Monday, December 31, 2012

Looking back at 2012

It BLOWS my mind that another year has come and gone. I’ve been looking back at our 2012 on my blog and my poor heart just about broke seeing HOW BIG my babies got this year. I cannot believe it.

This year has been filled with highs and lows, as the years typically are. I’d say we had more highs than lows this year and looking through the pictures reassured me of one thing: we are SOOO VERY blessed.

Here’s a look back at our year! Some are special memories. Some are just favorites photos!




In February, Reed was baptized. It was a special day for him and for our family! IMG_7620IMG_7619 February was also a difficult month, as my grandpa passed away. Not only was it sad losing him, but it was sad for me to lose my first grandparent. I’m blessed to have my grandparents in my life and it was definitely a hard experience.

MarchIMG_7623 IMG_7621

AprilIMG_7624 IMG_7628

Zach celebrated his 29th birthday!!!IMG_7629



In June, Ava started gymnastics. She REALLY enjoys going to class each week and has learned so much in her short time taking it. She started out at one gym, and we’ve since switched and she continues to do well!IMG_7654


In July, Ava took a week long dance class to see how she would like it. She enjoyed it as well and takes classes at a small studio that we really love!IMG_7632  IMG_7631 IMG_7633



Ava on her 1st day of school!IMG_7634

I celebrated my 29th birthday! Bring on my 30s, 2013!! IMG_7635



Ava turned FOUR!!!!!!IMG_7638IMG_7639  


  Reed turned ONE!!!!!!IMG_7643

Zach and I had our first weekend of multiple nights away!!! It was AMAZING!IMG_7644 IMG_7645


Ava had her first dance recital! IMG_7646IMG_7647 IMG_7648 Zach and I celebrated six years of marriage!!!!!IMG_7649

DecemberIMG_7642IMG_7650IMG_7640    IMG_7651 IMG_7652 IMG_7641

2012 was a year full of joy, trials, and learning. I’m really excited to see what awaits us in 2013. While I’d like it to all be happy, I welcome whatever comes our way as that’s the story of our lives. Hope you’ll come along for the ride!

So let your heart hold fast, for this soon shall pass.” – Fort Atlantic

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

Before I get too far behind, I wanted to share the memories of our Christmas! I will admit I didn’t take as many pictures as normal just because there were some moments it was all i could do to get through it. I wouldn’t recommend having surgery the week before Christmas. Just sayin.

Our first Christmas was the Sunday before when we celebrated with my family. This was when those who could come, were here so we celebrated early. Dad cooked a wonderful meal and afterwards, the kids finally got to tear into their presents.IMG_1380 As Ava saw what her first gift was, I thought she was going to cry she was so excited. She screamed in excitement and kept saying “it was just what I very wanted!” The best though was when she opened something in a box and she said in the most mundane voice ever “it’s a box.”. ha! Glad we got that one on video!IMG_1383

Modeling her Cuddle-uppet later that night!IMG_7490

One thing I want to remember about this Christmas is that when Reed would walk past the Christmas tree, or when we’d see Christmas lights out driving, he’d stop and say “ooooooo-oooooooooh!” in two different octaves! SO cute! I don’t know if we ever caught it on video but here he was saying it and you can see his mouth in an O! IMG_7492

On Christmas Eve morning, Ava and I got to work making cookies for Santa! IMG_7501

We got ready to head to church and had to be there early because Ava was an angel! About 1:30, she told me she didn’t want to do it (which I fully anticipated). We talked about it and she told me she would try to be brave! :) Here are some shots of them in their matching outfits before we left! IMG_7523IMG_1400 IMG_1402 

During our Christmas Eve service, the Christmas story is told with and the children participate in the telling of the story. Here’s our little angel walking in!

IMG_1416 {ADORE} this picture of her!IMG_1417

I was so proud of her for doing this and overcoming her fear!!!!!!!! After church, we headed to my Grandma’s house for the celebration with my mom’s family. Lots of people, lots of food, and lots of fun. I never see Ava when we are there because she is playing with my cousins non-stop. Ava was ready to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus!IMG_7532

We got the kids home, and even though it was late, they were both very happy and in very good moods!!!

Ready for a visit from Santa!IMG_7547

Santa came to visit!!!IMG_7556

Ava’s big gift was a Barbie jeep! I didn’t want her to wake up and see it without us being there, and I didn’t want her to not open her other gifts, so since we have a wide foyer, I thought it’d be fun to put it in there, and then put wrapping paper in the doorway and make her tear through it!IMG_7555

The kids slept until almost 7:00. I was changing Reed’s diaper when Ava popped out of her room and asked if Santa had come. She ran to the living room and was so excited to see he had visited! She saw the doorway and said “WHOA! That’s a BIG present!” i told her that it was for her and she said “I CAN’T BELIEVE…… IT.” ha! She was SO excited!


Reed is obsessed with our broom. He’ll go to the utility room and pull it out and try to sweep, so Santa brought him his own sized broom. He LOVES it!!!!!  IMG_1452 And sometimes you just gotta go in all the way!IMG_1468IMG_1469


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Ava was excited for her car! Funny story: She got out after a while and Reed slid himself over to the driver’s side. Then he wouldn’t budge. IMG_7568 It was a cold, rainy (at that point) morning, but when it stopped raining for a minute, we let Ava take a test drive. She didn’t last long though because it was way too cold!IMG_7570

We went back to my Grandma’s for Christmas lunch. Ava was ready to go in her new shirt and headband! I’m gonna need her to STOP growing. Cannot believe how old she looks here!!!!IMG_7575 

That afternoon, it started snowing!!!!! Ava had been waiting on it and was super excited, and Reed thought it was pretty cool too!!!


We ended up getting a pretty good little snowstorm! I never experienced a white Christmas until I was 26 years old! Ava has had two in her four years and Reed has had one. Both of their 2nd Christmases were white which is pretty cool! IMG_7583 IMG_7584 IMG_7587

We had a lovely Christmas. We still have one more Christmas too, with Zach’s family. We’d planned on celebrating with them this weekend, but the day after Christmas found Zach sick as mentioned previously. Thursday we ended up at the doctor with Ava, who just has a bad cold, and maybe a touch of croup. Everyone here just feels puny. Instead of sharing our germs, we’re just going to wait and visit when we are all feeling better! I’m using these days to rest!!! Going back to work this week was really hard on my physically and it has exhausted me. I’m ready to be at 100% again! It feels good to have this documented! Whew!

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