Reflections on 2016

Jan 1, 2017 | Uncategorized

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Knowing that 2016 is coming to an end is a bit bittersweet. 2016 has been so good to my little family! Sophie and Addie are becoming independent yet Beckett needs me more than ever! Yesterday, we were at a restaurant… I was walking Addie to the bathroom. {she has a bladder the size of a pea…LITERALLY!} I was walking in the stall with her, as I usually do, and she stopped me… She let me know that I should just wait by the sink. So… I waited by the sink, holding back my tears. I know my girls are growing up.  They need me a little less, and that is a good thing! On the other hand, Beckett needs me every second. The diapers, the baths, the meals, the snacks…. And his little hands are always reaching up toward me! So… I just pick him up and hold him as much as he wants. I know in a few short years he will need me a little less, too!

This year I have found myself clinging to moments.  I literally close my eyes and try to remember their expressions or the touch of their faces. Time goes by so fast and I’ve learned the importance of treasuring each moment.

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2016 had a crazy beginning…. I came back from maternity leave and it was a STRUGGLE! Life was a bit of a mess… Managing three kids was a game changer!! My classroom was a mess, too! Literally a mess! Thank goodness it only took me a few weeks to get things under control!

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This picture cracks me up…  Addie wearing Sophie’s old Christmas outfit in February! Before I had kids I just knew I was going to be that mom… The mom who dressed her kids in Gap and JCrew… Well, life came along and I realized that I just don’t care. They can wear whatever they want!

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They can even wear bathing suits in the house (In February)and pretend to be babies! I think that probably had something to do with us having a new baby in the house!

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This summer I got to go to the TpT conference in Orlando.  I had a blast and met so many great people!

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I flew in on a Saturday and flew right back out that evening for our family vacation!

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Sophie started kindergarten…

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I began my 12th year of teaching… YIKES! I feel like it should be my sixth year… not my 12th. And YES, we do like to dance on the tables… A LOT!!

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I got a new logo design for my business…

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I got to go on my first field trip… AS A PARENT!!!

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Beckett turned ONE!!

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Gosh… He sure does love his papaw… My husband and his dad are building a sunroom on our house… Beckett has spent a lot of time following those two around…

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Halloween came…

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We forgot to get Beckett a costume… {That’s what happens when you have three kids… you start forgetting things} Daniel made a quick trip to Kroger and Batman pajamas saved the day.  They were too small so we had to cut the feet out of them!!

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Then it was Christmas and we made cookies, decorated gingerbread houses, made a lot of ornaments…

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And just made a big mess!!!img_5205

We got to meet some elves…

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We spent a lot of time with family…

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We made a lot of messes at their houses, too…. ha!

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And there you have it…. BRING ON 2017!!!

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