A year of laughter, parties, friends, dancing, loved ones, reading, cuddle time, learning, new life, romping, praying, experiments, writing, singing, playing, pretending and loving....
We are so thrilled to get to do it all again in 2011!
Start at the bottom for January or at the top for December.
Blessings for a Happy New Year!
The day before the year was over, our sweet fourth darlin' decided it was time to walk-she is just shy of 8 months old! There has been NO COACHING of any kind mind you!!! This is a serious gal!
...this is the Baby Jesus cake with the darlin's cousin. Love these sweet traditions to look forward to each year!
...we played with good ole playdoh-don't you love the smell of that stuff?! Reminds me of childhood.
...we made ornaments to give our friends for Christmas and some of them gave us ornaments right back!
...the darlin's all wanted to wear their daddy's triathlon helmet. Oh joy, another opportunity to learn about taking turns...
...we tempted fate and took the darlin's to a historic home for Christmas-what a gorgeous place all decorated! thank goodness for grandma and aunt who came along to help with the little fingers!
...the first darlin' and the last darlin' look much alike ;-) kind of feels like a circle for this Mama!
... this is my sweet sister who helps me out and makes me smile (and sometimes "donkey" laugh)...what else could you wish for in a sister?!
...this is my sweet darlin' and her new best friend...don't they look like they are related? Seriously?
...this is my sweet friend and I with our new babies on a fun playdate-these gals are gonna be best friends for sure just like we are!
...the oldest darlin' went to the homeschool geography fair and it was so cool! Mama learned a lot as usual. This is my secret reason to homeschool so I can catch up!
...brothers making tracks anywhere and everywhere TOGETHER FINALLY!!! Ahhh, sharing, it's enough to make a mama cry with joy.
...for Halloween, we went to a fall festival and went on an exciting hayride-no one fell out thank goodness! By the way, these guys started out looking like mean pirates but the costumes apparently cramped their style ;-)
...this is at the fall festival too-one talented soccer darlin'. Wait and see folks, it looks like he has the ball tied to his shoes with string he guards so close!
...there were lots of train layouts in our house this year-and sure to be more in 2011...though hopefully not in my exact pathway!
...Mr. Darcy celebrated his 20th high school reunion. Those guys were lots of fun and we were away from the darlin's long enough to leave me feelin' pretty outside myself!
...Mr. Darcy gave me a commissioned picture of the cathedral, where we were married 14 years ago, for our anniversary and took me out to dinner.
...our darlin' girl discovered a love of tea parties and now makes sweet treats for all the peeps she loves!!!
...my darlin's learned to help each other out...you can't see me in the corner with a tear in my eye, sigh...
...my girl darlin's had their first tea party ever with aunt and grandma along to make it more special! The tea room rocks and so do girlie bonnets and miniature teacups!
...this is my grandma after the baptism reception, and I would be lost without her constant helping hands and sweet affection!
...the Archbishop baptized another darlin' for us this year! He tells the most interesting stories! I love this guy!
...My daddy and I celebrate his birthday with a bit of lunch and a wiggly new baby...I love this guy!
...this is my mother's day present just a few days old! Isn't she adorable all cuddled up in her "wrapping"?
...this is when little girl darlin' discovers she is going to have a sister! Pure joy for everyone since we never find out what we are having ahead of time!
...boy darlin's celebrate their birthday together since they are born a week apart...it was a crazy fun day at the park in the spring with our close family and friends.
...this is Easter before the fourth little darlin' was born. I am not pictured here because the frame was not wide enough to capture the prego mama shot!
...the boys learned to horse around this year "on each other" instead of their daddy. Daddy's back is thrilled, seriously.
...the oldest darlin' orchestrated animal re-enactments and gave nightly performances at "creature theatre"...
...there were still only five of us when we went to see the Curious George Production and the three darlin's LOVED it! Can't beat Curious George!