2013 was quite the year for us. Just after the first of the year, we welcomed our sweet baby boy and it has been an adventure keeping up with him and living R.Simple Life for the last 12 months. Somehow (don’t ask me how) I picked 100 of my favorite pictures from the year, and I’m more than a little teary eyed looking back at them. Isn’t amazing how looking back can remind you just how lucky you are? Let’s dive in… and I’ll include a few highlights from the year as we go.
January 9, 2013. Owen Harold III, or Harry, was born. Probably the best day ever. Those first few hours with this little boy are some I will treasure forever, and it’s just getting better day in and day out. Entering the world of parenting is where I have found myself. It’s like I was made to be this little boy’s Mama.
In July we celebrated our fourth year of marriage (has it really been that long?!) in good, old Michigan. It was so wonderful to be around fireflies and bonfires, wearing sweatshirts after the sun sank below the horizon and spending so much time with family. The trip was our big family vacation for the year and also marked Harry’s first (and second, third, and fourth) plane ride.
In September, my hard drive crashed, taking all of my pictures with it. Luckily I had been documenting Harry’s first year of life on this here blog as well as good, ol’ Instagram, but we definitely lost a few gems. This crappy moment started what I like to think of as the “Woe is Me” phase of the year – after Jon left and everything seemed to be falling apart (it was – my wall was leaking, my car broke, my other car broke, air conditioner took a break, etc. etc.). It took some positive thinking but I passed the phase and back to reality… even if it was a bit different without J.
As many of you know, we’ve been dealing with a deployment these last five or so months. Harry and I have been holding down the fort here, going for lots of walks, and traveling a whole lot. Thanksgiving brought Michigan and Christmas brought Montana. Every day is filled with things I never want to forget, and I’m loving this adventure that is called life.
2014 is gearing up to be a very exciting year for us, but more on that later. Right now I’m working on making a teepee, planning a first birthday party, and getting ready for a homecoming like one I’ve never experienced before (side note, who wants to come babysit Harry so I can get my hair cut???). Thank you all for your love and support, and here is to a happy and healthy 2014!