Saturday, December 31, 2011

Reflecting on 2011...

I knew this post would take me a bit to write but I really wanted to reflect on 2011. We have come so far and made so many memories I knew it would be fun to look back at special moments. Throughout 2011 we continued to experience a lot of "first" with Wyatt...which meant a lot of "firsts" without Ryder. This year Mark and I have grown so much personally and as a couple. We have been through things and emotions some people will never have to experience. We know God has a plan for our lives...we continue to turn to him daily and thank him for the blessings he gives us. We know his mercies are new every morning.

I don't want this post to be picture overload...just a recap of 2011. LOL! We shall see:

Mark and I celebrated 3 years of marriage.
We got lots of snow in January. We celebrated lots of family b-days too! Wyatt turned 8 months old. This picture makes him look chunky, I don't think I remember those fat little cheeks. ;)

 Wyatt was crawling all around by Feb. His cousins brought him a special gift back from Disney.
 He celebrated his first V-day too! 
 We went lots of fun places with his cousins...including the Zoo! 
Wyatt also painted a masterpiece for Paw Paw. It was a birdhouse for his b-day. ;) 

 Wyatt was super mobile and getting into everything, including the dogs water bowl. 
 We surprised Uncle Billy for his b-day! 
 Hung out at Maw Maw and Paw Paw's for dinner.
And continued to LOVE The Little Gym! 

 Wyatt took swimming lessons and LOVED the water! 
We left for Disney World on Easter. (despite a tornado closing the St.Louis airport) 
We spent our family vacation in Disney World for the first week of May. 

It was much needed family time! 
May was also a big month for us. We celebrated Wyatt's first b-day. 
 Wyatt's 1st birthday was celebrated with a carnival theme...we did it up big! ;) He is so blessed and was such a trooper for his big day! 
 We also took time to remember Ryder. We spent the boys actual b-day together as a family. 

We spent lots of time by the pool.

 Aunt Lisa gave Wyatt his first haircut...
 We also saw Cars2 on opening day. It was a hit and currently (Dec. 2011) he watches it at least 2-4 times a day! 
 Wyatt celebrated his second 4th of July...we swam, just like the year before! 
Mark and I had a date night with friends. ;)
We also had a special visit from cousins from AZ we don't get to see very often. 
AND.....we made the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!! 

We celebrated my 26th B-day. 
We also spent time at the splash park in Cape. Eesie's treat ;)
Maw Maw and Paw Paw also took us on a trip to Indy...
Mark was in a friend's wedding...
 Wyatt started a MDO program...
 We went to the GRAND opening of the Disney store...
We went to watch my brother participate in the SEMO Fair demo derby for the second year. 

 We continued to prepare for baby's arrival. (with the help of Wyatt)
Paw Paw and Poppie both ran a 1/2 marathon in STL.
 We went to Sam A. Baker State Park with family...always a good time! 

 Wyatt dressed as Mickey for Halloween and hated it! LOL! 
We celebrated Daddy's 27th b-day. We also spent Thanksgiving with family...
We also found out we were going to be having a baby GIRL!!!! 
We were really busy (who wasn't right?!?!) but still celebrated Christmas with family. We talked about the real reason for Christmas, attended a b-day party with Jesus, and visited Santa too! 

2011 was such a great year. We made so many memories together as a family and with family. Words can't describe how blessed we are. We look forward to 2012 and the blessings that are in store! 

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