Happy New Year!
We had some fun plans to ring in the New Year with dinner and games at a neighbors house but a darn fever and stuffy nose for Liam kept us at home. Instead we laid low with extra snuggles during the day and shared some pizza delivery for dinner. Once Liam was asleep, I had a date at home with my favorite guy watching the movie New Year's Eve, sharing some chocolate dipped strawberries, and stealing a kiss under the mistletoe about an hour shy of midnight because let's be honest, this gal rarely stays up that late anymore.
Another year full of some of my most favorite memories came to an end. I wanted to share a quick look back at some of those memories during the last 365 days ...
January - I savored the first couple of weeks with three month old Liam in my arms before heading back to work at the end of my maternity leave. Liam was just starting to smile and giggle then and it broke my heart to leave him!
February - Right after the excitement of Liam learning to roll over ... we experienced our second house flood in our brand new home. Our dishwasher hose blew off the valve in the middle of the night causing a flood in the kitchen, half the living room, the hallway, the guest bedroom, the laundry room closet, and rained down into the basement. It led to a month long reconstruction of our kitchen and so many days spent either living in my mother-in-law's basement or huddled up all three of us in our master bedroom because it was the only room in the house untouched by it all. (This is starting to sound like a very depressing beginning to this year but I promise it gets SO much better!)
March - In the midst of the house flood, my grandma and mom came to visit during Spring Break. We spent a lot of time enjoying their company at their hotel. It was fun to have visitors and even better to have a week off from work with Liam!
April - We came off the high of Spring Break and back to reality for what felt like the long 6 week push to the end of the school year.
May - This was a big month!! We celebrated Easter weekend with our little bunny. I celebrated my first Mother's Day and took Liam on his first swing ride, I finished my second year of teaching, packed up my classroom, and became a stay at home mom! We went out to Texas Roadhouse to celebrate and Nic surprised me with several days off from work in a row to enjoy the start of summer as a family! Nic and I shared our 4th Anniversary this month!
June & July - Summer! We went on an evening walk as a family almost every single day. Liam spent the days "swimming" in his duck pool and eating endless amounts of blueberries! haha We squeezed in a day trip to Salt Lake to visit the infamous IKEA.
August - Our family took a trip to Seattle & Mount Vernon, Washington to visit extended family. I had so much fun introducing my boys to family they haven't met before at our reunion and showing Nic the city I spent a lot of time experiencing as a child. We made new memories together going to the Seattle Aquarium and eating at Ivar's (yum!). When we got back home, Liam got his first haircut because he was starting to look like a ragamuffin, it grows so fast! AND, we finished landscaping our yard, yay!
September - Liam was officially walking and was rewarded with his first pair of Nike's! haha Our family spent Labor Day at the fair eating our weight in corn dogs and riding a rocking horse. We finally got a chance to visit the new Wellness Complex that was built in our town complete with a swimming beach, our favorite part!
October - We celebrated Liam's first birthday and gave him a Where the Wild Things Are party! I still can't believe I have a one year old! We dressed up as a family for Halloween as a lion, a tiger, and a bear ... OH MY! ;)
December - The days were filled with as much holiday cheer as possible! We baked Christmas treats, watched The Grinch on repeat, and enjoyed focusing more on our Savior. We took Liam to see Santa for the first time and were not surprised when his reaction was totally neutral. haha We played in the snow several times throughout the month of December but the snow was too powdery for snowman building. I finally had our family pictures taken and love how they turned out even though I can't seem to replace the ones of newborn Liam hanging on our wall. We celebrated an early Christmas with my family in Boise, We had the best Christmas yet sledding and enjoying Christmas morning at home making new traditions. We soaked up every last ounce of joy that filled the room as Liam played with his new toys on Christmas morning.
Can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for our family! Cheers you guys! XO