I haven’t take any pictures since Christmas!!! I am behind, or what? We’ve had so much fun since then, that I didn’t want to miss a moment- not even from behind a lens. We had Christmas Eve, Christmas, Family in town, our 2nd Anniversary, a Cousin’s wedding, New Years Eve at the Lake, Post-Christmas Shopping, and two babies born! Not to us- but one to my brother- Baby Jake, and one to two of our best friends- Baby Nolan! Holding Nolan for the first time I couldn’t believe how little he was and how light he felt! Either Sawyer weighed tons more (he didn’t), or my muscles have just gotten huge in the last seven months (definitely the latter). Babies are just such a happy, exciting thing, what a great way to start a new year.
We loved 2012; it was a journey into a totally new world: parenthood! Looking back:
I can’t believe the year is over, but I feel like it was a good year. You know how sometimes time sees like it flies by and you feel like you missed so much? This year I feel like I really took the time to enjoy everything and make the most of things. It’s a great feeling to have. Here’s to hoping 2013 goes just as well!
This year was Sawyer’s first Christmas, and our first year playing Santa. We LOVED it! Although, like many new families, we could have easily saved our money and just bought Sawyer wrapping paper and boxes instead of presents. He had quite the good time ripping things open and dumping them out of the boxes then playing with the paper. Luckily, he still hasn’t begun sticking everything in his mouth. He got very, very spoiled and we are so grateful for all of the clothes and toys and fun things we all got! I think his favorite present is a Little Tykes Swing. We hung it in our play room since it is so cold and we spent almost all day on Wednesday out there playing.
We had the most wonderful week filled with lots and lots of family, and lots and lots of food. Today we got to go to the Temple, my first time since having Sawyer and it was amazing. I love the peace and happiness that is felt when you enter the Temple. Prior to going on bed rest while pregnant, we went all the time, and I know having a baby changes everything, but that is one thing I hope to be able to do more often. Yes, getting a baby sitter is hard, but we’ll make it work!
Tomorrow, we have a wedding reception for these two:
I photographed their wedding back in November and tomorrow we’re gonna celebrate Georgia style!
My family has been going to the lake ever since I was a baby, and in the summer we practically live there. My parents have property there and in the winters we like to go and let the kids play in the lake bed and then we four wheel and eat and play all day. The kids love playing in the lake bed; I think their favorite part is searching for "treasure" (i.e.- all the things that fell off peoples boats and docks that year). I love how children find the beauty in everything they see.
Sawyer’s favorite part is riding the four wheelers. Here he is just playing on it for fun; when we go out, I put him in the Baby Bjorn facing me and he loves it.
At the end of the day we went tromping through the woods looking for a Christmas Tree. Usually we get one from a Christmas Tree farm, but this year decided it would be fun to go find one in the woods since we see them in the woods so often. It was a little harder than I thought it be, and the tree does look pretty funny now that it’s in our living room, but we love it. I’ll post pictures of it soon!
I heard something great the day other day, and have been thinking about it a lot lately. I was talking to someone at church about having babies, and she mentioned that it’s not the baby that makes everything crazy, it’s everything else. It’s so true isn’t it? Babies are such a wonderful happy thing, they bring so much joy! It is the business of life that brings the stress and rushing and craziness. Thinking about it has made me relax a little more and make sure I take the time to snuggle my little boy just a little longer and appreciate these days where he is still so small. The other day we waited three hours in the doctor’s office (I think they forgot us. When I went up to ask the nurse how much longer it be since there was no one else left in the waiting room, she looked really surprised and then rushed us back, where a few of the nurses were already heading out to lunch. Awkward…). A three hour wait in an office with a baby could be stressful,boring, long, but we really had fun. I let Sawyer play with the other babies if the momma’s were friendly, we played lots and lots of peek-a-boo and he had a good nap on my chest, which he hasn’t done in months. It was great! Our lesson in Sunday School last week was about gratitude and I think remembering to be grateful for everything really helped my attitude about everything this week, and gave me the chance to have a great, fun three hours of waiting rather than a boring, antsy wait. After all, how could I not be grateful to spend everyday with this cutie?