Wedding! We kicked off the Holiday season with Grandparents Day, Thanksgiving (where we had TWO helpers!), a trip to Lego Land and then Dickens of a Christmas.
December closed out 2012 with a bang Buddy the Elf returned, bringing with him a North Pole breakfast and we got to eat at the country club twice... once with Buddy and once with Santa and Mrs Claus. We attended the parade of lights and then, at our routine 21-week ultrasound that Griffin Henry was actually Griffin JOY! We ended the month with lots of Christmas activities including a trip to the Gaylord Texan and Bass Pro Shops, Small Group at our house and then a snowy Christmas!
This year has been super fun, memorable and above all else - surprising :)
Mason has grown from a baby into a toddler and Luke is becoming less "little" and more "boy" every day.
We are beyond excited about 2013 and all that it has in store for our family.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight" - Proverbs 3:5-6