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Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in Review

On January 10th, we welcomed our sweet 3rd little babe, Miss Alexis. I can't believe we are already about to celebrate her first birthday in less than two weeks!  We spent January adjusting to being a family of 3 and our new normal. I also dabbled in some newborn photography and enjoyed having a little model to play with - round 1 and round 2

Abby experienced her first school Valentine's party this year and enjoyed giving and receiving Valentine's from all her friends at school. Alexis celebrated her first Valentine's and first Holiday. We spent a cold day off from school checking out the trampoline park near Austin and had lots of fun running off some of the kids extra energy! 
In March, winter is over for the most part in Texas and we spent more time outside. The kids love looking for worms and other bugs in the yard. They even found an itty bitty snake. Eeek! We got a decent amount of rain before the bluebonnets  started coming up so we had wonderful full fields of them. This is my favorite time of year to do family pictures in the lovely bluebonnet fields. We were definitely starting to get into a good routine with 3 kids by March and I made a little pinterest inspired canvas for above Lexie's crib. I just love her little teeny tiny footprints. I did want to crowd the canvas and since I didn't do it when she was really itty bitty, I ended up going with her 2 month prints, her 6 month prints and will do her 12 month prints to finish it off.  

April brought several Easter egg hunts - one at our Church and one put on by another local Church at our gym field that was huge and complete with a helicopter egg drop. We also enjoyed the new tradition of cascarones that we've learned since living in San Antonio.  April also brought Fiesta - a big local celebration. Reminds me of a somewhat mild Mardi Gras - a week long (ish?) celebration with lots of different events and parades. Abby's school put on a Fiesta float parade where they decorated floats out of shoe boxes. Lexie also mastered rolling from her belly to her back this month.

Micah turned 3 on May 5th and had a blast at his shark party. Aquatica at Sea World opened and Abby, Lexie and I got to go check it out the very first night. We celebrated Memorial day with some pool time and grilling out. Abby finished kindergarden - summer was officially started!  

Gigi and Pops invited us to go to Lake Conroe with them and play on the boat in the lake and just relax. We had a good little getaway. Abby and Micah especially loved fishing and catching their first fishes. (Whoops - Lexie's picture should be under July - she tried her first foods after she turned 6 months old) 

We did two vacation Bible schools this year. I worked for both of them. During the early childhood -Sun Surf VBS (2-outgoing first) I worked the nursery while the kids attended. Then during the 'big kid' VBS (incoming first - 5th) they had a whole Babylon village set up. It was so cool to see. Everyone was in costume down to the little babes. We did a mini-VBS for the babies-kinder for the children of those teaching the bigger kids so I ran a jewelry shop there. The next day we hit the road and went to the beach in Destin with Gigi and Pops. While we were there Micah became fearless in the water and was jumping and swimming a fair ways on his own - a far cry from the little guy who didn't want to jump in without holding both your hands before we left. 

Abby celebrated her 6th birthday on August 1st. We had a small family party compete with an alligator cake. School start back at the end of August and it was time for 1st grade for Abby. Before we knew it, football season was here and time to get decked out in purple and gold again. 

Before Aquatica closed for the year, we took in one last water park trip. We spent many a day (or rather  hours of a day) at Sea World over the summer. Over the summer I also got hooked up with the local blogging gals and we took a tour of the San Antonio food bank one morning. Abby had her second loose tooth and was very excited since she knew all about the tooth fairy after having lost her first tooth earlier in the summer. 

It was bike rodeo time at Abby's school. She wasn't brave enough or determined enough to want to ride her bike sans training wheels yet. She'd rather play with Micah than try to learn when we were trying so she rode with training wheels and did fine. We all went to cheer her on.  Lexie was unimpressed with the pumpkin patch when we took all 3 of them.  She warmed up to it when I took her back to model her pumpkin tutu costume though. Everyone had a pretty fun time trick or treating this year.

I took some adorable pictures of Alexis and Micah when we visited the Pearl Brewery for the first time. We were helping a friend with a balloon release for a sweet little girl who had passed away. We had a wonderful fun family day playing mini-golf and bumper boats. Micah got his first real "big boy" hair cut. He looks so much older with this style than the previous style he had. (Side note I also think he's almost due for another one already!)

We spent a fun morning at the art museum making art and seeing how they used the art from the museum in the Arte Kids series of books. My friend, Ashley, took our family photos for our Christmas cards this year. We also had fun visiting Santa this year and loved seeing my kids soak in the 'magic' of Christmas. We also read through an advent devotional/Bible story series from the Jesus Storybook Bible to really teach them the real meaning of Christmas and not just the 'fun' side.

What a year it's been. Full of watching Lexie grow from an itty bitty baby to almost walking, watching both Abby and Micah grow up. Full of trying to enjoy time spent together. Full of family. Full of love.

I'm linking with with Monica at Pixel Perfect. Her little man is very close to Micah's age and I love reading her blog. Head over there check out her beautiful photography and while you are there if you want link up your 2012 in review! 


Pixel Perfect said...

I have so enjoyed watching miss alexis grow up through instagram. You have a beautiful family. Thank you linking up!

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