Saturday, December 31, 2016

Our Year [2016]

(Only a couple months behind!!!)


The highlights from this year: 
(links are provided throughout if you care to click on them to see more pictures)

In February, we celebrated my Mom's 60th birthday both with extended family/friends and with our immediate family. Both were fun and memorable!

In March, Noah and I joined my cousin and her two kids for a trip to Iowa It was a fun short getaway visiting my college roommate and her family. It was also special to have some one on one time with Noah.

In April, my parents gifted all of us to a very special trip to Mexico! It was in honor of their 40th wedding anniversary coming up in August. The boys will still ask at least every other week if we can go back to Mexico. 

In May, I had an extra special Mother's Day. That was the day I found out we would be adding another baby to the family! I am a very blessed mama. 

In June, we took a family vacation. This was a trip I was really looking forward to. We had picked a spot based off of availability of VRBO places in pretty spots that were affordable. We chose Elk Rapids, MI...and it was a very good choice. That is another vacation, the boys talk about frequently! Many special memories.

In July, we went to the Birky reunion in MN. Christian also got his tonsils removed. It was amazing how quickly he felt better and could breathe! Ben started working on some house projects...both our bathrooms getting completely redone, and he took off our current deck. (That has yet to be finished...hopefully next spring!)

In August, school resumed with Christian in 1st grade, Noah in preschool (2 mornings a week) and Ben teaching high school Spanish (I still work in LDR just prn). We also found out that we were adding not just a baby...but another baby brother! The excitement has grown as my belly does too!

 In November, Ben and I were able to have a weekend away prior to adding another member to our family. We went to Kansas City, and just enjoyed some non-parenting quiet moments :) 

December 1st was Ben's deadline he gave me that the bathrooms would be complete...which is glorious! Both the main bathroom and master bathroom turned out really nice. There ended up being a few other projects added to "just" redoing the bathrooms. All in which have been loved! (New carpet, new paint in a couple bedrooms, closets redone, new doors throughout the upstairs) He is very handy..but I think our "projects" in our own home are coming to an end (it is increasingly difficult the more children in the house!). 

And these three boys are a huge highlight to our lives::

Loves school, very social, enjoys learning (asks many questions!) and reading. He also loves to hear stories; personal ones from his Daddy and Grandpa and Bible stories. He has enjoyed playing soccer on a team this year, and likes to play outside most anytime he can. Summer is his favorite time of year as he can wear shorts, flip flops, and go SWIMMING! He is strong willed, a thinker, and sensitive. 

Loves books, coloring, puzzles, activity books, Magnets, and Legos building. He is quite the action and in how he talks. He is "shy" and will tell us that, much more reserved in public. He enjoys preschool, and retains ALOT of knowledge. He loves sea animals, all of them, but most of all whales. He is compassionate, funny (without trying), and a good helper for Daddy's projects.

Loves animals, action, books, trucks/tractors and doing anything he sees his big brothers doing. He is so ornery, and has the face to go with it. Its hard to stay frustrated with him, when he follows up his actions with hugs, kisses and his eyes that can melt your heart. His vocabulary is ever growing, and he can communicate very well. He says "me" before everything pertaining to himself, which is sometimes quite hilarious. He is full of spunk, sass, and makes us laugh alot.

We are very blessed. Thankful for what 2016 brought, and definitely looking forward to what is in store for 2017!

(almost 37 weeks)

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