Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Memories, Dreams, and Reflections 2012

I love going through my pictures for the year and reminiscing about the year.  2012 will go down as a year full of change.  We went from a family of 3 to a family of 4, I left my secure government career for a high stress challenging private sector career, and we moved to Tampa.  So without further ado...

1. Me! – 

I took one picture a week while I was pregnant with Lucas and this was the last one. I was in active labor and still managed to get hubby to take these pictures.  (I was having a contraction during the 2nd pic, LOL)

2. I Love You –

The only love missing is my hubby!

3. Still Laughing… 

I was trying to get maternity shots and I asked hubby to pose so I could get the settings in the camera right and this was his pose.  Love it, he is silly. 

4. Winter Wonderland –

There is not real winter in Florida but we went to see some Christmas lights and the boys were able to get a picture with Santa.  

5. Birthday – 

Lucas was born 5/30/2012 and it was one of the happiest days of our lives! This is a picture less than 24 hours after he was born still in the hospital.

We have started celebrating 1/2 birthday's.  This was Nic's 3.5 birthday. 

6. Friends – 

These are my girls of the "Inner Circle" and we are there for each other no matter what.  Love them.

7. I Was Inspired… 
I tried to take newborn like pics and this the best I could come up with.  Oh well, they are good memories.  

8. Spring Fever – 

I was in a photography slump this year so no pics just for the heck of it.  This picture was taken in April so it is my spring picture. 

9. Travel or Vacation –

We took a quick trip to Disney in March, Nic loved it.

This was taken during our Babymoon.  We went on a cruise for 4 was just what we needed before Lucas was born.

10. Summer Days – 

It was a hot summer in Lakeland and even with a newborn, we would go to the park almost every weekend and enjoy the outdoors.  Nic's favorite was the splash park. 

11. A Day In My Life –

At my new job I usually will eat outside and enjoy the Florida winter.  

12. All Smiles – a picture that makes you smile or of smiling faces.

This is Nic splashing in our pool in December! Only in Florida.  Can't wait for the summer. 

13. Autumn Harvest – 

This year we didn't carve pumpkins for Halloween or do anything "Fallish".  But this is Nic wearing Halloween socks in mid-November.  It is as close to "Fall" as we got. LOL

14. Family or Home – 

This is a family shot we took at the beach on Thanksgiving day.  We spent a quite holiday at home and the day was beautiful.

And this is a pic of our new house.  One of our favorite parts of the house is the back yard! 

15. Celebrate! – a picture that reflects a celebration.

This is a silly picture of my siblings and me dancing on Christmas Eve.  It is not Christmas unless we are all together!

16. Let’s Do It Again… –

Leo and I went on a babymoon before Lucas was born and I know he is itching for another adult only vacation.

17. I Miss You – 

I stopped running at about 5 months pregnant with Lucas and have not really picked it back up since.  I miss jogging and hopefully I'll get back into shape for 2013.  

18. Beautiful – 

This was the view from my back porch in Lakeland.  I loved waking up to look out and see what kind of sunrise it would be.  

19. Dress Up – 

Nic was the cutest dragon for Halloween this year! 

20. Macro – 

This is the closest thing I have to a macro shot. 

21. Holidays – a picture from the Holiday of your choice.

Taken on Christmas Eve!

22. My Favorite – 

One of my favorite shots of Lucas and Nicolas!

23. Don’t Ever Change –
Lucas has the best smile/laugh/happy face.  I wish that he continues to be a happy little guy and brightening our lives!

24. Just Because…So There! – 

One of the few non-kid pics I took this year. 

25. Hopes and Dreams –  

My hopes for 2013 are simple;  spend time with my family and friends, watch my boys grow, be a good mother, wife, and employee, and start running again. Hopefully I can manage them all.  

With the boys on my side, I know it will be an awesome year!

Happy New Year!

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  1. your family is adorable. Your first picture cracked me up! taking a pic while in labor (or getting ready for laboring). The photos of the horizon are stunning.
    Have a peaceful January!

  2. Awesome! I smiled at so many of these images - - such life captured within. The hubs maternity shot certainly made me laugh, but I think I love the dragon and don't ever change smile. And the "I love"? Love it!

  3. Oh ♥ Gorgeous set of photos.
    Your favorite happens to be my favorite :

  4. love your set! your kids are so cute!