2013 in 13 … Photo Recap

Hi everyone. I saw that this 2013 in 13 Photos shindig was still open (for 1 more day and a few hours), so I thought it would be a fun way to re-cap all the happenings since I last posted. Here goes nothing!

2012 had been a big crazy year for our family, and 2013 just kept it coming.  In the spring, we were getting used to life with a new little guy around. We decided that we like him and will keep him around. ;)

He started out being this funny little bear...

He started out being this funny little bear…

Then this was him in the summertime, getting into the cupboards...

Then this was him in the summertime, getting into the cupboards…

This kid loves climbing in the dishwasher. As soon as we open the thing, it's a mad dash to get out all the sharp objects before Paulie comes to "help" us out.

And now he’s THIS big! I can’t believe it. … Also, notice, he’s in the dishwasher. As soon as we open the thing, it’s always a mad dash to get out all the sharp objects before Paulie comes to “help” us out.

The other reason last spring was busy (besides life with littles) is that I was writing a graduate thesis. I took care of the kiddos all day, had family time when Alex got home in the evenings, and then kissed everyone goodbye  at bedtime. I filled up my coffee cup with espresso and headed to the Newman Center to work until the wee hours. It was crazy, but we did it. It all turned out just fine!

My wonderful professor, thesis director, and friend, Dr. Sean Innerst is next to me on the left. Alex is very proud of me, and the kids were mostly looking forward to graduation cake.

My wonderful professor, thesis director, and friend, Dr. Sean Innerst is next to me on the left. Alex is very proud of me, and the kids were mostly looking forward to graduation cake.

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Me and my Joshua, after graduation cake and a little trip to the church gift shop. He sweetly asked my mom to buy him that little crucifix as a present, and she happily obliged. That boy loves the cross!

After graduation in Denver, we hightailed it back to South Dakota where we had about 72 hours (not counting the day we went to a wedding) to pack up the whole house and hit the road, Jack. After just one brief school year in the SD, we were moving out of state again. I was a sobbing mess after we said goodbye to the students and even worse when we said goodbye to Fr. Scott.

The little yellow house that was our home in South Dakota

The little yellow house that was our home in South Dakota. Sometimes now when I’m homesick, I get confused about if I miss home in CO or home in SD.

The last night in the house, we all slept in sleeping bags on the living room floor. We got up before dawn and headed out on our next adventure… FOCUS training in Ave Maria, FL. Driving that far with 3 kids is a serious adventure. We take it easy, linger at rest stops, and give the kids plenty of opportunity to get their wiggles out. They have gotten to be amazingly good little travelers. We also make sure to eat real food along the way. {Side note: One of the best stops was the grilled cheese food truck in Nashville. I cant remember the name of it… hmm. I should Google that.  Anyway, we ate gourmet grilled cheese and drank amazing fresh strawberry peach fruit juice on the lawn while the kids ran around. Loved. It.}

This picture was not taken while we ate grilled cheese, well, because I was eating grilled cheese. It was, however, take  on a similar lovely kind of day.

This picture was not taken while we ate grilled cheese, well, because I was eating grilled cheese. It was, however, take on a similar lovely kind of day.

We meet a lot of really great people at summer training, but by far, I most love meeting all the religious sisters and priests who come out. How often do families these days get to spend time with religious sisters? I don’t think I even ever met a sister until I was in high school. (The ones i met back then were these sisters and, if you’re discerning religious life, they are awesome. Check them out.) At summer training, we meet lots of religious. Its wonderful.

My sweet girl loves sisters. She is very excited that they are married to Jesus and that they get to wear veils. Every day! :)

My sweet girl loves religious sisters. She is very excited that they are married to Jesus and that they get to wear veils. Every day! :)

After five weeks at Ave Maria, we trekked over to visit my family in San Angelo, TX. We had not been to visit in over a year and a half. There were whole new family members to meet! (Three of my four sisters had babies since we’d last seen them!) It was great to see everyone. Unfortunately, I don’t have any good pictures of the whole trip. Lame.

We spent the end of the summer in Denver, went to a wedding in North Dakota, and then moved to Nebraska the next day.

This is the view from our back deck. That's the parish practically in our yard! Its the best part about the new house, for sure.

This is the view from our back deck. That’s the parish practically in our yard! Its the best part about the new house, for sure.

My girl, helping me in the kitchen

My girl, helping me in the kitchen

My boy, mowing the lawn. He lived in the backyard from the day we moved in until Thanksgiving. He is looking forward to getting back out there in the spring.

My boy, mowing the lawn. He lived in the backyard from the day we moved in until Thanksgiving. He is looking forward to getting back out there in the spring.

John Paul likes to get into whatever the "big kids" are doing. This was moments before he attacked the paints and got stuck in his high chair. :)

John Paul likes to get into whatever the “big kids” are doing. This was moments before he attacked the paints and got stuck in his high chair. :)

It was a holly jolly Christmas.

It was a holly jolly Christmas.

After moving out-of-state twice within a year, and being on the road all summer, we were ready to get to our new home. Things have finally started to settle into a rhythm. Our days have gotten (more) consistent, yet still with all the surprises and excitement that family life brings.

We are looking forward to a great 2014 … as of the end of January- so far, so good!

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