Saturday, December 31, 2011

Adios 2011

I really like New Year's.  I like new beginnings...a fresh start...endless possibilities in a new year.  But I'm also sad to see 2011 end.  It was another big year for our family.  We've experienced births the last 2 years...and I'm pretty sure we won't be experiencing that in 2012.  In fact, Keith says he can guarantee it.  Ha!  I told him there are no guarantees in life.  ;)

But as the year closes I can't help but reflect back on how awesome 2011 was.

A few of my favorites memories include:
Watching Auburn win a National Championship.
Celebrating Sawyer turning 1.
Announcing Sawyer was going to be a big brother.
And finding out we were having a BOY!
Keith turned the big 30 and I threw him a surprise party.
Sawyer took his first trip to the beach.
Checking off our summer list.
Halloween with our two boys.
Our 1st hospital visit. (okay, this wasn't a favorite but a big event, none the less)

We were blessed with an amazing year. 

I know 2012 will be fantastic too! Already lots of exciting things in store. 2 trips home, someone turns 2 and a wedding ~ and that's just the first 4 months.  I'm looking forward to watching my boys grow and creating more memories with them.  So bring it on 2012!

Thought I would close out the year with some phone pics from the last month or so...

last week with our visitors

We had an awesome time last week with BeLLa, Kakai, Shan, Harp & Hen.  It was so nice to spend time with them and I am so thankful they made the drive out. I told them that they spoiled us and now they have to come back every year right after Christmas.

More gifts to open after they arrived!

These two little girls love their cousins.  They are so sweet ~ they mostly refer to them as their baby brothers instead of cousins.  Graham was like their real life baby doll.

Harp and I always make a cake when we are together.  This time we made cupcakes, cookies and brownies.  Got some use out of my new mixer.

I did have to go into work for a couple of hours and so Graham got a bottle.  Group effort.

He survived. Ha.

The weather was really nice so we spent some time outside playing.
These girls love swinging!

Kakai still has it.  Have you tried to go across monkey bars lately?
Well, it's really hard!

Sweet, precious babies!

We went bowling.  Hilarious!

Just hanging out, watching.

All Sawyer really cared about was watching the balls be returned.

It never got old!

And it was awesome getting to ring in the new year with some of my favorite people ever!

The best we could do....

Me and my boys.
Shan and her girls.

Funny firework story.
I thought it would be nice to shoot some fireworks so Keith picked us up some.  So, I round everybody up outside (Cooper included) and decide to shoot off a roman candle.  Big Mistake!  Cooper got so spooked he ran straight into the glass door (yes, I know dogs HATE fireworks....apparently I've completely lost my mind).  Sawyer started screaming and jumped in Shan's lap.  Harper and Henley didn't know what to do.  My mom was holding Graham in the sun room and he started screaming too.  Just go ahead and award me with Mom of the Year.

So, it was only sparklers from there on out.

And you can tell from Sawyer's face that he wasn't too sure about that either.

I got the best New Year's kisses from these 2.

Lots of fun in the bath tub all week long.  Baths are more fun with cousins.

A toast - sparkling grape juice, of course.

Some real bubbly for the big kids.

And some scratch offs...just for fun.

It was really a wonderful week.  I can't wait to see them all again when we go home in Feb. for Saw's birthday.