Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 in 12 photos

I'm joining Bobbi over at Revolution of Love for a year in review link-up.  I am a rather nostalgic person so I love these kinds of posts. 2015 was a good year. It was crazy, but good. So here goes!

My word for 2015 was "less". The goal was to simplify, get by with less, be satisfied with less. Did I succeed? Well, I saw less of my husband (PA school) and we have less money (also PA school), so yeah. We'll call that a win.

Also in January, we got Johnny out of our bed and into his own.  This was a much needed transition, and the 20 months of co-sleeping that lead up to it may have changed my views on attachment parenting just a little bit. 

Alex turned 30 in February. Then lent started and we gave up TV. That combined with my no-sugar January made it a very sad winter. 

March held a pregnancy announcement! Then I spent the rest of the month on the couch battling morning sickness with the frozen mac'n'cheese from Trader Joe's while Johnny demolished the house and wondering if maybe we were just a little bit crazy for having another baby. 

I had jury duty in April.  It was not. fun. I hope you never have to do it. We also start to see some progress with Johnny's speech therapy that month.  Way more fun than jury duty. 

May was a big month for us.  We had a gender reveal, Johnny turned two, and Alex had his last day of work at a company he's been with for 13 years. Johnny weaned for good, and I got all emotional. Seasons ending and other seasons beginning.

June brought some major sleep issues which forced us to cry it out with Johnny.  It was really hard for me to do but turned out to be one of the best parenting decisions we have ever made. Alex started his PA program and the transition was hard. Being a stay-at-home mom became ever harder, and I realized my need for a "village" more than ever before.

July was hot and Alex studied a lot.  I got real up close and personal with solo parenting. And this post got more views than my entire blog gets in a month thanks for Jenny sharing it on her FB page.  I'm still like, whoa! 

I turned 29 in August, and had a mini crisis about being in the last year of my twenties. Alex had three glorious weeks of break during which we went to Chicago, visited the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, and got a bunch of house projects done. 

In September I was large and uncomfortable.  Alex started his fall semester and I did a lot of knitting, packed my hospital bag, and tried to get some good birthing vibes going. 

October. Let's see, what happened that month.  Oh yeah. I HAD A BABY! The four days between her due date and birth date were the longest days of my life.  But then our Trixie was born.

I spent most of November trying to find matching jammies for my kids on Kidizen.  Just kidding.  Kind of. Actually, November was a hard month of infant, toddler and husband-in-grad-school all thrown together. But I have been working on offering up my own sufferings for those who are really in need.  

And then December.  Family pictures for Christmas cards. Trixie turned two months. I'm still feeling quite postpartum.  But Alex is on break and we have been enjoying Christmas with our two babies.

I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas and that 2015 has left you with many sweet memories.  Here's to a great 2016!


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  1. Love to see these 'year in review' series in photos! It's incredible to look back and see how much a family has been through over the course of a year. Happy 2016, Anna!

  2. This post actually made me tear up. It was so beautiful. It looks like you had a lovely (and at times trying) year but you guys made it work. Such a beautiful witness. Thanks for sharing and for linking up! Happy 2016. :-)


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