Saying good bye to a year is hard. Especially one that was so packed full of one-time memories as 2011 was for us. Fourth child, first smile, first words, first steps… teenage tests and two big kids in glasses and braces at once.
Life took center stage as we went from each moment to the next without catching a breath. 2011 was a marathon. We didn’t finish first, but we didn’t come in last, either.
Forgive me if I go on and on with the photos. These are a few of my favorites from the year:
My funny Viking. We cut his curls off after taking this photo for me to make Valentine cards with. Mama cried.
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We welcomed the littlest of our four in to the family. I had no idea how much laundry four kids would bring. I have yet to find the bottom of the basket.
The cilantro grew and grew and grew. Mama searched for her missing homeschool groove (letcha know when I find it) and #3 learned to get away with a lot more dirt while Daddy was on duty. #1 and #4 became good buds.
I became addicted to Instagram. Loved my snuggly mother’s day gift. The cat got used to having a fourth kid in the house… and the big kids played piano with Chickie.
Double trouble. Teens and toddlers are not the best combination for a mama’s sanity. However, these two are tight. Koko loves his Momo.
That was the photo that made me go on a diet. The one at the Apologia Lunch up there with the fat lady and the baby. And Texas was in the worst drought in U.S. History. Jenn and I took photos for the THSC convention together, too (Texas Homeschool Coalition) – and toured a bit of Texas. We took her to the Alamo. I finally tired out of Freddy’s burgers – where I had eaten nearly every week while pregnant with the Gladiator.
A brave new world – with a fully mobile child on all fours and pulling up. Sweet visits with friends.
The first rain in a loooong time.
Leavin’ on a jet plane! Morgan, the tiny guy and I – took a trip to the Relevant blog conference and visited Hershey Chocolate World.
Just being us. Oh, besides the oral surgery thing. We don’t usually get 10 teeth pulled in one visit… but unfortunately, Morgan did in November 2011. Poor thing.