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2018 in Review

I’ve said for a long time that I don’t really like New Year’s.  I realized that I don’t especially like going out on New Year’s Eve but I LOVE the New Year.  I love thinking of exciting and fresh goals for the year and so far this year I have particularly enjoyed looking back on 2018.  It wasn’t necessarily a significant year for me “goal-wise” but  I did grow and give birth to a third human, so there’s that.  This year will definitely go down in the books as a big one for us.  The year four suttons became five.  Maggie learned to swim and spell her name.  Jackson played basketball and had not one but two casts!  We played in the snow, hiked in the mountains, swam in the ocean, played at the Y, went to parks, painted, read, went to the library, played with our neighbors.  It was a year of baby prep and baby cuddles.

Can’t wait to see how these three grow and surprise us in 2019.

January

Our first glimpse of Baby #3.

 

We enjoyed some snow

February

Maggie and Jackson found out they were having a baby SISTER!

Jackson finished his first basketball season

March

We found out we were having a girl!

 

April

Baby Grew

 

We went to the mountains for spring break with the Craigs and Cormiers.  Our longest trip to the mountain house so far and we had a blast.  We even went to Grandfather Mtn.

Jean’s birthday celebration at the Durham Bulls

May

Mother’s Day

Jackson got his cast taken off!

Father/son backyard Campout

 

 

June

Finished 2nd Grade!

The beach!

July

I celebrated my 33rd birthday when I was 30 weeks pregnant with my 3rd baby!

Baby girl kept growing

Summer fun with the cousins

We got some culture at the art museum

August

Jackson flew to Louisiana with Jean and the cousins!

Last (of many) pool days

Maggie became a ballerina for a day


3rd Grade!

And…..a broken arm

September

Baby Willa arrived at last!

Hurricane sleepover in Durham

October

Daddy’s birthday with all 3 kids!

Maggie Grace turned 4!

Baby Smiles

Jackson got his cast off and learned to change a diaper!

Willa’s Sip N See

Halloween

November

Our boy turned 9!

Willa give us a scare

Thanksgiving in Goldsboro

December

Snow! (and lots of sleet and rain)

 

Christmas!

 

New Year’s Eve Charcuterie and Coloring (and bedtime by 9:30!)

Holiday fun so far

We had a really nice Thanksgiving as a family of 5 (that’s still crazy!)

 

Christmas Tree Farm 2018

Jackson and Maggie were more interested in the s’mores and playing hide and seek amongst the rows of trees than picking out the tree, but we got our first tree as a family of 5 (!).  It smells delightful and I have the perfect view from my favorite spot on the couch.

 

Tree Farm 2017

I think sometimes I don’t live up to my own expectations for what traditions “should” look like in our family or that we don’t have enough but I think I may be wrong about that.  We do have more traditions than I probably even realize.  One of the Christmas traditions is getting our tree at the farm across the street from our neighborhood.  Its a sweet place and I love how excited Jackson and Maggie are to visit.  We went last night and it was just beautiful.

 

 

 

 

Fire pit with s’mores!

 

 

PS When did Jackson get so tall?!

Merry everything 

I’m working on a “year in review” post but in the meantime, here are some Holiday photos. Every year I find myself thinking about how I can plan, organize, and do more, but I think that’s just the nature of being a mom at Christmas time! December included track out for Jackson, multiple illnesses for almost all of us, Play dates, advent, trips to the library, museum visits, baking, Christmas movies, crafting, too much screen time, slow mornings, book reading, Christmas music, and way too many treats! We have been merry and yes, tired and short on patience at times, but I’m so thankful for Jesus and family and Christmas!

Thanksgiving 2016

Well, thanksgiving looked a little different this year. Maggie girl was sick so the girls stayed home while the boys went to meme and gdad’s house. I don’t think I’ve ever missed a thanksgiving. Regardless, it was a nice, relaxed morning  with beautiful weather, parade watching, cinnamon rolls, pie, and lots if coffee and cuddles. 

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