And what a year it was! Between the winter so endless that it brought a huge snowstorm on May 2nd, my stint as a magazine cover model, and everything in between, 2013 was a bit of a roller-coaster ride. I am ready for a new year, you all!
Before we say goodbye to this year, here's a collection of some of my favorite photos (= moments) from 2013. (There are lots more, but a.) some of them include people who have not given me permission to publish their photos on my blog, and b.) I don't want to bore you all TOO badly.)
So here we go....a few all-time faves....
The girls with "Big Al" (yikes!) at the reptile museum over spring break:
And doing spring break arts and crafts:
The day I decided to wear my favorite new Old Navy spring skirt despite the winter weather, just because I was tired of snow and cold and assumed spring weather was around the corner:
...Only to have this still happening six weeks later, in May:
(To be clear: this late-spring snowstorm was not in fact one of my favorite moments of 2013.)
I still love this shot of Julia on her 9th birthday, despite the fact that an anonymous commenter shamed me for sharing her (very difficult) birth story (as I do every year) in the accompanying post--clearly not realizing that I have new visitors to my blog every day, readers who have not yet heard the birth story.
And then there were these shots, of the way the sky looked one day when I stepped outside to meet the afternoon school bus:
All those days at the pool last summer, starting as early as humanly possible:
...And keeping it up until the very last day:
Our family trip to the Ingalls Homestead outside DeSmet, SD:
My many stunningly beautiful prairie trail runs in high summer:
And at sunset, in autumn:
Genevieve with the pink stuffed mouse she got for her 7th birthday:
...And myself the next day when my parents babysat for date night:
This selfie at the bus stop on the first day of school:
My trip to Toronto:
And, of course, Christmas memories:
Happy New Year, friends. See you in 2014.