2013: Our Best Year Yet

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Am I the only one in shock about how fast the year has gone by?  It has been one crazy wonderful year for us.

At the first of the year, I still looked like this, and we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of our son.  Can you believe that was only a little less than a year ago? It feels like it has been forever since I was having to carry that belly around!

It wasn't long though before we were celebrating the birth of our beautiful little boy.  What better way to begin a new year than with new life?

We have enjoyed a lot of firsts this year.  First snowfirst Easterfirst beach tripfirst trip to the zoofirst football gameapple and pumpkin pickin', first Halloweenfirst Thanksgiving, and first Christmas (post to come soon...I hope).  That is a lot of fun to pack into one year!

As crazy as it has sometimes been with a new little one, a new job for Corey, and all that comes with figuring out parenting for the first time, we have enjoyed every minute of this year.  I would not change a thing!

We are going to spend the last day of 2013 just the three of us.  I am going to get in every last snuggle, hug, and kiss I can this year from Cullen.  Then Corey and I are going to ring in the new year snuggled on the couch.  I can't imagine a better ending to this year and beginning to 2014.

I hope you are spending today reflecting on all the good 2013 has brought and thinking about what you want out of 2014.  I don't usually make resolutions, but I will be back tomorrow with some plans for the new year. 

Eleven Months

Saturday, December 28, 2013
As I mentioned yesterday things have been a little crazy around here lately, so at almost two weeks late, I figured it was time to update you on this little eleven month old we have cruising around.

Some stats for this month:  

Right at eleven months, Cullen weighed about 25 1/2 pounds.  Not sure about height...I didn't even attempt that this month.

Cullen has five teeth and two more that are going to pop through any minute.  

Saying 'Mama', 'Dada', 'hey' and 'no'.  My mom swears she has heard him say 'GiGi'.  

This is more of a development in the past week, but Cullen is taking a few steps.  Usually just one or two then he decides crawling is easier, but he is definitely on the verge of walking.  For a little while now, he has been standing on his own.  It's funny when he is standing and you can see him trying to decide if he wants to take a step or sit and crawl.  Such tough decisions for a such a little boy.

Sorry this has been so short, but we have a lot going on with cleaning up after Christmas and planning a first birthday party! (Which I am super excited and sad about at the same time!)  So I will leave you with two more pictures of our big boy, and I am off to shop for party supplies. 

Side note, does everyone else have such a hard time getting their little one to sit still for more than two seconds? Getting a good picture of him is hard work!

Christmas Pictures

Friday, December 27, 2013
The past couple of weeks have been absolutely crazy!  So bear with me as I catch up on some things I wanted to share with you.  Over the next few days I'm hoping to share some of our Christmas Pictures, what Cullen got for Christmas, Cullen's 11 month update (only a couple weeks late), and some plans for 2014.  Let's get started...

You have already seen the pictures we used on our Christmas card.  But, I wanted to share a few of the other pictures we took that day.  Last year, we used maternity pictures taken by an actual photographer for our Christmas card.  This year, I decided we would attempt this on our own. So, armed with a tripod, wireless shutter release, and a few props, Corey, Cullen and I headed to a little field in our neighborhood to capture a few festive photos.

I think we did pretty well.  I took about 200 pictures and only a few had everyone in focus with happy faces, but we had fun and I love any chance to practice my amateur photography skills.

While these are far from perfect, I am pretty happy with the results and can't wait to frame a few! 

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
We have a full day today starting with seeing what Santa brought Cullen, opening presents, visiting my family for lunch and Corey's family after that.  But I wanted to take a quick minute to wish you a Merry Christmas.

I hope you are spending time surrounded by loved ones and enjoying all the JOY that this day brings.  And while presents are fun to give and get, remember the best gift anyone could ever get: the love God showed us by sending his Son to become out Savior.

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!

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