2017 ~ an (almost) 12 photo recap

My year in a nutshell… well… I don’t know if I can put it in a nutshell. It was equally forgettable (and maybe a lot just flat out not remembered – thanks pregnancy!) and awesome. So, without further ado…

January

Karl turned 5. We found out about baby #6. And according to the pictures on my phone we had many days of snow and playing outside in it.

February

Dragged down by morning sickness, more snow, and a random warm spell in the middle of winter break hence the park meet up with the cousins.

March

Nicholas turned one and Jared had a birthday as well. Spring started to appear a tiny bit. And I have no recollection of anything else major that happened, although I must have started feeling a bit better from pregnancy sickness.

April

More outside time, spring popping out in earnest. Kids planted trees with their Papa and also did a work day at the library in honor of earth day. That day was cold and rainy. I do remember that much.

May

We planted our garden, Katherine had her annual cardiologist appointment (all was good!).. the highlight was (for me) Katherine making her first communion (the post is a few back if you’d like to see more photos). We also found out baby #6 was also boy #5, and my brother joined the Church! A busy month!

June

The kids discovered driveway soccer, we began work on our porch (it’s still not done), we had a heat wave, our strawberries got ripe (about the only thing that grew in our garden this year) and Katherine had her first ballet recital.

July

My parents took the kids for am overnight, Jared and I went out for breakfast, and Nicki really started showing us what kind of mischief he was capable of.

August

Started school 3rd grade for Katherine, combo 1st/2nd for Johny and “anything to keep them happy” with the little kids. Lasted about a week before Jared and I took a road trip to move his mom up here.

September

School officially on hold for this month. Jared and I celebrated 8 years being married (we managed all of a dinner out, we didn’t even remember to get each other a gift, such was the craziness of this particular month), Baby “Saber” was born (so glad he didn’t wait till October), John turned 7, Katherine turned 8 and Jared’s mom moved back down south.

October

We managed to get school rolling again (somehow) and actually had a decent month. Also spent copious amounts of time holding Xavier, who was baptized mid-month. Zachary turned 3, and mom, dad, aunts and uncle bailed us out of trick or treating with the big kids.

November

I posted somewhere, that I think if you have a baby in the fall you should be exempt from having (m)any holiday responsibilities. But, I must have posted that *after* Thanksgiving because we hosted this year. The kids also figured out that they have baptism anniversaries and therefore need an additional afternoon snack event to celebrate. Oh, and hey, my little sister got engaged!!

December

We. Were. Sick. (ALL MONTH!) (And I’m not even exaggerating). But I turned 32, we did basically no school, celebrated as many feast days as we could, cooked out at the beginning of the month and haven’t gotten above 20 degrees this last week (because the weather is certifiably crazy) and hosted Christmas with my family.

Other random tidbits

* The big boys decided they weren’t cutting their hair, which is why the shaggy manes.

* We spent all fall watching Georgia football and it was really neat to see the kids, but especially Johny get really into it and form a bond with Jared over it (Anxiously waiting the playoff game tomorrow!)

* I finished my book reading year by finishing 58 books. I know I blogged about exactly 0 of them, but maybe that’ll come more frequently next year? One can hope πŸ˜‰

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Posting this now while waiting for the ball to drop. (One and a half hours left, but not sure I’ll make it…)

Linking with Bobbi @revolution of love

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Outdoors in the mud

{Just a little post to share some pictures}CK- In the Mud (1 of 11)

… But first! look at the airplane…

We had some lovely snow a few weeks back. It’s all but gone now, which has led to…

Mud.

CK- In the Mud (2 of 11)

They don’t mind though.

I’m honestly glad they enjoy being outside so often.

A few weeks ago after watching some college football with daddy, Johny was literally running circles inside the house. I told him he needed to go out and run circles outside. (I peeked out a few minutes later and he was doing it – actual circles around the garden boxes.)

Since then they’ve been jumping at the chance to get out whenever they can. Often times as soon as breakfast is done.

CK- In the Mud (3 of 11)

Even this little guy (although not so muchΒ on the coldest mornings). And this morning it was actually quite cold. So after bundling up and heading out, Z came back in a few minutes later stating it was too cold.

But, this particular day (the day with the mud) I don’t know how many different times they headed out. They were absolutely thrilled to be able to squish their boots in the mud and play Frisbee. And the puddles of water here there and everywhere, just perfect for them.

CK- In the Mud (7 of 11)

{and Z… on the left in the picture above… won’t wear his boot now because they’re dirty. Oh, and all the coats still need to be run through the washer before all the Christmas Masses this weekend ;), but I love the mud – or, well, at least their enjoyment and the pictures… so I don’t mind}

 

My Sunday Photo

I was trying to find THE photo to share from this week. And realized that I’ve shared most on good ol’ Instagram already… but… not this one from this evening’s bath shenanigans.

