Been gone so long….

So last spring I totally got sidetracked with–LIFE–and let our little family blog fall to the wayside. I realized this week that I was really missing writing and having a way to document what is going on in our lives. I am sure there are all of 5 people who were reading and missed the blog while it was gone but I really like having the documentation. Elias is growing like a weed and is doing some funny stuff and I realized I would really like to look back on  this one day and read about it and reminisce about how sweet and little he was and how much fun it was. I told my mom I have GOT to start blogging again SO–here we are. It only took me 72 hours to figure out how to get everything back up and running so here is a little catchup since my last post (which was almost a whole year ago!!)

We had an AWESOME summer. During the summer I am reminded of why teaching is the BEST job for a mama. This summer I also had the joy of moving my classroom stuff to a new school. I transferred schools this year and so that took a lot of time. I am really looking forward to this upcoming summer when I (hopefully) won’t be moving my classroom stuff to a new place.   Here are a few pics from the summer. We didn’t do anything wild and crazy just regular ole stuff around our area but I enjoyed every minute off with Elias.

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Then in August Elias turned OnE!!!!!! We had a big shindig at our house in the scorching hot weather at which point I decided every birthday party of his from here on out will either be a) inside or b)in a pool. But preferably inside because halfway through the party I had to make a wardrobe change because I was soaking wet! It was a splash bash and we all had a lot of fun. Here are some shots from that day.. I tried to take a few shots here and there but it’s difficult to chase the birthday boy and take pictures so there aren’t as many as I would have liked.

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Shortly after his first birthday E finally starting walking and he hasn’t slowed down since. He’s into everything and keeps me on my toes!!

September went by with not too much excitement. We had a couple family birthdays that we enjoyed. Other than that it was just school, and business as usual. October was pretty uneventful except for Halloween. Elias dressed up as Donald. He wasn’t into the candy as much as just running around like crazy. I had a #momfail moment and left my camera at home.

November brought along Thanksgiving and lots of playing outside with the nice weather….

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We also welcomed E’s baby cousin, Ella Grace, ON Thanksgiving. She’s so sweet and little and we are loving her. E is so sweet when he touches her little feet. He did NOT like mama holding her though 🙂 No siblings for him anytime soon. 😉

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December was crazy busy at work and home. Jordan Burch took some family photos for us and I swear it was the quickest photo session I’ve ever experienced. I worried all day about Elias being ornery but he was a champ and Jordan was amazing with him. She captured some great images of our family and I am so grateful!

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Christmas Day was super busy. E wasn’t too terribly impressed with that morning and would’ve rather been sleeping but we had a great day and enjoyed the time with family.

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New Year’s Eve was spent at home with just the three of us but it was a great evening and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. Elias thought the sparklers were pretty cool but he wasn’t interested in hanging out there for long!

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We loved every minute of our time off just hanging out….

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The first week of January brought us back to reality with work and daycare starting back. We really enjoyed our break (I really enjoyed napping every day and watching EVERY SINGLE episode of Downton Abbey) but it was nice to get back to a routine. However, I can’t deny that I’m counting down the days until Spring Break!!! 🙂