2014 was a really good year for our family. Joey grew and changed so, so much and it was truly a joy to watch him. He is funny and incredibly talkative, and he's got this goofy, sweet personality that I adore. While each new age and phase comes with a new parenting challenge for Chris and me to tackle, it also comes with a new reward—like hearing him say "no, thank you" and "excuse me" without being prompted the other day, or listening to him sing "Deck the Halls" 800 times in a row from the backseat.
I found out in May that I am pregnant, and we have been eagerly awaiting the baby's arrival all year. (2 more weeks!) Can I be honest, though? This pregnancy has been hard for me. Aside from some physical challenges (oh hey, gestational diabetes. Didn't miss you at all!), I have experienced a lot of mental/emotional challenges as well. I guess we'll blame it on hormones, but it's certainly been worse than what I remember with Joey. I've spent a lot of time being sad for no particular reason and allowing my worst emotional impulses to take over. It hasn't been like that the whole time, but there have been some rough stretches in the last few months. I am relieved to be so near the finish line of this pregnancy. I am incredibly grateful to Chris, who has supported me completely through all of this. I've found myself depending on his emotional support in a way I never quite have before, and while I didn't enjoy the experience, I know it has strengthened our relationship and I am glad of that.
Overall, though, it's been a year with more pluses than minuses. I spent about three days last week going through all of our photos from the year and it was so fun to look back and see how much has happened in the last 12 months. I pulled just a few of my favorites to post.
Last winter was harsh and a bit miserable. So far this winter is not. (Hurray!)
My parents came to visit, and I love seeing them with Joey. Grandparents are the best.
This was at one of Chris's dress rehearsals we went to back in May. If Chris is wearing a hat, Joey wants to wear that hat.
Easter! I sewed Joey's little vest and pants. They were a bit small but the outfit was adorable and I'll probably try to do a better-fitting version of the same next year.
Our little artiste.
We celebrated 4 years of marriage!
Our Christmas card photo!
At my parents' house in Florida. Both my sisters, one of their boyfriends, and my parents. All together. It was an awesome week.
The awesome holiday exhibit at the National Botanic Gardens. They have plant-based models of all the major monuments on display—very cool!
2014 was great, but I'm happy to say goodbye and move on to 2015!