In truth: it’s been a really long week. Jared was sick at the beginning of the week and I was sick the later half of the week. And all the kids were/are sick to some degree. So just blah all around.

But, one thing I did think about…

There are no “sick days” in mothering. I mean, there are definitely days where you’re sick while mothering, but no days where you get the “lay in bed and sleep all day” option. At least not in my stage of motherhood. Maybe oneday…

As a Catholic, I hear a lot about carrying my cross, and right now, my cross is motherhood. Motherhood is also my vocation, and don’t get me wrong, I love it, but it’s also a cross. I really felt like I fell down this week under that weight. And then I remembered Jesus on His walk up the hill, He fell down too. But, He got back up and kept on going. And in that moment, I felt this life line being tossed. Like, it’s ok, we all fall down sometimes under the weight of… everything… the important thing, I think is to get up again. And keep going. {Even if you can’t talk to your kids, because your voice decided to give out…}

Sorry, guys, wasn’t trying to get all deep and depressing here tonight, it’s just what came out when I started writing.

But ending on a positive note we welcomed some new people into our extended families this week.. one by birth and one by marriage so life is overall Good. {Especially if you’re not quite two and mom lets you intentionally dump the water out of the tub}

Photalife

What we’ve been up to lately

I’ll keep this super quick, as it’s Sunday morning pre-7:00 AM and the before Mass rush tends to get crazy in just a little while…

So…. lately…

Just life really.

Advent

First things first, happy Advent. The season of waiting and preparing for Christmas. We’re officially in the 2nd week now and all we’ve managed to do is set up a Christmas tree… so umm… on top of over things here!

In the past, I’ve liked the tradition of setting up the tree a little later (my birthday on the 17th, generally seems to be a good marker, and often times falls on or around Gaudete Sunday), but this year, I dunno, it seemed right.

Other than that we don’t even have the advent wreath up, although, I am really honest and truly going to get it out of the attic today. New candles or no. πŸ˜‰ {hold me to it blog world}

We’ve read exactly one Jesse Tree story and done no ornaments. I guess all those could feel like Advent fails, but I’ll be completely honest this year it’s not even bothering me. Like, 100% it’s not even a little rubbing me the wrong way.

Going forward, I literally just read a post where she mentions doing Advent School (as opposed to normal homeschool subjects), and I’m going to be doing that for the rest of the season. We need a break anyway. We’ve got crafting to do and books to read. 😊

Baby life

I’m convinced that if you have a baby anytime after, say September 1st, all your holiday obligations for the rest of the year are given a pass (see our non-Adventing skills mentioned above).

Anyway, Baby Saber is doing well. Growing huge. A weigh in at his 2-month check up nearly two weeks ago had him at 14lbs 11oz. Kid eats All. The. Time. But then he’ll sleep for hours. Like last night, from 10:30 to 6:30! Yay!!!

Kids all absolutely love him. And he’s recently started smiling and even “talking” to us. Which makes all those first crazy weeks ever so much sweeter and more worth it.

Johny yesterday said “mom, Baby Saber has such cute smiles”

Other stuff

We had our first snow yesterday. Tried to build a snowman… no judging ok. I’ve never built one. They were happy (and just a tiny bit sick, again, hence the red noses)

Me? Well, I’m trying to do too much. And by too much, I mean specifically trying to read too many books at once and do too many personal crafting projects at once (probably due to Christmas approaching)….

I had a lovely but of encouragement in the department last month when my sister was doing a “30 thankful days” thing. She mentioned me and said how inspired she was that I take time for myself in the midst of all the other (mostly good) chaos around here. So I try to remember that when I feel like I have no time for myself. Which honestly, I don’t have huge chunks of time, but I’m *trying* to be ok with the bits and pieces that come up through the day. (I’ve tried taking “me time” in the evenings but 9 times out of 10 I fall asleep in my chair, so that’s basically out πŸ˜‚).

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So there you have it. My 15 minutes are up and passed. If the formatting is a little wonky, I’m sorry. I decided to download the WP app and try to blog on my phone, just because I almost never get time to go on my computer. And let’s be honest (some more), most of my pictures are on the phone anyway.

I’ve been hanging out on Instagram it’s no-login required to look at. Not sure if you can comment and like, but I believe you can look (speaking to all my grandmas who don’t have it, I love you all and think about you specifically when I don’t post pictures to the blog 😊).

Here’s to checking in more often ❀