So here we go... a brief and happy look back at 2013.
January. Our oldest turned five. A bowling party, a family night at his favorite -- Pizza Hut. A new basketball. My budding 'baller.'
February. Finally some snow on the ground after a weird and relatively dry January.
March. Easter. And my baby turned three. A Curious George family party and no more diapers in our home.
April. Sweet, sweet spring arrived. This month was hard to pick just one picture... but our adventure to Wisconsin Dells and Kalahari Resort was memory-filled. There was the broken down bridge and the extra long journey to get there. There was Jaden becoming a thrill seeker on all the big attractions and his constant laugh and big eyes going down those fast water slides. There was Brandon and this carousel.
May. We lived this month outdoors. There was Mother's Day and s'mores in our yard and walks by the river. And there was this picture... my heart, soul and whole world wrapped up in that image of these two brothers.
July. A trip to the river in Dubuque, fireworks and petting zoos and parks and picnics. A 4th of July spent in our own backyard -- swimming, grilling, running through the sprinkler, eating melted ice cream cones... and sparklers.
August. A boy's first t-ball season. A week-long visit from Florida relatives. A first day of preschool and an emotional first day of kindergarten. A farewell to a summer that was so, so sweet.
September. Hello Fall. My favorite season allows me to cheat just once... I can't pick just one picture. A month of football and work travels and pumpkin smells and a last-minute weekend getaway to Des Moines. The zoo, a night of swimming at the hotel and a perfectly beautiful day at Adventureland. Brandon finally got to ride that Frog Hopper. This was a happy day.
And it was a special year. Though I'm sad to let it go, after looking back on all my hundreds (thousands) of pictures from 2013, I am eager to make new memories... take new pictures... and ring in 2014. Happy New Year to you all. Wishing you blessings, health, happiness... and many, many reasons to celebrate.
"Pay attention. Be astonished. And tell about it. The world didn't have to be beautiful. We can and should think about that beauty and be grateful."