I just love Dwija's year-in-review-photo-link-up, it is is just what my nostalgic, emotional and sentimental heart needs at the end of a year to really soak it all in. I remember doing this the year that Lucy was born and feeling like it was "Lucy's Year" and I feel the same way this year, it is definitely "The Year of Joseph", which is fitting because each new life is such a monumental blessing and impacts everything in such a life-changing way, and it never gets old now matter how many kids you have. So here we go, the Year-O-Joe, and other things too.
After finding out in December that we were expecting, we waited several weeks until we were into January to find out that everything was going well with our newest family addition. It was a wonderful, joyful day and set the stage for the rest of the month and the whole year.
2.my first solo weekend trip away for my dad's 60th birthday, what a good time it was.
Between starting to feel better, celebrating the 5th birthday of my first born, and my own birthday, AND THEN finding out about our first boy, March was a gooooood month.
Don't let that sun fool you, April was still miserably cold for a really long time, but Easter brought my parents, sunshine, and hope of coming warmth.
And then we went outside and stayed out there for a long, long time.
More summer fun and the tiniest, yet most exciting family vacation ever.
After plenty of complaining about being really pregnant, little Joseph let us know that he was not too happy in there either and came out to play.
Joseph Pio became a little Catholic and what a gloriously beautiful day it was, I honestly can't remember the rest of that month.
9.enjoying the fall, and enjoy it we did.
It's amazing how more than one child's birthday (I documented Bernadette's and Lucy's) in a month makes it a birthday month, and that is what October is for us- birthday month. We also made a trip to Steunbenville and my sister came to visit, many good times were had, but I am not going to lie, the realization that PPD was plaguing me really colored much of the month, though I only realize that in hindsight.
Our celebration of Saint Nicholas day was the most low-key it's ever been, but many great toys were gifted and much fun was had. I would blog about our Christmas travels but that would take more time and energy than are currently present, so we'll leave December at that.
Again, I just love the opportunity to look back at the year and use my blog to remember things that I have already forgotten, and to be grateful- hit up Dwija for some more fun years of pictures!